GNUstep is a cross-platform, object oriented environment composed of frameworks, tools, and servers (daemons). It is very similar to the Cocoa frameworks from Apple, and tries to maintain compatibility with Cocoa wherever it is desired and possible. The frameworks provide classes for containers, distributed objects, object archiving, file management, text system, font management, image composition, WYSIWYG PostScript graphics, and more.
JIGS (Java Interface for GnuStep) allows Java programmers to use the GNUstep libraries from Java, but it is more than a set of bindings for GNUstep from Java: it takes advantage of the fact that Objective-C and Java are very similar languages to make it possible to use Objective-C classes from Java using exactly the same API (and vice versa). Moreover, JIGS can generate automatically wrappers for your own Objective-C GNUstep libraries.
ProjectCenter is GNUstep's integrated development environment (IDE). It assists you in starting new projects and lets you manage your project files using a intuitive and well ordered graphical user interface. ProjectCenter automatically creates the project makefiles and aids you in the process of editing, project compilation, package building, and debugging.
The Interface Window Manager uses Objective C and the GNUstep libraries to provide strictly minimal functionality, with all additional features in bundles called IWMComponents. It uses the GNUstep defaults database for user settings such as mouse button configuration, key bindings, and initial color settings, and is optimized for use in a strictly GNUstep environment.
Addresses is a GNUstep address book that consists of a full-featured address book manager application, a source-code compatible replacement for Apple's AddressBook.framework (for accessing and manipulating address data programmatically), a framework of view/editor classes that make it easy to use Addresses from your own programs, and a number of tools. It is easy to use by both users and programmers and can store almost all imaginable data, including multiple phone numbers, emails, and addresses, photos, AIM/Jabber/ICQ/Yahoo IM details, and notes. It supports drag-and-drop and integrates well with GNUMail.