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Pro Freeware and Open Source Solutions for Business

Book Description

Pro Freeware and Open Source Solutions for Business is a practical guide for the small business owner seeking viable alternative to expensive commercial software packages and subscriptions. This reference guide provides an overview of many popular and powerful free alternatives to proprietary software. Not only can small business owners benefit from this book, but educators and students can as well.

In this book you will find free and open source solutions for office productivity, PDF creation, accounting, image editing and graphic design, desktop publishing, 3D design, CAD, audio and video editing, website and blog creation, customer relationship management, point of sale, networking and security, and alternatives to the Windows and Macintosh operating systems.

This guide helps free the cost-conscious business owner from the bonds of expensive proprietary software by exploring the free and powerful alternatives that exist. You can save a substantial sums of money by replacing just a few commercial software titles with free and open source solutions. Learn how with Pro Freeware and Open Source Solutions for Business today.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title
  3. Copyright
  4. Dedication
  5. Contents at a Glance
  6. Contents
  7. About the Author
  8. About the Technical Reviewer
  9. Acknowledgments
  10. Introduction
  11. Chapter 1: Office Productivity, Note Taking, Accounting, and PDF Creation
    1. AbiWord: Simplicity in Word Processing
      1. Feature Highlights
      2. AbiWord Support
    2. LibreOffice: The Powerful Free Office Suite
      1. LibreOffice Modules
      2. Writer
      3. Calc
      4. Impress
      5. Base
      6. Draw
      7. LibreOffice Support
    3. Zim: Open Source Note-Taking Application
      1. Zim Support
    4. Google Keep: Create, Sync, and Share Notes
      1. Feature Highlights
      2. Google Keep Support
    5. GnuCash: Open Source Accounting Software
      1. Feature Highlights
      2. GnuCash Support
    6. Manager: Free Small Business Accounting Software
      1. Manager Support
    7. PDF reDirect: Basic PDF Creation Freeware
      1. Feature Highlights
      2. PDF reDirect Support
    8. Summary
  12. Chapter 2: Point-of-Sale, CRM, Backup, and Compression Software
    1. Imonggo (Free Version): A Point-of-Sale Utility for The Small Shop or Boutique
      1. Feature Highlights
      2. Imonggo Support
    2. POS/Cash Register: Turn Your Old PC Into a Cash Register
      1. Feature Highlights
      2. POS/Cash Register Support
    3. Insightly: A Free, Easy-to-Use CRM Application
      1. Feature Highlights
      2. Insightly Support
    4. Bitrix24: A Social Intranet, CRM Solution For Small Business
      1. Feature Highlights
      2. Bitrix24 Support
    5. FBackup: A Free Basic Backup Utility
      1. Feature Highlights
      2. FBackup Support
    6. 7Zip: An Open Source Alternative to WinZip
      1. Feature Highlights
      2. 7Zip Support
    7. Summary
  13. Chapter 3: Desktop Publishing, Illustration, Painting, and 3D Modeling Software
    1. Serif PagePlus Starter Edition: A Free, Easy-to-Use Desktop Publishing Program
      1. Feature Highlights
      2. Design Capabilities
      3. PagePlus SE Support
    2. Scribus: The Powerful, Professional, Open Source Desktop Publishing Program
      1. Feature Highlights
      2. Design Capabilities
      3. Scribus Support
    3. Serif DrawPlus Starter Edition: A Free, Basic, Vector Graphics Drawing Program
      1. Feature Highlights
      2. Graphics Creation
      3. DrawPlus SE Support
    4. Inkscape: Pro-Quality Open Source Vector Drawing Software
      1. Feature Highlights
      2. Graphics Creation
      3. Inkscape Support
    5. Krita: The Powerful Open Source Digital Drawing and Painting Program
      1. Feature Highlights
      2. Document Creation
      3. Brush Presets
      4. Krita Support
    6. FreeCAD: Open Source Parametric 3D Modeling Software
      1. Feature Highlights
      2. Drafting Capabilities
      3. FreeCAD Support
    7. Blender: The Ultimate Open Source 3D Creation Software
      1. Feature Highlights
      2. Rendering Capabilities
      3. Blender Support
    8. Summary
  14. Chapter 4: Photo Editing Software
    1. PhotoScape: An Easy-to-Use Photo Editor for Beginners
      1. Feature Highlights
      2. Tools
      3. Filters
      4. Objects
      5. PhotoScape Support
    2. Paint.NET: Basic Image Editing for Windows
      1. Feature Highlights
      2. Editing Capabilities
      3. Graphics Creation
      4. Paint.NET Support
    3. GIMP: The Premier Open Source Image Editor
      1. Feature Highlights
      2. Editing Capabilities
      3. Graphics Creation
      4. GIMP Support
    4. Autodesk Pixlr: Web-Based and Mobile Device Photo Editing
      1. Pixlr Editor
      2. Feature Highlights
      3. Pixlr Express
      4. Feature Highlights
      5. Pixlr O-Matic
      6. Pixlr Support
    5. UFRaw: Open Source RAW Image Editing
      1. Feature Highlights
    6. UFRaw Support
    7. FotoSketcher: Automatically Turn Photos into Digital Art
      1. Feature Highlights
      2. Editing Capabilities
      3. FotoSketcher Support
    8. Summary
  15. Chapter 5: Audio-Video Capture, Conversion, and Editing Software
    1. fre:ac (Free Audio Converter): An Open Source Audio CD Ripping Program
      1. Feature Highlights
      2. fre:ac Support
    2. Audacity®: A Powerful, Open Source Audio Editor
      1. Feature Highlights
    3. Editing Capabilities
      1. Audacity Support
    4. MPEG Streamclip: A Handy, Free Video Conversion Tool
      1. Feature Highlights
    5. Editing Capabilities
      1. MPEG Streamclip Support
    6. Windows Movie Maker: The Free Microsoft Video Editing Tool
      1. Feature Highlights
    7. Editing Capabilities
      1. Windows Movie Maker Support
    8. VirtualDub: Open Source Video Processing for Windows
      1. Feature Highlights
    9. Editing Capabilities
      1. VirtualDub Support
    10. Kdenlive: The Open Source Video Editor for Linux and Mac OS
    11. Feature Highlights
    12. Editing Capabilities
      1. Kdenlive Support
    13. Summary
  16. Chapter 6: Project Planning, Inventory Management, and Time Tracking Software
    1. ProjectLibre: An Open Source Alternative to Microsoft Project
      1. Feature Highlights
      2. ProjectLibre Support
    2. Gantter: A Free Web-Based Project Management Solution
      1. Feature Highlights
      2. Gantter Support
    3. FreeHR: Free Web-Based Human Resource Software
      1. Feature Highlights
      2. FreeHR Support
    4. ABC (Always Better Control) Inventory: A Free Option For the Small- and Mid-Sized Business
      1. Feature Highlights
      2. ABC Inventory Support
    5. My Hours: A Free, Web-Based Time Tracking Tool for the Solo Freelancer
      1. Feature Highlights
      2. My Hours Support
    6. Summary
  17. Chapter 7: Website Creation Software and Web Browsers
    1. WordPress: Free, Open-Source Tool and Content Management System
      1. Feature Highlights
    2. Multi-User and Multi-Blogging
      1. WordPress Support
    3. KompoZer for Easy Web Authoring
      1. Feature Highlights
      2. KompoZer Support
    4. BlueGriffon: A New WYSIWYG Content Editor for the Web
      1. Feature Highlights
      2. BlueGriffon Support
    5. Chromium: Where Google Chrome Gets Its Code
      1. Feature Highlights
    6. Firefox: The Open Source Browser That Respects Privacy
      1. Feature Highlights
    7. Summary
  18. Chapter 8: Content Management Solutions
    1. Drupal: An Open Source, Community-Based Alternative
      1. Feature Highlights
    2. concrete5: An Open Source Content Management System
      1. Feature Highlights
    3. concrete5 Support
    4. GetSimple CMS: A Simple, Open Source Content Management System
      1. Feature Highlights
    5. GetSimpleCMS Support
    6. Summary
  19. Chapter 9: Network and Security Utilities
    1. Nmap: A Free and Open Source Utility for Network Discovery/Security Auditing
      1. Feature Highlights
      2. Nmap Support
    2. Keepass: A Free and Open-Source Password Manager
      1. Feature Highlights
      2. Keepass Support
    3. tcpdump: A Powerful Command Line Packet Analyzer
      1. Feature Highlights
      2. tcpdump Support
    4. Avira: Powerful, Free Antivirus Protection for Personal PCs and Macs
      1. Feature Highlights
      2. Avira Support
    5. ClamAV: An Open Source Cross-Platform (Including Linux) Antivirus Program
      1. Feature Highlights
      2. ClamAV Support
    6. Open Whisper Systems: Open Source Security for Mobile Devices
      1. Open Whisper Systems Support
    7. Summary
  20. Chapter 10: Linux: The Free Alternative to Windows and Mac OS
    1. What Is Linux?
    2. A Brief History of Linux
    3. The Advantages of Using Linux
    4. Ubuntu: Powering Millions of Laptops and Desktop Computers Around the World
      1. Ease of Use
      2. Ubuntu Dashboard and Desktop
      3. Downloading and Installing Ubuntu
      4. Ubuntu Software and Software Center
      5. Running Windows Applications on WINE
      6. Security
      7. Accessory Compatibility
      8. Ubuntu Support
    5. Zorin OS: Especially for Newcomers to Linus
      1. The Look Changer
      2. Downloading and Installing Zorin OS
      3. Zorin OS Support
    6. Linux Mint: A Modern, Elegant Operating System
      1. Downloading and Installing Linux Mint
      2. Linux Mint Support
    7. Summary
  21. Appendix A: Professional Profiles
    1. Patrick David
    2. Steve Czajka
  22. Appendix B: Additional Software Products
    1. Office Productivity, Note Taking, Accounting, and PDF Creation
      1. Jarte
      2. NeoOffice
      3. KeepNote
      4. RedNotebook
      5. TurboCASH
      6. Buddi
      7. CutePDF Writer
    2. Point of Sale, CRM, Backup, and Compression Software
      1. Regit® Express Point of Sale for Windows
      2. SuiteCRM
      3. Areca Backup
      4. PeaZip
    3. Illustration, Painting, 3D Modeling Software, and Photo Editing
      1. Draw SVG
      2. Sumo Paint
      3. K-3D
      4. Photo POS
      5. Darktable
    4. Audio-Video Software
      1. Audiograbber
      2. Avidemux
    5. Project Management
      1. Redmine
  23. Appendix C: Resources for Free and Open Source Software
  24. Index