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    Art Software Ledger (ft. Music Production and Game Design)

    Art Software Ledger
    Last Updated: March 19th, 2015

    This is basically the same thread as this one, except dedicated to art related software instead of animation for all you guys who are in the dark as to what your options are in regards to FREE and PAID art software. Feel free to suggest software to be added to the list, as I probably forgot quite a few, and also, feel free to ask any questions regarding the software, although I may not have all the answers. Still currently being updated.

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    [WIN] - Windows Compatible
    [OSX] - OS X Compatible
    [NIX] - Linux Compatible

    Free Software

    ART

    GIMP - [WIN]
    Website:
    http://www.gimp.org/
    Download:
    http://www.gimp.org/downloads/
    Note: The learning curve is much higher than some of the other free software, but it's probably the best out of them in my opinion, although the layout is kinda cumbersome.

    MyPaint - [WIN]
    Website:
    http://mypaint.intilinux.com/
    Download: http://mypaint.intilinux.com/?page_id=6
    Note: The fullscreen mode this has is really immersive, although I would mostly peg this one as a sketching program more than an actual full scale art thing. It has a good variety of brushes, but be wary of making too many strokes in a row because it has the tendency to regard them all as one stroke when you undo.

    Krita - [WIN]
    Website:
    https://krita.org/
    Download: https://krita.org/download/krita-desktop/
    Note: good for a lot of things. With it's simple layout and in depth brush, color, blending and filter options, it's really a powerhouse of a program right up there with gimp.

    Inkscape - [WIN] [OSX] [NIX]
    Website:
    https://inkscape.org/en/
    Download: https://inkscape.org/en/download/
    Note: With the object creation and nodes thing, Inkscape can be a bit more one the confusing side, and it's layout isn't exactly 100% user friendly, but a good program all the same.

    Hexels - [WIN] [OSX]
    Website: http://hexraystudios.com/hexels/
    Download: http://hexraystudios.com/hexels/
    Note: Pixel, or rather, hexel based software, you can do some pretty nice stuff with this, if pixel like things are what you're into.

    Pyxel Edit - [WIN] [OSX]
    Website: http://pyxeledit.com/index.php
    Download:
    http://pyxeledit.com/get.php
    Note: Free, simple, elegant pixelling software that can also make Spritesheets.

    Ogmo Editor - [WIN]
    Website:
    http://www.ogmoeditor.com/
    Note: Free 2-D Level Designer that integrates with Flash or software that uses XML files.

    Graphics Gale - [WIN]
    Website: http://www.humanbalance.net/gale/us/
    Download: http://www.humanbalance.net/gale/us/download.html

    MUSIC


    Audacity - [WIN] [OSX] [NIX]
    We
    bsite: http://audacity.sourceforge.net/
    Download:
    http://audacity.sourceforge.net/
    Note: Mostly a music editing software admittedly, it can also be used to produce. Pretty simple, and there are a wealth of tutorials.

    Cecilia - [WIN] [OSX] [NIX]
    Website:
    http://cecilia.sourceforge.net/
    Download: http://cecilia.sourceforge.net/

    Hydrogen - [OSX] [NIX]
    Website:
    http://www.hydrogen-music.org/hcms/
    Download:
    http://www.hydrogen-music.org/hcms/node/21

    Mixxx - [WIN] [OSX] [NIX]
    Website:
    http://mixxx.org/
    Download: http://mixxx.org/

    Bfxr - [WIN] [OSX]
    Website: N/A
    Download: http://www.bfxr.net/
    Note: A nifty little free thing that lets you create Sound-Effects.

    PxTone - [WIN] [OSX]
    Website: http://studiopixel.sakura.ne.jp/pxtone/
    Download: http://studiopixel.sakura.ne.jp/pxtone/
    Note: Very old but popular (at least in Japan) freeware that lets you create chiptunes. Comes with a manual and Youtube has videos about em. Created by Pixel, the guy behind Cave Story.

    LMSS - [WIN] [OSX] [NIX]
    Website:
    https://lmms.io/
    Download: https://lmms.io/download/

    GAMES

    No Excuse List!

    Engine001 - [WIN] [OSX] [ANDROID]
    Website:
    http://www.engine001.com/
    Download:
    http://www.engine001.com/downloads.htm
    Note: Yet another drag and drop software

    Stencyl - [WIN] [OSX] [NIX]
    Website: http://www.stencyl.com/
    Download (has a free version and paid versions): http://www.stencyl.com/pricing/
    Note:
    Drag-N-Drop game maker with minor bits of code. For those who wanna get into how coding works without having to code majorly.

    Sketch Nation Studio
    - [IOS] [ANDROID]

    Website: http://sketchnation.com
    Web Version: http://sketchnationapp.com/

    Note:
    Free platform that allows one to "sketch" games and import them to mobile devices.

    Inform 7 - [WIN] [OSX] [NIX]
    Website: http://inform7.com/
    Download (free): http://inform7.com/download/
    Note: Free maker of Interactive Fiction that uses Programming Language based on the English language. Installer comes with its own manual, cookbook, and has a community that while small is very helpful.

    Ren'Py - [WIN] [OSX] [NIX] [ANDROID]
    Website: http://www.renpy.org/
    Download (free): http://www.renpy.org/latest.html
    Note: Ever wonder how those Phoenix Write fangames get made? Ren'Py is an open-source platform that lets you create Visual Novels using Python, the easiest programming language (at least the most basic) in the world.

    BLABA (Brian Lunduke's Awesome Blocks of Awesome) - [WIN]
    Website: N/A
    Download: http://lunduke.com/bryan-lundukes-aw...ks-of-awesome/
    Note: An old but maybe worth to tinker, no-coding freeware that makes games based on a drag-block engine.

    Scratch - [WIN] [OSX] [NIX]
    Website: http://scratch.mit.edu/
    Note: Yet another free online game maker used to teach people programming concepts in preparation for actually programming games.

    Inklewriter - [WIN] [OSX]
    Website: http://writer.inklestudios.com
    Note:
    Like Twine, a platform that allows you to write Interactive Novels without the need to know how to code.

    ImpactJS - [WIN]
    Website: http://impactjs.com/
    Note:
    Free library that allows one to create HTML5 games.

    ZGameEditor - [WIN] [OSX] [NIX] [ANDROID]
    Website: http://zgameeditor.org/
    Note:
    Free open-source software that lets you create procedurally-generated games.

    CraftStudio - [WIN] [OSX] [NIX]
    Website: http://craftstud.io/

    Note: A collaborative, voxel-based, game maker that let's you make Minecraft-style games (graphically). The paid version offers more room for customization and scripting.

    Paid Software

    ART

    PaintToolSai - [WIN]
    Website: N/A
    Purchace|Trial:
    http://www.systemax.jp/en/sai/
    Note: Really easy to learn, with a vast library of brushes, even more that you can buy online, along with a plethora of free user created textures and brushes available to everyone. Very user friendly interface with very straightforward descriptions, it's probably my favorite of the paid programs when it comes to classic old school digital painting.

    Photoshop - [WIN] [OSX] [NIX(?)]
    Website: http://www.photoshop.com/
    Purchace: https://creative.adobe.com/plans?sin...ackingid=KRQMD
    Trial: https://creative.adobe.com/products/download/photoshop
    Note: Really good software, although it is designed for photo editing so prepare to not know what you're doing at all at first. Although that isn't that much of an issue as there are tons of tutorials online, and once you do get the hang of it, you can go miles and beyond what you can achieve with sai (in theory) since PS has more advanced capabilities.

    MangaStudio - [WIN] [OSX]
    Website: http://my.smithmicro.com/manga-studi...-software.html
    Purchase1: http://my.smithmicro.com/manga-studio-ex-5.html
    Purchase2: http://my.smithmicro.com/manga-studio-5.html (SIGNIFICANTLY CHEAPER)
    Trial: http://my.smithmicro.com/manga-studio-free-trial.html
    Note: also a really good software, with a variety of true to life manga pens, tools, borders and stuff if that's what you're into. Really easy to figure out as well.

    Illustrator - [WIN] [OSX]
    Website: http://www.adobe.com/products/illust...150319054312:s
    Purchase: https://creative.adobe.com/plans?single_app=illustrator
    Trial: https://creative.adobe.com/products/...ad/illustrator
    Note: Probably the best program in terms of graphic or web design, it's main functionalities lie in vectoring, patterning, logo making and other things of that sort, less so painting or sketching

    Corel Painter - [WIN] [OSX]
    Website: http://www.painterartist.com/us/prod...obGRoCpSfw_wcB
    Purchase|Trial: http://www.painterartist.com/us/prod...obGRoCpSfw_wcB
    Note: basically photoshop, except that it's more confusing and probably less effective. I haven't used it in a long while though, so don't take my word on that, they came out with a lot of versions since then and it could very well be on the same level as any other program now, but when I used it it was cumbersome

    MUSIC

    FLStudio - [WIN]
    Website: http://www.image-line.com/flstudio/
    Purchase: http://www.image-line.com/shop/distributors.php
    Trial: http://www.image-line.com/downloads/...odownload.html
    Note: Great for pretty much any kind of music production

    Ableton - [WIN]
    Website: https://www.ableton.com/
    Purchase: https://www.ableton.com/en/shop/
    Trial: https://www.ableton.com/en/trial/
    Note: Equally great for any kind of music production, although a bit harder to get a firm grasp on due to it's convoluted layout

    GAMES

    All - [N/A]
    List: http://www.moddb.com/engines
    Last edited by Drone; 03-19-2015 at 03:39 AM.
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    Can I suggest pixelling software or music makers?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hewitt View Post
    Can I suggest pixelling software or music makers?
    Man, I completely forgot that pixel art software were a thing
    Idk if we have enough producers left here to warrant the whole nine yards for the music though
    I'm actually going to need someone to suggest pixel art programs, cus I only know of hexels and all these other ones look shady af
    Last edited by Drone; 03-19-2015 at 12:19 AM.
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    If there are some decent free music software out there, I'd enjoy it being added to the list. I'd much rather make my own for animations rather than use others'.

    Similarly, I'd love to make some pixel art. :3

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    What about programming tools? We do have a very dead Game Dev section so technically they count. You never know when someone might pop in looking for something to use and then finds it.

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    alrighty, I'll try and add some of these, Pixel art though, as I said in my edit I might need some help with cus I don't know much about those programs besides hexels lol
    same with game development software, that's not really my area of expertise, but I'll ask around and try to get some kind of consensus on what the best ones are
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    All I needed was the go signal. Here we go:


    Game Makers
    ***Note that Game Makers are sort of streamlined processes and not "actual" Game Makers. If you want to program a game with much more freedom, take up a Programming language and get down and dirty.

    Stencyl [MAC] [WIN] [LINUX]
    Drag-N-Drop game maker with minor bits of code. For those who wanna get into how coding works without having to code majorly.
    Website: http://www.stencyl.com/
    Download (has a free version and paid versions): http://www.stencyl.com/pricing/

    Sketch Nation Studio [IOS] [AND]
    Free platform that allows one to "sketch" games and import them to mobile devices.
    Website: http://sketchnation.com
    Web Version: http://sketchnationapp.com/

    Inform 7 [MAC] [WIN] [LINUX]
    Free maker of Interactive Fiction that uses Programming Language based on the English language. Installer comes with its own manual, cookbook, and has a community that while small is very helpful.
    Website: http://inform7.com/
    Download (free): http://inform7.com/download/

    Ren'Py [MAC] [WIN] [LINUX] [AND]
    Ever wonder how those Phoenix Wright fangames get made? Ren'Py is an open-source platform that lets you create Visual Novels using Python, the easiest programming language (at least the most basic) in the world.
    Website: http://www.renpy.org/
    Download (free): http://www.renpy.org/latest.html

    BLABA (Brian Lunduke's Awesome Blocks of Awesome) [WIN]
    An old but maybe worth to tinker, no-coding freeware that makes games based on a drag-block engine.
    Download: http://lunduke.com/bryan-lundukes-aw...ks-of-awesome/

    Bfxr [MAC] [WIN]
    A nifty little free thing that lets you create Sound-Effects.
    Download: http://www.bfxr.net/

    Scratch [MAC] [WIN] [LINUX]
    Yet another free game maker used to teach people programming concepts in preparation for actually programming games.
    Website: http://scratch.mit.edu/

    Inklewriter [WIN] [MAC]
    Like Twine, a platform that allows you to write Interactive Novels without the need to know how to code.
    Website: http://writer.inklestudios.com

    ImpactJS [WIN]
    Free library that allows one to create HTML5 games.
    Website: http://impactjs.com/

    ZGameEditor [WIN] [MAC] [LINUX] [AND]
    Free open-source software that lets you create procedurally-generated games.
    Website: http://zgameeditor.org/

    Engine001 [WIN] [IOS] [AND]
    Yet another drag-n-drop no coding software for wading the waters of development.
    Website: http://www.engine001.com/
    Downloads (free and commercial): http://www.engine001.com/downloads.htm

    CraftStudio [MAC] [WIN] [LINUX]
    A collaborative, voxel-based, game maker that let's you make Minecraft-style games (graphically). The paid version offers more room for customization and scripting.
    Website: http://craftstud.io/


    Other Art Software
    ***Note that regular art programs can be used to pixel. These are software specifically made to pixel.

    Pyxel Edit [WIN] [MAC]
    Free, simple, elegant pixelling software that can also make Spritesheets.
    Website: http://pyxeledit.com/index.php
    Download: http://pyxeledit.com/get.php

    Ogmo Editor [WIN]
    Free 2-D Level Designer that integrates with Flash or software that uses XML files.
    Website: http://www.ogmoeditor.com/



    Music Software
    PxTone [WIN] [MAC]
    Very old but popular (at least in Japan) freeware that lets you create chiptunes. Comes with a manual and Youtube has videos about em. Created by Pixel, the guy behind Cave Story.
    Website/Download: http://studiopixel.sakura.ne.jp/pxtone/




    By the by Drone it would be nice if you can provide neat writeups for each software. So people can discern which one they can use.
    Last edited by Hewitt; 03-19-2015 at 01:45 AM.

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    oh wow, thanks hew, and lol yeah, I should probably do that, was kinda lazy about it.
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    Making games... might as well tell them to download IDE or something, like Code::Blocks for C, C++ and Fortran. Where to download their compiler. [insert SDL, OpenGL, etc]. [insert complicated stuff] :P

    Put LMMS in music. It's available for all platforms. In Linux, you can just search for it in the Software Center or something.




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    I wont tell kids to get IDEs in a Stick Animation site. These Game Makers should be enough for them.

    Besides, true programming is an entirely separate set of links altogether

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