OpenSource Application Revolution in Design

I am totally liking the opportunities of OpenSource Application designed for Personal Computers to create Art & Design

As there are two main platforms in PC Market. And Those are Macintosh & Windows.

But Art & Design related computer applications have big business bulls like Adobe, Apple, Autodesk

Adobe really dominates the design tool or application market with their Photoshop, Illustrator & Flash Applications.

Apple Dominates & Own PC Platform like Macintosh OSX & iOS with their Mac’s & iPhone & iPad which has uniquely design apps which are dedicated to Mac market

Autodesk owns & dominates the 3D Animation Market with their Autodesk Maya, 3D Studio Max, Mudbox

Frankly speaking this all paid apps are all over $ 1,500. Which may be too expensive for young artist to use it to create & learn art & design by himself. Even Few business startups has hesitate to go for this big apps & to use & buy them.

So, What would be right approach to use apps for design & art?

Answer would be OpenSource Applications…!!!

So What Are they… Or what Are the alternatives for big Apps like Photoshop, Illustrator, CorelDRAW, Autodesk Maya

Market Leading Apps & Their Alternatives

  1. For Photoshop the alternative is GIMP
  2. For Illustrator or CorelDRAW the alternative is InkScape
  3. For Autodesk Maya the alternative is Blender 3D with Game Engine
  4. & Even for Operating System like Mac OSX & Windows, Linux is OpenSource Alternative
  5. Also for Office Apps Like Microsoft Office Word, Excell, Powerpoint… OpenOffice is the real OpenSource alternative

But you will ask, What is the deal here???

Well Frankly speaking OpenSource in simple language means Free Apps for Personal & Commercial Use…!!!

But few things before switching to OpenSource…

  • You have to be choosy about what version of OpenSource App you are using, is it stable release?
  • Is this Version released for Production
  • What other User are talking about in their respective app forums…

But one thing you will always suffer from & problem will be the ‘File Format’ for sharing the work, So sharing format for you to share with client would PDF & EPS. Even interacting with Users of Paid Apps like Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator & CorelDRAW would be sometimes difficult to share artwork etc.

But main Advantage of Choosing OpenSource Apps for Business would Monetary Factors Attached to it. As This Apps comes for ‘Free’ just for no money, You can save upto $ 3,000 worth of money yearly by not investing in big paid apps like Photoshop, Illustrator & Autodesk Maya… It will help you to save money & charge less to the client & Advantages over competitors on ‘Project Cost’ charged to the client.

So What Are you waiting for??? Just get the right OpenSource App for your business…!!!

Here are the Links:

OpenSource Vector Application



OpenSource Raster Application



OpenSource 3D Modelling & Animation Application

Blender 3D with Game Engine


OpenSource Office Application

Open Office Org.


Some more Information Over in this Article of mine: Open Source Applications for Artists in Simple Language Free Tools & Applications for Artists for Complete Digital Studio Setup

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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