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ita La lista che segue  contiene informazioni su programmi per personal computer (per le piattaforme Windows, Mac e Linux) che possono essere utili per l’insegnamento, l’apprendimento e la ricerca in ambito umanistico. Dove è possibile è preferibile utilizzare software Open Source e/o gratuito e multipiattaforma (cioè disponibile per Windows, Mac e possibilmente anche Linux), a meno che non siano necessarie, per varie ragioni – come problemi di compatibilità, funzionalità particolari, ecc. – applicazioni proprietarie. Per i software commerciali ci sono inoltre licenze particolari per studenti e docenti. Nonostante non venga sempre indicato, alcune delle applicazioni nella lista esistono anche per dispositivi mobili come tablet e smartphone.
Questa lista non è ovviamente esaustiva, è in continuo aggiornamento ed è un progetto collaborativo. Se ci sono informazioni da aggiornare, da aggiungere, se avete applicazioni da suggerire, o se nella lista ci sono delle inesattezze, vi prego di comunicarmelo tramite la form sotto. Grazie!  🙂

eng The following list contains information on applications for personal computer (for Windows, Mac and Linux platforms) that can be useful for education and research in the humanities. Where possible it is preferable to use Open Source and/or free and cross-platform software (available for Windows, Mac and possibly Linux), unless it is mandatory using closed applications, for various reasons – compatibility issues, special functions, etc. It should be noted that, in the case of commercial software, there are licenses for students and teachers. Although it is not always indicated, some of the applications in the list have also been released for mobile devices like tablets and smartphones.
This list is obviously not exhaustive, it is continuously updated and it is a collaborative project. If any information has to be updated, added, if you have any applications to suggest or if in the list there are mistakes, please let me know by using the form below. Thank you!  🙂

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Bibliography

OS

Status

Description

Bookends Mac Commercial Bookends is reference management and bibliography generation software. Bookends is a database application that allows fast and easy retrieval of reference information. You can enter large abstracts and extensive comments, either from the keyboard or imported from sources on the Internet. You can search Bookends databases for authors, keywords, or any combination of words anywhere in the reference description.
http://www.sonnysoftware.com/
EndNote Windows / Mac Commercial Researchers, scholarly writers, students, and librarians use EndNote to search online bibliographic databases, organize their references, images and PDFs in any language, and create bibliographies and figure lists instantly. Instead of spending hours typing bibliographies, or using index cards to organize their references, they do it the easy way
http://www.endnote.com/
Papyrus Windows / Mac Free Papyrus provides a powerful word-processor for desktop publishing, with PDF-export, integrated spreadsheets, and a relational database using an intuitive user interface for instant searches.
http://www.ResearchSoftwareDesign.com/
ProCite Windows / Mac Commercial Collect references from online and Web databases. Search PubMed and Internet libraries worldwide from ProCite. Export references directly from ISI Web of Science, Current Contents and Discovery Agent.
http://www.procite.com/
JabRef (BibTex) Windows / Mac / Linux Free (Open Source) JabRef is a graphical frontend to manage BibTeX databases, the standard LaTeX bibliography reference format.
http://jabref.sourceforge.net/index.php
BibDesk (BibTex) Mac Free (Open Source) BibDesk is a bibliographic reference manager for Mac OS X. BibDesk is designed to help organize and use bibliographic databases in BibTeX .bib format.
http://bibdesk.sourceforge.net/
Sente Mac Commercial Sente is the premier academic reference manager for Mac OS X. Sente’s iTunes-like interface makes finding, reviewing, organizing and using the academic literature in your field easier than ever.
http://www.thirdstreetsoftware.com/site/mu.html
Mendeley Windows / Mac / Linux Free Mendeley Desktop is academic software that indexes and organizes all of your PDF documents and research papers into your own personal digital bibliography. It gathers document details from your PDFs allowing you to effortlessly search, organize and cite. It also looks up PubMed, CrossRef, DOIs and other related document details automatically. Drag and drop functionality makes populating the library quick and easy. The Web Importer allows you to quickly and easily import papers from resources such as Google Scholar, ACM, IEEE and many more at the click of a button.
http://www.mendeley.com/
Zotero  Windows / Mac / Linux  Free (Open Source)  Zotero is the only research tool that automatically senses content in your web browser, allowing you to add it to your personal library with a single click. Whether you’re searching for a preprint on arXiv.org, a journal article from JSTOR, a news story from the New York Times, or a book from your university library catalog, Zotero has you covered with support for thousands of sites.
https://www.zotero.org
Docear Windows / Mac / Linux Free (Open Source) Docear is a unique solution to academic literature management, i.e. it helps you organizing, creating, and discovering academic literature.
http://www.docear.org

Word Processor / Page Layout

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Description

OpenOfficeOrg

LibreOffice

Windows / Mac / Linux Free (Open Source) The product is a multi-platform office productivity suite. It includes the key desktop applications, such as a word processor, spreadsheet, presentation manager, and drawing program, with a user interface and feature set similar to other office suites.
http://www.openoffice.org
http://www.libreoffice.org
Scribus Windows / Mac / Linux Free (Open Source) Scribus brings award-winning professional page layout with a combination of “press-ready” output and new approaches to page layout. Underneath the modern and user friendly interface, Scribus supports professional publishing features, such as CMYK color, separations, ICC color management and versatile PDF creation.
http://www.scribus.net/index.php
AbiWord Windows / Mac / Linux Free (Open Source) AbiWord is a free word processing program similar to Microsoft Word. It is suitable for typing papers, letters, reports, memos, and so forth.
http://www.abisource.com/
Lyx Windows / Mac / Linux Free (Open Source) LyX combines the power and flexibility of TeX/LaTeX with the ease of use of a graphical interface. This results in world-class support for creation of mathematical content (via a fully integrated equation editor) and structured documents like academic articles, theses, and books.
http://www.lyx.org/Home
OmegaT Windows / Mac / Linux Free (Open Source) OmegaT is a computer-assisted translation tool written in the Java programming language. OmegaT is intended for professional translators.
http://www.omegat.org/en/omegat.html

Text organizers

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Scrivener Mac Commercial Scrivener is a project management and writing tool for writers of all kinds that stays with you from that first unformed idea all the way through to the first – or even final – draft.
http://www.literatureandlatte.com/scrivener.html
TextCite Windows / Mac Free (Open Source) TextCite is a program for organizing and commenting textual citations from texts (books, articles, or other published works) for use in producing scientific or academic publications.
http://textcite.sourceforge.net/

E-books

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Description

Calibre Windows / Mac / Linux Free (Open Source) Calibre is a one-stop solution to all your e-book needs. It is free, open source and cross-platform.
http://calibre-ebook.com
Sigil Windows / Mac / Linux Free (Open Source) Sigil is a multi-platform EPUB ebook editor (think Word or LibreOffice but specific for EPUB ebooks).
https://sigil-ebook.com
iBooks Author Mac Free Now anyone can create stunning iBooks textbooks, cookbooks, history books, picture books, and more for iPad.
http://www.apple.com/ibooks-author/
OpenOfficeOrg LibreOffice (with module Writer2epub) Windows / Mac / Linux Free (Open Source) The product is a multi-platform office productivity suite. It includes the key desktop applications, such as a word processor, spreadsheet, presentation manager, and drawing program, with a user interface and feature set similar to other office suites.
http://www.openoffice.org
http://www.libreoffice.org

Information collectors

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DevonThink Mac Commercial Use it as your document repository, your filing cabinet, your email archive, or your project organizer; DEVONthink can do it all. You can even collect and organize data from the web for your own use, enrich it with sound and movie files from your hard drive, and then export the finished product as a website or to an Apple Pages document to print, should you so desire.
http://www.devon-technologies.com/
Evernote (basic) Windows / Mac Free Evernote allows you to easily capture information in any environment using whatever device or platform you find most convenient, and makes this information accessible and searchable at anytime, from anywhere.
http://www.evernote.com/
Journler Mac Free (Open Source) Journler is a daily notebook and entry based information manager. It was the premier information manager of its time for the Mac. Writers and thinkers of every persuasion used it on a daily basis to connect the written word with the media most important to them.
http://journler.com
Yojimbo Mac Commercial Yojimbo empowers Mac users to manage, effortlessly and securely, the onslaught of information encountered every day at work and at home, even across multiple computers.
http://www.barebones.com/products/yojimbo/

Personal Information Managers

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Task Coach Windows / Mac / Linux Free (Open Source Task Coach is a simple open source todo manager to manage personal tasks and todo lists.
http://taskcoach.org
OpenProj Windows / Mac / Linux Free (Open Source) OpenProj is a desktop replacement of Microsoft Project, project management software. OpenProj has equivalent functionality, a familiar user interface and even opens existing MSProject files. OpenProj is interoperable with Project, with a Gantt Chart and PERT chart.
https://sourceforge.net/projects/openproj/
GanttProject Windows / Mac / Linux Free GanttProject is a free and easy to use Gantt chart based project scheduling and management tool.
https://www.ganttproject.biz
GanttPV Windows / Mac / Linux Free (Open Source) GanttPV is project scheduling software. You can use it to define tasks, assign resources, calculate dates, and create gantt charts.
https://sourceforge.net/projects/ganttpv/

Flowcharts & Mind Mapping Tools

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OmniGraffle Mac Commercial OmniGraffle helps you draw beautiful diagrams, family trees, flow charts, org charts, layouts, and (mathematically speaking) any other directed or non-directed graphs.
http://www.omnigroup.com/applications/OmniGraffle/
OpenOfficeOrg

LibreOffice

Windows / Mac / Linux Free (Open Source) The product is a multi-platform office productivity suite. It includes the key desktop applications, such as a word processor, spreadsheet, presentation manager, and drawing program, with a user interface and feature set similar to other office suites.
http://www.openoffice.org
http://www.libreoffice.org
Scapple Windows / Mac Commercial Scapple is a tool for getting early ideas down as quickly as possible and making connections between them.
https://www.literatureandlatte.com/scapple.php
Compendium Windows / Mac / Linux Free (Open Source) Compendium is about sharing ideas, creating artifacts, making things together, and breaking down the boundaries between dialogue, artifact, knowledge, and data. It helps provide a faster, better way for groups and project teams to work. Compendium provides a set of templates, methods, and tools that connect people and ideas.
http://compendiuminstitute.net/download/download.htm
Personal Brain (base) Windows / Mac / Linux Free PersonalBrain… The digital home for your mind. Organize Web pages, notes, and documents the way you think in a visual map.
http://www.thebrain.com/products/thebrain/
FreeMind Windows / Mac / Linux Free (Open Source) FreeMind is a premier free mind-mapping software written in Java.
http://freemind.sourceforge.net/wiki/index.php/Main_Page
Cmap Windows / Mac / Linux Free The Cmap program empowers users to construct, navigate, share and criticize knowledge models represented as concept maps. It allows users to, among many other features, construct their Cmaps in their personal computer, share them on servers (CmapServers) anywhere on the Internet.
http://cmap.ihmc.us/conceptmap.html
ConceptDraw Windows / Mac Commercial Brainstorming, mind mapping and visual thinking. ConceptDraw MINDMAP is your personal assistant when discussing ideas, making decisions and planning projects.
http://www.conceptdraw.com
Inspiration Windows / Mac Commercial Inspiration is a visual thinking tool that you and your employees can use to develop ideas, plans, and business processes. It features integrated diagramming and outlining environments to let you quickly generate ideas, create diagrams, organize information, outline proposals, and more.
http://www.inspiration.com
Freeplane Windows / Mac / Linux Free (Open Source) Freeplane is free, Open-Source software to support thinking, sharing information, and getting things done at work, in school, and at home. The core of the software consists of functions for mind mapping, also called concept mapping or information mapping, and tools for using mapped information. Freeplane runs on any operating system on which a current version of Java is installed and from USB.
http://freeplane.sourceforge.net/wiki/index.php/Main_Page
XMind (base) Windows / Mac Commercial (free) XMind is now free software. This means when you want to use a fishbone in a spreadsheet, or put your photos and media files into a mind map, or reuse your Freemind/MindManager files, you’re free to use XMind.
http://www.xmind.net/

Web Browsing

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Description

Firefox Windows / Mac / Linux Free (Open Source) Firefox is a web browser that empowers you to accomplish your online activities faster, more safely and efficiently than any other browser, period. Built with Tab browsing, popup blocking and a number of other seamless innovations, Firefox stands out ahead.
https://www.mozilla.org/
Chrome Windows / Mac / Linux Free Google Chrome is Google’s web browser. With it, you can open web applications and games with no hassle and, above all, quickly. It’s the main alternative to Firefox and Internet Explorer.
https://www.google.com/chrome/browser/desktop/
Opera Windows / Mac Free Opera is an alternative internet web browser that is very fast, small, easy to use, and complies with all of the web browser standard.
http://www.opera.com/

Web Authoring

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exe Windows / Mac / Linux Free (Open Source) eXe (The eLearning XHTML editor) is an authoring environment to assist teachers and academics in the design, development and publishing of web-based learning and teaching materials without the need to become proficient in HTML or complicated web-publishing applications.
http://exelearning.org
Nvu Windows / Mac / Linux Free (Open Source) Nvu is a standalone ‘WYSIWYG’ (WhatYouSeeIsWhatYouGet) HTML editor based on Gecko, Mozilla’s rendering engine.
http://www.nvu.com
Amaya Windows / Mac / Linux Free (Open Source) Amaya is a complete web browsing and authoring environment and comes equipped with a WYSIWYG style of interface, similar to that of the most popular commercial browsers. With such an interface, users do not need to know the HTML or CSS languages.
http://www.w3.org/Amaya/

Presentation

OS

Status

Description

OpenOfficeOrg

LibreOffice

Windows / Mac / Linux Free (Open Source) The product is a multi-platform office productivity suite. It includes the key desktop applications, such as a word processor, spreadsheet, presentation manager, and drawing program, with a user interface and feature set similar to other office suites.
http://www.openoffice.org
http://www.libreoffice.org

3D Graphics

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Description

Blender Windows / Mac / Linux Free (Open Source) Blender, the open source software for 3D modeling, animation, rendering, post-production, interactive creation and playback.
http://www.blender.org
DAZ 3D (basic) Windows / Mac Free Think of DAZ|Studio as a complete virtual photo studio. Lights, cameras, makeup, wardrobe, props, and more are at your fingertips. You create scenes by placing virtual actors (called figures), props, and other elements in the studio. Adjust your lighting, position your cameras, and you have a complete image.
http://www.daz3d.com/
Wingz Windows / Mac / Linux Free (Open Source) Wings 3D is a subdivision modeler inspired by Nendo and Mirai from Izware.
http://www.wings3d.com/
Art of Illusion Windows / Mac / Linux Free (Open Source) Art of Illusion is a free, open source 3D modelling and rendering studio. It is written entirely in Java.
http://www.artofillusion.org/
Google SketchUp (basic) Windows / Mac Free Google SketchUp is an easy-to-learn 3D modeling program that enables you to explore the world in 3D.
http://www.sketchup.com/
MakeHuman Windows / Mac / Linux Free (Open Source) MakeHuman is the free and open source software to create realistic 3d humans for: Illustrations, Animations, Games.
http://www.makehuman.org/

2D Graphics

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Description

The GIMP Windows / Mac / Linux Free (Open Source) GIMP is a versatile graphics manipulation package.
http://www.gimp.org/
PhotoLine Windows / Mac Shareware PhotoLine is an imaging processing software, image browser, layout program, vector editor, batchconverter and Web editor with many functions.
http://www.pl32.com
Inkscape Windows / Mac / Linux Free (Open Source) Inkscape is an Open Source vector graphics editor, with capabilities similar to Illustrator, Freehand, CorelDraw, or Xara X using the W3C standard Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) file format.
http://www.inkscape.org/
Cenon Mac / Linux / Unix OpenStep Free Cenon is a graphical tool of a special kind. Build upon a modular graphical core, Cenon offers a wide variety of possibilities and applications – not only Desktop Publishing.
http://www.cenon.info/frame_gb.html
ImageJ Windows / Mac / Linux Free (Open Source) ImageJ is a public domain Java image processing program inspired by NIH Image.
http://rsb.info.nih.gov/ij/
Hugin Windows / Mac / Linux Free (Open Source) Hugin is an open-source panorama photo creation tool. It can put multiple photos together very easily and the end result is smooth and stunning!
http://hugin.sourceforge.net/

Other graphics, fractal, life simulators

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 XaoS Windows / Mac / Linux Free (Open Source) XaoS is an interactive fractalzoomer. It allows the user to continuously zoom in or out of a fractal in a fluid, continuous motion. This capability makes XaoS great for exploring fractals, and it’s fun!
https://sourceforge.net/projects/xaos/
Fish  Mac  Free Fish is an aquarium simulator. It allows you to add fish to an underwater environment and customize them. Fish show complex behavior. You can feed them, see their evolution as they grow, use different cameras to track them, and save different aquariums for later use.
uri.cat/software/Fish/
AndreaMosaic Windows / Mac / Linux Free (personal use) AndreaMosaic, a free project to create digital art using images and computer software. With AndreaMosaic you can create your own photographic mosaics made with your own pictures. A photo mosaic is an image composed of many tiled photos.
https://www.andreaplanet.com/andreamosaic/
TeraFractal Mac Free TeraFractal is a free Mac OS X application that lets you create complex fractal images by manipulating colored boxes in a control window.
www.terafractal.com/mac/
Electric Sheep  Windows / Mac / Linux  Free Electric Sheep is a collaborative abstract artwork founded by Scott Draves. It’s run by thousands of people all over the world, and can be installed on any ordinary PC, Mac, Android, or iPad. When these computers “sleep”, the Electric Sheep comes on and the computers communicate with each other by the internet to share the work of creating morphing abstract animations known as “sheep”.
http://electricsheep.org
Evolvotron Mac / Linux Free (Open Source) Evolvotron is an interactive “generative art” application for Linux to evolve images/textures/patterns/animations through an iterative process of random mutation and user-selection driven evolution. (This process is also often referred to as “evolutionary art” or “genetic art”.) If you like lava lamps, and still think the Mandelbrot set is cool, this could be the software for you.
http://www.bottlenose.net/share/evolvotron/index.htm
SBART Mac Shareware SBART developed by Tatsuo Unemi is a design support tool to create an interesting 2-D CG image based on artificial selection, which was originally proposed as Artificial Evolution by Mr. Karl Sims.
http://www.intlab.soka.ac.jp/~unemi/sbart/
Identity-sa Mac Free This this a visual interactive software that was used for the author’s own artwork entitled Identity-sa. It is a type of screen-based installation with visual feedback and sound synthesis. it provided a new type of animation of aesthetic graphics and deformed reflection of visitor’s image.
http://www.intlab.soka.ac.jp/~unemi/1/DT4/

FTP

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FileZilla Windows / Mac / Linux Free (Open Source) FileZilla is a fast and reliable FTP client and server with lots of useful features and an intuitive interface.
http://filezilla-project.org/

Communication

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Skype Windows / Mac / Linux / iOS / Android Free Skype allows you to talk to friends, family and co-workers across the internet without long distance telephone charges. It works by using P2P technology for the data transmission, meaning there is no central server as a middle manager.
http://www.skype.com
Google Hangout Windows / Mac / Linux /Android Free Google Hangout is an instant messaging service that provides both text and voice communication.
https://hangouts.google.com
Telegram Messenger Windows / Mac / Linux / iOS / Android Free (Open Source) Telegram is a messaging app with a focus on speed and security, it’s super-fast, simple and free. You can use Telegram on all your devices at the same time — your messages sync seamlessly across any number of your phones, tablets or computers.
https://telegram.org

Video

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VLC Windows / Mac / Linux Free (Open Source) VLC Media Player (formerly VideoLAN Client) is a highly portable multimedia player for various audio and video formats (MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, DivX, mp3, ogg, etc.) as well as DVDs, VCDs, and various streaming protocols.
http://www.videolan.org/
Miro Windows / Mac / Linux Free (Open Source) Miro (formerly known as Democracy Player) makes video on the internet way less frustrating and way more enjoyable. You can subscribe to channels of internet video, download videos, and watch them fullscreen, one after the other, all in one application.
http://www.getmiro.com/
MPlayer Mac / Linux Free (Open Source) MPlayer is a free and open source media player.
http://www.mplayerhq.hu/design7/news.html
CinePaint Windows / Mac / Linux Free (Open Source) CinePaint (formerly Film Gimp) is a free open source painting and image retouching program designed to work best with 35mm film and other high resolution high dynamic range images. It is the most popular open source tool in the motion picture industry — used in 2 Fast 2 Furious, Scooby-Doo, Harry Potter, Stuart Little and other feature films.
http://www.cinepaint.org
HandBrake Windows / Mac / Linux Free (Open Source) HandBrake is a GPL’d multiplatform, multithreaded video encoding tool.
http://handbrake.fr/
MPEG Streamclip Windows / Mac Free MPEG Streamclip is a powerful free video converter, player, editor for Mac and Windows. It can play many movie files, not only MPEGs; it can convert MPEG files between muxed/demuxed formats for authoring; it can encode movies to many formats, including iPod; it can cut, trim and join movies. MPEG Streamclip can also download videos from YouTube and Google by entering the page URL.
http://www.squared5.com

Audio

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Audacity Windows / Mac / Linux Free (Open Source) Audacity(R): A Free, Cross-Platform Digital Audio Editor.
http://audacity.sourceforge.net/
SuperCollider Windows / Mac / Linux Free (Open Source) SuperCollider is an environment and programming language for real time audio synthesis and algorithmic composition. It provides an interpreted object-oriented language which functions as a network client to a state of the art, realtime sound synthesis server.
http://supercollider.github.io
Aria Maestosa Mac / Linux Free (Open Source) Aria Maestosa is a midi tracker/editor. It lets you compose, edit and play midi files with a few clicks in a user-friendly interface offering score, keyboard, guitar, drum and controller views.
http://ariamaestosa.sourceforge.net

Programming

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Processing Windows / Mac / Linux Free (Open Source) Processing is a programming language and environment built for the electronic arts and visual design communities. It was created to teach fundamentals of computer programming within a visual context and to serve as a software sketchbook.
http://processing.org/
Editra Windows / Mac / Linux Free Editra is a multi-platform text editor with an implementation that focuses on creating an easy to use interface and features that aid in code development. Currently it supports syntax highlighting and variety of other useful features for over 60 programming languages.
http://editra.org

Live Show

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QLab Mac Commercial QLab provides live show control for your Mac. Create media designs for theatre, dance, composition, installation, and more. Play back audio, video, and MIDI from a single workspace.
http://figure53.com/qlab/
D::Light Windows / Mac  / Linux Free D::Light is lightboard software for theater. Aimed at managers, lighting designers, directors, visual artists, speaking in halls, theaters, or museums.
http://www.getdlight.com/index.php

Online Repositories

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Dropbox (basic) Windows  / Mac / Linux Free Dropbox is an application that creates a special folder that automatically syncs online and between your computers. It allows you to both backup files and keep them up-to-date between systems.
https://www.dropbox.com/
Amazon Cloud Drive (basic) Windows / Mac / Linux Free Amazon Cloud Drive is your personal hard drive in the cloud. Store your music, videos, photos, and documents on Amazon’s secure servers.
http://amzn.to/2aNBcYl
Google Drive (basic) Windows / Mac / Linux Free Google Drive is a place where you can create, share, collaborate, and keep all of your stuff.
https://tools.google.com/dlpage/drive/

Useful websites

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AlternativeTo ——— Free (crowdsourced) AlternativeTo is a new approach to finding good software. Tell us what application you want to replace and we give you great alternatives, based on user recommendations.
http://alternativeto.net

 

ita Questa lista non è ovviamente esaustiva, è in continuo aggiornamento ed è un progetto collaborativo. Se ci sono informazioni da aggiornare, da aggiungere, se avete applicazioni da suggerire, o se nella lista ci sono delle inesattezze, vi prego di comunicarmelo tramite la form sotto. Grazie!  🙂
eng This list is obviously not exhaustive, it is continuously updated and it is a collaborative project. If any information has to be updated, added, if you have any applications to suggest or if in the list there are mistakes, please let me know by using the form below. Thank you!  🙂

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