Software Comparisons

Many Windows or Mac users don’t realise that they don’t need to buy expensive software to have a good reliable fast and useful computer. Almost everything can be performed with Free or Open-Source software. Firstly, some definitions. The “Free” in Free Software really means free as in speech, not free as in beer although it is usually cost free. Open Source software is of a similar nature¬† but there are philosophical differences between them that need not concern us here.

Office Package – LibreOffice v Microsoft Office

The most used software on a computer does not need to be purchased with restrictive licences.  LibreOffice is free to download and is virtually 100% compatible with its proprietary counterparts.

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Graphics – GIMP v Photoshop

GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program) is a full featured graphics creation and editing package, almost as powerful as Photoshop but it’s freely downloadable.

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Desktop Publishing – Scribus v Microsoft Publisher

Scribus is a full professional DTP package suitable for everything from a simple newsletter to a multi page book.

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Audio Editing – Audacity

Audacity can record and edit multi track audio.

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Video Editing – Kdenlive

Kdenlive is a superb mid range video editor but is only available for those using Linux.

For Windows users, have a look at Openshot.

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