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Content Management

37. Family Connections

If you love scrapbooking, you might also love setting up a family Web site. This app makes it easy to create a private site for sharing photos, calendars, recipes and keeping in touch with family members. Operating System: OS Independent.

Desktop Enhancements

38. LCARS 24

For serious Trekkies, LCARS 24 lets you turn an old DOS computer into a talking alarm talk with Star Trek style computer graphics. It also includes a file manager and a couple of general purpose programs and utilities. Operating System: DOS.

eBook Reader

39. FBReader

Summer's a great time to curl up with a good book. Even if you're not at the beach, you can get your fill of beach reads with this app that turns your desktop, laptop, netbook, or mobile device into an e-reader like Kindle or Nook. Operating System: Linux, Windows


40. Gramps

If tracing your genealogy is your idea of a good time, you might enjoy this app which also has one of the most fun acronyms ever—Gramps is short for "Genealogical Research and Analysis Management Programming System." Not only is the tool itself helpful, but the site also include more than 1,000 pages of content about tracking your relatives. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X.

Graphics Editor

41. Inkscape

Give your inner artist free rein with this vector drawing program. Similar to Illustrator and CorelDraw, it helps you draw cartoons, maps, doodles, and just about anything else you can imagine. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X.

Home Automation

42. MisterHouse

If you really want to geek out, MisterHouse lets you control your home lighting, thermostat, curtains, phones, television, etc. with voice commands. Of course, you'll also need to install all the pre-requisite hardware on all the systems you want MisterHouse to control, so the project may take the rest of the summer (or longer). Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X.

Interior Decorating

43. Sweet Home 3D

Arrange your floor plan in 2D and then see what the finished room will look like. The Web site makes it easy to get started with handy tutorials and manuals. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X.


44. Apophysis

From the category of practically useless apps, Apophysis lets you create and edit algorithmically generated images known as fractal flames. If you don't want to go to the trouble of creating your own, you can also browse the library of user images. Operating System: Windows.

Multimedia Tools

45. MediaPortal If your idea of the perfect summer involves never getting up off the couch, Media Portal is for you. This app transforms your PC or TV into a media center, complete with DVR radio tuner, audio player, video player, and other capabilities. Operating System: Windows.

46. Mplayer

This "movie player" lets you watch video or listen to audio files on your computer. While versions for Windows and OS X are available, note that this is primarily a Linux tool. Operating system: Windows, Linux, OS X.

47. Songbird

While it was originally designed as an audio-only tool, Songbird now also plays video. This open-source iTunes alternative makes it easy to manage your library, build playlists, sync with your phone or MP3 player, purchase new music (via 7digital) and learn more about your favorite artists, including automatic notifications of upcoming concerts. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X, Android.

48. VLC Media Player

VLC's short claim to fame is "it plays everything!" It's been downloaded nearly 200 million times, and it's generally considered one of the best open source multimedia players available. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X.

49. XBMC Media Player

Designed for home theater PCs, this award-winning player supports most remote controls and plays virtually any type of multimedia file. The attractive interface is also skinnable, and you'll find lots of themes on the Web site. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X, XBox.

50. xine

Like most of the other apps in this category, xine plays most common audio and video formats—and many of the uncommon ones as well. Like Mplayer, it's aimed at the Linux crowd. Operating System: OS X, Linux.

Music Tools

51. Amarok

This audio player integrates with a number of Web services, so that discovering new music is as easy as playing the tunes you already own. The interface is easy to use, and it lets you create dynamic playlists with vague criteria, like "tracks from around 1976." Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X.

52. Aqualung This app plays all kinds of audio tracks, including Internet radio stations, CDs, podcasts, MP3s, and more. It also offers a couple of unique features, like tabbed playlists and no dead air between tracks. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X.

53. aTunes

aTunes aims to be an open source version of iTunes, with many of the same features and capabilities, except the store. And it's Java-based, so you can use it with nearly any system. Operating System: OS Independent.

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