Open Source Gems

Strong Apps that are made to not be "alternatives" (that's an insult u.u)

Miguel Abreu
Miguel AbreuList by Miguel Abreu, last updated 2020-03-14
  1. OpenToonz icon

    GEM for Frame Animation. Open toonz is unbelievably powerful, has both vector and raster animation and you can use mypaint brushes for variation in frame work. Another software where the interface is quite dated though, there could be a lot of work in that regard.

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    GTS
  2. Inkscape icon

    GEM for Scalable Vectorial Drawing. Runs more Smoothly by each version that comes. Can't wait for 1.0, looks pretty as hell.

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    Inkscape screenshot 1
  3. LibreOffice icon

    GEM on Office Suite Applications. Powerful features - good interface design, easy to use and a good range of applications. A total beast.

    • Office Suite
    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Android
    • BSD
    • Flathub
    • PortableApps.com
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    LibreOffice Writer on Linux
  4. LMMS icon

    GEM for Digital Audio Workstation The interface is still very complicatd, but still very powerful. Used along with Audacity is amazing.

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    LMMS screenshot 1
  5. Audacity icon

    GEM for audio recording and editing. Along with LMMS you got your own studio going, pretty muhc. The intercae is very dated and could use an update, or at least support for Community themes.

    • Audio Editor
    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • BSD
    • PortableApps.com
    • LAME
    • Flathub
    • AppImageHub
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    Short landing page
  6. Krita icon

    GEM For Digital Drawing Krita has a lot of features, the brushes defaults that come with it are very good and it runs very smoothly even with Drawing Tablets (no jitter, or delay).

    • Image Editor
    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Android Tablet
    • Epic Games Store
    • PortableApps.com
    • Steam
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    Main Window
  7. GIMP icon

    GEM for Photo/Image Editing. Tons of features - Interface could use improvements and the latest update is a step in the right direction in that regard.

    • Image Editor
    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • BSD
    • Snapcraft
    • Flathub
    • PortableApps.com
    • Haiku
    • Flatpak
    • AmigaOS
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    yes
  8. Blender icon

    GEM for 3d Modeling 2.8 Is a blast, runs smoothly and the interface is just amazinggly well thought. Wish they could work more on the sculpting workflows though.

    • 3D Modeler
    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • BSD
    • Flathub
    • PortableApps.com
    • Haiku
    • Steam
    • Flatpak
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    Cycles is Blender’s ray-trace based production render engine.
  9. DragonBones icon

    GEM For Spine Animation Defenitely needs to be more known by the comunity, the software is very powerful but lacks comunity envolvement/tutorials.

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     Packaging and Export	
Pack images into a texture atlas, which results in more efficient rendering in your games. Export DragonBones and Egret MovieClip data with JSON data format.

This list was created by Miguel Abreu Mar 14, 2020 and was last updated Mar 14, 2020. The list has 9 apps.

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