Graphics

The Graphics section of Open Source Internet provides the best free and open source alternatives for rendering 2D, and 3D images. The section also includes applications for image file conversion, and creating both mindmaps and diagrams.

GIMP

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Raster-Based - GIMPVisit Site: GIMP

Cost: Free

Comments: Free and open source image editing software.

Description: GIMP is an acronym for GNU Image Manipulation Program. It is a freely distributed program for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition and image authoring.

Paint.NET

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Raster-Based - Paint.NETVisit Site: Paint.NET

Cost: Free

Comments: Free image editor.

Description: Paint.NET is free image and photo editing software for PCs that run Windows. It features an intuitive and innovative user interface with support for layers, unlimited undo, special effects, and a wide variety of useful and powerful tools. An active and growing online community provides friendly help, tutorials, and plugins.

Blender

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Animation - BlenderVisit Site: Blender

Cost: Free

Comments: Free and open source 3D rendering & animation software.

Description: Blender is 3D creation for everyone, free to use for any purpose. Free Software, great community, and 100% open.

Apache OpenOffice Draw

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3D - OpenOffice DrawVisit Site: Apache OpenOffice Draw

Cost: Free

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Description: From a quick sketch to a complex plan, Draw gives you the tools to communicate with graphics and diagrams. With a maximum page size of 300cm by 300cm, Draw is powerful tool for technical or general posters, etc. Manipulate objects, rotate in two or three dimensions; the 3D controller allows you to create spheres, rings, cubes, etc. in a quick pinch.

Draw.io

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Image Editing - Draw.ioVisit Site: Draw.io

Cost: Free

Comments: Free online diagramming tool.

Description: Draw creative diagrams in your browser, share editing with other users in real time. Load and save them anywhere you wish, export images of your finished result, using the range of stencils provided.

DrawPlus

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Vector-Based - DrawPlusVisit Site: DrawPlus

Cost: Free (lite)

Comments: Free and premium versions available.

Description: Use simple Vector drawing tools to create a variety of custom lines, shapes and even technical drawings and artwork. Paint with a variety of realistic looking brushes and effects plus paint using your graphics tablet for truly realistic brush strokes.

CinePaint

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Raster-Based - CinePaintVisit Site: CinePaint

Cost: Free

Comments: Free and open source image editing software.

Description: CinePaint is a deep paint image retouching tool that supports higher color fidelity than ordinary painting tools. CinePaint opens high fidelity image file formats such as DPX, 16-bit TIFF, and OpenEXR, and conventional formats like JPEG and PNG.

XMind

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Mindmap - XMindVisit Site: XMind

Cost: Free

Comments: Free and open source mind mapping software, with premium versions also available.

Description: With XMind, you can start the individual brainstorming session easily and quickly. Displaying the central topic and building a stress-free scene, here, you can take all attention on recording the inspiration and sparkles in your mind. Then, you’ll find the solution is hidden within them.

ArgoUML

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Diagram - ArgoUMLVisit Site: ArgoUML

Cost: Free

Comments: Free and open source UML modelling tool.

Description: ArgoUML is the leading open source UML modeling tool and includes support for all standard UML 1.4 diagrams. It runs on any Java platform and is available in ten languages.

SALOME

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CAD - SALOMEVisit Site: SALOME

Cost: Free

Comments: Free and open source CAD software.

Description: SALOME can be used as standalone application for generation of CAD models, their preparation for numerical calculations and post-processing of the calculation results.

OpenFX

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3D - OpenFXVisit Site: OpenFX

Cost: Free

Comments: Free and open source 3d modelling software.

Description: A powerful feature-set includes a full renderer and raytrace engine, NURBS support, kinematics-based animation, morphing, and an extensive plugin API.

Seamless3d

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3D - Seamless3dVisit Site: Seamless3d

Cost: Free

Comments: Free and open source 3d modelling software.

Description: Seamless3d is open source 3D modeling software free and available for all under the MIT license.

FreeCAD

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CAD - FreeCADVisit Site: FreeCAD

Cost: Free

Comments: Free and open source CAD software.

Description: FreeCAD is a general purpose feature-based, parametric 3D modeler for CAD, MCAD, CAx, CAE and PLM, aimed directly at mechanical engineering and product design but also fits a wider range of uses in engineering, such as architecture or other engineering specialties. It is 100% Open Source and extremely modular, allowing for very advanced extension and customization.

FreeMind

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Mindmap - FreeMindVisit Site: FreeMind

Cost: Free

Comments: Free and open source mind mapping software.

Description: FreeMind is a premier free mind-mapping software written in Java. The recent development has hopefully turned it into high productivity tool. We are proud that the operation and navigation of FreeMind is faster than that of MindManager because of one-click “fold / unfold” and “follow link” operations.

Glinkr

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Mindmap - GlinkrVisit Site: Glinkr

Cost: Free

Comments: Free web-based mindmapping software.

Description: Map and share your views of contents on the Web. See example on the right of a map of the debate “Which answer to the oil supply crisis?”. Glinkr® is free, simple to use and aims a broad variety of usage.

XnConvert

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Graphics Conversion - XnConvertVisit Site: XnConvert

Cost: Free

Comments: Free image conversion software.

Description: XnConvert is a powerful and free cross-platform batch image processor, allowing you to combine over 80 actions. Compatible with 500 formats.

Artweaver

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Raster-Based - ArtweaverVisit Site: Artweaver

Cost: Free (lite)

Comments: Free and premium versions available.

Description: Artweaver allows you with a large selection of brushes to paint creatively. You can create sketches from photographs and just experiment with color.

Pinta

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Rastor-Based - PintaVisit Site: Pinta

Cost: Free

Comments: Free and open source editing software.

Description: Pinta is a free, open source drawing/editing program modeled after Paint.NET. Its goal is to provide users with a simple yet powerful way to draw and manipulate images on Linux, Mac, and Windows.

Gimpshop

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Rastor-Based - GimpshopVisit Site: Gimpshop

Cost: Free

Comments: Free photo editing software. Modified version of GIMP.

Description: Gimpshop is a FREE, downloadable photo and image editing software program built to rival Adobe Photoshop.

Xara Xtreme

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Vector-Based - Xara XtremeVisit Site: Xara Xtreme

Cost: Free

Comments: Free and open source software for Unix platforms.

Description: Xara Xtreme for Linux is a powerful, general purpose graphics program for Unix platforms including Linux, FreeBSD and (in development) OS-X.

Synfig Studio

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Vector-Based - Synfig StudioVisit Site: Synfig Studio

Cost: Free

Comments: Free and open source 2D animation software.

Description: Synfig Studio is a free and open-source 2D animation software, designed as powerful industrial-strength solution for creating film-quality animation using a vector and bitmap artwork. It eliminates the need to create animation frame-by frame, allowing you to produce 2D animation of a higher quality with fewer people and resources. Synfig Studio is available for Windows, Linux and MacOS X.

Art of Illusion

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3D - Art of IllusionVisit Site: Art of Illusion

Cost: Free

Comments: Free and open source 3D rendering software.

Description: Art of Illusion is a free, open source 3D modelling and rendering studio. Many of its capabilities rival those found in commercial programs. Highlights include subdivision surface based modelling tools, skeleton based animation, and a graphical language for designing procedural textures and materials.

AutoQ3D Community

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3D - AutoQ3D CommunityVisit Site: AutoQ3D Community

Cost: Free

Comments: Free and open source software for 2D and 3D CAD.

Description: AutoQ3D Community is an application for 2D and 3D CAD. The source code of AutoQ3D Community is released under the terms and conditions of the GNU General Public License.

Archimedes

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CAD - ArchimedesVisit Site: Archimedes

Cost: Free

Comments: Open source CAD software.

Description: Archimedes is a free and open source CAD (Computer Aided Design) software. It is a robust system built over Eclipse’s Rich Client Platform fully based on plug ins. This means it is easily extensible but also has a pretty thin core that allows you to select the features you need and drop the other ones easily.

QCAD

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CAD - QCADVisit Site: QCAD

Cost: Free

Comments: Open source CAD software.

Description: QCAD is an application for computer aided drafting in two dimensions (2d). With QCAD you can create technical drawings such as plans for buildings, interiors, mechanical parts or schematics and diagrams. QCAD works on Windows, Mac OS X and many Linux and Unix Systems. The source code of the QCAD Community Edition is released under the GPL (Open Source).

StarUML

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Diagram - StarUMLVisit Site: StarUML

Cost: Free

Comments: Open source UML/MDA platform

Description: StarUML is an open source project to develop fast, flexible, extensible, featureful, and freely-available UML/MDA platform running on Win32 platform. The goal of the StarUML project is to build a software modeling tool and also platform that is a compelling replacement of commercial UML tools such as Rational Rose, Together and so on.

Dia

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Diagram - DiaVisit Site: Dia

Cost: Free

Comments: Open source diagram creation program.

Description: Welcome to Dia’s new homepage. Dia is a GTK+ based diagram creation program for GNU/Linux, MacOS X, Unix, and Windows, and is released under the GPL license.

UFRaw

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Graphics Conversion - UFRawVisit Site: UFRaw

Cost: Free

Comments: Open source graphics conversion program.

Description: The Unidentified Flying Raw (UFRaw) is a utility to read and manipulate raw images from digital cameras. It can be used on its own or as a Gimp plug-in. It reads raw images using Dave Coffin’s raw conversion utility – DCRaw. UFRaw supports color management workflow based on Little CMS, allowing the user to apply ICC color profiles.

KTooN

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Animation - KTooNVisit Site: KTooN

Cost: Free

Comments: Open source 2D animation software.

Description: KTooN is a design and authoring tool for 2D Animation inspired by animators for animators; a software application developed in C++ using the Qt library; a free software project under constant redesign and evolution, released under the GPL terms; a community of artists and developers around a software project; and a space for creation and publishing of free animated content.

Pencil

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Animation - PencilVisit Site: Pencil

Cost: Free

Comments: Open source animation software.

Description: Pencil is an animation/drawing software for Mac OS X, Windows, and Linux. It lets you create traditional hand-drawn animation (cartoon) using both bitmap and vector graphics. Pencil is free and open source.