VSL:WEB // Free alternatives to outlandishly expensive apps

AlternativeTo is a collaboratively filtered database of open-source alternatives to expensive computer programs: I.e., it’s an essential bookmark.

The site’s layout is inviting and easy to navigate: Type in the software you’d rather not purchase (e.g., Final Cut Pro, which costs $1,299), and you’ll be presented with a wide array of substitutes (e.g., a free, open-source editing program called Avidemux). The site’s choices are listed according to user ratings, and it relies on the public to contribute newly discovered alternatives. It’s like an online flea market: You never know what gems you’re about to stumble upon.

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VSL:WEB // Free alternatives to outlandishly expensive apps