Practical Free Alternatives to Commercial Software

Practical Free Alternatives to Commercial Software
  • eBook:
    Practical Free Alternatives to Commercial Software
  • Author:
    Steve Oualline, Grace Oualline
  • Edition:
    1 edition
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  • Data:
    May 22, 2018
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  • Pages:
    439 pages
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Book Description
Get all the things done you're used to doing with pricey software at a fraction of the cost. There are hundreds of free programs out there that work just as well as the commercial programs people pay hundreds of dollars for. This book tells you how to find and use the most popular and useful of these.
The Open Source movement is a system where programmers can share code and collectively improve programs.  As a result they can produce programs that are just as good, if not better than their commercial alternatives.  For example, LibreOffice comes with a database, Microsoft Office does not. 

This book shows you where to get and how to use the best Open Source programs giving you not only access to high quality software, but saving you money as well. Add Practical Free Alternatives to Commercial Software to your library today.

What You'll Learn
  • Use the free spreadsheet program Libreoffice-calc to balance your checkbook, do an expense account, and other tasks
  • Perform presentations with Libreoffice-impress instead of Powerpoint
  • Photo edit with The Gimp, a high powered image editor
  • Edit videos with Openshot
  • Create video DVDs with DVDStyler
Who This Book Is For
Home or small business PC users who want to save money on software


Chapter 1: Web Browsing with Firefox

Part I: LibreOffice
Chapter 2: Getting Started with LibreOffice Writer
Chapter 3: Writing Business Letters with LibreOffice Writer
Chapter 4: Writing a Report with LibreOffice Writer
Chapter 5: Working with Spreadsheets in LibreOffice Calc
Chapter 6: Creating Presentations with LibreOffice Impress
Chapter 7: Using LibreOffice Base for Database Management

Part II: Graphics and Multimedia
Chapter 8: Getting Started with GIMP
Chapter 9: Drawing with Inkscape
Chapter 10: Using Dia Diagram Editor
Chapter 11: Using GnuCash
Chapter 12: Editing Audio with Audacity
Chapter 13: Editing Videos with OpenShot
Chapter 14: Creating DVDs with DVDStyler

Part III: Cloud-Based Services
Chapter 15: Using Gmail
Chapter 16: Using Google Docs
Chapter 17: Using Google Backup and Sync
Chapter 18: Using Google Sheets
Chapter 19: Playing Games

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