At Genbeta we always try to recommend the best services and apps availableWhether it’s for Windows, Linux, Mac, the web, or even mobile. But if we know something that we all like, it is when we get good tools that are also free, and they are not lacking.
This time we have made use of the experience and collective intelligence of the editors of Genbeta and other colleagues from the rest of the media at Webedia to tell us about their favorite shows, and here we have finished with a long and complete list with 30 free applications that we use the editors both in Windows and macOS.
9 PROGRAMS so GOOD it’s hard to believe they’re completely FREE
Typora, Mini Diary
Recommended by: Santi Araujo – Editor at Genbeta
Typora is one of the first applications that I install on each new computer (or each time I format), since it is one of the best options if looking for a Markdown text editor. In addition to having an impeccable design and operation, it is completely free.
It is ideal for those users looking for a minimalist solution, and is available for Windows, macOS, and Linux. I think there are many of us Genbeta editors who love this tool, as it often appears in essential application guides.
Mini Diary is an application free, open source, and available for Linux, macOS, and Windows that will allow us to remember the important things that happen to us every day.
an app free, open source, and available for Linux, macOS, and Windows: you are the one who controls your data (it is encrypted with a password and everything is stored locally on your computer).
Also, you can export and import your entire journal to take it wherever you want. A good idea could be to save the database in the cloud (Dropbox, OneDrive, etc.), and thus have it always accessible and safe.
Recommended by: Antonio Saban – Editor at Genbeta
One of my free applications for Windows (and for Mac) is Tweeten. Is about a Twitter client that most people will be very familiar with, because it is based on Tweetdeck. Since Twitter took over this application, it has never been one of its priorities, as the web or mobile applications are.
Tweeten includes many of the features that I personally would like to see in Tweetdeck, such as the one that offers the possibility to download videos, the integrated search for GIFs in Giphy (and download them) or the Emoji selector. All this, with regular updates and without losing anything with respect to the Tweetdeck that many people use on a day-to-day basis. Also, if you prefer, you can also use Tweeten as a Chrome extension.
Something that is not usually talked about much in macOS is the app uninstallations. While in Windows they usually come with an integrated uninstaller, or we can use Add or remove programs, what is usually done in the Apple system is to delete the applications by dragging them to the trash. It is a practice that is wrong because we leave a lot of information from the applications uncleaned throughout the system.
In order to eliminate the executable file and all that ‘garbage’ I use AppCleaner, an application on which I drag any application to uninstall it in a single click, saying goodbye to configuration files, bug reports, etc.
Recommended by: Toni Castillo – Editor at Genbeta
Although I was always reluctant to save passwords in a tool, no matter how safe and useful it was, there came a time when I needed a yes or yes. And the chosen one was KeePass. This is a free password manager and quite powerful open source.
I use it on Windows and Android, on the latter system thanks to an unofficial application that treats the database in an excellent way. If you have ever used administrators with a fairly neat interface such as 1Password or LastPass, perhaps this tool is not for you. If you are looking for effectiveness and you don’t care about a minimalist and very careful interface, try KeePass.
Recommended by: Ricardo Aguilar – Editor at Genbeta
The tool Windows screenshots I find it useful, but quite slow and less versatile. In my work I need maximum precision, as well as having the routes and formats in which I export the captures at hand, and with Greenshot I have everything more controlled and at hand. Also, if you have a mouse with assignable buttons, you can pretty much turn it into a “system” tool.
Recommended by: José García Nieto – Editor in Engadget Mobile and Engadget Android
Brave is, in my opinion, one of the more interesting browsers for those looking for an alternative similar to Google Chome that … not Google Chrome. I use it on the desktop and on the iPhone (it has cross-platform syncing, although it is in beta) and I do it for various reasons.
One, because it is much faster than Chrome loading pages and consumes less resources. Two, it allows you to block cookies, scripts, and background playback of content. Three, because it has a built-in ad blocker by default that can be freely configured to work according to which websites, and four, because it is compatible with Chrome extensions, and here a server cannot live without LastPass.
I have tried repeatedly to abandon Chrome trying Edge, Firefox and Opera, but it was not until I met Brave that I managed to put it aside in my day to day life.
Lightshot, Firefox, Putty, WinSCP
Recommended by: Javier Pastor – Editor at Xataka
Lightshot: I have tried various screen capture tools and I find LightShot especially remarkable for its simplicity of use and its minimalism. It does not complicate anything, and although that can make it a bit short (no editing images after capturing them, for example) in my opinion it’s perfect if you just want to take screenshots.
Firefox: totally overshadowed by Chrome, the Open Source browser par excellence -Chrome is based on Chromium, but it is not free software per se- it has gained integers after last year’s great review of Firefox Quantum, and its privacy protection, although not perfect, is enough argument for me to choose it in favor Chrome, for example.
Putty: Although there are other ways to access remote servers, Putty is a classic and practical SSH session manager. No frills, with a somewhat cumbersome setup if you don’t know what you’re doing, but very straightforward if you know where you’re moving. Perfect to have direct and fast access to SSH connections to remote machines and to manage in my case the VPS in which I have my personal blog.
WinSCP: performs the same function as Putty, but in this case to connect via SFTP and transfer file to and from my server if I need it. I use it a lot less, but if you have the sessions saved in Putty and you install WinSCP the wizard detects it and automatically creates those shortcuts also in WinSCP so you don’t have to reconfigure those remote servers. Fantastic.
Plex, Spotify, Pushbullet
Recommended by: César Muela – Editorial Coordinator of WebediaES
Plex: for me the indispensable multimedia center at home and that I use mainly to watch movies, series or documentaries that I have on my PC on my television. It can also be used to organize and play your local music and you have the option of installing specific content channels such as National Geographic, CNN or Canal Historia. To this day, it still amazes me that such a useful tool can be used for free.
Spotify: most of the times when I am in front of the PC I have music on, and here the application that I use for convenience and efficiency is Spotify. In my case, I pay for the Premium mode, but in its free mode I think it is more than enough for the large number of “casual listeners” who are only looking for background music.
Pushbullet: I always have my mobile silent and that is why I need a service that notifies me, for example, when they call me. Pushbullet fulfills this function and also helps me to better manage notifications mail, WhatsApp or Telegram and the typical SMS that arrive when you are buying something online. When I need to focus hard, I just silence Pushbullet for as long as it is.
The new Windows Snipping
Recommended by: Laura Ruiz-Ocaña – Webedia Product Leader
Cropping and sketch: because the native solution (old) for screenshots is a potato, especially when you have several monitors, and in jobs where you have to be saying “look here this looks bad” doing a quick cropping is essential.
GIMP, Libre Office, DaVinci Resolve
Recommended by: Josep Camós – Director of Motorpasión
GIMP: Imagen editor ugly but practical. For four quick fixes it works, and I don’t need a Photoshop.
LibreOffice: (Calc actually) at the level I use as far as spreadsheets, including macros, shot to spare. In fact, Calc macros can be cleaner than Excel macros. Point against: Excel for advanced uses is friendlier.
DaVinci Resolve – simply the most comprehensive non-linear video editor I’ve seen, and I’ve seen quite a few. Its disadvantage is that it has a somewhat steep learning curve, but hey … In worse places we have bullfighting.
These give me what I need for the level that I use them and I have been working with them for years, in this pc I did not want to put anything pirated, and I happened to pay X a month for having applications to work with. I work to get paid, not to throw money away.
Notepad ++, Paint.Net, AstroGrep, Caliber, ShareX, VLC and Winamp
Recommended by: Marcos Merino – Editor at Engadget
Notepad ++: a Hypervitamin Notepad, multi-tab and that automatically saves the changes.
Paint.Net: a program for whom Paint is too small and Photoshop is too big.
AstroGrep: a very complete alternative to Windows file searches -which, at least in my case, tend to do strange things-.
Caliber: ebook collection manager, a bit ugly, but the best I know, free or not.
ShareX: custom screen capture in image or video, with online sharing features.
VLC and WinAmp: I find it offensive to justify it xD
Monosnap, Flume, Reeder, Silicon, Gifcam
Recommended by: Gabriela González – Editor at Genbeta
Finally, I have left my personal recommendations in some very little known apps since I also agree with my colleagues in several of theirs and we did not want to repeat anything.
The first is Monosnap, a simple tool for take captures and also record screen on both Windows and macOS. Although the system’s own options have improved a lot, especially in the last updates, I still find that this is much better and its editor to add things to the captures is very complete and easy to use.
Flume is a great Instagram client …