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    Free software replacements for Adobe Suite? Design software must-haves?

    I study and work in graphic design and decided to install to Ubuntu a few weeks ago. So far it has become my main OS and everything is fine with GIMP, Mypaint and Inkscape. I aways thought Adobe Suite was overrated anyway...my problem is I can't ditch it completely (or my windows install) and switch to free software as I can't find replacements for programs like After Effects or Flash.

    Have you found free software to meet all your designing needs?
    What would be your program selection to replace Adobe Suite?
    Which other programs ara must-haves por graphic design?

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    Re: Free software replacements for Adobe Suite? Design software must-haves?

    Sorry to say, there is nothing yet as good as After Effects. Cinelerra will be your best bet. Depending on what you are doing, you may also want to take a look at Blender for some things. Check out http://www.blenderguru.com/ there are some vids there on how to use camera tracking, add effects and even editing, thought I have't tried editing and I could have the wrong idea all together on that. Flash is the same. Depending on what you are trying to do, you'll likely need to look into jQuery. If you are trying to do animations, I think CinePaint may work, but I'm not sure. For film editing you can also check out OpenShot or Avidemux.

    Also, here is a link for more info:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Compari...iting_software

    Hope that helps.

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    Re: Free software replacements for Adobe Suite? Design software must-haves?

    dferriman's suggestions are very reasonable. It's true there is no open source Flash equivalent. But motiontwin http://www.mtasc.org/ does compile to swf bytecode with as2 source file inclusions. i've never tried it, cause i don't really use Flash for web development any more. when i switched to OSS i also opted for html5, javascript and php as a flash replacer. I've also found processing http://www.processing.org to be very useful. Gacelita, I know your question was about graphic design but i just thought i mention that incase you used Flash for actionscript
    Edit: I don't think Cinepaint is still supported on recent versions of ubuntu. but there are lots of other 2D animation packages that do work well such as synfig, ktoon, tupi (a fork of ktoon) and non-native support for plastic animation paper seems quite stable.
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    Re: Free software replacements for Adobe Suite? Design software must-haves?

    Thanks for the suggestions. I'm not really looking forward to do any work in AE or Flash soon and have been messing around with HTML5 animations instead just like BcRich said. Still I think I'll have the need to work in both programs eventually and it would have been nice to have decent open source replacements.

    That's what I meant with my questions on a personal level but I also wanted to read some experiences of those who mainly use open source software to produce graphics.

    I'll have to give your suggestions a try. I'm specially interested in trying Processing. Looks really interesting.

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    Re: Free software replacements for Adobe Suite? Design software must-haves?

    I heard Lightworks, an video editor app, is coming to Linux. It might be Adobe Premiere replacement.

    For Flash, it will not update its player to version 12 on Linux but still provide an update for version 11. With mobile situation, Adobe will not provide Flash Player for Android after ICS version. In the future, I doubt customers would want something they can't open on their phone/tab properly, not even count Linux. In my opinion, develop website with HTML5+CSS+jQuery is an headache solution compare to Flash. Lacking of GUI tools for designer that's something equivalenced to Adobe Flash Professional, browsers standard which never come true lead to compatibility issue, limited effects, limited supported devices, etc.

    As far as I know, Blender for 3dsMax and Maya, DraftSight for AutoCAD, GIMP + MyPaint for Photoshop, Inkscape for Illustrator. I am still learning open source software and still don't make any money out of it yet. So, my opinion might be wrong.

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    Re: Free software replacements for Adobe Suite? Design software must-haves?

    After reading this tread, I've thought a lot more about Blender making simple web animations. If you are familiar with After Effects, you know that you can import 2D objects to create the illusion of 3D. by hitting "0" on the number pad in Blender, you get the camera view. If you set everything up to the camera view, just like you do in AE, you can make a video just like you would in After Effects. You can change the view with the keyboard as needed for set up and go back to camera view to see what you are doing. I looked around for a way to change the video to Flash and found this:

    http://studge.com/creating-flash-video-in-linux/

    The reality is that with Blender, you could make better Flash videos than you could with Flash. I doubt you could build a website with it, but if you are just looking to make ads or other web animations, there is no reason Blender wouldn't work. You should be able to change the lighting to "Environment Lighting" in world view and not even mess with lamps (for Blender Render) or "Emission" if you use Cycles render. There may be a better way to convert videos. I'm not very knowledgeable on video conversion programs.

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    Question Re: Free software replacements for Adobe Suite? Design software must-haves?

    I just started using(trying) to use Inkscape, I am not a techie. I'm trying to create a world globe with the maps of the 7 continents on it. I was able to make the oval shape for the globe but that is far as my skills can take me. Is there a way to insert, paste, or attach the the maps of the 7 continents? I may be asking the wrong question or this may be done with something simple. I just want to make a world globe and have the maps of the 7 continents on it. Again, I'm not computer savvy and any help, suggestions or guidance would be appreciated.

    Thanks

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    Re: Free software replacements for Adobe Suite? Design software must-haves?

    Quote Originally Posted by PhillySteel View Post
    I just started using(trying) to use Inkscape, I am not a techie. I'm trying to create a world globe with the maps of the 7 continents on it. I was able to make the oval shape for the globe but that is far as my skills can take me. Is there a way to insert, paste, or attach the the maps of the 7 continents? I may be asking the wrong question or this may be done with something simple. I just want to make a world globe and have the maps of the 7 continents on it. Again, I'm not computer savvy and any help, suggestions or guidance would be appreciated.

    Thanks
    I would start a new post on this, if you want to get more help.

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    Re: Free software replacements for Adobe Suite? Design software must-haves?

    I'm still searching for an Adobe (Macromedia) Fireworks alternative. Still running windows XP in a virtual machine because of that.
    Fireworks manages to be a great vector based tool for designing computer graphics for use on devices. Drawing in vector but displaying it like raster images to achieve pixel precise images is it's unique feature.
    Neither Inkscape nor The Gimp are a good alternative, anyone?

    I'm still hoping Inkscape will fill this void someday...

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    Re: Free software replacements for Adobe Suite? Design software must-haves?

    Quote Originally Posted by Reason NL View Post
    Drawing in vector but displaying it like raster images to achieve pixel precise images is it's unique feature.

    I'm still hoping Inkscape will fill this void someday...
    You mean you are not using snapping, grid view and the bundled pixsnap extension? Why?
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