List of Freewares
Compiled for the ACAD Students by Daniel Dugas with contributions from: Alan Dunning, Peter Flemming.,
Valerie LeBlanc, Brett Pawson, Anthony Gasca and Jim Goertz. November 2003 - January 2008

Disclaimer: This site provides links to Free software. There are inherent dangers in the use of any software
available for download on the Internet. The Alberta College of Arts and Design is not liable for any damages
that you may suffer in connection with using, modifying or distributing any of the software listed on this site.


2D / 3D Modeling / Animation 

Blender - All Platforms
Blender, the open source software for 3D modeling, animation, rendering, post-production, interactive creation
and playback. Available for Windows, Linux, Irix, Sun Solaris, FreeBSD or Mac OS X.
  PixelShox OpenGL accelerated – Mac OS X
PixelShox Studio's revolutionary new approach in 2D/3D animation creation helps both novice and professional
users in designing complex and interactive video effects through an intuitive Aqua interface.Such animations are
rendered in real-time on the computer's screen thanks to OpenGL and can be used either for personal enjoyment,
or professionally in any project where interactive visuals are required: VJing, multimedia installations, presentations,
  Alice v2.0b - Windows ME, Windows 2000, or Windows XP
Free, Easy, Interactive3D Graphics for the WWW
  DesignWorkshop Lite - Windows 95, 98, ME, XP, NT and 2000 - Power Macintosh
A fast, fun and free tool for creating 3D models, images, and walkthroughs, from sketches to presentations.
POV Windows, Mac OS/Mac OS X and i86 Linux
The Persistence of Vision Raytracer is a high-quality, totally free tool for creating stunning three-dimensional graphics.
  DAZ Studio- Windows 98® SE or above, Mac® OSX 10.2 or above
DAZ|Studio is a free software application that allows you to easily create beautiful digital art. You can use this
software to load in people, animals, vehicles, buildings, props, and accessories to create digital scenes.
LMUSe interprets 3-d Lindenmayer L-systems as MIDI files, or MIDI generated sound.
  Anim8or-Linux and Windows
Anim8or is a 3D modeling and character animation program that I have written over the past couple of years,
not as a commercial endeavor, but because I love 3D graphics, animation, and programming.  While it is far
from a complete professional level application like 3DStudio MAX or Lightwave, I believe that it has enough
capability to be of use to others.
  3D Canvas- Windows 95, 98, Me, 2000 or XP
3D Canvas is a real-time 3D modeling and animation tool that incorporates an intuitive drag-and-drop approach
to 3D modeling.Complex models can be constructed from simple 3D primitives, or created using 3D Canvas'
Object Building Tools. Modeling tools are provided to deform, sculpt, and paint 3D objects.
     MojoWorld Transporter Cross Platform
Transporter is a powerful utility and terrific introductory product to the MojoWorld family. Students, space
and sci-fi enthusiasts as well as family users will find countless hours of fun and surprises in store for them.
Transporter is your passport to exploring hundreds of planets in an alternate universe.

PD - Windows, Linux, Mac OS X
Pd is a real-time graphical programming environment for audio and graphical processing
PD Community Site:

GEM: "GEM" stands for Graphics Environment for Multimedia and is an external (plugin) for the computer-music software PD
Gridflow: A Multidimensional dataflow processing library for PureData and Ruby, designed for interactive multimedi

  SuperCollider - Mac 0S9, OS X
A real time audio synthesis programming language
   MIDIPoet - Windows
MIDIPoet is a software tool that allows the manipulation of text and image on a computer in real-time. It has
two parts: composer and player, with which you can, respectively, compose and play pieces of interactive
text and image on the computer.
  jMax - Windows (98,Me,2000,XP), Linux PC, Macintosh running Mac Os X
jMax is a visual programming environment for building interactive real-time music and multimedia applications.
  Image/ine – MAC OS9
Image/ine is a Macintosh program that allows a user to manipulate visual source material in a live performance
environment. Video sampling and playback, keying, displacement and other effects are available with video
(live and recorded), QuickTime movies, text, scanned images, image files with alpha channels.

   NeatTools -Linux and Windows
NeatTools is a software application which allows users to create data flow networks. Combined with TNG-3,
NeatTools provides the ability to manipulate any input (a resistance or a voltage of 0-5 volts) and interpret
that input as a command that the computer understands. For example, the system (sensors, TNG-3, and NeatTools)
could monitor muscle activity and use that information to control the mouse, generate text, surf the web, play music, etc...
  GePhex - GNU/Linux, Win32, Mac OS X, and FreeBSD
GePhex is a modular video jockey software. The base visuals can be chosen from sources like video files or cameras.
Then they can be modified by filters and mixers. Each modifier has several parameters, that can be controlled by
signal-generators, input devices like joysticks, sound cards, or midi-devices.
  vvvv -windows XP, windows 2000, windows 98
vvvv is a toolkit for real time video synthesis and physical devices. It is designed to facilitate the handling of
large media environments with physical interfaces, real-time motion graphics, audio and video that can interact
with many users simultaneously.
  IXI - different platforms: OS X, Mac Classic, Windows
ixi software is a network of experimentalists in the field of computer music and computer music software.
includes: videoBat, Grainbox, polyMachine, SpinOSC, Shell, Picker, Slicer, Connector, Aurora, StockSynth,
auki, micWorld, spindrum, Sound Crystals, Viruses, Snd, Tree and Autocrap.
  KeyWorx: OS X
Get yer current version of the free audiovisual synthesis application KeyWorx for Mac OS X; includes the
hard-to-find 'googler' module for realtime scans of google's image archives. More info on the project at
  Processing:OS X, Windows, Linux
Processing is an open source programming language and environment for people who want to program images,
animation, and sound.
  jklabs :: MaxLink
The MaxLink java libraries enable communication between Processing and Max/MSP 4.5 on both Mac and Windows.
  flashserver: OS X, Windows
The flashserver external for Max/MSP allows for bidirectional communication between Max/MSP 4.3 and Macromedia Flash 5.0 or later.
falshserver was written by Olaf Matthes.
  Max Objects DataBase - they are all there -
aka.objects external objects for Max developed by Masayuki Akamatsu.
Lobjects- Max objects for manipulation of lists by Peter Elsea by Norman Jaffe Look under Software for Max objects that are available

c74/share MAX/MSP file and media exchange c74/share provides a space for pooling resources related to max/msp
Max/MSP Annotated Resource Guide from Cycling74
cv.jit by Jean-Marc Pelletier-motion tracking for Jitter
jasch objects
Bill Orcutt's
Litter- random number generator- the starter package is free
CNMAT Downloads from the Center for New Music and Audio Technologies

Datareader from Andrea Polli
Gary Lee Nelson
Peter Swinnen look under Software
Max Objects Database
Nathan Wolek (under software)
Tristan Jehan Pitch tracker, Loudness estimator etc
tl.objects by Trond Lossius at BEK
C sound~
Teleo Max Externals This is the place to download all the parts that you'll need to permit Max to work with Teleo Modules and Accessories
  DIVE - VR (most platforms except Mac)
The Distributed Interactive Virtual Environment (DIVE) is an internet-based multi-user VR system where
participants navigate in 3D space and see, meet and interact with other users and applications. The DIVE
software is a research prototype covered by licenses. Binaries for non-commercial use, however,
are freely available for a number of platforms. The first DIVE version appeared in 1991.
  Maverick - VR - Linux and Windows, and DEVA
MAVERIK is a publicly available virtual reality (VR) system, which has been under development by the
Advanced Interfaces Group since 1995. MAVERIK enables rapid production of complex virtual environments
as well as providing many functions that are valuable to anyone developing applications with 3D graphics or
using 3D peripherals. MAVERIK deals primarily with graphical and spatial management, and integrates
with our other VR system, Deva, which extends MAVERIK abilities to multi user and multi application virtual reality.
KPovModeler is a modeling and composition program for creating POV-Ray (TM) scenes in KDE. KPovModeler
supports now almost all functionality of POV-Ray 3.1.
  Wings 3D - Windows, Mac OS X: From October 2004: 10.3- Current releases run on 10.2 or higher,
Linux and other Unix.
Wings 3D is a subdivision modeler inspired by Nendo and Mirai from Izware.
It is possible to assign materials, vertex color, UV coordinates and textures, but there will be improvements
in those features before Wings goes 1.0.
  Image Manipulation Program
  The Gimp - (many platforms)
GIMP is an acronym for GNU Image Manipulation Program. It is a freely distributed piece of software
suitable for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition and image authoring.
  Inkscape - Cross Platform
Inkscape is an Open Source vector graphics editor, with capabilities similar to Illustrator, Freehand, CorelDraw, or Xara X using the W3C standard Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) file format.

Picassa2 - Microsoft Windows 98/ME/2000/XP
Picasa is software that helps you instantly find, edit and share all the pictures on your PC. Every time
you open Picasa, it automatically locates all your pictures (even ones you forgot you had) and sorts them
into visual albums organized by date with folder names you will recognize

  Phixr - online
Phixr is an online photo editor, a free photo editor or picture editor that lives within your web browser.
You don't need to install any software. ...
  IrfanView - Win 9x/ME/NT/2000/XP
Free for non-commercial use, 32-Bit graphic viewer
  Snipshot - online
Snipshot lets you crop, rotate, resize, enhance, or recolor any of your digital pictures within your browser for free—no download necessary.

ResizR - online
ResizR is a nifty, free and very useful little helper. ResizR allows you to resize an image from your local computer or the web.

  Preloadr - online
Preloadr is a free service providing image manipulation functions linked with your Flickr account. It is designed to pre-process photos uploaded to Flickr.
  Shrink Pictures - online
Online image resize utility to resize pictures or photos and images quickly for free. Resize jpg, png or gif pictures and Digital Photos.
  Sound Editor / Player / Plugin
freeware resources for electronic musicians :
the most accurate and complete directory of freeware audio software available anywhere ...
  Audacity - MacOS, Windows, and Linux
Audacity is a free multi-track sound editor for MacOS, Windows, and Linux. It can record directly or import
WAV, Ogg Vorbis, MP3, AIFF, and many other formats. Features include built in effects, VST plugin
loading, fast editing, and unlimited undo.
  VLC - the cross-platform media player and streaming server
VLC media player is a highly portable multimedia player for various audio and video formats (MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, DivX, mp3, ogg, ...) as well as DVDs, VCDs, and various streaming protocols. It can also be used as a server to stream in unicast or multicast in IPv4 or IPv6 on a high-bandwidth network.
  Whamb - Mac OSX
Whamb is a Digital Audio Player for Mac OS X. For now, it supports Audio CDs, MP3 and Ogg Vorbis files
and Internet streams. Please take the time to read the following information before trying it.
see: oggvorbis

  Jazz++ – Windows, Linux
JAZZ++ is a full featured, audio capable midi sequencer for Linux and Windows. JAZZ++ offers a lot of
functions normally only found in expensive sequencer software, and is used by professionals and
hobby musicians all over the world.
  Finale® NotePad™ 2003- Windows, Macintosh
Finale® NotePad™ 2003 is FREE introductory notation software that lets you create, play, print and post your music.
  Pro Tools FREE – Mac OS 9, Windows 98 / Me
Pro Tools FREE offers up to 8 tracks of audio and 48 tracks of MIDI, real-time plug-ins, and many of
the same editing and mixing features the pros use.
  ChucK - MacOS X, Linux, Windows
 ChucK is a new audio programming language for real-time synthesis, composition, and performance
  WaveSurfer - Multi-platform
WaveSurfer is an Open Source tool for sound visualization and manipulation. It has been designed to
suit both novice and advanced users. WaveSurfer has a simple and logical user interface that provides
functionality in an intuitive way and which can be adapted to different tasks.
  Jack OS X - Mac
Jack (the Jack Audio Connection Kit) is a low-latency audio server, written originally for the GNU/Linux
operating system, and now with Mac OS X support. It can connect any number of different applications to
a single hardware audio device; it also allows applications to send and receive audio to and from each other.
  Spear - MacOS X (PowerPC), MacOS 9 and Windows
Sinusoidal Partial Editing Analysis and Resynthesis
SPEAR is an application for audio analysis, editing and synthesis.
   thOnk_0+2 - Macintosh OS9
Free Granular synthesis without having to think at all.
  Argeiphontes Lyre - Macintosh OSX (10.3+) and OS9
A set of audio, video and text filters and generators
for the Macintosh.
KVR Audio is the Internet's number one news and information resource for open standard audio plugins.
  Video Editor / Compressor / Encoder 
  AviSynth - Windows
AviSynth is a very very powerful tool for video post-production. It provides almost unlimited ways of editing
and processing videos. AviSynth works as a frameserver, providing instant and very fast editing without the
need for temporary files.
     ivideo -Mac OS X 10.1 or later
iVideo is multitrack video editing software, created in Cocoa (Objective-C) and using QuickTime. It was
developed for all general video purposes, and to include all of the features of QuickTime Pro and iMovie.
It is almost complete; you can import video from digital cameras (using FireWire) or from any QuickTime
format supported file, then edit, modify, and mix them, and apply any video effect on or between them.
You can then export them to any QuickTime supported format. 
  FFMPEGX -Operating System: OS X
The power of 20 Unix Tools in a single application to quickly encode and author video in any format
  MPEG Streamclip - Windows, OSX
MPEG Streamclip is a powerful high-quality video converter, player, editor for MPEG, QuickTime,
transport streams, iPod. And now it is a DivX editor and encoding machine, and even a stream downloader.
  ONYX - Flash
Onyx: an open source, flash-based video mixing software
  Office Suite
  koffice - (XWindows)
KOffice is a free, integrated office suite for KDE, the K Desktop Environment. KDE is a powerful Open Source
graphical desktop environment for Unix workstations. It combines ease of use, contemporary functionality,
and outstanding graphical design with the technological superiority of the Unix operating system. - All Platforms
description: 1.1 gives you everything you'd expect in office software. You can create
dynamic documents, analyse data, design eye-catching presentations, produce dramatic illustrations,
and open up your databases.
    Desktop Environment 
GNOME runs on a variety of platforms, including GNU/Linux (commonly called Linux), Solaris, HP-UX,
BSD and Apple's Darwin.The GNOME Project is an effort to create a complete, free and easy-to-use
desktop environment for users, as well as a powerful application development framework for software developers.
  Surveillance / Cryptography  
  PGP – All Platforms
PGP (short for Pretty Good Privacy) is a public key encryption program originally written by Phil Zimmerman in 1991.
Carnivore is a surveillance tool for data networks. At the heart of the project is CarnivorePE, a software
application that listens to all Internet traffic (email, web surfing, etc.) on a specific local network. Next,
CarnivorePE serves this data stream to interfaces called "clients." These clients are designed to animate,
diagnose, or interpret the network traffic in various ways. Use CarnivorePE to run Carnivore clients from
your own desktop, or use it to make your own clients.
  factor - prime-factor numbers
The program will compute the prime factors of each number you give it as an argument. If no arguments are given,
it will read numbers from standard input, one per line. In addition to simple integers, you can also specify a range
of integers as "int-int", or you can use up to 3 trailing wildcards.


  ASCII Generator - Online
Generate a ASCII graphic from a word or text. Over 130 fonts.
FIGlet - Multi-platform
FIGlet is a program for making large letters out of ordinary text.
  JPG 2 ASC - Online
JPG to ASCII converter
  JavE - Multi-platform
Java ASCII Versatile Editor
JavE is a free Ascii Editor. Rather than for editing texts, it is intended for drawing simple diagrams by using Ascii characters.
It is like a graphics editor for editing texts instead of images.
CadStd- Windows
CadStd (pronounced "CAD Standard") is a simple and easy to use 2D computer aided design (CAD) program.
Computer aided design replaced what used to be called drafting.
mootools, a super lightweight web2.0 javascript framework.
Providing Free Software to the internet community
C, Pascal environment and compilers. Programmers ressources: Delphi, C, Pascal.
    IPodder- Cross Platform
iPodder is a program that allows you to select and download audio files from anywhere on the Internet to your desktop.
iPodder makes the process easy by helping you select audio files from among the thousands of audio sources on
the web and downloading those files to your computer.
see also:

Tcl (Tool Command Language) is used by over half a million developers worldwide and has become a critical
component in thousands of corporations. It has a simple and programmable syntax and can be either used as a
standalone application or embedded in application programs. Best of all, Tcl is open source so it's completely free.
Tk is a graphical user interface toolkit that makes it possible to create powerful GUIs incredibly quickly. It proved
so popular that it now ships with all distributions of Tcl.

 NetNewsWire lite - Mac OS X
NetNewsWire is an easy-to-use RSS Web news reader for Mac OS X. Its familiar three-paned interface—similar to
Apple Mail and Outlook Express—can fetch and display news from thousands of different websites and weblogs,
making it quick and easy to keep up with the latest news.
More: list of RSS aggregators:
 Flickr - almost certainly the best online photo management and sharing application in the world - has two main goals:
1. We want to help people make their photos available to the people who matter to them.
2. We want to enable new ways of organizing photos.
Blogger was started by a tiny company in San Francisco called Pyra Labs in August of 1999.
Ourmedia is a global community and learning center where you can gain visibility for your works of personal media. We'll host your media forever — for free.
Video blogs, photo albums, home movies, podcasting, digital art, documentary journalism, home-brew political ads, music videos, audio interviews, digital storytelling, children's tales, Flash animations, student films, mash-ups
VoodooPad Lite - Mac
VoodooPad Lite is the free version of VoodooPad. While not as powerful as the real thing, it still gets the job done.
VoodooPad is a new kind of notepad. It's like having your own personal hypertext library, where you can jot
down notes, web addresses, to-do lists...
  Tag-Board is the original free Tag Board service that allows you to provide your visitors with real-time
discussionwithout the complexity of forums.
PeerCast is a simple, free way to listen to radio and watch video on the Internet.
a cross-platform Audio Unit and VST plugin. It can be used on a single machine to send audio between applications or to send audio between multiple computers
   CELTX - Cross-platform
Celtx is a free, open source screenwriting software for writing and formatting a screenplay to meet the screenplay submission standards set by the theater and film industries.
Celtx is an acronym for: Crew, Equipment, Location, Talent and XML.
Prompt! is a simple teleprompter application for public speakers used by CEO's of banks, heads of religious organizations, radio dejays and alike either on camera or in front of a live audience.
FreeSMUG- FreeSoftware Mac User Group
Tutorial, info, news, help on end-users Free and OpenSource Mac software is the world's largest Open Source software development website,
with the largest repository of Open Source code and applications available on the Internet.
provides free services to Open Source developers
The Pricelessware List
The Pricelessware List reflects the programs favored by participants in the alt.comp.freeware newsgroup ;
it is not an exhaustive list of the best available Freeware. Most of the listings are well-known programs, but
there are some hard-to-find goodies to be discovered. Although most categories will list only 1 or 2 selections,
a few will list 3-4 programs.
A wealth of MIDI resources - documentation, articles, interfaces, writing software, free classifieds
Notes for a conference on the ethical and aesthetic implications resulting from the use of
free software by artists

Compiled by Alexandre Castonguay at the Centro de la Imagen, Mexico 2001
Also by Alexandre Castonguay:
Open Source Open Centres
Quicktime Tools
Quciktime Streaming Server
Whether your website delivers product information, entertainment, corporate communications or distance-learning,
you can make it stand out by serving up video and audio streams. Featuring QuickTime Streaming Server 5,
Mac OS X Server v10.3 lets you accomplish this task with ease, power and flexibility — without additional licensing fees
Quciktime Broadcaster
QuickTime Broadcaster is Apple’s live encoding software that lets you produce professional-quality live events for
online delivery.
Self-referentially, short for GNU's not UNIX, a UNIX-compatible software system developed by the Free
Software Foundation (FSF). The philosophy behind GNU is to produce software that is non-proprietary.
Anyone can download, modify and redistribute GNU software. The only restriction is that they cannot
limit further redistribution. The GNU project was started in 1983 by Richard Stallman at the Massachusetts
Institute of Technology.
The Fink
The Fink project wants to bring the full world of Unix Open Source software to Darwin and Mac OS X.
We modify Unix software so that it compiles and runs on Mac OS X ("port" it) and make it available for
download as a coherent distribution.
Creative Commons
Creative Commons offers a flexible range of protections and freedoms for authors and artists. We have built
upon the "all rights reserved" of traditional copyright to create a voluntary "some rights reserved" copyright.
We're a nonprofit. All of our tools are free.
Open Source Initiative
Open Source Initiative (OSI) is a non-profit corporation dedicated to managing and promoting the Open Source Definition
The Internet Archive
The Internet Archive is building a digital library of Internet sites and other cultural artifacts in digital form.
Like a paper library, we provide free access to researchers, historians, scholars, and the general public.
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