399. Password Safe
Password Safe makes it very simple to set up your password database. It gives you the option of creating multiple databases so that different users can each have their own databases or so that you can create separate databases for work and home. A version for U3 USB thumb drives is available for a fee. Operating System: Windows.
Any network administrator will tell you that strong passwords are key to computer security, but creating difficult-to-crack passwords can be challenging. PWGen does the work for you, creating strong, randomly generated passwords. This app is particularly helpful when you use it with a password safeotherwise you have to remember all those random strings of characters. Operating System: Windows.
Have your own Web server? This version of KeePass lets multiple users access a KeePass database from any Web-connected system. It's ideal for small businesses. Operating System: OS Independent.
Written in C, Ghostscript allows users to convert, view, and print PostScript and PDF files. Different versions of the software are available either as open-source or as commercial distributions. Operating System: Windows, Linux/Unix, OS X, Classic Mac.
403. jPDF Tweak
This Java-based program lets you merge, split, reorder, sign, and encrypt previously existing PDF files. Operating System: OS Independent.
As you might expect from the name, this app lets you create PDF files from nearly any application without using Adobe software. It gives you the options of encrypting and/or digitally signing your PDFs as well. Operating System: Windows.
Need to change an existing PDF document? PDF edit makes it possible to add text and annotations as well as make other changes to PDF files. Operating System: Windows, Linux.
406. PDF Split and Merge
The name says it allthis tool lets you split existing PDFs into smaller files or merge pieces of existing files to create a single document. The enhanced version (available for a fee) adds encryption capabilities. Operating System: OS Independent
407. Sumatra PDF
Think it takes too long to launch Adobe Acrobat Reader? Sumatra is a simpler, smaller program that also lets you view PDF files. Operating System: Windows
Billing itself as personal budget software for the rest of us, Buddi is a basic budgeting program without all the bells and whistles you find in Quicken or MS Money. Because its aimed it people with little financial background, its extremely simple. But a set of plugins lets you expand Buddis capabilities, including more elaborate reports, customizing the look and feel, and importing and exporting to other file formats. Operating System: OS Independent
This personal finance manager runs on any Java-enabled operating system and is available in 11 different languages. While its still easy for novices to use, it includes some advanced filtering, report, and chart capabilities for tracking your household finances. Operating System: OS Independent
Grisbi is also a fairly simple personal finance package. It includes a few more advanced features, including multiple currency management, multiple user management, fiscal year tracking, and more. Operating System: Windows, Linux
JStock makes it easy to track your investments in 23 different stock markets around the world. It updates stock prices in near real-time and alerts you when a stock meets your buying or selling criteria. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X, Solaris.
This double-entry accounting system includes tools for tracking investments and creating reports. Like most of the others in this list, it's not nearly as robust as Quicken or MS Money, but it's free! Operating System: Linux, Unix, BSD
413. Money Manager Ex
Money Manager offers many of the most popular features from software like Quicken or Microsoft Money and can also import their file formats. Use it to track your bank and investment accounts, set up and track a budget, remind you when bills are due, and more. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X.
Based on PHP and MySQL, Coppermine Web photo gallery script offers a huge lineup of features including multiple languages, e-card creation, thumbnails, and many more. In order to use it, you need a Web server running Apache, PHP, MySQL, and either GD or ImageMagick. Operating System: OS Independent.
Gallery makes it easy to add a photo library to your personal or business Web site. Key features include user authentication, automatic thumbnails, mirroring, themes, and more. Operating System: Windows, Linux, BSD.
Sometimes a single photo cant capture the grandeur of a particular scenethats where Hugin comes in. Hugin makes it easy to combine multiple, overlapping photos of a single location into one huge panorama. Operating System: Windows, Linux, Unix, OS X
Sometimes it's difficult to demonstrate the principles of physics in a live lab. Enter Step. With this physics simulator, you place an object in a scene, add forces like springs or gravity, and see what happens. Operating System: Linux.
Xoscope turns any Linux PC into a digital oscilloscope for analyzing sound waves. You can visualize up to eight channels at once, control the time scale, make measurements, and more. Operating System: Linux.
This java-based app does just one thingcreating barcodes. It supports multiple 2D and 1D barcode formats and exports to several file formats, including EPS, SVG, and BMP. Operating System: OS Independent.
420. Openbravo POS
With nearly 10,000 installations per month, Openbravo POS claims to be "the leading open source Point-of-Sale (POS) application in the retail industry." Its Java-based and works with most touch-screen POS hardware. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X.
Based on Adempiere ERP, Posterita provides Web-based point-of-sale capabilities for large, multi-site organizations like retailers, grocers, and franchises. It supports bar code readers, most cash registers, and thermal printers. Operating System: Windows, Linux.
SymmetricDS is a data synchronization and replication tool designed to transmit data from POS databases to back office systems. Key features include guaranteed delivery, data filtering and rerouting, primary key updates, database versioning, and more. Operating System: OS Independent.
Achievo is a project management, time tracking, and scheduling tool with support available in 20 languages. It's Web-based, and also includes some basic CRM and HRM capabilities. Operating System: OS Independent.
424. BORG Calendar
Despite the name, this project has nothing to do with Star Trekin this case, "BORG" stands for "Berger-Organizer." It's a combination calendar/project manager that offers much better project tracking capabilities that most calendars apps (like Outlook, for example), but it's not nearly as robust as most Microsoft Project replacements. It's best for individuals or small groups who want monitor ongoing projects from daily/weekly/monthly calendars instead of Gantt charts. Operating System: OS Independent.
Dotproject offers a Web-based approach to project management. In addition to the core modules which provide all the typical project management features, the Web site also includes links to a number of add-on modules for integration with other applications, invoicing, help desk, and more. Operating System: Windows, Linux.
426. Double Choco Latte
Double Choco Latte includes project management capabilities, time tracking on tasks, call tracking, email notifications, online documents, statistical reports, and a report engine. It works independently or as part of phpGroupware, and it's also included in GNU Enterprise. Operating System: Windows, Linux.
Also compatible with Microsoft Project formats, GanttProject lets you create Gantt charts and PERT charts, assign people to projects, and collaborate using WebDAV. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X.
428. Onepoint Project
Onepoint calls its applications "project leadership software," but it's just project management software with a different name. It's available in five editions: Basic (open-source, for home users), Open (open-source, for developers), Professional (commercial, for a single user), Group (commercial, for small teams), and Enterprise (commercial, for large organizations). Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X.
Downloaded more than a million times, OpenProj offers the same functionality as Microsoft Project and even opens Microsoft files. In addition to the free, open source version, it's also available in a hosted SaaS version called Projects on Demand. Operating System: Windows, Linux, Unix, OS X.
430. Open Workbench
Sponsored by CA, Open Workbench "provides robust project scheduling and management functionality." It offers an impressive feature set, but is only available for the desktop (and thus only practical for small groups of users) unless you also purchase Clarity. Operating System: Windows
This award-winning tool integrates process improvement with project management and planning. It imports data from Microsoft Project, includes a tutorial, and provides project participants with real-time Web access to the project status. Operating System: Windows, Linux.
In addition to the usual assortment of Gantt charts and resource charts, Plandora also provides a Balanced Scorecard report for tracking key performance indicators (KPIs). The site includes a helpful demo to show you how the software works. Operating System: OS Independent.
BibleTime Bible study software offers the same functionality and the same resources as Xiphos (see below), but with a different interface. Try them both and see which you like better. Operating System: Windows, Linux, BSD
It already does everything else--now your computer can help you meditate. Using something called the binaural beat principle, Gnaural generates audio tones designed to get you in the right frame of mind for relaxation. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X.
Noor doesnt offer a lot of bells and whistles, but it does let you access the text of the Quran from your PC. It includes both the original Arabic and translations. Operating System: OS Independent
Formerly known as GnomeSword, Xiphos is an open-source Bible study application. You can search text, consult commentaries, look up maps, and more. Operating System: Windows, Linux, Unix
Based on Back Orifice, BO2K provides file-synchronization and remote operation capabilities for network administrators. Unlike most commercially available products, it's small, fast, free, and very extensible. Operating System: Linux
Developed by the OpenBSD project, OpenSSH offers a set of SSH, SCP, and SFTP tools for secure remote access and file transfer. It encrypts all traffic, including passwords, to make hijacking nearly impossible. Operating System: Linux, Unix, BSD.
Winner of numerous awards, OpenVPN provides remote access, site-to-site VPNs, Wi-Fi security, and enterprise-scale remote access solutions. It geared primarily for medium- to large-scale enterprises. Operating System: Windows, Linux, Mac OS X, Solaris, BSD
Utilizing PPTP (Point-to-Point Tunneling Protocol), Poptop allows remote users to establish a VPN and connect to their corporate network from any location. It allows both Windows and Linux clients to connect to Linux servers. Operating System: Windows, Linux
This basic telnet/SSH client offers remote access for most Windows and Unix systems. Note that it does not support Vista. Operating System: Windows, Unix.
TightVNC offers remote access with features like file transfers, video mirror drive support, scaling of the remote desktop, support for two passwords, and more. Its "Tight" because it uses extremely efficient encoding, which works well on slower Internet connections. Operating System: Windows, Linux/Unix.
UltraVNC lets you display the screen of another computer on your screen. Designed for help desk operations, its also great for accessing your home PC from work or for helping those relatives in other states who are always calling you for computer help. Features include text chat, file transfer, optional encryption, and more. Operating System: Windows
While it's not a true VPN tool, Zebedee does provide secure IP tunneling for TCP/IP or UDP data transfer between two systems. It not only provides security against snoopers, its compression capabilities save on network bandwidth. Operating System: Windows, Linux, Unix
Remember the days of making note cards and bibliography cards by hand? WIKINDX replaces that laborious process with a digital system that makes it much easier to search for a quote or collaborate with multiple authors. And it automatically formats footnotes, endnotes, and bibliography for you based on your chosen style guide. Operating System: OS Independent.
446. The Player Project
More middle and high school are offering classes in robotics, and The Player Project provides some of the software that supports instruction in robotics. It includes Player, a network server for robot control; Stage, a 2D multiple robot simulator; and Gazebo, a 3D multiple robot simulator with dynamics for simulating outdoor environments. Operating System: Linux, Unix.
FeedReader offers robust news aggregation while keeping the interface basic enough for novices to use. Upgrades to the FeedReader Connect and FeedReader OEM products are available for a fee. Operating System: Windows
448. RSS Owl
This RSS reader is easy to use and comes in a variety of different languages. The latest version has improved Owls searching capabilities, and it now supports Windows 7. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X.
The "Open Source Student Information System," or openSIS, claims to lower a school district's total cost of ownership by 75 percent when compared to comparable commercial systems. It includes student demographics, contact information, scheduling, grade book, reporting, report cards, transcripts, health records, attendance, a built-in parent portal, and advanced security features. Operating System: Windows, Linux.
AppServ is an Apache/PHP/MySQL distribution designed to be completely installed and configured in less than one minute. While it works on Windows, the developers recommend Linux for Web or database servers that will be used heavily. Operating System: Windows, Linux/Unix.
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