Software Information

Penn State Software Downloads

Penn State Downloads is a list of internet software available for Penn State faculty, staff, and students

Free Software alternatives

The following list contains free, open source resources that can be used instead of the more traditional fee-based software.


  • Paint.NET is an image editor with "tools to crop, rotate, and resize images, adjust colors, and create collages."
  • The GIMP is an "image editing tool...paint and drawing tool, a photo retoucher, and a batch processing and conversion tool all in one."


Inkscape is a vector graphics editor and drawing tool.


PrimoPDF is a "free tool that converts all kinds of files into PDFs that you can open, edit, and manage."


Scribus is a free desktop publisher.


Edu-Tools is a useful site for comparing course management systems.