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Would like to see a full featured video editor such as Pinnacle Studio and its add-ons. I see that MainConcept is providing a demo (1st cut to Linux) with Suse 9. Haven't had a chance to kick the tires yet.
It's been a while since I've used the Gimp. The main feature with Photo Shop I have liked beyond the others is the simplicity to construct and manipulate animated GIFs. Other features such as photo cleanup is pretty standard no matter the brand of software, though there is arguement over the quality of such a function.
I know of at least one small business for whom linux isn't an option due to their total dependence on AutoCAD. For them expense doesn't enter to into it, as they're already paying.
Companies that essentially have monopolies or major presence in their software areas would be wise to port to Linux. I'm thinking Steinberg in music, AutoCAD, even Macromedia for flash/shockwave authoring. It wouldn't stop the emergence of open source alternatives, but it would diminish the need. With open source where there's a need it tends to get filled sooner or later.
There are 2 and only 2 programs that absolutely can't live without that simply won't run on Linux... SciFinder Scholar and CS ChemOffice. SciFinder is a science citation search engine (and more) and ChemOffice is the standard format publishers require for submission. No other app can compete with ChemOffice's features and SciFinder is just plain essential, so I wind up with a dual boot Ext3/NTFS/FAT32 nightmare.
Maybe these are a little specific, but in chemistry land all the software we use for research is Linux/UNIX (e.g. Bruker, Varian, Gaussian, Schrodinger, etc.) however all the software we're supposed to use to publish the results is Windows only (and Mac if you're lucky). Moreover, the Linux software is rock-stable while the Winodws software is buggy and unstable... Not to mention user-unfriendly.
I'm curious if there are any other scientists out there that have this problem or if chemists are the only ones getting screwed by Billy's (Gates that is) monopoly/Empire.
I'm a computational polymer physicist and I tend to do alright on Linux/Unix. All my code is Unix compiled and run, and I use LaTeX for writing up documents, an Mathematica or MATLAB (which run on a Unix machine) for graphs and stuff. When I want extra graphical capability, I use my home PC and write a nice OpenGL App.
The only reason I ever use Windows at work is when I want to do a lot in MATLAB, but that's only because my Unix workstation is painfully slow.
Well for me native-port of DreamWeaver-MX is a must have.
it is the best web Development tool out there. With almost everyone moving onto Web-arena, you have to have the best web-development tools out there and I see no substitute for DreamWeaver on Linux.
I'd really like to see some Apple apps come out. They're using a Unix based kernel now so how about putting out some Final Cut Pro or After Effects? Maybe they can put out a nice shiney new interface while they're at it