25 Best Open-Source (or Freeware) Alternatives You Need To Download



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I like the vanilla version of GIMP, as it suits my needs and dislike Photoshop, so I have not tried GIMPshop. So, I can't guarantee anything about it, but I assume that it works due to the tremendous amount of positive comments that it has gotten. This is similar to how I have never used a Mac in my life, nor do I ever intend to, but there's a lot of people out there that say that they work tremendously well, so I'm willing to take their word for it. So, this is just my little caveat about it.

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I have to say I've tried a couple of these alternatives before and in particular 'Gimp' - Trying to find ways to remove the need for renewing/updating my Photoshop license and to be honest while its a powerful suite it doesn't even come close to the power of photoshop, perhaps this is because Adobe have copyrighted some of the Photoshop functions, who knows - I'll keep holding out for an alternative though!

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In my opinion, Photoshop is the best, but the proce is really high. I use Gimp as alternative to Photoshop and so far, I am very satisfied with GIMP. Thanks for the list of alternatives. Irena from web hosting reviews - fatcow review



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Many of them i have downloded and used it, some of them were not for my purpose, but some of them were perfect and the best source is to download Open Source softwares is sourceforge.net.


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Most of these are really great, but be very careful when installing SUMo. I myself barely caught this fine print which was disguised as your run of the mill EULA:


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CCleaner = wicked. Photoshop Express = really really cool (got 98% on my school projects using it). How good is VirtualBox compared to VMware?

Edit: oh and OpenOffice is sorta blah. Only use as a last resort if your to cheap to buy MS Office.



Gimpshop is a pretty sweet Photoshop alternative. I've been using it for a few months now and have really started to love it.


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Clicking on the XNView heading of the above article takes me to the following french website, where I don't see anything about XNView:




When I tried to dowload XNView from another site it triggered a security warning from the Web of Trust Firefox Plug-In, indicating that the site cannot be trusted. Where is the best place to get a malware-clean copy of XNView? 



I have to agree that Notepad++ is good, its become the bread and butter for my web coding. Aptana seems to be pretty popular lately, might have to try that one out and if it generates nice clean code, all the better!



Is there an open-source (free) video editor like adobe premiere (element)?



If you go to wikipedia and search Ubuntu Studio, they have a small list of video software.  I have never actually used any of it, but hopefully it may be able to help you.  Cheers,





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Just tried virtual box and it doesnt support 64bit OS. I wish I could find one that works...

 thanks for the list though.



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Good job to add revo uninstaller to the list, i think its a must have software for every PC.

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This is some good stuff.  Why isn't it on the Max PC CD?



Nice. Grabbed 3 from the list that fit exactly what I needed. Thanks guys



There's a ton of choices, and in general I can understand missing a few golden nuggets when you have to start calling numbers.  CCleaner is a 'must have' no matter what kind of PC is running. 

However, not including any DVD-writing programs is just plain mean.  Unless, of course, you spend the majority of your time burning CD backups because you don't believe in large ...er... media files.  A nice FLV player would have helped too, since it's easier to save the ones we love rather than assume that YouTube will always be a repository for our favorite opening songs of antiquated 1970's cartoons...



I love CCleaner. I forgot how I found it, but it works wonders. I've had it for a while now. Only program I would have added would be Unlocker. I had this truly stubborn file on Vista that wouldn't delete, and it worked it's magic and it was able to be deleted.

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