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Open Source MEAP – Mobile Enterprise Application Platform

Explosion of Mobiles, tablets is making enterprises to act fast on mobile strategies. Rapid demand of BYOD – Bring Your Own Device, Mobilizing work force are some of the key requirements of today’s enterprises.

 

Statistics speak:

     

    1. There will be 1 billion smartphones in use worldwide by 2016, 350 million of these being used for business.5

    2. By 2016 nearly 70% of internet users will use more than five network-connected devices. There will be 10 billion internet-enabled devices globally, and smartphone traffic will grow 50 times the size it is today.

        3. The growth rate of smartphone and tablet adoption between 2007-2012 is more than four times that of personal computers between 1981-2000.

        4. Smartphones now account for half of all mobile phones used in the US.

        5. 63% of US adults regularly go online wirelessly with their mobile devices.

        6. Average smartphone data usage nearly tripled over the last year, to 150MB per month.

        Source: Antenna research

         

        While there are quite a number of frameworks and platforms for developers to achieve enterprise mobility, one can not ignore the open source power. Listed few are some of the emerging Open Source MEAP products

         

        OpenMEAP

        open source MEAP

        A Mobile Rapid Application Development environment, The OpenMEAP platform enables the existing web development teams to create applications once, which will work on every platform by using HTML5, CSS3 and JavaScript for a true device agnostic solution. Read more

         

        Convertigo

        open source MEAP

        Easily bring your IT asset on mobile devices using Open Source MEAP product – Convertigo. Connectors to a large variety of enterprise apps such as SAP, Salesforce.com, Oracle Apps, Microsoft Dynamics and many others. Read more

         

        Openmobster

        A lesser known Open Source Mobile Enterprise Backend. Read more

        Free And Open Source Chat Application Support For Your Web – Alternative To LiveChat, cSupport

        Many websites, such as ervices use Live Chat system to convert their visitors in to customers. Commercial options such as cSupport, LiveChat etc are good. However, there are free/open source options that are equally capable that need no investment or money!

        mibew Messenger

        It is a live support system written in PHP/MySQL, and a powerful Chat real time system. Has lots of features such as;

        • Real-time chat (without page refresh) 400
        • Unlimited operators, chats, and users
        • Unlimited departments (groups of operators)
        • Priority queue of visitors
        • Localized to 10+ languages, unicode support
        • Runs on your server and domain
        • Easy-to-modify source code, etc.

        There are a lot of features that make mibew,a worthy alternative to many commercial support tools.

        Check the Demo

         free live chat

        Best Open Source, Free And Reliable Icon Editors For Real

        There many commercial tools to create amazing Icons for your Apps. E.g. IcoFX used to be a good Icon editor, however it is not free anymore. Well, you do not need to buy such expensive tools because open source icon editors and tools such as GIMP, Paint.Net, InkScape etc. can create amazing Icons and in few minutes. Here are some tutorials for you to get started.

        Gimp tutorial on how to create amazing looking icons

        free icon creator

        Paint.Net with Icon plugin for editing Icons.

        Create Icons from Images the Easy

        Inkscape is another powerful graphics editor with great icon creation capabilities

        Free icon editor

        There other creative image editors and all of them can create or edit ICO/Icon files easily. Check them out here.

        15 Great Open Source Creative Tools

        GIMP (Mac, Linux and Windows)

        GIMP is one the most versatile graphics manipulation tools. It has some of the most amazing image manipulation tools such as Layers, Brush, Cropping and other tools and plugins similar to Adobe Photoshop which is the commercial leader. Read more about GIMPs features here.

        Free Creative tools

        MyPaint (Mac, Linux and Windows)

        MyPaint is a cool digital painting app. It is simple, fast and lets you focus on the art rather than the software. Download it here.

        Free Creative tools

        Krita (Linux, Windows)

        Krita, the full-featured painting application for digital artists with natural looking brushes and other tools.

        Free Creative tools

        Darktable (Mac, Linux)

        Darktable lets you process your Raw and JPG images. It has some of the advanced image processing features such as color correction, tone correction etc. Detailed feature list is here.

        Free Creative tools

        Inkscape (Windows, Linux, Mac)

        Very good vector illustration tool similar to Adobe Illustrator or CorelDRAW. Free and very capable tool for designers. It is very easy to edit nodes, perform complex path operations, trace bitmaps and much more. Inkscape has an aim to maintain a thriving user and developer community by using open, community-oriented development.

        free creative tools

        Calligra Flow (Linux)

        Calligra Flow is great diagramming tool similar to Microsoft Visio. Free and great to use. It can open Visio files too. Check it out here.

        Scribus (Windows, Linux and Mac)

        Scribus is an Open Source program that brings professional page layout to Linux/UNIX, Mac OS X, OS/2 Warp 4 and Windows desktops with a combination of press-ready output and new approaches to page design. Scribus is an alternative to Microsoft Publisher, Adobe InDesign, FrameMaker etc.

        free creative tools

        Audacity

        Audacity is the best sound editing and recording software tools out there. Highly capable, downloaded and recommended.

        free creative tools

        Hydrogen

        Hydrogen is an advanced drum machine for Linux. It’s main goal is to bring professional yet simple and intuitive pattern-based drum programming.

        free creative tools

        Mixxx (Mac, Windows and Linux)

        Mixxx is a top notch DJ software, has everything you need to start making DJ mixes in a tight, integrated package.

        free creative tools

        Blender (Windows, Linux and Mac)

        Blender is the free open source 3D content creation suite, available for all major operating systems. Blender has some of the advanced modeling features and it is commercial grade.

        free creative software

        Synfig Studio (Linux, Mac and Windows)

        Synfig Studio is a free and open-source 2D animation software, designed as powerful industrial-strength solution for creating film-quality animation using a vector and bitmap artwork.

        image

        Pitivi (Linux)

        Pitivi is a free, intuitive and feature rich movie editor for the Linux desktop

        Kdenlive (Linux, Mac)

        Kdenlive is afree open source video editor.

        Kdenlive 0.7.8

        Sparkleshare (Linux, Mac and Windows)

        SparkleShare is an alternative to the popular DropBox, Google Drive kind of file sharing services, free and open source. You can setup where to sync etc.

         free creative tools

        Four Free Storyboard Software

        Storyboards are graphic organizers in the form of illustrations or images displayed in sequence for the purpose of pre-visualizing a motion picture, animation, motion graphic or interactive media sequence. Storyboard software lets you to design storyboards easily and sequence them to tell the story.

        Here are some free Storyboard software that lets you to design storyboards easily:

        1. StoryBoard Pro Software

        Free Storyboard

        StoryBoard Pro is a free software is a software designed by Atomic Learning’s to give teachers, students, and home movie makers a tool to plan ahead when creating video projects. Here are some of the key features of the software.

        • Enter shot titles and descriptions, complete with planned lengths and edited order.
        • Indicate shot types: video, still, audio, music, or titles.
        • Enter film tips for your camera person when videotaping the shot and editing tips to be used when editing in iMovie, Movie Maker 2, Final Cut Pro, Premiere, or any other editor of your choice.
        • Import existing video clips, still pictures, and sounds to better illustrate each shot.
        • Create, save, and import templates for video projects.
        • Print copies of your storyboard for use while filming or editing.
        • Print blank storyboard worksheets for brainstorming new ideas.
        • NEW: Shot tips that link to online Atomic Learning Library sample video clips

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        2. Storyboard Tools

        Free Storyboard

        Storyboard Tools is for film-makers, directors & storyboard artists who want to storyboard a movie on a PC in a manageable way. ST stores all the images together as one file and prints the images in a format portable enough to be taken on set. You can draw or import images, arrange them, give them captions, numbers and additional information, view them in sequence with editing effects and generate a web-page.

        Download

        3. Springboard

        Free Storyboard

        Springboard is a fast, light, easy-to-use Windows application for easily and quickly sketching and annotating your storyboard ideas for film, video, animation, or other dynamic media. Work with story outlines, scene images, shot descriptions, and visual annotations to show camera movements, special effects, etc. Set shot durations and view animatics. Use it to plan your work on-screen, print, or export to many formats to show others.

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        4. SLang – story development freeware

        Free Storyboard

        SLang is story-development software. It allows you to write events for your story as "virtual index cards" and print them out.

        Here are some of the features of my story development software, known as SLang:

        • Ideal for brain-storming story ideas.
        • Ideal for story writers who don’t quite know where they want their story to go.
        • Ideal for writing "whodunnit" stories or "adventure" type stories where there may be alternative "routes".
        • Can export to my screenwriting software, ScriptMaker (with version 1.6 of SLang upwards)
        • Stores your story as "events" and "themes".
        • Print events/themes out on index cards.
        • Events viewed as separate windows.
        • Artificial Intelligence features.
        • Export whole story to RTF or TXT file.

        Download

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