Despite the fact that in recent years it seems that almost all interesting applications have switched to the software-as-a-service model, and that for whatever utility they want to charge you a monthly subscription, there is still one huge amount of free tools for your computer.
Although many are extremely well known, in this list we are not going to talk about VLC or LibreOffice, which have millions of users around the world, but about others. applications as good or better than payment alternatives, depending on the case, that they are excellent at what they do, so much so that it is hard to believe that they are completely free and free to use.
9 PROGRAMS so GOOD it’s hard to believe they’re completely FREE
Handbrake is a tool for convert video into almost any format known to man, it supports a wide variety of codecs, it is cross-platform (Windows, Linux and macOS), it is free and open source.
One of the best Alternative Image Viewers for Windows, exceptional if you think that the default utility of the system leaves much to be desired. IrfanView not only serves to look at your images, but to convert, optimize, scan and print, create slide shows, bulk process, and much more through its plugins. It is compatible with Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8 and 10
If anyone has noticed that the Windows Explorer search engine does not really search the entire system (although Microsoft is finally planning to fix it), one of the best alternatives to solve this problem is to use Everything.
It is a desktop search engine for Windows that locates files and folders extremely fast and that also searches the entire system. The tool works with all versions of Windows, from XP to Windows 10 and it is also free software.
A completely free scientific calculator, with graphing functions, equations, transformations and more. You can use it freely from the web in a modern browser from any operating system, or you can get hold of mobile apps for iOS or Android.
DaVinci Resolve 15
Considered one of the best professional video editors, its latest version DaVinci Resolve 15 is extremely powerful and you can use it from Windows, Linux or macOS with all the features to edit in the free version.
Krita is an excellent digital painting program specially designed for artists who work with illustration, comics, concept art, painting, and more. It is completely free and cross-platform, available for Windows, Linux, and macOS.
This is the software they use in Studio Ghibli to make most of their movies. It is a program for the production of 2D animations completely free and open source. OpenToonz is available for Windows and macOS.
MuseScore is a professional software for music notation completely free and without restrictions. With it you can create, play and print scores from Windows, Linux, macOS or ChromeOS, as well as having mobile versions of the app for iOS and Android.
Source Filmmaker is the movie creation tool they use at Valve to create the scenes of his famous games within the Source video game engine. Source Filmmaker or SFM is available completely free of charge through Steam.
This is a famous tool and much loved by many professional streamers. OBS is free and open source software created for the video recording and live streaming. It is compatible with Windows, Linux and macOS.
An old but good one. Blender is perhaps the best open source software for creating 3D graphics, modeling, VFX, animation, drawing, and more. It is available for Windows, Linux, and macOS.
This interesting tool offers us a “universe simulator“Through which we can explore from our computer, a virtual universe traveling through stars, galaxies, planets and asteroids. It is completely free and the project lives on donations. Space Engine is available for Windows from XP to Windows 10.
For many, DarkTable is the closest thing to Lightroom that you can get for free and in an open source project. It is an application for photography workflow that offers RAW development, editing and retouching of images. DarkTable is available for Windows, macOS, and packaged for multiple Linux distributions.
A legendary among the best known and most used open source applications. East multiplatform audio editor and recorder is one of the best free alternatives for editing, recording, effect creation, audio conversion work, etc. Audacity can be used on Windows, Linux and macOS.
The latter is almost a small gift for the geeks. BrickLink is amazing software for construction and photorealistic rendering of Legos. Its interface is quite simple and easy to use, it integrates an instruction generator and you can use it on Windows or macOS without paying a penny.