How Do I Choose the Best Open Source Imaging Software?

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  • Written By: G. Wiesen
  • Edited By: Heather Bailey
  • Last Modified Date: 07 November 2018
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When looking for open source imaging software you should keep in mind what type of imaging you are looking to perform and ensure any program you download and use is free of malicious software. Imaging software can refer to two very different types of programs: many imaging programs can be used to create graphics and images through photo manipulation or creation of original content, while other imaging programs can be used to capture a disk image from a hard disk drive (HDD). Once you find the type of open source imaging software you want to use, do some research on a program before you download it to verify that it is trustworthy.

Open source imaging software is a software program used to perform some type of imaging functionality and is available under the terms of an open source license. Most software is protected by copyright laws just like any other original artistic work at the moment of its creation. Open source software, however, is typically created under an open or public license that waives such copyright ownership and allows other users and developers to use and alter the software freely.


As you look for open source imaging software, consider what type of program you are looking for. Some imaging software can be used to create artistic or graphical images through various methods. If you are looking for this type of software, then you should look for a program that is either raster or vector based, depending on if you want to work with photographs or illustrations, and look for program reviews to see the types of tools and file types that can be used with such software.

Other types of open source imaging software are developed for use in capturing an image of a hard disk drive, or HDD. This type of software can be used to create a file that is essentially a copy of the entire contents of an HDD, and this file is called an HDD image. If you are looking for this type of open source imaging software, then you should be sure to look for a program that can run with your operating system (OS) and other software or hardware you want to use with it. You should also look for any other features you may need, like file compression or image organization.

Regardless of which type of open source imaging software you need, be sure to look for software that is safe and reputable. You should research any program by name before you download it, to ensure that others have not reported it as a means by which malware has been spread. Any link you use to download the software should also come from a reputable website to help you avoid infection from malware through the use of such software.



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