Startup Tools: Free Software open Source Directory

Attempting to create a comprehensive list of free and open source tools will probably always remain ‘work in progress’ just for the sheer depth and breadth of the Internet. It’s hard to keep it up to date as there is a constant flow of new technology.  We tried to get started in VC Cafe’s Startup Resources page, sites like SourceForge and the Open Source Software Directory do a good job listing many of them, but this curated list from JISC is definitely a good addition. JISC Advance is a service, which provides advice, guidance and training to the UK’s Further and Higher Education community on creating digital media resources and leveraging them for teaching.

OTHER APPLICATIONS Webware Linux Mac Windows Website Open source Free Notes
CAD (Computer Aided Design) cross icon, no Google SketchUp Google SketchUp sketchup.google.com/ cross icon, no tick icon, yes 3D modelling software. Integrates with Google Earth
cloud storage Dropbox www.dropbox.com cross icon, no tick icon, yes
Mozy mozy.com cross icon, no tick icon, yes
collaborative software cross icon, no Dimdim www.dimdim.com tick icon, yes tick icon, yes
cross icon, no Etherpad etherpad.org tick icon, yes tick icon, yes
cross icon, no ProjectPier www.projectpier.org tick icon, yes tick icon, yes
Google Docs docs.google.com cross icon, no tick icon, yes
content management system cross icon, no Plone Plone Plone plone.org tick icon, yes tick icon, yes
cross icon, no Drupal Drupal Drupal drupal.org tick icon, yes tick icon, yes
digital repository management DSpace www.dspace.org tick icon, yes tick icon, yes
cross icon, no Fedora Fedora Fedora www.fedora-commons.org tick icon, yes tick icon, yes
cross icon, no Greenstone Greenstone Greenstone www.greenstone.org tick icon, yes tick icon, yes
eLearning development environment cross icon, no Xerte Xerte Xerte www.nottingham.ac.uk/xerte tick icon, yes tick icon, yes
object identification and validation cross icon, no JHOVE hul.harvard.edu/jhove tick icon, yes tick icon, yes
cross icon, no DROID droid.sourceforge.net tick icon, yes tick icon, yes
RSS aggregator cross icon, no Brief Brief Brief brief.mozdev.org cross icon, no tick icon, yes add-on for Firefox
screen capture cross icon, no Jing Jing www.techsmith.com/jing/ cross icon, no tick icon, yes
cross icon, no Camstudio camstudio.org/ tick icon, yes tick icon, yes
Screen Toaster www.screentoaster.com cross icon, no tick icon, yes
Screencast-o-Matic www.screencast-o-matic.com cross icon, no tick icon, yes
Screenjelly www.screenjelly.com cross icon, no tick icon, yes
Screenr screenr.com cross icon, no tick icon, yes designed to work with Twitter
Talon www.aviary.com cross icon, no tick icon, yes
screenwriting cross icon, no Celtx Celtx Celtx www.celtx.com cross icon, no tick icon, yes
VLE cross icon, no eFront www.efrontlearning.net tick icon, yes tick icon, yes
cross icon, no Moodle Moodle Moodle moodle.org tick icon, yes tick icon, yes
web server cross icon, no XAMPP XAMPP XAMPP www.apachefriends.org/en/xampp.html tick icon, yes tick icon, yes easy-to-install version of Apache

CROSS-MEDIA Webware Linux Mac Windows Website Open source Free Notes
audio & video qualitative analysis cross icon, no Transana Transana www.transana.org tick icon, yes cross icon, no
collections management system cross icon, no Omeka omeka.org tick icon, yes tick icon, yes
MOVING IMAGE Webware Linux Mac Windows Website Open source Free Notes
animation (2-D) cross icon, no Pencil Pencil Pencil www.pencil-animation.org tick icon, yes tick icon, yes for traditional hand-drawn animation
cross icon, no KToon www.ktoon.net tick icon, yes tick icon, yes
cross icon, no Synfig Synfig Synfig synfig.org tick icon, yes tick icon, yes vector-based
animation (3-D) cross icon, no Blender Blender Blender www.blender.org tick icon, yes tick icon, yes
DVD ripping cross icon, no Doom9 Doom9 Doom9 www.doom9.org cross icon, no tick icon, yes repository for an enormous number of rippers, codecs, filters and much more
subtitling cross icon, no Aegisub Aegisub Aegisub www.aegisub.org tick icon, yes tick icon, yes
cross icon, no Gaupol Gaupol home.gna.org/gaupol tick icon, yes tick icon, yes
cross icon, no Miyu www.fluffalopefactory.com/miyu cross icon, no tick icon, yes
cross icon, no Subtitle Editor home.gna.org/subtitleeditor tick icon, yes tick icon, yes
cross icon, no Subtitle Processor sourceforge.net/projects/subtitleproc tick icon, yes tick icon, yes
cross icon, no VisualSubSync www.visualsubsync.org tick icon, yes tick icon, yes
video capture and processing cross icon, no VirtualDub www.virtualdub.org cross icon, no tick icon, yes
video distribution platform cross icon, no Kaltura www.kaltura.org tick icon, yes tick icon, yes includes editor and player
video editing cross icon, no Avidemux Avidemux Avidemux www.avidemux.org tick icon, yes tick icon, yes
cross icon, no Avitricks Classic www.bobyte.com/AviTricks cross icon, no tick icon, yes for AVI files
cross icon, no Cinefx Cinefx Cinefx www.cinefx.org tick icon, yes tick icon, yes also visual effects; used to be known as Jahshaka
cross icon, no Cinelerra www.heroinewarrior.com/cinelerra.php tick icon, yes tick icon, yes also a compositor
Clesh www.clesh.com cross icon, no tick icon, yes based on FORscene
cross icon, no Hyperengine-AV sourceforge.net/projects/hyperengine tick icon, yes tick icon, yes
Jaycut jaycut.com cross icon, no tick icon, yes
cross icon, no LiVES LiVES LiVES lives.sourceforge.net tick icon, yes tick icon, yes also a performance and VJ app
cross icon, no Lumiera lumiera.org tick icon, yes tick icon, yes based on Cinelerra
cross icon, no Kdenlive Kdenlive kdenlive.org tick icon, yes tick icon, yes
cross icon, no Kino kinodv.org tick icon, yes tick icon, yes including FireWire capture from DV
cross icon, no Open Movie Editor www.openmovieeditor.org tick icon, yes tick icon, yes
cross icon, no VideoPad www.nchsoftware.com/videopad/index.html cross icon, no tick icon, yes
cross icon, no Windows Movie Maker www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/downloads/updates/moviemaker2.mspx cross icon, no tick icon, yes
cross icon, no ZS4 & Zwei-Stein ZS4 & Zwei-Stein ZS4 & Zwei-Stein www.zs4.net cross icon, no tick icon, yes
video playing, converting, etc. cross icon, no Cineplay Cineplay Cineplay www.cinefx.org tick icon, yes tick icon, yes
cross icon, no MPEG Streamclip MPEG Streamclip www.squared5.com cross icon, no tick icon, yes can also edit
cross icon, no Mplayer & Mencoder Mplayer & Mencoder Mplayer & Mencoder www.mplayerhq.hu tick icon, yes tick icon, yes
cross icon, no Prism Video Converter www.nchsoftware.com/prism/index.html cross icon, no tick icon, yes
cross icon, no VLC Player VLC Player VLC Player videolan.org/vlc tick icon, yes tick icon, yes probably the best open source app in the world…
video transcoding cross icon, no Cinecode Cinecode Cinecode www.cinefx.org tick icon, yes tick icon, yes drag-and-drop utility to convert anything to Flash
cross icon, no HandBrake HandBrake HandBrake handbrake.fr tick icon, yes tick icon, yes
webcam recording cross icon, no Debut www.nchsoftware.com/capture/index.html cross icon, no tick icon, yes
STILL IMAGE Webware Linux Mac Windows Website Open source Free Notes
image colour editing Toucan www.aviary.com cross icon, no tick icon, yes
image compression cross icon, no Smush.it Smush.it Smush.it www.smushit.com cross icon, no tick icon, yes lossless
image creation and editing
(see also our guide toFree Online Image Editors)
DrPic www.drpic.com cross icon, no tick icon, yes
FotoFlexer fotoflexer.com cross icon, no tick icon, yes
cross icon, no GIMP GIMP GIMP www.gimp.org tick icon, yes tick icon, yes
cross icon, no ImageMagick ImageMagick ImageMagick www.imagemagick.org/script tick icon, yes tick icon, yes bitmap
cross icon, no Inkscape Inkscape Inkscape www.inkscape.org tick icon, yes tick icon, yes vector graphics, can be used for video titling
LunaPic www.lunapic.com cross icon, no tick icon, yes
Phixr www.phixr.com cross icon, no tick icon, yes
Phoenix www.aviary.com cross icon, no tick icon, yes
Photoshop.com www.photoshop.com cross icon, no tick icon, yes
Picnik www.picnik.com cross icon, no tick icon, yes
PicResize www.picresize.com cross icon, no tick icon, yes
Pixer.us www.pixer.us cross icon, no tick icon, yes
Pixlr www.pixlr.com cross icon, no tick icon, yes
Splashup www.splashup.com cross icon, no tick icon, yes
Sumo Paint www.sumopaint.com cross icon, no tick icon, yes
image effects editing Peacock www.aviary.com cross icon, no tick icon, yes
image markup Falcon www.aviary.com cross icon, no tick icon, yes
image vector editing Raven www.aviary.com cross icon, no tick icon, yes
panorama creation cross icon, no AutoStitch cvlab.epfl.ch/~brown/autostitch/autostitch.html cross icon, no tick icon, yes

For the full list, please go to JISC Open Source and Free Software Directory. Thanks to the ResourceShelf newsletter for continuously surfacing up interesting resources.

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Eze is the Chief Innovation Officer at Antidote, a startup helping patients search and match to clinical trial, to accelerate medical breakthroughs. Previously, Ezewas a General Partner at Google Ventures Europe. Before GV, Eze founded and led Campus London, Google's first physical hub for startups, and was the Head Google for Entrepreneurs in Europe. He's an experienced product manager and startup mentor. In 2012 Eze founded Techbikers, a non-for profit supporting children education in developing countries.
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Eze is the Chief Innovation Officer at Antidote, a startup helping patients search and match to clinical trial, to accelerate medical breakthroughs. Previously, Eze was a General Partner at Google Ventures Europe. Before GV, Eze founded and led Campus London, Google's first physical hub for startups, and was the Head Google for Entrepreneurs in Europe. He's an experienced product manager and startup mentor. In 2012 Eze founded Techbikers, a non-for profit supporting children education in developing countries.