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With which tool I can draw a shapeless and curved logo for website?

You may use Inkscape and its Path/Node tool (Shift+F6) It is Free/Open Source and multi-platform. Here are some tutorials: http://www.inkscape.org/en/learn/tutorials/ Here is how you may begin: ...
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Mockups for room design

Sweet Home 3D Take a look at Sweet Home 3D. Been around for many years. It does 2D drawings like in your example, but can also show it in 3D (hence the name!). The app actually transforms your 2D ...
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Free software to design magazine covers and pages

the one software that comes in my mind is Scribus: cross platform F(L)OSS software supports RGB, CMYK and spot colors shipped with almost 200 color palettes, and almost 400 more for download in the ...
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What is a good way to quickly develop a mock GUI?

You can use Pencil: free (+ open-source) Windows/Linux/Mac + can be used as a Firefox add-on too Can be used to create a scratch for application or website:
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Software for Website Mockups (Win/Linux)

My recommendation won't fit all your must-have requirements, but as far as I know its the best thats out there that comes close so I want to show it anyway. I've used Balsamic Mockups in the past to ...
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Viewer to open .CDR files

Corel Draw The official way to open CDR files is Corel Draw of course. Google hit number 7 for "cdr file" also says this. Since you have not tagged this gratis, your colleagues use that software ...
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Tool for sketching / drawing / painting quickly (Linux / Ubuntu)

You can use Krita. Krita is a free sketching and painting program. It was designed for concept art, illustrations, and texture painting. You can see what features are Krita supports here. Krita is an ...
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Open-Source alternative to Photoshop

Besides GIMP, which you already mentioned that is generally the go-to alternative for Photoshop, there is also Krita. While it is a fully capable general purpose image editing application it's main ...
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Rotatable 3D Models with realistic lighting

Blender allows me to create simple 3D shapes The simple shapes I have in mind are specifically Sphere, Box and Cylinder/Pipe. has built-in shapes for plane, cube, cylinder, circle, sphere, ...
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IDE specifically for layout and design of regular web applications?

The new WYSIWYG editors Good for mockuping and initial design. Bad for working on an existing app. Macaw, Sketch, Pinegrow or even Photoshop + Brackets ✔ Provide higher abstractions in regards to ...
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Creating a logo with style similar to Flask's

You could get a good starting point by using Gimp and the G'MIC plugin, take a photo of something related to your product and crop then use the G'MIC engrave filter, add your text and you are away. E....
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Free alternatives to Microsoft Publisher?

Two classical open source options are Inkscape and Scribus. I've used both to make pamphlets etc., and both run on Windows, Linux, and macOS. Inkscape is a versatile vector graphics editor. It is ...
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Free offline software to create vector+text graphical content

This job seems easy to reach with Inkscape. I took the liberty to upload some animated images, just to demonstrate that this program is versatile enough to create both the icons as well as the two ...
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Open-source manga making software

If you are looking for something to do the drawing for you I think you are out of luck but you might like to take a look at Krita. Free (Gratis) Open Source Cross Platform, (now including Win8.1). ...
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Software for Website Mockups (Win/Linux)

Maybe you could have a try of the Mockplus. Actually, it may not meet all you requirements, while, I still suggest to try it out. Here is its characteristics to your requirements: Windows or Linux ...
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Software to create sprites for mobile games

Aseprite (free and open source) Aseprite is a program that I've found. It's an image editor, but it's geared mainly toward sprite creation and animation. Screenshot from their website:
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Switch screen to greyscale temporarily

Finally I found NegativeScreen ✓ turns the whole screen to greyscale ✓ supports multiple monitors ✓ is independent of the target application ✓ allows continuing working in the target application ✓ ...
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What Linux program(s) support OpenType alternate glyphs and can explode to vector shapes?

Since it looks like LaTex provides support for all(most) all the OpenType font variants, including swash, you can either generate your graphics directly in LaTeX or generate the elements and import ...
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What is a good way to quickly develop a mock GUI?

Answering my own question, the one I'm using is Axure. I was able to quickly start off with a mock application. It's free for a month, but it's expensive to buy after that. This is a sample-
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What is a good way to quickly develop a mock GUI?

You can use moqups: HTML 5 app Vectorial Unlimited team members for all the premium plans
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Free 3D fractal generation

There is Mandelbulb. it is free is available for Windows and Mac renders awesome 3D fractals I'm not very familiar with it yet, but here's an example created by me: There are of course better ...
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Tool for sketching / drawing / painting quickly (Linux / Ubuntu)

Pinta is like PaintDotNet but is open source and multi platform. It is a simple image editor with a simpler interface than gimp. I think you can run sudo apt-get install pinta. Otherwise there's PPAs ...
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Illustrator (*.AI) compatible way to do work?

You can edit AI files in a Mac with Inkscape, a free, open source vector graphics editor. Inkscape is a professional quality vector graphics software that is used by design professionals and hobbyists ...
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Open-Source alternative to Photoshop

In the past, as substitutes for Photoshop & Lightroom, I've used: GIMP ImageMagick And as an Illustrator substitute: Inkscape The reality is, they all pale in comparison to their commerical ...
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Free offline software to create vector+text graphical content

I use the open source Inkscape for vector graphics. It uses SVG as its native format, but exports to many formats, and can render PNG (bitmap) images from your vector drawings. (JPEG is not suited for ...
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Software to create 2D/3D scientific illustration images

After doing some research I found that there are software used in Chemical and material science fields that can be used for the purpose. I am quoting here in case someone needs. The wikipedia page ...
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Software for Website Mockups (Win/Linux)

There is a Wireframe.cc which will work on all operating system, since it's a web services. Going to that site starts wire-framing experience in a second. It has tree templates: a browser window, a ...
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Software for Website Mockups (Win/Linux)

I would highly recommend using RealDraw Pro (free, fully-functioning trial version). It's extremely simple to use Supports Layers Exports to many different formats (including PSD) Can create HTML ...
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Flooring layout software

After some thought, I ended up creating a full complex pattern using an Excel spreadsheet. I feel tremendously badass for having accomplished a task I thought I'd have depend on some CAD software and ...
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With which tool I can draw version control(git) graphs?

a friendly text language is highly appreciated That reminds me of Graphviz, though the output would look a bit different from normal directed acyclic graph (please check the linked Wikipedia page for ...
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