There are a lot of free software alternative out there that small businesses should know about. Software, from productivity suites such as Microsof Office, Adobe’s Creative Suite, and many others, are great, but also come at a price. Adobe’s Photoshop for instance, is priced at a whopping 700 dollars for the full version while Microsoft Office Professional is at 500 dollars (full version). Here’s a list of alternative software solutions that come at a price that most of us should be able to stomach… 0 dollars.
OpenOffice – This is an open source productivity suite that includes a word processor, a spreadsheet, a presentation, a graphics, and a database application. It’s available for the Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux (multiple flavors) platform.
Google Docs – Free web-based word processor, spreadsheet, and presentation application suite. Users, via their web-browsers can create and edit documents while at the same time collaborate with others.
Gimp – Free image manipulation, image composition and authoring, and photo retouching application. Gimp is available on the Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux platforms.
Audacity – Free, open-source software for editing and recording sounds. Audacity is available for the Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux platforms.
Windows Movie Maker – Free software from Microsoft used for editing just about any videos. It’s available only on the Windows platform.
HandBrake – Not so much of a video editing tool but useful for transcoding videos. It supports multiple video outputs such as MP4 and MKV. It’s available for the Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux platforms.
There you have it. I covered the basic software that most businesses would otherwise buy. There are more free software solutions out there, let me know if you’re looking for something in particular. I maybe able to help you find it.