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If you'd like to use SAI, then the programmer HardCyder has made the tutorial for you:…

In this tutorial he describes the process of installing all the required tools to get SAI working with pen sensitivity, which I know lots of artists have been asking for. If you know other artists who would use Ubuntu if they could get SAI working, then this might be a good opportunity to encourage them to switch over.

As a Free Software advocate, I will of course encourage you to use Free Software alternatives like MyPaint or Krita in your Ubuntu installations. But of course I understand if you need to use SAI instead and this might help you.

What do you think?

Happy Painting, Martin
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ORO8ORO Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2014  Student General Artist
A great alternative to SAI are the AzDrawing and AzPainter programs, they are awesome!

Early versions of these softwares were for Windows, but the creator now moved to Linux.

Here is the creator's website (in japanese):…
The current versions are, AzDrawing 1.2 and AzPainter 1.0.1.

Here you can download some cool brushes (in spanish):…
They are for AzDrawing Windows version, but they can be used in the Linux version too.

doctormo Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Very interesting, thanks for sharing!
SendoTheFoxSprite Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013  Student General Artist
Oh Nice. ^^

I have friends who loves SAI so much, he hates how I don't use it because I use to switch between Ubuntu and XP, yet if I remember he once made a comment about how that would actually be a huge draw back to him on trying Ubuntu.

As a person who is trying to keep Linux clean of being labeled 'pirating community', don't you fear that people learning how to make SAI compatible with Ubuntu, learn quickly how to disable the timer on the trial version, like people did with Windows?
doctormo Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I can't really comment on the economic model SAI have chosen to fund their software development. I can say however that software should be available to everybody without restriction and that developers should be paid for the act of programming, not afterwards. And in this regard, SAI like every proprietary software is broken.

The question is, do we fix SAI by convincing the company to open source, or do we compete and make something better than SAI?
SendoTheFoxSprite Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2014  Student General Artist
I know. So far that is one problem especially with Microsoft computer's security. Lots of Malware and anti virus programs I have seen and used are great, just they are very expensive to even want to touch, yet that allows for Windows Security to be weaken, unless people are willing to give up their personal use of a computer to modify the current security(firewall) to keep themselves safe, which is sad.

That is a really good question. I'd say we should fix and improve SAI. If we fix instead of compete, then we aren't creating healthy competition, but creating a war between programs, which is pain to see and hear of. Even that friend who is always going on about "Because Linux does everything illegally" is understandable for how his father fixes Windows computers for a living, and he doesn't want his dad to lose that, but it has caused my friend to get defensive about 'other' choices and such. Even dealing with someone on dA whose whole gallery is nothing but Windows Pictures, has shown that he will quickly threaten to have anyone banned for talking positive of computers not related to Windows. Like he has twice to me and my friend for having "Linux Support" on our dA signatures.

Woops, I am sorry for going off topic onto a bad rant.
ZZDas Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013   Filmographer
I don't know man... i read this, this morning even though i'm not really interested in SAI but it's about Ubuntu after all, but it all fell down when on step 6 "Now, you also need to download and unzip the cracked version of SAI" even with the explanation about the reason to use a cracked version it's just wrong, basically this is a tutorial to invite people to break the law!
I'm not a saint but i don't think that's what Ubuntu or Linux stand for

[although there's some valid information to problem solving, but still...]
doctormo Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
It's an unfortunate requirement for some windows programs I agree. I wouldn't do it, but I see no moral impediment since users should already own SAI typically. users that don't just use MyPaint by default anyway.

But I see your point good sir.
ZZDas Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013   Filmographer do have a good point too ;)
DaedalJS Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2013
there are some very neat vector tools in sai that i haven't seen elsewhere but if i remember right it hasn't had an update made to the program in several years.
really it's just the adjustable line weight tools that i think makes it worth using for anything much less instead of a program that's still actually being developed and improved.  
it basically lets you draw a stroke like a raster program and then lets you adjust the thickness of that line at various points along it simply by clicking the point and dragging to either thicken or thin the line.

all and all though i don't know why people who don't use that feature still use sai since the rest of the tools and such seemed pretty run of the mill to me.  
as far as the raster parts go i'd certainly have to say that mypaint and krita blow it out of the water.
quandry247 Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2013   Digital Artist
Are you guys working with the Scribus crew to get CMYK info across and out into the print world?
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