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Have a need for computer software but don't have the money to purchase it? This wiki features links to free, open-source software that can be used by students or instructors. <h3>Microsoft Office</h3> An affordable (it's free!) alternative to the Microsoft Office suite of program is the Apache Open Office. It features Writer, a word processor (i.e. Word), Calc, a spreadsheet program (i.e. Excel), Impress, a presentation program (i.e. PowerPoint), Draw (i.e. Paint), Base, a database program (i.e. Access), and Math, a mathematics equation editor. OpenOffice can save to common file formats and provides capable software to replace Microsoft Office. Open Office is available for PC, Mac, and Linux computers. <ul> <li><a href="http://www.openoffice.org" target="_blank"><strong>Apache Open Office</strong></a></li> </ul> <h3>PDF Creation</h3> PDFCreator is a free and easy way to create PDF files from documents on a PC. <ul> <li><a href="http://www.pdfforge.org/pdfcreator" target="_blank"><strong>PDFCreator</strong></a></li> </ul> Mac users can create PDF files by selecting Print for a document and then clicking the PDF button in the print dialog box. <h3>Blogs</h3> Wordpress Blogging is a great way for students to keep journals or produce other long-term assignments. Both Wordpress and Blogger offer free online services where they can create blogs. Blogger is tied to a Google ID, so setting up an account should be easy as our student e-mail is run through Google. <ul> <li><strong><a href="http://www.wordpress.com" target="_blank">Wordpress Online Service</a></strong></li> <li><a href="https://accounts.google.com/ServiceLogin?service=blogger&amp;ltmpl=start&amp;hl=en&amp;passive=86400&amp;continue=http://www.blogger.com/home#s01" target="_blank"><strong>Blogger</strong></a></li> </ul> <h3>Sound/Audio</h3> If you or your students need a way to record and edit audio files on a computer and you don't want to spend an arm an a leg on software, the open source Audacity is an excellent program to use. You can output sound files in a variety of formats, and the software is available for PC, Mac, and Linux computers. <ul> <li><a href="http://audacity.sourceforge.net" target="_blank"><strong>Audacity</strong></a></li> </ul> <h3>Photo Editing</h3> Adobe Photoshop is a powerful image editing application, but it is very expensive. There are a couple of alternatives that give basic Photoshop capabilities for free. The GNU Image Manipulation Program (GIMP) provides image editing on your computer for free. <ul> <li><a href="http://www.gimp.org" target="_blank"><strong>GIMP</strong></a></li> </ul> Sumopaint is another image editing program that's a bit more user-friendly than the GIMP, plus it is available both as a program that runs in a web browser (and is therefore available on an iPad, Android tablet, and smart phone) or you can download a program for your Mac or PC. <ul> <li><a href="http://www.sumopaint.com/www/" target="_blank"><strong>Sumopaint</strong></a></li> </ul>
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