Questions tagged [software-recommendation]

Questions for when you know what you want to do but don't know what software to use. Looking for a better/cheaper/free alternative? This is the tag for you.

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Sketching/design app for people with OCD

I work best when drawing things out, but it’s a great challenge actually doing such. I have OCD, and am unable to do basic sketches unless they are pixel perfect and symmetrical. Are there any good ...
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What software is probably used for these construction animations?

I often find videos of construction animations like this one or this one where the construction steps are detailed. Out of interest I would like to know which software is most probably used to make ...
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Really simple, free Graphics software with low entry cost to export images positions

I am developing simple 2D UI/Animation in SDL_image based in-house library that allows me to import images and perform simple operations (positioning, rotation ect.). The requirement is to insert ...
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Designing a roadmap

do you know any program to easily create a roadmap like that: https://github.com/MoienTajik/AspNetCore-Developer-Roadmap/blob/master/aspnetcore-developer-roadmap-printable.png
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InDesign: Section/Chapter Navigation Panel (extension workaround?)

Can I name chapters/sections of pages in InDesign - as well as navigate them through a panel? Yes, I've seen the [a,b,c]-[i,ii,iii]-[1,2,3]-solution suggested on this platform. I also know I can color-...
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Freeware tool for slowing down a video and audio

I created an animation with the free version of Hitfilm Express and I would like to slow it down a little bit. Although generally this is possible with Hitfilm Express, the quality of the sound is ...
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Font Awesome like characters without installing anything locally

I am looking for something like Font Awesome characters but which isn't needed to be installed locally. Something free and gratis which one is welcome to just copy and paste and then give some CSS ...
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Remove an object from a picture through the use of lower resolution pictures without that object

I have multiple pictures of different resolutions. Three of those pictures are without an object and exactly like I want them, but they are really small (2x smaller than wanted at minimum), and I have ...
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Open source alternative for figma

I've been using figma a lot on work but now interested for Open Source alternative. Is there anything like that?
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Inexpensive image editing software to add nice arrows

I am working on some support articles, and I would like to add some example screenshots, and in those screenshots, I would like to add large arrows where the border color is different than the fill ...
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How much more processing power does Adobe Photoshop use vs Gimp? [closed]

Gimp is not only free but is also lightweight and resources compared to Photoshop it feels like. Photoshop's long splash screen makes it feel resource heavy with alot of overhead. Is there technical ...
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Is there a program which can do pixel art antialiasing automatically?

Problem seems to me so incredibly simple it boggles my mind it isnt a feature everywhere: When drawing a line/square/circle/any other shape the lines are automatically anti-aliased between primary and ...
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Re-vectorize a rasterized vector image?

Many questions have been asked about the general practice of converting rasterized images into a vector format, but this is not quite the same question I am asking. Specifically, I'm interested in ...
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Software and hardware recommendation for painting

I've written some books for my kids and now I want to digitally paint some illustrations. I would like touch sensitive tablet which includes a screen so I can see what I'm painting without having to ...
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Is there a way to automatically arrange a collection of small images into a collage, with customizable parameters?

For a project I'm working on I want to take 40-50 music band logos, and arrange them into a collage in a specific area of an image. Example from online below: Below you can see an example of what I'm ...
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Image made of shapes - terminology + software?

rI've often seen images that look like the following example Q1) is there a term for such an image? Q2) What common software is used to convert a real photo (e.g. human face) to be composed of such ...
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What is the software used for drawing like this sketch? [closed]

What is the software used for drawing like this sketch?
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Free Software for animating SVG

I use Inkscape which is capable of SVG output. I am trying to animate characters like Santa and export them as GIF. I am trying to do simple animations like the movement of legs, hands, head etc. Most ...
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Emphasize contours

My profile picture's eye contours are fairly dim, I wish to emphasize them. Left is original, right is my attempt with MS Paint: Not so great, particularly if zooming. Is there a tool to achieve this ...
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What tools can provide such sketchy diagrams (technical)

I am searching for what tool that is used to create such sketchy drawings to be used in technical (software) related projects, and hopefully it is open source. The main point here is that I already ...
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Software for coloring geometric patterns

I am trying to colour geometrical patterns similar to the one attached here. Any suggestions which software I can use for this purpose? I am making these patterns in Geogebra and it offers to export ...
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From already-generated image/sketch to drawing animation (with user-defined duration)

First of all thank you in advance for all the inputs and suggestions! I am looking for a software (or a piece of code, python ideally) that can help me to achieve the following. import an already ...
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What is your backup strategy?

It is time I took backing up my work more seriously. Currently I only have a backup external hard drive which is connected to my system all the time. One problem I have is that the light on this drive ...
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Simple, editable design system for clients?

I am creating a design system for a client with a focus on their marketing materials. They want to be able to make small changes and export files on their own eg. everyone month their web banner may ...
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Resources for learning Instructional Design

What are some good resources for learning instructional Design? How can I learn Instructional design more in depth from Scratch? The subject of this inquiry is: Basic principles for course creation ...
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Software (Other than PS) to align images?

I shot two panorama at different times of the day: My goal is to align them so I can do exposure blending. I tried doing so in Photoshop but the results are not very good. Photoshop allows very little ...
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How do you make such 2D assets? (absolute beginner)

Okay, so I am a Web Developer and I want to learn how to make 2D assets for the old school browser game I'm working on. I'm not an artist, and my skills in that area are very poor. I'm not even sure ...
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Arial Small Caps -- how to use them?

According to this answer to another question about small caps by @yakunins, Arial got small caps around 2014: (image provided by @yakunins) So, how do you use them? Is this Arial or Arial Nova? ...
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Which tools should I learn how to use when I have the combined goal of creating a graphic novel and a math textbook?

Background: I would like to create both of the following: A graphic novel. I would like to be able to sketch, draw and preferably color all the panels myself. A textbook in mathematics for children ...
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What animation tool is best for teachers for 2D animations?

I am an online teacher who often have to explain the concepts which are best understood with 2D animations like these : https://youtu.be/u1DYs2I-_lU?t=134 I learnt AfterEffects because that was the ...
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GIMP failed to load a large gif

The software GIMP failed to load large gif. When I loaded the gif in GIMP, most of the frames became transparent/nothing. The number of frames is 1905 What happened? How can I fix this? I am using a ...
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How to create such a design

I want to create such designs: How this is possible and is it possible to do automatically from a picture?
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color correcting scans

I got an Epson ff-680w but can't find any way to color correct the scans using a calibrated profile. My understanding is that this is the main thing to look out for when trying to scan in archive ...
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Mobile (TabS3 Samsung) apps to digital drawing: I need to draw book/ebook covers in 300dpi

I want to produce ebook covers and printable covers. So, which apps can I use to draw, without any doubts, in 300dpi or higher using my tablet?
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icons - How does one create your own icon set?

I tried looking over StackExchange a lot, but couldn't find anything related to my question :( I have seen many (MANY) icon sets evolve from being nothing to everything. A few days ago I have seen ...
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Is there any software that has the same vector drawing tools as Flash?

I was wondering if there is any software that has the SAME vector drawing tools that flash has/had. I tried photoshop and a couple of other programs but the main thing is that you would have to use ...
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What software can I use to easily make this product sheet template?

I don't really do design but have been assigned to make a product sheet for a lot of different products in this style: Original PDF here Do any of you have any tips on what software to use to make ...
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How to make the statue of liberty dancing?

How did they made this video? For example, what did they use to make the statue of liberty dancing? What you would use to achieve such a result?
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Wavy satin like effect

i am trying to replicate this for learning purpose since i found it very eye-catching. So far i have tried both free form and mesh gradient without success. With mesh gradient, i am able to create ...
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Content management for reports with low technical barrier

In my work we produce a large number of architecture reports usually between 20 and 100 pages every year. They must be high quality and are currently being produced in Indesign. However this creates ...
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"Flattening" a rectangular image photographed at an angle

I have photographs of rectangular images that I would like to "flatten" so that they are truly rectangular, rather than the distorted view that comes from a photograph. I know this is ...
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How can I distribute many rectangles inside a larger rectangle, minimizing empty space, without rotation?

I have about 50 rectangular pieces of paper, with dimensions between 1 and 5 inches and different "aspect ratios." I'd like to fit them all inside the smallest rectangle possible. Additional ...
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Art, image creation using hand and software [duplicate]

In several youtube links I didn't find a guide on how charts make figures of this kind. Surely it could be Adobe Illustrator, the first candidate but surely it could be some other program. To create, ...
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Is there a way to run Photoshop Actions and export an image on an input image from the command line?

I would like to convert thousands of images to pen and ink style like this. How can I automate this so I don't have to manually go into Photoshop for each image and apply the action and hit export? ...
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Software to help me create an approximate route (just sites and arrows) on a map?

I'm in the middle of writing a thesis on the most authentic Exodus route (following the clues given in the bible). I would like to demonstrate on a map the sites and locations where the Israelites ...
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Can we use geogebra as a "drawing software"?

I am interested in using geogebra, which is a geometry software, as a drawing software. I suppose this would save me a lot of time as a replacement for drawing directly in tikz. The options I miss ...
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Software package recommendation please

I am looking for the best value, basic, beginners software packages that can help me create my own personalised cards & print gifts for friends & family please?
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Create an infinitely zooming image

I found a website that almost does what I want gif-in-gif.com , but you can't adjust very much on the website. I created a gif on it, but I want the zoom to happen on the eye of the baby, I want the ...
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Display of an calculator like Texas Instruments or CASIO: suggestions

My question is this: I would reproduce the screen of a graphic calculator like the image below: what might be the possible solutions? I use LaTeX (related question) and I remember that there was a ...
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Identification of software

I recently bought a Wacom and wanted to get into online tutoring. I came across this video of a tutor teaching on o software with this particular type of pen. Now I tried to search for that particular ...
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