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== Web Based Free Alternatives to Commercial Software  ==
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A UK firm is offering free web access to open source tools. This takes away the pain of installing some open source tools. The project is called Bamboo Toolbox and is available here:
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http://hughesbennett.co.uk/Bamboo
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The Campus Technology magazine has featured it in an article:
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http://campustechnology.com/articles/2011/03/16/site-gives-students-web-access-to-open-source-computation-tools.aspx
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== Standard Software - Public Windows PCs<br>  ==
 
== Standard Software - Public Windows PCs<br>  ==
  
*ActiveState: Perl and TCL -- already can be freely distributed to Windows and Linux.  
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*ActiveState: Perl and TCL -- already can be freely distributed to Windows and Linux.
*Adobe: Acrobat Reader, Flash Player, Shockwave. -- license to distribute can be obtained from Adobe for both Windows and Linux.  
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*Adobe: Acrobat Reader, Flash Player, Shockwave. -- license to distribute can be obtained from Adobe for both Windows and Linux.<br>
*'''''Allele A1 -- Test/Wine. free to distribute, Windows/Mac only. May be able to use Wine on Linux.'''''
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*'''''Allele A1 -- Test/Wine.''''' free to distribute, Windows/Mac only. May be able to use Wine on Linux.
*Artemis -- already free to distribute for Unix, Windows.  
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*Artemis -- already free to distribute for Linux, Windows.<br>
*'''''Artstor -- Test/Wine + Check with vendor re: distribution (cannot distribute freely ATM). Need to check w/ Artstor if we can do that. No version for Linux -- check Wine.'''''
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*'''''Artstor -- Test/Wine + Check with vendor re: distribution''''' (cannot distribute freely ATM). Need to check w/ Artstor if we can do that. No version for Linux -- check Wine.
*'''''ATLAS.ti''''' -- free trial available. Does not work on Linux. Check Wine. Confirm w/ company if trial can be distributed.  
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*'''''ATLAS.ti''''' -- Test/Wine. Free trial available. Does not work on Linux. Check Wine. Confirm w/ company if trial can be distributed.
*Audacity -- already free for Mac/Win/Linux.  
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*Audacity -- already free for Mac/Win/Linux.
*Blender -- already free for Mac/Win/Linux.  
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*Blender -- already free for Mac/Win/Linux.
*'''''Charges 2000''''' -- may be able to distribute for free. Does not work on Linux - check wine.  
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*'''''Charges 2000 -- Test/Wine.''''' May be able to distribute. Does not work on Linux - check wine.
*'''''ChemBioDraw -- Alternative needed. Windows only with some Mac apps. Commercial. May be able to work with Wine but cannot be distributed freely.&nbsp;'''''
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*'''''ChemBioDraw -- Alternative needed.''''' Windows only with some Mac apps. Commercial. May be able to work with Wine but cannot be distributed freely.
*CMAP Tools -- free. Win/Linux.  
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*CMAP Tools -- free. Win/Linux.
*Cn-3D (NCBI) -- free Win/Mac/Linux.  
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*Cn-3D (NCBI) -- free Win/Mac/Linux.
*DAO -- windows only, but if apps don't run on windows, not needed.  
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*DAO -- bundled with XP SP3 and above, windows only, but if apps don't run on windows, not needed.<br>
*'''''Data Desk -- Alternative needed. Win/Mac. commercial'''''
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*'''''Data Desk -- Alternative needed.''''' Win/Mac. commercial.
*DL Recorder -- Windows only. Alternative: Audacity.  
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*DL Recorder -- Windows only. Alternative: Audacity.<br>
*'''''EndNote -- Alternative needed.'''''  
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*'''''EndNote -- Alternatives exist''''': some are web-based subscriptions, some are open-source programs.
*'''''EViews -- Alternative needed.'''''  
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*#Zotero (see http://guides.middlebury.edu/zotero) -- Windows/Mac only. Cannot distribute freely.
*'''''Express (USA&nbsp;Express) -- free. Need to see if it works with Wine.'''''
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*#JabRef - Java-based reference database for Win/Mac/Linux. Stores references in the popular and common BibTeX format. Similar layout to EndNote. WARNING: Compatibility problems with Endnote import / export. Learn more here: http://jabref.sourceforge.net/
*'''''FatePC'''''
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*#For more options and details, see [http://guides.middlebury.edu/citation Citation and Style Guides].
*'''''FTS (Financial Trading System) - DOS-based. Alternative needed. May be able to emulate in DOSBox but cannot distribute freely.'''''
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*'''''EViews -- Alternative needed.<br>'''''
*'''''GenMAPP. Alternative available - evaluate. may be free/open source, though created with visualbasic. May be able to run with Wine. A Java-based alternative is available. Need to evaluate.&nbsp;http://www.genmapp.org/FAQ2.html#mac'''''
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*'''''Express (USA&nbsp;Express) -- Test/Wine.''''' Free. Need to see if it works with Wine.
*'''''Geometer's Sketchpad -- Alternative needed. Win/Mac. Commercial.'''''
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*'''''FatePC&nbsp;???<br>'''''
*'''''GeoSim -- may be free to distribute. Windows only. May be able to run under Wine.'''''
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*'''''FTS (Financial Trading System) -- Alternative needed.''''' May be able to emulate in DOSBox but cannot distribute freely.
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*'''''GenMAPP. Alternative available - evaluate.''''' may be free/open source, though created with visualbasic. May be able to run with Wine. A Java-based alternative is available. Need to evaluate.&nbsp;http://www.genmapp.org/FAQ2.html#mac
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*'''''Geometer's Sketchpad -- Alternative needed.''''' Win/Mac. Commercial.
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*'''''GeoSim -- Test/Wine.''''' may be free to distribute. Windows only. May be able to run under Wine.
 
*Gnuplot -- free. Win/Linux.
 
*Gnuplot -- free. Win/Linux.
 
*Google Earth -- free. Win/Mac/Linux
 
*Google Earth -- free. Win/Mac/Linux
 
*GS View -- free. Win/Linux.
 
*GS View -- free. Win/Linux.
*Hyperion Interactive Web Client (plugin) -- not needed for courses, though Linux version exists. May be able to distribute client software, but not really needed ATM.
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*Hyperion Interactive Web Client (plugin) -- not needed for courses, though Linux version exists. May be able to distribute client software, but not really needed ATM.<br>
*'''''IGOR Pro -- Alternative needed. Win/Mac. Commercial.'''''
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*'''''IGOR Pro -- Alternative needed.''''' Win/Mac. Commercial.
*'''''iTunes and QuickTime -- Test/Wine OR Alternative needed. Win/Mac. Free - may be able to distribute, need to check with vendor.&nbsp;'''''
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*'''''iTunes and QuickTime -- Test/Wine OR Alternative needed.''''' Win/Mac. Free - may be able to distribute, need to check with vendor.
*Language School Software Pack (see&nbsp;[[#Language_Support_Software|#Language_Support_Software]]&nbsp;below).  
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*Language School Software Pack (see&nbsp;[[#Language_Support_Software|#Language_Support_Software]]&nbsp;below).<br>
*'''''Maple -- Alternative needed. Runs on Linux but is commercial.'''''
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*'''''Maple -- Alternative needed.''''' Runs on Linux but is commercial.
*'''''Mathematica -- Alternative needed. Runs on Linux but is commercial.&nbsp;'''''
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*'''''Mathematica -- Alternative needed.''''' Runs on Linux but is commercial.
*'''''MathType -- Alternative found. Evaluate. OpenOffice has an equation editor. Scientists tend to use LaTeX.'''''
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*'''''MathType -- Alternative found.''''' Evaluate. OpenOffice has an equation editor. Scientists tend to use LaTeX.
*'''''MDL Chime -- Test/Wine. Check with vendor re: licensing. Commercial, but may be able to distribute.&nbsp;http://ariadne.mse.uiuc.edu/Info/Chime/chime_linux.html'''''
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*'''''MDL Chime -- Test/Wine.''''' Check with vendor re: licensing. Commercial, but may be able to distribute.&nbsp;http://ariadne.mse.uiuc.edu/Info/Chime/chime_linux.html
*'''''MestReC -- Alternative needed. Runs on Linux but is commercial.'''''
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*'''''MestReC -- Alternative needed.''''' Runs on Linux but is commercial.
*'''''Microsoft Office 2007 (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Access) with'''''[http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/suites/HA102113691033.aspx '''''proofing tools''''']'''''for'''''[http://go.middlebury.edu/ls '''''all Language Schools''''']'''''&nbsp;-- Alternative found. Evaluate. Open Office.'''''
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*'''''Microsoft Office -- Alternative found.''''' OpenOffice (http://openoffice.org) - robust &amp; stable office suite, most Office features, can load &amp; save MS Office file formats, very similar to Office 2003 in layout &amp; functionality.
*'''''Mike's Bikes'''''
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**Strengths of OpenOffice over MS Office: better support for style-based formatting, "save to PDF" feature included by default, better auto-recover documents.
*'''''MPEG Streamclip -- Test/Wine. Can distribute freely. Also see alternatives:&nbsp;http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_video_editing_software.'''''
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**Weaknesses: no new shiny layout, formats .doc files imperfectly, some advanced features missing.
*NetLogo -- free and runs on Linux.
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*'''''Mike's Bikes&nbsp;????<br>'''''
*Nvu -- free and runs on Linux.
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*'''''MPEG Streamclip -- Test/Wine.''''' Can distribute freely. Also see alternatives:&nbsp;http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_video_editing_software.
*'''''OCR Software: Microsoft Office Document Imaging (see'''''[[OCR Using Microsoft Office Document Imaging|'''''OCR_Using_Microsoft_Office_Document_Imaging''''']]''''') -- Alternative found. Evaluate. See&nbsp;http://www.google.com/search?sourceid=chrome&amp;ie=UTF-8&amp;q=linux+ocr &nbsp;AND search tesseract GUI linux.'''''
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*NetLogo -- free and runs on Win/Mac/Linux.
*OpenBabel, OpenPerl IDE.  
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*Nvu -- free and runs on Win/Mac/Linux.<br>
*OR Tutor.
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*'''''OCR Software&nbsp;'''''-- Alternative found. Evaluate. See&nbsp;http://www.google.com/search?sourceid=chrome&amp;ie=UTF-8&amp;q=linux+ocr &nbsp;AND search tesseract GUI linux.
*PCGets, PC-ORD, PDF Creator, PopCycle, Protein Explorer, Putty, Python.  
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*OpenBabel. Free. Win/Mac/Linux.
*R, RasMol.  
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*OpenPerl IDE. Free. Win. For Linux see Eclipse, jEdit.<br>
*SciFinder Scholar, Second Life, SPSS 16, Stata SE, Stellarium, Swiss PDF Viewer.  
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*'''OR Tutor&nbsp;???<br>'''
*TeXnic Center.  
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*'''''PCGets. Need alternative.''''' Commerical. Win/Linux. If it's a must, see Wine for emulation.&nbsp;http://www.doornik.com/products.html
*Viewer Lite (Accelersys), Vim, VMD.  
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*'''''PC-ORD. Need alternative.''''' Commercial. Win. If it's a must, see Wine for emulation.
*WinEdt, WinHaze, WinSCP, Write-N-Cite.  
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*PDF Creator. Can be done via Cups in Linux and PDF creation is supported on Mac out of the box.<br>
*Xming.
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*'''''PopCycle - Test/Wine.''''' Free. May be able to distribute. Check with the author.&nbsp;http://faculty.washington.edu/herronjc/SoftwareFolder/PopCycle.html
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*'''''Protein Explorer - Alternative found.''''' Windows only. See alternative at&nbsp;http://www.umass.edu/microbio/chime/pe_beta/pe/protexpl/
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*Putty -- ssh is built-in Linux and Mac, not needed.
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*Python -- free Win/Mac/Linux.
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*R - Win/Mac/Linux. Free.
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*RasMol - Java based. Win/Mac/Linux. Free&nbsp;
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*SciFinder Scholar - web based (search for SciFinder in our [http://go.middlebury.edu/databases Databases A-Z] list for login instructions)<br>
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*'''''Second Life. Test/Wine.''''' Win/Mac. Free, but closed-source. Need to check with vendor if we can distribute it.
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*'''''SPSS 16. Alternative found.''''' Win/Mac/Linux. Commercial. Need to test alternative: PSPP (http://www.gnu.org/software/pspp/)
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*'''''Stata SE. Need alternative.''''' Win/Mac/Linux. Commercial. Can be run via terminal services - consider.
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*Stellarium. Win/Mac/Linux. Open Source.<br>
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*'''''Swiss PDB Viewer - Test/Wine.''''' Win/Mac.&nbsp;http://spdbv.vital-it.ch/wine.html
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*'''''TeXnic Center -- Alternative found.''''' Kile and teTeX.&nbsp;http://www.ces.clemson.edu/linux/latex.shtml#kile
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*'''''Viewer Lite (Accelersys) -- Alternative needed.''''' One option is jMol. See&nbsp;http://mailman.ic.ac.uk/pipermail/chemweb/2003-May/001402.html
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*Vim. Win/Mac/Linix - open source.
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*VMD.&nbsp;Win/Mac/Linix - open source.
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*WinEdt - just use Kile or teTeX.<br>
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*'''''WinHaze -- Test/Wine.''''' http://vista.cira.colostate.edu/improve/Tools/win_haze.htm
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*WinSCP. Just use FileZilla for Linux.<br>
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*'''''Write-N-Cite -- Alternative found.''''' Lots of alternatives. See&nbsp;http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_reference_management_software
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*Xming -- X is at the core of most Linux distros.
  
 
== Standard Software - Public Macintosh Computers  ==
 
== Standard Software - Public Macintosh Computers  ==
  
The following software is standard (available) across ALL of our Public Macintosh Computers. The software applications that&nbsp;are most popular are outlined in bold.  
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The following software is standard (available) across ALL of our Public Macintosh Computers. The software applications that&nbsp;are most popular are outlined in bold.
  
*Adobe: Acrobat Reader, Flash Player, Shockwave.  
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*Adobe: Acrobat Reader, Flash Player, Shockwave&nbsp;(see Windows section).
*Artstor, Audacity.  
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*Artstor, Audacity&nbsp;(see Windows section).
*Blender.  
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*Blender&nbsp;(see Windows section).
*Google Earth  
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*Google Earth (see Windows section).<br>
*iLife 09 (iMovie, iDVD, iPhoto), iTunes and QuickTime.  
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*'''''iMovie -- alternative found. Lots of options.&nbsp;<br>http://fixounet.free.fr/avidemux/, <br>http://www.openshotvideo.com/, <br>http://www.pitivi.org/, <br>http://cinelerra.org/about.php, <br>http://lives.sourceforge.net/,&nbsp;<br>Also see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_video_editing_software,&nbsp;http://www.cyberciti.biz/faq/top5-linux-video-editing-system-software'''''<br>
*Microsoft Office 2008 (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Entourage) [http://www.microsoft.com/mac/itpros/default.mspx?clr=99-15-0&srcid=73264c8f-de1a-41c6-b40a-b9376c5aa62f1033&ep=9&target=6474a4a6-9d3e-4bde-a255-fb9286ef5d101033 with Proofing tools for these languages]
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*'''''iDVD -- alternative found (kinda)&nbsp;http://burn-osx.sourceforge.net/<br>'''''
*MPEG Streamclip.  
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*iPhoto -- Just use Picasa.<br>
*Second Life
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*'''''GarageBand -- alternative found.&nbsp;http://www.ardour.org,&nbsp;http://www.acidplanet.com/downloads/xpress/, http://lmms.sourceforge.net/, http://traverso-daw.org/'''''<br>
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*iWeb (see Windows section - Nvu)
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*Pages, Keynote, Numbers (see Windows section - OpenOffice)
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*iTunes and QuickTime (see Windows section).
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*Microsoft Office 2008 (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Entourage) [http://www.microsoft.com/mac/itpros/default.mspx?clr=99-15-0&srcid=73264c8f-de1a-41c6-b40a-b9376c5aa62f1033&ep=9&target=6474a4a6-9d3e-4bde-a255-fb9286ef5d101033 with Proofing tools for these languages]&nbsp;(see Windows section).
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*MPEG Streamclip (see Windows section).
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*Second Life (see Windows section).
  
 
== Language Support Software<br>  ==
 
== Language Support Software<br>  ==
  
*All of our public computing facilities offer the ability to type in any of the languages taught at Middlebury and MIIS (http://go.middlebury.edu/ls).<br>  
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*All of our public computing facilities offer the ability to type in any of the languages taught at Middlebury and MIIS (http://go.middlebury.edu/ls).<br>http://scs.earlham.edu/changing-the-keyboard-layout-in-ubuntu-8-04
*Microsoft Office for Windows PCs provides spellcheck and grammar support for any of the languages taught at Middlebury and MIIS (http://go.middlebury.edu/ls).<br>
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*Open Office for provides spellcheck and grammar support for any of the languages taught at Middlebury and MIIS (http://go.middlebury.edu/ls).<br>
*Microsoft Office for Mac provides spellcheck and grammar support for the following languages: [http://www.microsoft.com/mac/help.mspx?clr=99-4-0&srcid=987fc20a-b6bd-49db-8ba1-6a263a924b411033&ep=9&target=6474a4a6-9d3e-4bde-a255-fb9286ef5d101033&CTT=RelatedLink&usid=1947081e-0474-4df5-9aab-daca1f30c55f Office 2008 Supported Languages]<br>  
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*Additional language-related apps available on all of our public computing facilities: <br>'''''<br>Nakama -- Alternative needed.'''''<br>'''<br>Atajo -- Alternative needed.'''<br>'''''<br>Mandarin Chinese -- Alternative needed.'''''<br><br>Russian Cyrillic --&nbsp;http://scs.earlham.edu/changing-the-keyboard-layout-in-ubuntu-8-04<br>Hot Potatoes - java based. Free to distribute. Win/Mac/Linux.
*Additional language-related apps available on all of our public computing facilities: Nakama, Atajo, Mandarin Chinese, Russian Cyrillic, Hot Potatoes.
 
  
 
== Standard Computer Classrooms and Labs  ==
 
== Standard Computer Classrooms and Labs  ==
  
The following computer classrooms/labs have only the standard software outlined above:  
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The following computer classrooms/labs have only the standard software outlined above:
  
*Music Library Carrels  
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*Music Library Carrels
*Main Library&nbsp;Carrels  
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*Davis Family Library&nbsp;Carrels
 
*RAJ
 
*RAJ
  
 
== Specialized Computer Classrooms and Labs  ==
 
== Specialized Computer Classrooms and Labs  ==
  
In addition to the standard software bundle, the following computer classrooms and labs have specialized software. Locations with&nbsp;Macs are shaded.  
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In addition to the standard software bundle, the following computer classrooms and labs have specialized software. Locations with&nbsp;Macs are shaded.
  
 
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| bgcolor="#0099ff" | Alternatives
| Main Library - Room 105
 
| bgcolor="#0099ff" | Main Library - Wilson Lab
 
| MBH - Armstrong 161
 
| MBH - Armstrong Library
 
| MBH 116/117
 
| Munroe 214
 
| Sunderland 121 (24hr lab)
 
| Sunderland ILC3
 
| Sunderland 202
 
 
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| Adobe Acrobat Pro 9  
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| Adobe Acrobat Pro 9
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| Combination of cups-pdf, OpenOffice and web-based forms via Drupal or Google Docs. Regarding wine integration:&nbsp;http://appdb.winehq.org/appview.php?appId=847
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| X
 
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| X
 
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| Adobe Bridge CS4  
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| Adobe Bridge CS4
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| Digikam, GTKam, F-spot, Rawstudio, Gimp with raw plugins, http://ksvichaar.blogspot.com/2007/06/camera-raw-editors-for-linux.html<br> http://www.linux.com/archive/feed/56128
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| X
 
| X
 
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| <br>
 
| <br>
 
| <br>
 
 
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| Adobe Dreamweaver CS4  
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| Adobe Dreamweaver CS4
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| Nvu
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| X
 
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| X
 
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| Adobe Flash Pro CS4  
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| Adobe Flash Pro CS4
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| None that are equivalent. Some options:&nbsp;Mainly: http://www.openlaszlo.org/
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| Adobe Illustrator CS4  
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| Adobe Illustrator CS4
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| Primarily&nbsp;http://www.inkscape.org/. Also http://www.xaraxtreme.org/ and http://www.skencil.org/
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| X
 
| X<br>
 
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| X
 
| <br>
 
| <br>
 
| <br>
 
| <br>
 
 
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|-
| Adobe Indesign CS4  
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| Adobe Indesign CS4
| X<br>
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| Primarily http://www.scribus.net/<br>
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| X
 
| X
 
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| X<br>
 
| <br>
 
| <br>
 
| <br>
 
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| Adobe Photoshop CS4^  
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| Adobe Photoshop CS4^
| X<br>  
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| http://www.gimp.org/ and http://www.gimpshop.com/<br>Use http://www.xnview.com/ for resizing, basic retouching, conversion.
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| ArcGIS  
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| ArcGIS
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| X<br>
 
| X
 
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| Brainstorm  
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| Brainstorm
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| X<br>
 
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| <br>
 
 
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| Cinematize  
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| Cinematize
| &nbsp;
 
| &nbsp;
 
| X
 
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| &nbsp;
 
| &nbsp;
 
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| DataStudio  
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| DataStudio
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| <br>
 
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| X<br>
 
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| DeltaGraph  
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| DeltaGraph
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| X<br>
 
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| DVD Studio Pro  
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| DVD Studio Pro
| X<br>
 
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| E-Prime  
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| E-Prime
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| X<br>
 
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| FontLab  
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| FontLab
| <br>  
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| <br>
 
| <br>
 
| X<br>
 
| X<br>
 
| X
 
 
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| Final Cut Pro  
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| Final Cut Pro
| X
 
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| Final Cut Express  
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| Google Earth PRO
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| Google Earth PRO
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| Graphing Calculator
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| Graphing Calculator
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| Kaleida Graph
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| <br>
 
| <br>
 
| <br>
 
 
| <br>
 
| <br>
 
|-
 
|-
| Kaleida Graph
+
| Logic Works
| <br>
 
| <br>
 
| <br>
 
| <br>
 
|
 
| X<br>
 
| <br>
 
| <br>
 
| <br>
 
 
| <br>
 
| <br>
 
|-
 
|-
| Logic Works
+
| Mathcad
| <br>
+
| &nbsp;
| <br>
+
|-
| <br>
+
| Matlab
| <br>
 
|
 
| X<br>
 
| <br>
 
| <br>
 
| <br>
 
 
| <br>
 
| <br>
 
|-
 
|-
| Mathcad
+
| Minitab
| &nbsp;
 
| &nbsp;
 
| &nbsp;
 
| &nbsp;
 
|
 
| X
 
| &nbsp;
 
| &nbsp;
 
| &nbsp;
 
 
| &nbsp;
 
| &nbsp;
 
|-
 
|-
| Matlab
+
| Multisim
| <br>  
+
| <br>
| <br>
 
| <br>
 
| <br>
 
|
 
| X
 
| <br>
 
| X
 
| X
 
| X
 
|-
 
| Minitab
 
| &nbsp;
 
| X
 
| &nbsp;
 
| &nbsp;
 
|
 
| &nbsp;
 
| X
 
| &nbsp;
 
| &nbsp;
 
| &nbsp;
 
 
|-
 
|-
| Multisim
+
| Shazam
| <br>
 
| <br>
 
| <br>
 
| <br>
 
|
 
| X<br>
 
| <br>
 
| <br>
 
| <br>
 
 
| <br>
 
| <br>
 
|-
 
|-
| Shazam
+
| Sibelius
| <br>
+
| http://musescore.org/en/download
| <br>
 
| <br>
 
| <br>
 
|
 
| X
 
| X
 
| X
 
| X<br>
 
| X<br>
 
 
|-
 
|-
| Soundtrack Pro  
+
| Soundtrack Pro
| X<br>
 
| <br>
 
| <br>
 
| <br>
 
|
 
| <br>
 
| <br>
 
| <br>
 
| <br>
 
 
| <br>
 
| <br>
 
|-
 
|-
| Spartan 08  
+
| Spartan 08
| <br>  
+
| <br>
| <br>
 
| <br>
 
| <br>
 
|
 
| X<br>
 
| <br>
 
| <br>
 
| <br>
 
| X
 
 
|-
 
|-
| StatTransfer  
+
| StatTransfer
| <br>
+
| <br>
| <br>
 
| <br>
 
| <br>
 
|
 
| <br>
 
| <br>
 
| <br>
 
| <br>
 
| X<br>
 
 
|-
 
|-
| Stella  
+
| Stella
| <br>
 
| X<br>
 
| <br>
 
| <br>
 
|
 
| X<br>
 
| <br>
 
| <br>
 
| <br>
 
 
| <br>
 
| <br>
 
|}
 
|}
  
<br>  
+
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 +
^ Adobe ImageReady has been discontinued by Adobe.
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== Main Sources for Free Alternatives to Commercial Software  ==
 +
 
 +
*http://www.linuxalt.com/
 +
*http://alternativeto.net
 +
*http://www.osalt.com/
 +
*http://www.opensource.org/
 +
*http://vinterstille.dk/adobe-creative-suite-oss-alternative-v2
 +
*http://www.opensourcewindows.org/ and&nbsp;http://www.opensourcemac.org/
 +
*http://freevideosoftware.org/
 +
*http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Lists_of_software
 +
*http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_software_products
 +
*http://www.opensitesolutions.com/
 +
*http://downloadpedia.org/Open_Source_Alternative_to_Commercial_Software
 +
*http://linuxappfinder.com
 +
*http://sourceforge.net/
 +
*http://www.best-freeware.com/
 +
 
 +
== Selection of essential free alternatives to commercial software  ==
 +
 
 +
Most computers need a set of software to be productive. This section is meant to address this minimal set of software.
 +
 
 +
Note: Discussion on recommended browsers has been intentionally omitted, though Google Chrome is an interesting option, providing built-in PDF and Flash player support.
 +
 
 +
'''Antivirus and Security (PC Only)'''
 +
 
 +
*[http://www.microsoft.com/security_essentials/default.aspx Microsoft Security Essentials]&nbsp;<br>Note: While this software is free to use, and quite appropriate for your personal computer, it is not meant to be installed on College computers (wording in [http://www.microsoft.com/security_essentials/eula.aspx Microsoft's EULA suggests this restriction] and, in addition, the software lacks a centralized management console).
 +
*TrueCrypt (for encryption)
 +
 
 +
'''File Backup and Recovery'''
 +
 
 +
*Dropbox (hands down - and see, it's listed second - it's '''that''' important)
 +
*YamiPod (copying your music from '''your''' iPod to '''your''' computer - note the emphasis on '''your''')&nbsp;
 +
 
 +
'''Office Software Suite (word processing, presentation, spreadsheet)'''
 +
 
 +
*[http://www.openoffice.org/ OpenOffice]
 +
 
 +
'''Web Design Software'''
 +
 
 +
In theory, with Drupal, our Blogs and this Wiki, there's less of a need for a standalone web design software. Nevertheless, we list the following web design software:
 +
 
 +
*[http://kompozer.net/ Kompozer]
 +
 
 +
'''Communications (Email, Chat, Video and Audio Conferencing, File Transfer, VPN, desktop sharing/remote desktop)'''
 +
 
 +
*Webmail (hey, it '''is''' free for us and compatibility-wise beats every free email client).
 +
**FileZilla for PCs and Cyberduck for Macs (please try to avoid using FTP and insist on Secure FTP instead)
 +
*vpn.middlebury.edu
 +
*For desktop sharing, the built-in tools Microsoft Remote Assistance and Apple's Screen Sharing are recommended. TeamViewer is an option, and has had several security certifications, but it does route your (encrypted) traffic through their servers. Skype is an option, too.
  
^ Adobe ImageReady has been discontinued by Adobe.
+
'''Digital Media Playback, Organization and Editing'''
  
<br>  
+
*Picasa (for photo organizing and basic picture editing)
 +
*MS Paint (or Preview.app for Mac) for basic annotation and format conversion (e.g. BMP to JPEG or PNG)
 +
*Gimpshop (for advanced photo editing)
 +
*Scribus (for desktop publishing and layout - e.g. poster design)
 +
*Inkscape (for vector graphics)&nbsp;
 +
*Audacity (for audio recording, conversion and basic editing)<br>
 +
*Community Clips for PCs and QuickTime X for Mac (screencapture)
 +
*MiddMedia and MPEG Streamclip, QuickTime X (for video conversion)
 +
*VLC (for viewing just about every video under the sun '''and''' the moon)
  
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Web Based Free Alternatives to Commercial Software

A UK firm is offering free web access to open source tools. This takes away the pain of installing some open source tools. The project is called Bamboo Toolbox and is available here:

http://hughesbennett.co.uk/Bamboo

The Campus Technology magazine has featured it in an article:

http://campustechnology.com/articles/2011/03/16/site-gives-students-web-access-to-open-source-computation-tools.aspx

Standard Software - Public Windows PCs

  • ActiveState: Perl and TCL -- already can be freely distributed to Windows and Linux.
  • Adobe: Acrobat Reader, Flash Player, Shockwave. -- license to distribute can be obtained from Adobe for both Windows and Linux.
  • Allele A1 -- Test/Wine. free to distribute, Windows/Mac only. May be able to use Wine on Linux.
  • Artemis -- already free to distribute for Linux, Windows.
  • Artstor -- Test/Wine + Check with vendor re: distribution (cannot distribute freely ATM). Need to check w/ Artstor if we can do that. No version for Linux -- check Wine.
  • ATLAS.ti -- Test/Wine. Free trial available. Does not work on Linux. Check Wine. Confirm w/ company if trial can be distributed.
  • Audacity -- already free for Mac/Win/Linux.
  • Blender -- already free for Mac/Win/Linux.
  • Charges 2000 -- Test/Wine. May be able to distribute. Does not work on Linux - check wine.
  • ChemBioDraw -- Alternative needed. Windows only with some Mac apps. Commercial. May be able to work with Wine but cannot be distributed freely.
  • CMAP Tools -- free. Win/Linux.
  • Cn-3D (NCBI) -- free Win/Mac/Linux.
  • DAO -- bundled with XP SP3 and above, windows only, but if apps don't run on windows, not needed.
  • Data Desk -- Alternative needed. Win/Mac. commercial.
  • DL Recorder -- Windows only. Alternative: Audacity.
  • EndNote -- Alternatives exist: some are web-based subscriptions, some are open-source programs.
    1. Zotero (see http://guides.middlebury.edu/zotero) -- Windows/Mac only. Cannot distribute freely.
    2. JabRef - Java-based reference database for Win/Mac/Linux. Stores references in the popular and common BibTeX format. Similar layout to EndNote. WARNING: Compatibility problems with Endnote import / export. Learn more here: http://jabref.sourceforge.net/
    3. For more options and details, see Citation and Style Guides.
  • EViews -- Alternative needed.
  • Express (USA Express) -- Test/Wine. Free. Need to see if it works with Wine.
  • FatePC ???
  • FTS (Financial Trading System) -- Alternative needed. May be able to emulate in DOSBox but cannot distribute freely.
  • GenMAPP. Alternative available - evaluate. may be free/open source, though created with visualbasic. May be able to run with Wine. A Java-based alternative is available. Need to evaluate. http://www.genmapp.org/FAQ2.html#mac
  • Geometer's Sketchpad -- Alternative needed. Win/Mac. Commercial.
  • GeoSim -- Test/Wine. may be free to distribute. Windows only. May be able to run under Wine.
  • Gnuplot -- free. Win/Linux.
  • Google Earth -- free. Win/Mac/Linux
  • GS View -- free. Win/Linux.
  • Hyperion Interactive Web Client (plugin) -- not needed for courses, though Linux version exists. May be able to distribute client software, but not really needed ATM.
  • IGOR Pro -- Alternative needed. Win/Mac. Commercial.
  • iTunes and QuickTime -- Test/Wine OR Alternative needed. Win/Mac. Free - may be able to distribute, need to check with vendor.
  • Language School Software Pack (see #Language_Support_Software below).
  • Maple -- Alternative needed. Runs on Linux but is commercial.
  • Mathematica -- Alternative needed. Runs on Linux but is commercial.
  • MathType -- Alternative found. Evaluate. OpenOffice has an equation editor. Scientists tend to use LaTeX.
  • MDL Chime -- Test/Wine. Check with vendor re: licensing. Commercial, but may be able to distribute. http://ariadne.mse.uiuc.edu/Info/Chime/chime_linux.html
  • MestReC -- Alternative needed. Runs on Linux but is commercial.
  • Microsoft Office -- Alternative found. OpenOffice (http://openoffice.org) - robust & stable office suite, most Office features, can load & save MS Office file formats, very similar to Office 2003 in layout & functionality.
    • Strengths of OpenOffice over MS Office: better support for style-based formatting, "save to PDF" feature included by default, better auto-recover documents.
    • Weaknesses: no new shiny layout, formats .doc files imperfectly, some advanced features missing.
  • Mike's Bikes ????
  • MPEG Streamclip -- Test/Wine. Can distribute freely. Also see alternatives: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_video_editing_software.
  • NetLogo -- free and runs on Win/Mac/Linux.
  • Nvu -- free and runs on Win/Mac/Linux.
  • OCR Software -- Alternative found. Evaluate. See http://www.google.com/search?sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8&q=linux+ocr  AND search tesseract GUI linux.
  • OpenBabel. Free. Win/Mac/Linux.
  • OpenPerl IDE. Free. Win. For Linux see Eclipse, jEdit.
  • OR Tutor ???
  • PCGets. Need alternative. Commerical. Win/Linux. If it's a must, see Wine for emulation. http://www.doornik.com/products.html
  • PC-ORD. Need alternative. Commercial. Win. If it's a must, see Wine for emulation.
  • PDF Creator. Can be done via Cups in Linux and PDF creation is supported on Mac out of the box.
  • PopCycle - Test/Wine. Free. May be able to distribute. Check with the author. http://faculty.washington.edu/herronjc/SoftwareFolder/PopCycle.html
  • Protein Explorer - Alternative found. Windows only. See alternative at http://www.umass.edu/microbio/chime/pe_beta/pe/protexpl/
  • Putty -- ssh is built-in Linux and Mac, not needed.
  • Python -- free Win/Mac/Linux.
  • R - Win/Mac/Linux. Free.
  • RasMol - Java based. Win/Mac/Linux. Free 
  • SciFinder Scholar - web based (search for SciFinder in our Databases A-Z list for login instructions)
  • Second Life. Test/Wine. Win/Mac. Free, but closed-source. Need to check with vendor if we can distribute it.
  • SPSS 16. Alternative found. Win/Mac/Linux. Commercial. Need to test alternative: PSPP (http://www.gnu.org/software/pspp/)
  • Stata SE. Need alternative. Win/Mac/Linux. Commercial. Can be run via terminal services - consider.
  • Stellarium. Win/Mac/Linux. Open Source.
  • Swiss PDB Viewer - Test/Wine. Win/Mac. http://spdbv.vital-it.ch/wine.html
  • TeXnic Center -- Alternative found. Kile and teTeX. http://www.ces.clemson.edu/linux/latex.shtml#kile
  • Viewer Lite (Accelersys) -- Alternative needed. One option is jMol. See http://mailman.ic.ac.uk/pipermail/chemweb/2003-May/001402.html
  • Vim. Win/Mac/Linix - open source.
  • VMD. Win/Mac/Linix - open source.
  • WinEdt - just use Kile or teTeX.
  • WinHaze -- Test/Wine. http://vista.cira.colostate.edu/improve/Tools/win_haze.htm
  • WinSCP. Just use FileZilla for Linux.
  • Write-N-Cite -- Alternative found. Lots of alternatives. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_reference_management_software
  • Xming -- X is at the core of most Linux distros.

Standard Software - Public Macintosh Computers

The following software is standard (available) across ALL of our Public Macintosh Computers. The software applications that are most popular are outlined in bold.

Language Support Software

Standard Computer Classrooms and Labs

The following computer classrooms/labs have only the standard software outlined above:

  • Music Library Carrels
  • Davis Family Library Carrels
  • RAJ

Specialized Computer Classrooms and Labs

In addition to the standard software bundle, the following computer classrooms and labs have specialized software. Locations with Macs are shaded.

Software Alternatives
Adobe Acrobat Pro 9 Combination of cups-pdf, OpenOffice and web-based forms via Drupal or Google Docs. Regarding wine integration: http://appdb.winehq.org/appview.php?appId=847
Adobe Bridge CS4 Digikam, GTKam, F-spot, Rawstudio, Gimp with raw plugins, http://ksvichaar.blogspot.com/2007/06/camera-raw-editors-for-linux.html
http://www.linux.com/archive/feed/56128
Adobe Dreamweaver CS4 Nvu
Adobe Flash Pro CS4 None that are equivalent. Some options: Mainly: http://www.openlaszlo.org/

Others:
http://f4l.sourceforge.net/, http://www.ktoon.net/, http://www.pencil-animation.org/, http://www.salasaga.org/

See also:
http://osflash.org/linux

Libraries and CLI tools: http://www.m2osw.com/sswf.html, http://swfmill.org/, http://www.swftools.org/, http://www.libming.org/

Related notes:
http://www.williambrownstreet.net/wordpress/?p=78
http://ntt.cc/2008/05/19/using-actionscript-3-to-develop-adobe-flash-content-on-linux.html

Adobe Illustrator CS4 Primarily http://www.inkscape.org/. Also http://www.xaraxtreme.org/ and http://www.skencil.org/
Adobe Indesign CS4 Primarily http://www.scribus.net/
Adobe Photoshop CS4^ http://www.gimp.org/ and http://www.gimpshop.com/
Use http://www.xnview.com/ for resizing, basic retouching, conversion.

Alternative to MS Paint: gpaint.


ArcGIS
Brainstorm
Cinematize  
DataStudio
DeltaGraph
DVD Studio Pro
E-Prime
FontLab
Final Cut Pro
Final Cut Express
Google Earth PRO  
Graphing Calculator  
Kaleida Graph
Logic Works
Mathcad  
Matlab
Minitab  
Multisim
Shazam
Sibelius http://musescore.org/en/download
Soundtrack Pro
Spartan 08
StatTransfer
Stella


^ Adobe ImageReady has been discontinued by Adobe.

Main Sources for Free Alternatives to Commercial Software

Selection of essential free alternatives to commercial software

Most computers need a set of software to be productive. This section is meant to address this minimal set of software.

Note: Discussion on recommended browsers has been intentionally omitted, though Google Chrome is an interesting option, providing built-in PDF and Flash player support.

Antivirus and Security (PC Only)

File Backup and Recovery

  • Dropbox (hands down - and see, it's listed second - it's that important)
  • YamiPod (copying your music from your iPod to your computer - note the emphasis on your

Office Software Suite (word processing, presentation, spreadsheet)

Web Design Software

In theory, with Drupal, our Blogs and this Wiki, there's less of a need for a standalone web design software. Nevertheless, we list the following web design software:

Communications (Email, Chat, Video and Audio Conferencing, File Transfer, VPN, desktop sharing/remote desktop)

  • Webmail (hey, it is free for us and compatibility-wise beats every free email client).
    • FileZilla for PCs and Cyberduck for Macs (please try to avoid using FTP and insist on Secure FTP instead)
  • vpn.middlebury.edu
  • For desktop sharing, the built-in tools Microsoft Remote Assistance and Apple's Screen Sharing are recommended. TeamViewer is an option, and has had several security certifications, but it does route your (encrypted) traffic through their servers. Skype is an option, too.

Digital Media Playback, Organization and Editing

  • Picasa (for photo organizing and basic picture editing)
  • MS Paint (or Preview.app for Mac) for basic annotation and format conversion (e.g. BMP to JPEG or PNG)
  • Gimpshop (for advanced photo editing)
  • Scribus (for desktop publishing and layout - e.g. poster design)
  • Inkscape (for vector graphics) 
  • Audacity (for audio recording, conversion and basic editing)
  • Community Clips for PCs and QuickTime X for Mac (screencapture)
  • MiddMedia and MPEG Streamclip, QuickTime X (for video conversion)
  • VLC (for viewing just about every video under the sun and the moon)
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