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Indigenous communities and language advocates who engage in Language Revitalization or Language Documentation activities should be aware of the large number of freely available software that exists on the internet. This type of software can be extremely useful to both individuals and programs who often lack financial resources or program sponsorship to carry out the most basic computing tasks. Listed below are a number well known freely available software to meet most any computing need. In addition, many of the supported file formats are interpolable or have the ability to be used across many different software environments.

Office Suites

Office suites are software intended for basic work environments and usually include a word processor, a presentational program, a database program, and a graphics program. Many also include a communications tool for email.

Openoffice.org
http://www.openoffice.org/

OpenOffice.org Portable
http://portableapps.com/apps/office/openoffice_portable

Krita - The KOffice Project
http://www.koffice.org/krita/

NeoOffice
http://www.neooffice.org/neojava/en/index.php

Ajax13 (online office suite)
http://us.ajax13.com/en/index.jsp

Desktop Publishing

Scribus
http://www.scribus.net/

Word Processors and Text Editors

AbiWord
http://www.abisource.com/

EditPad Lite
http://www.editpadpro.com/editpadlite.html

Text Wrangler
http://www.barebones.com/products/textwrangler/

PDF (Portable Document Format) Converter

PrimoPDF
http://www.primopdf.com/

Audio Editors and Recorders

Audacity
http://audacity.sourceforge.net/

The Levelator
http://www.gigavox.com/levelator

Audio Recorder for Free
[ go to Download.Com ]

Graphics and Image Editing

GIMP
http://www.gimp.org/

Inkscape
http://www.inkscape.org/index.php?lang=en

Paint.NET
http://www.getpaint.net/index2.html

Video

Avid Free DV
http://avid.com/products/freedv/index.asp

3D Authoring

Alice v2.0
http://www.alice.org/

Blender
http://www.blender.org/

Maya Personal Learning Edition (PLE)
http://usa.autodesk.com/adsk/servlet/index?siteID=123112&id=7639525

Documentation, Annotation, and Learning

Linguists and educators have developed a wide range of software that allows language data to be organized in a systematic manner for purposes of documentation, learning, and analysis. A common term used for organizing language data in this manner is annotation which is simply a means for adding notations or descriptions to the data being used. The listing below is not meant to be comprehensive rather it lists the more commonly known software used by linguistis and educators.

Language Learning Tools

MaxAuthor - a free multimedia authoring system for language instruction
http://cali.arizona.edu/docs/wmaxa/

Online Learning Enviroment (OLE)
http://www.ltc.arizona.edu/resources_tools_ole.cfm

Electronic Dictionaries

Lexique Pro
http://www.lexiquepro.com/

Language Documentation and Annotation Tools

ELAN - a professional tool for the creation of complex annotations on video and audio resources.
http://www.lat-mpi.eu/tools/elan/

Transcriber
http://trans.sourceforge.net/en/presentation.php

ToolBox
http://www.sil.org/computIng/toolbox/index.htm

FieldWorks
http://fieldworks.sil.org/

Interlinear Text Editor
http://michel.jacobson.free.fr/ITE/index_en.html

Praat
http://www.fon.hum.uva.nl/praat/

*more yet to come!