Free Software

List of Free Software

List of Free Software

Graphic Design Software (See video)

Gimp – Bitmap image editor similar to Adobe Photoshop.
(Open Source, Win / Mac / Linux, Get Download, View Tutorials)

Inkscape – Vector image editor/creator similar to Adobe Illustrator
(Open Source, Win / Mac / Linux, Get Download, View Tutorials)

Scribus – Desktop publisher similar to Adobe InDesign or QuarkxPress
(Open Source, Win / Mac / Linux, Get Download, View Tutorials)

FontForge – Font creator/editor and can change font formats
(Open-Source, Win / Mac / Linux, Get Download, View Tutorials)

Dia – Diagram creation tool. Flow charts, circuit diagrams, etc…
(Open Source, Win / Mac / Linux, Get Download, View Tutorials)

gPick – Color scheme generator and palette editor
(Open Source, Win / Linux, Get Download, View Tutorials)

Digital Photography and Image Software (See video)

digiKam – Manage and edit digital photos similar to Adobe Lightroom
(Open Source, Win / Mac / Linux, Get Download, View Tutorials)

ufRaw – Raw image reader/editor, that can integrate with GIMP
(Open Source, Win / Mac / Linux, Get Download, View Tutorials)

PhotoRec – Recover deleted files from memory cards or hard drives
(Open Source, Win / Mac / Linux, Get Download, View Tutorials) *No GUI

GreenShot – Screen capture tool with custom options
(Open Source, Windows Only, Get Download, View Tutorials)

IrfanView – Batch image re-size, rename, re-format, crop, etc…
(Free for Personal Use, Windows Only, Get Download, View Tutorials)

PixResizer – Easy to use batch image re-sizer, rename, re-format tool
(Free for Personal Use, Windows Only, Get Download, View Tutorials)

ImageMagicK – Batch image re-size, rename, re-format, crop, etc…
(Open Source, Win / Mac / Linux, Get Download, View Tutorials) *No GUI

…for photo editing, see also GIMP, under Graphic Design Software…

Web Design and Development Software (See video)

KompoZer – Web-page creator/editor similar to Adobe Dreamweaver
(Open Source, Win / Mac / Linux, Get Download, View Tutorials)

Ninja (Preview) – HTML5 Authoring Tools and Web App Creator
(Open Source, Chrome Extension, Get Download, View Tutorials)

Notepad++ – Text editor and source code editor with features
(Open Source, Window Only, Get Download, View Tutorials)

FileZilla – File Transfer Protocol, FTP, client and server
(Open Source, Win / Mac / Linux, Get Download, View Tutorials)

XAMPP – Server Package. Apache Server, MySQL Database, PHP&Perl Interpreters
(*Open Source, Win / Mac / Linux, Get Download, View Tutorials)

Eclipse IDE – Development Environment for java, javascript, C, python, PHP, and more
(Open Source, Win / Mac / Linux, Get Download, View Tutorials)

*you can find related tools on my pages for free browser extensions and free web apps.

Animation and Cartoon Software, 2D (See video)

Pencil – Simple 2D Cartoon Animation and Drawing Program
(Open Source, Win / Mac / Linux, Get Download, View Tutorials)

Tupi – Simple 2D Cartoon Animation and Drawing Program
(Open Source, Linux Only, Get Download, View Tutorials)

Scratch – Educational tool to teach kids programming skills
(Open-Source, Win / Mac / Linux, Get Download, View Tutorials)

Synfig Studio – Advanced 2D Animation and Drawing Program
(Open Source, Win / Mac / Linux, Get Download, View Tutorials)

unFREEz – Animated GIF creation utility (*Note: Gimp can also do this)
(Open Source, Windows Only, Get Download, View Tutorials)

*for creating backgrounds and characters for animations, see also Inkscape and Gimp.

Modeling, Animation, and Design Software, 3D (See video)

Blender – 3D Modeling software similar to Maya or 3ds Max
(Open Source, Win / Mac / Linux, Get Download, View Tutorials)

SweetHome3D – 2D and 3D Interior design software
(Open Source, Win / Mac / Linux, Get Download, View Tutorials)

BRLCAD – Solid Modeling Software
(Open Source, Win / Mac / Linux, Get Download, View Tutorials)

FreeCAD – General purpose 3D CAD Program
(Open Source, Win / Mac / Linux, Get Download, View Tutorials)

SketchUp – Easy to learn and use 3D modeling program
(Free and Paid Versions, Win / Mac, Get Download, View Tutorials)

*for building charts and diagrams for CAD, see also Dia.

Video Editing, and Special Effects Software (See video)

Avidemux – Video editing software
(Open Source, Win / Mac / Linux, Get Download, View Tutorials)

Lightworks – Video editing software
(Open Source, Windows Only, Get Download, View Tutorials)

kdenlive – Video editing software
(Open Source, Mac / Linux, Get Download, View Tutorials)

Cinelerra – Video editor and special effects similar to Adobe After Effects
(Open Source, Mac / Linux, Get Download, View Tutorials)

Openshot – Video editing software
(Open Source, Linux Only, Get Download, View Tutorials)

Web-cam and Screen Recording Software (See video)

CamStudio – Screen recording tool. Make screen-casts from your computer
(Open Source, Windows Only, Get Download, View Tutorials)

RecordMyDesktop – Screen recording tool for making screen-cast videos
(Open Source, Mac / Linux, Get Download, View Tutorials)

iSpy – Camera security software for web-cams, IPcams, mics, etc…
(Open Source, Windows Only, Get Download, View Tutorials)

BigBlueButton – Remote Meeting Software similar to GoToMeeting
(Open Source, Web Based, Get Download, View Tutorials)

Cheese – Webcam software for video and picture capture, plus effects
(Open Source, Linux Only, Get Download, View Tutorials)

*for streaming and capturing web-cam video, see also VLC Media Player.

Music and Audio Tools (See video)

Audacity – Audio recording and editing tool
(Open Source, Win / Mac / Linux, Get Download, View Tutorials)

LMMS – Digital audio work station similar to FL Studios
(Open Source, Win / Linux, Get Download, View Tutorials)

Ardour – Digital audio work station similar to FL Studios
(Open Source, Mac / Linux, Get Download, View Tutorials)

MIXXX – Digital DJing software for playing/mixing music
(Open Source, Win / Mac / Linux, Get Download, View Tutorials)

Spek – Audio file analyzer and spectrogram viewer
(Open Source, Win / Mac / Linux, Get Download, View Tutorials)

*for creating .wav and .midi drum beats, see also Hydrogen.

Music Composition and Notation Tools (See video)

TuxGuitar – Sheet music composition program for guitar tab, and more
(Open Source, Win / Mac / Linux, Get Download, View Tutorials)

MuseScore – Tool for editing and composing sheet music
(Open Source, Win / Mac / Linux, Get Download, View Tutorials)

LilyPond – Traditional quality sheet music engraving software
(Open Source, Win / Mac / Linux, Get Download, View Tutorials)

Denemo – Sheet music composer and editor. Front-end to LilyPond
(Open Source, Win / Linux, Get Download, View Tutorials)

Hydrogen – Pattern based drum machine. Create beats and rhythms
(Open Source, Win / Mac / Linux, Get Download, View Tutorials)

*for a player that supports MIDI playback, see also Media Player Classic.

CD, DVD, BluRay, and Encoding Tools (See video)

Handbrake – DVD and BlueRay disc ripping and video trans-coding
(Open Source, Win / Mac / Linux, Get Download, View Tutorials)

InfraRecorder – CD and DVD burning software
(Open Source, Windows Only, Get Download, View Tutorials)

WinCDEmu – CD/DVD/BD emulator. Allows you to mount disc images
(Open Source, Windows Only, Get Download, View Tutorials)

Mediacoder – Universal audio and video trans-coder
(Free for P&C Use, Win / Linux, Get Download, View Tutorials)

*for another CD/DVD/BluRay Disc ripping and capture tool, see also VLC Media Player.
*for another audio CD ripping tool, see also MediaMonkey.

Media Players and Collection Organizers (See video)

Songbird – Music player and media library organizer similar to iTunes
(Open Source, Win / Mac, Get Download, View Tutorials)

MediaMonkey – Music player and media library organizer similar to iTunes
(Free/Paid, Win / Linux, Get Download, View Tutorials)

XBMC – Home media center player and collection organizer
(Open Source, Win / Mac / Linux / OS, Get Download, View Tutorials)

VLC – Media player+ Rip dvds, play damaged files, stream web-cam…
(Open Source, Win / Mac / Linux, Get Download, View Tutorials)

Calibre – E-book library management and conversion tool
(Open Source, Win / Mac / Linux, Get Download, View Tutorials)

Foobar2000 – Lightweight audio player for windows
(Free, Windows Only, Get Download, View Tutorials)

MediaPlayerClassic – Simple video and audio media player
(Open Source, Windows Only, Get Download, View Tutorials)

Business and General Productivity Software (See video)

GNUCash – Financial accounting software similar to QuickBooks
(Open Source, Win / Mac / Linux, Get Download, View Tutorials)

OpenProj – Project management software similar to Microsoft Project
(Open Source, Win / Mac / Linux, Get Download, View Tutorials)

Freemind – Mind-mapping and idea organization/sharing tool
(Open Source, Win / Mac / Linux, Get Download, View Tutorials)

Rapidminer – Data Mining environment. Machine learning, Analysis…
(Open Source, Win / Mac / Linux, Get Download, View Tutorials)

LibreOffice – Office productivity suite similar to Microsoft Office
(Open Source, Win / Mac / Linux, Get Download, View Tutorials)

Document and PDF Editing Tools (See video)

SumatraPDF – Fast and lightweight PDF and document viewer
(Open Source, Windows Only, Get Download, View Tutorials)

Okular – Universal documents viewer. PDF, Postscript, XPS, ePub…+
(Open Source, Win / Mac / Linux, Get Download, View Tutorials)

PDFsam – Split and/or merge PDF files
(Open Source, Win / Mac / Linux, Get Download, View Tutorials)

PDFCreator – Lets you ‘print’ to a PDF file. Installs a virtual printer
(Open Source, Windows Only, Get Download, View Tutorials)

FreeOCR – Convert text from an image or scanned document into editable text
(Free for P&C Use, Windows Only, Get Download, View Tutorials)

*for PDF editing and creation, see also LibreOffice and Scribus
*to search for words within multiple PDF documents, see also DocFetcher

Data Privacy and Cryptography Software (See video)

KeePassX – Password manager and encrypted user info database
(Open Source, Win / Mac / Linux, Get Download, View Tutorials)

TrueCrypt – Disk and file encryption software
(Open Source, Win / Mac / Linux, Get Download, View Tutorials)

CrypTool – Tool to learn cryptography and crypt-analysis
(Open Source, Windows Only, Get Download, View Tutorials)

jCrypTool – Tool to learn cryptography and crypt-analysis
(Open Source, Win / Mac / Linux, Get Download, View Tutorials)

7zip – Archiving and file compression tool. Can encrypt / decrypt archives
(Open Source, Win / Linux, Get Download, View Tutorials)

Eraser – Can permanently delete sensitive data from your hard drive
(Open Source, Windows Only, Get Download, View Tutorials)

Browsing Stealth and Anonymity Tools (See video)

Chromium Incognito* – Stealth web browsing. No history or cookies
(Open Source, Win / Mac / Linux, Get Download, View Tutorials)

Tor Browser Bundle – Protects your identity / IP while web browsing
(Open Source, Win / Mac / Linux, Get Download, View Tutorials)

PeerBlock – Firewall management program / IP Blocker
(Open Source, Windows Only, Get Download, View Tutorials)

Freenet – Decentralized communication platform. Blogs, sites, chat…
(Open Source, Win / Mac / Linux, Get Download, View Tutorials)

BleachBit – Utility for freeing disk space and deleting private data
(Open Source, Win / Linux, Get Download, View Tutorials)

Network and Communications Software (See video)

Thunderbird – Email client similar to Microsoft Office and Apple Mail
(Open Source, Win / Mac / Linux, Get Download, View Tutorials)

Pidgin – Universal chat client. AIM, Google Talk, MSN, Yahoo, +more
(Open Source, Win / Mac / Linux, Get Download, View Tutorials)

OpenVPN – Virtual Private Network. Point to Point Remote Access
(Open Source, Win / Mac / Linux, Get Download, View Tutorials)

OpenRemote – Home automation control and remote software
(Open Source, Win / Mac / Linux / Mobile, Get Download, View Tutorials)

PuTTY – A client for SSH, Telnet, rlogin, and raw TCP protocols
(Open Source, Win / Linux, Get Download, View Tutorials)

Virtualization and Cross Platform Solutions (See video)

VirtualBox – Lets you run a virtual machine(s) on one computer
(Open Source, Win / Mac / Linux, Get Download, View Tutorials)

Synergy – Control multiple computers with 1 keyboard and mouse
(Open Source, Win / Mac / Linux, Get Download, View Tutorials)

cygwin – Unix-like environment and command-line interface for Windows
(Open Source, Windows Only, Get Download, View Tutorials)

HFS Explorer – Can read Mac-formatted hard disks and disk images
(Open Source, Win / Linux, Get Download, View Tutorials)

*for a virtual disc drive tool, to mount .iso files, see also WinCDemu.

File Search and Recovery Tools (See video)

DocFetcher – Search contents of multiple documents for words/phrases
(Open Source, Win / Mac / Linux, Get Download, View Tutorials)

Agent Ransak – Search for words within a document, and for files
(Free, Windows Only, Get Download, View Tutorials)

Search Everything – Quick search tool for finding files
(Free for P&C use, Windows Only, Get Download, View Tutorials)

WinDirStat – Disk usage statistics viewer and cleanup tool
(Open Source, Windows Only, Get Download, View Tutorials)

Recuva – Recover deleted files. Has a GUI
(Free/Paid, Windows Only, Get Download, View Tutorials)

Testdisk / PhotoRec – Recover deleted files. Command-Line only tool
(Open Source, Win / Mac / Linux, Get Download, View Tutorials)

UbuntuLiveCD – Can be used to recover data from damaged or locked hard drives
(Open Source, OS Independent, Get Download, View Tutorials)

HirensBootCD – Collection of free computer diagnostic, repair, and recovery tools
(Free, OS Independent, Get Download, View Tutorials)