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Friday, July 15, 2005

New Release - Version 3.0 of TheOpenCD

An even newer release of TheOpenCD - Version 3.0, became available this week. This is a collection of FREE and open source software suitable for Windows.

It includes (as part of its OpenOffice)…
  • A word processor, Writer - for producing documents, reports, newsletters, and brochures.
  • A spreadsheet called Calc with sophisticated tools for calculation, data analysis and visualisation and built-in charting tools for customisable 2D and 3D charts.
  • A presentation package, Impress, with effects, animation and drawing tools to help you create effective multimedia slide shows to present your the way you want to.
  • A Drawing package for producing diagrams or 3D illustrations and special effects for use in documents and presentations.
  • and Database tools which give you all the tools you need for day to day database work in a simple spreadsheet-like form.

It also has a free…

  • PDFCreator to generate PDF documents directly from any Windows program.
  • GNU Image Manipulation Program (GIMP) suitable for those wanting to manipulate digital photographs, design graphics for the web, convert from one file format to another and produce high-resolution compositions for print.
  • and much more....

Remember you are free to download and use these programs on multiple computers and make copies for your learners, colleagues and friends!

If you’re new to open source or the OpenCD, I’ve mentioned them both on ace:UK previously, so if you want to know more start with this previous post to learn more of the benefits of OSS and…

  • Find out why open source makes sense for education
  • Read BECTA’s information sheet (pdf) summarising issues and benefits of OSS
  • Read edugadget’s evaluation of the OpenCD
  • Discover how an Adult and Community Learning centre in West Sussex uses open source software with their learners
  • Read top tips from OSS watch for selecting open source software
  • Get a link to an OSS directory with free calendars, forums, HTML editors, image galleries, e-learning, portals, surveys, blogs and wikis.


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