FREE/OPEN SOURCE SOFTWARE
It's possible to do most common computer tasks without spending a fortune on software! Below is a selection of software for those of you on a budget:
- Office software:
- Open office - Free alternative to Microsoft Office. Can also read and write Microsoft Office documents.
- Microsoft Office Viewers - Been sent a Microsoft Office document that you need to view? Microsoft provides free viewing software for downloading.
- Antivirus software:
- AVG - Free antivirus for home use.
- Ad Aware - The personal version is free. Useful for tracing and removing some of the 'junk' installed on your system without your permission!
- MSSE - Free antivirus from Microsoft for home use and companies with less than 10 PCs.
- Backup software:
- Personal Backup for windows - Most external drives have a backup program provided with them...but this is a trusty replacement, and has been nominated for numerous freeware awards. Backups are a vital if less exciting part of everyone's computer lifestyle. This software may look complex, but it copes with most people's requirements.
- List created for a work experience student of tools that he would need for introduction to Wordpress development work on a Windows system:
- Other software:
- Firefox web browser - That trusty and reliable alternative to Internet Explorer!
- Thunderbird - A great alternative to using Outlook or Outlook Express for your email.
- Sea Monkey - An extremely useful application, that is ideal for viewing and editing your web pages.
- Gimp - The Gnu Image Manipulation Program. An extremely powerful (and free) graphics program.
- FileZilla - A superb ftp client for uploading your web pages to your server.
- Sweet Home 3D - Perfect solution for drawing floor plans.
Please ensure that you read the licence agreements that come with the software so that you understand your freedoms with the software. There are numerous other open source/free software packages available. We regularly configure systems with open source/free software, and would be delighted to investigate and configure a solution for you. Please contact us if you require further details.