80 Open Source Replacements for Really Expensive Applications

August 27, 2012 § 6 Comments

Datamation’s annual list of open source replacements for really expensive applications has proven to be highly popular. Huge thanks to the many commenters on last year’s list. We tried to incorporate as many of your suggestions as possible into this year’s version.

One note: When we list an open source app as a “replacement” for another app, that doesn’t mean that the open source version has exactly the same features and capabilities as the commercial app it’s meant to replace. Sometimes the open source apps offer a more basic feature set and don’t meet the needs of high-end users.

However, in some cases, the open source apps actually offer more features and a better interface than the commercial equivalent. The purpose of the list is to point users to open source software that is roughly similar to commercial software they might be considering in the hopes that some of them might find a better fit for their needs and save some money.

Also, we understand that licensing is just a small part of the total cost of ownership when talking about enterprise apps. Still, many users report that they reduce their TCO with open source solutions, particularly when they choose an open source option that offers commercial support and services.

With that said, here are 80 outstanding open source applications that might help you save hundreds, thousands or even tens of thousands of dollars on licensing costs. If you know of other apps that should be on the list, please note them in the comments section below, and we’ll consider them for next year.

Accounting

1. Edoceo Imperium

Replaces QuickBooks Pro ($229.95), Sage 50 Complete Accounting ($369.00)

Designed for small and medium-sized businesses, this Web-based app offers billing and accounting capabilities, plus basic CRM and job tracking. It integrates with Google Calendars and other Google Apps, and it can import IMAP email. Operating System: OS Independent

2. FrontAccounting

Replaces QuickBooks Pro ($229.95), Sage 50 Complete Accounting ($369.00)

Another Web-based option, FrontAccounting offers financial management and some ERP functionality. It boasts more than 100,000 downloads, and a helpful demo is available on the site. Operating System: OS Independent

3. GnuCash

Replaces QuickBooks Pro ($229.95), Sage 50 Complete Accounting ($369.00)

GnuCash combines personal and small business accounting functionality into a single app that’s great for consultants, freelancers and other independent professionals. It offers double-entry accounting, investment tracking, financial calculators and import/export with common financial file types. Operating System: OS Independent

4. TurboCASH

Replaces QuickBooks Pro ($229.95), Sage 50 Complete Accounting ($369.00)

Used by more than 80,000 small businesses around the world, TurboCASH claims to offer all the capabilities most small organizations will ever need, including multi-user and multi-company features. It supports multiple languages, and it comes with a standard chart of accounts for U.S. or U.K. users. Operating System: Windows

5. XIWA

Replaces QuickBooks Pro ($229.95), Sage 50 Complete Accounting ($369.00)

Short for “XIWA is Web accounting,” XIWA is now more than a decade old. Key features for this Web-based accounting app include basic payroll functionality, double-entry accounting, stock and investment tracking, and support for multiple users and multiple sets of ledgers. Operating System: Linux

Audio Recording/Editing

6. Audacity

Replaces Apple LogicPro ($199.99), FL Studio Producer Edition ($199.00)

An excellent option for garage bands and other amateur musicians, Audacity offers live recording, file import and export, multi-track and multi-channel recording, intuitive editing, unlimited undo, pitch adjustment, many special effects, analysis tools and much more. The 2.0 version, released earlier this year, offers improved special effects, a new Sync-Lock Tracks feature, a device toolbar, automatic crash recovery, fast “on-demand” import of WAV/AIFF files and more. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X

7. Frinika

Replaces Apple LogicPro ($199.99), FL Studio Producer Edition ($199.00)

Frinika’s audio editing capabilities aren’t quite as advanced as Audacity’s, but it adds other features like a soft synthesizer and a notation editor. It aims to be “a complete platform for making music with your computer.” Operating System: OS Independent

8. Linux MultiMedia Studio

Replaces Apple LogicPro ($199.99), FL Studio Producer Edition ($199.00)

Specifically designed as an alternative to FL Studio, LMMS includes a song editor, beat and bassline editor, piano roll, FX mixer, and more. The site includes many sample songs created with LMMS. (Also, note that while it says “Linux” in the name, it also supports Windows.) Operating System: Windows, Linux

Business Intelligence

9. Jaspersoft

Replaces Oracle Business Intelligence Standard ($25,000.00+)

The “world’s most widely used business intelligence software,” Jaspersoft offers interactive, Web-based reports, dashboards and analytics built for the cloud, mobile and big data. For the free, community versions of Jaspersoft, see JasperForge.org. Operating System: OS Independent

10. Pentaho

Replaces Oracle Business Intelligence Standard ($25,000.00+)

Pentaho combines data integration and business analytics tools in a single platform. In addition to the open source version, the company offers basic, professional and enterprise versions that offer additional functionality for an annual subscription. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X

11. JedoxPalo BI

Replaces Oracle Business Intelligence Standard ($25,000.00+)

Palo offers offers an open source suite that combines OLAP Server, Palo Web, Palo ETL Server and Palo for Excel, or you can download the apps separately. Jedox offers a paid version that adds more capabilities to the core Palo product. See the comparison chart for details. Operating System: OS Independent

CAD

12. BRL-CAD

Replaces AutoCAD ($4,195.00 and up)

The U.S. military has been using this open source app to model weapons systems for more than 20 years. It’s recently completed one of its biggest updates ever, which greatly expanded its feature set and improved overall performance. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X, others.

13. FreeCAD

Replaces AutoCAD ($4,195.00 and up)

Built for mechanical engineers and product designers, FreeCAD is a general purpose parametric 3D modeler that imports and exports from numerous industry-standard formats. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X, others

14. Archimedes

Replaces AutoCAD ($4,195.00 and up)

Created with architects in mind, Archimedes is a simplified but extensible CAD program that’s best for designing buildings. It’s based on Java and Eclipse, so you can use it on any platform. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X

Customer Relationship Management

15. SugarCRM

Replaces Salesforce.com Enterprise ($125.00 per user per month), Microsoft Dynamics CRM ($1,555.00 and up) Sage ACT! ($229.99 and up)

SugarCRM’s customers include Coca-Cola, Avis, Chevrolet and many other companies. It offers management tools for sales, marketing and customer service, and it’s available in both cloud and on-premise versions. See SugarForge.org for the free open source version. Operating System: OS Independent

16. vTiger

Replaces Salesforce.com Enterprise ($125.00 per user per month), Microsoft Dynamics CRM ($1,555.00 and up) Sage ACT! ($229.99 and up)

vTiger boasts more than 100,000 customers for its SaaS product and 2.8 million downloads of the open source version. It provides sales and marketing, support, inventory management, project management, calendar, mobile apps, reports and analytics, private customer portals, document sharing, email integration, quotes and invoicing, and many other capabilities. Operating System: Windows, Linux

17. SplendidCRM

Replaces Salesforce.com Enterprise ($125.00 per user per month), Microsoft Dynamics CRM ($1,555.00 and up) Sage ACT! ($229.99 and up)

SplendidCRM comes in three SaaS versions, commercially supported on-premise versions and the open source on-premise version. It can back up or import Salesforce.com data, and it can sync with iCloud, Google Apps or QuickBooks. Operating System: Windows.

18. ConcourseSuite

Replaces Salesforce.com Enterprise ($125.00 per user per month), Microsoft Dynamics CRM ($1,555.00 and up) Sage ACT! ($229.99 and up)

Java-based ConcourseSuite claims to be “the first front office application suite to integrate customer relationship management (CRM), Web content management and team collaboration capabilities into a single, easy-to-use Web application.” It comes in free and commercially supported versions for use on premise or in the cloud. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X.

Database

19. MySQL

Replaces Microsoft SQL Server Standard ($898.00 and up)

The self-proclaimed “world’s most popular open source database,” Oracle’s MySQL claims to be able to reduce total cost of ownership 90 percent compared to Microsoft SQL Server. In addition to the free community edition, it comes in numerous supported versions. Operating System: Windows, Linux, Unix, OS X

20. PostgreSQL

Replaces Microsoft SQL Server Standard ($898.00 and up)

PostgreSQL might not be the most popular, but it does consider itself the “world’s most advanced open source database.” It’s more than 15 years old and is standards-compliant. Support is available through third-party vendors. Operating System: Windows, Linux, Unix, OS X, Solaris

21. Firebird

Replaces Microsoft SQL Server Standard ($898.00 and up)

This mature RDBMS offers many SQL standard features and released an updated version just last month. No commercial support is available directly from the project owners, but many third-party Firebird specialists do offer support. Operating System: Windows, Linux, Unix, OS X, Solaris

22. Kexi

Replaces Microsoft Office Access 2010 ($139.95), FileMaker Pro 11 ($299.00)

Similar to Microsoft Access and Filemaker, Kexi is KDE’s rapid database application development tool. It integrates with the KOffice suite and supports Ruby and Python, as well as macros. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X

Desktop Publishing

23. Scribus

Replaces InDesign ($699.00), QuarkXPress ($849.00)

Scribus offers professional-quality page layout features, including color separations, CMYK and spot color support, ICC color management, and the ability to create PDFs. The project does not offer paid support, but a wealth of tutorials, how-tos and other resources are available at the site. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X

24. MiKTeX

Replaces InDesign ($699.00), QuarkXPress($849.00)

Best for the creation of scientific books and other works that include a lot of mathematical formulas, MiKTeX updates the TeX typesetting system for Windows. The interface and features are quite a bit different than other desktop publishing applications, but it does a good job with text-heavy or math-heavy documents. Operating System: Windows, Linux

Development Tools

25. KDevelop

Replaces Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Professional ($499.00)

This integrated development environment (IDE) from KDE that supports C and C++, as well as some other programming languages. It’s based on the KDevPlatform, a set of open source libraries used by several IDEs. Operating System: Linux, OS X

26. Mono

Replaces Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Professional ($499.00)

Now sponsored by Xamarin, this IDE was specifically designed as an open source, cross-platform version of Microsoft’s .NET development platform. The site also offers two related tools for mobile development: MonoTouch for iOS and Mono for Android. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X, iOS, Android

27. SharpDevelop

Replaces Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Professional ($499.00)

Another .NET alternative, SharpDevelop supports projects written in C#, VB.NET, Boo, IronPython, IronRuby and F#. It includes a debugger, code analysis, unit testing and a profiler, and it supports both Git and Subversion. Operating System: Windows

28. OpenBD

Replaces Adobe ColdFusion ($1,499.00)

Formerly known as Open BlueDragon, OpenBD offers Web app developers a free way to use the popular ColdFusion Markup Language (CFML). It makes it easy to deploy applications to the Google App Engine or anywhere else you choose. Operating System: Windows, Linux

29. Railo

Replaces Adobe ColdFusion ($1,499.00)

Railo claims to be the fastest open source CFML server available. Commercial consulting, training and services are available from Railo Technologies. (And the name comes from an obscure Star Trek character, which boosts the project’s geek cred.) Operating System: Windows, Linux

30. Lazarus

Replaces Delphi XE2 Professional ($899.00)

Similar to Delphi, Lazarus is a rapid application development tool that includes an IDE and a compiler. It uses the FreePascal libraries to create write-once, compile-anywhere applications. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X

E-mail/Collaboration/Groupware

31. Zimbra

Replaces Microsoft Exchange ($708.00 and up)

The open source version of Zimbra includes a shared e-mail, calendar and contact management solution that works with Zimbra’s e-mail client and similar apps. The company also offers several paid network editions that can be deployed on premises or in the cloud. Operating System: Linux, Unix, OS X

32. Citadel

Replaces Microsoft Exchange ($708.00 and up)

Citadel calls itself the “leader in true open source e-mail and collaboration.” Like Zimbra, it also supports cloud deployment, but the project does not offer paid support. Operating System: Linux

33. Group-Office

Replaces: Microsoft Office Outlook ($199.00 and up, as part of Microsoft Office)

This open source groupware includes shared calendar, basic CRM features, e-mail, file sharing and some project management capabilities. You can host the open source version on your own server, host the paid professional version yourself or subscribe to the hosted version. Operating System: OS Independent

34. phpGroupWare

Replaces: Microsoft Office Outlook ($199.00 and up, as part of Microsoft Office)

Part of the Gnu project, this app offers more than 50 contact, calendar, e-mail, file sharing, project management and related apps. Users can pick and choose the features and capabilities they need. Operating System: Windows, Linux

35. Simple Groupware

Replaces: Microsoft Office Outlook ($199.00 and up, as part of Microsoft Office)

This enterprise groupware app can sync with Outlook, and it offers dozens of Web-based modules. Organizations can extend its capabilities buy building their own add-ons with the sgsML language. Operating System: Windows, Linux

36. Evolution

Replaces: Microsoft Office Outlook ($199.00 and up, as part of Microsoft Office)

Sometimes called “the Outlook of Linux,” Evolution looks and feels a lot like older versions of Microsoft Outlook. Key features include spam filtering, advanced search and built-in encryption capabilities. Operating System: Linux

37. Thunderbird with Lightning

Replaces: Microsoft Office Outlook ($199.00 and up, as part of Microsoft Office)

To get the functionality of Outlook, you’ll need to use both of these apps together. Thunderbird is a mail client with an interface that looks similar to the Firefox browser, and Lightning is a calendar that integrates with Thunderbird. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X

Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP)

38. Compiere

Replaces Microsoft Dynamics ($174 per user per month and up), SAP (price varies)

Compiere claims to be “the leading Cloud-based, open-source ERP software and customer relationship management (CRM) system.” In addition to the free community version, it also comes in an enterprise version, and you can run it in Amazon’s cloud. Operating System: Windows, Linux

39. OpenERP

Replaces Microsoft Dynamics ($174 per user per month and up), SAP (price varies)

With modules for CRM, accounting, point of sale, project management, warehouse management, human resources, purchasing, manufacturing, marketing, invoicing and an application builder, this ERP solution lets businesses mix and match to find the capabilities they need. In addition to the free community edition, it also comes in a paid enterprise edition for on-site deployment, or a subscription-based online edition. Operating System: Windows, Linux

40.Openbravo

Replaces Microsoft Dynamics ($174 per user per month and up), SAP (price varies)

Openbravo claims to be the “world’s leading browser-based open source business suite.” It boasts an intuitive interface, low IT overhead, anywhere access, customization capabilities and much more. The open source version is available for a free download, and the company also offers paid standard, on demand, enterprise and unlimited versions. Operating System: OS Independent

41. Phreedom

Replaces Microsoft Dynamics ($174 per user per month and up), SAP (price varies)

The Phreedom ERP suite builds on the capabilities of the PhreeBooks financial management software. The software is completely free, but paid support is available. Operating System: OS Independent

Foreign Language

42. Zkanji

Replaces Rosetta Stone Japanese ($399.00)

Designed for Japanese learners of all abilities, Zkanji includes a dictionary, a guide to Japanese characters and vocabulary study tools, including flashcards. It also gives you long-term study reports so that you can track your progress. Operating System: Windows.

43. ZWDisplay

Replaces Rosetta Stone Chinese ($399.00)

ZWDisplay doesn’t offer a step-by-step program like Rosetta Stone, but it does offer all the basic building blocks you need to teach yourself to read and speak Mandarin. It includes pronunciation and grammar helps, a dictionary, flashcards and more. Operating System: Linux

Gateway Security Appliances

44.Endian Firewall Community

Replaces Check Point Security Gateways ($650.00 and up)

With Endian’s community software, you can turn any old PC into a unified threat management (UTM) appliance, complete with firewall, anti-vius, spam-filtering, content filtering and VPN capabilities. Endian also sells hardware, software and virtual appliances based on the same technology. Operating System: Linux

45. Untangle

Replaces Check Point Security Gateways ($650.00 and up)

Untangle boasts that it protects 2 million users in more than 30,000 organizations worldwide. Much like Endian, it comes in an open source “Lite” version, or you can purchase supported software or hardware appliances. Operating System: Windows, Linux

Graphics/Drawing

46. Dia

Replaces Visio Professional ($559.99)

“Roughly inspired by” Microsoft Visio, Dia allows users to create org charts, UML diagrams, flowcharts, network diagrams, and more. By default, it saves files in XML format, but it can also export to EPS, SVG, XFIG, WMF and PNG formats. Operating System: Windows, Linux

47.Gimp

Replaces Photoshop ($699.00)

This professional-quality software offers most of the photo-editing features you’ll find in Photoshop–and it’s completely free. It offers advanced filters, drawing tools, layers, channels and much more. Note that if you’re on Windows, you’ll need Gimp-win. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X, others

48.Inkscape

Replaces Illustrator ($599.00), CorelDraw ($499)

Also suitable for professional use, Inkscape is a vector graphics editor with many advanced features. The web site also offers a library of open source clip art to help you get started with your own creations. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X

49. Paint.Net

Replaces Photoshop ($699.00)

Paint.Net is a Windows-only photo editor with an intuitive interface and impressive speed. It includes numerous special effects, gradients, Bezier curves, clone stamp, Magic Wand and more. Operating System: Windows

Mathematics

50. Sage

Replaces Mathematica Professional ($2495.00 and up)

Built from 100 different open source packages, Sage can perform a wide variety of mathematical operations from basic algebra and calculus to very advanced number theory, cryptography, exact linear algebra and more. To get the most out of its features, you’ll need to be comfortable working from the command line and know the Python programming language. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X

51. Genius

Replaces Mathematica Professional ($2495.00 and up)

Like Sage and Mathematica, Genius solves a wide of math problems, including calculus, statistics, trigonometric functions, modular arithmetic and more. It can also generate 2D and 3D graphs and output to TeX documents. Operating System: Linux, OS X

52. R

Replaces Mathematica Professional ($2495.00 and up), MATLAB ($2,150.00)

Similar to MATLAB, R is an environment for performing statistical calculations and generating graphs. As with the other apps in this category, you’ll need some programming know-how in order to use it. Operating System: Linux, OS X

53. Scilab

Replaces Mathematica Professional ($2495.00 and up), MATLAB ($2,150.00)

Another good replacement for MATLAB, Scilab can perform hundreds of mathematical functions as well as generating 2D and 3D graphs. Commercial services and support are available through Scilab Enterprises. Operating System: Linux, OS X

Music

54. MuseScore

Replaces Sibelius 7 ($599.95 and up), Finale ($600.00)

MuseScore offers a WYSIWYG music notation editor, integrated sequencer and a software synthesizer. You can hook it up to your MIDI keyboard, and it also imports and exports MusicXML and Midi files. Operating System: Linux, OS X

Office Productivity

55. OpenOffice.org

Replaces Microsoft Office Professional ($349.99 and up)

Apache-managed OpenOffice offers word processor (Writer), spreadsheet (Calc), presentation (Impress), graphics (Draw), math/science notation (Math) and database (Base) software that is fully compatible with Microsoft Office file formats. The most recent version, released in May, has already been downloaded more than 10 million times. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X

56. LibreOffice

Replaces Microsoft Office Professional ($349.99 and up)

Although it’s based on the same source code as OpenOffice, this community-oriented fork adds a few capabilities that aren’t in its predecessor. Extensive documentation is available at the site. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X

57. KOffice

Replaces Microsoft Office Professional ($349.99 and up)

This office suite from KDE includes five separate applications: KWord (word processing), KCells (spreadsheets), Showcase (presentations), Kivio (diagrams and flowcharts) and Artwork (vector graphics). Unlike OpenOffice, the interface is substantially different from Microsoft Office, but it doesn’t take long to learn. Operating System: Windows, Linux

58. NeoOffice

Replaces Microsoft Office Professional ($349.99 and up)

NeoOffice is based on the same code as OpenOffice and LibreOffice, but it includes special Mac-only features that you won’t find in the other apps. The latest version adds high-resolution text drawing for users with retina displays and it supports Mountain Lion. Operating System: OS X, iOS

Operating System

59. Ubuntu

Replaces Windows 7 Ultimate ($219.99)

Used by more than 20 million people, Ubuntu is the most popular desktop Linux distribution. It also comes in server and cloud editions. Operating System: Linux

60. Fedora

Replaces Windows 7 Ultimate ($219.99)

Fedora is the free community version of RedHat, and it’s managed by the same company. In addition to the standard desktop version in comes in several customized “spins” for security, design, gaming or electronics R&D. Operating System: Linux

 

61. openSUSE

Replaces Windows 7 Ultimate ($219.99)

Regular SUSE requires a paid support subscription, but openSUSE is available for free. It comes in both desktop and server versions. Operating System: Linux

62. Debian

Replaces Windows 7 Ultimate ($219.99)

The basis for Ubuntu and several other Linux distributions, Debian is popular with hard-core open source enthusiasts. It includes more than 29,000 pre-compiled software packages. Operating System: Linux, FreeBSD

PDF Tools

63. PDFCreator

Replaces Adobe Acrobat X Standard ($449.00)

With this app, you can turn almost any kind of document, from any application, into a PDF. It also includes security features like password-protection, encryption and digital signatures. Operating System: Windows

Point of Sale

64. Openbravo for Retail

Replaces QuickBooks Point of Sale Basic ($1099.95), AccuPOS ($795 and up)

Formerly known as Openbravo POS, the retail version of Openbravo offers support for both Web and brick-and-mortar operations, compatibility with mobile devices, back office and analytics capabilities, and more. The website above primarily promotes the paid professional version, but you can find the free open source version at Openbravo forge. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X

65. Lemon POS

Replaces QuickBooks Point of Sale Basic ($1099.95), AccuPOS ($795 and up)

Best for small or very small businesses, Lemon POS provides features like multiple terminal support, role-based permissions, a themable interface, price checker, sales suspension and more. It includes both a vendors interface (“Lemon”) and an administrative interface (“Squeeze”), and it stores data in a MySQL database. Operating System: Linux

Project Management

66. Dotproject

Replaces Microsoft Project Professional ($995.95 and up), Primavera P6 Professional Project Management ($2,500.00, plus $550.00 support)

Conceived in 2000 as an alternative to Microsoft Project, this application offers a clean interface and a focus on project management without extraneous groupware functions. Key features include an e-mail based ticket/trouble system, hierarchical task list, discussion forum, file repository and more. Operating System: Windows, Linux

67. GanttProject

Replaces Microsoft Project Professional ($995.95 and up), Primavera P6 Professional Project Management ($2,500.00, plus $550.00 support)

This cross-platform project management option can create both Gantt and PERT charts, assign resources, define milestones, draw dependencies and more. It can also import and export files from Microsoft Project. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X

68. Onepoint Project

Replaces Microsoft Project Professional ($995.95 and up), Primavera P6 Professional Project Management ($2,500.00, plus $550.00 support)

Onepoint offers a very attractive, easy-to-use interface, high scalability and a large library of reports, including work breakdown, cost baseline, milestone trend analysis, Gantt schedules, project pipeline and others. It comes in two open source versions–basic and community–as well as paid professional, master, group and enterprise versions. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X

69. OpenProj

Replaces Microsoft Project Professional ($995.95 and up), Primavera P6 Professional Project Management ($2,500.00, plus $550.00 support)

Although it was once extremely popular with millions of downloads, this Microsoft Project replacement hasn’t been updated in a couple of years, and the SaaS version is no longer available. It’s still a solid choice, particularly if you have a smaller project list, and you can download the last version from the SourceForge link above. Operating System: Windows, Linux, Unix, OS X

70. openXprocess

Replaces Microsoft Project Professional ($995.95 and up), Primavera P6 Professional Project Management ($2,500.00, plus $550.00 support)

A good choice for application development teams, openXprocess has some tools for using Agile and Scrum methodologies, and Xprocess also offers training for using the app to support Agile and Scrum development. The company also offers paid support. Operating System: Windows, Linux

71. ]project-open[

Replaces Microsoft Project Professional ($995.95 and up), Primavera P6 Professional Project Management ($2,500.00, plus $550.00 support)

Project-open boasts more than 150,000 downloads and more than 32,000 active users. It offers project management and project portfolio management along with some ERP capabilities. Additional modules, consulting, support and automatic updates are available for a fee, and it also comes in an SaaS version. Operating System: Windows, Linux

Reporting

72. JMagallanes

Replaces SAP Crystal Reports ($495), DBxtra ($490 and up)

Java-based JMagallanes can create static reports, Swing pivot tables for OLAP analysis, and charts. It accepts data from SQL, Excel, XML and many other formats. Operating System: OS Independent

Screenplay Writing

73. Celtx

Replaces Final Draft ($249.95)

Used by more than 2 million people around the world, Celtx not only helps format your screenplay correctly, it also includes a variety of pre-production tools, including storyboards, call sheets, script reports, catalogs and shot blocking. It also comes in a paid “Plus” version, as well as cloud and mobile versions. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X

Video Tools

74. Blender

Replaces AutoDesk Maya ($3,675.00)

Suitable for use by professionals, Blender offers a complete suite for the creation of 3D content. The gallery on the website demonstrates some of the amazing 3D artwork created with the tool, and you can also check out the movies page for some videos. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X

75. Cinelerra

Replaces Adobe Premiere Pro ($799.00)

Describing itself as a “movie studio in a box,” this professional-quality compositing and editing tool invites users to “unleash the 50,000 watt flamethrower of content creation in your UNIX box.” There’s also a community fork of the project at Cinelerra.org. Operating System: Linux

76. OpenShot Video Editor

Replaces Adobe Premiere Pro ($799.00)

This video editor for Linux includes capabilities like unlimited tracks, clip resizing and scaling, video transitions, compositing and overlays, 3D titles, rotoscoping and more. It boasts an easy-to-use interface that makes it suitable for beginning filmmakers and hobbyists. Operating System: Linux

77. Kdenlive

Replaces Adobe Premiere Pro ($799.00)

This video editor aims to “answer all needs, from basic video editing to semi-professional work.” It’s easy-to-use, highly versatile and supports a wide variety of file formats. Operating System: Linux, OS X

78. Avidemux

Replaces Adobe Premiere Pro ($799.00)

Although it’s not quite as powerful as some of the other open source video editors, Avidemux offers basic editing capabilities for amateurs, and it’s one of the few open source apps in this category that runs on Windows and OS X. The site offers a wiki and a helpful forum for new users who need help getting started. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X

Web Site Design

79. Kompozer

Replaces Adobe Dreamweaver ($399.00), Microsoft Expression Studio Web Professional ($149.00)

A good choice for novice Web developers, Kompozer offers an easy-to-use WYSIWYG page editor as well as an HTML editor. Key features include an FTP site manager, color picker, tabbed interface, CSS editor, forms, spellchecker and more. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X

80. Aptana

Replaces Adobe Dreamweaver ($399.00), Microsoft Expression Studio Web Professional ($149.00)

A better option for professional Web application developers, Aptana supports HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript, Ruby, Rails, PHP and Python. It also offers Git integration and easy deployment to Heroku or EngineYard. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X

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