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I thought a thread like this would be quite a useful resource for people who want to develop or experiment without having to pay a fortune.First and foremost the popular but less powerful alternative to Photoshop, Gimp. http://www.gimp.org/Equally there is also paint.net which I have experimented with out of curiosity. http://www.getpaint.net/Notepad++ is just what it sounds like, an updated version of notepad which supports tabs which is rather useful. http://notepad-plus.sourceforge.net/uk/site.htmThere is of course W3C's validator. http://validator.w3.org/I'm not sure I would call this last one totally useful but it's a good insight, it's the latest Acid test I'm sure most of you know abou. It checks the web standards of your browser, mostly DOM and Javascript. Currently my Opera reads 84/100. :)http://acid3.acidtests.org/

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Firefox (web browsing)http://www.getfirefox.com/Eclipse (web development)http://www.eclipse.org/ColdFusion (web development)http://www.adobe.com/products/coldfusion (developer edition)https://freeriatools.adobe.com/coldfusion/ (student license)Flex Builder (rich internet applications)https://freeriatools.adobe.com/flex/ (student license)soapUI (web service development)http://www.soapui.org/plus many RSS feeds and discussion boards (like this one) as knowledge base tools/resources.

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There was a topic posted here a few monthd ago with an article about open source programs. I kept it in my favourites, it's really useful.The Top 50 Proprietary Programs that Drive You Crazy - and Their Open Source AlternativesAbout Open Source programs I use, I have Blender 3D, the GIMP, Audacity (sound recorder and editor) and Notepad++.

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jEdit -> for editing languages that don't have their own thing, such as .lua which is use for my MS SourceOpera -> IMO, one the best browsers, if not the bestGimp -> Photoshop alt. AAA Logo Maker -> easy to use to make logos, but the free version doesn't let u save as...so i ss and cut it outFraps -> Screen Recorder for recording blocked websites for school and for games.

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Linux user, so I don't use anything that isn't free in at least one sense (and most of it properly free). I use:

  • Browser - Firefox screen
  • Email - Thunderbird
  • Chat - Kopete (MSN) / Konversation (IRC) screen
  • Text Editor - Kate screen, screen
  • Media Player - Amarok screen
  • Office Software - Open Office

Among other things, I use a lot of KDE applications, like them a lot.

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