Applications

Free unless indicated otherwise


Notes:

  • Some free applications charge for versions with more features.
  • If you don't see what you need, try searching at Open Source Alternative to find alternatives to commercial programs.


Animation

Annotation

Online

  • A.nnotate (annotate documents and images online)

Desktop

  • Anvil (annotate video)
  • Skim (PDF reader and annotater)

Antivirus & Antispyware

Commercial

Resources

Audio tools

Online

Desktop

Commerical

Backing up

Desktop

Commerical

Bibliography tools

Citation tools

Lists of Bibliographic Tools

Blogging tools

To be provided later

Book (and other media) Sharing

Bookmark (and social annotation) Sharing

Calendars

Online

Desktop

Clipboard Managers

Desktop

Color

Online

For other color tools, see Mashable's 17 Fresh Web Tools for Working with Colors and Colors Toolbox: 20+ Tools for Working with Color.

Comics, Scrapbooks, and Others

Online

Desktop

  • Blender (3D content creation suite)
  • Scratch (create games, stories, and animations)

Commercial

Content, Learning, and Weblog Management Systems

Conferencing & Discussion

Online

  • EtherPad (online realtime collaborative writing)
  • Fuze (online conferencing)
  • QuickTopic (private discussion boards)
  • Tiny Chat (video chat)
  • Vyew (online collaboration and web conferencing)
  • Yugma (collaboration)

Desktop

Conversion of Documents

Online

Desktop

  • Pandoc (universal document converter)

See Kieran Healy's post on Plain Text, Papers, and Pandoc

Email

Review of email clients

Firewall

Firefox plugins

FTP Clients & Download Managers

GPS

Hypertext

  • HypeDyn (procedural hypertext fiction authoring tool)

Commercial

Images

Note: Some of these sites have both free and for-sale images, and some restrictions on how their free images are used, so read the license before using.

For a brief review of most of the above sites, read TechRadar's 12 best places to get free images for your site.

Image and diagramming tools

Online

Online image generators

For a brief review of most of the above sites, read Mashable's 13 Fantastic and Fun Image Generators

Desktop

Commercial

Reviews and lists

Instant Messaging

Launchers

Commercial

Mapping

Online

Desktop

Mind-Mapping

Online

Desktop

Commercial

  • iMindMap (supposedly the best tool for mind mapping)
  • Inspiration
  • Tinderbox (information management tool that can make mind maps and much more)

Miscellaneous

Online

Desktop

Shareware or Commerical

Sources of open source applications

Notetaking and Outlinking

Online

  • Fargo (impressive online outliner)

Desktop

  • Tobu (freeform information organizer)

Commercial

Reviews and discussions

PDF apps

Online

Desktop

Commercial

  • PDFfiIler (upload and fill out PDF forms online)

Personalized start pages

Photos

Online

Desktop

Presentation

Online

Desktop

Programming

Publishing

Online

  • Calameo (create online magazine from any document)
  • issuu (create online books and magazines)
  • Scribus
  • SimpleBooklet (create and publish brochures and more online)

Desktop

Research

Online

  • Mendeley (manage, share and discover research papers)

Desktop

  • iBreadCrumbs (social network tool for researchers)
  • Mendeley (manage, share and discover research papers)
  • Netdraw (tool for visualizing social network data#41;
  • TAMS Analyzer (Mac, qualitative research tool)
  • Transana (Analyzing audio and video data)
  • Visone (tool for visualizing social network data)
  • Zotero (bibliographic material manager)

Shareware or Commerical

RSS readers, filters, and others

Online

Desktop

Lists of RSS readers

Sales

  • Gumroad (Sell directly to customers)

Science Applications

Biology (Mac)

  • Enzyme (DNA sequence analysis and editing program)
  • 4Peaks (for visualizing, editing, and analyzing DNA sequence files)
  • iRNAi (for designing error free oligos)
  • Lab Assistant (experiment organizer)

Simulation Software

Social Media Apps

  • Buffer (Automatically post tweets on a schedule)

Storage Online

Reviews of Online Storage

Surveys, Polls, and Quizzes

Online

Text Analysis

  • etcML (easy text classification)

To-do, Project Management, and Scheduling

Utilities

Video (editing) tools and players

Online

Desktop

Commerical

See TechRadar's brief review of 9 free video editors

See Kathy's Katch for an excellent overview of Screencasting for educations

Visualization

Online

Desktop

For general guidelines on creating visualizations and using the last three programs above, see Angela Alcorn's 10 Awesome Free Tools To Make Infographics. Many Eyes explains how different data types go with different graphic representations, and Mindy McAdams has an excellent post, 10 Useful Resources About Data Visualization.

Web and text editors

Online

Desktop

CSS editors

Commercial

Reviews of web and text editors

Web Authoring Sites (blogs and websites)

Micro-blogging sites

Website analytics

Word processing, spreadsheets, and office suites

Online

Desktop

Reviews, manuals, and tutorials for word processors

Word processing and tools for writers

Online

Desktop

Commercial

List of Open Source Apps for Writers

Application (and other) Information

Lists of Freeware

Mac Lists

Freeware lists

Otherware lists

Web 2.0 (and educational) Lists

Miscellaneous Lists and Reviews

Tutorials

Reviews

  • Reviews of many types of PC software