Open source alternatives to illustrator, Balsamiq and other designer/developer tools

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#1: Mondrian

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 #2: GIMP

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GIMP is an open source alternative to photoshop. This freeware has been around for a couple of years and each release version impresses me more and more. Granted, there are still many things that GIMP can’t perform as well as Adobe Photoshop but if you need just a simple image manipulation programme, GIMP is a great alternative to have.

 

#3: Maqetta

open source alternative to Balsamiq mockups

Balsamiq mockups has been a real success with designers and developers. Inevitably, there will demand for open source alternatives.  Maqetta is one such option and it is starting to get traction among designers and developers. If you need a free mock up tool, give this open source version a try.

 

#4: Scribus

open source alternative to indesign

Indesign has been an industry standard for document layout.  Scribus takes that same concept and makes it open source for desktop publishing.  This effort has been ongoing for a while which has resulted in a rather stable and useful tool for those looking for indesign alternatives.

 

#5: Kdevelop

open source alternative to microsoft visuals studios

Kdevelop is the open source alternative for the commonly used Microsoft Visual Studios by developers.  It contains a source code editor, a front end for the GCC compiler and other neat stuff that a developer would need to do his or her job.

 

#6: OpenBD

open source alternative to adobe coldfusion

For developers who are using Adobe Coldfusion to create your web apps, OpenBD is a nice open source alternative that you can check out.  Basically it lets you develop web apps using the Cold Fusion Markup Language without paying Adobe for it.

 

#7: Blender

open source alternative to 3d max

Designers or developers working on 3D models and objects can try this open source alternative to 3D max. Blender has a super active community and you can see more tutorials on BlenderGuru.com .

 

 #8: Aptana

open source alternative to dreamweaver

Want an open source alternative to Dreamweaver? Check out Aptana. It has support for several popular web languages including Ruby on Rails as well as for mobile app development. The mobile development support is really one of the highlights of this open source ware so I encourage to try it if you are into this area of development.


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2 Comments

  1. Dave says:

    Do you plan to complete this article? For example, to provide links to more than just the first item?

    Thanks