75 Open Source Tools to Replace Apps You Use Every Day: Page 3

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Open Source Tools: Audio/Music, Backup, Browsers, Compression, Content Management, CRM, Database, Desktop Publishing, E-mail/Collaboration/Groupware. PAGE ONE.

Open Source Tools: ERP, File Transfer, Financial Management, Games, Gateway Security Appliances, Graphics/Drawing. PAGE TWO.

Open Source Tools: Instant Messaging, Mapping, Office Productivity, Operating System, Password Manager, PDF Tools. PAGE THREE.

Open Source Tools: Project Management, School Management, Text Editor, Utilities, Video Tools, VoIP, Web Site Creation. PAGE FOUR.

Open Source Tools: Instant Messaging

42 Adium Replaces:AIM, Yahoo! Messenger, Windows Live Messenger

One of the best reasons to use an open-source IM client is that it lets you talk with friends on lots of different networks at once. Adium lets you connect with AIM, MSN, Jabber, Yahoo, and others from your Mac. Operating System: OS X

43 aMSN Replaces:Windows Live Messenger

This chat client works almost exactly like MSN Messenger (now known as Windows Live Messenger). Key features include offline messaging, custom emoticons, multi-language support, webcam support, tabbed windows, and more. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X

44 Pidgin Replaces: AIM, Yahoo! Messenger, Windows Live Messenger

One of the most popular open-source IM clients, Pidgin connects with 17 different chat networks. While the basic download doesn't offer some of the capabilities that the closed source IM clients have (for example, support for Facebook and Twitter), its large collection of plug-ins fills in most of the missing features. Operating System: Windows, Linux/Unix, OS X.

Open Source Tools: Mapping

45 WorldWind Replaces: desktop version for Windows only. Operating System: OS Independent

Open Source Tools: Office Productivity

46 AbiWord Replaces: Microsoft Word

The AbiWord word processor offers most of the features you use every day in Microsoft Word, and the interface looks a lot like the older versions of Word. It even opens and saves files in Word and WordPerfect formats. While it lacks some of the more sophisticated features, that means you can run it on an older system, and many of the more advanced features can be added as plug-ins if you really need them. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X, others.

47 FreeMind Replaces: MindJet

Both of these mind mapping programs let you create unique diagrams showing the relationship between ideas—kind of like you would with a white board during a brainstorming session. The biggest difference between the two is that the commercial program offers some online collaboration and Sharepoint integration capabilities that aren't available in the open-source version. On the other hand, FreeMind claims to offer faster performance than MindJet. Operating System: OS Independent.

48 Gnumeric Replaces: Microsoft Excel

This spreadsheet app boasts that it includes all of the functions in Microsoft Excel, plus 154 others. It imports files from Excel, Lotus, QuattroPro, and other programs, and it can export to Excel, XML, PDF, and several other formats. Operating System: Windows, Linux.

49 KOffice Replaces: Microsoft Office

Although it's not as popular as OpenOffice.org, this office productivity suite from KDE also offers a viable alternative to Microsoft Office. It includes a word processor/desktop publisher, spreadsheet, presentation, database, project planner, flowchart, vector drawing, and a photo editing app. Operating System: Windows, Linux.

50 NeoOffice Replaces: Microsoft Office

NeoOffice is a variation of OpenOffice.org (see below) that's tailored for the Mac. While OpenOffice.org does work on OS X, NeoOffice menus and features look and feel more like typical Mac software. Operating System: OS X.

51 OpenOffice.org Replaces: Microsoft Office

One of the best applications for people who have never used open-source before, OpenOffice.org includes a word processor, spreadsheet, presentation creator, and database that read and create Microsoft-compatible files. Unlike Office, it also comes with a drawing program and a mathematical equation creator, and of course, it's free. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X, others.

52 StarOffice Replaces: Microsoft Office

For users who would like to try an open-source productivity suite but who don't want to go without support, StarOffice offers exactly the same programs as OpenOffice.org with paid support from Oracle. Prices start at $49.95, with discounts available for volume purchasers. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X, others.

Open Source Tools: Operating System

53 Red Hat Replaces: Windows

Calling itself "the world's leading open source application platform," Red Hat offers both desktop and server versions of Linux that are designed primarily for enterprise users. One-year subscriptions which include basic support start at $349 for the server version and $80 for the desktop version, or you can get a free, non-supported version that is nearly identical fromFedora.

54 SUSE Replaces: Windows

Novell also targets large business users with it's SUSE version of Linux. Prices start at $349 for the server version and $50 for the desktop version, and free versions are available fromopenSUSE.

55 Ubuntu Replaces: Windows

Because it is so user friendly, Ubuntu is one of the most popular versions of Linux for home users, particularly netbook users. Unlike Windows, Ubuntu (and the other versions of Linux) includes most of the applications you'll need, so you don't have to purchase separate software for word processing, spreadsheets, e-mail, video, music, etc.

Open Source Tools: Password Manager

56 KeePass Replaces: RoboForm, LastPass

Like the other password managers, KeePass stores your passwords in an encrypted database, so that you only have to remember one master password. Its Web site claims that its encryption is so strong that "even if you would use all computers in the world to attack one database, decrypting it would take longer than the age of the universe." However, KeePass does not automatically fill in Web forms for you like the commercial products do. Operating System: Windows.

Open Source Tools: PDF Tools

57 PDFCreator Replaces: Adobe Acrobat

With this tool, you can create a PDF file from any application that can print. It also includes digital signature and encryption capabilities, but it lacks some of Acrobat's form creating capabilities. Operating System: Windows.

58 Sumatra PDF Replaces: Adobe Reader

You don't have to use Adobe Reader to open PDF files. Sumatra also lets you view PDFs, and it's extremely lightweight, so it loads and operates much faster. Operating System: Windows.

Open Source Tools: Audio/Music, Backup, Browsers, Compression, Content Management, CRM, Database, Desktop Publishing, E-mail/Collaboration/Groupware. PAGE ONE.

Open Source Tools: ERP, File Transfer, Financial Management, Games, Gateway Security Appliances, Graphics/Drawing. PAGE TWO.

Open Source Tools: Instant Messaging, Mapping, Office Productivity, Operating System, Password Manager, PDF Tools. PAGE THREE.

Open Source Tools: Project Management, School Management, Text Editor, Utilities, Video Tools, VoIP, Web Site Creation. PAGE FOUR.


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