Top Ten Apps That Make Linux Fun To Use: Page 2

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6) OpenShot – There are nearly as many video editors for Linux these days as there are Web browsers. Sadly, many of these editors are either too complex to use or instead, lack reliability. Others still are stable enough, yet seem to be missing a sane user interface that makes any sense to the casual user. This is where the video editing software known as OpenShot comes into play.

It’s intuitive to use and fun right out of the box. All simple to work with: video transitions, cool video/audio effects, video clipping and advanced editing. Offering a strong alternative to KDENLive and KINO, OpenShot is a fantastic video editor for individuals looking to put the entertainment back into their video editing experience on the Linux platform. It's under heavy active development, but I have found it to be reasonably stable and fun to use for most of my video editing projects.

7) Scribus – Unlike proprietary desktop publishing software available, Scribus uses open standards for the files created and allows for easy import and export of your work to other platforms. There is also the pricing consideration – it's free.

Perhaps the biggest difference with Scribus vs. other publishing software is the fact that it requires a bit of a learning curve like GIMP. So if you're a Pagemaker fan, get ready to re-learn the software.

If you're willing to put in a little time learning this application, Scribus is real blast to use. Scribus is also used by a number of non-profits for publishing newsletters and other print publications. So it's professional for the needs of most people in my estimation.

8) StopMotion – How many of you remember Gumby? For those unfamiliar with the TV classic, it was a television program created with stop motion video creation techniques.

Back then, stop motion was done by taking individual pictures and adding them together to create a moving picture or a show. Today, we have software designed for platforms such as Linux that make this process much easier.

This application is aptly called, StopMotion. Available from the software repositories of most popular Linux distributions these days, it's fairly simple to use. It does require a basic understanding of how stop motion photography works, however.

9) Blender – Looking to create the next Avatar movie? How about a film like Toy Story? Then the application known as Blender might help you get started on the right track.

Easily the single most complex application featured in this list, once it’s mastered there is very little you can't do with this software bundle. Compiled with 3D modeling options and a decent video editor, it's almost like running a movie studio from your Linux box. Maybe it’s not enough to turn you into the next Pixar, but you might feel pretty close after learning the basics of the provided software tools.

10) Comix – Relive your comic book glory days in a digital format, thanks to some great Linux software called Comix.

While the software package itself lacks any specific comic book titles that I know of, I have found that a quick Google query does turn up a number of compatible free and legal comic options that are ripe for downloading. This software is able to read digital comics in both a compressed and regular image formats.

Missing any fun Linux applications in my list?

Do you have some Linux software titles that you believe should be listed here? Don't feel left out, add your ideas to the comments below and share the software you think makes Linux fun to use in with my list. Go ahead, I’d love to hear about some of your favorite fun Linux software titles!

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