77 Open Source Replacements for Expensive Applications: Page 4

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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Operating System

54. Ubuntu

Replaces Windows 8 Professional ($199.99)

The “world’s most popular free OS,” Ubuntu, comes in desktop, server and mobile versions. It’s easy to use and comes with thousands of free software titles included.

55. Fedora/Red Hat

Replaces Windows 8 Professional ($199.99)

Very popular with enterprises, this flavor of Linux comes in both desktop and server versions. Red Hat is the commercially supported version, and Fedora is the free, community supported version.

56. openSUSE/SUSE

Replaces Windows 8 Professional ($199.99)

Another good option for large organizations, this version of Linux also comes in paid (SUSE) and free (openSUSE) editions. According to Novell, more than 13,000 enterprises run SUSE on their servers.

57. Linux Mint

Replaces Windows 8 Professional ($199.99)

Recently, Linux Mint has been growing in popularity with desktop Linux users. It has a reputation for being extremely easy to use, and it comes with about 30,000 free software packages.

58.Debian

Replaces Windows 8 Professional ($199.99)

A favorite with "geeks," Debian provides the foundation for many other Linux distributions, including Ubuntu and Linux Mint. It includes more than 37,500 pre-compiled open source software titles included.

PDF Tools

59. PDFCreator

Replaces Adobe Acrobat X Standard ($381.65)

PDFCreator does most of the things Adobe Acrobat will do, including creating PDFs, applying password protection and digitally signing documents. It also includes encryption capabilities and a server feature so that you can set up a PDF server. Operating System: Windows

Point of Sale

60. Openbravo POS

Replaces QuickBooks Point of Sale Basic ($1,199.95), AccuPOS ($795 and up)

This multi-channel POS system supports retail outlets, ecommerce and mobile commerce. It integrates with the Openbravo ERP system. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X

61. LemonPOS

Replaces QuickBooks Point of Sale Basic ($1,199.95), AccuPOS ($795 and up)

A good choice for small or very small businesses, LemonPOS is a Linux-based solution that stores inventory information in a MySQL database. Key features include role-based permissions, support for multiple terminals, good security, sales suspension, custom orders and more. Operating System: Linux

Project Management

62. dotProject

Replaces Microsoft Project Professional ($1,159.99 and up)

Under development for thirteen years, this community-run project was originally envisioned as a replacement for Microsoft Project. Its core modules include calendar, contacts, forums, Gantt charts, reports, tasks and more. Operating System: Windows, Linux

63. GanttProject

Replaces Microsoft Project Professional ($1,159.99 and up)

GanntProject offers basic project management capabilities, including creating work breakdowns, drawing dependencies, defining milestones, assigning resources to tasks and more. It can import and export Microsoft Project and CSV files. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X

64. Onepoint Project

Replaces Microsoft Project Professional ($1,159.99 and up)

Suitable for organizations of all sizes, Onepoint Project features a full slate of enterprise features. Its available in multiple editions: Basic (free, open source), Community (free, open source), Professional (paid), Master (paid), Group (paid on premise or SaaS) or Enterprise (paid on premise or SaaS). Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X

65. openXprocess

Replaces Microsoft Project Professional ($1,159.99 and up)

A good choice for development teams, this project management app offers features and training for Scrum and Agile processes. It includes some process and resource management capabilities, as well as standard project management. Paid support, training and services are available. Operating System: Windows, Linux

66. ]project-open[

Replaces Microsoft Project Professional ($1,159.99 and up)

With more than 150,000 downloads, project-open claims to be the "leader in open source project management." In addition to the free community edition, it also comes in paid professional and enterprise versions. Operating System: Windows, Linux

Reporting

67. JMagallanes

Replaces SAP Crystal Reports ($495), DBxtra ($490 and up)

This reporting tool creates both static and dynamic reports, swing pivot tables and charts. It can import data from multiple types of sources, including SQL, Excel and XML. Operating System: OS Independent

Screenplay Writing

68. Celtx

Replaces Final Draft ($249.95)

You don't need to spend a lot of money on software in order to turn your idea into a properly formatted screenplay. The free desktop download of Celtx is used by more than 3,000,000 people, and it also comes in an online version that makes it easy for writers, directors, producers and production staff to collaborate. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X

Video Tools

69. Blender

Replaces AutoDesk Maya ($3,675)

This professional-quality 3D animation tool has been used to create very impressive artwork. (See the gallery on the website.) It includes tools for 3D modeling, shading, animation, rendering, compositing and more. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X

70. Cinelerra

Replaces Adobe Premiere Pro ($19.99 per user per month), Avid Media Composer

This "movie studio in a box" promises to "unleash the 50,000 watt flamethrower of content creation in your UNIX box." It's considered one of the most advanced video editors available for Unix, but there is no support available through the developer (not even community support). Operating System: Linux

71. Cinelerra-CV

Replaces Adobe Premiere Pro ($19.99 per user per month), Avid Media Composer

This version of Cinelerra includes code contributed by the community (the original Cinelerra does not incorporate code from people other than the original developer), and the website offers community-based support. As new features are added to the original Cinelerra, those are also added to this version. Operating System: Linux

72. OpenShot Video Editor

Replaces Adobe Premiere Pro ($19.99 per user per month), Avid Media Composer

This very popular Linux-based video editor offers capabilities like multiple tracks, video transitions, compositing and overlays, 3D titles, rotoscoping, easy YouTube uploads and more. The developers are currently working on making it cross-platform. Operating System: Linux

73. Kdenlive

Replaces Adobe Premiere Pro ($19.99 per user per month), Avid Media Composer

Kdenlive aims to be both intuitive and powerful, meeting the needs of amateur and more experienced video editors. It also strives to support the latest video technologies. Operating System: Linux, OS X

74. Avidemux

Replaces Adobe Premiere Pro ($19.99 per user per month), Avid Media Composer

Avidemux isn't quite a full-featured as some of the other open source video editors, but it's one of the few that runs on Windows. It handles basic cutting, filtering and encoding with ease. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X

Web Site Design

75. Kompozer

Replaces Adobe Dreamweaver ($19.99 per user per month)

A good choice for Web development newbies, Kompozer inlcludes an intuitive interface and WYSIWYG page editing for those who can't or prefer not to write code. Those who do like to write code will find that it supports CSS, JavaScript and XML, as well as HTML. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X

76. Bluefish

Replaces Adobe Dreamweaver ($19.99 per user per month)

Bluefish is a better option for experienced coders who are developing advanced Web applications. Its code completion tool supports CSS, CFML, HTML, HTML5, XHTML, Java, JavaScript, PHP, Ruby, Python, SQL, XML and other programming languages. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X

77. SeaMonkey

Replaces Adobe Dreamweaver ($19.99 per user per month)

SeaMonkey aims to be an all-in-one Internet app that allows you to browse websites and create them yourself. It also includes a feedreader, email client and chat client. It's based on Mozilla, so code the look and feel is very similar to Firefox. Operating System: Windows, Linux


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