Open Source Software - Great For Graphics (AND FREE TOO)

Services for Real Estate Pros with Smart Media Creative Solutions

I usually try to mention an Open Source alternative whenever I reccomend someone buy some software. Though OS software isn't usually as high quality as the professional stuff, it usually works great for people who are not professionals. There is usually tons literature out there on OS Software, and great support forums where you can get any questions answered within hours or even minutes.

Oh... did I mention is 100% FREE?

Here is a great website that categorizes most mainstream opensource softwares available, and gives you a short description of what they do.


Just a little tip to young graphic designers, I once used OS software to make enough money doing freelance to buy the Adobe Suite. :) If you can't afford to buy the Adobe software, you can get by with this stuff until you can save up enough money to buy it. 

Comments (8)

Bill Gillhespy
16 Sunview Blvd - Fort Myers Beach, FL
Fort Myers Beach Realtor, Fort Myers Beach Agent - Homes & Condos
Thanks for the heads-up !  Looks very well thought out.  I have heard of some of them.  Hope your New Year is the best ever !
Jan 07, 2008 07:31 AM
Chris Frantz
EDU Real Estate Group - Indianapolis, IN

Thanks for the list! I have seen most of this but there are some I did not know about.


Jan 07, 2008 07:33 AM
Sean Dankers
Realty World Select - Fredericksburg, VA
Thank you for the link.  I have never heard of OSLiving before.  It is bookmarked now.
Jan 07, 2008 11:42 PM
Heather Jemison
Keller Williams The Marketplace One - Las Vegas, NV
Las Vegas & Henderson, NV
This looks cool. I bookmarked it and will check it out further. Another reason to love AR...all the info sharing!
Jan 08, 2008 03:42 AM
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Keller Williams Realty - Ann Arbor, MI
Ann Arbor Area Real Estate

My husband works exclusively with open source and YES he is a professional.  There are many products he writes and works with and non profit is a huge client as well as the Eastern bloc countries.  He just came back from Romania and is working with those countries with all open source products (much of it is over my head...I'm not techie, he is ;-)


I'm going to OSLiving right now.  Thanks for sharing! 

Jan 14, 2008 01:04 AM
Robert Krames
Smart Media Creative Solutions - Gainesville, FL
That's cool, thanks for sharing. Does he have a web site?
Jan 14, 2008 01:19 AM
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Keller Williams Realty - Ann Arbor, MI
Ann Arbor Area Real Estate

Robert, Check out Kase here at AR:

He has many projects and they are all Open Source. 

If you are interested I would love some Realtors to work with Sugar which is an Open Source client management System...but I know everyone used topproducer because it is ready for our industry.  Let me know if you would like more info.

Jan 14, 2008 03:07 AM
Marzena Melby
Coldwell Banker Burnet Realty - Richfield, MN
Realtor, Twin Cities Minnesota Real Estate


Great tip.  Thank you! 

Jan 20, 2008 11:24 PM