You are a new company, a start-up, or a freelancer and you’re on a budget. You’ve just splurged 0n a laptop of the dreams and now you need to purchase some new software to get the work done that pays for your bills. But wait, you look at your checking account and you’re running low on cash and the next time you get a paycheck is not until next month. Now what?
It’s called alternativeto.net, its a place where you can discover free open-source alternative software to mainstream corporate greedy software. I discovered the site on accident (I guess) when I was running Google search for alternative software I use at work, but necessarily can’t afford, or don’t want to spend a costly amount it. The other great thing about this site, is provides screenshots and user feedback from the community, so you can truly find the right software you are looking for, so you don’t spend endless hours downloading, installing and uninstalling software.
Now granted the fact, that not all free alternatives that you find are as great as the mainstream software, for example GIMP for Adobe Photoshop – but it gets the job done. And you don’t have to worry about getting vanned for pirated software. Other alternatives I found:
Microsoft Office > OpenOffice.org (Now owned by Oracle – boohoo!)
Adobe Illustrator > Inkscape
Adobe Dreamweaver > Aptana
Adobe InDesign > Scribus
Another great way to sometimes find alternative free software if your a Apple user is in the Apple’s App Store.