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Free and Open Source Software

There are many excellent free programs available for download. Some can even run from a flash drive ready to use at work when you can't download programs to your school computer. The links below have been found through computer magazines, technology journals and many online resources that review and link to programs of interest. To download it is essential you don't download from just anywhere. Makeuseof.com has a nice list of open source software websites published July 15, 2015. It is highly suggested that you consider installing Web of Trust (WOT) and/or McAfee Site Advisor as a source of information about the safety of a web site. Where possible platform requirements are noted. As all of these programs are not tested, any that don't meet educational needs should be brought to my attention. Your opinions will matter to others exploring the world of free/open source software. NOTE: All links open in a new tab or window depending on your browser.

Creative/Photo Imaging | Multimedia Software | Portable Apps | Productivity Software

Creative and Photo Imaging Software

Alice (Windows, Mac)

Introductory computer programming in a 3D environment

Animata (Windows, Mac)

Animation software

Artweaver-Free (Windows)

Painting program - Click on 'Dowlnload Artweaver Free 4 Setup'

Gimp for Windows

Image manipulation, converter, paint program and more - often compared to Photoshop.

Image Resizer for Windows

Resize an image in Windows Explorer with a right click of the mouse

Inkscape (Windows, Mac)

Open source vector graphics editor

Irfanview (Windows)

Graphic viewer that allows you to view, convert, optimize, print, create slideshows, batch process, play movies or sounds, and more.

OpenSeadragon(Windows/iPad)

An open-source, web-based viewer for zoomable images using java script. Consider fit as replacement for Zoom.it an original No Registration Web 2.0 tool.

Paint.net (Windows)

Image and photo editing

Photoscape (Windows)

Photo editing with lots of options

Scratch (Windows, Linux, Mac)

Kid-oriented programming language with tools to create interactive stories, animations, games, art, and music.

Shape Collage (Windows Linux, Mac)

With just a few clicks make a picture collage of any shape and size.

TuxPaint (Windows, Linux, Mac)

Drawing program for ages 3-12

XnConvert (Windows, Linux, Mac)

Batch image processor, allowing you to combine over 80 actions and compatible with 500 formats

Multimedia Software

Audacity (Windows, Linux, Mac)

Sound editor and recorder

Audio Convert Merge Free (Windows)

Merge MP3s, audiobooks, and a variety of audio files into one or more files. Also converts files.

Cam Studio (Windows)

Free streaming video software

Freemake Audio Converter (Windows)

Freemake Video Converter (Windows)

Handbrake (Windows, Ubuntu, Mac)

Video converter

iSpring (Windows)

Free PowerPoint to Flash movie software

Jing (Windows, Mac)

Add screen-captured images and videos to any online conversation

Miro (Windows)

Open-source music and video player, able to sync to Android or Kindle Fire, Amazon MP3 built in

NaturalReader (Windows, Mac)

Text to Speech software that converts written text (i.e., MS Word, Webpage, PDF files, and Emails) into spoken words. Can also convert
written text into audio files (i.e., MP3 or WAV)

Pazera Free MP4 to AVI Converter (Windows)

ScreenDash (Windows, iPhone)

Capture images (includes webcam support) edit with photo imaging tools, and share your pictures.

Speechi Light (Windows)

Convert PowerPoint presentations to Flash,

Wavosaur (Windows)

Free audio/sound/wave editor requiring no installer or registry entry.

Portable Apps

Portable App DIrectory

Can't use your favorite downloadable software on your work computer, put it on a flash drive and enjoy portability. Here are a sample of programs available
for your flash drive:
  • Audacity Portable
  • Blender Portable (3d modeling)
  • Firefox Portable
  • Foxit Reader Portable
  • Gimp Portable (photo and image editor)
  • Google Chrome Portable
  • Lightscreen Portable (screenshot program)
  • Open Office Portable
  • Skype Portable
  • Sumatra PDF Portable
  • VLC Media Player Portable

OS X Portable Apps


Productivity Software

Adventure Maker (Windows, PSP, iPhone, iPad) NEW

Create your own point and click games and virtual tours. with not experience necessary. Includes drawing and music composer.

Calibre (Windows, Linux, Mac)

Organize and manage your e-book library

Easy Poster Printer (Windows)

A free desktop application that allows adjusting photographs to print out posters up to 21X21 yards. Print in sections and assemble.

Evernote (Windows, Linux, Mac)

Capture, type, organize, locate putting your notes in the cloud accessible from any computer and mobile device

GeoGebra (Windows, Mac, Ubuntu)

Interactive geometry software

Google Earth (Windows, Linux, Mac)

Greenshot (Windows)

Free screen shot software

Malewarebytes (Windows)

Spyware and adware remover

McAfee Site Advisor (Windows)

Add safety ratings to your Firefox or Internet Explorer browser and search engine results. Navigate to bottom of page to locate free program.

Mailstore Home (Windows)

Create one archive of all your email sources - even has a portable flash drive version.

Mindmapping Software

PDF Software

Quiz and Puzzle Makers

Recuva (Windows)

Recover files deleted from your Windows computer, Recycle Bin, digital camera card, or MP3 player.

Revo Uninstaller Free (Windows)

Powerful highly recommended uninstaller considered the better alternative to Windows Uninstall.

Stellarium (Windows, Linux, Mac)

Free planetarium with realistic 3D Sky

Viper Plagiarism Checker (Windows)

Free plagiarism scanner

Wink (Windows, Linux)

A tutorial presentation creation program primarily for creating tutorials about software.

Writing/Text Software

Zotero (Windows)

Works with the Firefox browser to collect, organize, cite and share research resources

Updated January 8, 2016