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67 Open Source Replacements for Really Expensive Applications: Page 2

Open source software goes head to head against its proprietary alternatives. 
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Desktop Publishing

20. Scribus Replaces InDesign CS5 ($699), QuarkXPress($799)

Suitable for professional graphic designers and other artists, Scribus includes features like color separations, CMYK and spot color support, ICC color management, and support for the latest PDF formats. Commercial support is not available, but a wealth of documentation is available both online and in book format. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X

Development Tools

21. KDevelop Replaces Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Professional with MSDN ($1,199.00) KDE's integrated development environment (IDE) includes a source code editor, project managers, GUI designer, front ends for the GNU Compiler Collection and GNU Debugger, and more. It offers code completion for C/C++, as well as some support for Perl, Python, PHP, Java, Fortran, Ruby, Ada, Pascal, SQL, and Bash. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X

22. MonoDevelop Replaces Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Professional with MSDN ($1,199.00) Designed for .NET developers, this IDE from Novell makes it easier to create C# applications for multiple platforms. It also supports Java, Boo, Visual Basic.NET, Oxygene, CIL, Python, Vala, C and C++. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X

23. SharpDevelop Replaces Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Professional with MSDN ($1,199.00) Like MonoDevelop, SharpDevelop (or #develop) was created as an alternative to Visual Studio for Microsoft's .NET platform. It supports C#, VB.NET and Boo. Operating System: Windows

24. Open BlueDragon Replaces Adobe ColdFusion 9 ($1,299) If you'd like to create Web apps using the ColdFusion Markup Language (CFML), but don't want to spend thousands of dollars on your development tool, Open BlueDragon gives you an open source option. It describes itself as "the world's first truly open source GPL Java and Google App Engine CFML runtime." Operating System: Windows, Linux

E-mail/Collaboration/Groupware

25. Zimbra Replaces Microsoft Exchange ($699 and up) Humbly calling itself "the most capable open source email and collaboration suite available today," Zimbra supports e-mail, shared calendar, shared contacts and document sharing. It works with most e-mail clients (including Outlook, Thunderbird or the Zimbra client), and it's also available in commercially supported versions. Operating System: Linux, Unix, OS X

26. Citadel Replaces Microsoft Exchange ($699 and up) Citadel offers Web-based e-mail, calendar, contacts, bulletin boards, IM, wiki, chat and more. The full version is available for free or you can purchase the hosted service. Operating System: Linux

Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP)

27. OpenERP Replaces Microsoft Dynamics, SAP This full-featured app includes modules for CRM, accounting, point of sale, project management, warehouse management, human resources, purchasing, manufacturing, marketing, invoicing and an application builder. It's available in a free community edition, a paid enterprise edition for on-site deployment, or a subscription-based online edition. Operating System: Windows, Linux

28.Openbravo Replaces Microsoft Dynamics, SAP With more than 2 million downloads, Openbravo boasts that it is the "world’s leading Web-based open source ERP solution." In addition to the free community version, it also comes in paid basic and professional editions that can be deployed on-site or in the cloud. Operating System: OS Independent

29.ADempiere Replaces Microsoft Dynamics, SAP This community-based app offers ERP, CRM and POS functionality. It also integrates with several other open source apps as part of a full suite that adds Web 2.0, authentication, telephony, document management, BI, intranet and data repository capabilities. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X, others

30. Phreedom Replaces Microsoft Dynamics, SAP This ERP suite is based on the PhreeBooks accounting software which is incorporated in the package. It includes contacts, inventory, payment, PhreeBooks accounting, reporting and shipping modules, and other add-on modules are also available. Operating System: OS Independent

Foreign Language

31. Step Into Chinese Replaces Rosetta Stone Chinese ($479) While it's admittedly not as full-featured as Rosetta Stone, Step Into Chinese does include information to help you learn the characters, meanings, and pronunciation of more than 26,000 modern Chinese words and concepts. It also has a helpful flashcard feature for learning through repetition. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X

32. Zkanji Replaces Rosetta Stone Japanese ($379) This Japanese learning tool includes dictionaries, a flashcard tool and stroke animations. It also has thousands of example sentences and inflection/conjugation information. Operating System: Windows.

33. ZWDisplay Replaces Rosetta Stone Chinese ($479) ZWDisplay aims to help Mandarin students become better readers of the language. It includes both English-Chinese and Chinese-English translation capabilities and a built-in flashcard app. Operating System: Linux

Gateway Security Appliances

34.Endian Firewall Community Replaces Check Point Security Gateways ($675 and up) If your small business has a good IT person, you can build your own security appliance using Endian's community version of its software and an older PC. It includes a firewall, application-level proxies with antivirus support, e-mail virus and spam filtering, Web content filtering and a VPN. Endian also sells pre-configured appliances based on its open source software if you don't want to build your own. Operating System: Linux

35. Untangle Replaces Check Point Security Gateways ($675 and up) Similar to Endian, Untangle can also be used to create your own security appliance, or you can purchase pre-configured appliances. It boasts the "lowest total cost of ownership of any network gateway solution on the market today" and is currently used by more than 30,000 organizations around the world. Operating System: Windows, Linux

Graphics/Drawing

36. Dia Replaces Visio Professional ($559.99) Dia describes itself as "inspired by" Microsoft Visio. Like its inspiration, it makes it easy to draw org charts, UML diagrams, flowcharts, network diagrams, and many other types of charts and diagrams. Operating System: Windows, Linux

37.Gimp Replaces Photoshop CS5 ($699) Short for "GNU Image Manipulation Program," GIMP is a professional-quality image manipulation program that's intuitive enough for amateurs to use. It includes a full suite of painting and image re-touching tools, layers and channels, sub-pixel sampling, quickmask, file format conversion tools, animation capabilities and much more. For the Windows version, you'll need to download Gimp-win. Operating System: Windows, Linux

 


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