11 open source alternatives for Graphic software


Commercial Graphics Applications are Great But, nobody prefers to go with expensive Commercial Graphic Applications.

But now there is so many open-source alternative application are available on the web for Commercial Graphic Applications.

Some applications are really handy and offer some great features as compared to Graphic Applications.

11 open source alternatives for Graphic software

1 Archimedes

Archimedes is a perfect open source alternative for Autodesk AutoCAD 2009.

It’s a Computer aided design (CAD) software mainly focusing on architectural design.

The Application is very promising, it offers all major advance drawing features you will find in commercial CAD software.

You can easily Integrate Archimedes with other CAD Systems.


  1. Basic drawing tools like; Lines, Polylines, Arcs, Circles, Editable Text, Explode and Offset.
  2. Advanced CAD functions like; Trimming, Filleting, and Area measurement.
  3. Hand drawing easily exported in scalable vector graphics (SVG) format
  4. Autosave functionality
  5. English, Portuguese, and Italian language support

2 Avidemux

Avidemux is a free open source alternative software for DVD/DivX converting and video editing specially designed for simple cutting, filtering, and encoding tasks.

It supports many file types, including AVI, DVD compatible MPEG files, MP4 and ASF, using a variety of codecs.

Tasks can be automated using projects, job queue, and powerful scripting capabilities.

Avidemux is available for Linux, BSD, Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows under the GNU GPL license.

Avidemux is a open-source alternative software for well-known commercial software like Microsoft Movie Maker, Adobe Premiere Pro CS4, Final Cut Pro 5, and Apple iMovie.

3 Blende

Blender is a Free open-source, cross-platform 3D animation and modeling suite released under the GNU General Public License.

you can use the blender for creating interactive 3D applications or producing computer-generated images and movies such as modeling, UV unwrapping, texturing, rigging, water simulations, skinning, animating, rendering, particle, and other simulations, non-linear editing, compositing.

Blender is a perfect open source alternative to Autodesk 3ds Max 9, Autodesk Maya 8, and Pixar RenderMan.


BRL-CAD is a powerful cross-platform open source solid modeling system that includes interactive geometry editing, high-performance ray-tracing for rendering and geometric analysis, network-distributed frame buffer support, image, and signal-processing tools, path-tracing and photon mapping support for realistic image synthesis, a system performance analysis benchmark suite, an embedded scripting interface, and libraries for robust high-performance geometric representation and analysis.

It also a perfect open-source alternative for Autodesk AutoCAD 2009.

5 CinePaint

CinePaint is a Free open source painting and image retouching program designed to work best with 35mm film and other high resolution high dynamic range images.

it works with all high fidelity image file formats such as DPX, 16-bit TIFF, and OpenEXR, and conventional formats like JPEG and PNG.

It has a flipbook for movie playback of image sequences in RAM and also supports for 8-bit, 16-bit, and 32-bit color channels, HDR, and CMS.

you can use CinePaint for motion picture frame-by-frame retouching, dirt removal, wire rig removal, render repair, background plates, and painting 3D model textures.

CinePaint is a open-source alternative software for well-known commercial software like; Paint.NET, Adobe Photoshop, Corel Paint Shop Pro, Adobe Photoshop Elements, etc…

6 Cornice

The cornice is a cross-platform image viewer written in Python + wxPython + PIL. it provides all feature which ACDSee gives you.

Main Features :

  1. Fully cross-platform: it should run wherever wxPython does
  2. Detail and thumbnail view for images
  3. Image preview
  4. Automatic recognition of images, with a variety of formats, supported
  6. Full-screen view
  7. Zooming and rotation
  8. keyboard navigation
  9. Image loading from zip archives
  10. i18n, EXIF data support

7 Dia

Dia is a GTK+ based diagram creation tool that allows you to draw many different kinds of diagrams like entity-relationship diagrams, UML diagrams, flow charts, network diagrams, and simple circuits.

you can load and save diagrams to a custom XML format, can export diagrams to a number of formats, including EPS, SVG, XFIG, WMF, and PNG, and can print diagrams.

Dia is a free open source alternative for well-known commercial software like; Microsoft Visio 2007.

8 Greenshot

Greenshot is a Free open source screenshot tool specially optimized for productivity.

you can save a screenshot or a part of the screen to a file within a second and also supports several image formats.

You can easily apply text and shapes such as boxes, arrows, and others to your screenshot.

Greenshot is a free open source alternative tool for well-known commercial screenshot tools like TechSmith Snagit.

9 Imgv

Imgv is a unique and feature-rich Image Viewer which supports almost every type of image format.

Imgv is a portable application and can run on Windows, Linux, BSD, OSX, and other operating systems. Imgv is an open-source alternative to ACDSee.


  1. A file browser
  2. Slideshows
  3. Zooming
  4. Rotating
  5. On the Fly Exif viewing
  6. Histograms
  7. Fullscreen Support
  8. Wallpaper Setting
  9. The ability to view 4 images on the screen at once
  10. adjustable thumbnail sizes
  11. playlists
  12. View and download images from sites
  13. movies playing
  14. file searching/filtering
  15. Multiple directories loading
  16. transitional effects
  17. image hiding & more.

10 Inkscape

Inkscape is an Open Source vector graphics editor similar to Illustrator, CorelDraw, or Xara X and using the W3C standard Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) file format.

Its main aim to become a powerful graphic tool while being fully compliant with the XML, SVG, and CSS standards.

it especially designed for Linux but now it also compatible with Mac OSX, and Microsoft Windows.

11 Skencil

Skencil is an open-source interactive vector drawing application. it’s a flexible and powerful tool for illustrations, diagrams, and other purposes.

Skencil is supported to almost every file format, so you can easily export and import Adobe Illustrator, PDF, and SVG files on your Skencil.

A somewhat unique (for a drawing program) feature of Skencil is that it is implemented almost completely in a very high-level, interpreted language, Python.

Python is powerful, object-oriented, and yet easy to use. Skencil is an open-source alternative to Adobe Illustrator, Corel Draw X3, Macromedia Freehand MX.

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