Last week we held another successful Skills Toolkit event here in the IT Learning Programme. This is where we give research students the opportunity to try out a collection of tools that they might find useful in their research and studies.
The tools were a mix of open source and commercial. It set me thinking as to what a personal toolbox of open source applications might contain. Here’s my list:
7-zip: for file compression
Audacity: for sound recording and editing
Blender: 3D animation
Chromium: the browser behind Google Chrome
Filezilla: for FTP uploading and downloading
Freemind: for mind-mapping
GIMP: the GNU Image Manipulation Program for image editing
Inkscape: for illustrations
LibreOffice: the office productivity suite that contains Writer (documents), Calc (spreadsheets), Impress (presentations), Draw (diagrams), Base (databases), Math (equations)
Scribus: for desk top publishing, such as posters and leaflets
Texmaker: a LaTeX editor
Thunderbird: for email
All of these are available cross-platform.