The following links are resources that may be useful for creating and editing scientific images and communications. Although many great resources are listed here, it's presence on this site does not imply official endorsement or support by Research Imaging Solutions, HMS Information Technology Department or Harvard University Information Systems.

What You Need to Know

Mac Only

GraphicConverter: This shareware is a powerful, inexpensive alternative to Photoshop

NIH Image: National Institutes of Health freeware for image processing and analysis

Cross Platform

GIMP: A free, open source photo retouching, image composition and image authoring application that works on Macs, PCs, and UNIX operating systems. GIMP is an acronym for GNU Image Manipulation Program.

Inkscape: A free, open source vector authoring application that works on Macs, PCs, and UNIX operating systems. Think Adobe Illustrator for FREE!

ImageJ: National Institutes of Health's flexible freeware for image processing and analysis in Java. Runs on Linux! Macs! Windows!

OpenOffice: A free, open source office productivity application. It includes key desktop applications, such as a word processor, spreadsheet, presentation manager, and drawing program. Functions on Windows (98 - Vista), GNU/Linux ("Linux"), Sun Solaris, Mac OS X (under X11), and FreeBSD

Scribus: an open-source program that brings professional page layout capabilities to Linux/Unix, MacOS X, OS/2 and Windows desktops with a combination of "press-ready" output and new approaches to page layout.

Adobe Reader: Freeware for reading PDF documents (not editing or creating)

RealPlayer: Download and share videos - pay to play

VLC: Play, edit & format conversion for videos

Shockwave: Adobe's freeware to view interactive animation

Flash Player: Adobe's freeware to view flash animation

Folding@HomeFolding@Home is a distributed computing project which studies protein folding, misfolding, aggregation, and related diseases. Stanford University uses novel computational methods and large scale distributed computing, to simulate timescales thousands to millions of times longer than previously achieved. This has allowed them to simulate folding for the first time, and to now direct their approach to examine folding related disease.

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