In the area of design and programming, there is what is known as UX (User Experience) y UI (User Interface). And although, both terms have similar names, they are totally different. Since, while the first refers to the user experience and feel, the other is directed toward a more rational side of the navigation / exploration on the created.
And certainly, many of the best tools for UX / UI sound private and commercial, but that does not mean that great ones do not exist free, open or free apps available. Such as the case of Akira.
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Akira: Multiplatform App built with Vala and GTK
What is Akira?
At its official website on GitHub, said application is briefly described as follows:
"Native Linux application for UI and UX design built on Vala and GTK."
While, then they add the following on it:
"Akira is a native Linux design application built on Vala and GTK. Akira is focused on offering a modern and fast approach to UI and UX Design, primarily aimed at web designers and graphic designers. The main objective is to offer a valid and professional solution for designers who want to use Linux as their main operating system. AKIRA IS CURRENTLY IN EARLY DEVELOPMENT, NOT READY TO BE USED FOR PRODUCTION! Feel free to download the Alpha and help us test it."
Among its 10 most outstanding features the following may be mentioned:
- Provides a fully vector canvas to infinitely resize without losing quality.
- It includes a smart options panel that shows the editable characteristics of a selected item.
- It includes a panel of layers with the possibility of dragging and dropping and arranging them intelligently.
- Create artboards to better organize design iterations and views.
- Provides control over the size and quality of exported images
- Includes a set of customizable icons.
- Includes complete reconstruction of the Canvas library architecture.
- It has an implementation of the pixel grid.
- Provides pixel grid color customization.
- It offers the implementation of smart fit guides.
Download, installation and use
It can install, run and uninstall using Snap package manager, as follows:
sudo snap install akira --edge akira sudo snap remove akira
It also can install, run and uninstall using Flatpak package manager, as follows:
flatpak remote-add flathub-beta https://flathub.org/beta-repo/flathub-beta.flatpakrepo flatpak install akira akira flatpak remove akira
Among the best free, open and free alternatives a Akira we can mention the following 10:
In summary, Akira is a cross-platform design application of UI and UX free and open source. What is written in Vala and GTK, and is released under the GNU General Public License v3.0. And consequently, it is a useful and free tool for web designers and graphic designers.
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