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Overview of Freeware, Shareware and Open Source software for nonprofits.

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  • Open Source, Free and Low Cost Computer Programs:  A Users Guide to Freeware, Shareware and Open Source Software for Your Not-for-Profit, Business and Home. A Users Guide to Freeware, Shareware and Open Source Software for Your Not-for-Profit, Business and Home
  • Software a collection of computer programs, procedures and documentation that perform task on a computer system Open source is software that is freely distributed, The source code of which must be included or be obtainable for free, redistribution of modifications.
  • Freeware is software made available for use by someone who usually has a copyright on the source code but makes it available for use free of charge, for an unlimited time; Source code is the series of instructions in the background that make up the software program. Shareware is a marketing method for computer software. Shareware software is typically obtained free of charge, often by downloading from the Internet. A shareware program is accompanied by a request for payment, and the software's distribution license often requires such a payment.
  • Computer based software is installed on your computer or server. Microsoft’s Internet Explorer and Word are examples of computer-based software. Web based software is located on a server that is located somewhere else and is made available to you when you need it, Google Pack is an example of web based software. NOTE THE USE OF WIKIPEDIA
  • Definition of FREE for purposes of this presentation: Freedom to chose, freedom from a software monopoly, freedom to think and to have clients and customers think and do in an “outside of the box” environment. Someone is out there spending time energy and making an effort to make this software and this need to be acknowledged, respected and it should be appreciate.
  • Explain Compatible vs. comparable: Open Office, the program used to develop this presentation is COMPARABLE to MS Office, it is also compatible. PDFcreator and CutePDF used to make PDF files from Word, Excel, PowerPoint or Publisher Documents is COMPATIBLE with Microsoft Products.
  • To make this jump you need to be willing to shift from rote learning of the location of keys to fundamentals. What is the name of what you want to do and how do you find it. Making this mind shift is especially good for your clients if you are trying to get them ready for employment. In jobs that are not dead end, an employee that knows how to think is much more valuable than an employee that knows what to think
  • Reasons to use open source, freeware and shareware programs 1. They are FREE or nearly free, you can save a lot of MONEY. In the case of shareware, you get to “try before you buy”. 2. Developers know that most of their software program users do not have the most up to date hardware so they make the programs to work on older computers.
  • Reasons to use open source, freeware and shareware programs Open Office, alternative to Microsoft Office, allows you to work with, save and send Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Publisher documents as if you were using the Microsoft equivalent product. Openoffice is FREE or $10 for a CD copy. Openoffice allows you to save documents as a PDF file for easy distributions across different types of computers and to recipients who may not have PowerPoint or Publisher. Firefox, alternative to Internet Explorer has fewer vulnerabilities then IE and it is FREE.
  • Doodle is a true time saving, easy to use program to arrange meetings. It takes your information, creates a poll and sends you a lin that you send to everyone you want to invite to your meeting.
  • Reasons to use open source, freeware and shareware programs Linux, an alternative operating system may make sense for your organization, that is a longer discussion, today we just want to mention the potential for those of you who operate computers for clients or customers. If you want easy to use, customizable interfaces and security features that make you wonder why you use windows try Linux. MOST Windows applications run on Linux but not many of the games, a big plus for productivity in educational settings.
  • The good programs have a small learning curve. This is true of: AbiWord - substitute for Microsoft Word on old laptop to take notes Thunderbird - takes the place of Microsoft Outlook Sunbird - replaces Microsoft Outlook’s calendaring functions GimpShop - forget Adobe Photoshop PDF Creator - if you want to make a PDF file from a Microsoft Office document without Acrobat. GnuCash - for accounting instead of using Quicken or MS Money GanttPVor those crazy enough, or desperate enough to be using Microsoft Project .
  • Provided by Microsoft Legal domain registration or transfer Design templates Support for multiple pages Customizable Microsoft Office Live Small Business Sample – GNHCC SBA
  • Finding software at a reduced price or for free: Discounted software for not-for-profits: TECHSOUP Other sources: TUDOGS SOCIALSOURCE COMMONS And the world's largest Open Source software development website SourceForge.net. They provides free hosting to Open Source software development projects with a centralized resource for managing projects, issues, communications, and code.
  • Open Source, Free and Low Cost Computer Programs:  A Users Guide to Freeware, Shareware and Open Source Software for Your Not-for-Profit, Business and Home.

Users Guide To Freeware Shareware And Open Source Software Presentation Transcript

  • 1. Free and Low Cost Computer Programs  
      • A Users Guide to Freeware, Shareware and Open Source Software for Your Not-for-Profit, Business and Home
  • 2. Terms
    • Software
      • Collection of computer programs, procedures and documentation that perform tasks on a computer system
    • Open Source
      • Software that is freely distributed
      • Source code must be included or be obtainable for free redistribution of modifications
    Source of definitions and a lot of other good information - Wikipedia
  • 3. More Terms
    • Freeware
      • Software available free of charge
      • For an unlimited time
      • Writer usually has a copyright on the source code
    • Shareware
      • Software obtained free of charge
      • Accompanied by a request for payment
        • Software's distribution license often requires such a payment
    Source of definitions and a lot of other good information - Wikipedia
  • 4. Still More Terms
    • Computer-based software
      • Installed on your computer or server
      • Microsoft’s Internet Explorer and Word are examples
    • Web-based software
      • Stored on a server that is located remotely
      • Made available to you when you need it
      • Google Apps is an example of web-based software
    Source of definitions and a lot of other good information - Wikipedia
  • 5. For purposes of this presentation
    • Free means
      • Free to chose
      • Free from monopoly
      • Free to think “outside of the box”
    • Remember
      • Someone spent time, energy and effort to make this software
      • This needs to be acknowledged, respected and appreciated
  • 6. Compatible vs. Comparable
    • Compatible
      • Similar
      • Well-matched
      • Work well together
    • Comparable
      • Equivalent to
      • As good as
  • 7. Change Relationship to Software
    • Is enabled by a mind shift
    • Away from rote learning to fundamentals
      • What is the name of what you want to do
      • How do you find it
  • 8. Reasons To Use
    • FREE or nearly free
    • Save a lot of MONEY
    • Shareware lets you “try before you buy”
    • Usually written to work on older computers and with older operating systems
  • 9. Software Alternatives
    • OpenOffice
      • Alternative to Microsoft Office
      • Work, save and send Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Publisher documents as if using Microsoft equivalent product
      • FREE or $10 for a CD copy
    • Firefox
      • Alternative to Internet Explorer
      • Fewer vulnerabilities than IE and FREE
  • 10. Software Alternatives
    • Doodle
      • Simple polling system
      • Helps people coordinate times when all can meet
      • Multiple languages
      • And did I mention it is FREE
  • 11. Alternative Operating System
    • Linux
      • Alternative to Windows
      • May make sense for your organization
        • Discuss with your IT Support
      • Easy to use customizable interface
      • Great security features
      • Runs most Windows applications
      • Not many of the games
      • Big plus for productivity in educational settings
  • 12. Good Programs - Small Learning Curve
      • AbiWord - substitute for Microsoft Word
      • Thunderbird - takes the place of Microsoft Outlook
      • Sunbird - replaces Microsoft Outlook’s calendaring functions
      • GIMP-Shop - forget Adobe Photoshop
      • PDFCreator – create a PDF of a Microsoft document without Acrobat
      • GnuCash – accounting software instead of Quicken or Microsoft Money
      • GanttPV – Project scheduling like MS Project
  • 13. Free Web and E-Mail
    • Provided by Microsoft
    • Legal domain registration or transfer
    • Design templates
    • Support for multiple pages
    • Customizable
    • Microsoft Office Live Small Business
    • Sample – Click here
  • 14. Where To Find
    • Discounted software & tons of good information for not-for-profits:
      • Techsoup
    • Other useful websites:
      • TuDogs
      • Social Source Commons
      • SourceForge
  • 15. Free and Low Cost Computer Programs  
      • A Users Guide to Freeware, Shareware and Open Source Software for Your Not-for-Profit, Business and Home