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Bonus: Web-based tools

Zoho Writer

For a free cloud-based word processor that's feature-rich but easy to use and minimal but powerful, try Zoho Writer.

Zoho's Writer word processor is a cloud-based HTML program that's a cinch to use.

It supports all the major document formats (file sizes up to 10MB) like doc, docx, docm, dot, dotm, dotx, odt, rtf, html, htm, txt, and tex. Aside from these formats, it can also export your work into PDF files.

Microsoft Word veterans should feel right at home with Zoho Writer and can even replace it for your basic word processing needs. Zoho even has a Microsoft Word plugin for tighter interoperability. It even offers real-time collaboration, perfect for those team projects.

Click here to learn more about Zoho Writer.

Pixlr Editor

Another great free photo editing suite that's great for every student's graphic needs is Pixlr.

Pixlr's web apps are free, and the browser based photo editing suite comes with everything you'll need for creating your next masterpiece.

Pixlr Editor is an advanced photo editor with layering support and a complete set of tools similar to other software like GIMP. For experienced photo editors, Pixlr Editor is a great web-based alternative.

Like other advanced photo editors, it has support for multiple layers, shapes, various selection options, level adjustment options and an assortment of effects/filters, all impressive capabilities for a web-based tool.

Learn more about Pixlr's full range of image editors here.

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