First up, a list of free and open source software alternatives to the standard software installed on IST computers. Following that is information for purchasing software.
Free and Open Source
Microsoft Office Suite/Word Processing
OpenOffice.org 3 (word processor, spreadsheet, graphics, database access) and more meets all requirements for an office software package. Read more… Download Page
Bean is a small, easy-to-use word processor (or more precisely, a rich text editor), designed to make writing convenient, efficient and comfortable. Download Page
AbiWord is a free word processing program similar to Microsoft® Word. It is suitable for a wide variety of word processing tasks. Read more… Download Page
Gimp is a freely distributed piece of software for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition and image authoring. Read more… Download Page
Image Tricks is a freeware application for editing your photos and images using Mac OS X Core Image filters and Quartz Compositions that unimaginably transform your photos. Read more… Download Page
Avast is free antivirus software for Mac OS X. Direct download: http://public.avast.com/dev/mac-beta1/avast.dmg
Acorn is the image editor for humans. With 50+ new features and refinements, you will make beautiful images in Acorn. Read more… Download Page
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Download Mac software and get instant gratification at The Mac Software Store.