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As a designer, what do you recommend for absolute must have software? I know some of the very simple basics using Gimp but I would like to learn more. I don't have any software in line of design work so I thought I'd ask here to see what you all think are must haves. I'd love free or very inexpensive software if at all possible. I do intend to get PhotoShop but that's not an option right at the moment.
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  • Profile picture of the author Luckies
    I'll suggest you to try Gimp with a Gnu/linux OS, runs faster than in a windows enviroment. If you study the tutorials and look for the plugins you will be able to extend your copy of Gimp you will not miss Photoshop is you dedicate enough time with Gimp.


    If you want to learn 3d Blender is a nice free software.
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    • Profile picture of the author John Maddy
      Originally Posted by Luckies View Post

      I'll suggest you to try Gimp with a Gnu/linux OS, runs faster than in a windows enviroment. If you study the tutorials and look for the plugins you will be able to extend your copy of Gimp you will not miss Photoshop is you dedicate enough time with Gimp.


      If you want to learn 3d Blender is a nice free software.
      Yeah no doubt. I totally agree with him!
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  • Profile picture of the author staffelseo
    Originally Posted by $ View Post

    As a designer, what do you recommend for absolute must have software? I know some of the very simple basics using Gimp but I would like to learn more. I don't have any software in line of design work so I thought I'd ask here to see what you all think are must haves. I'd love free or very inexpensive software if at all possible. I do intend to get PhotoShop but that's not an option right at the moment.
    There is just no "a must " in design softwares for many opensource and commercial softwares you have to learn, it is just in the way you use them and express the art.
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    • Profile picture of the author msforum01
      how about CCLEANER? It gets rid of needless files and other clutter, handles cookies, covers your browsing tracks, tunes up your registry, defragments your hard drive and uninstalls programs.
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  • Profile picture of the author Bob Phantom
    - Kompozer
    - Aptana
    - Paint.net
    - Notpad ++
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    • Profile picture of the author sixpack01
      These are the essential programs that we recommend you install and keep on your arsenal.


      1. Firefox / Chrome (Web Browser)
      2. AVG Anti-Virus (Anti-virus Software)
      3. Auslogics Disk Defrag (Disk Defragmenter)
      4. Glary Utilities (System Maintenance)
      5. Malwarebytes (Spyware Removal)
      6. IZArc (Universal Archiver / Extractor)
      7. Google Picasa Software (Photo Management)
      8. doPDF (PDF Printer)
      9. Memento (Post-It Notes)
      10. xVideoServiceThief (YouTube Video Downloader)
      11. Mozy (Backup)
      12. Digsby (Multi-protocol Instant Messenger)
      13. VLC Media Player (Video Player)
      14. Foobar2000 (Music Player)
      15. ImgBurn (CD / DVD Image Burner)
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      • Profile picture of the author vampiro
        Originally Posted by sixpack01 View Post

        These are the essential programs that we recommend you install and keep on your arsenal.


        1. Firefox / Chrome (Web Browser)
        2. AVG Anti-Virus (Anti-virus Software)
        3. Auslogics Disk Defrag (Disk Defragmenter)
        4. Glary Utilities (System Maintenance)
        5. Malwarebytes (Spyware Removal)
        6. IZArc (Universal Archiver / Extractor)
        7. Google Picasa Software (Photo Management)
        8. doPDF (PDF Printer)
        9. Memento (Post-It Notes)
        10. xVideoServiceThief (YouTube Video Downloader)
        11. Mozy (Backup)
        12. Digsby (Multi-protocol Instant Messenger)
        13. VLC Media Player (Video Player)
        14. Foobar2000 (Music Player)
        15. ImgBurn (CD / DVD Image Burner)
        I do not argue with this list. This is awesome. But for Anti-Virus Software, AVG Anti Virus does not satisfy my need. It can't detect some worms and viruses even if it is updated daily.

        Eset or Avira are better for me.
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  • Profile picture of the author OneLifeAway
    Thanks sixpack!! Your list is awesome and I have most of the programs already!
    WOOT TO BEING AWESOME... Haha.. sorry
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    • Profile picture of the author AdamCBR
      GIMP is not and never will be, as good as Photoshop, no matter what anyone says.

      My advice, is to get Photoshop. How you lay your hands on a copy is entirely up to you, but there are always ways.
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  • Profile picture of the author OneLifeAway
    I love Photoshopping the F out of things! It makes me so happy and after time I have gotten really good
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    • Profile picture of the author SUPER Louie
      Photoshop CS5 (a lot of new significant changes in CS5)!
      If you're into vectors, use illustrator
      If you're into page layouts, use InDesign

      That's all you really need.
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  • Profile picture of the author mathewfarrell35
    my suggestion for designers is that as a designer you should have a capability of designing what you want with out any software. so do what u want with out any software
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  • Profile picture of the author SUPER Louie
    I also forgot. If you're into vector arts, you can buy an intuos tablet, it works well with illustrator, correl, etc.
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  • Profile picture of the author highper
    I don't know what I'd do without photoshop
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  • Profile picture of the author ussher
    guess must have is relative eh. The only one of any of the above that I use is gimp. And given a choice i prefer Fireworks8 (by macromedia, now adobe)

    Never liked aptana, but do love PhpStorm

    ah, firefox. agreed. must have.
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  • Profile picture of the author warrior1985
    i can't live without photoshop, ftp prog, a text editor, and 3 top browsers
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  • Profile picture of the author timvaquera
    dreamweaver + photoshop
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  • Profile picture of the author Xandu
    Photoshop + different actions for design and slicing, Dreamweaver for html etc and filezilla for uploading. That's it.
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  • Profile picture of the author Tainted Seraphim
    All I have to say about Gimp is that the word "gimp" means "crippled," and that Gimp is a very appropriately named piece of software...
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  • Profile picture of the author Tainted Seraphim
    Oh, and you should also get Firebug:

    getfirebug(dot)com/whatisfirebug
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  • Profile picture of the author kellijhon
    AVG Anti-Virus (Anti-virus Software)
    Auslogics Disk Defrag (Disk Defragmenter)
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  • Profile picture of the author bestfriend
    (For a designer) I can recommend Xnview for batch image processing. You can do things like resize, crop, add effects, converts etc. (tons of more) on many of images once by ease. It's a nice image viewer also.
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  • Profile picture of the author vijayalakshmi20
    Aerofoil
    CD ripper
    Data security
    GIMP
    Paintstar
    Media player
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  • Profile picture of the author 100bucksaday
    I recommended you to install Photoshop, because this is one of the best software than others.
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  • Profile picture of the author nightshade877
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    Well dreamveawer is a must for me, though you can use free html editor such as coffee cup. Thats about the only sofware I require for pure html and php creation. But yes, photoshop is also a must for any type of graphic design. Gimp is a free alternative as I am sure you know, but for video marketing, I would say sony vegas. I could go on FOREVER. lol It just depends on how you intend to make money online. But antivurs software(lol) is something you need regardless. I use webroot and it was 30 dollars USD I think. Pretty cheap.
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