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Free Now What

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Free Now What

  1. 1. Free! Now what? Andrew Shuping GA COMO 2009 October 9, 2009 Jack Tarver Library, Mercer University
  2. 2. Why free? <ul><li>http://icanhascheezburger.com/2008/04/06/funny-pictures-bbc-budget-gets-slashed/ </li></ul>
  3. 3. So what are we covering today? <ul><ul><li>What questions do you need to ask? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What software is out there? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Finding reviews </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Licenses and agreements </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Where to download </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Recap </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Questions to ask <ul><ul><li>What do you need? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Does free really offer you what you need? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Are there free and paid versions and what's the difference? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Does your system meet the minimum requirements?  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Good reviews? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What's in the license agreement? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Is it safe to download? </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. What do you need paint.net GIMP Project Dog waffle Pixlr Corel draw free and online x Runs on Windows XP, 1GB of memory, 40GB HD x Can save in .png, .gif, etc. formats x Supports graphic tablets Tools to crop, rotate, resize images, adjust colors, and create collages. x
  6. 6. Finding free software <ul><ul><li>Search for a need </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sites such as: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Lifehacker </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Download Squad </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Techcrunch </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>download.com </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>MajorGeeks.com  </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Gizmo's   </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Listserves </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Most important, colleagues <ul><li>http://www.flickr.com/photos/43017881@N00/3406657528/# </li></ul>
  8. 8. The where and why of reviews <ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Is the program easy to use? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What are it's features? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Does the program still have bugs to fix? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How well does the program do what it's supposed to do? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Are there other programs that might meet your needs? </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Places to find reviews <ul><ul><li>Sites such as: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Lifehacker </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Download Squad </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Techcrunch </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>download.com </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>MajorGeeks.com  </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Gizmo's   </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Google! Yes, Google! Find out what bloggers say and think </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Licenses and agreements <ul><li>1st I am not an expert  </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What are the limitations?  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What does it require you to do?   </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What do you give up?   </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What's the privacy? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Have someone else read it  </li></ul></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Article 1 </li></ul><ul><li>Article 2 </li></ul><ul><li>Article 3 </li></ul>
  11. 11.   <ul><li>http://www.flickr.com/photos/51035583134@N01/2698947622/ </li></ul>
  12. 12. Download the software <ul><li>Be careful where you download as not every site is safe.  Some software maybe malware in disguise or infected with viruses.  Download from trusted sites. </li></ul><ul><li>Some places to try: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Sourcefourge </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Download.com </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Softpedia.com  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>MajorGeeks </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. Play! <ul><li>http://www.flickr.com/photos/57617841@N00/842383871/ </li></ul>http://www.flickr.com/photos/38246638@N00/3248964671/
  14. 14. Recap <ul><ul><li>Pick a software that meets your needs  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Check to make sure that your computer meets the minimum requirements to run the programs.  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Remember when downloading software to your computer make sure, you can trust the site. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Examine the license!   </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Play! Make sure the software will fit your need. </li></ul></ul>
  15. 15. Questions? <ul><li>http://www.flickr.com/photos/76283035@N00/1507585665/ </li></ul>
  16. 16. Thank you! <ul><li>I can be found at: </li></ul><ul><li>ashuping.net </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>Link for my presentation will be located on my blog </li></ul>

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