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I only need one program.... Powertab, a guitar tablature editor that has midi output... but that damn Brad Larson uses all that Micro$uck code and won't release source code so that someone else could port it! Its the only program holdin me down to the [sarcasm]wonderful[/sarcasm] Winders Xtremely Poor!
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To comment a bit on other people's posts: you should try several programs in Linux that do exactly the same (or better) that what you are looking for! That's the general idea, isn't it? Don't expect Microsft to port their programs or whatever.
I think Macromedia should seriously consider porting (95% of the people here say that), although I don't use them or need them.
I'm an electronics engineer and I'd switch completely to linux if they weren't so many compilers and assemblers for devices, PLC's etc that are only done for Windows... it's so frustrating!!! Maybe not many people have considered this, as we are a specialized market, but the people who are selling simulation software/compilers for specialized industrial hardware at $5000 apiece should consider all their costumers.
I've noticed a hell of a lot of people are mentioning Dreamweaver. This is one program I would hope never comes over to linux.
I'm a web developer. I've been a web developer for 5 years. I've never used Dreamweaver, and never will. Dreamweaver (and other table-based/wysiwyg web design apps) are a nightmare, and the reason I can't find a job. I code in standards-compliant, accessible xHTML and CSS. I'm a proper web developer. I don't use tables for design, I don't use "spacer" gifs, and I don't use a program which takes away the decisions. If you want to do web design, then learn it. Learn about cross-browser incompatabilities/inconsistancies. Learn about UI design. Learn about information architecture. I have, and I can't find a job because some kid who's done a six week course in Dreamweaver will work for half my wage and do a bad job.
Sorry for the rant, but you wouldn't like it if you went for an operation and some guy was using an "automatic apendicitomy machine" on you after a weeks training.
As a 'bedroom website developer' I started out using dreamweaver because it makes the process of making websites absolutely easy as pie. I even got paid by a few people to do this 'website development'. Recently I started learning css, and now i've left dreamweaver behind. But it is a valuable resource for people who just dont know how.
Also, I really think Mozilla composer is as equivalant to dreamweaver or better, for the purpose it serves. I dont understand why it isn't more widely used.
Then there is Quanta, Bluefish, and Amaya. So there really are plenty of web development tools on linux already. If you are willing to forgo your familiar GUI's and learn something new.
What? Yes, I tried using gimp and it was <i>similar</i> but PS does many more things and well. PS is more for photos but can create amazing graphics. Gimp can do great graphics but has a way to go to be at the same level as Gimp.
That's one thing I would really like to see in Linux - genealogy software like Personal Ancestral File or Family Tree Maker. These programs are relational databases for family history, so I think that they'd run very well on Linux. A port of this kind of software might also be appreciated in the developing world. Also, I would not need to dual boot anymore.
I'll admit it has a ways to go... but... most of the plug-ins that PS is known for have been ported to gimp. EVENTUALLY it's gonna be there. As far as a direct port to linux of a program... not many people are going to spend the time to make a program that is basically gimp with a few extra features... you're better off going to the gimp site and asking for the features you'd like... if they get enough response maybey gimp will be your port in the next version
I mean if ppl want Photoshop ported and it will make them happy - all much the better.
I dunno call me mad - but I began liking Gimp so much, I prefer it over Photoshop.
Gimp 2.0 that is (Gimp 1.3 was really crappy sorry )
What would be nice would be Corel Draw and ANY Flash Authoring tool on Linux (even Flash MX ported would be OK)
There is Inkscape as a Corel Draw alternative, but Corel Draw still wins by miles.
There is two big backdraws .. sorry I mean draw-backs :P .. on Corel Draw for Windows
1. Their newer versions won't run on Win 98 (same goes for Photoshop and Flash MX)
2. It crashed no end on XP and corrupted my files and backups! grrrrr
And games - lots of cool state-of-the-art Games.
I avoid playing games cos I just get too addicted.
But all the games you get for Windows *AND* Linux-native, I found out that the Linux version is much better/faster/more stable.
I think Linux makes a better platform for gaming as you can really optimize it no end, ie minimum resources for the OS and max-resources for the Game itself.
You can't really do that with Windows .. XP will gobble up your memory like it or not.
If a game runs on Windows 98/95 you could (with 3rd party tools) optimize your machine for speed though. But even then I would imagine Linux would go that step further.
The day Linux gets lots and lots of games, that day the masses will convert to Linux.
Maybe IBM, Novell etc should sponsor game-programming too! :P
I would like to see babylon. Do you know it? I tried babytrans, its clone for linux, but it doesn't make me satisfied. I tried to install babylon by wine but it doesn't support that (yet, I hope). Actually, babylon is the only program that makes windows important to me or simply the program that makes windows stay on my pc. Because windows and gates doesn't really matter to me.
Originally posted by kittani I'll admit it has a ways to go... but... most of the plug-ins that PS is known for have been ported to gimp. EVENTUALLY it's gonna be there. As far as a direct port to linux of a program... not many people are going to spend the time to make a program that is basically gimp with a few extra features... you're better off going to the gimp site and asking for the features you'd like... if they get enough response maybey gimp will be your port in the next version
I don't want to get into a war about Photoshop over Gimp or visa versa. Fact... when I use the burn tool on a picture it is granie... it is not as good as PS. When I use the Unsharp Mask.. no preview window and PS unsharp does a better and cleaner job. I have not tried masking in Gimp.. I just stick with PS for now. When Gimp does get as good as PS, Disney and others will switch. Disney Animation Studios did switch to linux with Crossover office running PS7.
Photoshop is the standard... I would love gimp to work... it is free, very similar in apperance (I have the floating menus though). Like linux.. it will continue to rise.