Title: TwistedBrush Pro Studio
Web Site: http://www.pixarra.com/
Focus: Fine Art
A cross between Corel Painter and Adobe Photoshop. Has a HUGE number of procedural natural media brushes (which scale properly by preserving density) and most of the usual filters and some not supported by PS. This software is primarily intended for drawing and painting, not photo editing as PS / Gimp are.
I've only just got this software and am so far impressed. Using it in conjunction with a tablet makes it really sing. It will import layered PSD files (don't know about Gimp) but it does not have enough keyboard shortcuts (hopefully these will come in future editions), and those it does support do not mirror PS so there is some relearning required. Incredibly good value for money.
I have tried GIMP and CC3. CC3 seems a bit more user friendly and effective.
Reading through this list I was surprised to not see G-Projector. Nifty little piece of freeware from NASA that allows you to take any equirectangular map image and convert it to a different project - there are several dozen projections available. I tested it out with a simple square projection from the donjon fractal world generator, and was quite pleased.
NASA GISS: G.Projector — Global Map Projector
Edit: Another free program I've just discovered (haven't tried out yet) is Artifex Terra, a realtime landscape modeling program. Anyone here familiar with it?
Also, DAZ3D's Bryce Pro 7 and Hexagon 2.5 are both free for a limited time.
Last edited by indigorising; 12-10-2012 at 10:09 PM.
Reason: Adding info
Thanx for the introduction to these software.
Thanks ravells, I'm going to try the free version, Twisted Brush Open Studio.