FFOSS (Freeware/Free & Open Source Software) Friday
by Todd Ogasawara
I've been looking around for a freeware or Open Source Mac OS X lightweight graphics editor for a while now. Paint.net has been serving that application space well for me when I use Windows but I didn't know of one for my Mac until now:
...is an Open Source Mac OS X image editor. It doesn't have all the features of Paint.net but it has enough to take care of those quick little tasks like cropping and resizing an image for a blog post. The latest version (0.1.9) became available on April 5.
Google Spreadsheet Adds Charts
Google Docs Spreadsheet added basic charting features this month. This is something a lot of people have mentioned as a big missing feature area. I wish it had the option to create the chart in a new window instead of overlaying it on the spreadsheet itself. You can read more about this and other new Google Docs Spreadsheet features on the Official Google Blog item...
How to make a pie
ActiveState Komodo Edit 4.0
VirtualBox Virtualization Engine Now Available for Mac OS X
I already mentioned the Open Source VirtualBox in an earlier blog item. But, that version was only available for Linux and Microsoft Windows. As of April 23, the Mac OS X version became available. It is a virtualization product that lets you run multiple Guest Operating Systems (say Windows or Linux) at the same time that the host (main) OS is running on a single computer. Parallels Desktop for Mac was previously the only production virtualization product available for Mac OS X (VMware Fusion is still in beta).
Scratch: MIT Language for Creating Games, Music, Art, and More
The MIT Media Lab's Lifelong Kindergarten Group created the Scratch programming language that makes it easy to create your own interactive stories, animations, games, music, and art -- and share your creations on the web (description from their website). It is available as freeware for Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows. A version for Linux is currently being developed according to the note on the download page. You can learn more about working with Scratch on its Informational Page.
|What about the Eclipse IDE? It's more fully featured than Komodo, extensible, and the price tag: free.|