Looking for a better word processor, spreadsheet, presentation program?

Open Source, Software
If you're tired of buggy performance from your current over-priced word processor, spreadsheet or presentation application, or just don't want to pay exorbitant licensing fees for bloated, unstable software, here are a couple of alternatives that won't cost you a dime. The best known of these is OpenOffice.org. OpenOffice.org (OOo) began as StarOffice, developed by Star Division and acquired by Sun Microsystems in 1999. The OpenOffice.org suite is composed of Writer, a word processor similar to Microsoft Word or Word Perfect; Calc, a spreadsheet similar to Microsoft Excel or Lotus 1-2-3; Impress, a presentation program similar to Microsoft PowerPoint and Apple Keynote; Base, a database management similar to Microsoft Access; Draw, a vector graphics editor similar to early versions of Corel Draw and Microsoft Visio; and Math, a tool for…
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Firefox Web browser logs billionth download

Open Source, Software
"The much-loved Firefox Web browser reached a milestone Friday morning — its billionth download. "Quite a feat for a browser that, unlike Microsoft's Internet Explorer or Apple's Safari, is run by a nonprofit organization with fewer than 250 employees. "Firefox, the free browser built on open source software that debuted in 2004, consistently gets high marks for speed, efficiency, adaptability and user-friendliness, and has become hugely popular worldwide." Source: Los Angeles Times via San Jose Mercury-News Download Firefox here
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Handle images with open source rival to Photoshop

Open Source, Software, Video
I'm often asked about what programs I use to handle images… you know, do the routine cropping, resizing, basic retouching, etc. that many images need before they are put on a website or into a video. I own Photoshop® CS3 and have found it be an invaluable tool. But not everyone is thrilled about the prospect of dropping $650 for the latest version of Photoshop. But how would FREE sound? As it happens, there is an Open Source (free to use) clone of Photoshop called the GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program). It is a very powerful application and can do pretty much anything Photoshop can do. But like Photoshop, it has a fairly steep learning curve. So learning by trial and error can be a long and frustrating process. The…
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Put technology to work FOR you!

Hosting, Open Source, Software, WordPress
A short while ago, we posted a review of Open-Realty® 2.5, the latest version of the popular real estate listing and website program. (You can read the review here.) Feedback tells us that there are still quite a few agents and investors who could be using Open-Realty to build their business, but are intimidated by the thought of installing the software, setting up the databases, configuring the application, changing themes (templates), and so on. I have always felt that technology should level the playing field in most occupations, not set a bar that makes entry or advancement difficult. That is one of the chief reasons that Orange Cat Productions set up the How Do I DO That? Videos website – to make technology easier for folks like you and me…
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Open Source and Free Desktop Applications – Mac

Open Source, Software
Great software that you don't have to pay for. On Wednesday, we published a very useful, but admittedly incomplete list of Open Source software for PCs running Windows. Today, we have the list for Macintosh users. Here are a few of our favorite Open Source applications for Max OS X - most of which we use on a regular basis. We'll list some our favorite free applications for Windows and Macs in later posts. In the near future, we'll go in these great apps a little more in-depth, one at a time. In the meantime, download the ones that interest you and start using them. If you have any reservations about learning about how they work, visit HowDoIDoThatVideos.com and see if there is video for the software. If there isn't…
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