The following are free Desktop Business Software Alternatives to Commercial Brands….
1. LibreOffice An Alternative to Microsoft Office..
LibreOffice is a powerful office suite – its clean interface and feature-rich tools help you unleash your creativity and enhance your productivity.
LibreOffice includes several applications that make it the most powerful Free and Open Source office suite on the market: Writer (word processing), Calc (spreadsheets), Impress (presentations), Draw (vector graphics and flowcharts), Base (databases), and Math (formula editing.
2. Inkscape Alternative to Adobe Illustrator
Inkscape is open-source vector software, intended to serve as a replacement for Adobe Illustrator, CorelDraw, or Xara X. The program uses the Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) format for files. It serves as a formidable replacement for more complex and expensive program suites and supports some of the more advanced features of SVG graphics editors. The program can make a great replacement for proprietary software, especially for beginning freelancers and small businesses.
3. Scribus Alternative to Adobe Indesign
Scribus is an Open Source application that functions very much like Adobe Indesign. Both are used for Desktop Publishing (layout design for brochures, e-books, newspapers, and pdfs). Since Scribus is Open Source, it’s free and free for others to contribute to the application. You can use one of the included templates for your project, or just start from scratch and use the included tools to design a finished project that’s perfectly in line with your vision. Scribus is a good alternative to more expensive and elaborate desktop publishing programs.
4. Gimp Imaging Editing Software – Alternative to Photoshop
GIMP is a free image retouching and editing tool, very much like Adobe’s Photoshop. Tools include free-form drawing, resizing, cropping, photo-montages. It is an extremely capable piece of software with 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 render, an image format converter, etc
5. e-book Creation and Management Software
Calibre is a free and open-source e-book library management application developed by users of e-books for users of e-books. Calibre converts files to PDF, ePub and other file types that work well on e-readers.
6. GnuCash Accounting Software Alternative to Quicken
As a business owner, the law requires you to keep records of your revenue and expenses. Quick books is a popular accounting software used by many businesses but Quick Books can be expensive! Gnucash offers all the tools you need for your business, including invoicing, payroll, taxes etc. The only downside is it does not keep track of inventory.
7. CamStudio Video Creation Software
CamStudio is a Free Streaming Video Software which is able to record all screen and audio activity on your computer and create industry-standard AVI video files and using its built-in SWF Producer can turn those AVIs into lean, mean, bandwidth-friendly Streaming Flash videos (SWFs). A popular use for CamStudio is to create tutorials to upload to Youtube when you save it in the AVI format.
8. Multi-track Audio Editor and Recorder.
Audacity is a free, easy-to-use, multi-track audio editor and recorder for Windows, Mac OS X, GNU/Linux and other operating systems. The interface is translated into many languages. You can use Audacity to:,•Record live audio., •Record computer playback on any Windows Vista or later machine., •Convert tapes and records into digital recordings or CDs., •Edit WAV, AIFF, FLAC, MP2, MP3 or Ogg Vorbis sound files., •Cut, copy, splice or mix sounds together. •Change the speed or pitch of a recording..
9. FileZilla FTP Program
FileZilla is a FTP program that comes in handy when you need to manage the files on your hosting server. FileZilla offers a two-window display. One side is the files on your computer and the other side is your files stored on the hosting company server. Filezilla allows you to quickly and easily upload and download files from your computer to server and vise a versa.
10. Free AntiVirus Software
AVG AntiVirus offers a free version of the software, a single anti-malware package that lets you protect an UNLIMITED number of Windows and Mac computers, as well as Android phones/tablets, from one easy-to-use dashboard. It’s also Zen-enabled, which means you can now extend your protection to your entire family and all their devices. Once on the website scroll down to see the features of the free version…