The top picks in free graphics software:
POV-RAY – added 9/5/2001
Program for creating sophisticated 3-D graphics. The Persistance of Vision Ray Tracer (POV-Ray) is an all-round excellent package, but there are two things that particularly make it stand out above the rest of the crowd. The source is distributed so you can compile it on virtually any platform. POV-Ray is based on David Buck’s original ray tracer, DKB-Trace and has been (and still is) developed and supported by a whole crowd of people on CompuServe Graphics Developers’ Forum.
Sodipodi – added 3/12/2005
Sodipodi is a vector-based drawing program, like CorelDraw or Adobe Illustrator from the proprietary software world, and Sketch or Karbon14. It is distributed under the terms of the Gnu General Public License, Version 2. Sodipodi uses W3C SVG as its native file format. It is therefore a very useful tool for web designers.
Irfanview – added 5/4/2004
If you need an image viewer that supports every known format, then IrfanView is the image viewer for you! Irfanview is also a quality thumbnail maker. Supports every known format. It features: thumbnails, preview, drag & drop support, fast directory view (fast moving through directory), print support, scan (TWAIN) support, slideshow, batch conversion, change the color depth, audio cd player, capturing, cut/crop, effects (blur, sharpen etc.).
Desi III – added 6/13/2005
DESI-III uses a real database for the organisation of the drawings and drawing entities: which allows to use any stored drawing as a symbol in any other drawing. DESI-III supports many different entities (drawing elements): Lines, texts, symbols, polygons, circular and elliptical arcs, segments and sectors, rectangles, triangles, curves and dimensions are one record in the database.
Maya Personal Learning Edition – added 1/14/2003
Maya 4 is the sixth major release of the world’s most acclaimed professional 3D software from Alias|Wavefront. Animation, Paint and Games tools are just part of what Maya Personal Learning Edition gives 3D graphics and animation students, current industry professionals, and those interested in breaking into the world of computer graphics (CG) an opportunity to explore all aspects of the award winning Maya Complete software in a personal, non-commercial capacity.