A list of well known, free and open source software is provided on this page for the convenience of Brown's software user community. These products have been selected as the best alternative solutions for those who either do not qualify to use certain Brown-licensed software or for those who otherwise have difficulty accessing Brown's license managed software.
Software listed below is NOT supported by CIS.
|Software Type||Product Title||Description|
|Computational||OpenStat||Open source alternative to SPSS software|
|PAST||Includes common statistical, plotting and modelling functions|
|PSPP||Replacement for SPSS that is similar in appearance|
|R||Alternative to S-Plus that provides a command line interface for power users|
|Sage Notebook||Viable open source alternative to Magma, Maple, Mathematica, and MATLAB|
|SOFA||Statistics, analysis, and reporting program with emphasis on ease of use|
|Graphics editing||Paint.NET||Free image and photo editing software for Windows|
|Paintbrush||Simple paint program for Mac OS X that permits editing of most major image formats|
|Inkscape||Open Source vector graphics editor similar to Illustrator, CorelDraw, or Xara X, using the SVG file format|
|Office productivity||Libre Office||Suite of six feature-rich applications for your document production and data processing needs|
|OpenOffice||Open source software suite for word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, graphics and databases|
|PDF Creation||CutePDF||Create professional quality PDF files from almost any printable document|
|doPDF||Most lightweight free PDF creator|
|PDFCreator||Easily create PDFs from any Windows program|
|PDF Viewing||Foxit Reader||Small, fast, and feature rich PDF viewer for Microsoft Windows, which allows you to open, view, and print any PDF file|
|Photo editing||GIMP||GNU Image Manipulation Program that is freely distributed software for tasks such as photo retouching, image composition and image authoring|
A modification of GIMP with the look and feel of Adobe Photoshop
|Google Picasa||Free photo editing software with name tags|
|Web design||Aviary||Suite of free online web page creation tools
Open Source as Alternative (OSALT) is a website committed to providing easy access to high-quality, open source alternatives to well-known commercial products. Please refer to OSALT if you are seeking alternative applications that are not suggested above.