Welcome to the index of the best open source applications




OpenOffice The OpenOffice suit is amazingly similar to Microsoft Office. You can use it to create documents, spreadsheets, presentations, and can even create databases. Each program also allows you to save your work in many formats, making sure you can always open your work from any computer.


The Gimp The original GNU image manipulation program. The Gimp allows you to create, edit, and manipulate virtually any type of image. It also comes with powerful features such as: layers, filters, and color management tools.


Scribus My absolute favorite open source program at the moment. If you've always wanted Adobe Indesign, then Scribus is a must.


Inkscape Vector graphics goes open source with Inkscape. It's most comparable to Adobe Illustrator.


Cinlerra I don't know much about video production, but apparently this program has a lot of great features.


Blender They make movies out of this 3-D creation app and it's absolutely free. What else do you want me to say?


Gaim If you're reading this right now you need to delete AOL Instant Messanger off your computer. It's bulky, buggy, and has tons of ads that play music when you don't want it to. Gaim has support for AIM and ICQ, MSN Messenger, Yahoo!, IRC, Jabber. Oh yeah, there's no pop-up window when you sign on either.


NVU A complete web authoring program to rival Frontpage and Dreamweaver.


Frostwire - AKA LimewirePro for free.


Pixel The only program on my list that isn't actually open source. What it is however, is an Adobe Photoshop look alike that costs just $32.