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55 Open Source Replacements for Popular Multimedia Software

Nov 15, 2010, 16:32 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Cynthia Harvey)

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"For this list, we collected some of the best open source apps to help you view, find, buy, share, create, organize and manage multimedia files. While they may not be as well known as the commercial software they can replace, many of them are just as good if not better than their counterparts. As always, if you know of other open source apps that should have made our list, feel free to post in the comments section below.

"3D Graphics and Animation

"1. Art of Illusion Replaces: AutoDesk Maya

"While far less robust than Maya, Art of Illusion lets amateurs try their hand at creating and rendering 3D animations. The controls are easy to use, and the Web site's art gallery includes some fairly impressive examples created with the software. Operating System: OS Independent.

"2. Blender Replaces: AutoDesk Maya

"Much more mature than Art of Illusion, Blender is a professional-quality tool that has even been used to create some commercial productions. It offers a huge range of features for rigging, modeling, rendering, animating, shading, UV unwrapping, imaging and compositing and more. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X."

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