45 Best Freeware Design Programs


In a previous post I gave you a list of 85+ Free Killer Resources Every Designer Should Know, which had a great response. Now, in the same line, I have brought together 45 Freeware Design Programs among literally thousands and thousands. It was a great quest, and it was worth it.

No, it won’t replace your fancy CS3, nor Flash, nor 3D Studio Max.
(Remember, we are getting something for nothing here. :)

Some of them are pretty decent alternatives, not only for those who are not willing to spend the big bucks, but also for those who need some specific tasks done, like resizing a batch of picture without needing to run the almighty Photoshop.

Personally, I also find them quite useful when friends & family or clients (or any non-graphically skilled person) ask to do minor/boring tasks (like reducing a red eye). Well, you can hand them one of these apps that can do the trick with a minor learning curve so they will be pleased and you will be relieved.

Hope you can find some gems among them.

Image editing

  • The GIMP 2.2.13

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GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program) is a freely distributed piece of software suitable for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition, and image authoring. It is a powerful piece of software with capabilities not found in any other free software product.

Note: You will need to download both GTK+ Runtime Environment and The Gimp installers. Install GTK+ before installing The Gimp.

Overview | Download

  • GIMPshop 2.2.8

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GIMPshop is a modification of the free/open source GNU Image Manipulation Program (GIMP), intended to replicate the feel of Adobe Photoshop. Its primary purpose is to make users of Photoshop feel comfortable using GIMP.

Overview | Download

  • Picasa 2.7

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Transfer, find, organize, edit, print, and share images, all with this easy-to-use product. Watch Picasa automatically organize all your pictures into elegant albums by date. Having all your photos in one place means no more time wasted searching for folders or files. The program works with JPEG, GIF, BMP, PSD, and movie files and is compatible with most digital cameras; it detects your USB driver and imports pictures into albums. Editing tools include cropping (standard or custom), removal of red-eye, and enhancing–even switching from color to black and white. Create slide shows set to your MP3s. Integration with Picasa’s free Hello instant picture-sharing software lets you share hundreds of photos in seconds and chat in real time.

Download Picasa with the Free Google Pack

  • Paint.NET 3.08

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Paint.NET is free image editing and photo manipulation software designed to be used on computers that run Windows. It supports layers, unlimited undo, special effects, and a wide variety of useful and powerful tools.

Overview | Download

  • ColorPic 4.0

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Ever tried using a color picker on a high resolution monitor? It’s impossible. That’s why this color picker has a magnifier attached. Grab palettes of up to 16 colors at once and use four advanced color mixers to select a spectrum of possibilities.

Overview | Download

  • Magnifier 3.0

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Ever needed to see what’s going on the screen down to the pixel level? That’s where the Magnifier comes in. Simple and easy to use, the Magnifier is always handy for when you need to see all the details. Magnifier has the following features: no popup adverts or spyware, easy to use with any other program, resizable magnification area, adjustable zoom factor, overlay a grid.

Overview | Download

  • Easy Thumbnails 2.91

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Create thumbnails and scaled copies of all your images. With Easy Thumbnails, you can find and process images individually, in groups, or in whole folders using a simple file selector and built-in image viewer. Use slider controls to rotate images and adjust contrast, brightness, sharpness, and other attributes. Thumbnails can be created in any existing folder or a new folder, and you can identify them clearly by adding a prefix or suffix to their names.

Overview & Download

  • FastStone Photo Resizer 1.4

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FastStone Photo Resizer is a free image converter and resizer intended to enable users (especially digital-camera owners) to convert, rename, resize, crop, rotate, change color depth, add text, and watermarks to images in a quick-and-easy batch mode. The application supports major graphic formats including BMP, JPEG, JPEG 2000, GIF, and PNG. Drag-and-drop mouse operation is well supported.

Overview | Download

  • ImageDiff 1.0.1

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ImageDiff is a pixel by pixel image comparison tool. ImageDiff allows you to compare two images side by side, and see a difference mask showing you the exact pixels that have changed. Features include: Compare images of different formats, including JPG, GIF, BMP, and TIF, PNG. Compare images of different proportions and imageDiff will scale and calculate the difference automatically.

Overview | Download

  • IrfanView 4

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IrfanView is a fast and compact image viewer/converter. It tries to be simple for beginners and powerful for professionals. Many supported file formats and features. Features include: multi-language support, Thumbnail option, slideshow, toolbar skins, fast directory browsing, batch conversion/editing, multipage editing, file search, change color depth, scanning, cut/crop, IPTC edit, capturing, lossless JPG operations, effects (sharpen, blur, Adobe Photoshop filters), EXE/SCR creating, many hotkeys, command line options and plugins.

Overview | Download

  • FastStone Image Viewer 3.2

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FastStone Image Viewer is a fast, stable, user-friendly image browser, converter and editor. It has a nice array of features that include image viewing, management, comparison, red-eye removal, emailing, resizing, cropping and color adjustments. Its innovative but intuitive full-screen mode provides quick access to EXIF information, thumbnail browser and major functionalities via hidden toolbars that pop up when your mouse touch the four edges of the screen. Other features include a high quality magnifier and a musical slideshow with 150+ transitional effects, as well as lossless JPEG transitions, drop shadow effects, image annotation, scanner support, histogram and much more. It supports all major graphic formats including BMP, JPEG, JPEG 2000, GIF, PNG, PCX, TIFF, WMF, ICO and TGA.

Overview | Download

  • Alch Icon Suite 1.2

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Alch Icon Suite is a powerful icon editing studio this small application is extremely easy to use and has a range of effects that can be applied to icons. Not only can you edit any existing Windows icons (16×16, 32×32, 48×48, 64×64)  you can create your own icons quickly and effectively.

*Update* 7/22/2007
Users have reported the presence of the virus “win32 adload.aw” in this program. Download for this app is not supported any more. Thanks for the help.

Overview | Download

Ilustration

  • Inkscape 0.45

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Inkscape is an Open Source vector graphics editor, with capabilities similar to Illustrator, Freehand, CorelDraw, or Xara ,m using the W3C standard Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) file format. Supported SVG features include shapes, paths, text, markers, clones, alpha blending, transforms, gradients, patterns, and grouping. Inkscape also supports Creative Commons meta-data, node editing, layers, complex path operations, bitmap tracing, text-on-path, flowed text, direct XML editing, and more.

Overview | Download

  • SmoothDraw NX

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SmoothDraw NX is an easy yet powerful freehand drawing tool. It’s a limited yet free version of SmoothDraw. It produces the most smooth and expressive stroke through your tablet. It also smoothes mouse input for who don’t have a tablet.

Overview & Download

  • SPRAY vector generator 0.1

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SPRAY vector generator is intended to produce helper objects for vector illustration software like Xara X, Corel Draw, and Adobe Illustrator. You can easily generate a huge number of circles with random position, fill, outline color; random paths, grids, and rays. You can then place generated objects in your favorite illustration app using the clipboard. Developed for Xara X but also works with Corel Draw or Adobe Illustrator.

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  • SMN v5.1 ParticleDraw

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ParticleDraw is a novel windows drawing program powered by a state of the art general system simulation engine. The brushes are dynamic systems of particles with interesting behaviours, which you can completely customise. Each brush is intricately tuneable with many underlying physical parameters and one can construct arbitrary systems of particles and use these as brushes.

Overview | Download

  • InsightPoint 3.2.5.2

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InsightPoint creates sophisticated illustrations and layouts for Web and print. When it comes to spelling out and sharing your ideas as text and graphics, InsightPoint is the fastest and easiest way to get you there. Built on top of XML technologies, comprehensive object-oriented vector design tools, trivial learning curve, and smooth drawing experience.

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Authoring Tools

  • Serif DrawPlus 4.0

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Unleash your creativity with Serif’s powerful drawing and graphics software – at no cost! You’ll be amazed how easy it is to create high quality graphics and animations without having to spend hours designing, or pay for expensive training.

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  • Project Dogwaffle Free

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This is a free program for PC, developed in VB by special fx artist, animator & novelist Dan Ritchie, and made available for free downloading and use. (Not for resale without express written permission – please contact Dan if you wish to include a copy of his software with your commercial products.) Any non-commercial distribution is fine; that includes placing it on cover CDs with magazines and books.

Overview | Download

  • AmitySource Userbar Generator

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AmitySource Userbar Generator is an easy-to-use program for generating unique and attractive userbars. With it you can create nice-looking userbars within five minutes and without any technical or artistic knowledge. It has everything you need for creating personal userbars: you can choose colors, special effect, pattern, a glow effect, an overlay image for your composition. AmitySource Userbar Generator allows to save the created userbar in different popular formats.

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  • Terragen 0.9.43

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Terragen is a scenery generator, created with the goal of generating photorealistic landscape images and animations. It is available for Windows and the Mac OS. At this stage in its development, Terragen is free for personal, noncommercial use.

Although Terragen is a continually evolving work-in-progress, it is already capable of near-photorealistic results for professional landscape visualisation, special effects, art and recreation.

Download | Overview

  • uMark Lite 1.1

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uMark Lite enables you to add a text or image watermark to your digital photos. You can choose from 9 pre-defined watermark placements, set a custom font, size, and color, as well as opacity levels. The freeware version can batch process up to 50 images in a single run. The watermarked images are saved in a new folder, so your originals remain unchanged. 50 images at a go, adds uMark Lite watermark.

Overview | Download

Animation

  • TouchArt Sampler 017

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TouchArt Sampler is a great way to learn the art and skills of performing live visuals and VJing. TouchPlayer and 21 interactive 2D and 3D animations (synths) are included in this sampler. Touch lets you manipulate visuals in real-time, giving you control of various parameters like lighting, color, textures, motion, video playback, and composing. Play some audio and you can sync visuals to the BPM.

Overview & Download

  • Synfig Studio 0.61.05

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Synfig Studio is a vector based 2D animation program. It is designed to be capable of producing feature-film quality animation. It eliminates the need for tweening, preventing the need to hand-draw each frame. Synfig Studio features spatial and temporal resolution independence (sharp and smooth at any resolution or framerate), high dynamic range images, and a flexible plugin system.

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  • AnimPixels 1.1

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AnimPixels is an animated movie software specializing in Isometric Pixel Art. Use your own movie components, or download them from the Web, to create an original pixelized animated movie. Download the free AnimPixels animation software. No evaluation period or limited feature.

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  • UnFREEz 2.1

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UnFREEz is a high-speed Windows application that will take any number of images, saved as separate GIF files, and create a single animated GIF from those images. What makes this program unique from its competitors? First and foremost, UnFREEz is freeware, which means you may use it forever without paying a cent or feeling the slightest bit guilty

Overview & Download

3D Modeling & CAD

  • LOOXIS Faceworx 1

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LOOXIS Faceworx creates a 3D head out of two standard 2D photos. You need two well illuminated pictures; one from the front (mugshot style) and one from the side.

Overview | Download

  • Bryce 5.5

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Create breathtaking realistic 3D landscapes and animations with DAZ 3D Bryce. The easy user interface simplifies the design process for a novice or the seasoned professional. Start out building or importing a landscape as impressive as the Grand Canyon. Populate it with buildings, people or any other object you create or from the extensive DAZ 3D library. The Light Lab provides you robust control over your sunsets, moonlight nights or high-noon ambiance.

**Update 7/30/07**
You wont find any free download link for the Bryce 5.5 at the official site, because the download is provided via download.com. A direct link to the program @ download.com is provided below.

Overview | Download

  • Blender 2.44

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Blender is the open-source software for 3D modeling, animation, rendering, post-production, interactive creation and playback. It is available for all major operating systems under the GNU General Public License

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  • Google SketchUp 6.0.277

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Google SketchUp is a free, easy-to-learn 3D-modeling program with a few simple tools to let you create 3D models of houses, sheds, decks, home additions, woodworking projects, and even space ships. You can add details, textures, and glass to your models, and design with dimensional accuracy.
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  • 3D Canvas 7.0.1.2

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3D Canvas is a real-time, 3D modeling and animation tool that incorporates a drag-and-drop approach. Complex models can be constructed from simple 3D primitives or created using 3D Canvas’s object-building tools. Creating an animated scene is as simple as positioning the objects within your scene for each point in time in your animation. 3D Canvas will ensure the resulting animation runs smoothly.
Version 7.0.1.2 adds support for Windows Vista.

Overview | Download

  • 3D Box Shot Maker

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3D Box Shot Maker is an easy and FREE tool to virtually design quality box shot for your software box cover. It is important to present a professional boxshot to entice your potential customers to take a closer look at your products. An impressive box shot will make your software outstanding, and easily defeat your competitors from the start.

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  • Alibre Design Xpress 9.2 SP1

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Alibre Design Xpress 3D solid modeling software delivers the features you need to get started with 3D design and tackle projects for your business or workshop. Alibre Design Xpress is a rich and capable 3D solid modeler for creating parts, assemblies, and 2D drawings.

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Flash Tools

  • Flash Slide Show Maker Professional 4.31

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Flash Slideshow Maker is a slide show Flash tool that helps you display photo album and slideshows on your web site. With dozens of preset themes, you can easily make XML driven photo galleries for websites. Flash Slideshow Maker is a template-based Flash authoring tool. You don’t need to know anything about XML or FLASH coding, there are only three simple steps to build a Flash photo slideshow. Each template can be customized, so the slideshow can easily be styled to match your own website design.

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  • LiveSwif Lite 2.1

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LiveSwif Lite 2 is a free Flash maker that lets you create Flash movies, buttons, or banners quickly and easily. It provides several classic vector drawing tools, including Freehand, Curve, Shape, Spline, Contour, and an in-place text editor. LiveSwif is a typical, keyframe-based animation system. Based on the capability of drawing tools, it provides a path-motion and transform-motion tool. In setting a new position, angle, size, or color in keyframes, LiveSwif will blend the in-between frames automatically. The setup package contains 500 library components.

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  • Sothink SWF Catcher for IE

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Sothink SWF Catcher for IE is a free and useful extension to Internet Explorer that enables you to save multiple Flash based charts, presentations, e-cards, games and Flash movies in it at one time. The small size allows it embedding in IE by just adding a new button. With only few clicks you can store your favorite Flashes easily.

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  • The Font Thing 0.8

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Browse installed and uninstalled TrueType fonts, viewing sample text, individual characters, and detailed font information. Easy font-management functions let you install, uninstall, print, copy, or delete any number of fonts at once. You can even store your own notes with them, filter them according to type (serif, sans serif, and so on), and group them into collections for convenience. This version lets you choose your font colors, set up drop-down lists of standard text samples, rename font files to avoid conflicts, and load fonts temporarily for use without installing them.

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  • FontHit Font Tools 0.2.5

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FontHit Font Tools is a manager that allows you view, preview, install, uninstall, print in color, customize size and text of the previews, browse your hard drive for fonts, create your own folders that you can drag fonts into, convenient and automatic categorization, drag-n-drop to add font files (even folders and zip files with fonts) to the preview list, and character map. You can also search the Web for fonts and font-related Web pages

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  • FontRenamer 1.0

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FontRenamer renames TrueType font files (*.ttf) with the real name of the typefaces. Simply select a folder of font files and click Rename button. ‘Arial bold italic.ttf’ instead of ‘arialbi.ttf’ or ‘Brush Script.ttf’ instead of brushscn.ttf’. FontRenamer is available in English and German languages (auto detection).

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  • FontInfo 1.1

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Plugin creates new PDF file which contains font names, parameters and recoding tables ToUnicode and xlatTable. Version 1.1 may include unspecified updates, enhancements or bugs fixes.

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Useful Tools

  • Digital Image Tool 1

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Do you take photographs, own a digital camera or work in multimeda or design? This user friendly tool was created specifically to batch process images quickly, applying flexible resizing methods, rotation, cropping, scaling, watermarking, renaming and more. As a multimedia designer Digital Image Tool has come in very handy…..we made it originally for use in-house but decided to put a little more effort into the program and release it for free to the public!

Overview | Download

  • JR Screen Ruler 1.4

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From the developer: “The JR Screen Ruler is a great tool that allows you to accurately measure anything on your screen. This is especially useful when measuring graphics, web page browser sizes or whatever. Screen Ruler can display Pixels, Inches, Picas or Centimeters.”

Overview & Download

  • Quick HTML Color Picker 1.0

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Quick HTML Color Picker is a free Windows color picker tool. With Quick HTML Color Picker, you can easily pick any color from the screen. You can preview the color, use mouse or keyboard to select the color you wanted, and get the color in RGB and HTML format. You can cancel a capture by “Esc” key or right-clicking. Supports saving HTML color value to clipboard automatically.

Overview | Download

  • LS Screen Capture 1.0.2

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This small application performs a small, but needed function. It captures your desktop in several handy ways. Capture the entire desktop screen, the entire desktop work area, capture using your mouse by creating a rectangle, capture an entire window, the entire window work area, capture any active window with key stroke (Ctrl + F2).

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264 Responses to 45 Best Freeware Design Programs

  1. Gary July 21, 2007 at 9:29 am #

    One heck of a job and I know it wasn’t easy rounding these up and posting them. Thanks a bunch, keep rockin

  2. Kirby July 21, 2007 at 10:47 am #

    most of these sites are very useful, thank you ^_^

  3. SHLOMI July 21, 2007 at 10:57 am #

    WOW, GREAT WORK
    I STUMBLE YOUR SITE AND INTENT ON COMING BACK
    THANKS

  4. gakkaman July 21, 2007 at 1:44 pm #

    nice! I will use deffinitly the 3d and animation ones! Ink scape for illustration is allready my fovurite, i use it also for commercal projects – and I’m satisfied. Thanks again!

  5. Torley July 21, 2007 at 2:01 pm #

    I never even heard of some of these before and they sound quite useful! I’ve been looking for new art tools to enjoy. Thanx a lot for taking the time to put this together, I hope it benefits many!

  6. Blackx July 21, 2007 at 3:47 pm #

    Great job! Although I know many of free graphics programs, I still made some significant discoveries on this page.

  7. mrk July 21, 2007 at 5:21 pm #

    Can’t believe you missed out inkscape

  8. gregor July 21, 2007 at 8:52 pm #

    hm, nice list, but all those pictures are just saying “photobucket.com bandwidth exceeded”..

    little boring, isn’t it?

  9. Joe July 21, 2007 at 10:15 pm #

    I’m not seeing any indication that Bryce 5.5 is free.

  10. sameer July 22, 2007 at 4:40 am #

    this will definitely help to keep the web more and more beautiful.

    i loved the article.

  11. mao July 22, 2007 at 5:08 am #

    @gregor Images working now :) sorry for the inconvenience guy
    @mrk Indeed inkscape is in the list check the first item in Illustration :)
    @joe Bryce 5.5 free download is not at the official site, is at download.com provided at the download link.

  12. Napolux July 22, 2007 at 6:33 am #

    Thanks for sharing these resources ;)

  13. Travis July 22, 2007 at 10:44 am #

    Why do you waste my time with a bunch of PC software? Especially when design is traditionally a Mac dominated field!! I only saw two indications cross platfor compatibility in this article.

    For those who are Mac users, Gimp, GimpShop, Inkscape, Terragen, Synfig, Bryce, and Blender are Mac compatible. Synfig is even available for Linux users. And for those apps that are not compatible, fear not. There are comparable, most likely superior apps out the for us Apple lovers.

  14. Nikola July 22, 2007 at 12:05 pm #

    Thanks for the list, it is great. Do you know of any JavaScript image editor, GPL or similar licensed?

  15. Chris M July 22, 2007 at 12:14 pm #

    You forgot Xara Xtreme, which is available now as open source for Linux, Mac and Windows. I think it meets or beats InkScape.

  16. Spencer Lavery July 22, 2007 at 12:27 pm #

    Seems a bit odd to have an article about ‘Design Programs’ with mostly Windows apps listed.

  17. sneppa July 22, 2007 at 1:16 pm #

    In “Alch Icon Suite 1.2″ is a virus

  18. bob July 22, 2007 at 1:17 pm #

    Great list of free software! Impressive!

  19. queequegbr July 22, 2007 at 2:20 pm #

    Great Work! Thanks a lot.

  20. Ninja July 22, 2007 at 2:43 pm #

    Personally, I think PrimoPDF is way better than CutePDF writer. CutePDF never really did it for me.

    And what about Wink? Debug Mode’s Wink is a great screen capture software.

  21. Ninja July 22, 2007 at 2:57 pm #

    Also beware of Alch Icon Suite. It comes with DollarRevenue adware bundled in. I found that if you delete the opt file that’s in the zip, no dollarware stuff is asked to be installed nor does it seem like it will install, you are taken to the direct Alch Icon Suite install

  22. Woeful July 22, 2007 at 3:03 pm #

    It’s nice to see two of my favorite tools listed: GIMP, and FastStone Image Viewer. Together these two wonderful free tools make a decent poor man’s Photoshop!

  23. Mario July 22, 2007 at 5:30 pm #

    I’ve been looking for a good 3D modeling program to run under Linux. Now I’ve got some options.

    thanks a bunch. keep it up.

  24. resetblog July 22, 2007 at 3:54 pm #

    GREAT LINK

  25. Robert July 22, 2007 at 4:24 pm #

    Hi , upon installing Alch icon suite, my Comodo anti-virus program detected a trojan named win32 adload.aw. i thought i’d let you know. regards, Robert.

  26. Nacho July 22, 2007 at 4:34 pm #

    Muchísimas gracias muy interesante y útil.

  27. Cidinho July 22, 2007 at 4:35 pm #

    Haha, he said “some gems among them”. Some?

  28. Ezequiel July 22, 2007 at 9:06 pm #

    Muy buen review de las herramientas.

  29. Pinox July 22, 2007 at 8:07 pm #

    For 3D design, my favorite choice is Art of Illusion (http://www.artofillusion.org/), a “free, open source 3D modelling and rendering studio…written entirely in Java, and should be usable on any Java Virtual Machine which is compatible with J2SE 1.4 or later.” It produces some nice 3D rendering and animation.

  30. Walter July 22, 2007 at 11:47 pm #

    Great work! Thank you!

  31. moh July 23, 2007 at 12:09 am #

    Some are old and well established programs, some are new and worth a try. Overall, nice package. hope you could also try making a list of “programs for website making for complete idiots” like myself. I have always been looking for a google page creator replacement. It’s simple drag and drop and you have your website ready in few minutes, as long as your photos are ready, but it can only work with google pages. so any ideas will be welcome.

  32. Cougarten July 23, 2007 at 2:32 am #

    Ty for the great blog ^^

    cya arround

  33. Cougarten July 23, 2007 at 2:45 am #

    btw: you definitly need a favicon, especially for the RSS feed

  34. Cougarten July 23, 2007 at 2:46 am #

    and a re-design of the header ^^

  35. Kame July 23, 2007 at 2:50 am #

    Thanks a bunch! That’s some great software you listed here!

    Oh, and by the way, @Travis: yeah, the author should really be reprimanded for ‘wasting your [obviously precious] time’. Thanks for setting him straight. Actually, reading your Apple fanboy routine was a waste of *my* time, and undoubtedly that of others as well. Why should the platform matter to a good designer? Grow up.

    @Spencer Lavery: ‘odd’? I would venture that, from the global PC to Apple ratio, there will always be more people doing graphic work on other platforms than on Mac OS. Did the author ever imply that his list would only cater to Mac users?

    Oh, I love working and designing on my Mac. But I have been using PC’s at work (yes, designing) for more than 9 years now. So what if my PC is not shiny white? Should that affect the quality of my work? And since when has a designer only been justified by the software and platform he/she uses?

    Thanks again for the great list, snap2objects.

  36. Kame July 23, 2007 at 3:05 am #

    Oops. Got reaaaaallly carried away there.

    @Spencer Lavery: I was assuming you were not a Windows user. But you could be. Or a Linux user, of course. My comment still stands, though.

  37. Spencer Lavery July 23, 2007 at 5:09 am #

    I have been a Windows user for the past 10 years or so, I built my design career on a Windows machine, so I’m far from a Mac FanBoy or lobbyist or whichever stereotype you’re assuming. I only bought my first personal Mac a few weeks ago, in fact. However, I have worked in a great number of design houses, web design included, and without even one exception – they ALL use Macs to design on. It may be different in Holland, but if you’re honestly of the opinion that the only advantage of designing on a Mac is a “shiny, white case” you’re obviously a little retarded. I hate the Mac cult following, but I’m not so blind I don’t realise that they’re actually better machines to design on.

  38. Martin Leblanc July 23, 2007 at 6:43 am #

    Find icons for your apps and websites here: http://www.iconfinder.net

  39. vate July 23, 2007 at 10:47 am #

    Excelent list. I’d only add XnView: http://www.xnview.org

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  41. Kame July 24, 2007 at 1:10 am #

    @Spencer Lavery: the *only* advantage of using Macs over PC’s we can come up with here at the studio, is that of hardware/software compatibility across agencies. Which isn’t the same as saying that one or the other is the better machine to design on.

    So please enlighten us: why exactly is the Mac better than the PC to design on? I mean, here we were, thinking that this profession was about using our brains. And a computer, whatever make or color, is just a tool. Or is it?

    Wow, being called retarded and blind within the same paragraph is actually a first for me. I really don’t know whether I should congratulate you or request an apology ;-)

  42. syahid ali July 25, 2007 at 1:23 am #

    one heck of a list here. del.icio.us -ed!

  43. Rey mendoza July 25, 2007 at 2:26 am #

    Does Flash slide show maker require Slideshowzilla software? am tempted to install but might be stumped if the actual templates would be needed from slideshowzilla which is another product (not free)

  44. Marc-ee July 26, 2007 at 5:31 pm #

    This rocks. The world thanks you!!!

  45. jeff July 27, 2007 at 7:07 am #

    Ya want FREE programs and stuff ? Look here …
    http://freshmeat.net/

  46. Ary July 27, 2007 at 8:02 pm #

    Muito bom …… salvou o dia!!!

  47. John Breo Reyes July 28, 2007 at 3:59 am #

    wow, thanks for this one another great list.

  48. Miguel July 28, 2007 at 8:41 am #

    Excelent recopilation keep working, but… what happen with:

    http://www.xnview.com/

    http://www.inkscape.org/

    http://www.scribus.net/

    http://www.openoffice.org/product/draw.html

  49. SomeOne July 29, 2007 at 9:37 am #

    Bryce 3D is not free as in ree beer. They only allow you to download for free DAZ-Studio.

    Please correct it… I i’m really dissappointed :-(

  50. mao July 30, 2007 at 8:50 am #

    @Someone, Bryce 3D it is free. As I told to
    @joe Bryce 5.5 free download is not at the official site, is at download.com provided at the download link.

    You have to follow the download link provided from download.com. :)

  51. Luiz Antonio Rosa da Silva July 31, 2007 at 4:30 pm #

    muito bom

  52. Charles Forster August 1, 2007 at 2:25 pm #

    Too bad none of these are for Mac.
    I was very interested in this until I realized I couldn’t use any of them. :(

  53. king6cee August 1, 2007 at 9:55 pm #

    Thank you for enlightening us. Now we are more confident in manipulation of websites’ graphics and images thus improve user interfaces.

  54. JoeKisonu August 3, 2007 at 6:41 am #

    Great List. I knew about several of these but saw others I didn’t know about. I use the Gimp quite often and it does everything for me that PhotoShop did.
    Also, for screen capture, most of the time I use MWSnap, but occassionally I’ll use FastStone capture because it allows you to capture a scrolling window (both are free). There’s also a version you can run from a thumb drive.

  55. Cris L. August 3, 2007 at 6:58 am #

    I’m surprised that these two great apps didn’t make the top 45:

    Artrage 2 (freeware version with some options disabled):

    http://www.ambientdesign.com/artragedown.html

    Deep Paint 2.0 (freeware, no limits)

    http://www.download.com/Deep-Paint/3000-2191_4-10398243.html?tag=lst-0-1

    And this one is very interesting too, maybe it would make the top 100 :)

    http://hp.vector.co.jp/authors/VA024811/english.html

    And “TwistedBrush Free Edition” is worth a look, too:

    http://www.pixarra.com/download.html

  56. The Smorgasbord August 3, 2007 at 11:15 am #

    I’ve seen a lot of lists of freeware, but this is the real deal…this is the end all be all list of tools, and it’s categorized – and thank you, thank you, thank you for putting a pic of each one!!

    This must’ve taken you hours and hours – but this is a reference and resource page I’ll use time and time again!

  57. Gabriel Gagliano August 3, 2007 at 4:47 pm #

    You missed a young fine free linux program:
    The Light Zone. Find it in:

    http://www-old.lightcrafts.com/linux/

  58. passerby August 3, 2007 at 11:38 pm #

    “Design” & “Designer” a bit confusing. Web design? Fashion design? Engineering design? Architecture design?

  59. Arjun August 4, 2007 at 2:53 am #

    Nice list of designing programs ..

    ———–
    Tech Check ..
    http://www.cooltechcheck.blogspot.com/

  60. Freemind August 5, 2007 at 1:40 am #

    Good list. Thanks.

  61. Michael August 6, 2007 at 5:33 am #

    Great list! Thank you!

    btw. I will have a MacBook Pro next month, but I hope I don’t become a typical mac user (telling everyone about the new found religion).
    You know why agencies use macs? Cause they’re not tech-savy people. That’s all.
    A win-machine needs more maintanance to run smoothly.

    mike

  62. Oliver Smith August 7, 2007 at 1:14 pm #

    Hey, Cool stuff i didnt even know about Terragen until reading this :-)

  63. mao August 7, 2007 at 1:40 pm #

    @Michael , Why agencies use mac?

    In my opinion is due to the Desktop Publishing began with Mac back in 1985 with programs like MacPublisher and Aldus PageMaker. It was long after that it became available in IBM platforms.

    So in that time Mac was the only option to do the job. So when it was finally available on PC, Mac was already strong established on the market and on top the top of heart.

  64. Michael August 7, 2007 at 4:02 pm #

    @ Mao
    Valid point.
    I can only speak from my personal experiences. These lead me to my statement. I often found the guys in the agencies really used the mac like a pencil, a tool. That’s a good thing. You really shouldn’t have to be able to fix a computer just to do some pictures on it. So without the need to dig into the machine they never acquire this knowledge and thus are not as tech-savy as a windows user who has to deal with a crappy OS.
    I’d wish I’d never have to deal with that unstable Win machines, but for my kind of work I needed the horsepower (doing 3D was faster on x86 cpus compared to PPC of comparable price). With the new intel macs and bootcamp I will finally make my first steps in mac-land.

    mike

  65. Raghavendra August 7, 2007 at 8:16 pm #

    Today I saw and downloaded few of the softwares which are very essential and useful.I thank you on behalf of myself in particular and all those who love to have such progs in general.
    I am looking for a free flash creating wizard if it is there could you please include .
    thanks once again for the efforts that you have made for the benefit of all of us.

  66. Todd August 8, 2007 at 3:09 am #

    Thanks for your hard work, it helps a lot of people.

  67. Hank Friedman August 9, 2007 at 10:20 am #

    You left out my favorite free charting software: TeeChart Office.

    The URL to download it is:
    http://www.steema.com/products/teechart/office/overview.html

    It has enabled me to create “donut” pie charts, and other graphs and is powerful and easy to use!

  68. Lynx August 10, 2007 at 11:44 pm #

    Great work….I absolutely love this, and will be back many times for programs I need. You ROCK!!

  69. joyces August 13, 2007 at 3:57 pm #

    I have some of the programs you listed but am going to try many of the ones on the list.
    I have never been able to afford a mac or adobe software I so appreciate this list. keep it coming.

  70. sam August 14, 2007 at 4:13 pm #

    thank you thank you thank you very much

  71. CAD-User August 15, 2007 at 4:25 am #

    Hi All, you might want to add the free 3D CAD Tool

    CoCreate OneSpace Modeling Personal Edition (PE)

    to your list of best Freeware Programs.
    Check out their website:
    http://www.cocreate.com/free

    Regards,

    >CAD-User

  72. rtistd August 17, 2007 at 1:51 pm #

    Lovin’ it!
    Have to add to your list, though…

    artRage2 (by ambient design) is simply an great painting program (free and shareware versions):
    http://www.ambientdesign.com/artrage.html

    Instead of CutePDF, I use PDFreDirect, which lets me add ppages to already existing PDFs:
    http://www.exp-systems.com/

    Another reliable screen grab source:
    http://www.game-master.net/pages/grabby.html

  73. Ausgefallene Geschenke August 20, 2007 at 3:13 am #

    Thank You for this great list!

  74. Maltese Dog August 20, 2007 at 7:44 am #

    Wow. Must have taken you forever to write this up!

  75. Johan Dahlfors August 23, 2007 at 10:14 am #

    I strongly agree with Ricardo Ortega. Check out Linotype FontExplorer X for Mac OS X and Windows platforms. It is free and one of the absolutely best font managers around these days. Many even consider it better than Extensis Suitcase. If you are into typography for print or web, do check it out.

    http://www.linotype.com/fontexplorerX/

  76. grapeape August 25, 2007 at 2:28 pm #

    i’d add a few tools ,but great job!
    add these if u can find them free
    maya
    truespace
    3d studio max
    win blinds/stardock.com
    geisswerks.com
    win amp
    cool edit 2 pro

  77. sure September 6, 2007 at 7:29 am #

    Good humanitarian work.
    God bless you.

  78. SajaTo September 11, 2007 at 4:31 am #

    Great tips . THNX

    I use also this tools that might be usefull – also freeware

    Texture processor – textures
    Ani Tuner – cursors
    Aphophysis – fractals
    Chaoscope – fractals

  79. MPK September 14, 2007 at 6:09 am #

    another free and really nice icon editor:

    IcoFX
    http://icofx.xhost.ro/

  80. Visitor380 September 14, 2007 at 10:11 pm #

    I have visited your site 070-times

  81. Rachel September 17, 2007 at 9:13 pm #

    Thanks so much for taking the time to posts these! There are quited I few i am going to try out.

  82. Jeff September 22, 2007 at 9:31 am #

    Cool, nice art…

  83. David Rader II September 28, 2007 at 9:48 pm #

    For providing such a descriptive list I just wanted to make a helpful suggestion of providing anchors… Because this is such a long article, it would be useful to be able to link directly to one of the programs you describe. I’m also going to link to this article and your http://www.snap2objects.com/2007/06/06/85-killer-resources-every-designer-should-know on one of my sites.

  84. G@И@A September 30, 2007 at 7:12 am #

    All ya need. Thnx for snap2objects.com. More graphic tool & programs publish.
    Sincerely, Ganaa

  85. Keith Johnson October 5, 2007 at 7:35 pm #

    Great page. Many Thanks!

  86. shasanth October 5, 2007 at 11:11 pm #

    Beautiful Site! Good Work! guys like you make the world a better place!

    Your page has really helped me!

    sincerely

    shasanth

  87. josedebaires October 10, 2007 at 4:17 am #

    muchas gracias!!!, puse el enlace en mi blog, saludos

  88. Thomas Farrell October 12, 2007 at 4:32 am #

    I would like a free design programme for easy design for Advertisements

  89. Jeff October 13, 2007 at 4:24 pm #

    Why do people refer to Photoshop as a vector program, Illustrator is a vector program, Photoshop is a photo editing program. Hence the name “Photoshop” Please get it right people. (Just another pet peeve of mine)

  90. Gamemaster October 16, 2007 at 8:08 am #

    Stumbled this site. Great list of design programs! I have heard of and used a few of these, but there are many I will certainly be looking at. Thanks for sharing! This is bookmarked for sure!!

  91. Alen November 1, 2007 at 1:31 am #

    Nice list.

  92. Lucas Mezencio November 1, 2007 at 3:41 am #

    Awesome! Nice post!

  93. reb d November 5, 2007 at 12:58 pm #

    thank you this was brilliant.
    best wishes
    reb

  94. rock November 19, 2007 at 6:33 am #

    great job i think

  95. PraP November 22, 2007 at 8:51 am #

    Hey this is very useful . Thanks.

  96. marianela November 25, 2007 at 2:12 pm #

    it´s so pretty

  97. escimo December 4, 2007 at 1:07 pm #

    WOW; Great list, but currently i am a photoshop user! Gimp sometimes sucks with realy big files!

  98. efe December 6, 2007 at 5:57 pm #

    Great work! Thank you!

  99. Paul Sinkovitz December 8, 2007 at 3:57 pm #

    Lots of Cake here. I’m going to pig out.

  100. Flaschen Geist December 12, 2007 at 3:28 pm #

    Thank you! I will try out Gimp!

  101. CYRUS January 6, 2008 at 3:04 pm #

    Really i wanna thank you fot adding these programs on this website …..thanx so much…: )

  102. leonid January 10, 2008 at 9:26 pm #

    cool
    you shoud faststone capture on as well

  103. iulian rusu January 13, 2008 at 5:07 am #

    thank you for your effort of gathering, analizing, and sharing these programs . I find many of them very useful.

  104. Noadi January 26, 2008 at 3:01 pm #

    Wonderful list! I already knew of some of these like Gimp, Inkscape, and Blender but now I have more to try out. Thanks!

  105. Ryan February 8, 2008 at 1:59 pm #

    Sheer excellence! Great collection. Thanks for writing this very useful blog post.

  106. tallpaul1500 February 12, 2008 at 8:17 am #

    I bumped in to this on Yahoo’s answers site. Now I have to figure out what to do with some of the program. I can under stand “buy me a cup of coffee” but I am a diet Pepsi drinker. Where do I send the coffee? My biggest lost was when the computer with Dpaint crashed as I really like doing color rays, yes I know “no biggie” but I like them. When I started learning BASIC I use to put different color circle randomly on the screen. I have since forgotten Basic and I do miss my circles so you know I will jump on the circle program. I have to run this through spell checker in Microsoft word, as I hate sending out badly spelled e-mails.

  107. Andii February 12, 2008 at 1:34 pm #

    gr8 stuff guys im gettin top marks in my photography class

  108. Clayton February 17, 2008 at 8:51 am #

    Fantastic collection!

    Great job!

    Really appreciated, Thanx!!! ct

  109. Doug Bays February 21, 2008 at 12:13 pm #

    You’ve done an excellent job on this. Congratulations.
    I have to say I was surprised to find PhotoFiltre and Xn View missing.

  110. lauren February 26, 2008 at 6:14 am #

    Wow! Great work! Thank you!

  111. Simon James February 27, 2008 at 12:26 am #

    wowzeewee – great list thanks for those. I dont know where to start.

  112. Free CSS Templates February 29, 2008 at 2:50 am #

    wow, a very long nice detailed list of applications. I work in the design industry and always like to find free alternatives to the big commercial applications. I will consider using some of these in the future.

  113. Rally Fan February 29, 2008 at 2:58 am #

    Excellent post, very useful indeed, I didn’t know some of the other image editors either – I’ve struggled with using Gimp for some time (it’s just not the most user friendly of editors) and I will try the others mentioned.

    From an HTML/web designer point of view, there are also the plethora of free Firefox plug-ins to mention as free developer tools as well – Web Developer, Color Picker, Firebug to name the most important.

    Thanks again.

  114. Free CSS Templates March 5, 2008 at 5:43 am #

    Great list of free software! Impressive!

  115. sonia March 10, 2008 at 6:05 am #

    What a great load sites for the photographer – I have bookmarked and will be back – bringing my friends. Thanks.

  116. hernan March 13, 2008 at 3:48 am #

    Muy buena selección de programas. muchas gracias. sigue con otros temas. por favor. video, sonido, etc.

  117. Saad AL Marri March 14, 2008 at 5:40 am #

    it’s great website make life easier like shortcut to every things.
    great thanks for this website
    keep me informed

  118. Floroskop March 18, 2008 at 3:32 am #

    Hello!
    I think this try.

  119. luko March 19, 2008 at 11:23 am #

    is there any program which creates 3d graffiti styles? But not online like graffiti creator or graffiti gen

  120. Michael Hartley March 20, 2008 at 12:11 am #

    I have some of these already, but only after extensive ‘mining’ of the Internet and review ePublications. But there are quite a few here that I have never seen before, I just hope my PC can hold all of them. Hahahah…But no site I have ever browsed has taken the time & effort to offer them all in one place, updated, and with precautionary notes (such as ‘download of this software has been disabled after some users reported hidden malware in this program’. I learned of your site via my ‘Gizmos Best Ever Freeware’ eMagazine subscription. Kudos to you – an excellent job and a great time saver.

  121. Ian Winterbottom March 26, 2008 at 1:13 pm #

    Very nice, I have been playing with Graphics for years and still fojnd stuff I had never tried. Thanks a lot!

  122. Rich March 30, 2008 at 11:21 am #

    Great programs. There are some more here that you may like…

  123. cheeky May 3, 2008 at 5:36 pm #

    I love you and God bless you with so many people out there tryin to make a quick buck thank ‘s for caring about the under budget student or future business person

  124. 9ale7 May 10, 2008 at 1:33 pm #

    really nice place,,, a must for my library programs..

    but i was suprised for not finiding :
    BLENDER, great 3d tool and can make animations.
    it is even used by student for university projects.

  125. Fernanda Puca May 27, 2008 at 2:04 pm #

    I don’t know which of those I can use for design furniture, somebody can tell me please..!!! I need one software. It doesn’t matter if I have to buy one. I don’t have idea….thank you.

  126. Search Engine Sam June 12, 2008 at 1:17 am #

    Really cool blog, I might try some of these out, especially the 3d and animation ones. I can’t see myself leaving the comfy adobe world though to be honest.
    Thanks,
    Sam

  127. Firebubble Web Design Leicester June 12, 2008 at 2:27 pm #

    I used gimp at school, its nowhere as good as photoshop, however it is free and is a good starting point like all these products for someone starting up. The 3d tool looks really cool . This list is pretty comprehensive.
    Nice work,
    Firebubble

  128. Rick June 20, 2008 at 7:13 am #

    Yeah, the good stuff is definitely on the first page of this. I am intrigued by the “box shot maker” software on here, though. Looks like it does just one thing, but could come in handy at times.

  129. Free Web Templates June 24, 2008 at 1:36 am #

    Hey some of these tool are really really good considering they are free. Thanks for the awesome article.

  130. Peter June 29, 2008 at 6:04 am #

    Oldies, but goldies :-) Some of these are still very helpful!
    Thxs for sharing this list.

  131. Affordable Web Design July 1, 2008 at 8:40 pm #

    Amazing collection of free programs. Gimp rocks for Linux users by the way! Thanks for posting.

  132. Hans July 23, 2008 at 11:09 pm #

    Never knew there where so many alternatives for fotoshop. Not as good though, but very useful. Many thanks for the list.

  133. Compromise Gloucester July 24, 2008 at 6:48 am #

    Good list, but not too focused on the design based world that is apple mac.

  134. thomas August 1, 2008 at 7:36 am #

    Great tools. I like Flash slideshow Maker from http://www.flash-slideshow-maker.com. IT’s very useful for slide show images.

  135. sjl web design August 5, 2008 at 2:07 pm #

    excellent list of freeware programmes, I’ve used gimp in the past but I tend to stick with adobe products, mainly because I didn’t know many of the free design programs available.
    thanks again/

  136. Disabled Designer August 13, 2008 at 1:34 am #

    Great list, must have taken some time to put this list together so really appreciate it. Keep up the good work!

  137. Air Conditioning August 15, 2008 at 4:18 am #

    I personally feel that GIMP is the best piece of freeware available for designers. All the rest look great but without trying half of them I can’t really comment on their performance. Excellent list thou, really comprehensive and valuable for a new design without much cash for things like photoshop

  138. samwisegamgee August 16, 2008 at 3:42 am #

    Great site man!
    Thankz heaps for the list, will be visiting
    quiet often.
    Keep going ;–)
    Best Regards

  139. Mortgage AL August 18, 2008 at 1:46 pm #

    Very nice, Its mad when you think of the time spent developing open source software and the amount of time that people give for free. brilliant really. Nice post

  140. Mystery Design August 19, 2008 at 6:33 am #

    excellent post a great selection of open source software. I have used the basics of gimp, but Adobe is where my heart lies. The trouble is the skills that i have with adobe are being outweighed by how simple adobe makes it to generate quality montages.

  141. Catering Pat August 22, 2008 at 4:12 am #

    Great list, Digital Image Tools offers excellent functionality and is very easy to user, some functions are:

    Batch process images quickly, applying flexible resizing methods such as rotation, cropping, scaling, watermarking, and renaming. Quick and easy to use, great for photographers or multimedia developers. Version 1.3 has better support for vista.

  142. Ernie August 23, 2008 at 11:22 am #

    The FontHit Font-Tool sucks and doesn´t work really good. Do you know some nice font viewing/installing tool from nowadays? ;)

    Thanks.

  143. widaca August 24, 2008 at 12:28 am #

    Very useful collection of tips. Thanks for sharing.

  144. Lea August 31, 2008 at 9:59 pm #

    These are really wonderful program choices. I have Bryce 5.5 and Blender. Also, I think TrueSpace is freeware now as well.

    I will be back to download some of these and try them out.

    Thanks so much!

  145. bob marley September 2, 2008 at 9:19 pm #

    you act like because it’s free it’s not as good as something that costs $1000. you are far from being correct. there are open source programs that are 10x better than it’s closed source counterparts.

  146. Jasmin September 4, 2008 at 8:17 pm #

    I’ve been looking for good product freewares for a long time, I thank God I’ve found you. Cheers! Job well done. ^ ^

  147. Denny SAdeni SE September 5, 2008 at 8:25 pm #

    These sites are very …smart. thans

  148. Dessu September 20, 2008 at 1:45 pm #

    All Is Great,Thanks

  149. louis September 23, 2008 at 7:28 am #

    excellent excellent excellent useful collection! Thanx!

  150. hilwa September 24, 2008 at 6:33 pm #

    thank you very much :) its very useful..

  151. lighting September 26, 2008 at 3:04 am #

    There is also an excellection icon search engine at VeryIcon.com, it has the most powerful search function and the largest icon database that contents 20000+ icons.

  152. Rock September 26, 2008 at 9:26 pm #

    good working man

  153. Yoram October 4, 2008 at 9:14 am #

    WOW !!!!
    This is a fantastic software anotated list, I’m sure it can help my design students a lot.
    Tanks for this wonderful work!
    Yoram

  154. Chase Saunders October 21, 2008 at 5:12 pm #

    awesome list… thank you.

  155. André Luís Toledo October 22, 2008 at 3:13 am #

    Where is inkscape in that list?

  156. mao October 22, 2008 at 5:48 am #

    @André Luís Toledo
    Is the first one in the Illustration category. ^^

  157. Deceanu Valeriu October 26, 2008 at 1:37 am #

    Most of these sites are very useful, thank you.You are the best!

  158. Driving Lessons October 30, 2008 at 12:34 pm #

    Excellent list, thanks for taking the time to compile it.

  159. rajeshwari November 11, 2008 at 3:43 am #

    wonderful softwares..its very useful to them who dreams to design…

  160. Bed and Breakfast Venice November 28, 2008 at 1:55 am #

    Wow, for al ow budget work this tools are great!!!
    I like a lot illustration, terragen, Bryce, and the foto resizer, very useful.
    Great job friends!!!

  161. Servicii Web Design November 29, 2008 at 6:53 am #

    Very great list.

    Thanks a lot for sharing.

  162. Pneurnelelt December 7, 2008 at 8:32 pm #

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  163. SEO Co December 14, 2008 at 6:20 pm #

    Thanks for sharing these great free design programs!

  164. iman December 18, 2008 at 9:38 pm #

    its very good for all of the designer in the world, but I hope in this side please to additon all of the software especially for design..okkk….I very need it…
    see you..bye….

  165. jose February 3, 2009 at 7:26 pm #

    thank you this programs are great

  166. michelle February 4, 2009 at 12:00 pm #

    Really useful :) thanks.

  167. Jay Dee February 5, 2009 at 2:16 pm #

    Thanx alot. Glad there are people out there like yourself helping us middle of the road users.

  168. Site Ekle February 15, 2009 at 9:46 am #

    Thank you,thank you

  169. Bridgette February 19, 2009 at 10:40 am #

    Which of the programs are best for designing brochures or fliers?

    Thanks so much!!!!

  170. webtiful web design SEO February 25, 2009 at 8:59 pm #

    Great article!!!

  171. Sienna February 28, 2009 at 9:09 am #

    hey thanks that was realllly helpful i am greatful for you doing this it was realllllllllly extremely helpful!!!

    Good job you rock!!!

  172. arznei March 5, 2009 at 7:55 am #

    I love gimp. Worked with it on almost every web project. Thanks for your post. Great work!

  173. A_Flama March 13, 2009 at 10:30 pm #

    Thanks for the tips!!! :)

  174. utpal March 18, 2009 at 1:31 am #

    its simply fantastic!

  175. justuploaded March 21, 2009 at 6:21 pm #

    Thankyou for putting all these programsin one easy spot to download.

    I’ve bookmarked this gem.

    Thanks

  176. Paul C March 21, 2009 at 4:50 pm #

    Very nice, thanks!

  177. website design norwich March 23, 2009 at 5:29 am #

    Some great applications there!

  178. oyun March 27, 2009 at 8:41 am #

    Thank you.

  179. David April 3, 2009 at 6:58 pm #

    Just dropping in a note. The images above are not working correctly.

  180. Amichund Ramlall April 16, 2009 at 8:51 pm #

    brilliant .cant find any other words.

  181. wrapper April 21, 2009 at 10:05 pm #

    Picked up some useful info—thanks for all the work—it’s really appreciated.

  182. Susan April 22, 2009 at 9:33 am #

    thank you!!

  183. ALEJANDRO GARCIA ARANDA April 24, 2009 at 7:43 pm #

    IT´S TO HARD FOR DOWLOAD THE PROGRAMS BECAUSE THE PAGE NOT FOUND THE SERVER FOR DOWNLOAD

  184. Air Conditioning April 27, 2009 at 2:33 am #

    Thanks for sharing the excellent list of free programs!

  185. Giro April 29, 2009 at 12:00 pm #

    What comments on INKSCAPE?

  186. Fireplace Design May 14, 2009 at 1:34 pm #

    Great list, it must have taken you ages to compile all these. My personal favorite is Picasa. Really easy to use and does everything I need.

  187. antgrz May 16, 2009 at 8:59 am #

    Good list…. but most of them only windows ware.
    No mac, no linux.

  188. Ramani Iyer May 20, 2009 at 1:25 pm #

    Fine postings. Encourage for all open sources. The great endeavour in delivering at free of charge is highly appreciated. Keep it up.

    Best Wishes.

  189. H Byron May 25, 2009 at 11:39 pm #

    Great!!!! Keep it up!

  190. Vai toma no Cú September 5, 2012 at 6:22 pm #

    uma bosta, nem link não tem, a vai pro inferno

  191. Jp Vimalraj September 10, 2012 at 10:16 pm #

    its really useful to me. thanks

  192. Sreeni Ohp India September 15, 2012 at 6:34 am #

    Excellent !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! all are very very useful softweres

  193. Juliano de Lima November 30, 2012 at 9:01 pm #

    I like! Tanks.

  194. Juliano de Lima November 30, 2012 at 9:01 pm #

    I like! Tanks.

  195. wycodreams June 4, 2013 at 1:17 pm #

    Amaizing!!!!!! Thankyou

  196. Robert May 20, 2015 at 6:40 pm #

    Excelent

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  29. 45 Programas de diseño gratuitos | zarqun.com - July 24, 2007

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  35. 45 Grafikprogramme als Freeware - Ausgefallene Geschenke - December 6, 2007

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  37. MuffinTech.Net | tecnología, cosas, y otras cosas | - January 14, 2008

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  38. Recommended Downloads - Page 2 - Ajarn Forum - Living and Teaching In Thailand - March 17, 2008

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  44. 45 kostenlose Design Programme… | isarflimmern.tv | der blog aus muenchen - May 14, 2008

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