Free software

We all want free stuff and the old saying "Nothing is for free", well, we beg to differ.

There is a multitude of free stuff out there on the internet and we aren't talking about Apps. These are full fledged free programs that will install even on Windows 10 and are perhaps even better than the purchased programs. Here on this page, we will do our best to show you a full range of programs that you simply can't avoid having.

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BROWSERS

Firefox


It's taken a long time for Mozilla but they have finally caught up and taken the lead over the browsers that seem more popular. Boasting a super start time that leaves IE and Edge in the distance, FF takes the forefront for speed and diversity. Not only do you get the standard program that has been the same for a millenia but they have sharpened the edges and made it more in the style of Windows 10. This isn't a bad thing because if Windows 10 is our future (God help us all) then why not change the interface.

As it is a well kept secret on how they did it, it is definately the boost that FF needed to finally kick Microsoft in the shins and say "Take that". With Google Chrome still lagging with an average startup of 14 seconds, FF takes this time and splits it in three and Opera by half. While Edge is loaded with Windows, it still lags quite a bit behind FF but the best part about all this is that FF is still fully customisable to the users satisfaction.

With Chrome unmovable on design and change, and Edge unwilling to work with the people, this is a breathe of fresh air for the minions.

Opera


Opera has been around a long time and long before Chrome came into the picture. Being as powerful as FF, Opera uses the same technology as Chrome but with added boost. With faster start times than Chrome and a very pleasant interface, it has hundreds of features that you can add and remove at a whim. If you are one of those people that love Chrome but also use Opera, then you can use all of the addons that Chrome has with a special extension to install extensions from the Chrome web store.

Unlike FF and Chrome, it has little addons that come shipped with Opera like Turbo which compresses webpages for later use. Along with a it's "Social Sidebar" Opera has been underated for a long time but it definately has the power.

Google Chrome


Chrome, as most people call it, is a must have for those that want to see the internet with the largest viewing platform while surfing the net. With a simple header and unobtrusive icons, it is much better than it's rivals where they have to go to full screen to get maximum viewing. With still a very slow startup time and the inability to modify it to ones needs, it still seems to be the most popular browser in the world.

Possibly the best feature is the hidden connections which gives you all of the Google services. This makes it easy to sync your bookmarks, passwords, open tabs and saved pages. Boasting a multi account support feature, this means anyone in the family can login under their own name. Although tests have revealed it is low in memory usage, it does tend to be a resource hog on the CPU. If you have a decent computer, you won't notice this but it is worrying at times. Either way, it is a must have a free browser.

OFFICE PROGRAMS

Libre Office


LibreOffice is an offshoot of the OpenOffice project, and is developed by huge team of enthusiastic coders who deliver regular updates and new features to ensure it keeps pace with premium office software. LibreOffice is a fully functioning Office program like that of Microsoft Office and consists of Writer (word processing), Calc (spreadsheets), Impress (presentations), Draw (vector graphics), Math (mathematical formulae) and Base (databases).

You can save and open many different formats, including Microsoft file types (including DOC, DOCX, PPT, PPTX, and many more), which is ideal if you're collaborating with users of Microsoft Office, or if you've previously used Microsoft's suite but have decided to try LibreOffice. Unlike the ribbon interface in Microsoft Office, LibreOffice uses the icon system which means nothing is hidden. The only drawback for LibreOffice is it cannot do justice in Calc as you can in Excel. It simply lacks the power for that but simple to medium tasks are done with ease. A must have for a free office suite. When downloading, make sure the "Choose your operating system" is set to your version such as 32 or 64 bit

Apache Open Office


Open Office was the first serious contender to MS Office back in the early 2000's but over the years, the interface hasn't change one bit but don't let that fool you as they are constantly updating the program to match all the modern stuff. If you remember the style of Office 2003 then this is what Open Office looks like and just like LibreOffice, Open Office uses the icon system which millions of people prefer.

All of the features you get with LibreOffice is what you get with Open Office as LibreOffice is an offtake. Still powerful and robust, but with a very tacky look. As old as Open Office is, perhaps it is time to get some botox in it and start making it a little more modern. With the most dedicated team in the world, just imagine using Open Office in 10 years time!
The download link will take you to the OpenOffice website but the download will open another window to Sourceforge. It is still safe to do so.

EMAIL CLIENTS

Thunderbird


The only thing that comes to mind with TT, is power and fully featured. As old as time itself, it is no longer being supported by Mozilla but security updates are released on a regular basis meaning you are protected. As bulky as it may seem, it uses little computer resources and comes complete with a calendar. With the ability to changes it's user-interface, addons a not a problem.

If you feel Windows 10 "Mail" is not up to scratch or missing too many features, try TT as it is definately a leader. Even after all these years.

eM Client


For an email program, emClient has the power to punch. Very easy to use, light on resources and always up to date, it has that slight look of Outlook 2010 which will help people when leaving Microsoft Outlook. Rather looking like MS Outlook in total, it has a light toolbar at the top showing the most basic of commands like "New" but with a few differences, it has a dedicated "Refresh" button making for checking of emails easier.

The difference in styles from other email platforms is the center toolbar. Fresh and clean, there isn't anything blocking your view or making things cluttered. For a lean mean email machine, emClient is for you.

PHOTO EDITING

Gimp


If you are a novice and just like to edit in general, don't even look at Gimp. Although free, the power behind Gimp is overwhelming and if mastered, can have the power to go beyond the call of duty to supersede the likes of Photoshop CS6. Although Gimp has redesigned the program, it is still extremely difficult to learn and the commands are all over the place.

The one thing going for Gimp, is the power behind the program where anything is possible. If you are keen to strain a brain, then Gimp is for you, otherwise, leave this powerhouse to the experts.
Downloading is easy so make sure you select the "Download Gimp (version) directly.

Photoscape


Being almost a household name, Photoscape is the best free photo editing program out there. Easy to use and with a friendly interface, the entire program should be in a photo.

Covering enhancements like cutting, colour adjustment, resizing, GIF animation and printing, it goes beyond that to provide batch editing, filters and effects. Being extremely simple for beginners and tough enough for the professionals, the robust programming ensures it stay one step behind the likes of Photoshop

Not as powerful , of cause, but it does have everything that a person could need in editing home photos or even website editing which makes it a perfect tool for any computer. Free and with zero adds, it is a must to download.

Paint.net


If you like Microsoft Paint, you will love Paint.net. With it's first major overhaul in years, this program has evolved into a clean and beautiful interface that is not crowded with multitudes of buttons and areas that most people don't understand. Opening Paint.net is fantastic as it is extremely fast which walks all over it's rivals like Paintshop or Photoshop which makes it a bargan to download.

With support for layers, filters and formats, drag and drop is a wonderful feature which even allows importing of photos larger than the program window making it more workable. Considering this is free software, this program is of a very high standard with profressional features that has it ranked as the best image editor by the professionals but very easy to use for the novice.

MUSIC EDITING

Audacity


The father of them all, Audacity is the best free audio editing software in the world with zero ads and zero popups. You can multi track, there are a range of effects and plugins and it’s easy to use once you get used to it. It’s by far the most popular free audio editing software. Volume automation is easy by using the envelope. Deleting and muting sections of audio is also a breeze. Recording is easy too.

With the interface still very old, for a free program and of cause once you have mastered the program, you hardly notice the style. It looks a bit ancient, but it gets the job done. This is an awesome program that walks over the paid programs by leaps and bounds.

Ocenaudio


This simple audio editor has a clean and colourful user interface. It’s so easy to use! It’s fast and it’s lightweight compared to Audacity. It’s bundled with loads of effects (including compression, EQ and reverb) that you can apply and tweak in real-time. Unlike many other audio editors, with this gem, you can edit in real time.

The editor has VST support so you can use your own plugins, as long as they are VST files. It’s easy to record audio straight in to the software as well. There are lots of useful tools (such as a spectogram) for the more advanced user. One downside of this software is that it only supports single line stereo/mono inserts. You can’t have a multi-track
session and record several instruments in your home studio and mix them.

For editing stereo music files at home for songs or home movies, it's relatively simple features might have Audacity upgrading their interface.

MUSIC & VIDEO PLAYER

VLC


Remember when Windows Media Player was the hoot of them all? Remember how it never came with all the codecs!

In steps VLC but not as a backup player but rather as a full fledged music and video player that comes with all the codecs you will ever need. Almost guaranteed to play anything you can find, the ability to stream live radio through the internet, it will even play a long-forgotten media file lost since 1995, and it will play your DVDs.

It even records!

VLC comes with a wide range of options from configuring external displays, tweaking the audio, and video looping. After more than a decade of work, VLC Media Player really does seem to handle more media types than any other single piece of software. It might not be the most pleasant looking program but it will not fail you and it is completely free.

WEBSITE EDITING

Microsoft Expression


If you are into web editing and designing, Dreamweaver would have to be the best in the world but if you are just starting out, MS Expression4 might be your calling card into the world of HTML5 and CSS3.

From the time you open it, the resemblance to MS Word is remarkable and straight away, you can start designing to your hearts content. Easy to use for basic HTML editing, code understanding will be required if you want to work with PHP or Bootstrap. Although it came to it's end of life in 2012, it still had Microsoft support until 2015 and has extended support until 2020 for those that refuse to give up old habits. But for a free program, MS Expression is perhaps the best HTML editor still out there.

It does have bad habits of putting the CSS structure in the header but you can actually tell it to use the CSS file you created. With the advancements of HTML5 and CSS3, you can still edit successfully but it's days are numbered. But not yet.......not yet.

PC PROTECTION

Avast Free Antivirus


For a free antivirus program, Avast ranked number one in 2017. With a full suite of features including antivirus with features include antivirus with antispyware, Avast Passwords, Secure HTTPS scanning, streaming updates, hardened mode, DeepScreen, Home Network Security scanner, Do Not Track, SiteCorrect, antiphishing, anti-malware, Smart Scan, Rescue Disk, and Ransomware Protection it has dominated the market for nearly two years.

It does requires a 1-year registration and it includes advertisements for other Avast products but for a free product, the adverts are small and it does give you the option to not see them. All you have to do is wait for the popup. (Unless they have changed it)

AVG Antivirus


Rated as the second best free antivirus, it has now been purchased by Avast but there are no signs of merging in the near future as of yet. Still just as powerful, it has the same technologies as of Avast but due to the following AVG had, it was considered wise to keep them seperated. It does have less features than that of Avast but it is compelling to say that before they merged, it was a battle to the death between the two.

If you have used AVG in the past and recommend it to others, stick with it. Sooner or later they will merge into being one which will make AGAVAST (Pun there) the most powerful antivirus on the market and hopefully it will still be free.

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