The Best Free Alternatives to Paid Software #free #alternatives #software

The Best Free Alternatives to Paid Software

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The Best Free Alternatives to Paid Software #free #alternatives #software

Today I’ll list a number of software products that are totally free (or at least have some features free). Therefore making a small contribution for those of you that will find free alternatives on this list.

Let me know what you think, and if you have any suggestions feel free to leave them in the comment section.

Messaging Apps and Software (10)

So here you’ll find the top apps and software for communication.

WhatsApp – A Simple, secure, and reliable messaging app. Probably the most used as well. (Mac, Windows, Android, IOS)

Viber – With +900 users, the main alternative to WhatsApp. (Mac, Windows, Android, IOS, Linux)

Telegram – Another great option. (Mac, Windows, Android, IOS, Linux)

Signal – The most recommended when it comes to security. This app has military-grade encryption for all your messaging and voice calls. (Mac, Windows, Android, IOS)

Line – It’s very popular special on Asia. (Android, IOS)

WeChat – Another alternative popular in China. (Android, IOS)

Skype – Great options for messaging, video calling, and so on. (Windows, Android, IOS)

Slack – Slack brings all your team’s communication together, giving everyone a shared workspace where conversations are organized and accessible.

Pidgin – This software is an easy to use and free chat client used by millions. (Mac, Windows, Linux)

Adium – An alternative messaging system to Mac.

Office Software (7)

On this part, the focus is office software such as word, excel and so on.

LibreOffice – LibreOffice is a powerful office suite. An excellent FREE alternative to MS Office. (Mac, Windows, Linux)

WPS Office – Another option. Includes 1GB cloud storage – free. (Mac, Windows, Linux)

Google Docs – An online alternative to paid versions. With Google Docs, you can write, edit, and collaborate wherever you are. For free. Online.

Foxit PDF Reader – The name says it all. Top choice for PDF reader.

CutePDF – Print a file to pdf. Simple and really easy. – Atom is a tool you can customize to do anything. Or simply to use productively without ever touching a config file. (Mac, Windows, Linux)

SublimeText – A sophisticated text editor for code, markup, and prose. (Mac, Windows, Linux)

NotePad –  Text and HTML editor. Simple.

Productivity Tools (9)

With these tools, you can increase and speed up your day.

OneNote – Type, write or draw with Microsoft’s free and powerful note manager. (Mac, Windows, Android, IOS)

Pocket – When you find something you want to view later, put it in Pocket.  (Online)

Evernote – Capture, organize and share notes. Your best ideas are always with you and always in sync. A must-have app. (Mac, Windows, Android, IOS)

Wunderlist – Organize and share your to-do, work, grocery, movies and household lists. (Mac, Windows, Android, IOS)

Trello – It will enable you to organize and prioritize your projects in a flexible and easy way.  (Online)

Tomato One – Free Focus Timer. (Mac, IOS)

Remember the milk – A efficient to-do app for busy people. (Mac, Windows, Android, IOS) – Another great alternative to a to-do list. (Mac, Windows, Android, IOS)

Google Calendar – A great and easy to use calendar. (Mac, Windows, Android, IOS)

Music (7)

Let’s hear some great music while working.

Musescore – Create, play and print beautiful sheet music (World’s most popular notation software)

Spotify – Ad-supported free music streaming. (Online, App)

FooBar2000 – Freeware audio player for Windows.

Audacity – Free, cross-platform audio software for multi-track recording and editing. (Mac, Windows, Linux)

Shazam – This app will identify any music playing around you.

iHeartRadio – If you just need a radio app for your mobile device, iHeartRadio has you covered.

SoundCloud – SoundCloud contains music from emerging and major artists around the world.

LMMS – Produce music with your computer.

Photo and Image Editing (19)

For all of you that like to edit images, photos, and much more.

Canva – An online solution for image editing, creating infographics, and much more. Powerful and simple.

Visme – Similar to Canva, this website enables you to make great presentations, infographics and other visual content. All this with a free plan to get you started.

Pinta – Pinta is a free, open source program for drawing and image editing. (Mac, Windows, Linux)

Inkscape – A professional vector graphics editor. (Mac, Windows, Linux)

Gimp – Whether you are a graphic designer, photographer, illustrator, or scientist, GIMP provides you with sophisticated tools to get your job done. Photoshop alternative.(Mac, Windows, Linux)

Pixlr – Another Photoshop alternative. (Online) – One simpler alternative. (Windows)

PhotoScape – Fun and easy photo editing software that enables you to fix and enhance photos. (Windows)

Seashore – Seashore is an open source image editor. (Mac)

Polarr – An alternative to Adobe Lightroom. (Online).

Image Compression Tools

Always helpful to compress images making it easier and faster to load.

RIOT – It has an easy to use interface to compare the original with the optimized image in real time and instantly see the resulting file size. The image optimizer is lightweight, fast and simple to use. (Windows)

Caesium – They say that it can compress your pictures up to 90% without visible quality loss. (Windows)

FastStone – A simple and easy photo resizer. (Windows)

ImageOptim – Makes images load faster. (Mac and online)

Image Viewer

XnView – Best Photo Viewer, Image Resizer & Batch Converter for Windows.

IrfanView – Graphic viewer, fast and compact. (Windows)

FastStone – This is a fast, stable, user-friendly image browser, converter and editor. (Windows)

ShotWell – Shotwell is a photo manager for Linux.

RawTherapee – Viewer, and editor for your images. (Mac, Windows)

Video (7)

Watch and edit videos.

VLC – Over 17 million downloads. This multimedia player plays most multimedia files as well as DVDs, Audio CDs, VCDs, and various streaming protocols. (Mac, Windows, Linux, Android, IOS)

Miro – Similar to VLC.

5KPlayer – Play 4K/HD video and other media files. Exclusive for Windows.

Pluto – Free and unlimited tv. (Only for the US)

HandBrake – The best open source video converter. (Mac, Windows, Linux)

Lightwork – Video editor.

Blender – Blender is the free and open source 3D creation suite.

Utilities (23)

Here you will find a full list of tools that are very important to keep your computer clean and fast. Useful list of software to make your life easy.

Ninite – Ninite makes installing software in a new computer easy. Just select what you want, and you’re done. Easy, easy, easy.

CCleaner – The best to clean and speed up your computer. (Mac, Windows, Linux)

Recuva – Recover your deleted files quickly and easily.

Defraggler – Speed up your PC with quick and easy defragmentation.

Speccy – Fast, lightweight, advanced system information tool for your PC.

Duplicate File Finder – Enables you to sort through images, music, videos and other personal files to remove duplicate copies and free up disk space.

7-Zip – A free file archiver with a high compression ratio. (Windows)

DropBox – Dropbox brings your files together, in one place. It makes it easy to find and safely synced across all your devices. 2 GB of free space. (Online)

Box – Similar to Dropbox but with 10 GB free space. (Online)

CloudUp – Similar to Box and Dropbox but with 200 GB free space. (Online)

F.lux – It makes the color of your computer’s display adapt to the time of day. Simple as that. (Mac, Windows, Linux, Android, IOS)

Dashlane – This software securely remembers all of your passwords. (Mac, Windows, Linux, Android, IOS)

VoidTools – Locate files and folders by name instantly.

FileZilla – Best free FTP solution. (Mac, Windows, Linux)

BetterTouchTool – Allows you to configure many gestures for your Magic Mouse, Macbook Trackpad and Magic Trackpad and also Mouse Gestures for normal mice. Open apps, close tabs, dock windows, delete files – all without lifting a finger from the touchpad. (Mac)

RainMeter – Rainmeter allows you to display customizable skins on your desktop.

FastStone Capture – Enables you to capture an image, with a full-page screen capture feature.

Memory Clean – Monitor and free up memory app for Mac.

Coconut Battery – Allows you to be aware of your current battery health – for Mac.

The Unarchiver – The Unarchiver is the only app you need to open RAR on Mac.

Alfred – Search for files, apps and much more. For Mac.

eM Client – Best email client for windows.

1ClipBoard – A universal clipboard managing app. (Mac, Windows)

SpaceSniffer – SpaceSniffer is a freeWare (donations are welcome) and portable tool application that lets you understand how folders and files are structured on your disks.

Antivirus and Firewall (9)

Protect your computer with the best free solutions.

BitDefender – Powerful antivirus protection, the light way.

Avast – Over 400 million trust Avast.

AVG – Another great alternative.

Sophos – An antivirus for Mac.

Avira – A great solution for antivirus, malware and much more.

Comodo – Award-winning free firewall.

ZoneAlarm – Free Antivirus and firewall.

TinyWall – Non-intrusive firewall only compatible with all Windows versions from Vista to Windows 10.

Malwarebytes – Remove your malware. Effective and free.

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1 thought on “The Best Free Alternatives to Paid Software

  1. Additionally, one can also have a look at apps like R-HUB HD video conferencing servers. It allows 30 way HD video calling.

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