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Editing Suites

Open Office

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.

PDF Creator

Open Office Writer

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.

HTML Editor


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.

Mutlimedia Editors


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.

LiVES Video Editing System

If you are interested in editing videos try LiVES. It will allow you to start editing and making video right away.

Media Players

VideoLAN - VLC media player

VideoLAN is an excellent tool for watching and/or listening to all media.

Graphics Editors


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.

Communication Tools

Gmail: Email

Gmail is a free Web-based email (webmail), e-mail service provided by Google.

Hotmail: Email

Hotmail is a free web-based email system, provided by Windows.

Skype: Internet Voice Chat and Instant Messaging

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: Online video conferencing

FlashMeeting is an application that allows a dispersed group of people to meet from anywhere in the world with an internet connection.

RSS Feeds

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.

Content Enhancement

Compendium: Knowledge Mapping

Compendium is a software tool providing a flexible visual interface for managing the connections between information.