Open source for multimedia journalists
I love the concept of open sourcing. It has many forms, but open source software is the most common use, when software developers make their code publicly available for all to explore and change.
It’s led to the creation of some amazing software very useful for journalists on a low budget; and of course, it’s free! Here are some highlights:
Open Office – is ropey in places, but otherwise a faithful and very useful alternative to Microsoft Office
Miro is a very promising internet video player and video podcast player.
With Photoshop being too expensive for many users, Gimp provides a free (and equally complicated alternative). Google’s Picasa is great for simple image edits.
Blender is the free tool for creating 3D animations and even whole films