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What is the best software for creating exam paper template?

LaTeX is meant exactly for stuff like this. LaTeX is a programming language of sorts, designed with the explicit purpose of typesetting documents... like, say, an essay template. It spits out nice, ...
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Why are my prints low quality when screenshotting a PDF?

Screenshots of PDFs are going to be limited by the density of your monitor and (I'd assume) rendering settings from the PDF viewer. There are many tools for converting a PDF file (or pages from a PDF ...
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How to batch watermark JPG files?

Use imagemagick: Imagemagick's own watermarking tutorial. Watermarking a single image looks like convert logo.jpg -font Arial -pointsize 20 \ -draw "gravity south \ fill black ...
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How to batch watermark JPG files?

Yes, in Photoshop you could batch process the images in a folder using an action. Simply: Open the image Open the "Actions" panel and hit "Create new action". Name the action and hit "Ok" You should ...
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Alternative for Sketch on Windows?

After trying a bunch of Windows applications, I haven't found anything equivalent to Sketch for Windows. And no, Illustrator and such are NOT Sketch alternatives. Fireworks is probably the closest, ...
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Free software suggestion use with drawing tablet

How about Krita ? It's a nice free, open source painting program. I don't actually own a tablet, but this software felt like it was designed to be used with a tablet.
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How to batch watermark JPG files?

There is a Gimp script that is specifically designed to add watermarks: Batch Image Watermark Script. It need to be run through the command line, but it is quite straightforward: Download the script ...
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Which modern software is a decent successor / replacement for Fireworks?

Good question, for I too have been a lifetime fan of Fireworks (their entire lifetime). Have you heard of Sketch? I can tell you that it's the only thing that comes close. (It's a perfect mashup of ...
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Online Tool to Find Closest Google Font

The first thing to say, is that I want to be honest and I'm affiliate to the software I present bellow (I'm the software designer/programmer of this font identification engine) and I'm really proud ...
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Alternative for Sketch on Windows?

Some other valid options for 2017: Gravit Designer: This is a very young product and as such it's still lacking many features, but for now it's a good vector editor, and the roadmap promises a lot ...
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How can I replicate Photoshop's content-aware fill in Gimp for Windows?

Yes, there is a "resynthesize" plugin. It is available from the Gimp registry (possibly here). But the best way to install it are: on Linux (at least for Ubuntu and derivatives), install package ...
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Inexpensive or free software to just use to draw chemical equations and structures

I know there's an open-source extension to LATEX specifically for chemical formulae - I think it's called chemfig - here's what I just found on quick lookup: Overleaf - Chemfig Also, for simple ...
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How to batch watermark JPG files?

ImageMagick answers have pretty much already been given at this point, but I wanted to give a little more detailed answer, so that everyone should be able to use it. Example with dummy paths: Which ...
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Alternative for Sketch on Windows?

2018 update: Lunacy — reads and saves .sketch files (native Windows app, free) Figma — reads .sketch files (browser-based, freemium) Disclosure: I'm one of the authors of Lunacy. I have no relation ...
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Free vector tool

up to date feature overview On a free tool is not a pain at all. You download it and you take a look. So I'm a bit curious as to which one is the better pick to invest time in. Inkscape is a ...
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What software should I use to design infographics?

Neither, use Illustrator. It's vector-based, so you can export your graphics as big as you want and it'll always look crisp. Indesign has (imho) better tools for formatting text, but Illustrator is ...
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Free software suggestion use with drawing tablet

My options are: MyPaint http://mypaint.org/ and Krita https://krita.org/en/ MediBang Paint Pro https://medibangpaint.com/en/pc/ Dog Waffle. It has some oldy free versions: The page is ugly as ...
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What is your backup strategy?

It's relevant I think, but I'm not entirely sure it's on-topic for "design". I suppose it's no more off-topic than "what font is this". Note I'm not in a corporate environment. I'...
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Export multiple SVG files generated with Inkscape to multiple PDF files

For people who landed here from a google search because this question references Inkscape but isn't tagged with Windows, here's a complete howto for Linux (this assumes you have Inkscape installed on ...
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What software can I use to get started in webcomics/animation?

If you are targeting free, possibly GIMP and Inkscape will do. Other free/open source wares like Synfig Studio, a 2D animation software and Blender, for 2and3D are worth a short. But since you are ...
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What is the best software for creating exam paper template?

Photoshop is probably the last choice for this type of work. InDesign could work better as it can natively create a 'facing pages' document, meaning left & right page templates and yes with the ...
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What replaced Flash?

Adobe Flash became Adobe Animate. Whether or not that fills your needs is impossible for me to say. There are other things out there but they all depend on what specifically you want to create. ...
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What is the best program for image optimizing for the web?

ImageMagick is a great tool to use that would require some understanding of how a terminal is to be used. However, the documentation is done very well so you can reference a lot of examples. The ...
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Vector software that retains relationships

OK, now bear with me but there is such a category of programs: CAD. So depends a bit on your complexity needs you may need to choose things properly. Not only can the cad software do this they do it ...
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How are these modern physics figures made?

They are most likely drawn by a human on a computer. Manually, with some definition of manual. It always strikes me a bit weird how people this day and age can not draw simple line drawings themselves....
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Why are my prints low quality when screenshotting a PDF?

Any screen capture / screen shot tool will only ever capture the screen contents at screen resolution, which is significantly lower than the resolution required for a high quality print. If you take a ...
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Adobe Fireworks - the best replacement?

I use Affinity Designer as a replacement for Fireworks. I also use Graphic by Picta which is pretty good too, but vector only.
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"Flattening" a rectangular image photographed at an angle

I don't know Illustrator, but in Photoshop you would use the Perspective Crop Tool Drag a rectangle from one corner to the opposite, then grab the other corners & move into place. Ignore the ...
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Is Scribus a viable alternative to Quark or InDesign?

Being an 'all DTP tools minitechnicus' it was easy for me . I mean, it took a very little amount of time to accommodate well with Scribus. My tool of choice for years was PageMaker then InDesign - I ...
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Alternative to Adobe Illustrator

Gravit is another free alternative, originally developed as a freehand alternative, that can be used both online and as a desktop app. Works in windows/mac/linux. (source: designer.io) And ...
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