New tools for 2012

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What to include[edit]

Please include any of the following info - Tool Name Suggested Use Operating Systems Short Description Online info / docs Self-contained Manuals Additional short notes Alternative tool?


Book Type[edit]

Create printed resources and manuals and epub books online

Web based (LAMP)

"The open source platform to write and publish print and digital books. Booktype is a free, open source platform that produces beautiful, engaging books formatted for print, Amazon, iBooks and almost any ereader within minutes. Create books on your own or with others via an easy-to-use web interface. Build a community around your content with social tools and use the reach of mobile, tablet and ebook technology to engage new audiences."



Alchemy is software for sketching or drawing using a computer.





Record live performances & Talk radio on multitrack


Scheduling radio programmes

Other radio-focussed software discussed here


Microblogging alternative to Twitter.



Animation software



Status net Android Client

Obscura Cam[edit]

Orbot & Orweb[edit]

TOR implementation and security-enhanced browser

Text Secure[edit]



Android implementation of PGP encryption

OpenVPN settings[edit]

Configure and control a VPN tunnel, butn.b. it may leak DNS requests depending on your system

Open Signal Maps[edit]

WiGLE WiFi Wardriving[edit]

Locate and share wireless access points, e.g. for finding open community access points


Blocks advertisements (not just in your browser, but globally, by writing to /etc/hosts)

Alternatives to Google Apps

Stop the chocolate factory from slurping your data by using these instead of the google defaults:

  1. DuckDuckGo for Android  - replaces google search
  2. Firefox for Android - replaces stock browser, allows privacy-enhancing plugins
  3. K-9 mail - replaces gmail etc., intergrates well with APG
  4. FDroid - replaces "google play" - catalogue of free software
  5. Replacements for google maps:

             - OsmAnd - open street map viewer, GPS tracker, off-line atlas and direction calculator

             - HappyCow VeginOut - restaurant & grocery locator

             - Bike Hub- cycle journey planner & info

             - OS Atlas  - "free" access to Ordnance Survey Maps (If you pay UK taxes, you fund the Ordnance Survey, however it is copyright-protected. The application is available in an advert-supported or paid-for version.)