Just about every commercial software product has a high quality Open Source or otherwise free commercial counter part and in many cases they are either just as good as the pricey version and sometimes even better. The only difference is the Open Source version is free and can save you money, lot’s of money.
Here’s some of my favorites.
Gimp – Image and Photo Manipulation Software
Open Source Free Graphic & Photo Editing Software.
Gimp has matured over the years and now rivals some of the most expensive high quality commercial software on the market. Many compare it to Photoshop.
Photoshop retail price is over 600.00 for the commercial verison, you can get a student version for 189.00
AVG – Free Version Anti Virus Software
We all know that there is a lot of viruses out there that can cause a lot of damage, stealing passwords, causing unwanted functionality, and in some cases causing your computer to become completely unusable.
AVG Anti-Virus offers superior protection at a price everyone can afford, free. AVG’s commercial counterparts Norton and Mcafee both come with a price, ranging from 20-60 dollars plus a subscription fee.
AVG is Free
Savings over competitors
20.00 – 60.00 Plus Subscription Fee’s usually around 20.00 per year.
PSpad – HTML and Coding Editor
I’ve been using PSPad as a coding editor for a few years now and I couldn’t be happier. PSPad offers everything it’s commercial counterparts offer but again it’s free.
PSPad is a code editor and doesn’t include a wysiwyg (What You See Is What You Get) interface.
” The universal freeware editor, useful for people who:
- work with plain text – the editor has a wealth of formatting functions, including a spell checker
- create web pages – as a web authoring editor, PSPad contains many unique tools that save your time
- want to use a good IDE for their compiler – PSPad catches and parses compiler output, integrates external help files, compares versions and much more… “
Savings over a variety of competitors varies anywhere from several dollars to several hundred dollars.
Open Office – Office & Administrative Software
Open Office has to be one of the most impressive Software Suites Available for free. Brought to you by Sun Microsystems.
Similar to Microsoft Office, Open Office is free and in my opinion is just as high quality as it’s costly commercial counterpart.
OpenOffice.org is the leading open-source office software suite for word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, graphics, databases and more. It is available in many languages and works on all common computers. It stores all your data in an international open standard format and can also read and write files from other common office software packages. It can be downloaded and used completely free of charge for any purpose.
MS Office Suggested retail price: $499.95 | $329.95
Open Office – FREE
SKYPE (Free Version)
Skype is a VOIP (Voice over Internet protocol) Phone and conference system. It allows you to make voice and video phone calls over the Internet. Skype is free when calling other who also use Skype If you have a friend, family member, or business relationship who resides far away, you can save big on your current long distance phone bills.
If Skype is not installed on both systems you will still save big. Skype allows you to make national and international phone calls starting at 2.95 a month to any type of phone whether land line or cell phone. If you would also like to receive phone calls you will pay only 30.00 per year for a phone number.
Potential Saving over you phone bill up to 1000.00 or more per year over you home phone land line with long distance service.
WordPress: – Website Blog Software
Wordpress has become one of the most popular website software utilities on the web. WordPress makes it easy to create manage and update your website.
WordPress has the potential to save large amounts of money when it comes to creating a website. It can save money over having to hire a web developer or purchasing expensive commercial software for writing your own code that is much more time consuming as well.
In addition to it’s built in functionality there are plenty of free additions to make your website even better.
FileZilla – FTP Client
When it comes to uploading files to the Internet, FileZilla is one of the best. It’s fast functional and easy to use. CuteFTP is one of it’s many commercial counterparts with a starting price of 59.99 FileZilla doesn’t need a long description other than to say that it’s a high quality, easy and secure way to transfer files to your web server.
Save 60.00 use FileZilla instead.
Abi Word – Word Processor
I like the Abi Word Word Processor because it’s quick simple and easy to use. Many word processors come with too many features that we never use. Uusually when writing a page of content, a quick story or text base report, we simply don’t need options to warp time and space to get it done. We simply need to format some text and that’s what AbiWord does best. It opens quickly and has a light feel.
Savings 19.00 – 49.00 Over Commercial counterparts.
Audacity: Free Audio Editor and Recorder
I’ve added audacity to this list not because I use it but because so many that do swear by it. I personally don’t get to much into editing sound but I appreciate those who do. From the reviews Audacity rivals some of the best commercial audio editors on the market.
Audacity is free, saving over competitors varies.
Thunderbird is a fully functioning email client that rivals Microsoft Outlook. Outlook is available for 109.00 when purchased separately from the Microsoft Office suite.
Thunderbird will provide you all the features with the only difference being the price.
Thunderbird is completely free, and available at here Thunderbird e-Mail Client
Savings over other options 109.99