February 17, 2006
Free/Gratis Software round-up
I thought I'd share some links to some software I've been using lately all of it is Free Software except for LTSpice/SwitcherCAD III which is gratis (freeware).
- LTSpice/SwitcherCAD III - A circuit design tool and by far the nicest SPICE GUI I've ever used.
- Cygwin/X - A port of X11 and Unix shells and utilities to Windows. It's prefect for connecting to remote Unis machines. It is so much nicer than the (ancient) version of Exceed that I've been forced to use from time to time. With such nice free software why is WinaXe still on the software center? Are we paying for it?
- Maxima - A symbolic math tool similar to Mathematica. While being not as complete or polished or easy to use, it does have the advanteage of not having to jump through any license hoops. I gave up on Mathematica when it told me that my license was expired and to visit the website to generate a new one but the website wouldn't let me.
- x264 - Because MPEG-4 ASP (Divx, Xvid) is so last year, the best H.264 video encoder. Winner of the Doom9 CODEC shootout. If you are going to use a patent encumbered CODEC it should be H.264 and this is THE H.264 encoder.
- ffdshow - ffmpeg as ported to a direct show filter. Supports virtualy every video and audio format including H.264.