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About OA Software

Open Source Software can be understood as software which can be used free of charge and provides license to change the source code for the users particular needs.  All the materials on this list are available free of charge, and many allow access to the source code.  

These products are created and maintained in a public, collaborative manner whereby users can typically download, use and modify them to meet their particular needs. 

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Open Sources: Voices from the Open Source Revolution

A number of essays on the open source movement.

Why Open Source Misses the Point of Free Software

Discusses differing and similar views on free software and open source software.

General Productivity

Open Office Productivity Suite ( Mac, Windows, Linux)  

Open Office is a productivity suite that provides the functionality of Microsoft Office or Apple works, for free.

LYX ( MAC OS, Windows, Linux)  

A WYSIWYM ( What You See Is What You Mean) text editor based upon LaTex.

Major (LA)Tex Packages  

A list of the most prominent LaTex applications can be found here. Composed by the Tex Users Group. LaTex is the preferred writing a plotting application for the Math and Sciences.


Mind Mapping software.

Citation Management

These tools will help you manage your resources for your papers and presentations.  Some are NYU supported and some are not.

Zotero (NYU Supported)  
Free software that allows you to collect, organize, and cite your resources. Has many features which can be explored at
Free ( but not open) software for storing research, pdfs, and helps you find new related resources.

Free. Web based. Exports to Bibtex. Allows annotation in the references.
Software that allows you to process lists of documents for bibliographic output. Usually used in conjunction with LaTex.
This is a mac only citation to be used with Latex.
Bibdesk ( Mac OS )  

OA Software

Before downloading any Open Source product, make sure to research its reputation for performance and reliability. For help, take a look at Top Tips for Evaluating Open Source Software.

Audacity (Mac, Windows, Linux)
Free audio editing and recording software.
Avast! (Windows)
Free antivirus/anti-spyware software to protect your PC.
GIMP - The GNU Image Manipulation Program (Mac, Windows, Linux)
Image editing program that functions similar to Adobe Photoshop.
Mozilla Firefox (Windows, Mac, Linux)
Free open source web browser that is modifiable to personal needs.
Open Office Productivity Suite ( Mac, Windows, Linux)
A productivity suite that provides the functionality of Microsoft Office, for free.
Find and develop open source software.
Zotero ( Mac, Windows, Linux)
Bibliographic management tool that works as an add-on for the Firefox web browser.

Web Browsers

Mozilla Firefox (Windows, Mac, Linux) 

Free and open sourced web browser. Extremely modifiable to personal needs.

K-Meleon (Windows)  

Lightweight and customizable open source and free web browser. Based on same platform as firefox.

Amaya (Windos, Mac OS, Unix)  

Web browser and editor
"Amaya started as an HTML + CSS style sheets editor. Since that time it was extended to support XML and an increasing number of XML applications such as the XHTML family, MathML, and SVG." -

Konqueror (KDE)  

Web browser and file manager for Unix environments. Built for KDE

Chrome (Windows)  

Free browser provided by Google. Based on the Chromium open source framework.


Epiphany (Linux)  

Web browser for the GNOME environment.



Screen Casting / Presentation

‚ÄčCam Studio  

CamStudio is able to record all screen and audio activity on your computer and create industry-standard AVI video files and using its built-in SWF Producer can turn those AVIs into lean, mean, bandwidth-friendly Streaming Flash videos (SWFs).


Screen Capture like the other applications. Only here there is a emphasis on immediacy of use and simplicity.


Virus Protection / Security

These are free antivirus and spyware programs.

Free basic anti virus software.
Free basic anti virus and spyware protection software. Note: Windows Only
Registry Cleaner  
  This application helps you maintain your registry, removing older programs, errant files among other items. This may help improve performance. Read more about it at Lifehacker.