Krita becomes one of the first open source illustration software to be greenlit for Steam. They started their campaign on 7th this month and the Steam community approved it in less than a fortnight. The Krita team is planning to integrate Big Picture, the Cloud and workshop in Gemini version. It will take some time for them to be commercially available on Steam.
What’s Steam Greenlight?
Valve explains: Steam Greenlight is a system that enlists the community’s help in picking some of the new games to be released on Steam. Developers post information, screenshots, and video for their game and seek a critical mass of community support in order to get selected for distribution. Steam Greenlight also helps developers get feedback from potential customers and start creating an active community around their game during the development process.
Krita is a digital painting and illustration software. It is a part of the Calligra Suite, which is a fork of KOffice. It is designed to create artwork from scratch. Krita Sketch is the touch optimised version for Windows 7 and 8. It was available on Intel AppUp. Current status of Krita Sketch is unknown owing to imminent AppUp’s closure. Krita Studio is the commercially supported version for movie and GFX studios. Commercial support and training is provided for it. Although Krita is open source, artwork created using it can be shared or sold commercially.
Krita Gemini is Ultrabook optimised version of Krita. It offers a seamless switch between PC mode and Tablet mode. Like Sketch, Gemini is touch optimised. It will be available on Steam exclusively. Details on its pricing are still unavailable. Although the Gemini version is paid software, the developments will be pushed to the Krita project. Gemini will be a part of Krita 2.8 which is due to release on February 26th.
Krita is available in official repositories of all major GNU/Linux based distribution and you can install it easily on your system.