Graphics and photo manipulation applications are essential for photographers. If commercial software is too expensive, you can try darktable, an open source alternative. This Linux program has many features, but at its heart it is a virtual darkroom for photographers.
TextWrangler is a free professional HTML and text editor from Bare Bones, and it is certainly no Notepad. It is a very powerful program that can make your work a lot easier. Its search and replace feature allows you for instance, to change a list consisting of last name, first name to first name, last name, among many. TextWrangler can also read corrupted word processing files.
The application also has a state saving feature. All open documents are automatically saved when you exit the program, a great one for those who forget to save their work. The software also has full screen view support.
LibreOffice published by the Document Foundation is a complete free office suite. It may not be as popular as other high priced office suites, but in terms of features it can compete very well. The best part is that it is completely free.
When you start the program, a menu will appear. This allows you to select what program to use. The choices are Writer, Math, Impress, Draw, Base and Calc. Impress is a presentation program while Base is used for database integration.
LibreCAD is an open source 2D CAD application for Windows, Mac and Linux. The app is great for industrial designers, but anyone who wants to learn how to make 2D CAD drawings will like this program.
For a free software, LibreCAD gives you a lot of tools to work with. New users will be able to create basic drawings, while advanced users can make engineering plans with the software. Layers can be added, ideal for complex drawings. The provided tools are sufficient for producing high precision drawings. You can start drawings from scratch. But it is also easy to put in splines, ellipses, arcs, lines and circles. A single item can have several iterations. For instance, you have 4 modes for a rectangle parameter.
iOS and the respective devices are a charm and have a panache of their own, but the biggest downside is the closed ecosystem that they adhere too. Many iOS devices owners have a gripe against the puny video formats that iOS supports and many a times converters burn a huge hole-in-the-pocket. All this changes with AirVideo, an app that takes the media consumption of Apple devices to a new level.
AirVideo is developed by InMethod s.r.o. and they have done a fabulous job in every aspect, and this clearly reflects in their very clean, but highly capable app.
Fancy yourself a writer or author? If you own a Mac then chances are, the company just made it easier for you to create your own digital book.
iBooks Author is a simple and easy to use program for Mac that helps writers put together their own book. Even though almost anyone can use it, the program is specifically geared towards educators or textbook makers who might be interested in creating their own interactive manuals for class or projects.
If you are into video-editing and are always hunting for an open-source, full-fledged video-editor, then your search ends here. Open Movie Editor is the way to go for amateur to semi-pro video editing needs.
The Open video-editor has a large number of developers and is supported by a huge community of artists and indie project developers. The biggest downside of this capable software would be that it is only Linux compatible and does not support the use of operational systems.
Doxillion Document Converter from NCH Software converts documents to and from DOC, DOCX, HTML, PDF RTF, TXT, and WPD formats one by one or in batches of thousands.
Use the menu at the top, the right-click menu or simply drag and drop directly into the list. Then choose the output folder and type of format, press convert and away you go. You'll have even large documents in seconds.
Have a knack for editing pictures and then uploading then on Facebook for all to see? Well, here is something that fits your app needs to the maximum level and that is Pixlr-o-matic. This app truly redefines the simplicity of 1-2-3 editing by making everything intuitive and simple.
The app was created by one of the Top Developers on the Android Market, AutoDesk Inc., who has made quite a few mind boggling productive apps in the pat and Pixlr-O-Matic definitely takes cue from the legacy.