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On this page ITS Procurement & Licensing have listed some open source and freeware software products that may be of interest to University of Otago staff and students.

If you would like to read more about any of the open source and freeware listed below, please try a Google search for the name of the software product you are interested in or contact the Procurement & Licensing team.

Open source software

In the table below you will find commercial software products listed with the recommended open source or freeware product alternative.

Other links that you may find useful are:

  • Linux Alternative Project - this is a database listing Microsoft Windows software and the alternative, equivalent Linux products.
  • Gizmos Freeware Reviews - this is a website listing the best freeware programs that have been selected by independent editors for their quality and performance. Many of these programs are as good as, or better than their commercial counterparts.
Type of software Commercial software example Open source/freeware software alternative
Bibliographical Endnote Zotero
CD Burner Nero K3B Liquid CD
Diagrams and flowcharts Microsoft Visio Dia
Distribution Adobe Acrobat Free download for Microsoft Office 2007
built into Mac OS X
Drawing Adobe Illustrator Inkscape
Image editing Adobe Photoshop
Photoshop Elements
Layout software Adobe InDesign Scribus
Office software Microsoft Office OpenOffice (Windows)
NeoOffice (Mac)
Project management Microsoft Project Gannt Project
Open Project
Sound editing Oriion Pro Audacity
Webpages Adobe Dreamweaver NVU
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