A few Free/Open Source/Community bits of software to help!

I thought I would share a couple of “Free/open source/public licence..etc etc” apps out there on web that can be quite useful. Most of these have been around for a while, so you may be familiar with them. I won’t rabbit on about the software here.. go the web links to find out more! These are by no means equal to some of the heavily developed paid apps, but they sure do give them a run for their money! Share this page where ever you like!

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Graphics:

Irfanview:

Totally free (see Irfanview website for conditions)graphics viewer and basic editor, batch converter and so forth! Easy for beginners and has some great features, worth a look!

Web:  http://www.irfanview.com/

GIMP 2.8 (current as of March 2014):

A FULL image editor, painting tool, very much in the same Realm of Adobe’s Photoshop, once again it Free under GNU licence (once again see GIMP website for conditions of use). Funny name yes, serious graphics manipulation application YES! Type Gimp into Google images, NO!!

Web: http://www.gimp.org/


Audio / Video:

Audacity:

So you want to record your version of “Let It Go” from the Frozen movie, with the dodgy copy of the karaoke backing track you found online…. Then this app is for you.. Another brilliant piece of software from the SourceForge community, very widely used by amateurs and professionals. You can do multitrack recordings, change levels and manipulate audio from recorded sources or imported files.  Great application for doing band demo’s etc.. not quite as easy to use as Apple’s Garage Band, buts its not too dissimilar in functionality (not that I’ve used Garage Band in about 3 years).. So plug in a microphone to your PC, pretend you are in Frozen, and Let it go! I’ve actually seen this used quite well to capture old Vinyl records to MP3 !

Web: http://audacity.sourceforge.net

VLC Player:

Play pretty much any audio or video file possible!!! (and a fair bit more) worth a look!

Web: http://sourceforge.net/projects/vlc/?source=directory

Handbrake:

Convert heaps of different multimedia file types!  Including unprotected DVD and Blu-Ray!

Web: http://sourceforge.net/projects/handbrake


Utilities:

FTP client & FTP server – Filezilla !

You need an FTP client with everything? Filezilla is the best ! totally awesome. It’s an FTP client, and there also an FTP server which is also awesome! FTP, YES! Once again, another SourceForge project!

Web:https://filezilla-project.org

Imgburn for DVD/CD/BluRay burning!

This has got to be my favourite burning tool, I find this better than many of the paid ones!

Web:: http://sourceforge.net/projects/imgburn/?source=directory

Ok, that’s it for now.. I will do another one of these if I get enough requests.. otherwise have a look on SourceForge (http://sourceforge.net/) or other community project sites.. And remember support these guys where you can, often there are donation links, and if you are a business, don’t be scrooge, donate or at least pay for the licences you are meant to.

Open Office

Open office is in a nutshell. No it isn't, it is an open source Microsoft Office equivalent-ish (sort of-ish) .. Has MS Office-ish like functions, such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access & Visio... 

This really is worth checking out if you don't want to pay Microsoft for theirs! 

Web:https://www.openoffice.org


Caution!

Do be careful when trying free software, for example if it’s on a popup from a website, 99.99999% its rubbish, and not worth it. And that pop up that says it will speed up your PC or fix an issue for free, will most likely not. Also, please don’t hurt your voice singing Frozen soundtrack songs. Also, please don’t pirate, please support the artists/developers in this world so there is an industry in the future!

Disclaimer: Amped IT has no affiliation with any of these software vendors or websites, we take no responsibility for damages or loss due you downloading or installing this software. It is here for a guide for you to do you research and decide if the software is suitable for your use and situation. Some of this software is not allowed to be used for business use, and there may be penalties, please check with the vendor/developer website for details.