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There are many "open source", i.e. free, software applications produced and distributed by service-minded people for our benefit .
- CutePDF Writer is a free pdf viewer, similar to Adobe Reader. After installation, it appears on your printer list when you try to print a document. This lets you produce pdf versions of documents. CutePDF Pro is a reasonably priced full featured pdf editor, very affordable .
- MathGV is a graphing utility very similar to handheld graphing calculators, free and in many ways easier to use.
- PortableApps.com is an extensive with many computer applications compressed and slightly modified (with proper respect to copyright laws) so we can install them on a flashdrive for portability. No modifications are required in a computer's registry, so these applications can be run on secured computers such as those in CF's math labs or a public library. You can download the platform only and use selected apps. The Standard Suite includes OpenOffice, similar to other office suites including a word processor, spreadsheet, database and presentation programs.
- wxMaxima is a full computer "algebra" and 3D graphing utility. It has a portable version available through PortableApps.com. In common usage, computer "algebra" system has come to include formal differentiation and integration as done in calculus (single- and multi-variable) as well as solving differential equations.
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