There are various different categories of software. Quite a bit of software designed to implement technical solutions, particularly to networking, is discussed in the Techn's section. (For example, there is a section within the Techn's section about installing software, and under that section is a sub-section about installing software upgrades.) As another example, Anti-malware software is referenced by the section of the site that discusses Protection Software. Compression software may be referenced by a Bit Compression Software Tutorial available on this site. There is quite a bit of other software that is referenced by other sections of the site. This section is mainly for software that many people may use, but which is generally not very directly related to automatically offering automated services on computer networks.
Some methods of finding popular software:
- Look through the list of packages offered by an operating system
- View a page about an operating system on Distro Watch (e.g. DistroWatch page on OpenBSD). This shows some of the more popular pieces of software, including server software (such as the BIND E-Mail server).
- See Wikipedia's guide of default programs packaged, which lists some of the implementations of more popular types of software. Specifically, this page lists some of the implementations which were considered preferred by the teams who package desktop environments.
- Take a popular piece of software, and then see what AlternativeTo.Net and/or OSalt.com list as alternative options.
- For software of various types for MS-DOS and compatible operating systems, see TOOGAM's software archive.
- For older versions of software, see OldVersion.com or FileHippo.com. For some archives of older versions of web browsers, see Browsers.Evolt.org, the just-mentioned websites (OldVersion.com and FileHippo.com), and for some older software, TOOGAM's Software Archive of Web Browsers/Clients.
- Perform a search on the web for the word “comparison ” (and a following space) followed by the type of software. Perhaps preface that with the name “Wikipedia” followed by a space. Often the result may be a Wikipedia comparison page which lists various software in a table that also shows which software supports some major features found in some of the software of the type being looked at.
- Search existing software solutions on Wikipedia, and see if there are any references made to the competition.
- Use some sort of method of searching packages, such as using software package management software or a website that shows available packages. As a generalization which is overly-broad, and probably frequently wrong, if looking for cross-platform solutions, looking at OpenBSD's packages may be a good start. The idea behind this logic is that since OpenBSD's list of supported packages may be smaller than some others. (Therefore, if it is supported by OpenBSD, it may be some of the more popular software which is supported by other platforms.)
- [#opsys]: Operating Systems
- Full-fledged base operating systems
OpenBSD, FreeBSD, NetBSD, Dragonfly BSD,
- Dragonfly BSD
- Debian-based (including Ubunutu)
- Microsoft code, and compatible/similar
- Windows Emulation
- Microsoft Windows
- Various other operating systems. Note that some operating systems by Microsoft may be in a different category.
- DOS operating systems
- Other OS platforms for computers
- Platforms for mobile devices
- Live CDs
- [#office]: Office software
For some options, see:
Software Archive of programs that work with common Office data,
comparison of default packaged programs
- [#wordproc]: Word Processor software
- AbiWord, OpenOffice Writer, KWord, Wordpad, Write, Google Docs, MS Word, MS Works, and more
- [#spreadsh]: Spreadsheet software
- Gnumeric, KSpread, OpenOffice Calc, Microsoft Excel
- [#showsoft]: Presentation/Slideshow Creation/Presenting software
- Impress, KPresenter, Microsoft PowerPoint
- [#datbassw]: Database Software
- SQL-based and other software
- E-Mail clients
See also the Groupware software.
Information about some clients is covered in the section about handling E-Mail data. For programs that can support the IMF E-Mail format (which is the format most commonly used on the Internet), see E-Mail: User Agents. There may be additional information at Wikipedia's comparison of E-Mail clients.
- Calendar/“Personal Information Manager (“PIM”)”/Groupware
- Evolution (“Novell Evolution”, “Ximiam Evolution”)
- Evolution has been selected to be a part of the GNOME Office software. Wikipedia's information on Evolution for Windows describes a release for XP and newer.
- [#mozcal]: Calendar projects based on code by Mozilla
- [#mozlghtn]: Mozilla's Lightning
- [#iceowl]: Iceowl
- [#sunbird]: Mozilla Sunbird
See also: Iceowl. The home page for Mozilla Sunbird has stated, “This is the last public Sunbird release by the Calendar Project. We recommend upgrading to” (Thunderbird and) Mozilla's Lightning.” Mozilla's FAQ about calendars: question about a new release of Sunbird (e.g. version 1.0) states, “The development of Sunbird has been discontinued and thus, we unfortunately won't release any new versions of it. If you are still using Sunbird, you might consider to switch to Lightning.” (Hyperlinks may have been modified and/or added to the quoted text.)
- More option(s), using third party code
- Modern versions of Microsoft's paid-for Outlook client may support calendars. Such support may be updated or replacement code of earlier offerings by Microsoft, such as the software described by Wikipedia's article on Microsoft Schedule+.
- The Wikipedia's article on Scalix says that “the modifications” to the MPL to create the SPL “have not been approved by the Open Source Initiative” (“OSI”).
- This software is now listed in Wikipedia's Article on StarOffice: section listing “Older discontinued components”.
- [#apleical]: Apple's iCal
This may be unrelated to ical, a Unix program described by Wikipedia's page ical.
- [#objchart]: “Object/vector editor”/Diagramming/flowchart software
- OpenOffice Draw
- Dia is a package suggestion from Debian's package of GNOME Office.
- Kivio, Kugar, KChart
- Part of the KOffice office suite (for KDE/Linux, and more recently also for Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X).
- Some other altneratives
- Open Source Alternatives to Microsoft Visio also lists ArgoUML and StarUML.
- Visio Viewers
- See TOOGAM's Software Archive of programs that work with common Office data
- Visio Trial Software
- Visio 2003 Trial Software (via shorter URL)
- Misc office software categories
- Mathematical forumlas
- [#gfxedofc]: Graphics Editing (related to office suites)
Although there is quite a bit of graphics editing software available, and many office suites do not contain a dedicated program just for editing graphics, some do. Therefore, here is a list of some graphics editing programs which are often either related to, and/or used with, office software suites.
(Note: additional graphical editing options are mentioned in the more generalized graphics editing section.)
- Raster graphics editing
- Perhaps listed here (in the section of Office software) most notably because of its mention on Wikipedia's web page on Krita: section about the software's history.
- LICEcap records screen and creates animated GIF files. For Microsoft Windows and OSX, GPLv2.
- Vector drawing editing
- Rendering 3D environments
This software allows a computer to keep track of a 3D environment, which may then be rendered. (At least the original public releases of Blender were initially designed for rendering the 3D environment onto a 2D video output display. This was likely mainly because of one simple reason: electronic 3D visual output methods had not been mainstream when Blender was initially released.
One thing that has helped people be more familiar with Blender are its movies. Wikipedia's article on Blender: section about “Use in the media industry” lists such movies. Blender Open Projects might be the official home page for such projects. “Big Buck Bunny” was aimed to be humurous, while Sintel should probably be fully viewed by adults before being shown to young children. Some of the lines include “This blade has a dark past. It has shed much innocent blood.” Sintel is not a movie that lacks violent imagery.
Blender started out not being open source, but when the company that owned Blender was going out of business, an agreement was made with the business's creditors. The company promised to sell the software, so that it may be released freely to the open source software community, for the price of 100,000 Euros. (Wikipedia's page on the Blender software: “History” section indicates that 100,000 Euros was worth $100,670 USD, at the time.) Donations were sought and obtained: Blender.org's page on Blender Foundation's History notes, “To everyone's shock and surprise the campaign reached the 100,000 EUR goal in only seven” weeks.
- [#oodraw]: OpenOffice Draw
- OpenOffice.org page on Draw
- Krita, Karbon14
- Part of the KOffice office suite (for KDE/Linux, and more recently also for Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X). Wikipedia's page on Krita: section about the software's history mentions some names of this software before the “public release”: “KImage Shop”, “KImageShop”, and “Krayon”.
- [#gfxview]: Graphics Viewing
In addition to those options, there may be some programs that are specifically designed to view graphics. These programs are often smaller, and may contain features such as displaying a “slideshow”, by showing one image for a short preset amount of time and then moving on to show another image. (Other classifications of programs that may be used to show one image after another may be office presentation/slideshow software, especially the office presentation/slideshow software: section on web-based solutions, and some (a hyperlink to a specialized section would be nice...) screensavers.)
- Project Management
- Wikipedia's comparison of project management software, Wikipedia's article on project management software, and perhaps the following may have some relevance: Wikipedia's page comparing Time Tracking software, Wikipedia's page comparing Colloboration software, Wikipedia's article comparing issue-tracking systems
- XSane is a package suggestion from Debian's package of GNOME Office.
- MS Office OCR support
- Other apps/functions
- Financial Software
- [#bookkpng]/[#acctngsw]: Bookkeeping/Accounting
- Bookkeeping/accounting software may help monitor money flow, work with printers to print checks. GnuCash, HomeBank.free.fr's HomeBank, PostBooks, xTuple, MYOB products, Intuit's original product, Quicken, which is aimed more for individuals, and Intuit's newer, higher end product, Quickbooks, Converting data, Microsoft Money, Sage software (e.g. Sage MIP and other Sage Products, Wikipedia's info on Sage: Competitors)
- Consider checking out government web sites. For example, for the United States of America, see: IRS Free File Home has some information, including Companies that provide Free File options (possibly related to Free File Alliance?) and Electrnoic Federal Tax Payment System (“EFTPS”), called (by WECU.com's page on EFTPS) “one of the most successful Federal government programs undertaken in recent years.”
- Consider the web sites of companies that release tax software. e.g.: TurboTax.intuit.com and FreeTaxACT.com
- Consider the web sites of companies known to help people file taxes. e.g.: HRBlock.com (named after Henry and Richard Bloch, an H&R Block article) says the name was misspelled on purpose “to prevent people from mispronouncing the name Blotch.”
- Financial institutions (credit unions, banks) will sometimes provide recommendations, and may even offer discounts with some professional services. For example, WECU.com offers a coupon for professional services from Jackson Hewitt.
- Payroll processing
- Time clocks
- Software can perform a modern-day equivilent of having people punch time cards. Such software may act as a user interface. Presumably there will be a desire (and hopefully an implementation to fulfill the desire) to take the data from such software, and have that data be able to be used by other software, like the Payroll processing software.
- See the Office Data section.
- Point of Sale systems
- See also: Further research needed: May modify inventory and/or provide Customer Relationship Management features?
- Customer Relationship Management (Right term?)/Enterprise Resource Planning
- CRM (e.g. SugarCRM, Microsoft Dynamics CRM, “Sage ACT!”)
- Inventory control, shipping software that prints shipping labels, websites that track shipments, etc.
- [#gfxedit]: Graphics editing
This section is not extensive. Perhaps see NetPbm documentation: other graphics software (which lists many options for Unix), graphics editing with Office (suite) programs, image editing for additional options.
Netpbm is open source (free) software
- Example conversion
As an example for converting a
*.BMP file, use Netpbm's
program. First, grab the program: Getting Netpbm (instructions) indicates some options for various platforms, including Microsoft Windows users going to GNUWin32 page related to NetPbm for Windows which offers NetPbm for Windows (installer executable file).
$?DOS Results =
pnmtopng-plain -verbose -compression=9 -comp_mem_level=1 -comp_window_bigt=15
$?DOS Results =
- Graphics conversion
See Netpbm, methods of shrinking PNG files, TOOGAM's Multimedia page: Multimedia file converters.
It may be possible to use lossy compression with some software that supports PNG. Fortunately, most software that supports PNG will default to using lossless compression.
In at least one test, AdvanceCOMP made a PNG file that other programs was not able to be further reduced by several other optimizers.
- Disabling auto-conversion
Made by Ken Silverman, who also made KZip and has worked on 3D engines (complemented by rival John Carmack)
A graphical interface may be available at PNGOUTWin.com.
PNGCrush's home page refers to this as “fork of pngcrush development” which is “by Cosmin Truta, with a slightly different feature set and search space.”
optipng-o 7 -k
pngcrush-brute -cc -e
png-fix -l 9 -reduce -rem alla-v -w 512
If the output file is unsupported by some software, try removing
- More editing options
Some reviews indicated that the interface of this GPLv2 “open source” software is rather simplistic.
MyPaint.org Downloads provides info.
This software's domain is getpaint.net
Wikipedia's article for the Paint.NET software (September 6, 2016 archive) (“Overview” section) noted the history involving various open source licensing.
- [#entrtain]: Entertainment Software
- [#games]: Games
- Board games (and variants)
- [#scrnsavr]: Screensavers
On a related note, blanking the screen (possibly in a way that saves electricity) is described in the section about lowering power consumption.
Because of the high number of systems that run custom screensavers that are eye-catching mostly just to be interesting, much of the information is placed in the entertainment section of information.
- [#wwwsoft]: World Wide Web software
- [#wwwbrows]: Web browsers
For some archives of older versions of web browsers, see Browsers.Evolt.org, the just-mentioned websites (OldVersion.com and FileHippo.com), and for some older software, TOOGAM's Software Archive of Web Browsers/Clients.
- [#wgfxplugs]: Web Add-ons
There may be various terms for this sort of software, such as Add-ons, or plug-ins.
For some of the most popular add-ons, see the mozdev PluginDoc: Windows (Most Popular) page. TOOGAM's web page about graphical browsers: Web Plugins for the graphical browsers may also point to some add-ons.
- Web development/editing
- Quanta Plus
- Quanta Plus was listed as software number five on the front page of osalt.com. (That's not saying that Quanta Plus was #5 in just a list of web page editors. This is saying that Quanta Plus was the #5 piece of software at all, when competing against software from all different software categories.)
- IceApe / SeaMonkey
Modern versions are basically variations of Mozilla Firefox with additional features including a built-in a web editor named “Composer”. (Older versions were basically versions of Netscape Communicator with a built-in web editor named “Composer”.) E-Mail may also be supported in SeaMonkey (which it is believed was also part of Netscape Communicator, but not Firefox nor Netscape Naviator). This SeaMonkey software had been distributed by Mozilla, although after version 1.7.13 the software has been controlled by a new group named the “SeaMonkey Council”.
An Open source web editor by W3C, the organization responsible for HTML standards. (W3C was founded by Sir Timothy John Berners-Lee, who produced the first client and server for the world wide web.) This software is known to focus more on correct implementation of standards, rather than trying to focus on a spectacular end user experience. (The web browser is not designed with a focus on features like supporting poorly formatted HTML code. Such a feature is simply not the intended purpose/focus for this specific software.)
Looking for yet more? See: TOOGAM's Software Archive: web editors.
For other web-related software, see software powered by Mozilla.