Free Alternatives to Brown Licensed Software

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 are not eligible to use certain Brown-licensed software.

Software Type Product Title Description
3D Image Viewing Microview 3D image viewer with image analysis tools and plug-ins
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
Computer Aided Design AutoCAD AutoCAD programs for instructional use only
Connectivity Xming X Server for Windows
Data comparison Meld Visual diff/merge tool
Data visualization Tableau for Students Interactive data visualization tool. Free Tableau Desktop licenses are available for full-time enrolled students.
Tableau for Teaching Interactive data visualization tool. Tableau Desktop license is free to instructors for instructional use and/or noncommercial academic research. Bulk lab or student licenses are also available to use Tableau in a course.

Visit Tableau for Teaching FAQs and the Instructor Resource Page for details.
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
Note-taking Tomboy Notes Simple note-taking
Office productivity Canva Infographics Data visualization tool that includes hundreds of free design elements

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
Scribus High-quality, multi-platform desktop publishing application
Password manager KeePass2 Lightweight password manager
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
GIMPShop A modification of GIMP with the look and feel of Adobe Photoshop
Google Photos Free photo editing software with name tags
S/FTP Filezilla S/FTP client
Text editing Eclipse Open source text editor for web and Java developers
Geany Text editor and basic IDE
Notepad++ Free source code editor and Notepad replacement that supports several languages.
Web design Aviary Suite of free online web page creation tools

Video Editing Blender Free software for video editing and game creation

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.