Multi-functional Open Source Projects & Tools

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Open Source is the big name among developers; it offers great development skills and opportunities to novice and skilled programmer as well with no cost. Open Source provides native access to any development project comes under Open Source license. The basic concept behind Open Source is, refine any possible feature or methodology of Software and make it more productive and helpful for masses. There are various tools or software applications for various purposes, these can be useful to build any open source application or refine any existing one. Following 25 tools are multifunctional and Open Sourced. You can use them free without any commercial license and if you have any idea to enhance these application tool projects then you and modify these tool’s code under GPL License.

 

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1. Aptana Studio

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Aptana Studio’s community edition is the free, open source Web development environment optimized for use with Ajax libraries and scripting languages like JavaScript, Ruby and PHP. Aptana Studio is considered by many developers the best-in-class authoring environment for today more rich and interactive Web pages and Ajax applications.

 

2. AutoHotkey

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It’s hard to know where to begin with this one. What can you do with AutoHotkey? Almost anything! For starters, by using custom keystrokes and mouse-clicks, you can automate practically any repetitive task. Define any shortcut for Windows. Remap keys and buttons any way you please. Control your mouse cursor with your keyboard. By writing your own scripts, the potential is limitless.
 

3. Cabos

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Cabos is a Gnutella file-sharing program originally based on Limewire and Acquisition. Unlike some other file-sharing programs, there’s no spyware, adware, or any other crap to junk up your computer.
 

4. Calibre

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Calibre is a free and open source e-book library management application developed by users of e-books for users of e-books. It has a cornucopia of features divided into the following many categories.
 

5. eMule

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EMule is a perfect example of this. This file-sharing program lets you search for, download, and share files with others. It’s exceedingly popular, and so there are a vast number of files available to you. In fact, it’s the most downloaded file of all time from the Open Source site SourceForge.net–more than 332 million downloads and counting.
 

6. Eraser

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If you are paranoid about someone else recovering your sensitive deleted data, you owe it to yourself to check out Eraser. When you delete a file, your operating system really just removes the reference to the file from the file system table. The actual data is still present and can be recovered with an undelete utility.
 

7. GanttProject

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If you need to do any project management, GanttProject will help you get everything organized. As the name implies, it uses Gantt charts and resource load charts to help break a project into a tree of tasks, complete with dependencies.
 

8. Gimpshop

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Open Source software has never been known for its photo processing prowess. Until now, that is. Gimpshop is an exceedingly powerful Photoshop lookalike that has far more features than you, or most people you know, will ever use. For Windows XP only it is.
 

9. HandBrake

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HandBrake is a DVD to MPEG-4 converter that allows you to stick a DVD in your drive and have the video converted to a digital file for convenient viewing. It’s great for minimizing wear-and-tear on DVDs, plus it’s handy if you travel a lot and want to watch movies on your laptop.
 

10. InfraRecorder

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Need CD/DVD burning software for Windows? It doesn’t get much better than InfraRecorder (by the same author of TUGZip). InfraRecorder can burn audio/data discs. It can handle multi-session discs, creation and burning of disc images (ISO and BIN/CUE), and can even save audio/data track information to separate files. Oh yeah, it also has a portable version.
 

11. KeePass

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KeePass is one of those applications that you don’t realize how badly you need until you start using it. It securely stores and manages the login information that you use for e-mail, websites, banks, etc. Unless you always use the exact same login information (a terrible idea!), you need KeePass. It’s even available in a portable version.
 

12. Launchy

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To launch a program, press Alt + Spacebar, and then type a few letters in the program name and press Enter. Boom! You can also browse folders the same way. Once you get used to it, it’s a huge time saver.
 

13. MediaPortal

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Do you want a Home Theatre with audio streaming throughout your home, a digital photo album to organize all your photos and webcam videos, access to web streams and information like weather, news, sports or Wikipedia, plus a super TiVo? With MediaPortal (MP) you can do all this and more, from the comfort of your sofa. It is the most feature rich Media Center software in the world today, and it’s free!
 

14. Miro

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Miro is a Windows client for the Soulseek file-sharing network. It started off as an experiment, but is now a fully featured client, with new features, a much sleeker User Interface and improved and added network features too.
 

15. MP3Gain

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MP3Gain is a simple and elegant application that serves one main purpose to automatically adjust MP3 files so they all play at the same volume. It does it without decoding and re-encoding, so the quality remains the same. No more fiddling with the volume between different songs.
 

16. MythTV

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MythTV is a Free Open Source software digital video recorder (DVR) project distributed under the terms of the GNU GPL. It has been under heavy development since 2002, and now contains most features one would expect from a good DVR (and many new ones that you soon won’t be able to live without).
 

17. PDFCreator

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PDFCreator allows you to create PDFs from any program that can print. Once it’s installed, simply print to the virtual printer that it creates, and the resulting document can be read on any computer with Adobe Reader (or comparable software).
 

18. Peazip

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PeaZip is my current compression/zip utility of choice. It can open almost any archive type imaginable (including ACE to be sure to grab the separate plug-in). Peazip can split/join files, offers 256-bit encryption, and integrates nicely into the right-click contextual menu. It even manages to look good in the process.
 

19. Plex

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Experience your media on a visually stunning, easy to use interface on your Mac connected to your TV. Your media library has never looked this good! Effortlessly connect to your entire favorite local and online content, all presented seamlessly on your iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch and Android devices.
 

20. PrestaShop

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PrestaShop is a full-featured, cross-platform eCommerce shopping cart application for the Web 2.0 era. Open-source and Web-based (PHP5), PrestaShop is customizable, stable, and “weighs” only 2.2MB for a quick and easy installation.