Some of my contacts have been asking me about open source and freeware alternatives to mainstream creative editing suites. Frankly, unless you are doing extremely high level rendering for highly commercialised projects, there’s very little need to purchase mainstream software anymore – the open source community has provided! I’ve included some links below for anyone interested.
And when it comes down to it, OpenOffice (http://www.openoffice.org/) for documents, presentations and spreadsheets and Google Groups/Google docs for collaborative document management is sufficient for pretty much anyone outside a large-scale commercial enterprise. So there’s really no excuse for wasting your money on software these days!
(Oh and anyone who has any other suggetions, please feel free to add in comments below!)