I recently updated my Windows and thought it might be a good idea to share some links with short descriptions to all the free software I am using. I am using most if this software that I have listed here already since many years in my every day business. You can download the whole text with all link as pdf:
Apache OpenOffice is the leading open-source office software suite for word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, graphics, databases and more. It is available in many languages and works on all common computers. It stores all your data in an international open standard format and can also read and write files from other common office software packages. It can be downloaded and used completely free of charge for any purpose.
LibreOffice is a powerful office suite – its clean interface and feature-rich tools help you unleash your creativity and enhance your productivity.
LibreOffice includes several applications that make it the most powerful Free and Open Source office suite on the market.
Both (Apache OpenOffice and Libre Office) suport Microsoft filetypes from applications like MS Word, Excel, Powerpoint. However, If you use complex formated documents created with Microsoft apps and open them in Open Office or Libre Office some formatting options might not look the same as in the Microsoft Software.
Please let me add at this point that this is NOT a problem of OpenOffice or Libre Office. Imho the company in Redmont adds a lot of unneccesary stuff to the files that makes them hard to decypher for other software.
Audacity is an easy-to-use, multi-track audio editor and recorder for Windows, Mac OS X, GNU/Linux and other operating systems. Developed by a group of volunteers as open source.
Gungirl Sequencer is an easy to use Audiosequencer. It includes a simple Filemanager and uses Drag & Drop to arrange Audiosamples.
VLC media player
VLC is a free and open source cross-platform multimedia player and framework that plays most multimedia files as well as DVDs, Audio CDs, VCDs, and various streaming protocols. Plays everything - Files, Discs, Webcams, Devices and Streams. Plays most codecs with no codec packs needed - MPEG-2, MPEG-4, H.264, MKV, WebM, WMV, MP3...
Runs on all platforms - Windows, Linux, Mac OS X, Unix, iOS, Android ...
The browser to protect yourself against tracking, surveillance, and censorship.I It might not be the every day solution, but sometimes you want to surf with a higher privacy. A simple example could be searching for health related things and you do not want to be tracked withozt changing our browser settings. TOR runs also as a portable app from a USB Stick.
Free Voice and Text Chat for Gamers. Modern voice & text chat app. Crystal clear voice, multiple server and channel support, mobile apps, and more.https://discordapp.com/
Skype for Desktop
Available for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux.
If you have more than one computer in your house and also more than one user, you might find tgis little messenger really helpful. It is designed to work in a local network.We often use it to send a link from one computer to another. It also allows file transfers inside the local network.
LAN Messenger is a free and open source cross-platform instant messaging application for communication over a local network. It does not require a server. A number of useful features including event notifications, file transfer and message logging are provided. Currently the platforms supported are Windows, Mac and Linux.
One of the Most Popular Picture Viewers Worldwide
Fast and compact ( just 3 MB )
Freeware for non-commercial use
Supports Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, and 10
32 and 64 bit version
Multi language support
Designed to be simple but powerful
Make sure to get all the plugins to makei it more powerful
is a cross-platform image editor available for GNU/Linux, OS X, Windows and more operating systems. It is free software. GIMP is an acronym for GNU Image Manipulation Program. It is a freely distributed program for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition and image authoring. It supports most graphic formats and is very powerful. You can add lots of filters. It also allows to open most Photoshop files.
is a professional vector graphics editor for Linux, Windows and macOS. It's free and open source. Whether you are an illustrator, designer, web designer or just someone who needs to create some vector imagery, Inkscape is for you!
Blender Blender is the free and open source 3D creation suite. It supports the entirety of the 3D pipeline—modeling, rigging, animation, simulation, rendering, compositing and motion tracking, video editing and 2D animation pipeline.
The Phoenix Firestorm Project Inc. is a non-profit, incorporated organization whose mandate is to improve the user experience in Second Life and other virtual worlds by providing an advanced open source viewer with greater features, options and interface flexibility than the standard offering by Linden Lab.
Installlation For Windows, Mac or Linux:
7-Zip is free zip software with open source. The most of the code is under the GNU LGPL license. Some parts of the code are under the BSD 3-clause License. Also there is unRAR license restriction for some parts of the code. Read 7-Zip License information. High compression ratio in 7z format with LZMA and LZMA2 compression
Packing / unpacking: 7z, XZ, BZIP2, GZIP, TAR, ZIP and WIM
Unpacking only: AR, ARJ, CAB, CHM, CPIO, CramFS, DMG, EXT, FAT, GPT, HFS, IHEX, ISO, LZH, LZMA, MBR, MSI, NSIS, NTFS, QCOW2, RAR, RPM, SquashFS, UDF, UEFI, VDI, VHD, VMDK, WIM, XAR and Z.
For ZIP and GZIP formats, 7-Zip provides a compression ratio that is 2-10 % better than the ratio provided by PKZip and WinZip.
Today you need to remember many passwords. KeePass is a free open source password manager, which helps you to manage your passwords in a secure way. You can put all your passwords in one database, which is locked with one master key or a key file. So you only have to remember one single master password or select the key file to unlock the whole database. The databases are encrypted using the best and most secure encryption algorithms currently known (AES and Twofish).
Clean your PC of temporary files, tracking cookies and browser junk! Get the latest version here. I use the free version. It does the most important jobs. It can be annoiying that it tries to clean on startup, but you can turn this beaviour off in the settings of the software.
is a fast and reliable cross-platform FTP, FTPS and SFTP client with lots of useful features and an intuitive graphical user interface.
External scripting Editor for LSL scripts
Mouse without Borders
Mouse without Borders (http://aka.ms/mm) is a product that makes you the captain of your computer fleet by allowing you to control up to four computers from a single mouse and keyboard. This means that with Mouse without Borders you can copy text or drag and drop files across computers.