Free office software

SCRIBUS

Scribus is a desktop publishing (DTP) application. Native versions are available for Linux, Unix, Mac OS X, OS/2, and Microsoft Windows. It is known for its broad feature set of page layout features comparable to leading commercial applications such as Adobe PageMaker, QuarkXPress and Adobe InDesign

Scribus is designed for flexible layout and typesetting, and the ability to prepare files for professional quality image setting equipment. It can also create animated and interactive PDF presentations and forms. Example uses include writing small newspapers, brochures, newsletters, posters and books.Released under the GNU General Public License, Scribus is free software.

Scribus is powerful software that helps you create great looking documents of all kinds. It also comes with a lot of support options to help you achieve the best result. There is an enthusiastic and friendly community around Scribus that assists beginner and pro alike through our mailing list, IRC channel, wiki, contracted support, and the bugtracker.

Scribus is an open-source program that brings award-winning professional page layout to Linux/Unix, MacOS X, OS/2 and Windows desktops with a combination of "press-ready" output and new approaches to page layout. Underneath the modern and user friendly interface, Scribus supports professional publishing features, such as CMYK color, separations, ICC color management and versatile PDF creation.


LIBRE OFFICE

LibreOffice is a comprehensive, professional-quality productivity suite that you can download and install for free. There is a large base of satisfied LibreOffice users worldwide, and it is available in more than 30 languages and for all major operating systems, including Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X and GNU/Linux (Debian, Ubuntu, Fedora, Mandriva, Suse, ...).

You can download, install and distribute LibreOffice freely, with no fear of copyright infringement.
What's outstanding about LibreOffice?

LibreOffice is a feature-packed and mature desktop productivity package with some really great advantages:

    It's free – no worry about license costs or annual fees.
    No language barriers – it's available in a large number of languages, with more being added continually.
    LGPL public license – you can use it, customize it, hack it and copy it with free user support and developer support from our active worldwide community and our large and experienced developer team.
    LibreOffice is a free software community-driven project: development is open to new talent and new ideas, and our software is tested and used daily by a large and devoted user community; you, too, can get involved and influence its future development.

What does LibreOffice give you?

- Writer is the word processor inside LibreOffice. Use it for everything, from dashing off a quick letter to producing an entire book with tables of contents, embedded illustrations, bibliographies and diagrams. The while-you-type auto-completion, auto-formatting and automatic spelling checking make difficult tasks easy (but are easy to disable if you prefer). Writer is powerful enough to tackle desktop publishing tasks such as creating multi-column newsletters and brochures. The only limit is your imagination.

- Calc tames your numbers and helps with difficult decisions when you're weighing the alternatives. Analyze your data with Calc and then use it to present your final output. Charts and analysis tools help bring transparency to your conclusions. A fully-integrated help system makes easier work of entering complex formulas. Add data from external databases such as SQL or Oracle, then sort and filter them to produce statistical analyses. Use the graphing functions to display large number of 2D and 3D graphics from 13 categories, including line, area, bar, pie, X-Y, and net – with the dozens of variations available, you're sure to find one that suits your project.

- Impress is the fastest and easiest way to create effective multimedia presentations. Stunning animation and sensational special effects help you convince your audience. Create presentations that look even more professional than the standard presentations you commonly see at work. Get your collegues' and bosses' attention by creating something a little bit different.

- Draw lets you build diagrams and sketches from scratch. A picture is worth a thousand words, so why not try something simple with box and line diagrams? Or else go further and easily build dynamic 3D illustrations and special effects. It's as simple or as powerful as you want it to be.

- Base is the database front-end of the LibreOffice suite. With Base, you can seamlessly integrate your existing database structures into the other components of LibreOffice, or create an interface to use and administer your data as a stand-alone application. You can use imported and linked tables and queries from MySQL, PostgreSQL or Microsoft Access and many other data sources, or design your own with Base, to build powerful front-ends with sophisticated forms, reports and views. Support is built-in or easily addable for a very wide range of database products, notably the standardly-provided HSQL, MySQL, Adabas D, Microsoft Access and PostgreSQL.

- Math is a simple equation editor that lets you lay-out and display your mathematical, chemical, electrical or scientific equations quickly in standard written notation. Even the most-complex calculations can be understandable when displayed correctly. E=mc2.

LibreOffice also comes configured with a PDF file creator, meaning you can distribute documents that you're sure can be opened and read by users of almost any computing device or operating system.


OPEN OFFICE

OpenOffice is the leading open-source office software suite for word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, graphics, databases and more. It is available in many languages and works on all common computers. It stores all your data in an international open standard format and can also read and write files from other common office software packages. It can be downloaded and used completely free of charge for any purpose.

OpenOffice.org aims to compete with Microsoft Office and emulate its look and feel where suitable. It can read and write most of the file formats found in Microsoft Office, and many other applications; an essential feature of the suite for many users.

COMPONENTS:
Writer - A word processor similar in look and feel to Microsoft Word or WordPerfect and offering a comparable range of functions and tools. It also includes the ability to export Portable Document Format (PDF) files with no additional software, and can also function as a basic WYSIWYG editor for creating and editing web pages.

Calc - A spreadsheet similar to Microsoft Excel or Lotus 1-2-3 with a roughly equivalent range of features. Calc provides a number of features not present in Excel, including a system which automatically defines series for graphing, based on the layout of the user’s data. Calc is also capable of writing spreadsheets directly as a PDF file.

Impress - A presentation program similar to Microsoft PowerPoint. It can export presentations to Adobe Flash (SWF) files, allowing them to be played on any computer with the Flash player installed. It also includes the ability to create PDF files, and the ability to read Microsoft PowerPoint's .ppt format. Impress suffers from a lack of ready-made presentation designs. However, templates are readily available on the Internet.

Base - A database program similar to Microsoft Access. Base allows the creation and manipulation of databases, and the building of forms and reports to provide easy access to data for end-users. As with Access, Base may be used as a front-end to a number of different database systems, including Access databases (JET), ODBC data sources and MySQL/PostgreSQL. Base became part of the suite starting with version 2.0. Native to the OpenOffice.org suite is an adaptation of HSQL. While ooBase can be a front-end for any of the databases listed, there is no need for any of them to be installed.

Draw - A vector graphics editor comparable in features to early versions of CorelDRAW. It features versatile "connectors" between shapes, which are available in a range of line styles and facilitate building drawings such as flowcharts. It has similar features to Desktop publishing software such as Scribus and Microsoft Publisher.

Math - A tool for creating and editing mathematical formulae, similar to Microsoft Equation Editor. Formulae can be embedded inside other OpenOffice.org documents, such as those created by Writer. It supports multiple fonts and can export to PDF.


OpenProj

OpenProj is a free and powerful open source desktop alternative to Microsoft Project. OpenProj has been downloaded over 1,500,000 times and is used in over 100 countries.

Rich functionality: OpenProj offers the rich functionality project managers need to run their projects – including Gantt and PERT charts, WBS (work breakdown structure) and RBS (resource breakdown structure) charts, Earned Value costing, and more. Because OpenProj is very similar to Microsoft Project, there is literally no time or effort involved in switching to OpenProj.

Multiple formats: OpenProj enables project managers to easily work with Microsoft Project and Oracle Primavera files. OpenProj users can eliminate any migration headaches with switching, and can continue working with other project managers using Microsoft and Oracle products.

Global usage: OpenProj can run on virtually any computer – including Windows, Mac, UNIX, and Linux. It has also been translated into French, Spanish, German, Portuguese, Swedish, Finnish, Galician, Persian, Russian, Korean, and Chinese.

Project and Portfolio Management (PPM) - For more comprehensive project and portfolio management (PPM) functionality, many organizations turn to Serena Project and Portfolio Management. Serena PPM helps everyone collaborate on incoming requests, prioritize requests against current project pipeline and priorities, and staff the best projects as quickly as possible.

Agile Project Management - Organizations that need to manage agile projects instead of traditional waterfall projects rely on Serena Agile Planner. Serena Agile Planner offers organizations an easy and flexible way to run their agile development projects. In addition to providing burndown charts, task boards, and sprint backlogs, Serena Agile Planner also helps software developers more easily make the move to agile.



ADOBE ACROBAT READER

Adobe Reader is free software that lets you open, view, search, digitally sign, verify, and print PDF files. Portable Document Format (PDF) is a file format created by Adobe Systems in 1993 for document exchange. PDF is used for representing two-dimensional documents in a manner independent of the application software, hardware, and operating system.

Each PDF file encapsulates a complete description of a fixed-layout 2-D document (and, with Acrobat 3-D, embedded 3-D documents) that includes the text, fonts, images, and 2-D vector graphics which the documents comprise.

Adobe Reader software is the global standard for electronic document sharing. It is the only PDF file viewer that can open and interact with all PDF documents. Use Adobe Reader to view, search, digitally sign, verify, print, and collaborate on Adobe PDF files.


GOOGLE DOCS

Google Docs is a free, Web-based word processor, spreadsheet, and presentation application offered by Google. It allows users to create and edit documents online while collaborating in real-time with other users.

Documents, spreadsheets, and presentations can be created within the application itself, imported through the web interface, or sent via email. They can also be saved to the user's computer in a variety of formats. By default, they are saved to the Google servers. Open documents are automatically saved to prevent data loss, and a full revision history is automatically kept. Documents can be tagged and archived for organizational purposes. Collaboration between users is also a feature of Google Docs. Documents can be shared, opened, and edited by multiple users at the same time. In the case of spreadsheets, users can be notified of changes to any specified regions via e-mail. The application supports popular Office file types such as .doc or .xls. It also includes support for the OpenDocument format. It is also possible to upload and share PDF files.


PDFCreator

PDFCreator is a free tool to create PDF files from nearly any Windows application.

Key Features:

  -  Create PDFs from any program that is able to print
  -  Security: Encrypt PDFs and protect them from being opened, printed etc.
  -  Send generated files via eMail
  -  Create more than just PDFs: PNG, JPG, TIFF, BMP, PCX, PS, EPS
  -  AutoSave files to folders and filenames based on Tags like Username, Computername, Date, Time etc.
  -  Merge multiple files into one PDF
  -  Easy Install: Just say what you want and everything is installed
  -  Terminal Server: PDFCreator also runs on Terminal Servers without problems
  -  And the best: PDFCreator is free, even for commercial use! It is Open Source and released under the Terms of the GNU General Public License.


Kexi Project

Kexi is a Free/Libre and Open-Source integrated data management application, a long awaited Open Source competitor for products like Microsoft Access. Kexi can be used for creating database schemas, inserting data, performing queries, and processing data. Forms can be created to provide a custom interface to your data. All database objects - tables, queries and forms - are stored in the relational database, making it easy to share data and design.


KOFFICE

KOffice is an integrated office suite built on the KDE platform (Linux).

It utilizes free and open standards like OpenDocument for its document formats, component communication and component embedding.

KOffice is free software.

Applications

- KWord - KWord is a frame-based word-processing and desktop publishing application. KWord is capable of creating demanding and professional looking documents. Whether you are a corporate or home user, production artist or student, KWord will prove a valuable and easy to use tool for your word processing and layout needs.

- KSpread - KSpread is a spreadsheet. With KSpread you can create table-oriented sheets with information and powerful calculations with ease with good support for the OpenDocument format. For calculations there is a huge list of formulas available that allow all the expected numerical, financial and textual features that are expected in a spreadsheet.  KSpreads excellent OpenFormula support gives even demanding number crunchers the features they need.

- KPresenter - KPresenter is an easy to use yet still flexible presentation application. You can easily create presentations containing a rich variety of elements, from graphics to text, from charts to images. KPresenter is extensible through a plugin system, so it is easy to add new effects, new content elements or even new ways of managing your presentation. Because of the integration with KOffice, all the power and flexibility of the KOffice content elements are available to KPresenter.

- Krita - Krita is a graphics application for everyone who wants to get creative with images. Whether you want to create from scratch or work with existing images, Krita is meant for you.

- Karbon - Karbon is a vector drawing application with an user interface that is easy to use, highly customizable and extensible. That makes Karbon a great application for users starting to explore the world of vector graphics as well as for artists wanting to create breathtaking vector art.

- KPlato - KPlato is a project management application.
- Kexi - Kexi is an integrated data management application. It can be used for creating database schemas, inserting data, performing queries, and processing data. Forms can be created to provide a custom interface to your data. All database objects - tables, queries and forms - are stored in the database, making it easy to share data and design.


Task Coach

Task Coach is a simple open source todo manager to keep track of personal tasks and todo lists. It grew out of a frustration that most task managers do not provide facilities for composite tasks. Often, tasks and other things todo consist of several activities. Task Coach is designed to deal with composite tasks. In addition, it offers effort tracking, categories, and notes. Task Coach is available for Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, BSD, and iPhone and iPod Touch.

Task Coach is licensed under the GNU General Public License version 3 or any later version and free to use for both individuals and companies.


Bibus bibliographic database

Bibus is a bibliographic and reference management software. As with other such tools, Bibus allows one to search, edit, and sort bibliographic records. In addition, Bibus contains features that makes it unique among open source and even commercial bibliographic databases:

   - Hierarchical organization of the references with user defined keys
   - Designed for multiuser environments
   - Live queries; that is searches that update as the database changes
   - On-line PubMed queries
   - On-line eTBLAST queries
   - Insertion of references and formatting of bibliographies into three widely used Word Processors (LibreOffice.org,OpenOffice.org and Microsoft Word)
   - Foreign language support through Unicode and gettext. As of version 1.4, Bibus is available in English, Chinese, Czech, French, German, Hungarian, Portuguese, Slovenian, Spanish.
   - Bibus works on most modern platforms


AbiWord

AbiWord is a free word processing program similar to Microsoft® Word. It is suitable for a wide variety of word processing tasks.

AbiWord allows you to collaborate with multiple people on one document at the same time.


WinDjView

WinDjView is a fast, compact and powerful DjVu viewer for Windows with tabbed interface, continuous scrolling and advanced printing options. It uses the free DjVuLibre library to decode DjVu documents. DjVu is a web-centric format and software platform for distributing documents and images.