Friday, November 19, 2010

Open Source and Free Software Directory



 
The following tables comprise a selective guide to various free and open source software tools for a variety of digital media applications.

 
This is an attempt to provide a first port of call for those looking for free and/or open source applications on the Internet. There is a bewildering array of such software and, as a result, we cannot hope to make this directory comprehensive. In addition, the almost daily changes in existing applications and the constant arrival of new ones means that the accuracy of information in these tables can't be guaranteed.

 
What this directory can provide is an easy way into the maze of applications on the Internet and a useful list of some of the most popular tools available.  A quick glance at the tasks in the left hand column will immediately lead to one or more appropriate applications along with information about what machines it or they will work on. We hope to provide evaluations of some of these applications in the near future as well as keeping the directory as up-to-date as we can.

 
If a more exhaustive search for applications is desired, there are a number of places to look.  Aside from the inevitable Google search, many tools can be found by checking the SourceForge website and the Open Source Software Directory.
Notes

AUDIO
Webware
Linux
Mac
Windows
Website
Open source
Free
Notes
audio editing
Audacity
Audacity
Audacity
audacity.sourceforge.net
Audio Expert
www.audioexpert.com
SoX
SoX
SoX
sox.sourceforge.net
Traverso DAW
Traverso DAW
Traverso DAW
traverso-daw.org
WaveSurfer
WaveSurfer
WaveSurfer
www.speech.kth.se/wavesurfer
Ardour
Ardour
www.ardour.org
LMMS
LMMS
lmms.sourceforge.net
Linux MultiMedia Studio
Ecasound
Ecasound
www.eca.cx/ecasound
Snd
ccrma.stanford.edu/software/snd
Jokosher
Jokosher
www.jokosher.org
MusE
muse-sequencer.org
Qtractor
qtractor.sourceforge.net
ReZound
rezound.sourceforge.net
Rosegarden
www.rosegardenmusic.com
Sweep
www.metadecks.org/software/sweep
WavePad
WavePad
www.nch.com.au
Myna
www.aviary.com
file conversion
Switch
www.nch.com.au/switch
music creation
Roc
www.aviary.com

 

STILL IMAGE
Webware
Linux
Mac
Windows
Website
Open source
Free
Notes
image colour editing
Toucan
www.aviary.com
image compression
Smush.it
Smush.it
Smush.it
www.smushit.com
lossless
image creation and editing
(see also our guide to Free Online Image Editors)
DrPic
www.drpic.com
FotoFlexer
fotoflexer.com
GIMP
GIMP
GIMP
www.gimp.org
ImageMagick
ImageMagick
ImageMagick
www.imagemagick.org/script
bitmap
Inkscape
Inkscape
Inkscape
www.inkscape.org
vector graphics, can be used for video titling
LunaPic
www.lunapic.com
Phixr
www.phixr.com
Phoenix
www.aviary.com
Photoshop.com
www.photoshop.com
Picnik
www.picnik.com
PicResize
www.picresize.com
Pixer.us
www.pixer.us
Pixlr
www.pixlr.com
Splashup
www.splashup.com
Sumo Paint
www.sumopaint.com
image effects editing
Peacock
www.aviary.com
image markup
Falcon
www.aviary.com
image vector editing
Raven
www.aviary.com
panorama creation
AutoStitch
cvlab.epfl.ch/~brown/autostitch/autostitch.html

 

MOVING IMAGE
Webware
Linux
Mac
Windows
Website
Open source
Free
Notes
animation (2-D)
Pencil
Pencil
Pencil
www.pencil-animation.org
for traditional hand-drawn animation
KToon
www.ktoon.net
Synfig
Synfig
Synfig
synfig.org
vector-based
animation (3-D)
Blender
Blender
Blender
www.blender.org
DVD ripping
Doom9
Doom9
Doom9
www.doom9.org
repository for an enormous number of rippers, codecs, filters and much more
subtitling
Aegisub
Aegisub
Aegisub
www.aegisub.org
Gaupol
Gaupol
home.gna.org/gaupol
Miyu
www.fluffalopefactory.com/miyu
Subtitle Editor
home.gna.org/subtitleeditor
Subtitle Processor
sourceforge.net/projects/subtitleproc
VisualSubSync
www.visualsubsync.org
video capture and processing
VirtualDub
www.virtualdub.org
video distribution platform
Kaltura
www.kaltura.org
includes editor and player
video editing
Avidemux
Avidemux
Avidemux
www.avidemux.org
Avitricks Classic
www.bobyte.com/AviTricks
for AVI files
Cinefx
Cinefx
Cinefx
www.cinefx.org
also visual effects; used to be known as Jahshaka
Cinelerra
www.heroinewarrior.com/cinelerra.php
also a compositor
Clesh
www.clesh.com
based on FORscene
Hyperengine-AVsourceforge.net/projects/hyperengine
Jaycut
jaycut.com
LiVES
LiVES
LiVES
lives.sourceforge.net
also a performance and VJ app
Lumiera
lumiera.org
based on Cinelerra
Kdenlive
Kdenlive
kdenlive.org
Kino
kinodv.org
including FireWire capture from DV
Open Movie Editor
www.openmovieeditor.org
VideoPad
www.nchsoftware.com/videopad/index.html
Windows Movie Maker
www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/downloads/updates/moviemaker2.mspx
ZS4 & Zwei-Stein
ZS4 & Zwei-Stein
ZS4 & Zwei-Stein
www.zs4.net
video playing, converting, etc.
Cineplay
Cineplay
Cineplay
www.cinefx.org
MPEG Streamclip
MPEG Streamclip
www.squared5.com
can also edit
Mplayer & Mencoder
Mplayer & Mencoder
Mplayer & Mencoder
www.mplayerhq.hu
Prism Video Converter
www.nchsoftware.com/prism/index.html
VLC Player
VLC Player
VLC Player
videolan.org/vlc
probably the best open source app in the world…
video transcoding
Cinecode
Cinecode
Cinecode
www.cinefx.org
drag-and-drop utility to convert anything to Flash
HandBrake
HandBrake
HandBrake
handbrake.fr
webcam recording
Debut
www.nchsoftware.com/capture/index.html

 

CROSS-MEDIA
Webware
Linux
Mac
Windows
Website
Open source
Free
Notes
audio & video qualitative analysis
Transana
Transana
www.transana.org
collections management system
Omeka
omeka.org

 

OTHER APPLICATIONS
Webware
Linux
Mac
Windows
Website
Open source
Free
Notes
CAD (Computer Aided Design)
Google SketchUpGoogle SketchUpsketchup.google.com/
3D modelling software. Integrates with Google Earth
cloud storage
Dropbox
www.dropbox.com
Mozy
mozy.com
collaborative software
Dimdim
www.dimdim.com
Etherpadetherpad.org
ProjectPier
www.projectpier.org
Google Docs
docs.google.com
content management system
Plone
Plone
Plone
plone.org
Drupal
Drupal
Drupal
drupal.org
digital repository management
DSpace
www.dspace.org
Fedora
Fedora
Fedora
www.fedora-commons.org
Greenstone
Greenstone
Greenstone
www.greenstone.org
eLearning development environment
Xerte
Xerte
Xerte
www.nottingham.ac.uk/xerte
object identification and validation
JHOVE
hul.harvard.edu/jhove
DROID
droid.sourceforge.net
RSS aggregator
Brief
Brief
Brief
brief.mozdev.org
add-on for Firefox
screen capture
Jing
Jing
www.techsmith.com/jing/
Camstudio
camstudio.org/
Screen Toaster
www.screentoaster.com
Screencast-o-Matic
www.screencast-o-matic.com
Screenjelly
www.screenjelly.com
Screenr
screenr.com
designed to work with Twitter
Talon
www.aviary.com
screenwriting
Celtx
Celtx
Celtx
www.celtx.com
VLE
eFront
www.efrontlearning.net
Moodle
Moodle
Moodle
moodle.org
web server
XAMPP
XAMPP
XAMPP
www.apachefriends.org/en/xampp.html
easy-to-install version of Apache

 


 


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