Free or inexpensive software?


(Waffler) #1

I was hoping to start up a videogame developer’s club this year at school, but one of the biggest problems I’m having is finding good inexpensive (or, better yet, free) software. Basically I was just curious as to what various people here use for audio recording/editing, image editing, music composing, etc. At least I know that I could use Blender for the 3D stuff. I’m already mostly done with an exporter to my own file format that I could easily use with OpenGL in C++ (There’s still a lot of problems to work out, but when I get it done I’d like to post it … even if it’s a big mess). Even though Linux is great, I was hoping that most of the software suggested is for Windows. I don’t think too many people around my school would want to install an opperating system, because most of the people I had my eye on aren’t really all too great with computers (artists, musicians, and writers).

Thanks, yall.


(pofo) #2

There was a thread in the main forum awhile ago in which alot of free graphics software was listed…

Did a search and came up with these:

http://www.elysiun.com/viewtopic.php?t=1608

http://www.elysiun.com/viewtopic.php?t=1522

Hope they can help

  1. pofo

btw. to make cool sounds, see if you can find TS404


(ray_theway) #3

Audio recording and editing: For ripping tracks from CD’s or analog sources, I use CDEX ( http://sourceforge.net/projects/cdexos/ ). For recording MIDI music, I use Anvil Studio (which is free as long as you don’t need to print music) ( www.anvilstudio.com ). If you want more features in MIDI editing (including WAV audio compositing), try to find a lite version of Cakewalk ( www.cakewalk.com ). This will probably cost around $20-30

Image Editing: Sometimes I use ImageForge from CursorArts, but the GIMP for Windows is absolutely much better. I use Irfanview for basic and batch file conversions. ( www.gimp.org/~tml/gimp/win32/ ) ( www.irfanview.com )

Hope the club goes well! 8)


(Waffler) #4

Wow, thanks guys. Now I guess I have to go through all this stuff to see what I like best … there’s so much to choose from.


(jeotero) #5

just in case nobody mentioned pro tools there is a free version

http://www.digidesign.com/ptfree/