Open Source Downloads: the Monster List: Page 9

Posted December 21, 2009

Cynthia Harvey

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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.

400. PWGen

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 safe—otherwise you have to remember all those random strings of characters. Operating System: Windows.

401. WebKeePass

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.

Open Source PDF Tools

402. Ghostscript

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.

404. PDFCreator

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.

405. PDFedit

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 all—this 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

Open Source Personal Financial Management

408. Buddi

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 it’s aimed it people with little financial background, it’s extremely simple. But a set of plugins lets you expand Buddi’s capabilities, including more elaborate reports, customizing the look and feel, and importing and exporting to other file formats. Operating System: OS Independent

409. GFP

This personal finance manager runs on any Java-enabled operating system and is available in 11 different languages. While it’s still easy for novices to use, it includes some advanced filtering, report, and chart capabilities for tracking your household finances. Operating System: OS Independent

410. Grisbi

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

411. JStock

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.

412. KMyMoney

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.

Open Source Photography Tools

414. Coppermine Photo Gallery

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.

415. Gallery

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.

416. Hugin

Sometimes a single photo can’t capture the grandeur of a particular scene—that’s 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

Open Source Physics

417. Step

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.

418. Xoscope

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.

Open Source Point-of-Sale (POS)

419. Barcode4J

This java-based app does just one thing—creating 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." It’s Java-based and works with most touch-screen POS hardware. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X.

421. Posterita

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.

422. SymmetricDS

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.

Open Source Project Management

423. Achievo

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 Trek—in 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.

425. Dotproject

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.

427. GanttProject

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.

429. OpenProj

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

431. openXprocess

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.

432. Plandora

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.

Open Source Religion

433. BibleTime

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

434. Gnaural

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.

435. Noor

Noor doesn’t 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

436. Xiphos

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

Open Source Remote Access/VPN

437. BO2K

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

438. OpenSSH

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.

439. OpenVPN

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

440. Poptop

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

441. PuTTY

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.

442. TightVNC

TightVNC offers remote access with features like file transfers, video mirror drive support, scaling of the remote desktop, support for two passwords, and more. It’s "Tight" because it uses extremely efficient encoding, which works well on slower Internet connections. Operating System: Windows, Linux/Unix.

443. UltraVNC

UltraVNC lets you display the screen of another computer on your screen. Designed for help desk operations, it’s 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

444. Zebedee

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

Open Source Report Authoring


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.

Open Source Robotics

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.

Open Source RSS Readers

447. FeedReader

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 Owl’s searching capabilities, and it now supports Windows 7. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X.

Open Source School Administration

449. openSIS

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.

Open Source Server Software

450. AppServ

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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