Design Tools Comparison

Today I decided to compare different design tools or computer applications available in market to just to differentiate them with each other

Before even talking about Computer Design Applications you can guess what big companies are involved in to developing them, examples are Adobe, Autodesk, Apple, Microsoft

Sometimes as Graphic Designer, Web Designer, Animator is really hard to understand what tools to choose before even starting a design process but you have to keep in mind that tool are just tools not an design solution that will dictate your design process but it will just help you to do your job done.

Comparison of Design Tools can be made on following basis:

  1. Price
  2. Ease of Use
  3. Popularity
  4. Type (Raster or Vector or Voxel)
  5. Apps’ Availability over particular Computer Operating Systems
  6. Compatibility with other file format & tools
  7. Features

Price of paid apps like Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator are around $ 1,000. Paid apps may cost too much to your pocket if you are starting a fresh as a freelancer. But there are other opensource apps may just cost nothing to you pocket & save lot of investment in digital assets like apps

Ease of Use & Popularity
User Experience or User Features & Ease of Use wise paid apps will always win the race as they have long history of development over the years that’s what makes them user centric as there are chances that you know already about apps like photoshop & you have used it before in the past. As comparing between Photoshop & Opensource Image Manipulation program like GIMP, No one knows about GIMP but they know about photoshop & that’s what make them user friendly as user thinks there is no better app than Photoshop

Type of Apps
App will always be analyzed on the basis of what purpose it serves e.g. Is this app made for creating vector graphics or print media, Is this Raster app that is made for photo manipulation, photography or digital painting purposes or video production, Is this app made for 3D Animation, 3D Modeling i.e. Voxel

Apps’ Availability over particular Computer Operating Systems
As you may know company like Adobe with their popular apps like Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Flash & Other Products that they don’t support Linux Operating System so If you are using Linux Operating System like Fedora or Ubuntu you will definitely miss this popular apps

Apps Compatibility with other file format & tools
Paid Apps like Photoshop & Illustrator does support open document exchange formats like PDF, EPS etc. Now PDF also supports 3D elements so it will not be issue in opening one app’s file in different program…

Photoshop’s new features like content aware fill are like market leading features that one photographer may hoping to see in one program & this features that differentiate program like GIMP from Photoshop & that’s what make Photoshop more advanced than GIMP or any other Image manipulation program.

This are the some points through which you can differentiate & compare one program to other.

Thanks & Regards
Mandar Apte

Published by Mandar Apte

Mandar is a Mumbai-based multi-disciplinary designer with UX/UI, Logo, Symbol, and Brand Identity design expertise. He currently runs his Mudrkashar Linguistic Apple iPhone, iPad, and Mac app business in the heart of Mumbai city.

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