5 programmi di grafica gratuiti testati per te

Programmi di grafica gratuiti

Programmi di grafica gratuiti

Sei alla ricerca di programmi di grafica gratuiti con tanto di maschere e livelli come alternativa a Photoshop? Questo è l’articolo che fa per te: ti proponiamo alcune opzioni di facile uso per elaborare le immagini in poco tempo.

Quando si parla di programmi di grafica, Adobe Photoshop è indubbiamente quello più noto. Leader indiscusso per l’elaborazione delle immagini, con numerosi punti forti che lo distinguono dalla concorrenza, Photoshop ha però un punto debole: il prezzo. Esistono alcune opzioni gratuite sul mercato del photo editing a cui vale la pena dare un’occhiata.

Abbiamo testato 5 tra i migliori programmi di grafica gratuiti che permettono di ottenere risultati strepitosi senza spendere un centesimo. Te li presentiamo qui di seguito.

I migliori 5 programmi di grafica gratuiti:

  1. Pixlr
  2. Gimp
  3. PhotoScape X
  4. Fotor
  5. Polarr Photo Editor

1. Pixlr

Pixlr è uno strumento basato sul browser che unisce le funzionalità di un software di grafica e di un programma per creare immagini. Ti permette infatti di modificare una foto e realizzare una grafica da zero mediante l’uso combinato di effetti di rendering, forme e filtri.

Pixlr programma di grafica gratuito

Screenshot da Pixlr
Uno dei vantaggi di questo strumento è la possibilità di lavorare con i livelli, proprio come con Photoshop o Gimp (per citare una soluzione gratuita di questo elenco). Propone una varietà di metodi di fusione e consente di giocare con le sovrapposizioni grazie all’uso delle maschere. Questa funzionalità è molto utile per creare grafiche combinando foto con pennelli, testo, forme, immagine renderizzate ecc. 
L’interfaccia utente di Pixlr è simile a quella di Photoshop, aspetto che chi sa già usare il programma Adobe apprezzerà.
Anche lo strumento pennello ha superato a pieni voti il nostro test. Pixlr permette infatti di aggiungere pennelli o serie di pennelli personalizzati e di apportare leggere modifiche a quelli già presenti. Dotato di numerose impostazioni predefinite per i filtri di rendering, Pixlr consente inoltre di regolare elementi come curve, livelli, luminosità, bilanciamento colore, ecc.
Tra gli inconvenienti diPixlr dobbiamo riconoscere che non è il miglior strumento per creare infografiche online. Le funzionalità di testo di questo strumento sono limitate a quelle standard, come la selezione del font, la dimensione, l’allineamento e il colore. Nulla di più. La gestione delle caselle di testo è inesistente, al punto che le interruzioni di riga devono essere inserite manualmente.
Un’altra mancanza che abbiamo riscontrato usando Pixlr riguarda lo zoom: quando si ingrandisce o rimpicciolisce, i filtri applicati rischiano di non mantenere le giuste proporzioni. Di conseguenza, se non vuoi visualizzare l’immagine nelle stesse dimensioni durante l’intero processo di editing, potresti perdere alcuni passaggi.
Pixlr supporta immagini su livello unico (come PNG e JPG) e file PSD con livelli uniti, ma non è in grado di importare file PSD complessi con oggetti avanzati. Puoi salvare i tuoi progetti di grafica nei formati JPG, PNG, TIFF e anche PXD (il formato proprietario di Pixlr), ma ricorda che quest’ultimo non è supportato da Photoshop.
 

Informazione aggiuntiva: gli utenti di Pixlr ricevono in regalo 25 GB di spazio di archiviazione su Dropbox.

2. Gimp


Gimp è uno strumento basato su desktop disponibile gratuitamente sia per Windows che per Mac. Per il nostro test abbiamo usato la versione desktop per Mac. Come per Pixlr, Gimp consente di lavorare con livelli e propone numerose modalità di fusione. E come con Photoshop, gli utenti possono gestire il progetto con canali e tracciati.

Gimp offre agli utenti infinite opzioni. Permette di impostare i pennelli con praticamente qualsiasi parametro e presenta anche una varietà di precise regolazioni per i colori, le curve, l’esposizione, ecc. Con Gimp potrai inoltre dividere lo schermo per testare i filtri e comparare più agilmente il prima e il dopo. Altro punto a favore è la possibilità di combinare foto con elementi di disegno grazie ad alcuni strumenti per la creazione e l’elaborazione di forme vettoriali.

Oltre alle funzionalità basi di gestione del testo, come font, dimensioni, allineamento e colore, Gimp – a differenza di Pixlr – consente di personalizzare le caselle di testo. Pertanto, è uno strumento più adatto per lavorare con progetti che includono sia testo che immagini.

Tra gli inconvenienti, Gimp può essere utile per l’editing di immagini e per creare infografiche online che includano foto e testo, ma durante il test abbiamo riscontrato alcuni problemi che ostacolano il lavoro con questo strumento.

  1. A volte il cursore scompare e ricompare in un’altra posizione – il che suppone un ulteriore problema.
  2. L’elaborazione delle operazioni in Gimp è più lenta rispetto ad altri strumenti. Se la velocità è per te una priorità, ti consigliamo di usare Pixlr.
  3. Il problema principale, a nostro avviso (anche se potrebbe valere lo stesso per altri utenti) è che la maggior parte dei software di image editing condivide un’interfaccia utente simile con differenze di menù, pulsanti e scorciatoie davvero minime. Quindi, passare da un programma all’altro, personalizzarlo e impararne l’uso è piuttosto agevole e veloce. In Gimp, invece, la posizione degli strumenti è diversa. Potrebbe sembrare una cosa di poco conto, ma in realtà complica e rallenta il lavoro, soprattutto all’inizio, in quanto si perde tempo prezioso per individuare gli strumenti di cui si ha bisogno.
  4. Gimp offre ai suoi utenti numerose funzionalità ed opzioni. Se da un lato ciò può essere un grande vantaggio, dall’altro, purtroppo, le attività più semplici si complicano per via di molteplici fattori. Ad esempio, se clicchi sul pulsante “Nuovo livello”, non si apre soltanto un nuovo livello, bensì una finestra in cui dovrai dare un nome al livello, aggiungere dei tag, definire l’opacità, il modo di fusione, ecc.

I file PNG, JPG e PSD con livelli uniti funzionano alla perfezione in Gimp. Ma file PSD più complessi con oggetti avanzati, pur essendo supportati, possono perdere alcune proprietà.

È possibile esportare i file in numerosi formati diversi, tra cui JPG, PNG, BMP, TIFF, GIF e EPS, e anche nel formato proprietario di Gimp, ma come per Pixlr, quest’ultima estensione non è compatibile con Photoshop.

Gimp alternativa gratuita a Photoshop

Screenshot del programma di elaborazione immagini Gimp

3. PhotoScape X

Valido strumento disponibile sia per smartphone che per desktop (Windows e Mac), PhotoScape X include tutte le caratteristiche che puoi trovare nelle tradizionali app mobile di editing fotografico, come VSCO Cam o PIXLR Express. Si tratta di un software freemium che consente di creare e ritoccare immagini gratuitamente. La versione PRO offre funzionalità avanzate.

La scheda Editor permette di eseguire le seguenti operazioni:

  1. Regolare profondità, chiarezza, temperatura, ecc. (e in questo funziona piuttosto bene).
  2. Aggiungere filtri (proprio come se stessi pubblicando una foto su Instagram). Alcuni filtri sono gratuiti, altri a pagamento.
  3. Aggiungere cornici ed effetti luminosi, con la possibilità inoltre di intervenire su dimensioni, opacità, colore, ecc.
  4. Aggiungere elementi grafici, sticker e altri elementi visivi. Questa funzionalità fornisce una certa flessibilità con il photo editing, in quanto è possibile creare sticker o grafiche personalizzate con un altro strumento e caricarli facilmente in PhotoScape X.
  5. Sebbene non sia possibile usare livelli per la correzione dell’immagine, ogni elemento inserito è multi-livello e permette quindi di giocare con i modi di fusione, l’opacità, i colori, ecc.

Screenshot dal software di grafica gratuito PhotoScape X

Screenshot da PhotoScape X
La scheda “Strumenti” offre alcune utili opzioni, come il pennello per disegnare, strumenti di deformazione ed effetti mosaico. Tuttavia, i pennelli della versione gratuita sono piuttosto limitati.
Gli utenti possono raggruppare le immagini in una moodboard, un collage o un GIF animato con varie opzioni (definire le transizioni, impostare la durata di ogni slide e aggiungere del testo).
Un’altra caratteristica interessante è la possibilità di raggruppare le foto in pack e applicare le modifiche a tutte le foto contemporaneamente. Ideale per aggiungere facilmente e rapidamente lo stesso effetto vignetta a una serie di foto.
Un punto forte di PhotoScape X è che supporta i file PSD. Questo formato di file viene appiattito in PhotoScape X, ma risulta comunque utile nel caso non si disponga di un’immagine esportata del file in questione.  I file possono essere salvati in formato JPG, PNG, BMP, TIF e GIF.

4. Fotor

Fotor è uno strumento disponibile in versione desktop (sia Windows che Mac).

Questo strumento combina le funzionalità più usate delle applicazioni mobile per l’elaborazione di immagini, raggruppandole in un unico e semplice processo di editing. Il percorso per arrivare all’immagine finale prevede i seguenti passaggi:

  1. Scene – qui troverai alcune opzioni di filtro (come flash, paesaggio, sabbia/neve, ecc.).
  2. Ritaglio – per correggere l’angolo, la rotazione e le dimensioni della foto.
  3. Personalizza – strumento per modificare colori, curve, vignette, ecc. Svantaggio: non è possibile selezionare un’area specifica da modificare. Ogni azione verrà pertanto applicata all’intera immagine. Per questo motivo, raccomandiamo Fotor solo per editing di base. Operazioni più complesse, come rimuovere o aggiungere elementi, non sono possibili con questo strumento.
  4. Effetti – applicare filtri predefiniti. Questo passaggio è una specie di doppione: i punti 4 e 1 potrebbero essere uniti in un passaggio unico.
  5. Bordi
  6. Trame – qui troverai alcune opzioni per aggiungere uno strato all’immagine (graffi, gocce, ecc.). Simile a PhotoScape e Polarr, ma con meno opzioni.
  7. Effetto sfocatura
  8. Strumento testo – quest’ultimo passaggio è il punto forte di Fotor, in quanto è il migliore tra gli altri programmi dell’elenco. Offre un controllo completo del font e della casella di testo: per esempio, è possibile ruotarla e controllare l’interlinea e la spaziatura tra caratteri.

Poiché Fotor non dispone dei livelli, ogni passaggio viene applicato direttamente nell’immagine e quindi una volta passati alla scheda successiva non è più possibile annullare l’ultima operazione. Se effettui diverse modifiche in diverse schede, dovrai ricominciare da capo se desideri annullare un passaggio.

Questo software non è complesso e vanta un’interfaccia davvero semplice e intuitiva. Fotor supporta esclusivamente immagini su un livello unico e salva le immagini anche nei formati JPG, PNG, BMP e TIF.

Screenshot dello strumento di editing di immagini gratuito Fotor

Screenshot dello strumento di editing di immagini Fotor

5. Polarr Photo Editor

Strumento disponibile sia per Mar che PC Windows, Polarr combina le caratteristiche di Fotor e PhotoScape con funzionalità per l’editing di persone come il riconoscimento facciale, la regolazione del colore della pelle ed elementi quali occhi, bocca, naso, altezza, larghezza, luminosità, ecc.

Polarr presenta cinque schede principali:

  1. Un’ampia gamma di filtri predefiniti
  2. Elementi grafici – include caselle di testo, forme e divisioni che puoi usare per disporre un layout sopra l’immagine.
  3. Ritocco – per correggere volti e rimuovere oggetti.
  4. Formato – qui puoi ritagliare, capovolgere, ridimensionare, ecc.
  5. Sovrapposizioni – questa scheda contiene essenzialmente di tutto (polvere, graffi, trame, nuvole, gradienti, sfondi, ecc.). Le possibilità sono infinite: puoi semplicemente trascinare una o più PNG con sfondo trasparente sulla foto.

Il vantaggio di questo strumento è che, per ogni scheda, ogni effetto viene applicato su un nuovo livello. In questo modo puoi modificare qualsiasi cosa manualmente e cambiare l’ordine e la trasparenza.

Il grande inconveniente di Polarr, tuttavia, è che la versione gratuita permette di esportare soltanto 1 immagine al giorno.

Screenshot dal programma di grafica gratuiro Polar Photo Editor

Screenshot dall’arternativa a Photoshop, Polar Photo Editor
Tra le opzioni appena presentate troverai molto probabilmente quella che fa per te, sia che tu stia cercando un’alternativa completa a Photoshop o un programma di grafica gratuito per ritoccare rapidamente le tue immagini. 

 

5 Free Photoshop Alternatives: Trialed, Tested & Reviewed

Best free Photoshop alternatives

When you think of graphic design programs, the first thing that comes to mind is Adobe Photoshop. The platform has well and truly earned its stripes as the industry leader. But Photoshop might be overkill for small businesses that only require everyday image editing functionality. There are several free photoshop alternatives available on the market for those who need something more simple. 

We tested five of the best free photo editing programs available to Australian businesses. With these tools, you can make images look picture perfect without spending a penny on editing software. 

Best free Photoshop alternatives

Top free photo editing software

 

This list is for users who are looking for a full alternative to Photoshop that works well with masks and layers. There are also tools for those who are interested in a more simplistic tool that accommodates for fast image editing.

Here are our 5 top picks, listed in alphabetical order:

  1. Fotor
  2. GIMP
  3. Photoscape X
  4. Pixlr
  5. Polarr Photo editor

 

5 free Photoshop alternatives
Chart comparison of 5 free Photoshop alternatives.

5 free photoshop alternatives

Photoshop alternative #1: Fotor

 

Fotor's free editing software
Screenshot of Fotor’s free editing software.

What is Fotor?

 

Fotor is available on a desktop (Windows and Mac). It combines the most frequently used functions of mobile picture editing programs and displays them in a simple editing process. You will go through the following steps to be able to export your finished image at the end. 

  1. Scenes: Filter options (such as lightning and landscape).
  2. Crop: Correct the angle, rotation and size of your photo.
  3. Customise: Play with the tool and edit colours, curves and vignettes. The downside is that you can’t select a specific area to edit—every change you make applies to the entire photo. We therefore only recommend Fotor for basic processing of your pictures.
  4. Effects: Apply filter presets again (the step repeats itself).
  5. Margins: A practical tool for brochure and leaflet creations to ensure quality isn’t lost when the design goes to print.
  6. Textures: Image overlay options.
  7. Focusing effects: Focus your photo through blur effects.
  8. Text tool: The text tool is the highlight of Fotor because it stands out from the other programs in the list. You have full control over the font and the text field. For example, you can rotate it and control the vertical and even manipulate the spacing between characters

Since Fotor does not work with layers, every step processes directly in the image. As soon as you switch to another tab, you cannot undo the last action. If you do different edits in different tabs, you have to reset everything if you want to undo a step.

The software is not complex, and the user interface is simple and intuitive to use. Images can be saved as JPG, PNG, BMP and TIF.  Note that Fotor only opens flattened photos.

Photoshop alternative #2: GIMP

 

GIMP image editor
Screenshot of GIMP image editor

What is GIMP?

 

GIMP is a desktop-based tool that you can download for free on both Windows and Mac. We tried the desktop version for MAC for our test. GIMP allows you to work with layers and there are several blending modes that you can play with. Users can also work with channels and paths like you can in Photoshop.

Users can adjust any parameter on the brushes you use. There are also many fine adjustments for colours, curves and exposure. The platform allows you to share the screen view when testing filters so that you can easily compare the version before and after. There are some vector shape creation and editing tools that make GIMP a good option for combining photos with drawn elements.

In addition to editing the basics, such as font, size, alignment and colour, the platform enables its users to adapt text fields. GIMP is, therefore, also suitable for working with text and images.

GIMP can be useful for editing images and creating layouts that combine graphics with photos and text. But, during the test, we experienced a few problems that could frustrate or limit GIMP users:

  1. Actions in GIMP take longer to process than other tools.
  2. Sometimes the cursor disappears and reappears somewhere else, which is likely because of the above issue. 
  3. Most photo editing programs have a similar user interface with only minor variations in the menus, buttons and shortcuts. If you switch to another software, the transition is generally quick and easy. However, the functionalities appear elsewhere in GIMP. It isn’t a big disadvantage, but we found it made adjustment slower. 
  4. GIMP offers its users numerous functions and options, which on the one hand is a great advantage of the tool. On the other hand, the multitude of options, unfortunately, complicates simple tasks. For example, if you click the “New Layer” button, not only a new layer will open. First, a window opens and then users have to name the layer, add tags, define opacity, set the blending mode, and so on.

PNG and JPG, as well as PSD files with flattened layers, work perfectly in GIMP. More complex PSD files with smart objects open, but may lose some properties.

Files export in many different formats, including JPG, PNG, BMP, TIFF, GIF and EPS. There is also the option to save the file as a GIMP Open File.

Photoshop alternative #3: PhotoScape X

 

PhotoScape-Z
Screenshot of PhotoScape X interface.

What is PhotoScape X?

 

PhotoScape X is a powerful tool that is available on smartphones and desktop (both Windows and Mac). PhotoScape X combines all functions that you find in conventional mobile image processing programs such as VSCO Cam or PIXLR Express. The software enables users to create and optimise images for free. Advanced features are available in the PRO version of the software.

The “Editor” tab features include: 

  1. Adjust depths, clarity and temperature.
  2. Add filters—just like when editing a photo on Instagram. Some of the filters are free, others are purchasable.
  3. Frames and lighting effects are available to edit in terms of size, opacity and colour.
  4. Graphics, stickers and other visual elements come with the free version. This gives users flexibility when editing their images, as they can create stickers or graphics elsewhere and then load them into PhotoScape X.
  5. Although users cannot use layers for image corrections, each inserted element is multi-layered so that you can play with blending modes, opacity and colours.

The Tools tab offers some interesting options to try out, such as the drawing brush, distortion tools, and softer skin and mosaic effects. However, the brush types of the free version are somewhat limited. Users can group images into a mood board, collage, or animated GIF with various options (defining transitions, setting the time for each slide, and adding text).

It’s easy to group photos in batches and add edits to all photos at the same time. If you want some of your pictures to have the same vignette effect, this is quickly and easily achievable.

One great advantage of PhotoScape X is that it can open PSD files. The PSD file flattens in PhotoScape X, but this function is still useful if you don’t have an exported image of the required file. Files are available to save in JPG, PNG, BMP, TIF and GIF.

Photoshop alternative #4: Pixlr Editor

 

Screenshot of Pixlr image editing tool
Screenshot of Pixlr image editing tool

What is Pixlr Editor?

 

Pixlr is a browser-based tool that combines the functions of a photo processing program and an image generator. You can edit a photo and create a graphic from scratch by combining different rendered effects, shapes and filters.

One advantage of Pixlr is that you can work with layers, like in Photoshop or GIMP, and you can use many blending modes. The masks are also easy to use so that you can play with image overlays. This is very helpful for creating graphics that combine a photo with brushes, text, shapes, rendered images and so on. The Pixlr user interface is similar to Photoshop, making it easy for Photoshop users to find the tools and tabs. 

The brush tool also performed well in our trial. You can add custom brushes and brush sets in Pixlr and tweak those you already have. There are a large number of render filter presets. Pixlr also enables its users to adjust curves, levels, brightness, colour balance, and much more.

Pixlr wasn’t as strong as some of the other tools for creating graphics with text. It only offers standard functions, such as selecting the font, adjusting the font size, aligning text and changing colours. You also have no control over text fields and have to interrupt text manually.

If you zoom in and out, the text and your applied filters don’t scale proportionally. You’ll lose some steps if you want to view your image at a different size during the editing process.

You can open both flattened images (as PNG and JPG) and PSD files with flattened layers in Pixlr. Don’t expect Pixlr to import complex PSD files with smart objects. You can save your graphics in JPG, PNG, TIFF and also as PXD (Pixlr’s Open File)—but note that Photoshop doesn’t support this file format.

Extra note: Pixlr users receive a gift voucher for 25 GB of storage space on Dropbox.

Photoshop alternative #5: Polarr Photo Editor

 

Screenshot of Polarr Photo Editor
Screenshot of Polarr Photo Editor

What is Polarr Photo Editor?

 

Polarr is a tool that is available to download on Mac and Windows PC. Polarr combines the functions of Fotor and PhotoScape with some personal processing tools such as recognising faces and adjusting skin tones, as well as eyes, mouth, nose, height, width and brightness.

There are five different tabs in Polarr:

  1. Filters: Offers a wide range of free filter presets. 
  2. Graphics: Includes text boxes, shapes, and partitions that you can use to lay a layout over your image.
  3. Retouching: Allows you to adjust faces and remove objects.
  4. Format: Crop, mirror, resize, and so on.
  5. Image overlays: Contains a wide range of options, including dust, scratches, textures, clouds, gradients and backgrounds. Drag one or several PNGs with a transparent background over your photo to use. 

The advantage of the tool is that the effects apply to each tab in a new layer. This means you can edit everything individually, and change the order and transparency. The disadvantage of Polarr is that the free version only allows you to export one image per day.

Whether you are looking for a feature-rich Photoshop alternative or a free photo editor to quickly edit your pictures, this list has something for everyone.

Did you not find the image editor you were looking for? Then take a look at GetApp’s list of the best free Graphic Design software for image and photo editing today.

10 Software Companies in Australia To Watch In 2020

capterra's top ten software companies in australia

It’s been a strong year for software companies in Australia. Despite industries battling against turbulent market conditions, it’s forecasted that information technology spending will grow by 4.6% in 2020 (from an estimated $93.7 billion in 2019).

In this article, we reveal a list of Aussie software companies to watch in 2020.

capterra's top ten software companies in australia

As tech companies continue to boom in Australia, we’re making it our mission to highlight those that are consistently recognised by buyers for exceptional standards. We chose ten software development companies, based on a mixture of quantitative and qualitative signals taken from Capterra Australia

You can understand more about the selection methodology we took at the bottom of this article. Until then, keep reading to learn more about the companies and their products.

Top 10 Software Companies In Australia To Watch

1. Canva

Screenshot of Canva's interface.
Screenshot of Canva’s interface.

Headquarters: Surrey Hills, NSW

Software Category: Graphic Design 

Founded: 2012

Founders: Melanie Perkins, Cameron Adams, Cliff Obrecht

What is Canva?

Canva is a drag-and-drop design tool that enables its users to create graphics for digital marketing. The software doesn’t require extensive training to use it and has a freemium and paid-for subscription model. Users can access stock photos, fonts, illustrations, and choose from thousands of templates.

The journey of the startup is an inspiring tale—the Founders pitched more than 100 investors while on the hunt for seed funding. Today, the business is worth AUD$4.7 billion and Canva has more than 15 million users across 190 countries. Also, more than 1 billion designs have been created through the award-winning platform. 

2. Employment Hero

Employment Hero dashboard.
Screenshot of Employment Hero dashboard.

Headquarters: Sydney, NSW

Software Category: Human Resources (HR)

Founded: 2014

Founder: Ben Thompson, Dave Tong

What is Employment Hero?

Employment Hero is a cloud-based HR platform that combines HR software with financial services, scheduling and payroll software, as well as employee benefits. The software product serves small and medium-sized Australian businesses and targets professionals working within HR, payroll, and employee engagement and benefits.

Employment Hero began as a payroll and benefits system but changed its focus to help employees make the most of their work life. As a result, more than 4,500 Australian businesses use Employment Hero today to manage over 175,000 employees. On top of this, the business has won several awards, including LinkedIn’s Top Startups Award in 2018.

3. ServiceM8

ServiceM8 invoicing system
ServiceM8’s invoicing system shown on desktop and mobile devices.

Headquarters: Darwin, NT

Software Category: Field Service Management 

Founded: 2010

CEO: Kim Ford

What is ServiceM8?

ServiceM8 is a mobile and cloud-based technology used by trade and full service-based businesses. Primarily, it allows users to simplify operations and manage the interactions between their clients and hired staff. The application includes communication software, job dispatch systems, quoting and invoicing capability, as well as real-time visibility on job status and staff location.

In 2019, ServiceM8 released a range of new features to help their users reduce the administrative tasks that take over their day. The update included automated time tracking on job attendance, more GPS-based visibility of field staff, and built-in two-way SMS functionality for texting clients. Additionally, the new features are now available on the latest iOS app and can be downloaded on the App Store.

ServiceM8 serves any professional within a business, from individual field staff members to back-office staff, through to top-level management. 

4. Kounta

Kounta point of sale for restaurants
Kounta’s Point of Sale interface for restaurants.

Headquarters: Sydney, NSW

Software Category: Point of Sale

Founded: 2012

Founder: Nick Cloete

What is Kounta?

Kounta is a point of sale software used by thousands of stores and restaurants across the globe. The platform is cloud-based and it’s also available to download on smartphones, tablets and laptops. 

Kounta has gained popularity partly due to the number of integrations and add-ons available (such as social media apps and loyalty program software). It also includes accounting and inventory software, CRM software, and can run offline.

In 2019, Kounta announced it had been acquired by Lightspeed POS. As a result, the platforms have been able to bolster its presence in the Asia-Pacific market.

5. Rezdy

Redzy booking dashboard
Redzy’s booking dashboard.

Headquarters: Sydney, NSW

Software Category: Point of Sale

Founded: 2011

Founders: Hugo Sterin, Simon Lenoir

What is Rezdy?

Rezdy is a software-as-a-service (Saas) product used for the booking and distribution of tours and activities. The product started when its Founder, Simon Lenoir, worked in a dive centre in Thailand. Simon found he spent too many hours behind the desk carrying out administrative tasks than in the water teaching. So, he set out to solve this problem through technology.  

As well as Sydney, Australia, Rezdy has two supporting offices in America (Las Vegas and Raleigh) to help manage the thousands of tour and activity agents that use the platform. Rezdy has customers from more than 100 countries and has had more than $1.3 billion in bookings processed through its platform.

6. Qwilr

Qwirl splash functionality
Screenshot of Qwirl’s splash functionality.

Headquarters: Surry Hills, NSW

Software Category: Proposal Management 

Founded: 2014

Founders: Dylan Baskind, Mark Tanner

What is Qwilr?

Through Qwilr, users can create shareable web documents for clients to view on smartphones, tablets, and desktops. It sets out to remove graphic designers from smaller tasks to allow them to work on more important projects. Users without design backgrounds can use the tool to create web-based business brochures, proposals, reports, and much more. 

Qwirl is already a fully global operation with nearly half of its customers coming from the United States and Canada. The company has thousands of customers across 60 countries and has set out to achieve further growth closer to home.

In a recent interview with the Sydney Morning Herald, Tanner expressed his belief that Australia has a ‘special strength in design that will propel more local businesses into household name status.’

7. Skedda

Skedda booking system
Skedda’s booking system interface displayed in calendar format.

Headquarters: Melbourne, Vic

Software Category: Meeting Room Booking System

Founded: 2013

Founders: Jonathan Fagg, Sam Maurus

What is Skedda?

Universities, training centres, sports venues, co-working spaces, enterprises, healthcare centres, and community facilities use Skedda. 

According to its website, the small business was ‘born from the need to scratch [their] own itch’, but quickly turned into the platform that exists today. The software combines booking calendars, online booking systems, user management, and the distribution of rules and policies of the venue use. 

Skedda is accessible via desktop, tablet, and smartphone devices. 

8. Avaza

Kanban board Avaza
Kanban board displayed through Avaza software.

Headquarters: Sydney, NSW

Software Category: Project Management

Founded: 2012

Founders: Behram Khan, Tim Kremer

What is Avaza?

More than 30,000 businesses use Avaza to deliver service-based work to clients. The platform targets small and medium-sized businesses to offer a project management platform within a range of budgets (free to US$39.95 per month with unlimited project collaborator seats). 

Users can coordinate projects with customers, track time and expenses, and send invoices. Tim Kremer and Behram Khan (long-time veterans of the Australian IT, media and consulting industries) founded the company in 2014. Due to its combination of project management software, financial technology and integrated reporting, the software is now used by users in over 150 countries. 

9. Award Force

Award Force Judging Top Pick dashboard
Award Force scoring dashboard.

Headquarters: Sydney, NSW

Software Category: Competition Software

Founded: 2013

Founder: Richard de Nys

What is Award Force?

Award Force is an award management software, utilised by businesses across the globe to recognise excellence within their field. The platform allows award organisers to manage award programmes, grants, staff excellence initiatives, scholarships and fellowships. It also manages start-up incubation, VC, and funding. The platform is accessible to contest organisers, entrants, and judges. 

In 2019, the software reached 1.7 million users and had 387,414 entries submitted through its platform. While the Award Force headquarters is in Sydney, the company is mostly made up of a remote workforce. Today, the technology company has 34 staff members across 18 countries.

10. Ovatu Manager

Ovatu Manager dashboard
Screenshot of Ovatu Manager’s scheduling dashboard.

Headquarters: Sydney, NSW

Software Category: Appointment Scheduling 

Founded: 2010

Founder: Dave Hole

What is Ovatu Manager?

Ovatu is a cloud-based scheduling system that is widely used by the hair and beauty industry, as well as fitness, well-being, medical and education industries. The platform includes point of sale technology, automated reminders (to avoid no shows), and business reporting.

The platform began as a side hobby for Founder, Dave Hole, in 2010. Today, seven million people book with Ovatu worldwide and the platform processes more than one million monthly appointments. 

What methodology did we follow to create this list?

Content Analysts at Capterra pulled a list of software that had a Head Office in Australia from our website’s directory. We then reduced the list to software that had at least 100 unique user-submitted reviews with an overall user rating of more than 4.5 out of 5. 

Next, we reviewed each software’s brand awareness strength through the number of monthly searches carried out on search engines using the brand name—we set a minimum of 300 searches per month. Finally, we analysed the user reviews to assess the standard of the software’s ease of use, customer service, features and value for money. 

All software included in the list launched within the last decade (2010-2019). 

More than 5 million users utilise the Capterra platform to research which products to invest in. Want to be included on next year’s list? Join over 3,500 software companies from around the world and learn more about how to connect with our software buyers today.

5 kostenlose Bildbearbeitungsprogramme im Test: Die Top Photoshop Alternativen

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Die Top 5 kostenlosen Bildbearbeitungsprogramme & Photoshop Alternativen

1. Pixlr
2. Gimp
3. Photoscape X
4. Fotor
5. Polarr Photo Editor

Wenn man an Bildbearbeitungsprogramme denkt, fällt einem als erstes Adobe Photoshop ein. Photoshop ist König, wenn es um Bildbearbeitung geht. Trotz zahlreicher Vorteile gegenüber der Konkurrenz, hat der Weltmarktführer eine große Schwachstelle: den Preis. Es gibt auf dem Markt der Bildbearbeitungsprogramme einige kostenlose Optionen, auf die es sich lohnt, einen Blick zu werfen.

Wir haben 5 der besten kostenlosen Bildbearbeitungsprogramme getestet. Mit diesen Tools kannst du deine Bilder perfekt aussehen lassen, ohne auch nur einen Pfennig für teure Bearbeitungssoftware auszugeben. Auf dieser Liste werden Nutzer fündig, die nach einer vollwertigen Photoshop Alternative suchen, die mit Masken und Ebenen arbeitet. Ebenfalls sind Tools für diejenigen dabei, die an einem einfachen Werkzeug für die schnelle Bildbearbeitung interessiert sind.

5 kostenlose Bildbearbeitungsprogramme im Test: Die Top Photoshop Alternativen

Die Top 5 kostenlosen Bildbearbeitungsprogramme im Test

1. Pixlr


Pixlr ist ein browserbasiertes Tool, das die Funktionen eines Bildbearbeitungsprogramms und eines Bilderzeugers kombiniert. Du kannst also ein Foto bearbeiten sowie eine Grafik von Grund auf neu erstellen, indem du verschiedene gerenderte Effekte, Formen und Filter miteinander kombinierst.

Vorteile

Ein Vorteil des Tools ist, dass man wie in Photoshop oder Gimp (um ein kostenloses Tool dieser Liste zu nennen) mit Ebenen arbeiten kann. Du kannst dich aus einer Reihe von Mischmodi bedienen. Ebenso lassen sich die Masken gut bedienen, sodass du mit Bildüberlagerungen spielen kannst. Das ist sehr hilfreich, um Grafiken zu erstellen, die Foto mit Pinseln, Text, Formen, gerenderten Bildern und so weiter kombinieren. Die Benutzeroberfläche von Pixlr ist ähnlich wie in Photoshop aufgebaut, sodass es für Photoshop-Nutzer einfach ist, die Werkzeuge und Registerkarten zu finden. 

Ebenfalls konnte das Bürstenwerkzeug in unserem Test überzeugen. Du kannst in Pixlr benutzerdefinierte Pinsel/Bürstensets hinzufügen und Optimierungen an denjenigen vornehmen, die du bereits hast. Es gibt eine große Anzahl an Voreinstellungen für Renderfilter. Weiterhin ermöglicht Pixlr seinen Nutzern Kurven, Pegel, Helligkeit, Farbbalance usw. anzupassen.

Nachteile

Pixlr ist nicht das beste Werkzeug, um Grafiken mit Text zu erstellen. Das Tool bietet lediglich Standardfunktionen wie Schrift auswählen, Schriftgröße anpassen, Text ausrichten und Farben ändern. Das ist bereits alles. Du hast keine Kontrolle über Textfelder und musst Texte manuell unterbrechen.

Wir haben einen weiteren Nachteil beim Arbeiten in Pixlr bemerkt: Wenn du rein und wieder raus zoomst, kann es passieren, dass der Text und deine angewendeten Filter nicht proportional skaliert werden. Wenn du dein Bild also während des gesamten Bearbeitungsprozesses nicht in der gleichen Größe betrachten möchtest, können einige Schritte verloren gehen.

Du kannst sowohl abgeflachte Bilder (als PNG und JPG) als auch PSD-Dateien mit abgeflachten Ebenen in Pixlr öffnen. Erwarte von Pixlr jedoch nicht, dass es komplexe PSD-Dateien mit intelligenten Objekten importiert. Du kannst deine Grafiken in JPG, PNG, TIFF und auch als PXD (Pixlr’s Open File) speichern – beachten jedoch, dass dieses Dateiformat nicht von Photoshop unterstützt wird.

Extra Hinweis: Pixlr Nutzer erhalten einen Geschenk-Gutschein für 25 GB Speicherplatz auf Dropbox.

kostenloses Bildbearbeitungsprogramm Pixlr Screenshot von Pixlr 

2. Gimp


Gimp ist ein desktopbasiertes Tool, das du kostenlos sowohl auf Windows als auch auf Mac herunterladen kannst. Wir haben für unseren Test die Desktop-Version für MAC ausprobiert. Wie in Pixlr ermöglicht Gimp das Arbeiten mit Ebenen und es gibt eine Reihe von Mischmodi mit denen du spielen kannst. Nutzer haben ebenfalls die Möglichkeit, wie in Photoshop, mit Kanälen und Pfaden zu arbeiten. 

Vorteile

Gimp bietet seinen Nutzern unendlich viele Optionen. Du kannst im Grunde jeden Parameter auf den Pinseln, die du benutzt, anpassen. Weiterhin gibt es eine Reihe von Feineinstellungen für Farben, Kurven, Belichtung usw. Außerdem ermöglicht Gimp die Bildschirmansicht beim Testen von Filtern zu teilen, sodass du vorher/nachher leicht miteinander vergleichen kannst. Es gibt einige Werkzeuge zum Erstellen und Bearbeiten von Vektorformen, mit denen Gimp zu einer Option wird, Fotos mit gezeichneten Elementen zu kombinieren.

Neben der Bearbeitung der Grundlagen, wie Schriftart, Größe, Ausrichtung und Farbe, ermöglicht Gimp seinen Nutzern (im Gegensatz zu Pixlr) Textfelder anzupassen. Gimp eignet sich daher besser für das Kombinieren und Arbeiten mit Text und Bild. 

Nachteile

Gimp kann hilfreich sein, um sowohl Bilder zu bearbeiten als auch Layouts zu erstellen, die Grafiken mit Foto und Text kombinieren. ABER, beim Test zeigte Gimp einige Probleme, die uns beim Arbeiten mit dem Tool gestört haben: 

  1. Manchmal geht der Cursor verloren und erscheint an einer anderen Stelle wieder – das liegt wahrscheinlich an Problem Nummer zwei.  
  2. Die Verarbeitung von Aktionen in Gimp dauert länger als bei anderen Tools. Legst du besonders Wert darauf schnell zu arbeiten, würden wir daher Pixlr empfehlen.
  3. Das Hauptproblem für uns (wobei es vermutlich anderen Nutzern ähnlich ergehen wird) liegt darin, dass die meisten Bildbearbeitungsprogramme eine ähnliche Benutzeroberfläche mit lediglich geringfügigen Variationen in den Menüs, Schaltflächen und Verknüpfungen aufweisen. Wenn du zu einer anderen Software wechselst, ist die Anpassung und Erlernbarkeit im Allgemeinen einfach und schnell. In Gimp erscheinen die Werkzeuge jedoch an anderen Stellen. Das hört sich nicht nach einem großen Nachteil an, erschwert und verlangsamt jedoch das Arbeiten in dem Tool, da man anfänglich lange nach verschiedenen Werkzeugen suchen muss. 
  4. Gimp bietet seinen Nutzern zahlreiche Funktionen und Optionen, was auf der einen Seite ein großer Vorteil des Tools ist. Auf der anderen Seite werden durch die Vielzahl der Optionen leider einfache Aufgaben verkompliziert. Klickst du zum Beispiel auf die Schaltfläche “Neue Ebene”, wird nicht nur eine neue Ebene geöffnet. Zuerst öffnet sich ein Fenster, in dem Nutzer die Ebene benennen, Tags hinzufügen, Opazität definieren, Mischmodus usw. festlegen müssen.

PNG und JPG sowie PSD-Dateien mit abgeflachten Ebenen funktionieren einwandfrei in Gimp. Komplexere PSD-Dateien mit intelligenten Objekten werden geöffnet, können aber einige Eigenschaften verlieren.

Dateien können in vielen verschiedenen Formaten exportiert werden, worunter JPG, PNG, BMP, TIFF, GIF und EPS gehören. Ebenfalls gibt es die Möglichkeit, die Datei als Gimp Open File zu speichern, wie bei Pixlr ist diese jedoch nicht in Photoshop editierbar.

 

kostenloses Bildbearbeitungsprogramm gimp screenshotScreenshot vom Bildbearbeitungsprogramm Gimp 

3. PhotoScape X


PhotoScape X ist ein leistungsstarkes Tool, welches auf dem Smartphone und auf Desktop (sowohl Windows als auch Mac) verwendet werden kann. PhotoScape X vereint alle Funktionen, die du bei herkömmlichen mobilen Bildbearbeitungsprogrammen wie VSCO Cam oder PIXLR Express finden kannst. Das Tool ist eine Freemium-Software, die es Nutzern ermöglicht, Bilder kostenlos zu erstellen und zu optimieren. In der PRO-Version der Software werden erweiterte Funktionen angeboten.

Auf der Registerkarte “Editor” können Nutzer folgendes tun: 

  1. Tiefen, Klarheit, Temperatur usw. anpassen – und dies funktioniert ziemlich gut.
  2. Filter hinzufügen – genauso wie bei der Bearbeitung eines Fotos in Instagram. Einige der Filter sind dabei kostenlos, andere müssen bezahlt werden.
  3. Es können ebenfalls Rahmen und Lichteffekte hinzugefügt und alles kann in Bezug auf Größe, Deckkraft, Farbe usw. bearbeitet werden.
  4. Darüber hinaus können Grafiken, Sticker und weitere visuellen Elemente hinzugefügt werden. Dies gibt Nutzern Flexibilität bei der Bearbeitung ihrer Bilder, da eigene Sticker oder Grafiken woanders anfertigt und anschließend einfach in PhotoScape X geladen werden können.
  5. Obwohl Nutzer keine Ebenen für die Bildkorrekturen verwenden können, ist jedes eingefügte Element mehrschichtig, sodass mit Mischmodi, Deckkraft, Farben usw. gespielt werden kann.

Die Registerkarte “Tools” bietet einige interessante Optionen zum Ausprobieren wie den Pinsel zum Zeichnen, Verzerrungswerkzeuge und weichere Haut- und Mosaikeffekte. Die Pinseltypen der kostenlosen Version sind jedoch etwas eingeschränkt. Nutzer können Bilder in ein Moodboard, eine Collage oder ein animiertes GIF mit verschiedenen Optionen (Übergänge definieren, die Zeit für jede Folie einstellen und Text hinzufügen) gruppieren.

Eine weitere interessante Funktion ist, dass Fotos in Stapel gruppiert und einige Bearbeitungen an allen Fotos gleichzeitig durchgeführt werden können. Sollen also einige deiner Bilder den gleichen Vignetteneffekt haben, lässt sich das einfach und schnell durchführen.

Eine tolle Sache ist, dass PhotoScape X PSD-Dateien öffnen kann. Die PSD-Datei wird in PhotoScape X abgeflacht, trotzdem ist diese Funktion nützlich, falls du kein exportiertes Bild der benötigten Datei hast. Dateien können in JPG, PNG, BMP, TIF und GIF gespeichert werden.

Photoshop Alternative PhotoScape-X screenshotScreenshot von der Photoshop Alternative PhotoScape X

4. Fotor


Fotor ist ein Tool, das auf Desktop (sowohl auf Windows als auch Mac) verwendet werden kann. 

Fotor vereint die am häufigsten verwendeten Funktionen mobiler Bildbearbeitungsprogramme und stellt sie in einem einfachen Bearbeitungsprozess dar. Du wirst folgende Schritte durchlaufen, um am Ende dein fertiges Bild exportieren zu können:

  1.  Szenen – hier findest du einige Filteroptionen (wie Blitz, Landschaft, Sand/Schnee usw.).
  2. Zuschneiden – hier kannst du den Winkel, die Drehung und die Größe deines Fotos korrigieren.
  3. Anpassen – in diesem Schritt kannst du mit dem Tool spielen und Farben, Kurven, Vignetten, usw. editieren. Der Nachteil dabei ist, dass du keinen bestimmten Bereich zum Bearbeiten auswählen kannst. Jede Änderung, die du vornimmst, wird also auf das gesamte Bild angewendet. Wir empfehlen Fotor daher lediglich für eine grundlegende Bearbeitung deiner Bilder. Bearbeitungen, die darüber hinausgehen, wie beispielsweise das Entfernen und Hinzufügen von Elementen, sind in dem Tool nicht möglich.
  4. Effekte – in diesem Schritt kannst du noch einmal Filtervoreinstellungen anwenden. Hier wird etwas doppelt gemoppelt, Schritt 4 und 1 könnten miteinander kombiniert werden.
  5. Ränder
  6. Texturen – im Grunde genommen findest du hier einige Bildüberlagerungs-Optionen (Kratzer, Regentropfen, usw.) ähnlich wie bei PhotoScape und Polarr, jedoch mit weniger Optionen.
  7. Fokussierungseffekte
  8. Und als letzten Schritt das Textwerkzeug. Das Text-Tool ist das Highlight von Fotor, da es sich von den anderen Programmen der Liste abhebt. Du hast die volle Kontrolle über die Schriftart und das Textfeld: so kannst du es beispielsweise drehen und den vertikalen und gleichmäßigen Zeichenabstand steuern.

Da Fotor nicht mit Ebenen arbeitet, wird jeder Schritt direkt in das Bild verarbeitet. Sobald du also zu einer anderen Registerkarte wechselst, kannst du die letzte Aktion nicht mehr rückgängig machen. Führst du verschiedene Bearbeitungen in unterschiedlichen Registerkarten durch, musst du alles zurückzusetzen, wenn du einen Schritt rückgängig machen willst.

Da die Software nicht komplex ist, lässt sich die Oberfläche wirklich einfach und intuitiv bedienen. Fotor öffnet nur abgeflachte Bilder und speichert auch Bilder als JPG, PNG, BMP und TIF.

Photoshop Alternative fotorScreenshot vom Bildbearbeitungstool Fotor 


5. Polarr Photo Editor


Polarr ist ein Tool, das du sowohl auf deinem Mac als auch auf deinem Windows-PC herunterladen kannst. Polarr kombiniert die Funktionen von Fotor und PhotoScape mit einigen Personenbearbeitungs-Tools wie beispielsweise Gesichter erkennen und Hauttöne sowie Augen-, Mund-, Nasen-, -höhe, -breite, -helligkeit, usw. anpassen.

In Polarr findest du im Grunde fünf verschiedene Registerkarten:

  1. Filter – es gibt eine große Auswahl an kostenlosen Filter-Voreinstellungen. 
  2.  Grafiken – einschließlich Textfelder, Formen und Trennwänden, mit denen du ein Layout über dein Bild legen kannst.
  3. Retusche – welches dir ermöglicht, Gesichter anzupassen und Objekte zu entfernen.
  4. Format – hier kannst du Bilder zuschneiden, spiegeln, die Größe ändern, etc.
  5. Und schließlich die Bildüberlagerungen – Die Bildüberlagerungen beinhalten im Grunde alles, was man sich vorstellen kann (Staub, Kratzer, Texturen, Wolken, Verläufe, Hintergründe usw.). Hier stehen dir alle Möglichkeiten offen, da du einfach ein oder mehrere PNG mit transparentem Hintergrund über dein Foto ziehen kannst. 

Der Vorteil des Tools ist, dass jeder Effekt für jede dieser Registerkarten in einer neuen Ebene angewendet wird. Dadurch kann alles einzeln bearbeitet und die Reihenfolge und Transparenz geändert werden. 

Der große Nachteil von Polarr ist jedoch, dass in der kostenlosen Version nur 1 Bild pro Tag exportiert werden darf.

Ob du nach einer funktionsreichen Photoshop-Alternative oder nach einem kostenlosen Bildbearbeitungsprogramm zur schnellen Bearbeitung deiner Bilder suchst, auf dieser Liste ist für jeden was dabei.

kostenloses Bildbearbeitungsprogramm polarrScreenshot von der Photoshop Alternative Polarr

 

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