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Tools to help you create, adapt, and version content

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Editing Suites

Open Office

http://www.openoffice.org/index.html
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

http://www.openoffice.org/product/writer.html
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

NVU

http://net2.com/nvu/download.html
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.

BlueFish

http://bluefish.openoffice.nl/
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

http://audacity.sourceforge.net/ 
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

http://lives.sourceforge.net/
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

http://www.videolan.org/  
VideoLAN is an excellent tool for watching and/or listening to all media.

Graphics Editors

GIMP

http://www.gimp.org/
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

http://www.inkscape.org
Inkscape is a graphics editor and performs in the same way as Adobe Photoshop.

Communication Tools

Gmail: Email

http://www.gmail.com
Gmail is a free Web-based email (webmail), e-mail service provided by Google.

Hotmail: Email

http://www.hotmail.com
Hotmail is a free web-based email system, provided by Windows.

Skype: Internet Voice Chat and Instant Messaging

http://www.skype.com
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

http://flashmeeting.open.ac.uk
FlashMeeting is an application that allows a dispersed group of people to meet from anywhere in the world with an internet connection.

RSS Feeds

http://www.feedreader.com
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

http://compendium.open.ac.uk/institute/download/download.htm
Compendium is a software tool providing a flexible visual interface for managing the connections between information.