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Open CASCADE is an open source software development kit (SDK) that can be used to develop 3D CAD-data related applications. Its updated version includes CMake metafiles, which is represented as a universal build tool for all the supported platforms. In addition, pre-generated projects are provided for Visual Studio, Xcode and Code::Blocks integrated development environments (IDEs).

The rich C++ class libraries of Open CASCADE create a platform for 3D and solid modelling, visualisation and data exchange. Some common technologies developed with this software include pre- and post-processors for finite-element analysis applications, numerical simulation programs and CNC/CMM path generation.

Arduino IDE

Arduino 1.8.5 open source development environment helps users to program their Arduino board or embedded systems. Its new version uses simple C/C++ programming and can be run on Windows, Mac and Linux.

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It is easy to use and a perfect fit for small-scale electronics projects.


Eclipse open-source IDE is used extensively for JAVA application development. The new Eclipse Oxygen environment can also be used to develop applications in a host of other languages, including C, C#, C++, Python, Perl, R, COBOL, PHP, JavaScript, ABAP and Scala.

The workspace interface with a rich plug-in support makes Eclipse an extremely scalable ecosystem for program developers. It also has an easily extendable generic text editor. It has adopted Ant version 1.10.1 and will be launched on JAVA 9.


Netbeans IDE 8.2 packs code analysers and editors. Its new version works effectively with all Java technologies like JAVA SE 8, JAVA SE Embedded 8 and JAVA ME Embedded 8.
Other than JAVA, Netbeans also supports new tools like HTML5 with Node.js, AngularJS and KnockoutJS JavaScript families, PHP, C, C++ and JAVA EE with PrimeFaces.


Code::Blocks is a cross-platform open source IDE that provides a smooth programming platform in C, C++ and Fortran. The environment itself has been developed in C++ using wxWidgets GUI kit.

It packs features like multiple compilers (GCC, Microsoft Visual C++. LLVM Clang and Watcom, LCC), code editor space, debugger, GUI designer, build system and migration engine. Its latest version 16.01 features improved compiler detection, Propgrid-based compiler flags dialogue, and support for new compilers and multi-line error messages.

Apache OpenOffice 4.1.4

Apache OpenOffice is a popular office productivity software. The open source office suite comes packed with tools like document writer, spreadsheet, presentation, drawing tool, a formula editor and a database management system.

The latest version of the software is OpenOffice 4.1.4, which comes with a number of bug fixes, security improvements and UI upgrades. The new version has a higher number of language translation support and language dictionary. The bug fixes include Java Runtime error improvements and performance improvements. Enhancements to developer build tools have also been incorporated. The suite is cross-platform compatible including Windows, Mac and Linux.

Firefox 56.0.1

Firefox, the well-known web brow-ser developed by the Mozilla brand is open source and cross-platform compatible including Windows, Mac and Linux. Firefox comes with all the necessary tools for web browsing, including tabbed browsing option, bookmarking, search and find, spell check and geolocation in search. Developers can also leverage from built-in tools in the Firefox environments like Error Console or DOM Inspector. Add-on plugins and extensions are also supported.

The latest Firefox update comes with bug fixes and new features like Screenshot, which helps to take and share screen snaps without moving away from the browser, address form autofill and added search bar in settings for easy finding of tools. Users with 32-bit Firefox on a 64-bit system have been migrated to 64-bit browser configuration for better stability and security. The safe browsing protocol has been updated to version 4.



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