Tom's Definitive Linux Software Roundup: Image Apps

After a long hiatus from Tom's Definitive Linux Software Roundup, Adam Overa is back with the fourth installment in the series covering Image Apps. This is a showcase of Linux software designed for creating, viewing, editing, and organizing image files.

Part 1: Ubuntu Linux Installation Guide
Part 2: Run Windows XP In Ubuntu Setup Guide
Part 3:
Internet Application Roundup
Part 4: Communications Application Roundup
Part 5: Office Application Roundup

There is a longstanding myth that the choice of multimedia applications is sparse in Linux. This article began as a roundup of Multimedia Apps (multimedia being images, audio, and video). We had to split the story not once, but twice, in order to accommodate the number of titles we found. It's safe to say that this myth has been busted.

In this installment, we'll be covering the ways that people interact with images on their computers. The applications in this article run the gamut, from capturing screenshots to creating 3D landscapes from scratch and everything in between. Do you need to replace Windows Live Photo Gallery, Adobe Photoshop, or Maya? No problem. We're covering the best Linux alternatives to popular and ubiquitous image-related applications in Windows.

Do these free Linux alternatives stack up to their proprietary Windows-based counterparts? Luckily, we're including links to download these apps to try them out for yourself. As usual, Windows-based versions are listed here for any cross-platform software. The same applies to Mac OS X as well.

Given the simple nature of most image applications, there are literally tons of them available. The sheer volume of programs made corralling them all into a single story somewhat of a challenge. So, the time we spent with each and descriptions of the various applications had to be shortened to make this piece even possible.

Update: 12/02/10--I have updated this article to include a few key missing applications: gpicview (Page 3), Google Picasa (Page 4), MyPaint (Page 6), and Wings 3D (Page 9).

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  • jhansonxi
    You forgot MyPaint.
  • jkhanlar
    and scrot
  • Anonymous
    darktable is a good alternative to existing products for both management and processing of photos...missing that one in this roundup.
  • sudeshc
    dont know exactly why but i never tried Linux i guess its time to take a test drive, thanks toms for this article.
  • Anonymous
    I sedcond you, darktable is indeed great RAW software
  • dEAne
    wow I didn't know these things, thank you a lot.
  • nvarras7
    Have been on Ubuntu since 10.04 was beta and haven't looked back!
  • nvarras7
    nvarras7Have been on Ubuntu since 10.04 was beta and haven't looked back!
  • Anonymous
    Definitive? How about programs like feh and gpicview?
    i love linux! but then i look at my steam account and shed a tire D:
  • Anonymous
    Great article. Its always hard to locate programs when friends ask for good free ones. This will help immensity. Now I'll just point them to this source. Thanks!
  • reggieray
    Ubuntu rocks
  • Anonymous
    Picasa is avaiable for Linux...handles RAW images and provides some basic editing capabilities and organization.
  • jamesontoms
    Either I'm out of date,
    or Toms Hardware overlooked the three image viewers I use in Debian.
    I have used their features
    full screen

    a. feh
    feh -D 5 #gives a slideshow, changing every 5 seconds
    feg 0t #Uses the thumbnail approach
    n and p for next and previous image
    b. qiv
    -R #so you don't accidently delete a file within qiv ("u" to undelete)
    -s #start a slideshow
    +/- #zoom
    f #full screen

    c. xzgv
  • jj463rd
    sudeshcdont know exactly why but i never tried Linux i guess its time to take a test drive, thanks toms for this article.

    Yeah give it a try.You can use the Try Ubuntu method or install it instead on a older secondary PC.It's definitely worthwhile and easy.I've been using it on a couple of systems since version 8.04.
  • Anonymous
    Since you're using Blender as an alternative to Maya, I think it's worth mentioning that Autodesk Maya 2011 64bit is officially supported in both RHEL 5.4 and Fedora 11, the latter being completely free.
  • ProDigit10
    Kolour Paint?
  • the_crippler
    Really enjoyed the article and am looking forward to the sound one. I love the Gimp, and use it regularly. Some other apps on this list I hadn't heard of or realized a need for their function. Now I have some new software to try out when I get home.
  • Peciura
    Time for virtual machine.
  • bounty
    Since you go into doc scanning software, any OCR apps?