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Free Panorama Software – Stitch Photos Easily

Panoramic photos can be amazingly beautiful, covering a wide area that gives nice perspective. Adobe Photoshop is one of the best professional photo editor that has free hand panoramic photo stitcher. However, there are good free tools that let you create similar, nice panoramic photos. Please do try them and check their capabilities.


Hugin lets you assemble a mosaic of photographs into a complete immersive panorama, stitch any series of overlapping pictures and much more. See more here

Free Panorama Tool

Windows Live Photo Gallery

Using Windows Live Photo Gallery, you can stitch several photos together to create a panorama. This is a great way to capture photos of landscapes and other subjects that are too large for a single photo.

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PhotoSynth is an app for Windows Phone and iOS. It makes it easy and fun to capture and share interactive panoramas of the places, people, and events.

Panorama App for Windows Phone

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Simple but effective Panorama tool.

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Image Composite Editor

Microsoft Image Composite Editor is an advanced panoramic image stitcher. Given a set of overlapping photographs of a scene shot from a single camera location, the application creates a high-resolution panorama that seamlessly combines the original images.

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Stitch your photos together quickly and easily with PanoramaPlus Starter Edition.

Free Panorama Tools

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POS Panorama Pro

Pos Panorama Pro allows you to create panoramic images from series of overlapping photos with just a few mouse clicks

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Clevr is a seriously easy way of creating and sharing panoramic photos for free.

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OpenStack – The Open Source Cloud Platform, Lets You Run Your Own Internal Cloud Infrastructure!

Rackspace has introduced OpenStack, an innovative, open source cloud computing software for building reliable cloud infrastructure. From small start-up to large scale enterprises can easily setup OpenStack cloud within the premises. We had featured Open Source Cloud Platforms available. OpenStack claims that none of the available Open Cloud is as flexible as Rackspace Cloud software that powers OpenStack.


Why OpenStack?

Main intention is to allow any organization to create and build cloud computing capabilities using the available standard hardware. OpenStack Compute is software for automatically creating and managing large groups of virtual private servers. OpenStack Storage is software for creating redundant, scalable object storage using clusters of commodity servers to store terabytes or even petabytes of data. This is a great effort by Rackspace which let you have your own cloud platform, incase you are not comfortable with the external cloud.

Break Free From Proprietary Lock-In

Absolutely free to download with Apache 2.0 license, OpenStack is truly open and takes changes from the community. A great way to have open and transparent software for the cloud geeks. The Open Source model removes the fear of proprietary lock-in for cloud customers.

Supported By Rackspace, NASA, Dell, Citrix and Many More

Rackspace and NASA have donated their source code to have this Open Cloud project going. RackSpace running the project with its donated code that powers its Cloud Servers to the OpenStack project. The project also has the technology from the Nebula Cloud Platform developed by NASA. There are many like Dell, Citrix, Intel, AMD etc who are supporting this initiative. Needless to say, the project is going to get lot of attention now.

Recetly Released

OpenStack was announced July 19th, 2010. Many components of OpenStack have been commercially used for years and now these technologies are released as open source software. Early code is now available on LaunchPad, with an initial release for OpenStack Storage expected in mid-September and an initial release for OpenStack Compute expected in mid-October.

via GigaOM

Create Wire Frames And GUI Prototyping Easily – Free Open Source Tool

While detailing the requirement specification of a project that involves User Interface, often we need to quickly provide prototypes of the Graphic User Interface to meet the end customer’s purpose keeping in mind various techniques to improve your user interface. It definitely helps if you have a nice tool to quickly prototype of the GUI and validate with the customer before the implementation of the GUI. There are many commercial tools available for wire framing and GUI prototyping. There is a free open source tool available under the GPL version 2 for making diagrams and GUI prototyping easy to everyone.

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The Pencil is a unique tool build as a free and open source tool for making diagrams and GUI prototyping that everyone can use. It has some nice features that give a touch competition to the commercially available ones.

Top features:

  • Built-in stencils for diagramming and prototyping
  • Multi-page document with background page
  • Inter-page linkings!
  • On-screen text editing with rich-text supports
  • Exporting to HTML, PNG, Openoffice.org document, Word document and PDF.
  • Undo/redo supports
  • Installing user-defined stencils and templates
  • Standard drawing operations: aligning, z-ordering, scaling, rotating…
  • Cross-platforms
  • Adding external objects
  • Personal Collection
  • Clipart Browser
  • And much more…

Download the software here for free.

7 Open Source Forge Platforms That Facilitate Collaborative Software Development

Collaborative software development is a model that is generally used in development of free software whose focus is on public availability. Though the model is well matured over the internet after the success of Linux kernel development, the model can be used in a closed intranet environment encouraging the culture collaborative software development in a IT company. The basic idea being the source code made available to everyone in a company and everyone is encouraged to contribute for the development of the software usually via the moderator.


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There are many forge platforms aggregates a set of applications with integrated Web interfaces and provide an ability to host multiple independent projects. Software developers in a company can register as contributors to the hosted projects can then use the various project management tools, and software development tools to contribute to the project. Here are the seven popular open source forge platforms available.

1. KForge

KForge is free and open source project hosting software. KForge integrates a variety of common applications with a flexible and robust project management and access control mechanism. Project services include version control systems (e.g. Git, Mercurial, Subversion); project frameworks with mechanisms to plan and track work (e.g. Trac); wikis and mailing lists (e.g. MoinMoin, Mailman); and content management systems and blogs (e.g. Joomla, WordPress).

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2. FusionForge

FusionForge is a free software descendant of the web-based project-management and collaboration software originally created for SourceForge and later distributed as Gforge. Fusionforge is the new name for the continuation of the free/opensource version of GForge. FusionForge has tools to help your team collaborate, like message forums and mailing lists; tools to create and control access to Source Code Management repositories like CVS and Subversion. FusionForge automatically creates a repository and controls access to it depending on the role settings of the project.

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3. LibreSource

LibreSource is an Open Source web portal, gathering in one place all the necessary tools to share and communicate within your project team.  Particularly adapted for software development, community management and web publishing, LibreSource aims at facilitating the coordination of collaborative projects and reducing their cost.

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4. Gitorious

Gitorious provides open source infrastructure for hosting open source projects that use Git. The central entity in Gitorious is the project, which contains one or more top-level repositories and any repositories managed by the project’s contributors.
This allows you, as a project administrator, to keep an eye on what people are working on in their individual clones of your repositories. It also lets you merge or provide feedback on their contributions.

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5. Savane

Savane is a Web-based Libre Software hosting system. It includes issue tracking (bugs, tasks, support, news and documentation), project member management by roles and individual account maintenance.

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6. Redmine

Redmine is a flexible project management web application. It is a Open Source forge platfform that help in  hosting multiple projects with flexible role based access control, issue tracking system, Gantt chart , news, documents & files management , feeds & email notifications, per project wiki and much more.

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7. Launchpad

Free open source project hosting collaborative platform that provide Bug tracking, Code hosting using Bazaar, Code reviews, Ubuntu package building and hosting, Translations, Mailing lists and many other features that are essential for collaborative software development.

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Open Source Alternatives To Microsoft SharePoint

Microsoft Sharepoint and IBM Lotus are the industry leaders in Enterprise Content Management systems. They have good support for Enterprise to have great Intranets. However, the recent Forrester report does have references to Open Source enterprise content management systems like MindTouch who are not far behind proprietary software.

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Alfresco is (alternative to Microsoft SharePoint) a leading open source enterprise content management system built by the most experienced team in the industry drawn from Documentum, Vignette and Interwoven. Key features of Alfresco image

  • Smart Spaces
  • Desktop File Access
  • Auditable Content
  • Workflow
  • Categories
  • Advanced Search
  • Administration
  • Web content management
  • Images
  • Collaboration tools

Alfresco maintains everything in a central, scalable repository making it easy to maintain. Alfresco provides Wizard based configuration. It has superior browsing and searching capabilities. All these make Alfresco a good alternative to Microsoft SharePoint.

Alfresco Community Edition is free, available for Windows and Linux, and comes without any support. Of-course, you can buy the paid edition to get the complete support from Alfresco team.


MindTouch is an Open Source Enterprise Collaborative Networks and powers next generation intranets, extranets and knowledge bases. With MindTouch, you can do the following; image

  • Corporate Intranet
  • Product Documentation and Knowledge Base
  • Corporate Extranet
  • Web Dashboards – CRM

MindTouch was cited as a Forrester Wave Strong Performer and the best product alternative to Microsoft SharePoint and IBM Lotus.



Liferay is a social collaboration solution for the enterprise. A complete workspace streamlines communication, saves time, builds group cohesion and raises productivity. Provides single sign-on and work the way you want to, at your convenience. Liferay Community Editions are free but without support. Enterprise editions are present with a price.image

Liferay Portal ships with broad product capabilities to provide immediate return on investment:

  • Content & Document Management with Microsoft Office® integration
  • Web Publishing and Shared Workspaces
  • Enterprise Collaboration
  • Social Networking and Mashups
  • Enterprise Portals and Identity Management

Liferay Social Office

  • Documents: Shared document repository with Microsoft Office integration
  • Communication: Team calendars, webmail, task management and contact management
  • Collaboration: Integrated threaded discussions, blogs, and wikis with related content and federated search
  • People: Searchable LinkedIn-style User Profiles with user tagging, user search, friends, and integrated chat

Hippo CMS and Jetspeed

Jetspeed Portal can be tightly integrated with Hippo CMS, giving you an unmatched platform for personalization and content management. Jetspeed’s track record of performance, stability and its unrivaled support for open standards, can be ideal fit for the highly scalable collaborative intranet and web architectures built on Hippo’s products. image


A powerful, flexible Content Management solution that is easy to install, use and extend Plone lets non-technical people create and maintain information using only a web browser. Perfect for web sites or intranets, Plone offers superior security without sacrificing extensibility or ease of use.

Collanos – Not Open Source but Free

Collanos Workplace helps you overcome information clutter by having a single space to share, interact and collaborate with your team.

MindQuarry (Not active)

Mindquarry is/was a collaborative software platform for file sharing, task and project management, team collaboration and Wiki editing that meshes simplicity and functionality.


Magnolia powers the websites of enterprises in more than 100 countries on all continents of the world. It is a Content Management System favoured for iimagets ease-of-use and availability under an Open Source license. The page editing interface enables authors to lay out content exactly as it would appear to the website visitor. Under the hood, Magnolia contains best-of-breed Java technology based on open standards to allow for tailor-made solutions. Enterprise-grade support and services are available by the vendor and partners world-wide.

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KnowledgeTree – is PHP-based, open source document management software that is easy to install and use across a broad range of organizations. The features included in the community edition — including workflow, version control and audit trails — help manage the document lifecycle, promote collaboration, reduce paper and ensure compliance. The extensible PHP design, as well as incorporation of open standards, such as CMIS, ensure that KnowledgeTree can be easily integrated with other systems.

Mambo – is a business-oriented open source CMS written in the PHP programming language, the world’s most popular programming language for web-based applications. The flexibility of the code and inbuilt ability to extend Mambo make it one of the most powerful content management systems available today.

WebGUI – is a content management system and web application framework, which allows for easy content management, while maintaining the ability to create and install custom applications.

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