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  • #31
    Yeah, well, the wide format stuff's very different. If you're doing that kind of stuff, then you just have to live with whatever the printers support.

    (And that reminds me - I was wrong. I have sent a native file to a printer in the last year, but that was the one and only time I did a billboard ).

    For most normal stuff you should be fine. But you do need to check first, anyway. Some printers workflows seem to depend on peculiarities of how major software produces PDFs. And, while the Scribus produced PDF may be technically correct according to the spec. that doesn't actually guarantee there being no problems.

    (I say this because of the printer a friend of mine used, who's RIP could not deal with PDFs from Indesign - no matter whether they'd been exported or printed/distilled. That wasn't because Indesign was doing something wrong, but because the RIP was.)

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    • #32
      It seems Synfig had sum serious bugs with mac platform so they removed it.
      Never fear there's always more open source near!

      Two alternatives for your creative suite for Flash:
      http://www.flashdevelop.org- Haven't Demo'd this yet but it has a lot of active users

      http://silex-ria.org : this seems a little young and clunky but it could get you out of a jam if you needed it to.

      Open source, only to those who deserve it! :P

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      • #33
        I use open source software almost exclusively, and after going through this thread I noticed a couple of points that have not yet been made, so I thought I'd mention them:

        1) There is a wonderful plug-in for The GIMP that converts your image into a CMYK TIFF with an embedded color profile. The plug-in is available here:
        http://www.blackfiveservices.co.uk/separate.shtml. It's a must-have if you're going to try and use The GIMP for commercial work.

        2) I've been told that the latest version of Inkscape has CMYK support, but only the Linux version. As I use Windows, I do not know how extensive the new CMYK support is. I get around this by designing in Inkscape, saving as a PNG, and converting to CMYK in The GIMP.

        3) Nvu has been effectively replaced by Kompozer (www.kompozer.net).

        4) For those who do not like how Nvu/Kompozer reformats your HTML source code, there is an extension called HandCoder that allows you to run your HTML through Tidy whenever your save, or whenever you view through a 3rd-party text editor. The link for HandCoder is here: http://fabiwan.kenobi.free.fr/HandCoder. The link for Tidy is here: http://tidy.sourceforge.net. For the third-party text editor, I like to use Notepad++, available here: http://notepad-plus.sourceforge.net/uk/site.htm.

        5) It's pretty hard to get around having to use commercial software for the final assembly. I use Quark, mostly. If the printer won't take a PDF, they almost certainly won't take Scribus.
        Last edited by roystonlodge; 04-29-2009, 05:34 PM.

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        • #34
          One other thing: One of the great benefits of these open source alternatives is that many of them are available as "Portable Applications", that do not have to be installed on your computer. As such, you can run them from an external device like a USB key. You can also run them on a computer where you may not have administrator privileges. There's a great site called www.portableapps.com that packages many of these programs in a convenient portable package.

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          • #35
            A final word: Since pretty much all open source software uses Ghostscript to create PDF or PS files, it would be a very good idea for you to learn as much about how Ghostscript works so that you can ensure that your PDF and PS files turn out exactly the way you want them to.

            Here's the link for Ghostscript: http://pages.cs.wisc.edu/~ghost
            Last edited by roystonlodge; 04-29-2009, 05:35 PM.

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            • #36
              Just a quick update. My Dreamweaver alternative, Nvu, has a new web address: http://net2.com/nvu/
              Broke or just cheap? Read my list of free open source alternatives to Adobe Creative Suite software.

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              • #37
                Tutorial

                Although this are fantastic opensource softwares but doesn't know how to run this softwares very expertly so if anybody have tutorial for Synfig from beginner please give me

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                • #38
                  Kompozer is a good program too.
                  http://www.kompozer.net/

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                  • #39
                    Since the creation of my list, a great website, OSAlt.com (Open Source Alternative), has posted countless open source alternatives. The site goes beyond graphic applications and lists alternatives for everything! It even allows visitors to suggest new applications. Go check it out.
                    Broke or just cheap? Read my list of free open source alternatives to Adobe Creative Suite software.

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                    • #40
                      Very nice Surf!
                      "Lucy, you got some 'splainin' to do!" - Ricky Ricardo

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                      • #41
                        I just stumbled on this site

                        http://www.guidetoartschools.com/tip...-photo-editing

                        "May your hats fly as high as your dreams"Michael Scott

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                        • #42
                          The problem I have with most of these programs is that they don't support CMYK. Well, that and the fact that you can't really do any thing with those programs that's portfolio worthy. I recommend replacing Photoshop with Photoshop Elements 8. It cost a bit of money, but it's still a lot cheaper than Photoshop.

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                          • #43
                            PSE 8 isn't a FREE program. The focus of this thread.
                            It depends on what you want to call professional work too.
                            As already stated, not a lot of these programs are supported 'professionally'.
                            And an online portfolio is in RGB...

                            <Gimp doesn't do CMYK? Isn't there a plug-in for that? >

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                            • #44
                              Honestly, the only free software that I feel comfortable using is Scribus. When it comes to programs like GIMP and Inkscape, they do not support CMYK. I heard that there's a plug-in for that, but I'm unable to find it.

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                              • #45
                                http://tinyurl.com/2cfultv

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