Yes I know I sound like an ad for some gadget, and I kind of am well; it is software and it is free. It’s called Open Source and its hobby software by real developers, who advance it and who write code that everyone who is a developer would understand. It also means it is free and not harmful to your computer. This means if you always wanted a copy of let’s say Microsoft’s Office Suite, that you can find a comparable version out there. As a matter of fact the comparison for Office is Apache’s OpenOffice and it stands on its own.
I wouldn’t say it’s identical but it is close and close enough to get what you want done. In fact this Open Source Software’s are so good they make the manufacturers like Microsoft step up their games with new ideas, and innovative designs to make life easier. It is beneficial and great on the pocketbook to check out these I can give you a few comparisons to try them and if you like them, enjoy:
Sorry no longer working link, but let me know if you find anything new.
Thank you Josmo
Adobe Illustrator = Inkscape (Vector Graphics)
Adobe Photoshop = Gimp/Gimpshop (Picture/Graphic Manipulation)
Adobe Acrobat 9 = Xpdf (PDF reader/writer)
AutoCAD = FreeCAD (Computer Aided Drafting)
Autodesk Maya = Blender (Render 3D Graphics/Animation)
Intuit QuickBooks = GnuCash (Business Financial Management)
Microsoft Office = Apache’s OpenOffice (Office/Word Processing Program)
Microsoft Publisher 2010 = Scribus (Desktop Publishing)
Microsoft Internet Explorer = Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox (Browser)
Movie Maker = Cinelerra 4.0 (Video Editing)
Nero Burner = Burn (CD/DVD Burning)
Winrar = 7 zip (File Archive/Unpack)