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  • Kompozer. Open source alternative to Dreamweaver (save $38.99 user/mo. and up). If you can use a word processor you can be a webmaster easily with this software. Inlcludes an intuitive interface and WYSIWYG page editing for those who can't or prefer not to write code. Those who do write code will find that it supports CSS, JavaScript and XML, as well as HTML. Also includes FTP facility for uploading files to your server.
  • Gimp. Open source alternative to Photoshop (save $19.99 per user/mo.). An advanced photo editing and manipulation program with features that rival Photoshop. It supports all the most common image file formats and offers a wide range of special effects and photo tools. Note that if you're running Windows you'll need Gimp-win.
  • Dia. Open source alternative to Visio Professional (save $589.99). Features tools for creating diagrams, flow charts, org charts, and other types of relational graphics.
  • Inkscape. Open source alternative to CorelDraw (save $429). Professional-caliber vector graphics editing program which offers the same sort of tools as the proprietary products and supports common file formats. While the features are fairly advanced, the interface is simple enough for novices to use to create simple logos and other artwork.
  • Scribus. Open source alternative to QuarkXpress (save $849) and Microsoft Publisher (save $109.99). Professional-caliber page layout program that can do color separations, CMYK and spot colors, ICC color management, PDF creation and more. However, note that it cannot import and export InDesign, Quark or Publisher files.
  • TurboCASH. Open source accounting software alternative to QuickBooks Pro (save $249.95). Features stock control, general ledger, accounts receivable and payable, reporting and analysis capabilities. The site offers a great deal of guidance for those new to accounting.
  • BRL-Cad. Open source computer adided design alternative to AutoCAD (save $4,195 and up). A mature solid geometry modeling and editing package. It includes more than 400 tools, utilities, and applications that assist with design and analysis.
  • CamStudio. Open source alternative to Techsmith Camtasia (save $299). It literally makes a video recording of your computer screen or a specific area of it. You also record your voice along with the screen (narration) and screen recorders are generally used for demonstrations and presentations.
  • Audacity. Open source sound recording and editing alternative to Apple LogicPro (save $199.99) and FL Studio Producer Edition (save $199). Offers live recording, file import and export, multi-track and multi-channel recording, intuitive editing, unlimited undo, pitch adjustment, many special effects, analysis tools and much more; the 2.0 version offers improved special effects, a new Sync-Lock Tracks feature, a device toolbar, automatic crash recovery, fast "on-demand" import of WAV/AIFF files and more.
  • Sugar Community Edition. Open source customer relationship management software alternative to Sage ACT! ($269.99 and up), Microsoft Dynamics CRM ($65 per user per month and up), Oracle CRM on Demand ($75 per user per month and up). The link above will take you to the free community version, but it's also available on a SaaS basis.
  • Open Office. Open source alternative to Microsoft Office Professional (save $289 and up). Integrated suite of applications including word processor, spreadsheet, presentation, graphics and other productivity software.


All prices and availability status are correct at the time of writing. We hope to be able to add to this list as time goes on and other open source applications become available for the benefit of everyone.



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