Z-Edge T4 dash cam review: Great video, a touchscreen, and style for miles, but no GPS

When I pulled the Z-Edge T4 out of its box, I was thinking the company had made a mistake and sent me a digital camera instead. Most dash cams, capable or not, have a rather cheap feel. The T4, on the other hand, has the heft and feel associated with the object I mistook it for.

The T4 is also a very good dash cam with a super-handy 4-inch touch display and a 1080p rear camera. Put bluntly, it’s easily the classiest dash cam system I’ve reviewed. For $170 with a 32GB SD card? Sold. If you don’t need GPS. Dang. For the whole package, the Viofo A129 remains our top pick. 

This review is part of our ongoing roundup of the best dash cams. Go there for buying advance and information on all the dash cams we’ve reviewed.

Design and features

Gushing and consternation aside, the T4 is a somewhat large dark gray and silver camera, measuring approximately 4.5 x 2.5 x 1 inch at the lens. As mentioned, it has a huge 4-inch touch display that’s deftly responsive. 

On the top of the camera are the micro-USB power port and the mini-USB port for the rear camera. On the left side of the unit you’ll find the SD card slot (up to 128GB) and the power button. That’s it. The touch display obviates the need for other buttons. The camera sports a 155-degree field of view, and max resolution is 1440p. You can step that down to save storage space if need be.

Note: As to power, there are now OBD II to micro-USB cables available online for around $10, if you want to hardwire the T4 or any other camera without the hassle of splicing or tapping the wiring harness.

The T4’s on-screen interface can’t match that of the PureCam for style, but it’s more efficient, with its large icons and a very well-organized menu system. It’s really a breeze, and with the nicely sensitive touch display—a joy to use.

The camera also features a 180mAh battery, which was enough to keep it chiming in my backpack for a couple of weeks. Alas, the display won’t turn on while the camera isn’t plugged in, so I couldn’t turn off parking mode until I got to an AC outlet. Yes, there’s parking mode, where the camera will use its g-sensor to wake up and record what just woke it up.

Best e-readers for digital-book lovers

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Folks used to think that e-readers would relegate traditional paper books to the scrapyard of the past and destroy the publishing industry as we knew it. But, in the time since the first Kindle e-reader was unveiled in 2007, the dire declarations of what effect the devices might have on our reading habits and on publishers have given way to widespread acceptance from industry wonks and bookworms alike, for one simple reason: E-readers are pretty great.

Lightweight, easily readable in direct sunlight or, on models equipped with a built-in backlight, in the dead of night, an e-reader is an excellent choice for browsing periodicals, documents, comic books, and of course, books. Most are capable of storing thousands of books—and with power-efficient E Ink displays, word aficionados can typically read for weeks at a time before their device’s battery will need to topping off. These are all great features but, as they’re all features that most e-readers share, choosing which device to buy can be daunting. Don’t worry, we’re here to help you find the device that suits your needs. We’ve assembled reviews of the most popular e-readers on the market today—as well as some you might not have heard of that deserve your attention.

The buying advice you’ll find here is the culmination of months of research and hands-on testing, reinforced by years of experience in hardware journalism and a profound love of reading. We hope you’ll enjoy our in-depth reviews, but if you’re just looking for a quick buying advice, you’ll find our top two picks—and a money-is-no-object recommendation below. Prefer to do your own research? Scroll down to the features we think you should look for in an e-reader.

Updated 3/22/2019 with news of the All-new Kindle, the updated affordable model (starting at $89.99 on Amazon with Special Offers, or $109.99 without Special Offers). Read more about it in our All-new Kindle news story, where we also compare its specs to those of our top pick, the Kindle Paperwhite. It ships April 10. Stay tuned for our review.

The best e-reader for most people: Amazon All-new Kindle Paperwhite (2018)

With the All-new Kindle Paperwhite (available on Amazon), Amazon’s not only managed to catch up to the competition like the Kobo Clara HD, it’s lapped them. The new e-reader’s premium features, reasonable price, and wide variety of content make it the best e-reader for most people. Read our full review.

When you buy a Kindle Paperwhite, you’re not just getting a piece of hardware—you’re investing in access to the largest ecosystem of downloadable text content in the world.Every Kindle owner can access Amazon’s massive online store full of electronic books, magazines, newspapers, and periodicals. That’s something no other e-reader company comes close to competing. Voracious readers can also opt for a subscription to Kindle Unlimited, which provides unlimited monthly access to more than 1.4 million titles. If you’re an Amazon Prime member, you’ll be able to borrow books from the Kindle Owner’s Lending Library or from Amazon Prime Reading

Runner-up best e-reader: Kobo Clara HD

Kobo’s Clara HD (available from Rakuten Kobo) appeared at a time when Amazon’s Kindle Paperwhite was getting long in the tooth. While the All-New Paperwhite has caught up in features and design, the Clara HD is still a strong competitior, especially if you want to stay free of Amazon’s clutches. The content you lose if you forsake Amazon is the Clara HD’s only major challenge. Read our review.

Best luxury e-reader: Amazon Kindle Oasis 2017

Note: We’ve transitioned our e-reader coverage to PCWorld, starting with this 4.5-star review of the Amazon Kindle Oasis (2017 model). When price is no object, the Kindle Oasis is the e-reader to buy. While it doesn’t have the large display of Kobo’s Aura One, the Oasis provides luxury in the form of choice and brilliant industrial design.

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Best Galaxy S10e, S10, and S10+ cases: Top picks in every style

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Rob Schultz / IDG

Aside from its great screen, ultra-fast processor, and awesome camera, the Samsung Galaxy S10 its also big, slippery, and fragile, and the last thing you want is a giant crack in it.  Here are our favorite cases for the S10 so far.

Update 3/22/19: Added new categories for best wallet cases and best rugged cases.

Beat clear cases for Galaxy S10, S10+, S10e

Along with super slim bezels and a gorgeous display, the Galaxy S10 has one more thing going for it: beautiful new colors to choose from. Available in new “prism” finishes that change color depending on the light, a flamingo pink that’s too cool for school, and two luscious ceramic options, it’s a shame to cover up your Galaxy S10 with a case. So here are some great ones that will still its natural color shine through:

X-Doria Defense Shield

X-Doria Defense Shield

Why we love it: The X-Doria Defense shield looks and feels more expensive than its $30 price tag: An aluminum band around the back of the case helps it meet MIL-STD-810G specifications, so it should survive drops of up to 10-feet. The cutout around the headphone jack and the USB-C port are also spacious, with raised ridges on the case to make buttons easy to find. And we just love how the iridescent border looks against the S10’s prism colors.
Price: $30
Wireless charging: Yes

Editor’s choice: The X-Doria Defense Shield is our current pick for best clear Galaxy S10 case.

Totallee Thin

Totallee Thin

Why we love it: With such a beautiful array of colors and a gorgeous design, we want to show off as much of our S10 as possible. And that’s just what the Totallee Thin case does. Super thin, ultra flexible, and clear as can be, Totallee’s glossy case won’t protect your phone from a major fall, but it will keep it free from scratches, give it some extra grip, and let the original color shine through.
Price: $29
Wireless charging: Yes

Speck Presidio V-Grip

speck v grip s10

Why we love it: Speck is a mainstay when it comes to Galaxy cases, and the Presidio Grip is consistently one of our favorites. The V-Grip line takes the hard plastic bumper of the Grip model and adds a clear window so you can see your S10’s natural color. The black border compliments any color you choose, but it looks particularly great with one of the lighter prism options, especially white.
Price: $40 (S10) / $45 (S10+)
Wireless charging: Yes

Gear4 Crystal Palace

gear4 crystal palace s10

Why we love it: Most clear cases offer minimal protection again falls, but the Gear 4 Crystal Palace is more of a tough slip case that you can see through. There are no designs, no accents, and no textures—just strong, clear plastic built to protect your S10 without hiding a single millimeter of its design.
Price: $40
Wireless charging: Yes

Bodyguardz Ace Pro

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Why we love it: The Bodyguardz Ace Pro case won’t turn any heads on its own, but it will keep your S10 looking its best. The crystal clear version has a subtle white bumper that helps your S10’s rear color pop even more, and Bodyguardz says it uses a special gel that absorbs and dissipates impact so your S10 will stay safe. But even if you never need to test that theory, this case is a great way to keep your S10 as fresh as when first taken out of the box.
Price: $35
Wireless charging: Yes

Gear4 Battersea

gear4 battersea s10

Why we love it: This particular clear case that adds texture and style to the S10. Though it doesn’t show off the S10’s color as well as other cases on this list, it has a vibe that’s unique: for example, the back of the Gear4 Battersea has a pattern that encircles the Gear4 logo like a ripple in a pond. Our only quibble is a “Protected by D30” logo stamped to the right of the camera array, but it’s small and subtle enough where we don’t mind too much.
Price: $50
Wireless charging: Yes

Spigen Ultra Hybrid

Spigen Ultra Hybrid

Why we love it: The Spigen Ultra Hybrid case combines the feel of a soft shell case with that of a more rigid, protective case. The bumper is soft and flexible, while the back of the case is rigid and feels like it can take a beating or three. It’s not often that a clear case comes with a protective coating, but this particular case has a removable film on the inside and outside of the case to ensure it arrives free of any scratches. And once it’s applied, it won’t add much bulk to your S10 at all.
Price: $30
Wireless charging: Yes

Speck Presidio Stay Clear

speck presidio stay clear s10

Why we love it: Speck’s cases always impress, even when it’s one as simple as the Presidio Stay Clear. The entire case is stiff and feels high-quality, and Speck claims it can protect the Galaxy S10 in a drop from eight-feet high, thanks to its two layer constructions. The buttons are a bit hard to press when you first put it on, but they already started to loosen after a short period of use. The only drawback to the Stay Clear case is that it’s just as slippery as the S10 itself—though at least you’ll have peace of mind if you happen to drop it.
Price: $45
Wireless charging: Yes

OtterBox Pursuit

otterbox pursuit s10

Why we love it: Otterbox makes some of the toughest cases money can buy, but they’re also some of the bulkiest. The Pursuit Series takes the company’s tried and true rugged design and slims it down just enough so it can fit comfortably in your pocket. The headphone and charging ports are sealed with port covers, ensuring that dust and debris can’t get inside, while the buttons are firm, easy to find, and have plenty of give when pressed. And the black bumper looks pretty sharp against the Prism White color.
Price: $70
Wireless charging: Yes

Spigen Liquid Crystal

Spigen Liquid Crystal

Why we love it: If you want a clear, minimal shell that lets you show off your shiny Galaxy S10 while providing some protection, then Spigen’s Liquid Crystal case fits the bill. It’s soft and flexible, making it easy to take on and off, and a bundled cleaning wipe helps keep it free from dirt and fingerprints. This particular case is extremely plain, allowing your S10’s design to shine through, but if you want something a little more flashy, there’s also a glitter version of this same case.
Price: $20
Wireless charging: Yes

Best rugged cases for Galaxy S10, S10+, S10e

When you want to make sure your Galaxy S10 will survive a major fall, only a rough, tough, and rugged case will do.

Otterbox Commuter

Otterbox Commuter

Why we love it: If you can’t decide between a silicone case or a plastic one, the Commuter’s two-layer approach might be right up your alley. The first layer is rubber and feels more like a silicone case, while the second layer adds some toughness with a polycarbonate shell. Both layers come apart in order to install on your phone, and look great together, with small cutouts that let the bottom layer peek through. Together, the two layers instill a confidence that your phone is protected including the headphone jack and charging port, which get their own protective flaps.
Price: $40
Colors: Black, pink, blue
Wireless charging: Yes

UAG Monarch Case

UAG Monarch Case

Why we love it: UAG cases always have a distinct look and feel with rugged protection, and the Monarch case for the S10 follows that tradition. The metal structure-like design on the back combines the five different layers that make up the Monarch case, ranging from leather to metal. The buttons on this case feel fine, but they’re a little thin, and unfortunately your S10’s Wireless PowerShare won’t work once you strap it on (though wireless charging does).
Price: $60
Colors: Black, crimson, carbon fiber
Wireless charging: Yes

Best wallet cases for Galaxy S10, S10+, S10e

Your S10 takes up a lot of room in your pocket, so these cases let you leave your wallet at home.

Otterbox Strada Series Leather Folio

Otterbox Strada Series Leather Folio

Why we love it: We’ve seen more than our share of cases at PCWorld, but the Strada Series Folio is one of the slickest we’ve tested. With black or brown leather that wraps around the phone and a smooth finish to the polycarbonate shell, give this case a premium look and feel. Inside there’s a pocket for a card or cash. I was able to get two cards in the case and it closed without issue, but a third wouldn’t fit. A particularly nice touch is a strong magnet that holds the front flap closed for extra protection or attacks to the back of the case when it’s open.
Price: $70
Colors: Black, brown
Wireless charging: Yes

Spigen Slim Armor CS

Spigen Slim Armor CS

Why we love it: Spigen’s cases are popular for two reasons: they’re well-designed and affordably priced. With the Slim Armor CS, the company takes a minimal approach but adds a pocket on the back of the case to hold up to three credit cards. (Though we’d only recommend two cards as a third tends to make things a little tight.) And it looks good tool. The smooth exterior gives the Slim Armor CS somewhat of a slippery feel, but the rubberized sides make it easy to grip.
Price: $40
Colors: Black, gunmetal, rose gold
Wireless charging: Yes (though Spigen recommends removing the cards first)

SnakeHive Leather Wallet

SnakeHive Leather Wallet

Why we love it: If you’re looking for all-over protection, the SnakeHive Wallet isn’t for you, but if you want to keep your S10 free of dings and scratches and keep a couple of cards on hand, it might be. While the case offers fairly limited protection again falls, it wraps your S10 is luxurious suede, complete with visible stitches and a stamped logo on the inside flap. A magnet keeps the cover in place when closed, and the case doubles as a stand for watching movies. And three card slots open the inside will let you keep your wallet at home on fancy nights out.
Price: $40
Colors: Blue, green, brown, yellow, red, black
Wireless charging: Yes

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Intel kills the Compute Card, a small-form-factor modular computing product that didn’t stick

Intel’s Compute Cards always felt like an odd response to the push toward smaller form-factor computing, and the market apparently agreed: Intel said Thursday it has decided to discontinue development.

Compute Cards, first launched in 2017, were little bigger than a credit card and several times thicker. The self-contained modular computing card contained one of four Intel processors, from a Celeron up to a Core i5, plus memory and storage.

The first clue that Compute Cards were in jeopardy came from NexDock, which developed a modular laptop shell, the NexDock 1, that was powered by your phone. (The company launched during a period when Microsoft’s Continuum environment was in vogue, in conjunction with a Windows Phone.)  A similar device, known as the NexPad, was powered by a Compute Card and has now been discontinued, NexDock said, because of the uncertainty from Intel.

Intel, however, said that it’s made a decision: Compute Cards are no more.

“We continue to believe modular computing is a market where there are many opportunities for innovation,” the company said in a statement. “However, as we look at the best way to address this opportunity, we’ve made the decision that we will not develop new Compute Card products moving forward. We will continue to sell and support the current Compute Card products through 2019 to ensure our customers receive the support they need with their current solutions, and we are thankful for their partnership on this change.”

NexDock has gone on to announce the NexDock 2, a tablet that uses an Android phone to duplicate its screen within a laptop environment. The Kickstarter project has already achieved its funding goals. 

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Sony’s State of Play livestream will show us the future of the PS4

Sony may not be coming to E3 2019 this year, but that won’t stop the proprietor of PlayStation Nation from revealing what comes next for the PS4 and PSVR

To that end, on March 25, Sony will be holding an online event called State of Play that will debut on Twitch, YouTube, Twitter or Facebook worldwide that will act as a kind of stand in for a traditional press event.

While Sony hasn’t said which games it plans to show off on-air, the company’s Director of Social Media Sid Shuman said that we can expect “new trailers, new game announcements and new gameplay footage” in a post on the PlayStation Blog

If we had to guess, we’d say it’s likely that we’ll hear more about Ghost of Tsushima, The Last of Us Part II and Death Stranding, all of which are hotly anticipated titles but none of which currently have known release dates.

What’s more telling about the announcement, however, is the language Shuman uses in the post: “Today, we’re introducing a new video program called State of Play, and the first episode kicks off Monday, March 25 at 2:00pm Pacific Time.” This is apparently a new series, and there’s going to be more than one episode – i.e. even if Sony won’t have a keynote at E3, it will probably still have one of these. 

As you may already know, Nintendo has been doing events like this (called Nintendo Directs) for years to great success and it looks like Sony’s finally catching on.

  • Even without Sony, we’re still excited about E3 2019

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The best cheap smart home devices and gadget deals in March 2019

Upgrade your living space into a smart home without breaking the bank with our hand-picked devices that include speakers, security cameras, light bulbs and more. Create a smart home hub with these gadgets can simplify your technology and help make your day-to-day life even easier.

Whether you want to personalize and control your lighting, stream music and videos or secure your home, we’ve found a variety of top-rated smart home gadgets to help you get started building your smart home. Most of your products work with Alexa or the Google Assistant so that you can control the devices with the command of your voice. We’ve also included the Aukey Smart Plug-in our list which gives any device you plug into smart capabilities.

Read on for our list of the best smart home gadgets that include the best prices and deals that are currently available. We have a variety of devices that will fit all smart home needs and budgets.

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Best drawing and painting software of 2019

Best drawing and painting software

For thousands of years, art has remained an important part of human culture and expression. But, of course, it has undergone a great deal of transformation as new technologies have emerged.

If you’re a professional artist or designer working in today’s interconnected world, you don’t necessarily need access to a physical notepad and pencil to get your creative juices flowing. With your trusty computer, it’s possible to create amazing masterpieces with a mouse or indeed stylus, when used in conjunction with a software package replete with all manner of virtual tools and paintbrushes.

Many of these applications work alongside electronic sketchpads and other hardware, making it even easier to develop amazing artwork. Another obvious benefit is that these apps come with built-in effects, filters and editing features so you can really jazz up your creations.

Here’s our pick of the best drawing and painting software which is currently available.

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1. Adobe Photoshop CC

A very well-known drawing tool from the creative masters

Cloud-based suite
Comprehensive tools

When it comes to creative software, Adobe has dominated the scene for decades, and Photoshop CC (CC stands for Creative Cloud) is loved by artists and designers across the world. It provides creative types with a plethora of cloud-based tools to create and enhance photos, illustrations and 3D visuals.

This software isn’t just about editing photos. If you’re a professional designer, you can use it to create packaging, banners, websites, logos and icons. Not only can you come up with your own creations, but you’re also able to make use of intuitive templates if you’re more of a beginner, or you’re working to a tight deadline.

You can design your own illustrations and turn images into paintings as well, with the option of switching between animate and print-style options. When you’ve created a piece, you can enhance it with a range of built-in effects. 

There are multiple pricing tiers, depending on which other apps and features you’d like bundled with Photshop CC. The cheapest is the Photography level at $9.99 per month and also comes with Adobe Lightroom CC, as well as 20GB of cloud storage. Up from that is the Single App plan at $20.99 per month and comes with 100GB of cloud storage, as well as Adobe Portfolio, Adobe Fonts, and Adobe Spark. For the All-Apps plan you get access to all Adobe creative desktop and mobile apps as well, and that costs $52.99 per month.

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2. Autodesk SketchBook

An art app which is bristling with brushes

Multi-platform support
140 pre-designed brushes
Monthly and yearly plans

Autodesk SketchBook is a drawing app targeted specifically at designers, architects, concept artists and other creative professionals. If you fit into any of these categories, the software will give you the tools to sketch and create stunning illustrations easily and quickly.

It sports a minimalist interface that works across Windows, Mac, iOS and Android devices, as well as 140 pre-designed brushes. Should you not be able to find the brush you need amongst that lot, you have the option to tweak them and import your own. Another neat feature is the ability to add an unlimited amount of layers to your creations, all of which come with blending nodes and grouping abilities.

The software costs $16 monthly or $126 yearly, but whichever package you choose, there’s a lot of support on offer. For instance, you can schedule a call with Autodesk’s customer support team if you have any questions about the software, or indeed chat online or via email. You also get access to the company’s knowledgebase, which contains extensive documentation, tutorials and training videos.

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(Image: © Image Credit: Corel)

3. Corel Painter

A painting solution that can create breath-taking results

Custom brushes
Support for third-party apps and hardware
Not massively advanced

Corel offers a host of creative software packages, one of which is a drawing app called Painter. Aimed at designers, artists and students, this cross-platform application provides you with the likes of ‘thick paint’ which you can daub onto your digital canvas, and then scrape around or blend to create some highly realistic looking masterpieces.

There’s a large selection of brushes, with the ability to create custom brushes and palettes – plus you can import these, too. Painter is a downloadable app which is available on both Windows and Mac. It’s compatible with third-party software like Photoshop and drawing tablets from companies such as Wacom, as well.

As for the price, for the latest version of Corel Painter is available for around $400, though there are special rates for an education edition for students and learning centers.

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4. Rebelle 3

An expert-developed art tool

Designed by a pro artist
Lots of customization options

Developed by artist Peter Blaskovic, Rebelle 3 is another highly versatile drawing and painting application. Described as “one-of-a-kind paint software”, it’s been designed for creatives working on watercolor, acrylic, wet and dry media artwork.

Blaskovic created the app as part of his experimental drawing projects and wanted an easy-to-use program to access natural painting tools on-the-go. The app uses realistic color blending, wet diffusion and drying techniques, and offers a plethora of watercolors, acrylics, inks and pastels.

There are also ‘dry’ tools like pencils, markers and erasers, so you don’t have to stick to paintbrushes. The app also boasts some interesting capabilities like the ability to tilt the canvas you’re working on. What’s more, Rebelle works with Photoshop, allowing you to tap into 23 additional blending nodes. It currently costs $89.99, but you can give the app a spin via a free trial.

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5. Artweaver 6

A nifty drawing app with collaborative chops

Collaboration features
Lots of brushes
Only available on Windows

Artweaver is one of the oldest painting tools out there, and the software is now on its sixth edition. The application provides you with a diverse set of predefined brushes and pencils that can be used to create amazing pieces of art.

Not only does Artweaver offer an intuitive and easy-to-use interface which makes it suitable for novices, but it also boasts an impressively configurable brush system. So while you can choose from a variety of predefined brushes, you can also tweak them to suit your exact needs.

Furthermore, Artweaver has another strong suit when it comes to working on joint art projects, because you can use the app to collaborate with other folks on the same document. Of course, you’ll need to be online to do so.

Want to get a better idea of your artistic process and exactly how it flows? Then you can get the application to record your work. That way, you can review, evaluate and improve your abilities (hopefully). Currently, Artweaver is only available on Windows, but it’s temptingly cheap at $47 – and there’s also a free version available though it has limited functionality compared to the paid version.

Other drawing and painting software to consider

While we’ve covered some of the big hitters when it comes to drawing and painting software, there are some good lower-level programs worth considering if you’d prefer for not to pay out for a big program. Here we’ll look at some of the other alternatives you might want to consider, especially if looking for something more entry-level, or simply competent when it comes to art and design.

PaintShop Pro is a neat little art program. Although not as full-featured as some of the above it’s still very competent software for many aspects of art and design. Whether it’s photo editing, drawing, or creating/designing graphics, there are a lot of tools and additional plugins available to get the effect you want. Originally developed by Jasc, it’s now part of the Corel stable of creative programs and is available for around $80. 

Adobe Illustrator can sometimes be thought of as being the little brother to the more powerful Photoshop, but don’t overlook its possibilities. While Photoshop was originally built for photo editing, Adobe Illustrator has always been designed around illustration and drawing. You don’t need to choose between one or the other, however, as if you subscribe to even the basic level Adobe creative apps plan, you can have both Photoshop and Illustrator together.

Sketchup is more focused on 3D design rather than general painting and drawing, but is worth considering if that’s the main reason you need software for drawing. Even better is that there’s a free version, but even the paid-for versions are relatively cheap by comparison to some of the above, with an annual cost of $119 or $299 according to how many features you want to unlock. 

GIMP is a dedicated art program specifically built to run on Linux operating systems. While it may not be as powerful as some of the software listed, it makes a big effort to do a lot of things, from photo editing to sketching to design. Anyone who already works with Linux has probably heard of it and even has a copy, but if you were thinking of moving to Linux but weren’t sure what creative software was available, you could do a lot worse than try out GIMP.

Microsoft Paint is a basic art package that comes with every Windows install, and has done so since at least Windows 3.x. The release of Windows 10 has seen 3D editing tools added to it, but let’s be fair-it’s still a simple program that isn’t going to rival anything else on this list. However, because of the easy availability of MS Paint it’s worth mentioning – if nothing else because it does have a basic toolkit that is expanded on by other software.

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