If you’ve taken even a small look at the number of applications available to you, your head is probably spinning: there are a lot of them. One of the most common questions asked by beginners when they get onto a computer graphics forum is “Which app?” This is often in the form of “Should I choose Really-Good-App 1 or Really-Good-App 2?” Don’t do this. While most people will react with patience and give some good advice, others are tired of the question, and most members are frustrated because someone will always start a flame war over why one is better than the other.

With that dire warning, what is the good advice often given? It is that there is no one piece of software that rises above them all. You cannot make a mistake ...

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