78 Open Source Replacements for Expensive Applications: Page 3

These open source applications replace expensive apps for home and business users, which in some cases can free you from the burden of monthly subscription fees.


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Foreign Language

39. Openwords

Replaces Rosetta Stone Chinese ($129 per year)

Still under heavy development, Openwords is a platform for creating language-learning lessons, and it also has Web and mobile apps with existing lessons. Many of the lessons currently included in the Web app are in Chinese, but it can be used with any language. Operating System: OS Independent

40. Zkanji

Replaces Rosetta Stone Japanese ($129 per year)

This Japanese learning tool includes a dictionary with more than 210,000 words, vocabulary lists, writing instruction, sentence examples and other study tools. The built-in reporting tools help you track your progress. Operating System: Windows

41. ZWDisplay

Replaces Rosetta Stone Chinese ($129 per year)

This tool focuses specifically on learning to read and pronounce Mandarin Chinese. It uses a unique color-coding system that simplifies the process of learning the Chinese tones. Operating System: Linux


42. Dia

Replaces Visio Professional ($589.99)

This diagramming application is great for making flowcharts, org charts, IT network diagrams and much more. The free Diashapes add-on gives you many more built-in symbols to choose from. Operating System: Windows, Linux, macOS

43. GIMP

Replaces Photoshop ($119.88 per user per year)

Short for "GNU Image Manipulation Program," GIMP is a professional-caliber photo editor with many advanced tools. You can use it to touch up digital photos or to create custom works of art, and it integrates with other open source design tools like Scibus and Inkscape. Operating System: Windows, Linux, macOS

44. Inkscape

Replaces Illustrator ($19.99 per user per month), CorelDraw ($499)

Also suitable for use by professionals, Inkscape is a high-quality vector graphics drawing program. It supports most common vector file formats, and there are plenty of tools on the website to help you learn how to use it. Operating System: Windows, Linux, macOS

45. Pixelitor

Replaces Photoshop ($119.88 per user per year)

Another option for editing photos, Pixelitor includes some interesting filters that you won't find anywhere else. It supports all the common photo file formats. Operating System: Windows, Linux, macOS


46. Genius

Replaces Mathematica Standard ($310 or $155 per person per year and up)

Designed to handle advanced mathematics, Genius describes itself as a "general purpose calculator program similar in some aspects to BC, Matlab, Maple or Mathematica." To use it, you'll need to write expressions in a language called GEL (short for "Genius Extension Language"), which is very similar to the usual methods of writing mathematical equations. Operating System: Linux, macOS

47. Sage

Replaces Mathematica Standard ($310 or $155 per person per year and up)

A conglomeration of more than 100 different open source mathematics and programming applications, Sage's mission is to create "a viable free open source alternative to Magma, Maple, Mathematica and Matlab." It now also comes in a cloud-based version called CoCalc that has both free and paid service plans. Operating System: Windows, Linux, macOS

48. Scilab

Replaces Mathematica Standard ($310 or $155 per person per year and up)

Another option for scientists, engineers, mathematicians and statisticians, Scilab can perform a wide variety of mathematical operations, simulations and visualizations. It also has a cloud-based version for integrating into Web apps. Operating System: Windows, Linux, macOS

49. Maxima

Replaces Mathematica Standard ($310 or $155 per person per year and up)

This computer algebra platform is descended from software first developed in the 1960s. It plots functions and does differentiation, integration, Taylor series, Laplace transforms, ordinary differential equations, systems of linear equations, polynomials, sets, lists, vectors, matrices, tensors and more. Operating System: Windows, Linux, macOS


50. MuseScore

Replaces Sibelius ($599 or $19.92 per user per month), Finale ($600)

Whether you're an amateur or a professional musician, you don't need to spend hundreds of dollars on software that will allow you to write and print sheet music. MuseScore, which claims to be the "world's most popular notation software," has the same features you'll find in the proprietary software, and it's very easy to use. Operating System: Windows, Linux, macOS

Office Productivity

51. Calligra

Replaces Microsoft Office ($149.99 or $69.99 per user per year and up)

Part of the KDE project, Calligra includes word processing (Words), spreadsheet (Sheets), presentation (Stage), planning (Plan), flowcharts (Flow), database (Kexi) and vector graphics (Karbon) applications. It can open and save to Microsoft Office file formats, but the interface is somewhat different from Office's. Operating System: Windows, Linux, macOS

52. LibreOffice

Replaces Microsoft Office ($149.99 or $69.99 per user per year and up)

Currently one of the most popular open source office productivity suites, LibreOffice includes word processing (Writer), spreadsheets (Calc), presentations (Impress), drawing (Draw), database (Base), formula editing (Math) and chart creation (Charts) software. It is compatible with Microsoft Office file formats, and the interface is very similar to Microsoft Office. Operating System: Windows, Linux, macOS

53. NeoOffice

Replaces Microsoft Office ($149.99 or $69.99 per user per year and up)

Another variation of LibreOffice and OpenOffice, NeoOffice is specifically tailored for Macs. It has some Apple-friendly features you won't find in any of the other open source office productivity suites. Operating System: macOS, iOS

54. OpenOffice

Replaces Microsoft Office ($149.99 or $69.99 per user per year and up)

This Apache project has been downloaded more than 200 million times. It includes the same Microsoft-compatible applications that are in LibreOffice with a slightly different feature set. Operating System: Windows, Linux, macOS

Operating System

55. Antergos

Replaces Windows 10 Professional ($199.99)

Formerly known as Cinnarch, Arch-based Antergos has enjoyed a surge in popularity. It's a rolling release with regular updates, and the installation process is very easy. It offers six different optional desktops.

56. Debian

Replaces Windows 10 Professional ($199.99)

Popular with long-time Linux users, Debian includes more than 51,000 pre-compiled software packages. It was named for its creator, Ian Murdock, and his wife Debra.

57. Fedora/Red Hat

Replaces Windows 10 Professional ($199.99)

Red Hat Enterprise Linux is among the most popular supported distributions of Linux for enterprises. To use it, you'll need to pay a fee for support. Fedora offers the same operating system in a free package that does not come with professional support.

58. Linux Mint

Replaces Windows 10 Professional ($199.99)

A very good choice for home users who are experimenting with Linux for the first time, Linux Mint is very easy to use. It comes with several options for interfaces, so users can choose something that looks and feels a lot like Windows or something a little different.

59. Manjaro

Replaces Windows 10 Professional ($199.99)

This user-friendly Linux distribution has recently experienced a sharp rise in popularity. It comes with many popular applications, multimedia codecs and desktop environments preinstalled, so it doesn't take long to get Manjaro up and running.

60. openSUSE/SUSE

Replaces Windows 10 Professional ($199.99)

Similar to Red Hat Enterprise Linux, SUSE is popular with very large enterprises who need a supported operating system and don't mind paying a fee. openSUSE is the community-supported free version of the same software.

61. Ubuntu

Replaces Windows 10 Professional ($199.99)

Another of the most popular Linux distributions, Ubuntu comes in both community-supported and professionally supported (paid) editions. It's popular for cloud deployments and organizations using containers, and it also has a loyal fanbase of home desktop users.

62. Zorin

Replaces Windows 10 Professional ($199.99)

Designed for Linux newbies, Zorin has received a number of positive reviews from tech industry websites. Its Appearance feature makes it easy to set up your desktop so that it resembles Windows or macOS.

PDF Tools

63. PDFCreator

Replaces Adobe Acrobat Pro DC ($14.99 per user per month with a minimum one-year purchase)

With PDFCreator, you can create PDFs from almost any application that can print, plus you can encrypt files, modify security settings, merge multiple documents and more. The standard version is ad-supported, or you can choose to pay for the ad-free professional version. Operating System: Windows

Project Management

64. GanttProject

Replaces Microsoft Project Professional ($1,159.99 or $30 per user per month and up)

This full-featured project management tool allows users to create tasks and milestones, organize tasks with a work breakdown schedule, draw dependency constraints and much more. It can create PERT charts, and the latest version makes it easier to track task costs. Operating System: Windows, Linux, macOS

65. openXprocess

Replaces Microsoft Project Professional ($1,159.99 or $30 per user per month and up)

Targeted primarily at development teams, openXprocess includes features for Scrum, feature-driven development and agile approaches. Paid support and training are available. Operating System: Windows, Linux

66. ]project-open[

Replaces Microsoft Project Professional ($1,159.99 or $30 per user per month and up)

Downloaded more than a million times, project-open boasts more than 40,000 users. It comes in paid Professional and Enterprise editions as well as the free Community edition. Operating System: Windows, Linux

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