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Top 5 open source graphics manipulation programs

Nowadays most people own a digital camera and become a photographer and a graphics designer. People want to make more beautiful photos and manage their works easier. The open source graphics manipulation programs provide users a great chance to show their talents and tastes! Everybody could become an artist!

Here are the most popular five free graphics tools we recommend to people who are passionate about photos, images, and digital arts. We hope you can realize your dream faster, easier and cheaper with these free open source tools!

Num Product Best Features
1 Scribus Customizable interface, Intelligent PDF creator, Professional publishing features
3 Inkscape Vector graphics editor, more suitable for design compositions, logos, images with text, technical illustrations
4 Auto Photo Editor all-in-one photo editor, batch resize, rotate, stamp text on your images and convert format to others
5 Magic Mirror photo distorting software


Gimp. Most people will have heard of The Gimp, the open source answer to Adobe Photoshop. The feature list of GIMP 2.6 is very long: Bézier path editing with brush stroking, tablet support, Heal Tool, alpha channels, multiple-undo History, area-averaged eyedropper, PSD file compatibility, and other high-end tools that are impressive in their attention to detail. GIMP also has velocity support for affecting brush size, opacity, hardness, and color. Drawing, overall, is quite fluid.

Being open source GIMP was built to except plug-ins and extensions that can be designed to do just about anything. If you are looking to do any image editing and you can’t afford the price tag on most image editing software solutions, “GIMP”:http://www.uberdownloads.com/14602/details-gimp.html provides you with the same features at no cost!


Scribus is an open-source program that enables the user to design professional grade publications while maintaining a user friendly interface.

Underneath the modern and user friendly interface, Scribus supports professional publishing features, such as CMYK color, separations, ICC color management and versatile PDF creation.When compared to other expensive pay-for-use desktop publishing software such as InDesign and Quark, Scribus holds its own with it’s rich feature list. Whether you need to design flyers, user manuals, create company newsletters, or print business cards, all this can be done with Scribus. Scribus can also be used for more advanced apllications such as designing layouts for newspapers and Scribus has developed a friendly community that helps assist beginners and pros alike using support pages, wikis, and mailing lists.


Inkscape is an open-source vector graphics editor similar to Adobe Illustrator, Corel Draw, Freehand, or Xara X. What sets Inkscape apart is its use of Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG), an open XML-based W3C standard, as the native format.

In contrast to raster (bitmap) graphics editors such as Photoshop or Gimp, Inkscape stores its graphics in a vector format. Vector graphics are a complement, rather than an alternative, to bitmap graphics. Each has its own purpose and are useful for different kinds of things. Raster graphics tend to be better for photographs and some kinds of artistic drawings, whereas vectors are more suitable for design compositions, logos, images with text, technical illustrations, etc.

Note that Inkscape can import and display bitmap images, too. An imported bitmap becomes yet another object in your vector graphics, and you can do with it everything you can do to other kinds of objects (move, transform, clip, etc.)

Auto Photo Editor

Auto Photo Editor is an all-in-one photo editor for your batch photo editing converter.

Allowing you to easily convert multiple photo/image files at the click of a button. You can batch resize, rotate, stamp text on your images and convert format to others. It’s easy to create batch files to automate routine photo processing/conversion tasks. You can set up your computer to run the batch file on a schedule and leave the routine image processing tasks to Auto Photo Editor.

Auto Photo Editor frees you from these repetitive tasks by processing hundreds, or even thousands, of photos with a single drag-and-drop. You can save images in all popular Internet formats, include tif,gif,jpg,pcx,bmp,psd,ico,cur,png,wmf,emf,tga,pxm,wbmp,jp2,j2k,dcx,crw and over 100 more graphic file formats!

Magic Mirror

ZeallSoft Magic Mirror is funny and easy to use photo distorting software. You can distorting your friend or family face and producing surreal effects!

Whether yours is a group of friend or children, whether you opt for a face warp or warp picture, Magic Mirror will generate a laugh a minute. Magic Mirror is packed with laughter generating tools and all the features you will ever need to turn an ordinary image into something extraordinary.

Just imagine, if you can, what the changes will be like when you apply the warp face or warp picture facility to someone you know or an image around you. So what’s in it? How about Warping Mirrors? These help to disfigure and distort any ordinary image beyond recognition. We dare you to try Magic Mirror on a photograph of yourself before you use it to radically change the identity of family members and friends.nIt’s so much fun and so easy to operate, it can seriously earn its place on your all age gift list.

Movica 6.6 is available!

“Movica”:http://www.uberdownloads.com/14608/details-movica.html is an open source, non-linear video editing software designed to edit and join Windows Media (.wmv), Real Player (.rm), MPEG, and FLV movies. With an easy to use graphical user interface, you can edit these movie files fast and effectively. There are several keyboard shortcuts to make the job of editing your files even that much easier. Movica allows you to select or delete multiple sections from a video files, copy, paste, and fine tune your video clips. In addition, support for audio files has also been added. You can edit, join and split .wma and .mp3 files using Movica.

Gimp – The free Photoshop

Every artist needs their paint brushes right? Now, imagine if there was only 1 store in the world that sold paintbrushes, and they cost $999 each.

Thats how it is now for Digital Artists and Graphic Designers. For those artists, their tool of choice is Adobe Photoshop; the standard application for photo manipulation and design. It costs $999 for the latest version :)

That is outrageous! The price alone is enough to stop future Piccassos from delving into graphic design.

Fortunately, other people feel the same way; and some have banded together to create an alternative graphics program. GIMP is the result of this effort. GIMP is now an extremely robust competitor to Adobe Photoshop; and it’s completely free.

GIMP stands for GNU Image Manipulation Program. GIMP has a long history. It was started way back in 1995 by Spencer Kimball and Peter Mattis. This long development time has produced a mature graphics suite that can handle almost everything Adobe Photoshop does.

GIMP has layers, filters, brushes, selection tools and masking tools. GIMP can even read native PSD files from Photoshop.

GIMP can even help you make your photos better. GIMP has a ton of filters and distortion effects that can help you improve how your phtographcs look. Check out this before and after example.

All in all, GIMP is a great, free alternative to Adobe Photoshop. You may not get exactly all the features that are available in Photoshop; but you get to pocket your $999.

I recommend you try GIMP first, before you lay down the cash for Photoshop. GIMP is free, so it doesnt hurt to try it out. You may be surprised at what GIMP offers. Download GIMP free here.

Happy downloading.

VLC – The Video player that will solve all your problems

Have you ever had trouble opening up a video file that you just downloaded? It’s wierd, sometimes your regular old Windows Media Player is just unable to open up and play a video.

This can happen even if your video file looks like the standard *.AVI, *.MPG, or *.WMV file formats. You’ve been able to open those files before, why aren’t you able to open the file now?

Well here’s why you aren’t able to open those videos, and a head-ache free solution.

It turns out that video files are not as simple as AVI, MPG and WMV. These three types of files are really called container formats or “wrapper formats”. The actual video file inside these containers can be in a variety of different formats.

This is where your problem arises. You may be able to read .AVI, .MPG, and .WMV container files, but you may not be able to read the video inside the container. Complicated and backwards right?

In order for you to be able to read the video INSIDE the container, you need to have the appropriate codec for that video file. Some codecs come with your PC, some you have to download manually. But who has time to track down all these codecs?

This is where VLC media player comes in. VLC is the ultimate video player for windows. First of all, it is completely free. You can download and use to your hearts content.

Second of all, VLC comes with all the most popular codecs. You won’t have to dig around the net for all the codecs you need; just get VLC and handle it all in one download. You will be able to play all your video files with VLC.

Third of all, VLC can play damaged or incomplete video files. This can be a life saver if you do not have access to the original, complete, uncorrupted video file. It can also be great if you just have a piece of an entire video file and want to check it out. You can also use VLC to watch videos that you are still downloading!

You can get the free, “open source version of VLC” here.

There you have it, happy downloading.

DVD Flick 1.3.0 is available!

DVD Flick is a powerful DVD Authoring tool able to convert any video file to a DVD format which can be played by all standard DVD players.

Most DVD players are only able to read standard DVD formats and are therefore not able to play your videos if you burn them directly from your computer. DVD Flick takes those video files and converts them to a format your DVD player can read. You now can watch any video on your TV!

Gimp 2.6 is available!

GIMP is the open source answer to Adobe Photoshop. GIMP has much of the same functionality that Photoshop has, ranging from being used as a simple paint program, a photo retouching program, an image renderer, or an image format converter. Being open source GIMP was built to accept plug-ins and extensions that is designed to do just about anything. If you are looking to do any image manipulation and you can?t afford the price tag on most image editing software GIMP gives you the same features without an cost.

OpenImageManager 1.5 is available

OpenImageManager is the opensource version of the popular image viewer ACDSee Photo Manager. OpenImageManager allows you to easily manage all of the image files on your computer, while providing tons of extra photo management features. Using the Web Album Generator, you can easily create HTML picture albums using your own digital photos. The software?s easy to use interface allows you to choose web page settings such as page title, thumbnail size, or gallery theme. You can also use the Image Viewing feature in each folder to view it as a slide show, or set any picture on your computer as your desktop wallpaper.

How do I open a .ZIP file?

Quick answer – use a free “unzipping” program to open your zip file. We recommend 7-zip, and you can “download it here”

This is a situation that we’ve all experienced:

A friend or coworker sends a document over and tells you to read it. You look at the file, but it doesn’t have the usual “.DOC” name; instead it is a “.ZIP” file. All sorts of questions may run through your mind:

* What do you do now?
* Why do you have a .ZIP file?
* What is a .ZIP file?
* How do you open a .ZIP file?

.ZIP files may be confusing, but it is one of the great technologies that helped the internet grow to the size it is today. In this blog article, I will explain what a .ZIP file is and how you can “open” it to reveal the real files inside.

*What is a .ZIP file?*

You can think of a .ZIP file as sort of a digital zip-lock bag. You put other files into your zip file, then zip it up! But the .ZIP file has 1 huge benefit over a regular zip-lock bag; anything you put inside a zip file becomes smaller.

Imagine putting your sandwich inside a zip-lock bag, and it becomes the size of a credit card. Then when you open your ziplock bag, the sandwich becomes full size again with no signs of being squished. That is exactly what happens to your digital files when you put it inside a zip file.

*Why do I have a .ZIP file in the first place?*

You have a zip file because it is often quicker and easier to send or download 1 single .ZIP file that contains all the files you want, instead of sending a huge list of files separately.

Since .ZIP files are smaller than the sum of all the files it contains, you can download them faster. .ZIP files save you time and disk space.

*So how do I open a .ZIP file?*

In order to open a .ZIP file, you need a program that “unzips” the .ZIP file. There are many programs (free and not) that can help you do this. Some of these include Winzip, PKZIP and WinRaR.

We recommend you use a program named 7-Zip. This is a free, open source program that will allow you to open your zip files. You can download 7-zip here.

Download and install 7-zip. After the installation is done, you should be able to double-click on your .ZIP file. 7-Zip will open your .ZIP file and you will be able to see all the files that are inside.

Once you have your .ZIP file open, you need to “extract” the files to your computer. All you have to do is click “Extract”.

7-Zip will then ask you where on your computer you’d like to put the files inside the .ZIP file. Choose a location, click OK, and you’re done!

Congratulations, you’ve just opened a .ZIP file; it’s that easy. We’ve now gone over what a .ZIP file is, why .ZIP files exist, and how to open .ZIP files.

7-Zip’s features don’t just end there though. You can create .ZIP files. open .RAR files, Encrypt .ZIP files and more! We’ll explore these features in-depth in the future.

How to ftp a file? How is that different/better than emailing a file?

How to upload files using Filezilla:

1st Step:
Before you can upload anything to the FTP server, you need to configure your Filezilla first. Open “Site Manager” of Filezilla, input the FTP server hostname, username of your FTP account, password for this account and the directory you want to place your files. After all is done, don’t forget to give your setting a memorable name if you have multiple FTP servers. For example, Naming it to ‘[email protected]’ is more helpful than leaving the name as default “New Site”.

2nd Step:
You need to connect to your FTP server before you can actually do anything. How to connect? If you have already finished the configuration of your new site, it would be very simple. Drop down the menu of “Site Manager”, find your site name just added and click it. If your configuration is correct and the remote server is up, you will see the directories and files showing up in the window of “Remote site” which means you connected to the FTP server successfully.

3rd Step:
Uploading your files is as easy as “Drag and Drop”. Drag whatever you want to upload in the “Local site” window and drop it to the “Remote site” window. Very easy, isn’t it?

How is the difference/better than emailing a file?
1. File Size Limit: FTP beats Email
If you send a file via email, usually there is a maximum size for your attachment that you can’t exceed. Otherwise the email will be just rejected by the server. But there is no such limit if you upload files using ftp. It is just like you can’t send 10 lbs document in your first-class envelope because it exceeds the maximum weight allowed by the post office.

2. Transmission Speed: FTP beats Email
Because FTP is designed for transferring large files on the internet, it is more efficient in moving your big chunk of data from your local driver to the FTP server. Think about the difference between a Mustang VS a scooter. It won’t surprise you that A Mustang runs much faster than a scooter because Mustang is designed as a sports car. It is similar if you compare sending large files via Email with via FTP.

3. Software Requirement: Email beats FTP
In order to send files via FTP, you will need a remote FTP server hosting the FTP service. But it doesn’t require extra software or services if you do it via email, because as long as the sender and the receivers all have access to email, it should work.

4. Number of recipient: FTP beats Email
If you want to share some file with 100+ people, sending email may not be a good idea. First of all you don’t want to copy and paste 100+ email addresses to your email. Even if you have a group email address which could save you from the tedious robotic labor, you will run into another problem: In most modern email provider’s perspective, your sending emails with file attachment to 100+ people at one time is spamming, your email will be blocked. Failure! FTP is apparently a better choice in such situation. You only need to upload the file into the server and ask your receivers to download it.

So, which one should you choose when you want to send a file? It depends on all the factors above. And the major factors are the size of the file and the number of the receivers. If you only need to send a small file to a couple of receivers, just drop an email with the file attached. If you want to share a 500M file with dozens of co-workers, you probably need a FTP server.