Anise is described as 'one software project administration tool for all environments' and is an app in the Development category. There are six alternatives to Anise for Mac, Windows, Linux, BSD and Haiku. The best alternative is SCons, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like Anise are Maven (Free, Open Source), Ant (Free, Open Source), Cake (Free, Open Source) and qmake (Free, Open Source).
SCons is an Open Source software construction tool—that is, a next-generation build tool. Think of SCons as an improved, cross-platform substitute for the classic Make utility with integrated functionality similar to autoconf/automake and compiler caches such as ccache.
Apache Maven is a Java-based tool for build automation and project management (in software development). It is centered around a Project Object Model (POM) described in a XML file that describes the project structure and its dependencies to other components and libraries.
qmake is a tool from The Qt Company that helps simplify the build process for development project across different platforms. qmake automates the generation of Makefiles so that only a few lines of information are needed to create each Makefile.
EBuild is a software project build, dependency management and reporting technology. The aim is to be able to tackle any build problem in a structured, declarative and elegant way. It is extensible via a plugin interface.