Once you have started your way through linux, you might come across numerous applications which are being developed and released everyday. You might me interested in some and you might not.So, you arrive to an ultimate question “What are the apps that will increase my productivity?. Well, the answer is in this article which consists of apps from various categories like developer tools, multimedia, sound&video, internet, etc., and form a blend of useful software which I’m sure will be of great use for the user and suffice the needs. Lets take a look at some of the best apps in its category to increase the productivity.
Gimp is a open source program which can be of great use whose applications include simple painting, quality photo retouching, online batch processing system, image renderer, image format converter and so on. GIMP is expandable and extensible. It is designed to do anything the user demands.
sudo apt-get install gimp
MyPaint is a fast and easy open-source graphics application for digital painters. It lets you focus on the art instead of the program. You work on your painting with minimum distractions, bringing up the interface only when you need it.
sudo apt-get install mypaint
Kolourpaint is a simple drawing and image edititing application for kde. It aims to providing a level of functionality targeted towards average user. It is ideal for common tasks such as drawing simple graphics and touching up photos.
sudo apt-get install kolourpaint4
An Open Source vector graphics editor with capabilities similar to Illustrator, CorelDraw, or Xara X, using the W3C standard Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) file format. Inkscape supports many advanced SVG features (markers, clones, alpha blending, etc.).
sudo apt-get install inkscape
Blender is an integrated 3d suite for modelling,animation,rendering,post-production,interactive creation and playback(games). Blender has its own UI, which is implemented in openGL which was designed with speed in mind.
sudo apt-get install blender
Developer tools (IDE’s)
Geany is a text editor using the GTK2 toolkit which has the basic features of an IDE. It was developed to provide a small and fast IDE. It supports many filetypes and providers many features for developers.
sudo apt-get install geany
Netbeans is an efficient IDE for developing desktop, mobile and web applications with Java, PHP, C/C++ and more.
Sudo apt-get install netbeans
Idle is a simple ,yet powerful IDE for developing tools using Python. It can installed from terminal using the command.
sudo apt-get install idle
Scribes is a text editor which focuses on easing the workflow by automating the common and repetitive operations by eliminating the factors that prevent you from focusing on your tasks.
sudo apt-get install scribes
Bluefish is a powerful editor targeted towards programmers and web-developers, with many options to write websites, scripts and programming code. Bluefish supports many programming and markup languages. Bluefish is an open source development project, released under the GNU GPL licence.It can installed from terminal using the command,
sudo apt-get install bluefish
Chromium is an open-source browser project that aims to build a safer, faster, and more stable way for all users to experience the web.
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:chromium-daily/stable
FileZilla Client is a fast and reliable cross-platform FTP, FTPS and SFTP client with lots of features and an interactive graphical user interface.
sudo apt-get install filezilla
Qbit Torrent is a torrent client which is used to download torrent files which has an easy to use interface and provides great flexibility for the users.
sudo apt-get install qbittorrent
Steadyflow is a GTK+ based download manager that aims for a easy to control downloading of data from the internet.
sudo apt-get install steadyflow
Postr is a Flickr uploading tool for the GNOME desktop, which aims to be simple to use but exposing enough of Flickr to be useful.
sudo apt-get install postr
Calibre is a free and open source e-book library management application developed by users of e-books for users of e-books.
sudo apt-get install calibre
Liferea is a simple feedreader clone for gnome which stands for “Linux Feed Reader” .It is a reader for rss/fdf feeds which also supports cdf channels, atom/echo/pie feeds and ocs directories.
sudo apt-get install liferea
Comix is comic book viewer. It reads zip,rar,tar,tar.gz,tar.bz2 archives as well as normal image files and its written in python with simple UI.
sudo apt-get install comix
OpenShot Video Editor is a free, open-source video editor for Linux. OpenShot can take videos, photos, and music files and helpcreate the film you have always dreamed of. Easily add sub-titles, transition effects, and then export your film to DVD, YouTube, Vimeo, Xbox 360, and many other common formats.
sudo apt-get install openshot
SM Player is a media player with basic features like playing videos, DVDs, and VCDs to more advanced features like support for MPlayer filters and more. One of the most interesting features of SMPlayer is that it remembers the settings of all files you play.
sudo apt-get install smplayer
Transmageddon is a video transcoder for Linux and Unix systems built using GStreamer. It supports almost any format as its input and can generate a very large host of output files.
sudo apt-get install transmageddon
Furius ISO mount is a simple Gtk+ interface to mount iso,nrg,bin,mdf image files without burning to disk.
sudo apt-get install furiusisomount
GNOME Activity Journal is a tool for easily browsing and finding files on your computer. It keeps a chronological journal of all file activity and supports tagging and establishing relationships between groups of files.
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:zeitgeist/ppa
Gparted is a disk management tool which is used to detect and manipulate devices and form partition table based on the user needs.
sudo apt-get install gparted
Guake is a drop-down terminal for gnome desktop so you just need to press a key to invoke him and press again to hide.
sudo apt-get install guake
Back In Time is a simple backup tool for Linux. The backup is done by taking snapshots of a specified set of directories. Currently there are two GUI versions available: Gnome and KDE.
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:bit-team/stable
Dropbox is a file hosting service operated by Dropbox, Inc. that offers cloud storage, file synchronization, and client software. In simple terms, with Dropbox users can create a special folder on each of their computers, which Dropbox then synchronises so that it appears to be the same folder regardless of the computer it is viewed on. Files placed in this folder are also accessible through a web site and mobile phone applications.
The Dropbox daemon works fine on all 32-bit and 64-bit Linux servers. To install, run the following command in your Linux terminal.
cd ~ && wget -O - "https://www.dropbox.com/download?plat=lnx.x86" | tar xzf -
cd ~ && wget -O - "https://www.dropbox.com/download?plat=lnx.x86_64" | tar xzf -
Espeak is a speech synthesizer which is used to convert text to speech. The speech is clear, and can be used at high speeds, but is not as natural or smooth as larger synthesizers which are based on human speech recordings.
sudo apt-get install espeak
Firewall Config is an easy, intuitive way to manage your Ubuntu firewall, powered by ufw. It does common tasks such as allowing or blocking pre-configured services, common P2P, or individual IP/port(s), and so on.
Sysinfo is a simple GNU/Linux program which displays some computer/system information.
sudo apt-get install sysinfo
Wine is a program that offers a compatibility layer allowing Linux users to run some Windows-native applications inside of Linux. Wine is not the ideal. Ideally, you should find native Linux applications.
sudo apt-get install wine1.5
Hope you find this collection useful. We have collected the best software in each category. In this list we neglected some apps which are pre-installed with Ubuntu such as VLC player, LibreOffice, etc. Please let us know via comments if we missed any apps which you found very useful, We will include them in this list.