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f 127 F R E E T O O L S _ S h a n e M a r k s 127 game developer magazine extend the software. Famitracker This is tracker specially designed for creating NES/ Famicom audio. This can be useful if you're interesting in creating a game that's trying to be a throwback to that era, or you're simply interested in seeing what you can produce with a more limited set of options. MilkyTracker Milky is a popular cross-platform tracker used to create sound effects and music tracks for games. Milky exports to .mod, which is supported by popular game engines such as Unity. OpenMPT OpenMPT is a tracker for Windows which allows you to create music and effects for your game. OpenMPT also supports a plugin system which allows it to extend the functionality of the software. Misc Finally, I've decided to throw in a few pieces of software I use on a day-to-day basis, or have found to be useful at various times. Document/Spreadsheets Google Docs This comes in pretty handy if you're trying to put together documents for your project and want to collaborate with someone else. Libre Office Libre Office is useful if you'd rather store all your documents locally, or know you're going to be without a connection and need to work on those spreadsheets! Source Control Bitbucket BitBucket provides Git and Mercurial source control, a wiki, and issue tracker. Free accounts are provided for up to five users, but after that you'll need to start paying. Github Github provides source control, a wiki, and issue track. Unfortunately, unlike BitBucket, all free accounts are publicly viewable unless you pay for a private account. However, a pretty neat feature in Github is Github pages. These allow users to create a static website for the projects they host there. A lot of users use this feature to host their own blogs. You could do the same thing for your game website and save yourself some money. Project Management There are many project management tools out there, but unfortunately most of them are bloated, or filled with junk I don't think is particularly useful. Here are some free ones I've found myself going back to. Slack This software is used for team communication. It allows users to separate out conversations into different channels or topics to help keep track of conversations and issues. It also allows users to hook in different pieces of software, to provide different kinds of notifications to teams. To those who have used IRC it's essentially an IRC web front end with a bot. Trello Trello is used for creating, organizing and tracking tasks. This comes in really handy when collaborating with other people. Freedcamp Freedcamp is designed for the managing of tasks. The core features allow you to assign tasks, and set up milestones and other significant events. It also provides the ability for a team to discuss and iterate on a task, as well as allowing them to set up timelines for tasks on a shared calendar. The free plan can be extended with paid add ons. Shane Marks is a game developer from Ireland, who has worked on titles for console, desktop and mobile. He is currently working at Necrosoft Games on a variety of projects. Contact him on twitter at @d92008.

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