Tag Archive for Open Source Tools

Paint.net – A free, open source image and photo editing sofware

I recently recieved a new laptop.  And with any new computer you try to put as many tools on it as you can to do your job.  However, image/photo editing is one of those tools I usually forget about until I need to do something quick.  Then I go to Program Files and scan for PhotoShop….then I think, “Uh oh….I don’t have it.”    I have used Gimp but there is a major learning curve.  My co-worker Tavis Lovell mentioned, “Hey get Paint.net.  Its free and does a good job.”   I downloaded it; and within 10 minutes I accomplished my task of changing an image.  Paint.net is easy to use and similar to PhotoShop/Fireworks if you are familiar with these toolsets.    So feel free to go the website to try it out yourself.   http://www.getpaint.net/ 

I have also placed this tool under my Resources webpage on this blog.

Another great open source tool – Greenshot

Greenshot
Greenshot

Greenshot is a great alternative for SnagIt.  SnagIt is a great screen capture tool and I highly recommend it for a commercial enviornment.  But it’s one of those tools that is nice having it on a home system that you are doing sidework.  Greenshot is open source and has an executable that installs on any Windows platform.  Its a basic set of tools similar to SnagIt to perform screen capture operations; but if you are looking for pretty advance features stick to the commercial leader SnagIt.

I have listed this tool under the RESOURCES web page on my blog.

TeamViewer – A free remote access tool

Another great tool I found with PortableApps.com. 

TeamViewer (http://www.teamviewer.com/)   This tool is free with non-commerical use.  Like most IT professionals, you are one of the family chosen PC support specialist.  This tool will allow you to quickly connect to a end user’s computer without guiding them through the process of turning on RDP.  (If their version of Windows even have it.  Most copies do not.)

I will be adding this tool to my resource page.

Happy Holidays!   Tony Maddin

Prezi – A great presentation tool

At the December/2010 Cincinnati SharePoint User Group meeting, Sean P. McDonough was the presenter for the night.  Fantastic Topic:  SharePoint 2010 Backup/Recovery

Sean is a fantastic presenter.  I was even more impressed with the tool he used for the presentation called, “Prezi.”  www.prezi.com

The tool is free with limits. 

I had a big presentation at my current employment that I needed to walk my audience through a new process of moving SharePoint team sites from various SharePoint versions onto our new SharePoint 2010 environment.

The tool was a big hit and it inspired great conversations during and after the meeting. 

Big thanks to Sean!   You can visit Sean’s website at http://sharepointinterface.com/

A great Open Source Application PortableApps.com

  A buddy of mine, Jason Lambert, at work recommended a great open source software package called, “Portable Apps.” From portableapps.com website. You will need a spare USB drive. I recommend a minimum 4 GB USB flash drive. But the amount of free software is unreal.

You get Open Office (a free office style software suite), KeepSafe (a encrypted password safe), Firefox, Thunderbird, etc.

I highly recommend this download and it’s totally free.

Go to http://www.portableapps.com to get a copy of it. Enjoy! Tony