Corel Corporation is a Canadian software company specializing in graphics processing. They are best known for developing CorelDRAW, a vector graphics editor. They are also notable for purchasing and developing AfterShot Pro, PaintShop Pro, Painter, Video Studio, MindManager, and WordPerfect.
Corel has dabbled with Linux over the years. For example they produced Corel Linux, a Debian-based distribution which bundled Corel WordPerfect Office for Linux. While Corel effectively abandoned its Linux business in 2001 they are not completely Linux-phobic. For example, AfterShot Pro has an up to date Linux version albeit its proprietary software.
This series looks at the best free and open source alternatives to products offered by Corel.
Corel DVD Copy is simple-to-use software which allows you to copy DVDs, convert HD video, output to mobile devices, and more.
What are the best free and open source alternatives?
HandBrake is a tool for converting video from nearly any format to a selection of modern, widely supported codecs.
This software works with most common video files and formats, including ones created by consumer and professional video cameras, mobile devices such as phones and tablets, game and computer screen recordings, and DVD and Blu-ray discs. HandBrake leverages tools such as FFmpeg, x264, and x265 to create new MP4 or MKV video files from these Sources.
Brasero is an application to burn CD/DVD for the Gnome Desktop.
It’s designed to be as simple as possible and has some unique features to enable users to create their discs easily and quickly.
K3b is a simple, yet powerful and highly-configurable graphical optical disk burning application for audio, video, data projects and more.
K3b provides various options for burning a CD, DVD, or BD (Blu-ray disc). Various types of optical projects are supported including (but not limited to) audio and data, video projects for DVD and VCD, as well as multi-session and mixed-mode discs. K3b also has the ability to erase re-writable media and can perform more complicated tasks such as audiovisual encoding and decoding.
FFmpeg is a popular multimedia framework, able to decode, encode, transcode, mux, demux, stream, filter and play pretty much anything.
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|Alternatives to Corel's Products|
|WordPerfect Office is an all-in-one office suite and word processing software. Document, spreadsheet, and presentation applications.|
|Painter is a raster-based digital art software which is used for canvas painting and offers photo-art tools. Sketch, paint, and illustrate.|
|AfterShot Pro is raw image processing software offering simple photo management, good workflow, and batch processing.|
|WinZip is a file archiver and compressor with tools for system integration. The software also bundles an image manager and backup functionality.|
|DVD Copy is simple-to-use software which allows you to copy DVDs, convert HD video, output to mobile devices, and more.|
|WinDVD Pro allows you to play DVDs and Blu-rays. The player can also be used to play videos and audio/music files in other formats.|
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