The development of open source software involves a process where the codes are made available to the public and can be used and modified by anyone. It is made by developers for end users. Because of the huge demand for software development in the past, new techniques had to be used to come up with a faster and more efficient process of creating varied computer applications. The previous methods were so structured because not many tools and technologies were available.Read More
A lot of widely used computer applications now are results of developments done by a community of users on software that have carried open source licenses. This is a type of license which permits different users to utilize the program and apply modifications following a specific set of conditions. Users can change the codes to suit their needs and test the capacity of the program. There are other types of licenses that are also given like the special and superceded licenses. This is the one though that’s preferable when developing web applications because of the flexibility that it allows. The ease of use that it gives users is the reason why it has also been called “free software”.Read More
Software is now such an ingrained aspect of our day to day lives it has become fundamental to the operations of many industries.
Even more traditional industries that have operated for many years on a pen and paper system, now rely heavily on software.
One such industry is property/real estate.
This is a market that has shown great leaps in software sophistication over the past few years and more recently with the availability of opensource software.
Why It Matters
As a landlord, there are various pieces of information that you need to keep track of and with the developments on the internet, there are lots of software available to help do this.
For some, who are just starting as landlords or may only manage one or two properties, then there are a few examples of free software that is available.
For the more experienced landlord, with multiple buy-to-let properties, there are various paid software options which can help manage all aspects of your business.
Property Book Work: is a web-based piece of software which has been made specifically for landlords by landlords. The main use is the double entry system it provides which is easy to use and based around just one property. However, there is an option to upgrade for a charge to add more than one property. It also comes with a good tutorial which guides users through facilities such as a report generator.
Smart Property Manager: offers a range of services from the free, web-based version right up to premium services for multiple property landlords. It has a wealth of facilities such as property management, tenancy management and even a tax worksheet to format into HMRC tax returns.
Property Hawk Landlord Software: is described as quite a traditional format of software which has lots of different pages and may suit someone transferring from a manual system. It is web based rather than downloadable, so no worries about losing the software and can generate useful forms such as tenancy agreements.
Simplify’em is also web based and has facilities to generate rental income and track expenses as well as preparing tax information. There is also a version that can be issued by CD if this is a preference.
If you are looking for a specific piece of software to do a specific job, there are also a range of free pieces.
For example, tenancy management software can help manage just the aspect of the tenancy while a separate diary feature can integrate from various systems all into one, so a relevant date is never missed.
There are also free finance and tax account software which allows rents to be logged, and this information transformed into tax returns, often offering support with this chore.
Tenant checks are also an important part of being a landlord, and there is even free software available to help with this and to organise payments received once the tenants are in place.
No matter what your computer skills and confidence, there is software available for helping make your life as a landlord computerised and simple.
Many of these packages can be added to for a cost, which can be considered but by using the free options, you can get a feel for what suits you and what you like using before parting with any cash.Read More
As we’ve talked about a little not too long ago, various open source platforms are being used everywhere. From being used to create video games to being used to design and implement health apps, open source is here to stay.
Today, we’d like to discuss briefly one of the most popular apps and programs that we’ve seen in the health industry. We’ve gotten quite a few different responses and questions since our last post on the subject so we wanted to provide you with some ideas based off of the better apps and pieces of software out on the market currently.
Don’t Reinvent the Wheel
Probably one of the most popular pieces of software we’re going to look at is called MyFitnessPal. This has become greatly popular due to the fact that it loads quickly and nicely on computers, smartphones and tablets. With it’s elegant and clean design users are able to get around and do what they need to do without having to spend much time learning the program. In fact, MyFitnssPal has several different apps that you can choose from depending upon what you’re looking for.
When you take a quality app like this it’s easy to track your calorie, carb, protein, fat and other macros while you’re at home or even on the go. What makes MyFitnessPal so unique is that you can choose your own tailor made diet and still use MyFitnessPal to help you follow it.
For example, I’m following The Man Diet and while I’m eating lower carbs and higher amounts of protein, this app shows me a chart and lets me know what macros I need to eat more for the day and which ones I’m easily going to consume.
There is no doubt that there was a lot of time and energy put into the design!
What Should You Do?
Okay, so it’s easy to say that MyFitnessPal is awesome and that there isn’t another need for another one. That’s true. However, it would be wise to take what they’ve done and then adjust as you see fit. One tracking method is not meant of everyone. There are more than likely going to be those out there who just don’t like it that much. And that’s where you come in!
Take inspiration from the things that existing pieces of software and apps do right, use and/or improve upon them and then take a shoot-off and create something unique to add to it.
Getting inspired is where it starts. Whether you are building something for fun, to sell or to give away as open source, being excited about your project and building off of that excitement is what will really get you motivated and get you to where you want to be.
When you think of WordPress (the ultimate example of open source success), what do you think of? I personally think of constant improvement. No, they aren’t the only open source CMS platform out there but they are the biggest and most popular. Why is that? Because the have a passionate team and they love what they do. They never stop.Read More
There’s no denying that being healthy is good for us. But one of the most common complaints we hear is that people simply do not have the time to lose weight or focus on their health. We all live very busy lives and by the time we sit down and relax – whether this means playing a video game, watching the news or plugging in out favorite DVD – we’re usually pretty spent for the day.
In an effort to combine the excitement and fun of technology with the importance of living a healthy life, many have turned to apps. Apps are designed to download to a smartphone so that you can take them along with you no matter where you go. One of the best things about these is that many are built on open source platforms. One of the most popular open source softwares online is WordPress, but there are still quite a few that programmers use to create apps.
One of the more popular open source platforms for apps is OpenMEAP:
“OpenMEAP is distributed under an open source license. This allows any organization to take an active role in ensuring quality and security.” – OpenMEAP
What this means is that you can download it free of charge and make whatever changes that you need to the code. This is ideal for creating apps. Now, one of the most popular industries online is the health and fitness industry. The reason for this is because, well – just about all of us could stand to get into a little better shape. And with all of the new diets and workouts coming out are all moving towards an application platform to go along with the main course.
A good example of a forward moving program is the New You in 22 diet on PR Web that Jonny Bowden recently released. This is such a good example because the main diet is in the form of a book but what would make this even more popular is if they could integrate an app into the program for users to take to work, to the grocery store, etc.
A good example of a quality app is the Charity Miles app:
“Charity Miles lets you earn corporate sponsorships for every mile that you walk, run, or bike – and it’s dead simple to use. Just choose one of the app’s many charities and press start. Walkers and runners earn 25 cents per mile. Bikers earn 10 cents per mile.” – Charity Miles
You can see why this one, in particular, is so popular! It provides the motivation, reminders and rewards we could all use to keep us going.
So can technology actually increase our health? In a word, no. HOWEVER … you can no doubt see that a health-related app just might be the motivation you need to get you going. So I guess, in a round-about way, while technology can’t improve your fitness directly, it can indirectly. If you choose to either purchase an app or download a free app and you use it then you can see how that could help you improve you health – as long as you used it.Read More
Brilliant and better results are the most vital factors to look upon when you decide to get software. In most cases, whenever you decide to purchase software, price becomes another factor to consider However, price is not always the most important factor of influence as in most cases the software still remains the owner’s property. Price issues come up when there is total ownership upon purchasing the software.
A number of outlines have been established to assist IT procure be accessible to open source software for police officers. This enables evaluation of various open source products with one another thus helping determine the difference and effectiveness of the software. This moreover improves the production of more quality software that meets all the user’s requirements. There are few steps in choosing the best open source software that will perform better to suit your needs. Here are the main steps to be followed in order to attain the most preferred software.
1. Good Reputation
Firstly the software must have an excellent reputation of offering better services and reliability. A number of open source software has nice reputation in the market for serving in a suitable way and producing brilliant outputs. Inquiring for opinions about the software from people and friends who have had used it is in most cases the key to knowing the reputation of a computer program. Before getting open source software it is better to seek opinion from someone with experience of using it and has the full details about it.
The best software is one that can be compatible to other software. This compatibility aids in more positive gains as you do not incur losses in the investment you used in purchasing the software. Good software is one that is easy to use in that you do not have to learn new computer languages or use complex formats to run the program on your computer.
Most open source software often delay in giving out their documentation to end users, however, they offer better documentations. You should have the documentation for you to be able to implement changes in the feature where you may see it fit to change. Documentation help in understanding better on the development of the software.
Open source software should also provide recognized license that has well outlined conditions for your adjustments of codes to the development of the software. Quality open source software must provide a genuine license that clearly shows it is approved for use by the end user.
Software has bugs, behind the development there are people to debug the software and release a newer version. This newer version is more improved and much better for enterprise use thus the newer version of the open source is always the best option to go for.
Why use the best open source software
Open source software is much easier to use as it is designed to be used by almost all. Law enforcers should embrace the use of open software for police officers as the use of documentation make it easier to learn more on the software use. This would boost the services of the police officers.
If you have been trying to garner some serious attention for an open source project that you are passionate about – but just haven’t quite found the way to “rally the troops” behind it – then pay close attention to the information provided below.
There are a number of different ways that you can reach out to the open source programming community to get help for an open source project, but few of them are quite as effective as online video.
YouTube (other sites like it) give you a tremendous amount of leverage to not only share your project with the world, but also to really show why you’re passionate about this project – all while collaborating and recruiting new people to come on board and help you cross the finish line.
That being said, you may not be 100% sure of how to proceed with using online video to collaborate or persuade people to help your open source project.
So let’s remedy that.
Keep your initial videos and communications as concise as possible
One of the biggest problems that people have when they are trying to garner attention for their open source projects (especially projects that they are wildly passionate about) is that they have a tendency to ramble on and on and on – all without ever knowing that they’re doing it.
It’s almost too easy to spend literally hours and hours talking about a project that you are insanely passionate about, not realizing that you may or may not be effectively conveying passion and turning it into persuasion and influence.
However, when you force yourself to keep your videos and communications as short as possible (we’re talking about 5 to 15 minutes here), you put constraints that help you streamline your communications much more efficiently.
Don’t be afraid of “boosting” the attention in the early stages
Secondly, you need to understand that you are going to be competing with roughly 1,000,000,000,000 other open-source projects out there – all of them vying for the attention of the very best programmers, designers, and engineers the world has ever seen.
If you are going to garner tremendous attention from the open source community, you not only need to have a project that is worthwhile but you also need to have the ability to stand head and shoulders above the rest of the “clutter”.
Proper online marketing, YouTube marketing, and other advertising approaches need to be leveraged to their highest possible extent to provide you with this capability. Even if it means you need to go out and buy real YouTube views (maybe even going so far as to buy 1 million YouTube views) to create a groundswell of attention so that you can get pushed into the “general consciousness” of the open source community, it may well be worth doing exactly that.
At no point in time should you compromise your morals to gain just a bit of extra attention, but you’ll certainly want to do absolutely everything and anything you can to boost the profile of your project – even if it means buying YouTube views or leveraging other YouTube marketing approaches.
Use online video to collaborate with other project participants
Finally, you’re going to want to consider using YouTube as a “teaching tool”.
Using a simple and straightforward screen casting software (something that records everything that happens on your screen), you can literally allow other project participants to look over your shoulder as you make changes, establish the foundation of the project, or provide notes, tips, and tricks about how best to proceed – all in a very visual medium that is easy to follow along with.
Online videos are absolutely transformative when it gets right down to it, so make sure that you are leveraging any and all assets you can to kick your open source project into high gear!Read More
With the recession nearing an end and industry getting back on it’s feet, it seems that software is leading this revolution, with so many new and innovative crowd sourcing projects being launched it’s frightening.
Software has always been difficult to launch on a large scale, because by it’s very nature, although it’s easy to scale, the inherent intellectual property element of specialist software tends to keep it hidden.
But with the wave of open source software now hitting the market, it seems that i’m no longer part of the few that really think software should be available to everyone, and not simply an exclusive club for an elite and selected group of people who can afford to pay for the time consuming development process.
Because let’s face it, software is expensive.
This driving force being open source software and crowd sourcing is the fundamental belief that it’s better shared and everyone should have access to it, with finances not being a barrier to entry.
Especially with the extra benefits brought by crowd sourcing.
Now when I first got in to open source, I wanted to not only report on the different aspects but try my hand at creating something of use and value. This is something that has now become more than simply a dream as I’m going down with a new project.
But how this free software could be launched and how I was going to offer it will be tricky.
I considered quite a few routes such as person to person networking sites (although the sheer amount of work required simply to moderate was enough to put me off).
I then settled on having my own website that people could just click a download link and this seemed to be the route that made most sense.
Once I had this concept in my mind I then faced the hardest challenge, and this was obtaining or making the software, as I could not afford to stomach the costs just to give it away for free.
I now knew that I would have to create software from scratch whilst keeping all costs down by creating the individual elements or relying on other open source projects.
This meant keeping features offered by other creators without causing any legal issues, and this I will admit was challenging and time consuming.
When I realised how much it was actually going to cost me to create all the software and then get it copy written, it was this point I knew that I would have to get some funding or seriously cut my costs until I could hit a point of break even.
Jump In At The Deep End
Funding eventually wasn’t an option.
They would have wanted to monetize it too heavily and it would defeat the object and principles of what I was setting out to achieve.
The alternative was to cut my costs, rent my house out and move in with friends.
I considered selling it and looked at some of the usual sites, but simply going the rental route was enough and enabled me to get started on creating my software.
At the minute I am still in the creating stage. Although it is taking me a long time to get this process finished, this has given me to time to consider alternative routes that could both offer people free software, and also give me a way of perhaps making some money back.
I’ve not decided 100% on the logistics of these yet so I am going to keep them a surprise for now.
But hopefully in the very near future my software packages will be online and available for you to use at your leisure, open sourced and without a hefty price tag.Read More
Whenever an inventor creates something that will change the world, the first rule that everyone tells this creative person is that they have to file a patent so that no one can claim the invention as their own. There have been many lawsuits that have occurred because someone did not patent their idea, someone else took it, earned a lot of money, and then the two people end up battling in court over who was the rightful owner and about who is entitled to the profits from this idea.
However, times have changed, and people who do create something, like a new computer program, can choose to make it an open source software program, which means that no one can claim as their own because the actual creator puts it out into the world for everyone. These days, children are beginning to learn about computers and technology at an early age, and learning about open source programs now can shape their futures in many different ways.
Times Have Changed When It Comes To The Introduction of Technology To Kids
Kids of today are not the same as kids from as little as three to four decades ago. Back in the 1960s and 1970s, computers were barely being used, and the places that did have them were not open to the public in any way. The Federal government used computers for a lot of projects, and the public really did not have much exposure at all to them. However, these days, kids are taught as early as Kindergarten all about computers and what they can do. There are many schools all across the United States that are introducing technology to their students as early as possible. Though some parents resist the use of technology, and leave messages with the practical answering service of teachers and principals to voice their displeasure, they really cannot deny how much computers’ have changed the world and are part of the future that their children will be involved with.
Finding the Right Open Source Software Project
The great thing about open source software projects is that it can teach both kids and their parents about technology, and they can learn a lot together. Some of the most famous people in the computer science world got their start when they were kids, playing with computers and figuring out how they worked. Because computers are the future, kids need to learn about things like open software programs, and they can go to the following websites to find open source program projects that can get them on the road to a possible future involving the world of computers:
1. littleBits: Within every electronic component, from calculators to computers, are filled with little bits of circuit boards. When enough of these tiny circuit boards come together, then anything is possible. Like children’s building blocks, these circuit boards can connect together to create some of the world’s most sophisticated computers. LittleBits (littleBits) has a mission of inspiring anyone to become an inventor, and this is a good place for kids to start if they are truly interested in the field of computers.
2. Adafruit: Adafruit is another open source software library that has a mission to teach anyone who is truly interested in electronics no matter if they are young kids or adults. Adafruit was created by an MIT engineer named Limor Fried, and she wants the whole world to have access to all the tools they can to help them build and have control over their own future.
Learning About Computers Prepares Children for the Future
Open source software is available for anyone that wants to make the world a better place through computers and software. Kids are being shown all about things like iPads, tablets, and computers in schools, and sometimes members of the school board end up with a ton of messages from their live answering service because parents are not happy with the idea of funding the cost. However, what parents may not realize when leaving angry messages for people, is that the technology used in schools is mostly donated from benefactors who want children to have the best of everything when it comes to their education including technology. By giving them access to technology, kids can learn about things like open source software programs, and some kids can learn the skills and acquire the knowledge to take the software, make it better, and use it to help the world.Read More
So, you’re an experienced designer. Maybe you’ve even got an associate’s degree in computer-aided drafting (CAD). Or, maybe you’ve just been into shoes all your life and you want to try your hand at building the perfect shoe – turning your vision into a reality. Or, maybe you’re an indoor soccer player on a quest for the perfect shoes for your feet. Or, maybe you’re just an entrepreneur who wants to start a shoe line.
Whatever the case, you’re going to need some software, and you’re going to need software that does the job you want. There are plenty of options out there, so we’ve done the heavy lifting for you. We’ve researched a few of the most well-known shoe design applications out there to bring you the info you need to make a good investment. Because that’s really what it is, right? It’s an investment in your future business. Or your future shoe design.
A few tips before we get started:
- Don’t break the bank. We know this stuff can get expensive, but you don’t necessarily need to throw down on the whole price to take one of these programs home. If you’re a student there are almost always student discounts to be had. If you’re not a student, see if there is a trial version you can get your hands on. Or, even better, hoof it to your nearest university – especialy if they have an architecture program. Most major universities have libraries open to the public, and most of the time, their computers are very well-equipped, so you can check to see if they’ve got CAD-loaded computers you can take for a spin.
- Be patient. Even if you’re an experienced designer, some of these programs are very different, so give yourself some time to learn all the different functionalities. If you’re not a designer, and especially if you’ve never used a CAD program before, give yourself lots of time; it can be a lot to take in.
- Do some sketches beforehand. Before you ever get into your CAD program and start putting together a portfolio of shoes, you should have a basic idea of what you want them to look like. Most of the time, that means having sketches. If you’re not an artist, hire one. Seriously, this can save you so much time. If you don’t know where to hire an artist, you can again turn to your local university, especially if they have a fashion program. Most of the time, you’ll be able to hire a student to do your sketches for you at a very reasonable price.
Now that that’s out of the way, let’s talk about some specific programs. Again, there are plenty of options out there, but these seem to be among the best on the market, and, indeed, many of them are used by popular large- to medium-sized companies. Check them out:
- Shoemaster. Shoemaster is a program by Torielli. One of the coolest things about this program is that it can actually convert hand-drawn sketches into CAD designs (See? We told you it’d be useful to have sketches!). That makes your job much, much easier.
- Shoemaker Pro. Shoemaker Pro is another good software that can use anatomically correct models of feet to create shoes that make the most ergonomic sense, especially for sports like crossfit, which is, in our opinion invaluable.
So there you go! Those are our picks! What are yours?Read More
If you’re after video editing software, there are a number pro’s and cons to investing in Open Source software to meet your needs. Before making a decision, you first need to see what your needs are for video editing software, and next, why you might require open-source software compared to standard software.
Requirements for video editing software vary from person to person, and can often be based on experience within the video editing industry, budget, and specific tools or operations you require your software to have. As a starter point, video editing software should meet the following requirements:
a) Be sophisticated and professionally constructed
b) Have the ability to accept new codecs
c) Be usable on your preferred operating system
d) Be reliable and consistent with useability
d) Have a strong support network and community to assist with issues.
It is important to nut out your requirements before purchasing, as ensuring you have the above requirements saves you time on installing software, troubleshooting issues, seeking help through forums and learning, as well as installing necessary patches for the codecs of your choice.
Now that you have your requirements, it’s time to look into whether open-source editing software is for you.
Open-source video software provides a number of benefits to video editors. These include:
- It allows you to save money
- It allows you to customise your program to suit your needs
- You can get features and tools that are not available elsewhere
Those who are money conscious are probably asking themselves how it could possibly be cheaper using open source software – surely it is cheaper and easier to buy packaged video editing software. However, those running a post facility with a number of editing stations could find that the cost per seat can considerably increase, making for pricey set-up costs. This is where free software can save you hundreds (sometimes thousands) of dollars, and the added ability to customise open source software is also ideal for small post houses.
Often we hear about large VFX studios who employ programmers to write customized codes for their video editing software, sometimes spending thousands of dollars for simple codes. If you have the money, this is a worthy investment, however those on a shoestring budget will often find open-source editing software meets their needs and criteria at a fraction (if any!) of the price!
If you are interested in open-source video editing software, the below are the top five most popular and professionally created options available today.
This software is about to be released on all platforms, and offers a free version that has a number of features (but limited codec options). If you need all the bells and whistles, the Pro version is an affordable $60 per year, a great price for a quality video editor. It comes with a number of features such as the ability to trim and alter audio, special effects such as light leaks and transition effects, as well as animations.
Often described as a powerhouse, Blender offers a tonne of features, though not all are important to a video editor. It’s two key benefits is that it has a large and active community that offers the support and assistance you might need when using the software, plus the operating system is incredible stable and reliable. You’ll be hard-pressed to find another alternative that is as dependable and fondly looked upon as Blender.
Unlike some of the other video editing software, Kdenlive uses a variety of codecs with FFmpeg as the base. Combined with its rich set of features, sophisticated and professional layout and GUI, it makes this program a worthy contender for open-source editing software choices.
This is a free video editing software program that is compatible with the three big operating systems. It has a good looking GUI, though more work can be done on it, and can be enhanced with the support of Virtualdub and AviSynth.
LiVES is only compatible with Linux, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing for dedicated Linux users. It is continually updated, having currently released version 2.0.4, and supports open source codecs such as Dirac.
Every year more and more people enter the world of real estate sales. Each of them hoping they have what it takes to make it. So what separates the highly successful real estate agents from the realtor wannabes? The answer is simple. Hard work and education. While there is no special sauce that can be included within this article that will magically give you a work ethic. However, we can discuss and help you with the latter of the two by, educating future real estate agents on the open source software that will hopefully help you rack up property sales by being more efficient.
Open Source Software that every agent should know:
Android is open source software that based on Linux. It is also the most popular phone software on the planet. Android inc. developed the software while being financially backed by Google. Google would later go on to purchase the company in 2005, and the rest, as they say, is open source history.
Android is a must have for agents due to it’s robust features. First, is the fact that it runs off your Google login. The benefit of this is that all Google products are able to sync through this. So, if you send and email through Gmail or “Google Apps for Business”, that email is immediately on your phone. Secondly, the all other Google Apps such as Calendar, Drive, and Chrome all work the same way. Schedule something on your laptop in Google Calendar, and now it’s also on your phone. If you store an item on Google Drive, it is accessible anywhere through the cloud. Your search history and bookmarks on the chrome browser work the same exact way. While Apple and Windows phones and operating software are solid, neither of them will make you as efficient as using the Android platform.
The second open source platform worth checking out is Chrome OS. It was developed in 2009 as part of the Chromium OS project and officially launched the public in 2011 when Acer and Samsung released netbooks which ran it as their operating systems. By the end of 2013 Chromebooks had a 21% share of the entire netbook market.
Unlike traditional machines and operating systems, this one was designed strictly for internet applications and online usage. It operates within the cloud and syncs with other android devices such as tablets and phones. The laptop weighs around 2lbs, making it very easy to carry for real estate agents that are always on the go. At a cost of around $250 it is also far cheaper than traditional laptops. Another additional benefit is that it comes with 100gb of Google drive storage totally free for two years.
While open source software may seem as only seem like something that only geeks and nerds would care about, it can benefit everyone including real estate agents. Since anyone can build on these platforms the growth rates are exponential. By allowing developers to manipulate the source code as they wish, they are able to customize their solutions to truly benefit the end user. This allows you to be more efficient and gives you more time to focus on things that matter like customer relations, networking, and selling real estate.Read More