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5 Free Alternatives To Licensed Windows Software

5 Free Alternatives To Licensed Windows Software

If you are tired of expensive licensed Windows software and you would like to try something different that works equally well, a number of alternatives are available.

DIA

This is a great alternative for Microsoft Visio designed to function just like the Microsoft proprietary product. It is very important when it comes to drawing a number of distinct diagrams. DIA comes with special objects that aid in drawing relationship diagrams, simple circuits, network diagrams, flowcharts and UML diagrams. The software also helps in adding support for novel shapes through the writing of XML simple files using the SVG subset to draw the various shapes.  DIA can save and load diagrams into an XML custom format, able to export diagrams to SVG or EPS formats as well as printing diagrams, even those with multiple pages.

Pidgin

Pidgin is the alternative software for a number of applications such as MSN, ICQ, Yahoo, AIM and Trillian. The instant messaging client multi-protocol replacement also comes with support for the above mentioned applications including Zephyr networks, Gadu-Gadu, Novell, Jabber, IRC and many others. For better functionality, Pidgin widely supports different sets of plugins.

Apache OpenOffice

This is the ultimate alternative to MS office for windows and one of the popular open source suites for office available. It comes with a lot of tools for databases, graphics, presentations, spreadsheets and even word processing. The tool also allows saving of documents in an open document format as well as reading multiple MS word documents including saving in the MS Word format. Apache OpenOffice comes with six office management tools that include word processing for writing virtually anything from books to letters, Calc, a spreadsheet tool for data presentation, Impress for multimedia presentations, Draw for all image related applications, Base the database tool and Math for the creations of mathematical equations.

OpenShot

OpenShot is the alternative for those tired of Windows Movie Maker. This free feature rich tool that is very simple to use is a video editor specifically for Linux. It has a lot of followers and comes with features allowing arranging and trimming of videos, audio levels adjustment, video transitions, and multiple layers of compositing video, green screen effects or Chroma key while supporting codecs and lots of formats. OpenShot helps in creating title sequences in 3D to impress viewers and one of the easiest 3D animation software to use.

KPlayer

If you are frustrated by Windows Media Player, KPlayer is a great alternative. Windows Media Player is plagued by devastating coded support, bugs and a blue screen that never changes. KPlayer is a pleasing alternative not only for the Windows equivalent but for many other platforms. It helps you to play lots of audio files and video content as well as streams through a friendly and rich interface following the best KDE standards.

KPlayer has a number of different features such as subtitle, audio and video playback from VCD, DVD, URL, file, DVB, TV, CD and much more. Others include configuration dialog, multimedia library for streams and media file organization, among others.

If you are tired of any kind of Windows software that comes with a price tag, it is highly likely there is a free graphic design tool alternative waiting for you.

You may need to get some handson traning on the paid programs by getting a Diploma of Graphics Design from Martin College to certify your skill a a graphic designer.

Toni Meadows is a retired Business professor who now blogs about education and it’s importance in society. He has visited several colleges in Melbourne and has written his observations on business courses and opinions about each one.

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