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#1 MorganX

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Posted 20 December 2012 - 22:24

It's time to revisit Windows alternatives.

Looking for Distribution and Office compatible app recommendations for general office use. PDF and Visio comparable authoring tools would also be nice.

Any input appreciated.


#2 redvamp128

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Posted 20 December 2012 - 23:02

It's time to revisit Windows alternatives.

Looking for Distribution and Office compatible app recommendations for general office use. PDF and Visio comparable authoring tools would also be nice.

Any input appreciated.


Open source alternative that comes to mind is DIA for the Viso Like program-

It should be in most repositories (for debian and ubuntu)

https://live.gnome.org/Dia

you an either do it from the Software Center or for a quick command line-


sudo apt-get install dia


Also you may look at this site to find other alternatives.

http://www.osalt.com/

#3 Farstrider

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Posted 20 December 2012 - 23:11

I use ARCH Linux with systemd (systemd is now the default init system, Arch Linux is receiving minimal testing on initscripts systems.) and awesome or Gnome. The latest LibreOffice is excellent and does the job required of it!

Gimp version 2.8 (Stable) and Inkscape 0.48 is pretty awesome as well! Use the two in conjunction with each other. Calibre for you books.

OpenShot 1.4.3: OpenShot Video Editor is a program that creates, modifies, and edits video files. Banshee for your music. I have Adobe Reader 9 installed it works OK.


Dia is a gtk+ based diagram creation program released under the GPL license. Dia is inspired by the commercial Windows program 'Visio', though more geared towards informal diagrams for casual use. It can be used to draw many different kinds of diagrams. It currently has special objects to help draw entity relationship diagrams, UML diagrams, flowcharts, network diagrams, and many other diagrams. It is also possible to add support for new shapes by writing simple XML files, using a subset of SVG to draw the shape.

It can load and save diagrams to a custom XML format (gzipped by default, to save space), can export diagrams to a number of formats, including EPS, SVG, XFIG, WMF and PNG, and can print diagrams (including ones that span multiple pages).

For your PDF options look here there are quite a few options: http://en.wikipedia....of_PDF_software

I don't know if all this will help but good luck in your quest!

#4 redvamp128

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Posted 20 December 2012 - 23:26

  • Cinelerra is a descent video editor.
http://cinelerra.org/

#5 Mindovermaster

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Posted 20 December 2012 - 23:45

Look on this site: http://alternativeto.net/

They post a lot of windows freeware, linux, and mac alternative of a program. Helped me tons.

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Posted 20 December 2012 - 23:51

Thanks guys, all good info and helps. DIA is interesting. Not Visio, but interesting.

#7 Farstrider

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Posted 20 December 2012 - 23:51

Look on this site: http://alternativeto.net/

They post a lot of windows freeware, linux, and mac alternative of a program. Helped me tons.


Looks OK but thought this was quite posh!

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#8 Mindovermaster

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Posted 21 December 2012 - 00:41

Looks OK but thought this was quite posh!


Yet I haven't had any problems. It may not be the end route, but it gives you an idea what to look for.