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For 3D, there is also:

The Foundry Mari
The Foundry Modo
Autodesk Mudbox
Autodesk Softimage
Autodesk Motionbuilder
Substance Painter
Substance Designer

Note though about the Autodesk software, they target it at Red Hat and CentOS, the same with Substance Painter/Designer so they're .RPM, and also where they target an older version some fiddling may be required to get them to work on such say as Fedora.


Thanks for the list, do you know which ones are free and which ones are not?


They're all paid and closed source. But they're industry standard software in the VFX realm. WIth the Substance software coming over for the push for game dev on Linux + VFX.

Also would plugins count as 'Software' for theses programs? IE like Pixar Renderman?


You can post them here, not all will go into the list but the thread is its own list anyway so your post is still a contribution. If they are Linux compatible that is the main thing.

There is already Maya listed btw


I installed painter on Arch (manjaro) no problems. But for AMD users it doesn't yet work on the AMDGPU driver, I had to use catalyst.


Hm, good to know! Thank you.

Yeah, I saw Mudbox, Softimage and Motionbuilder are all different programs.


Just realized, Evolution, despite its flaws, is still a useful productivity tool and alternative to Outlook and is missing here.


Added soundnode , SoundCloud app.


Your strange, eccentric, odd, or lesser-known programs and hardware

Looks cool, gonna check this one out


Not sure what category this would go under - productivity? I've started using KDE Connect recently and I'm pretty sure it's the best thing since sliced bread. It's basically an app that syncs with your phone, allowing you to share the clipboard, exchange files, share notifications, use your phone as a touchpad or keyboard, et cetera... it has a ton of features and it keeps getting more.

While it is a KDE app and it implements very well with KDE, they recently updated it so that it works as a cli so you can use it with GTK-based DE's too. It's a little buggy, but it still works great. It's not really something that Mac OSX or Windows has as far as I know, but it's a fantastic tool.


No, it's not. Sometimes it's very hard finding specific things that aren't on top in google - especially when you're not sure yet what you're looking for.


cool retro term. If you must stare at a screen full of text for hours you might as well have some options of the retro 1980's -1990's look just to irritate your boss.


For those coming from the windows development world i recommend:

visual studio code: sudo pacman -S visual-studio-code ( or yaourt it

this IDE allows you to program in most languages. as soon as you download you need to look at the extensions tab to look for the apporpate plugins for the language you would like to use, then create a file with .cpp/.html/.py, then CODE AWAY!


It's basically Atom in microsoft drag


its not an IDE. Its a text editor. But a nice one nonetheless.


For those of you considering switching to Linux but feel that you need to keep paying that hefty $50/month fee to Adobe to use their software that you have grown to love, then I think you should read this because we need to ween you off the teat of Adobe. Save that $50/month ($600/year) subscription you are paying for and put it to better use. Just like that fee you are paying Microsoft for the ability to type a paper.

The following are popular alternatives that are of really good quality and often "better". I will add feature lists at the bottom for some of the listed software.

These programs are also mostly if not all cross-platform (win/mac/Linux) so you should be able to get used to them on Windows first.

Adobe alternatives:

Adobe Premiere Pro: OpenShot and Lightworks
Adobe Illustrator CC: Inkscape, Bloom, and Vectr
Adobe Dreamweaver: Eclipse, Brackets and kodeWeave
Adobe Audition: Ardour, OcenAudio, Audacity
Adobe After Effects: Natron, Blackmagic Design Fusion, and Nuke
Adobe Animate CC: Synfig Studio and Tupi
Adobe Photoshop Elements: GIMP, Krita and Corel Aftershot Pro
Adobe Bridge: XnView MP, DigiKam, and Shotwell
Adobe Media Encoder: FFMPEG

Microsoft Office:
Microsoft Office Suite: LibreOffice, WPS Office, Calligra Suite, and Softmaker FreeOffice

Features list:


Support for many video, audio, and image formats (based on Small FFmpeg iconFFmpeg )
Gnome integration (drag and drop support)
Multiple tracks
Clip resizing, trimming, snapping, and cutting
Video transitions with real-time previews
Compositing, image overlays, watermarks
Title templates, title creation
Solid color clips (including alpha compositing)
Support for Rotoscoping / Image sequences
Drag and drop timeline
Frame stepping, key-mappings: J,K, and L keys
Video encoding (based on Small FFmpeg iconFFmpeg )


All major operating systems
Unmatched format support
Dedicated Web Export (MPEG4/H.264)
Optimised for speed
World class Trimming for fast precision editing
Multicam Editing
Powerful, realtime effects with inbuilt presets
Enhanced VFX with Boris FX
Text Effects with Boris Graffiti
Project Sharing for groups
Customisable interface
Hardware I/O Support
Unique Patented Console and Dedicated Keyboard


Object Creation
    Drawing: pencil tool (freehand drawing with simple paths), pen tool (creating Bézier curves and straight lines), calligraphy tool (freehand drawing using filled paths representing calligraphic strokes)
    Shape tools: rectangles (may have rounded corners), ellipses (includes circles, arcs, segments), stars/polygons (can be rounded and/or randomized), spirals
    Text tool (multi-line text, full on-canvas editing)
    Embedded bitmaps (with a command to create and embed bitmaps of selected objects)
    Clones ("live" linked copies of objects), including a tool to create patterns and arrangements of clones
Object Manipulation
    Transformations (moving, scaling, rotating, skewing), both interactively and by specifying exact numeric values
    Z-order operations (raising and lowering)
    Grouping objects ("select in group" without ungrouping, or "enter the group" making it a temporary layer)
    Layers (lock and/or hide individual layers, rearrange them, etc; layers can form a hierarchical tree)
    Alignment and distribution commands
Fill and Stroke
    Color selector (RGB, HSL, CMYK, color wheel, CMS)
    Color picker tool
    Copy/paste style
    A gradient editor capable of multi-stop gradients
    Pattern fills (bitmap/vectors)
    Dashed strokes, with many predefined dash patterns
    Path markers (ending, middle and/or beginning marks, e.g. arrowheads)
Operations on Paths
    Node editing: moving nodes and Bezier handles, node alignment and distribution, etc.
    Converting to path (for text objects or shapes), including converting stroke to path
    Boolean operations
    Path simplification, with variable threshold
    Path insetting and outsetting, including dynamic and linked offset objects
    Bitmap tracing (both color and monochrome paths)
Text Support
    Multi-line text
    Uses any installed outline fonts, including right-to-left scripts
    Kerning, letterspacing, linespacing adjustments
    Text on path (both text and path remain editable)
    Text in shape (fill shape following stroke)
    Fully anti-aliased display
    Alpha transparency support for display and PNG export
    Complete "as you drag" rendering of objects during interactive transformations
File Formats
    Perfectly compliant SVG format file generation and editing
    Live watching and editing the document tree in the XML editor
    PNG, OpenDocument Drawing, DXF, sk1, PDF, EPS and PostScript export formats and more
    Command line options for export and conversions


Completely Non-Destructive Editing Workflow
Vector Shapes & Editing
Raster Image Editing
Universal 16 bits Per Channel Support
Best-in-Class Adobe Photoshop™ PSD File Importer with Layers, Groups, Masks, and Layer Blending Styles
Group and Layer Blending Styles
Optimized for Large Files
Digital Drawing Tablet Support
Editable Liquify and Brush Strokes
Multitude of import and export formats, including all camera RAW files


realtime playback/RAM cache
multi-threaded rendering
2d tracking
animation via f-curves
3rd party OpenFX plugin support


Don't forget we had Davinci Resolve first :P


This is excellent work, keep it up!


Also wine 2.0 is supposed to be better than ever.