Day 4: The Twelve Days of Author Goodies
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On the fourth day of Author Goodies, get some open source software.
All the software listed in this post is open source, meaning that the download is free. It also means that a community of developers and users both update the software and provide support. Open Source software is great if you are on a budget, but be prepared for longish wait times for upgraded versions, and less than ideal documentation. If you decide that you want to go the open-source route and you’re not tech savvy, I highly recommend a techie friend that you can occasionally call on for help (techie friends love bribes of beer or homemade treats).
Word Processing/Office Suite
Did you know there was an open source office productivity suite, similar to Microsoft Office? Check out Open Office from Apache.
There’s an open source equivalent of InDesign, too. It’s called Scribus.
Looking for something else?
Maybe you are looking for a video editor or a vector art program. Osalt is an open source software directory. It features commercial versions (labelled in red) and open source software (labelled in green) for your comparison pleasure.