Save Money By Using Free Applications
You don’t have to spend money to get the best applications. These free apps do the job well enough, and sometimes even better than their paid or otherwise limited alternatives.
- OpenOffice.org: A top-quality, full-featured office productivity suite — word processor, spreadsheet, presentation software, graphics editor, database, the works.
- GIMP: A powerful, full-featured photo editing program, comparable to Photoshop. Available for Linux, Mac, and Windows.
- FreeMind: Great mindmapping program, useful for brainstorming, outlining projects, and keeping notes.
- Mozy Backup: An Internet-based backup system, Mozy’s free plan allows you to store up to 2GB of files. The software runs in your system tray and automatically backs up the folders and files you’ve selected.
- Zotero: A bibliography manager that integrates with Firefox, allowing you to automatically add webpages and, more usefully, resources from academic databases like J-Stor and AnthroSource to your bibliography.
- VLC: The VideoLan Client isn’t pretty, but it will play just about any audio or video file you throw at it.