Top Free Open Products for Personal Productivity

InfoWorld’s 2008 Bossies recognize the top free and open products for personal productivity apps:


1. Sound editing – Audacity

Audacity is a free, easy-to-use audio editor and recorder for Windows, Mac OS X, GNU/Linux and other operating systems. You can use Audacity to:

  • – Record live audio.
  • – Convert tapes and records into digital recordings or CDs.
  • – Edit Ogg Vorbis, MP3, WAV or AIFF sound files.
  • – Cut, copy, splice or mix sounds together.
  • – Change the speed or pitch of a recording.
  • – For a complete list of features check the Audacity Feature List


2. 3-D modeling – Blender

Blender is the free open source 3D content creation suite, available for all major operating systems under the GNU General Public License. Its a 3-D modeling and rendering suite that runs on Windows, Linux, OS X, Irix, and FreeBSD — a breadth of platform support unmatched by commercial offerings.

For a complete list of features check the Blender Feature List


3. Web Browser – Firefox

Firefox 3 sets the pace with dozens of new features, including the smart location bar, one-click bookmarking and blindingly fast performance. It provides some cool features like Password Manager, One Click Bookmarking and Smart Location Bar.

For a complete list of features check the Firefox Feature List


4. Image Editing – GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program)

GIMP is a freely distributed program for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition and image authoring.

It has many capabilities. It can be used as a simple paint program, an expert quality photo retouching program, an online batch processing system, a mass production image renderer, an image format converter, etc.

For a complete list of features and capabilities check the GIMP Feature List


5. Productivity suite – 3 is the leading open-source office software suite for word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, graphics, databases and more. It is available in many languages and works on all common computers. It stores all your data in an international open standard format and can also read and write files from other common office software packages. It can be downloaded and used completely free of charge for any purpose.

For more details on the features check Why


6. PDF creation – PDFCreator

PDFCreator is a free tool to create PDF files from nearly any Windows application.Key features include creating PDF from any program that is able to print, creating encrypted PDF, creating PNG, JPG, TIFF etc.

For a complete list of features check the PDFCreator Feature List



Best of Open Source Software Awards 2008 InfoWorld’s 2008 Bossies recognize the top free and open products for business, IT, and personal productivity
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  1. Wolf says:

    I guess I am keeping pace better than I thought. I regularly use 4 of the 6 listed here (Audacity, Gimp, Firefox and Open Office). All well written and feature rich.

    The latest version of Audacity has some great tools including noise cancellation which I have used to not only make my recordings much better but also to clean up some recordings of old relatives and put them onto CD with better clarity than the original tapes. To say the in-laws were impressed is an understatement!

    Thanks for the list.

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