We all need various software in order to do our work efficiently. So when it comes to software how much money does your business have set aside for buying it? If your like me I don't have a software budget set aside. Therefore the last thing I want to do is increase my overhead by also having to keep buying software licenses for every new machine I add to the network. Its bad enough I have to replace computers every few years its even worse when on top of that new computers cost there is nearly equal cost on software. But not to worry there are many free and often better programs available if you know where to look. For your convenience the only place you have to look is below as I have compiled a bunch of them sorted by type below. Simply click on the item to expand the details where you can find a description, website for more information, and the download link.

This page is currently in beta which means it is not completed and will be edited constantly. The final page may look nothing like it currently does. In order to know which items are done and linked look for this icon . The ones with my guides completed that include comparison charts will have this icon . Any item with no icons will not have any links and likely unfinished text. If an item is paid only and I was unable to find a free alternative it will have this icon .



Security Related Software:

Anti-Virus   

First and foremost every machine connected to the internet must have an anti-virus. There are many programs available including some free ones. The only part that makes it harder is free for business use. I have searched quite a few anti-virus programs to find the one that works great and is free for commercial use. The one I recommend is not only because its free but it also includes a firewall if desired so you can get two crucial security programs in one at no cost! It is called Comodo Free Internet Security Software.

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Firewall   

Depending on your business usage and security requirements you may be fine with the basic firewall built into windows. If you are looking for protection for your whole network through one device it would require setting up custom software on your router. I may add a project on this in the future if there is enough demand for it, contact me and let me know. I have searched quite a few firewall programs to find the one that works great and is free for commercial use. The one I recommend is not only because its free but it also includes a an anti-virus if desired so you can get two crucial security programs in one at no cost! It is called Comodo Free Internet Security Software.

Learn more about it and download here:

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Password Manager   

With every website requiring its own accounts it can quickly become a pain to keep track of passwords. We all know we should use different passwords on every site but after 10+ it starts to become a pain to remember. Most of us end up making one password and using it everywhere. However with all the news of companies getting hacked and the usernames and passwords being stolen, using different passwords is more important then ever before. So how about making just one very secure password and letting the program create passwords for each site for you? This is the solution I use so my 300+ passwords are all separate and secure and I only need to know 1. I highly recommend KeePass which is free and open source. There are two versions one is called Professional Edition (2.x) and Classic Edition (1.x). The major differences is classic edition does not require the .NET Framework and since it does not it also lacks quite a few features, see here. Despite the name both are free so the one I highly recommend is KeePass Professional Edition 2.x. It has many more features and is the version you will need in order to use things like KeeWeb which can run on any device with a web browser. Being open source it has many unofficial contributions and ports making it able to run on just about any device.

Learn more about it here:
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Office Related Software:

Office Suite     

One program we all require at some point or another is a word editor and spreadsheet. At other points we sometimes need a presentation maker, a diagram maker, and a database managing program. Most of us end up using programs like Microsoft Office™ however there is a fantastic full office suite for free called Libre Office.

Software Comparison Guide:

Office Suite Comparison Guide

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Email Manager   

Though most email services, including those self hosted, tend to have a web mail that lets you login via the browser it can be more efficient to have a local copy of all the emails so you only have to download the new ones. Not only that but with powerful filter tools you can save yourself tons of time if you setup filters. Many emails are low priority such as newsletters or promos but can quickly overtake your important emails such as invoices and client communication. When you use the filters properly it can move all of those to a sub folder to check when you have extra time or are going to make a purchase. That way you only see them when you need to. One highly useful trick to sort all newsletters and such with one filter is create a filter that searches of the email body contains Unsubscribe. Any emails that are not spam or scams have to include an unsubscribe option to not be classified as spam. So by filtering all with it you can quickly cut hundreds of less important emails down to the handful of important emails. Many business are used to using Microsoft Outlook™ but that requires you purchase their full office suite to use. The best free and open source email manager I have found is Mozilla Thunderbird.

Learn more about it here:
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General Use Software:

Web Browser   

Likely to be the most frequently used program you ever install simply due to its versatility. Not only can you browse websites like your suppliers or clients. You can run full web based programs in it with services such as Google Docs. Nearly everything the internet has to offer most times can be connected to via your web browser. When it comes to web browsers I typically use two, my personal favorite Firefox and my second favorite Google Chrome. Both have their strengths and weaknesses and really there is no harm in having both installed. Then if a website doesn't work on one for whatever reason you can boot up the other.

Firefox:
Learn more about it here:
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Mozilla Firefox [Direct Link]

Download it from here:
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Chrome:
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Archive Manager   

Email is great but lots of times our attachments are too large to send or we have multiple files to send. In cases like this it can be easier to attach a zip archive to the email. That isn't its only purpose but how about when you download a program or file that is a different format such as .rar, .cab, etc? Or how about when you need to save some old files but want them to take as little possible hard drive space as they can? In all of these cases I highly recommend 7-Zip. Not only can it extract tons of archive types but if you create a archive using Ultra 7z format compression it is the smallest archives I have ever found. I use it for most my old large files on backup drives. For large folders it can take hours depending on your system specs but once its done it is a rather small file easy to store for later.

Learn more about it here:
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7-Zip Archive Manager [Direct Link]

Screenshot Capture   

Do you ever need to take many screen shots in a row and don't want to have to stop between each screenshot to import it into a image editor to crop it down? Maybe you just need to email a screenshot and want to cut out some steps? Maybe you need to save it in dropbox, load it directly in paint, or just copy it to the clipboard? In all of these cases the program I recommend is called Greenshot. It also has features such as capture active window or select the area to save. It replaces the built in screenshot program and any time you push the Print Screen (Prt Scr) key it will take the screenshot. I have mine set so any time I press that it takes a screenshot then lets me drag and drop a rectangle of what on the screen I wish to capture.

Learn more about it here:
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Image Related Software:

Image Editor   

We sometimes have to edit or create digital images and sure there are professional programs like Photoshop™. But do you need all the features it provides and can you afford the high costs? Luckily there is a great open source alternative called GIMP that has many of the features of Photoshop™ without any cost.

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Vector Image Editor

Sometimes we don't need to edit the standard pixel based images. Sometimes we need to work with vectors that can be expanded or shrunk to any size with no quality loss. Most frequently when it comes to our business logos it is much easier to have them be a vector. Then not only could you make it the size of a billboard you could make it as tiny as a websites favicon. Most that work with vectors are used to Adobe Illustrator™ but its excessive price tag is hard to afford. We are in luck however because there is a great open source program called Inkscape that has many of the features found in Illustrator™ but for free.

Learn more about it here: ____________

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Image Compressor

How about when you already have an image made but need it to be smaller with as little quality loss as possible? Many times this is required when you have an email signature, full page advertisements, scanned images, pictures you took, pictures for your website, etc. Digital cameras are fantastic but the higher quality images can be 5MB or more. In this case its often easier to throw it in an image editor and resize it but what about when the size needs to stay at its current dimensions? You can often make images smaller with a JPG format but getting the setting just right for best quality to smallest file size is time consuming. The best program I have found is called RIOT. It has been able to turn a folder full of photos from 5GB down to only 2GB and there were hundreds of pictures. The picture quality is nearly identical with only very marginal hardly noticeable quality loss.

Learn more about it here: ____________

Download it from here: _____________

Audio Related Software:

Audio Editor

Sometimes we need to record audio and be able to edit it for our work. There are paid programs such as Adobe Audition™ but we do not always need the advanced features those programs offer and since its Adobe™ you can be sure its got an excessive price tag. For those of us who cannot afford it or really wont use most of the advanced features there is a great program called Audacity. If its built in tools are not enough for you there are many free addons as well!

Audacity:

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Audacity Addons:

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Audacity MP3 Export Support:

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Audio Converter

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CD Ripper

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Video Related Software:

Video Converter

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MP4 Video Converter

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Video Editor

This is the main one that may be paid only.

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Programming Related Software:

Programming IDE

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Text Editor

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Python

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C++

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Java

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Learning Resources

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Web: HTML, CSS, Javascript

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Web Based Software:

Team Communication System

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Office Suite

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WYSIWYG Editor

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Content Management System (CMS)

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Image Editor

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etc

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System Maintenance Software:

All In One

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Disk Defragmenter

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Cache Cleanup

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Service Optimizer

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Startup Manager

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etc

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Misc Software:

DVD Menu Maker

This one may be paid also.
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Screensaver

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