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Open Office is a free and open source software package which includes the key desktop applications, such as a word processor, spreadsheet, presentation manager, and drawing program.
If you want to create a document in a PDF format, use Open Office’s Writer. A PDF, or Portable Document File, is a file type often used when you are likely to want to print information and won't need to alter the document.
If you are a novice web designer, try NVU. You can create web pages and manage a website with no technical expertise or knowledge of HTML.
If you are interested in creating websites and have a working knowledge of programming code and website development, download and use Bluefish to build your own website.
Audacity is an easy-to-use audio editor and recorder. You can use Audacity to: record live audio, convert tapes and records into digital recordings or CDs, edit MP3, WAV or AIFF sound files.
If you are interested in editing videos try LiVES. It will allow you to start editing and making video right away.
VideoLAN is an excellent tool for watching and/or listening to all media.
GIMP is a freely distributed program for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition and image authoring. You can also use GIMP as a paint/drawing programme.
Inkscape is a graphics editor and performs in the same way as Adobe Photoshop.
Gmail is a free Web-based email (webmail), e-mail service provided by Google.
Hotmail is a free web-based email system, provided by Windows.
With Skype you can make free Skype-to-Skype calls to people anywhere in the world. You also have access to free video conferencing; call phones and mobiles; and instant message.
FlashMeeting is an application that allows a dispersed group of people to meet from anywhere in the world with an internet connection.
Feedreader is a FREE RSS news solution. If you sign up for RSS Feeds you no longer have to check your favourite websites for the latest up to date news. A feedreader allows you to go to a single website (www.feedreader.com) and see all the latest news that you choose based on your most frequented websites.
Compendium is a software tool providing a flexible visual interface for managing the connections between information.