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    Question Open Source Software replacement for the following programs:

    Hello, I need replacements for this: Coreldraw, Autocad, Opus (http://www.ecosoft.com.mx/opus.php), Adobe Reader.
    I do not want to use Wine and this is the software that stops me for changing to Open SUSE or Linux in general.
    Thank you for your help.

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    Default Re: Open Source Software replacement for the following programs:

    It may help to understand how you use some of these, and thus why you have
    not seen replacements already. For example, Most Linux distributions come
    with Gimp, which is a great program for image editing. Also, Inkscape is
    available on openSUSE for vector-based image-editing. LibreOffice comes
    with a drawing program as well, but it's probably not on par with the
    other two mentioned.

    okular comes with KDE and opens PDFs nicely 99% of the time. I can even
    manipulate PDFs that have the inline editable forms with it. I would
    guess there is an equivalent in Gnome, but it's been a while since I used
    that predominantly.

    I've seen CAD software threads before; you may want to just search this
    forum from a year or two ago when there were some discussions, or use
    Google in general. Not on par with AutoCAD I use SweetHome3D to do some
    really basic stuff, including rendering a 3D representation of houses,
    which is pretty neat for free stuff.


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    Default Re: Open Source Software replacement for the following programs:

    On 2015-08-16 01:56, fernandofree wrote:
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    > Hello, I need replacements for this: Coreldraw, Autocad, Opus
    > (http://www.ecosoft.com.mx/opus.php), Adobe Reader.
    > I do not want to use Wine and this is the software that stops me for
    > changing to Open SUSE or Linux in general.


    It depends what you want them for.

    For instance, if you want to create signed PDFs, then you can not. If
    you want to verify signatures, you can not. If you want to fill forms
    that use javescript code, you can not. Everything else with PDFs, yes.

    There is acroread in Linux, but it is version 9.5.5-8, and it will never
    be updated. As long as it works, you can do most of the above. I have
    not tried creating signed PDFs, though.

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    Default Re: Open Source Software replacement for the following programs:

    CorelDraw: I use Inkscape and have not had problems doing vector drawing without CorelDraw or Illustrator

    AutoCad and Opus: I run AutoCAD and AutoCAD Architectural on a copy of Windows running in VirtualBox. Opus should work fine that way too. I enable the VM's ability to share a common clipboard by selecting the option for bi-directional sharing. There's also an option to allow bi-directional drag and drop and another for shared folders. Those options make it easy, for instance, to copy>paste elements to and from Inkscape and AutoCAD.

    Adobe Reader: See Carlos' post above
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    Default Re: Open Source Software replacement for the following programs:

    Maybe AwesomeCow can help you to find replacements:
    http://www.awesomecow.com/
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    Default Re: Open Source Software replacement for the following programs:

    Quote Originally Posted by caprus View Post
    CorelDraw: I use Inkscape and have not had problems doing vector drawing without CorelDraw or Illustrator

    AutoCad and Opus: I run AutoCAD and AutoCAD Architectural on a copy of Windows running in VirtualBox. Opus should work fine that way too. I enable the VM's ability to share a common clipboard by selecting the option for bi-directional sharing. There's also an option to allow bi-directional drag and drop and another for shared folders. Those options make it easy, for instance, to copy>paste elements to and from Inkscape and AutoCAD.

    Adobe Reader: See Carlos' post above
    Thank you, but my computer is not powerful enough to virtualize an operating system, that is why I need a replacement of the software,

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    Default Re: Open Source Software replacement for the following programs:

    Quote Originally Posted by fernandofree View Post
    Thank you, but my computer is not powerful enough to virtualize an operating system, that is why I need a replacement of the software,
    Are you sure about that? If it can't run a XP VM in VMWare player, it probably won't have the grunt to run something like bricscad or draftsight satisfactorily. What are the system specs?

    That said, I use bricscad platinum for work, it'd the best native option IMO, but you have to pay for it. For free, 2D cad there's Draftsight. These two have the most polished interface and are the most similar to autocad, so the learning curve is not steep. There was also one called ares commander, but if felt heavy when I tried it (years ago, granted) and fell off the radar since then.

    Bricscad is a great package, and it seems that the license is multiplatform - at least I have two activated installs, one in windows and the other in linux. Of the other cad packages in the link you posted, most are not autocad-like interface-wise, some are for 3D modelling only, some are quite limited, a couple have not been updated for decades and I'm quite sure that one is a scam...

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    Default Re: Open Source Software replacement for the following programs:

    I use "alternative to" to find approximate replacements for all types of software.

    Keep in mind thought that hardly anything is an exact drop in replacement

    http://alternativeto.net/

    Personally, I use Qcad for my CAD, but mainly for viewing projects created by others. I have no idea how capable it might be to actually create.
    I use Adobe Reader because it's free and generally supports all PDF versions.

    If you're running these kinds of programs you shouldn't be working on a machine with limited resources to start off with. If you do find yourself unable to run necessary programs, you can also look into running those apps on a remote machine.

    TSU

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    Default Re: Open Source Software replacement for the following programs:

    Quote Originally Posted by fernandofree View Post
    Hello, I need replacements for this: Coreldraw, Autocad, Opus (http://www.ecosoft.com.mx/opus.php), Adobe Reader.
    I do not want to use Wine and this is the software that stops me for changing to Open SUSE or Linux in general.
    Thank you for your help.
    some of those are quite expensive commercial apps, I don't draw or do cad but try these:
    search for them in yast or at https://software.opensuse.org
    Inkscape or dia or libreoffice draw as a coreldraw replacement, Librecad as an Autocad replacement, Okular or qpdfview or evince as an adobe reader replacements, about opus I don't speak Spanish and they don't have a simple description of what they sell, in any case you should be able to run it under wine.
    Why don't you want to use wine, wine is cool. Valve uses wine to run steam games on their Linux based game consoles.

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