Posts Tagged ‘free’


January 4, 2011 Leave a comment

Scribus is an open-source desktop publishing program that can be used for a variety of purposes. Common products designed with the software include but are not limited to fliers, brochures, posters and newspapers. In utilizing WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) forms of page composition and layout, Scribus aims to compete with the likes of Adobe InDesign and QuaekXPress, both of which are its main commercial competitors. Support for the CMYK color model and Scalable Vector Graphics also help to establish its presence as a well-suited alternative to said programs for those on a tight budget. Though, for better or worse, it lacks support for proprietary file formats used by its competitors; users should still be content knowing that this is free software and, after all, it’s the final product that matters, and Scribus delivers on that with ability to export to PDF and various other print-ready formats used by the industry at large.


Do more than just home movies

September 4, 2010 Leave a comment

There comes a time when iMovie or Windows Movie Maker just won’t make the cut, and when that happens you’ll probably be relieved to know that there is Avidemux for the more complicated tasks. Built from the ground up as a free and open-source project, Avidemux trades usability for functionality, making up for what would normally be lacking in an amateur-oriented editor such as iMovie. Tasks that range from extracting an audio track from a video source, transcoding a clip (converting formats or compression methods), or removing black bars via the crop filter are all easily within the scope of this program. While it lacks polish and the subsequent user friendliness, Avidemux does give amateurs or those on a tight budget a taste of what’s to be found in proprietary editors without the hefty price tag (think Adobe Premiere or Sony Vegas), and for some that might just be enough.

Free classical music

August 7, 2010 Leave a comment

Classical music may have very well gone out of style for the fast evolving 21st century, but it is not without an audience. Perhaps the reason can be found in one of its contributing factors, which is the lack of proper technology to record audio until the beginning of the 20th century or so. Catalogs such as Classic Cat are helping to change to perception by categorizing free and legal recordings for mass enjoyment. While it doesn’t actually store the music on its own servers (it simply redirects you to links hosted elsewhere), Classic Cat makes up for it with perhaps the most complete index available on the net. Bach, Beethoven and Mozart are of course amongst the hundreds of composers that are listed, but you shouldn’t stop there as there are plenty of others to check out as well.

P.S: Check out as well as Wikipedia’s List of Public Domain music files for a more complete collection.


June 19, 2010 Leave a comment

When you install a new operating system, it will overwrite the existing one and thus make the process irreversible. VirtualBox, an aptly name free and open-source program, aims to solve this through virtualization. The process takes an operating system and installs it within the current operation system, creating a sandbox environment where one exists within the confines of the other. You may use this to try out Linux on a Windows setup, or emulate Windows software on a Linux/Mac setup. Then there’s the age old issue of getting legacy software that works only on older systems (XP comes to mind) to function on Vista/7, which can be solved by installing the older OS right inside the one you are currently using. Still, you should be aware that the proper activation key are needed to install a proprietary OS as well as a med-high end system to smooth facilitate virtulization (at least a dual-core).


June 1, 2010 Leave a comment

Enter The Adventures of Dr. McNinja, a web comic that focuses on the adsurd saga of a Doctor who is also a ninja by profession. Started in 2003 as amateur sketchs by Chris Hastings–then a college student–the comic has expanded to include more than an dozen issues, with later ones in full color as well. Add to that an equally ambiguous cast, including a gorilla and a raptor, and you have yourself an instant classic.

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Free file hosting

May 22, 2010 Leave a comment

Usually, you get what you pay for when you signed up for file hosting services. Not so with File Dropper, a site that provides hosting up to 5GB per file, all for free of course. Users simply have to upload their file with the web interface and then share the link with peers or colleagues. Now, compare that to sending files over the net as email attachments–often with arbitrary limits in the range of 25-50MB–it just makes sense to use File Dropper. Even the top dog RapidShare pale in comparison as they top out at 200MB per file for free users. I should warn you that despite all this, File Dropper is intended as a mere stop-and-go dump for files you’re confident of sharing over the net. It lacks password protection, and files may be deleted if they are inactive, which means that you should look elsewhere for a premium hosting service if you want reliability and security.


May 8, 2010 Leave a comment

The GNU Image Manipulation Program, or GIMP, is a free image editor comparable often touted as a viable replacement to Photoshop. It boasts a powerful feature set that is beyond most, if not all freeware editors available to the general public at this moment. This bold claim is backed up by its immense capability such as through the use of layer editing, channel mixing and customizable brushes. Built-in filters and image creation tools are also of noteworthiness; or if you find its default selection lacking, extensions can be used to improves upon or add to the functions of GIMP. Though the absence of certain features would have some deeming the software inferior to Photoshop, its progress so far will still impress amateur artists, photographers or those in favor of open-source development in general.