77 Open Source Replacements for Expensive Applications: Page 3

This update on a popular list reveals a changing relationship between proprietary and open source software, due to cloud computing's influence.
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Foreign Language

37. Step Into Chinese

Replaces Rosetta Stone Chinese ($499)

This isn't a full-featured training program like Rosetta Stone, but it does give you the basics you need to start learning Mandarin: a dictionary with more than 26,000 Chinese words, pronunciation guide, flashcards and more. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X

38. Zkanji

Replaces Rosetta Stone Japanese ($379)

Another simplified foreign language study tool, Zkanji teaches you Japanese characters and words, including stroke directions for forming characters. The dictionary is very extensive, and the helpful flashcard tool automatically tests you more often on the words you don't know as well. Operating System: Windows.

39. ZWDisplay

Replaces Rosetta Stone Chinese ($499)

Another option for students of the Chinese language, ZWDisplay uses color creatively to help reinforce concepts learned. Like the other apps in this category, it includes both a dictionary and flashcard capabilities. Operating System: Linux

Gateway Security Appliances

40. Endian Firewall Community

Replaces Check Point Security Gateways ($1,500 and up), Sophos UTM products ($535 and up)

The community edition of Endian makes it possible to create your own Linux-based unified threat management appliance using standard PC hardware. The company also sells a line of hardware and software appliances based on the same technology. Operating System: Linux

41. Untangle

Replaces Check Point Security Gateways ($1,500 and up), Sophos UTM products ($535 and up)

Untangle promises that with its security products you'll "know more about your network traffic than the NSA." Like Endian, it comes in an open source "lite" package, as well as commercially supported products. Operating System: Windows, Linux

Graphics/Drawing

42. Dia

Replaces Visio Professional($589.99)

"Roughly inspired by" Microsoft Visio, Dia offers tools for creating diagrams, flow charts, org charts, and other types of relational graphics. It doesn't have as many features and templates as Visio, but does a good job with basic diagrams. Operating System: Windows, Linux

43. Gimp

Replaces Photoshop CS5 ($19.99 per user per month)

Gimp, also known as "GNU Image Manipulation Program," is an advanced photo editing and manipulation program with features that rival Photoshop. It supports all the most common image file formats and offers a wide range of special effects and photo tools. Note that if you're running Windows you'll need to download Gimp-win. Operating System: Windows, Linux

44. Inkscape

Replaces Illustrator ($19.99 per user per month), CorelDraw($429)

This professional-caliber vector graphics editing program offers the same sorts of tools as the proprietary products and supports common file formats. While the features are fairly advanced, the interface is simple enough for novices to use to create simple logos and other artwork. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X

Mathematics

45. Sage

Replaces Mathematica Standard ($2,495 and up)

Designed for use by scientists, mathematicians, students, and other people with a lot of technical knowledge, Sage combines 100 open source math projects with a simple interface that makes it easy to perform a wide variety of calculations. To use it most effectively, you'll need to understand the Python programming language. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X

46. Genius

Replaces Mathematica Professional ($1095 and up)

Genius offers a somewhat simplified list of features but solves very advanced mathematical problems. It utilizes its own programming languages known as GEL (Genius Expression Language). Operating System: Linux, OS X

47. Scilab

Replaces Mathematica Professional ($1095 and up)

This application handles basic math calculations, 2D and 3D visualizations, optimization problems, simulations, statistics and more. Users can access paid support, training and services through Scilab Enterprises. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X.

48. Maxima

Replaces Mathematica Professional ($1095 and up)

This computer algebra system can solve problems related to "differentiation, integration, Taylor series, Laplace transforms, ordinary differential equations, systems of linear equations, polynomials, and sets, lists, vectors, matrices, and tensors." It's a direct descendant of Macsyma, a legendary math program developed by MIT in the 1960s. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X.

Music

49. MuseScore

Replaces Sibelius 7 ($599.95 and up), Finale ($600.00)

For amateur and professional musicians alike, MuseScore makes it easy to generate beautiful sheet music. You can enter notes by hand or using a MIDI keyboard, and the tutorial on the website makes it easy to get started. Operating System: Linux, OS X

Office Productivity

50. OpenOffice

Replaces Microsoft Office ($15 per user per month and up)

Managed by the Apache Foundation, OpenOffice includes Office-compatible word processor (Writer), spreadsheet (Calc), database (Base) and presentation (Impress) software. Plus, it adds graphics (Draw) and math/science notation (Math) software that the Microsoft suite doesn't have. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X

51. LibreOffice

Replaces Microsoft Office ($15 per user per month and up)

This community fork of OpenOffice has quickly become one of the most popular open source office productivity suites available. It's available in more than 30 languages, and the latest update makes importing and exporting from Microsoft Office easier than ever. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X

52. Calligra

Replaces Microsoft Office ($15 per user per month and up)

This successor to KOffice includes Words (word processor), Sheets (spreadsheet), Stage (presentations), Kexi (database), Flow (diagramming), Karbon (vector graphics), Krita (painting and image editing) and Plan (project management). The user interface is designed for today's wider displays, and it supports file formats for other office productivity suites, including Microsoft Office. Operating System: Windows, Linux

53. NeoOffice

Replaces Microsoft Office ($15 per user per month and up)

NeoOffice began life as a fork of OpenOffice specifically for Macs. Over the past ten years, it's been maintained and updated consistently with a variety of new Mac-specific features. The latest version is compatible with Mavericks and is available through the Mac App Store. Operating System: OS X, iOS


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