New tools for 2012

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What to include

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

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

Orbot & Orweb

TOR implementation and security-enhanced browser

Text Secure



Android implementation of PGP encryption

OpenVPN settings

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

Open Signal Maps

WiGLE WiFi Wardriving

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.)