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Open Source (Free) Software

Open-source software is software that is not only free but also modifiable by any programmer. For a full definition of open-source software, visit http://opensource.org/docs/definition.php.

CCSF English instructors recommend these free (or inexpensive) open source alternatives to components of Microsoft Windows.

OpenOffice Logo
OpenOffice: A fully-featured office suite compatible with leading office products. It contains a word processor, spreadsheet, presentations, and a database that can be downloaded separately or as a suite. Their Writer program is compatible with Microsoft Word!!
www.openoffice.org
ReadPlease Logo
ReadPlease: This text-to-speech program allows you to hear what you're reading on the computer screen. ReadPlease 2003 is a free version that never expires. ReadPlease Plus 2003 has a free trial period of 30 days, after which you may purchase a registration code to unlock the software. This download includes both versions of ReadPlease. http://www.readplease.com/english/downloads/#rp2003
Google Docs

Google Docs & Spreadsheets: Formerly Writely, this free Web-based word processing and spreadsheet program keeps documents current and makes collaboration easy.
http://www.google.com/google-d-s/tour1.html

Freemind Freemind: Like Inspiration, this mindmapping program enables you to connect ideas and images when brainstorming, planning, and creating your projects.  http://freemind.sourceforge.net/wiki/index.php/Main_Page
AbiWord
AbiWord: This open source word  processor can read and write all industry standard document types.  It's very simple and useful, but save your work as .doc or .rtf. http://abiword.com
Nvu Logo

Nvu: A free Web-authoring program comparable to Frontpage and Dreamweaver.
www.nvu.com

SoftwareFor Logo
SoftwareFor: An "office" group especially for "starving students."
mirror.softwarefor.org
FireFox Logo

Firefox: This Web browser offers excellent performance and security.
www.mozilla.com/firefox

Thunderbird Logo
Thunderbird: An email program with intelligent spam filters, quick message search, and customizable views.
www.mozilla.com/thunderbird

Zoho: At Zoho you'll find an entire suite of Web-based tools for writing, collaborating, and presenting.
http://zoho.com/

Writeboard Logo

WriteBoard: A sharable, Web-based application for collaborating on documents.  www.writeboard.com

file hippo
File Hippo: Find a wide range of free programs ranging from anti-malware to audio to file-sharing. www.filehippo.com

Wikispaces Wikispaces: Collaborative essays, group study guides, online lesson plans, and classroom notice boards can come alive here.
http://www.wikispaces.com


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Last updated: January 3, 2007
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