24 programs that cannot be missed in 24 (Part Five)

Inkscape will be the option to replace Canva in 2024

Inkscape logo and Canva ogo crossed out.

I am listing the list of 24 programs that cannot be missing from my computer in the year that has just begun. Is about programs that align with my goal of increasing productivity, reducing costs and guaranteeing my privacy and that of my clients.

I reiterate the invitation from previous articles. If you have your own list of must-see shows, we'd love to hear about it. Post it in the comments form

24 programs that cannot be missed in the 24th

In some moments of distraction my teachers managed to teach me something. One of the things I learned was the concept of a sociotechnical system. It is the idea that the use of a technology cannot be considered without taking into account the expectations, beliefs, values, attitudes and needs of the person or people who are going to use it. That is why, whenever I can, I try to explain why I use or recommend a certain application.

As I said, my goals this year are productivity, profitability, and privacy. Taking from the abstract to the concrete That means producing more and better content, faster, and sharing as little information as possible about myself, my clients, and my readers.

That means optimizing my use of images, making them stop being a mere object of decoration and become part of the reader's process of incorporating information.

The importance of images in content creation

I put a great interest in improving my image creation skills because:

  • They attract more attention than the text.
  • They transmit complex information more quickly, concisely and effectively than text.
  • They generate more reactions from the reader than a text.
  • They make it easier to remember information. I don't know if it happens to you, but sometimes you can't remember a command and have to search through several links to find what you need.
  • They allow you to create a personality. No matter how useful Canva spreadsheets are, we all end up using them at some point.
  • They make the tutorials easier to understand. We bloggers love the terminal because we only have to copy and paste the commands. Explaining how to do it in the graphical interface means taking a lot of screenshots, resizing them, uploading them, and completing the labels. But, readers usually prefer the use of the graphical interface.
  • Google likes images, and they are still a good source of visits.

Inkscape, the seventh application

I reinstalledr Inkscape after a long time and I was surprised by the evolution of this program. I'm far from being a professional designer, but as an amateur with two left hands I consider it an acceptable alternative to Canva.

For those who do not know this program, it must be said that it is used to create vector graphics. In another article we explained at length what the characteristic of this type of graphics was. Anyway, if you're too lazy to look for it, I'll tell you that, unlike traditional graphics, they are built from mathematical formulas and geometric figures. Its great advantage is that the size can be modified without losing quality.

Inkscape can be used to:

  • Logo creation.
  • Business card design.
  • Production of promotional material such as brochures and catalogues.
  • Creation of all types of diagrams.
  • Use with plotting tools.
  • Added interactivity to graphics using Javascript.
  • Modifying the style of graphics using CSS.
  • Website layout.
  • Icon design.
  • Interaction with other open source programs such as Krita and Scribus.

Inkscape has much more bibliography, both free and paid, than is usual in open source programs and, part of it in Spanish. Unfortunately, the creators of the documentation cannot keep up with the pace of releases. However, if you are familiar with the most popular proprietary software design programs, you can choose to use the keyboard shortcuts you are used to.

Two features that I personally appreciate are presets for creating posts, social networks, icons or graphics for videos and dark mode.

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