Nice Paper Toys

As we have several people here that were asking about what software to use and stuff like that, I thought it might be nice to have a thread with links to software.

Now, we all know that it's possible to download software illegally and/or crack them. This thread is not for those links. This one is for FREE software, and/or shareware.

Here's my list:
The GIMP (Gnu Image Manipulation Program)
GIMPshop (A version of The GIMP made to look as much as Photoshop as possible)
Inkscape Free Vector drawing program
DrawPlus 4 (DrawPlus 6 is $9.99. Same site)

Sketchup Really easy 3D program. Very basic.

Blender 3D program. Hardcore 3D.

Pepakura (Limited Shareware) Program to "unfold" 3D data into a paper model.



Feel free to add your own!

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After downloading the latest papertoy of Matt Hawkins, I asked myself why he chose to release snomoe in 3 pdf files?

It's possible to join two or more pdf files with Adobe Acrobat. I do it all the time: design in two different Illustrator files, export to pdf and join the two pdf files in Acrobat. The only downside is that it's commercial software.

So without even finding out why Matt uses 3 files I searched the internet for free/open source software to combine/merge/join two or more pdf files.

1. PDF Split and Merge: A free open source tool to split and merge pdf documents
This one will work on all platforms (Window, Mac, Linux), there are two versions but the basic version will be enough.
(read lifehacker.com and makeuseof.com for more info)

2. CombinePDFs
Works on Mac OS X 10.3.9 or newer.

3. PDFTools: PDFTools is a PDF management application. It can encrypt, decrypt, join, split, stamp, create and rearrange a PDF file.
Window only

4. PDFill pdf tools: PDFill PDF Tools are FREE PDF Toolbox to Merge, Split, Reorder, Encrypt, Decrypt, Rotate, Crop, Reformat, Header, Footer, Watermark, Images to PDF, PDF to Images, Form Fields Delete/Flatten/List, and PostScript to PDF.
Windows only

5. pdftkbuilder: If PDF is electronic paper, then pdftk is an electronic staple-remover, hole-punch, binder, secret-decoder-ring, and X-Ray-glasses.
I red that a lot of people used pdftk (pdf toolkit), that is a commandline tool for all platforms (Window, Mac, Linux). But commandline isn't for everybody, so pdftkbuilder is an gui (graphical user interface) for windows to make it somewhat easier.

6. Adolix Split & Merge PDF
it only does what it says: it splits/merges pdf files, windows only
We shouldn't forget about this post, so I will add another one:

Now we have all those design tools, but what can we add to our design to make it popout more.....

Fonts!

So here a list of site with a number of free fonts for designers:
http://www.alvit.de/blog/article/20-best-license-free-official-fonts
http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2007/11/08/40-excellent-freefonts-f...
http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2006/10/11/17-more-free-quality-fonts/
http://www.noupe.com/fonts/50-free-fonts-for-professional-designs.html

but for my less designy fonts I usually end up at:
http://www.dafont.com


So now you have these fonts, how to install them on a pc?

There are a couple of programs that I've tried and I ended up with: Nexusfont
(visit http://www.xiles.net/, goto downloads and find Nexusfont)

This might just replace my nine (!) year old copy of Extensis Suitcase.
These are great softwares, I use Gimp and Inkscape.
New software on the scene: Ultimate Papercraft 3D(i've seen this news on Paperkraft.net). More expensive than Pepakura Designer ((almost 40$) but here is a free Demo ;)
More infos on the site: http://www.papercraft3d.com/.
I only use Paint from Windows XP
So, hopefully you'll check out the programs mentioned in this thread and learn to use them so you can become a better artist.
Note that generally the tools don't make the artist*, it's just that Paint sucks and it's holding you back.

Don't argue, it is holding you back.

Microsoft messed up with Paint. Their "Paintbrush" program that was in Windows 3.11 (Showing my age here, guys) was easier to use than this abomination.




* Yes, I've seen people do amazing stuff in Paint. I still think that they could have done better/more amazing things with GIMP or Paint.NET.


Edit: By the way, minor nitpick/pet-peeve I have: Paint is NOT A FREE PROGRAM. You pay for it when you buy Windows. (When you buy a new PC 99% of the time you are also buying a copy of Windows. It's actually hard to not buy Windows. )
hello !!!
personally i use :

-autocad 2008
-rhino 3d
it's for the model 3d and vectors detail and draws !!!

after i use :

photoshop
gimp
paint net


see you soon
A list of 40 Windows/Mac Freeware and Open Source Software for Web Designers

I know that not everybody needs a text/wysiwyg editor, but they have a nice list of Image Editors and Utilities (Windows the first 13 items and Mac the first 17 items)

Windows:
http://desizntech.info/2009/06/40-windows-freeware-and-open-source-...

Mac:
http://desizntech.info/2009/06/40-mac-freewares-and-open-source-sof...

I don't know half of these programs but it will give you some room the experiment without having to pay....
Who needs oll of these systems, i make every toy and custom I do on powerpoint 2003, I recomend it.
:-)

Some people do their toys in paint. It's not the tool, but the creativity. However, using the right tool for the right job will make your life much easier.
wow... that is amazing... really? Powerpoint?

I have heard of people using Flash for illustrations but never Powerpoint.

Although you have made amazing papertoy/custom you are using a program that originally designed to create presentations.
A program specially designed for illustrations will have more features/tools to make your work simpler and eventually better.

I think you should use the best tools there is, and the correct tool for the job.
(you can use a saw to hammer a nail, but a hammer will do it much better!!)

But that's my opinion :)
(and your papertoys are good)

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