No, it’s not the ‘Top 100’, and it isn’t the only 100 open source downloads that you need to take into consideration – but there are a lot of choices out there, and it’s nice to know which ones are worth your time. The reality is, in the world of open source your choices are growing by the day, so knowing where to put your time and effort is important.
So, without further ado, let’s break down what we think are some of the best open source options right now – we’ve even broken them down into different categories, so that you can really find the ones that you’re after.
3D Animation Editor
This animation tool and modeler lets you display and perform low-level editing tasks through ‘virtual reality modelling language’ files. This is currently the industry standard for displaying 3D animation online, and it uses both Windows and Linux.
This software has been developed using GTK+ and GNOME, and it stores contact information, and can help you import and export from a variety of different formats, including CSV file. It uses Linux to operate.
Audacity is great for letting its users record live audio, convert records and tapes to digital, and mix audio tracks. It supports MP3 and WAV, and it uses OS X, Microsoft, Linux, and Classic Mac.
This processor filter and audio decoder lets media players play AC3 and DTS audio tracks from movies. You can also adjust the sound quality and mix the audio tracks. It uses Windows.
If you are tired of always having to adjust the volume of your MP3 player, then you might want to consider MP3Gain. This open source software uses statistical analysis to work out how loud songs sound for the human ear, and then will modify the volume appropriately, without compromising the sound quality. It uses OS Independent.
This is a CD ripper that supports many different audio encoders, including audio tag formats. CDex also lets you record multiple tracks at once, and has jitter correction built in. It uses Windows.
StreamRipper lets you record and save Shoutcast streams, as well as other internet audio. It is well known for being able to find silences in the audio, and mark them as potential points to separate the track. It uses Linux and Windows.
LAME is an MPEG audio encoder. This means that it is an educational tool that is designed for those who are hoping to improve the quality and speed of their MP3 files. It uses OS Portable.
This used to be named ‘Cdrecord’, and it includes a set of applications for burning and recording DVDs, CDs and BluRay disks. You can use almost every operating system that you can think of with these guys, but the main one is OS Portable.
EasyTAG lets its users edit and view the tag fields on MP3, MP2, and so on, with others included like Monkey’s Audio and WavPack. It has support for both automatic and manual searches, and it uses Windows and Linux.
The biggest feature that stands out with this music player is that it has playlist queuing and management abilities. It supports MP3, WAV, Ogg, and other files, but it can be configured to go beyond its default list. Its operating system is Unix.
MOC will play all of the audio files in whatever directory that you choose. It supports a variety of different file formats including MP3, FLAC, Ogg, Speex, WAVE and others. It uses Linux.
This audio player is popular because it has an attractive, easy-to-use interface. It makes it feel like it’s super easy to use and listen to playlists. It uses Linux.
This is the world’s most popular creation software, and it lets you come up with an online community within just a couple of minutes. Its latest edition, called Olympus, includes the ability to send attachments, add custom BBCodes, create an unlimited number of sub-forums, among other features. It uses OS independent.
Zlib is a compression library that can work with almost every type of file out there, as well as any type of hardware. It uses OS Portable.