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1 Obdicut  Wed, May 11, 2011 5:13:24pm

Awesome page.

2 CuriousLurker  Wed, May 11, 2011 5:23:18pm

re: #1 Obdicut

Awesome page.

Thanks. I've had a list of this stuff for the longest time and have shared it with other designers, but I figured it might come in handy for non-designers too, especially since not everyone can justify the cost of Adobe's Creative Suite if they're not going to use it to generate income.

3 Obdicut  Wed, May 11, 2011 5:25:52pm

re: #2 CuriousLurker

Do you know of any open source ware that can do what Visio does? Do any of the above combine that in their feature set?

4 Charles Johnson  Wed, May 11, 2011 5:25:57pm

Fantastic! These tech pages you're putting up are great.

5 CuriousLurker  Wed, May 11, 2011 5:33:22pm

re: #3 Obdicut

Do you know of any open source ware that can do what Visio does? Do any of the above combine that in their feature set?

Try Dia. I've never used it, but it looks pretty good and has seems to be popular. It's available for Windows, Mac, and Linux.

6 Obdicut  Wed, May 11, 2011 5:35:58pm

re: #5 CuriousLurker

Thanks much.

7 CuriousLurker  Wed, May 11, 2011 5:36:20pm

re: #4 Charles

Fantastic! These tech pages you're putting up are great.

Thanks! I'm planning to do a Twitter/Tweetdeck tutorial this weekend, along with some recommended best practices for using it.

I'm glad you mentioned "tech pages" becuase I'd assigned them to the "General" category and forgot to change them.

8 Fenris  Wed, May 11, 2011 5:39:51pm

One of the best pages I've seen here for awhile. I use Audacity all the time when recording. I also find that LMMS and OpenMPT make a good alternatives to Pro Tools/FLStudio/ACID.

9 andres  Wed, May 11, 2011 5:45:24pm

re: #5 CuriousLurker

Try Dia. I've never used it, but it looks pretty good and has seems to be popular. It's available for Windows, Mac, and Linux.

I can attest in Dia's favor. Back when I needed to make flowcharts, it did it's job right, and had plenty of options.

10 CuriousLurker  Wed, May 11, 2011 5:49:16pm

re: #8 fenrisdesigns

One of the best pages I've seen here for awhile. I use Audacity all the time when recording. I also find that LMMS and OpenMPT make a good alternatives to Pro Tools/FLStudio/ACID.

Thanks. I don't do a lot of audio, but I'm really glad you posted those—I'm adding them to my list in case I ever need them.

11 CuriousLurker  Wed, May 11, 2011 5:54:46pm

re: #9 andres

I can attest in Dia's favor. Back when I needed to make flowcharts, it did it's job right, and had plenty of options.

Thanks for chiming in. My boss pays for Visio, so I've never had to use an alternative. If I had my druthers I'd rather use SmartDraw or (even better) OmniGraffle, but alas, Visio is the business standard so I'm stuck with it.

12 Interesting Times  Wed, May 11, 2011 6:54:27pm

This is great! :) Many things on this list I hadn't heard of.

I'm not sure if this would fit in the same category, but I've recently started using the free version and it seems very robust:

[Link: www.celtx.com...]

Celtx helps you produce all types of media - film, video, documentary, theatre, novels, machinima, comics, advertising, video games, music video, radio, podcasts, and however else you choose to tell your story.

You can use Celtx for the entire production process - write scripts, storyboard scenes and sequences, sketch setups, develop characters, breakdown & tag elements, schedule productions, and prepare and circulate informative reports for cast and crew.

13 Slumbering Behemoth Stinks  Wed, May 11, 2011 7:02:50pm

Very cool of you to compile this info for the Lizard community, CL. I'll likely have no use for it, but very cool of you just the same.

*smooch*

14 Dancing along the light of day  Wed, May 11, 2011 7:08:13pm

WOOT!
CL Rocks!
( I have no idea what any of the tech stuff means!)

15 andres  Wed, May 11, 2011 7:10:09pm

re: #11 CuriousLurker

Thanks for chiming in. My boss pays for Visio, so I've never had to use an alternative. If I had my druthers I'd rather use SmartDraw or (even better) OmniGraffle, but alas, Visio is the business standard so I'm stuck with it.

I haven't used Visio[1], but I've used OmniGraffle briefly, and it seemed comparable. Take into account, that I haven't used either program in quite a while.

[1] Don't believe the required specs on the box. Despite saying "Windows Vista Or better", it won't install on Mac OS X. :P

16 Locker  Wed, May 11, 2011 8:52:13pm

Not being that creative most of my free software apps are computer utilities but I'd love to contribute.

Keepass - Free, open source, light-weight and easy-to-use password manager. I use this every single day as it auto enters username and password for webpages, generates passwords, ridiculous encryption and it even encrypts your data in memory. Tiny and and no install.
[Link: keepass.info...]

IrfanView - Image viewer, fast cropper, re-sizer, paint functionality. Tiny app, no install.
[Link: www.irfanview.com...]

VLC Media Player - Free and open source cross-platform multimedia player and framework that plays most multimedia files as well as DVD, Audio CD, VCD, and various streaming protocols.
[Link: www.videolan.org...]

Avira AntiVir Personal - Switched from AVG to AntiVir and am exceedingly happy.
[Link: www.avira.com...]

Thanks for the links man.

17 CuriousLurker  Wed, May 11, 2011 9:08:04pm

re: #12 publicityStunted

This is great! :) Many things on this list I hadn't heard of.

I'm not sure if this would fit in the same category, but I've recently started using the free version and it seems very robust:

[Link: www.celtx.com...]

I hope some of it comes in handy for you one day. Celtx looks pretty cool even though I don't do much multimedia (mostly web & print), so I'll have to download it and check it out. Thanks!

18 CuriousLurker  Wed, May 11, 2011 9:09:05pm

re: #13 Slumbering Behemoth

Very cool of you to compile this info for the Lizard community, CL. I'll likely have no use for it, but very cool of you just the same.

*smooch*

Thanks, SB. *smooches* right back atcha. ;o)

19 CuriousLurker  Wed, May 11, 2011 9:10:17pm

re: #14 Floral Giraffe

WOOT!
CL Rocks!
( I have no idea what any of the tech stuff means!)

LOL, well whatever you lack in tech knowledge you more than make up for in enthusiasm! Gotta love ya. ;)

20 Dancing along the light of day  Wed, May 11, 2011 9:11:41pm

re: #19 CuriousLurker

Heh.
You're a blessing to the site, and it's nice to "know" you!

21 CuriousLurker  Wed, May 11, 2011 9:19:44pm

re: #15 andres

I haven't used Visio[1], but I've used OmniGraffle briefly, and it seemed comparable. Take into account, that I haven't used either program in quite a while.

[1] Don't believe the required specs on the box. Despite saying "Windows Vista Or better", it won't install on Mac OS X. :P

It's good to know that OmniGraffle is comparable. Aside from Windows 7 & Outlook, I hate most Microsoft products. I mostly covet OmniGraffle because it's makes pretty diagrams that appeal to my delicate designer sensibilities, heh.

22 CuriousLurker  Wed, May 11, 2011 9:30:53pm

re: #16 Locker

Not being that creative most of my free software apps are computer utilities but I'd love to contribute.

[...]

Thanks for the links man.

You're welcome, Locker. And, hey, thank you for contributing too. I can vouch for Keepass, IrfanView, VLC Media Player because I use them almost every day—all 3 are great! I've been using Microsoft Security Essentials for the past year or so and it's been working out okay so far, but I'll put Avira first on my list of AV software to try if MSE ever craps out on me.

23 CuriousLurker  Wed, May 11, 2011 9:40:14pm

*wondering why someone down-dinged andres' completely innocuous #15...*

24 Dancing along the light of day  Wed, May 11, 2011 9:41:36pm

re: #23 CuriousLurker

Heh, some nasty lurkers will downding anything.
And some of us happy folks will upding anything.
No rhyme or reason!

25 Locker  Wed, May 11, 2011 9:50:02pm

Additionally maybe it was just a mis-click. I do that all the time at work when I can't see the buttons and have to float my mouse hope I hit the right area of the screen.

26 CuriousLurker  Wed, May 11, 2011 10:04:08pm

re: #24 Floral Giraffe

Heh, some nasty lurkers will downding anything.
And some of us happy folks will upding anything.
No rhyme or reason!

re: #25 Locker

Additionally maybe it was just a mis-click. I do that all the time at work when I can't see the buttons and have to float my mouse hope I hit the right area of the screen.

Yeah, hopefully it was just a mis-click. I know it's not as if the dings have any real effect or meaning, but stealth down-dings for no apparent reason are slightly annoying nonetheless. Okay, sleepy-time—I'm outta here.

27 goddamnedfrank  Wed, May 11, 2011 10:29:36pm

re: #23 CuriousLurker

*wondering why someone down-dinged andres' completely innocuous #15...*

Probably a Windows fanboy that didn't like his joke.

28 laZardo  Thu, May 12, 2011 1:06:10am

Or you could just torrent the latest Creative Suite...

;)

/watches for partyvan outside

29 Areozol  Thu, May 12, 2011 4:19:43am

re: #16 Locker

Don't forget about free and open office package OpenOffice.org and his independent branch LibreOffice.

30 Randy W. Weeks  Thu, May 12, 2011 4:48:26am

Awesome page...thanks a lot for putting it together!

31 Locker  Thu, May 12, 2011 6:38:23am

re: #29 Areozol

Don't forget about free and open office package OpenOffice.org and his independent branch LibreOffice.

Definitely a consideration but as I'm not a user of that application I didn't want to make a suggestion I couldn't back up with personal experience. Hear nothing but positive stuff about OpenOffice.

32 Locker  Thu, May 12, 2011 6:40:59am

Hmm here is another one that may be kind of specialized but I use it at work and at home so I'm gonna throw it out there.

Xampp - XAMPP is an easy to install Apache distribution containing MySQL, PHP and Perl. XAMPP is really very easy to install and to use - just download, extract and start. Runs under windows, linux, mac os x and solaris.

Basically it lets you run Apache, MySql, PhP and Perl via a few services on Windows. Currently I'm running several open source PhP apps on my windows boxes at work and at home with no issues at all. Highly recommended.
[Link: www.apachefriends.org...]

33 CuriousLurker  Thu, May 12, 2011 8:31:06am

re: #32 Locker

I can vouch for XAMPP too—super easy to set up.

For Mac users there's MAMP (it's bundled with MAMP Pro). Just download the package unzip it, mount the .dmg, drag MAMP to your Applications folder, and *presto!* you have a working web server.

[Link: www.mamp.info...]

34 CuriousLurker  Thu, May 12, 2011 8:32:52am

re: #30 LoneStarSpur

Awesome page...thanks a lot for putting it together!

You're welcome! Hope you find something useful. :)

35 CuriousLurker  Thu, May 12, 2011 9:36:50am

A few others:

XnView (Windows, Mac & Linux beta)
Similar to IrfanView. It has a very useful right-click context menu in Windows that allows you to quickly perform common operations on image files (convert, rotate, etc.)

Paint.net (Windows only)
Paint.NET is free image and photo editing software for computers that run Windows. It features an intuitive and innovative user interface with support for layers, unlimited undo, special effects, and a wide variety of useful and powerful tools. An active and growing online community provides friendly help, tutorials, and plugins.

Eraser (Windows only)
Eraser is an advanced security tool for Windows which allows you to completely remove sensitive data from your hard drive by overwriting it several times with carefully selected patterns. Eraser is currently supported under Windows XP (with Service Pack 3), Windows Server 2003 (with Service Pack 2), Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2.

PortableApps.com (Windows only)
Now you can carry your favorite computer programs along with all of your bookmarks, settings, email and more with you. Use them on any Windows computer. All without leaving any personal data behind.

PortableApps.com provides a truly open platform that works with any hardware you like (USB flash drive, iPod, portable hard drive, etc). The entire platform is open source built around an open format that any hardware or software provider can use.

[Note: This is an indispensable utility for thumb drives with a lots of open source apps available, including XAMPP, allowing you to run a web server from your USB drive. There are 3 versions available for download: Platform Only, Suite Light, and Suite Standard, the latter two being bundled with popular apps like Firefox, Thuunderbird, OpenOffice, ClamWin (anti-virus) etc.]


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