Using new applications is part of what makes computers fun. However, finding good, new software to solve everyday problems is not always easy. That’s where a website called AlternativeTo comes into play. The purpose of the site is to help users to find low cost, free or open source alternatives to popular and expensive programs like Adobe Photoshop and Microsoft Office. To use the site, you can search for any software application by name or tag term and if it is in the database, a variety of alternatives will display. The site lists apps for Windows, Linux, Mac and even online applications and allows users to submit new programs and to click on the ones that they like, adding to its popularity on the site.
According to the AlternativeTo website:
“AlternativeTo is a new approach to finding good software. Tell us what application you want to replace and we give you suggestions on great alternatives! Instead of listing thousands of more or less crappy applications in a category, we make each application into a category. Think of it like forever evolving blog posts about good alternatives to the software that you’re not satisfied with. And the “blog posts” are generated by you through suggestions, comments and votes.”
This site is very useful for finding good alternatives and to opening my eyes to new software that is out there.