Open Source Articles: Jeff Macharyas

Jeff Macharyas
6 min readJul 21, 2020


Four years ago (August 1, 2016), I submitted an article on open source graphic design tools to (supported by Red Hat).

Since then, I have submitted 37 articles, that earned 8,148 “Likes!” Thank you. My articles cover a wide range of open source topics and their impact on work, technology, life and more.

I explored subjects and interviewed open source innovators from Toronto, Ontario to New Haven, Connecticut; from Clinton, New York to Tagish, Yukon.

From graphic design and marketing to desktop apps to left-handed rights; from Star Trek and Jenny Everywhere to death to pets and even underwater farming — open source is everywhere, whether you know it or not. bio: Jeff Macharyas is the Director of Communications and Marketing at Rappahannock Community College in the Northern Neck region of Virginia. He is a writer, graphic designer and communications director who has worked in publishing, higher education and project management for many years. He has been the art director for Quick Printing, The American Spectator, the USO’s OnPatrol, Today’s Campus, and other publications as well as a telephone pole design engineer contractor. Jeff is certified in Google Analytics and Adobe certified in Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign and holds a Technician Class Amateur Radio license: K2JPM. He is also a certified fencing instructor.

Jeff earned his AS from Indian River Community College (Ft. Pierce, Florida), his BS in Communications from Florida State University, a miniMBA in Social Media Marketing from Rutgers University and a Master’s in Cybersecurity and Computer Forensics from Utica College. Jeff’s capstone was “The Forensic and Malicious Uses of Adobe Software.” It was at Utica College that Jeff developed an interest in open source technology.

An open source browser extension to zoom in on images
Taking a closer look at web images isn’t always straightforward, but Hover Zoom+ makes it as easy as a slide of your mouse.
27 Jun 2020

Open source tools for translating British to American English
Convert British English to American English (and vice versa) with these command-line translators.
26 Jun 2020

Use your artistic skills to help open source
Open Source Design connects projects that need design help with the designers who can help them.
19 Jun 2020

The latest headless CMS, a new Firefox release, huge leaps in open source audio engineering, and more open source news
Catch up on the biggest open source headlines from the past two weeks.
08 Jun 2020

Drop PNG and JPG for your online images: Use WebP
Get started with this open source image editing tool to save time and space.
29 Apr 2020

Is the future of farming under water?
Restorative ocean farming shows promise on many fronts. Learn how open source underwater vertical 3D farming is propelling this trend into the future.
22 Nov 2019

Open source radio system delivers emergency alerts and music to the Yukon and beyond
Learn how these stations run as a centrally managed network using Open Broadcaster.
17 Nov 2019

Election fraud: Is there an open source solution?
The Trust The Vote project is developing open source technology to help keep elections honest.
18 Sep 2019

OpenAssessIt Toolkit helps improve website accessibility
Open source application reports website accessibility problems in human-readable format so it is easier to find and fix them.
27 Jun 2019

Use ImageGlass to quickly view JPG images as a slideshow
Want to view images from a folder one-by-one in a slideshow on Windows 10? Open source to the rescue.
17 Jun 2019

May the fourth be with you: How Star Wars (and Star Trek) inspired real life tech
The technologies may have been fictional, but these two acclaimed sci-fi series have inspired open source tech.
04 May 2019

Sweet Home 3D: An open source tool to help you decide on your dream home
Interior design application makes it easy to render your favorite house — real or imaginary.
15 Mar 2019

What I learned at WordCamp about the new WordPress Gutenberg editor
WordPress’s new content editor takes a radically different approach to designing web pages.
14 Jan 2019

Meet Franz, an open source messaging aggregator
Franz makes it easy to organize all your messages in one easily accessible place.
07 Nov 2018

Create animated, scalable vector graphic images with MacSVG
Open source SVG: The writing is on the wall
29 Oct 2018

TimelineJS: An interactive, JavaScript timeline building tool
Learn how to tell a story with TimelineJS.
18 Oct 2018

Who is Jenny Everywhere? Modify and share this character
Just don’t forget the goggles and scarf.
05 Oct 2018

How to edit Adobe InDesign files with Scribus and Gedit
Check out these workarounds for editing InDesign files with open source tools.
02 Jul 2018

Take your computer on the go with Portable Apps
Portable Apps is like having your own computer — when you don’t have your own computer.
22 Jun 2018

University students create award-winning open source projects
The Clarkson Open Source Institute allows students to gain experience in managing both facilities and projects while undergraduates.
23 Apr 2018

3 open source apps for Windows
Find ease with these apps for screen capture, file preview, and clipboard management.
13 Apr 2018

Creating flags with CSS and other open source tools
These open source solutions help you get your vexillology on.
04 Apr 2018

How 11 open source projects got their names
Python, Raspberry Pi, and Red Hat to name a few.
20 Mar 2018

An open source Instagram desktop photo uploader
Need to post images to Instagram from your desktop? Try Ramme.
12 Feb 2018

Teaching open source graphic design is a learning experience
First-time instructor learns overcoming obstacles is the hardest part of teaching high schoolers.
02 Jan 2018

A left-handed software user’s plea
Can open source developers open up new opportunities for the left-handed population?
25 Jul 2017

Tinkering with OpenShot for video editing
OpenShot is a great open source video editor for your simple project.
30 May 2017

2 open source Adobe InDesign scripts
Learn about Page Exporter Utility and CalendarWizard. Plus, get a bonus script!
31 Mar 2017

Open source in death and beyond
What does open source have to do with death? It’s quite a lively subject, it seems. I know you are just dying to know, so let’s dig in.
14 Mar 2017

Unleashed: Open source tech for pets and animals
I was discussing open source technology with my cat this morning and he brought up a good point: “Why don’t you do an article on open source tech for animals?”
14 Feb 2017

Lessons from a brief career in open source
I don’t think many people answer the question “What do you want to be when you grow up?” with “I want to work in open source.”
10 Feb 2017

A look at 6 iconic open source brands
Is branding important to the open source community? There is a strong argument from me, and many others, that it very much is.
02 Feb 2017

Best of Art and design
As technology evolves, so do artists. Learn about top open source programs and tools.
28 Dec 2016

Tools for writing the next best seller
Don’t you wish you could write a novel? I always did. It’s such a daunting and convoluted undertaking. How can anyone even organize and keep track of all the plots and characters?
30 Sep 2016

Star Trek: inspiring people and their tech since 1964
Fascinating. This article on open source Star Trek is quite logical.
20 Sep 2016

Expensive tools aren’t the only option for graphic design (and never were)
Open source alternatives to many graphic design programs are explored. Don’t assume you have to use expensive, commercial products all the time.
01 Aug 2016

Open Source Marijuana*
How open source technology is used in the budding cannabis industry.
11 Jan 2020
*Published on Medium only



Jeff Macharyas

Director of Communications at the Everson Museum of Art in Syracuse, NY