Category: Software

audacity

Audacity

Audacity is an user-friendly, free & open source audio editor. It is currently available for almost all operating systems, including Windows, Mac OS X, GNU/Linux and others. The software gets great reviews and ranks up there with some of the best in it's genre because of it's "clean interface, excellent features, and support for 32-bit floating-point audio" (and a great price - FREE! - if I may add). With Audacity, you can easily record/import audio, edit the files, add effects, and export to your desired file format.

Inkscape

Inkscape is a great free & open source alternative to expensive Adobe & Corel programs. It has similar capabilities to Illustrator, Freehand, CorelDraw or Xara X, using the W3C standard Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) file format. If you’ve ever thought about learning graphic design on your own, Inkscape is the program to have. It not only has a full range professional features, but it’s extensive user documentation & multitude of tutorials available online will never let you get lost.

Cyberduck

I think Cyberduck is the most user-friendly FTP app out there (too bad it is only for Mac). I was introduced to it a few years ago when I was just barely grasping the concept of FTP and I could connect to different servers & upload files within minutes. Currently the software allows you to browse servers using the following protocols: FTP, FTP/TLS, sFTP, WebDav and browse & upload to Amazon and Mosso's Cloud Storage.

WinSCP

WinSCP is an open source free FTP & sFTP client for Windows. Beyond file transfer, WinSCP offers file management & file synchronization functionality. One of it's biggest advantages its simple user interface - which mimics Windows Explorer (there is one that mimics Norton Commander as well) in both looks and functionality - making a it extremely user-friendly for an avid Windows users. For me, drag-and-drop feature and the ability to see my folder structure is very handy. Even the tool icons look the same as in Windows Explorer, so you will never get lost, even without a manual or a geeky friend next to you.

ImageSizer

ImageSizer is one of the easiest photo tools I've used in a long time. It serves a simple purpose of batch resizing your pictures and then either saving them in a folder or compressing to a .zip file. So simple, yet so useful.

Pencil

Ever feel like creating a great animation or drawing, but don't have Adobe Flash or Illustrator? Enter Pencil, the free open source animation tool.

Sauerbraten [a.k.a. Cube 2]

Sauerbraten (a.k.a. Cube 2) is a free, open source, both multi & singleplayer first person shooter game. It was built as a major redesign of it's predecessor the Cube by Lee Salzman, Wouter van Oortmerssen (the original creator), Mike Dysart & Robert Pointon. Just like in the original game, the main emphasis falls not on the pretty graphics & load of functions, but on seamless and dynamic in-game map/geometry editing. In the latest version of Sauerbraten gamers playing together online can even co-edit a level at the same time.

Jing

Jing is a very nifty and user friendly screen capture application from TechSmith. You can use it to snap a picture or even record a video of your computer screen and then share the media with whom every you might like over web, email or IM.

The Electric Sheep

Electric Sheep is a free & open source screensaver created by Scott Draves. It is by far the most beautiful and captivating screensaver I've ever came across. It not only generates amazing images, but it does it "on the fly". When the computer "falls asleep" it starts communicating and collaborating with thousands of computers around the world morphing computer animations known as "sheep". The result of this constant transformation is what some call a collective "android dream", an reference to Philip K. Dick's novel "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?".