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quiet_butt_deadly

Just started using Resolve about two weeks ago and can’t believe it’s free. Great for the individual!


WalkerBRiley

Blender is also a pretty good video editor. And they're slowly adding in image editing as well. In another ten years you'll only need an external program if you need something with more power.


EViLTeW

I use Blender strictly for video editing. It's an amazing tool even without all the 3D modeling/animation stuff.


Thursday_the_20th

This is the winner. It’s still extremely under used in the industry over Maya and zbrush but I do know some big devs like Bungie use it. Considering it does for free what thousands of dollars worth of industry standard software does and has a huge community to support learning it’s wild. However I’d warn against full adoption if you’re hoping to work in the industry one day. The ubiquity of it means blender cowboys are a dime a dozen and jobs still hire pretty much based on proficiency in autodesk and zbrush.


SuburbanPotato

Blender Cowboys is the best band name I've heard in a minute


wilload

I started with Blender and then switched to Zbrush and I can tell you that Zbrush won't be replaced anytime soon. I'm not saying Blender is bad, but there are several bugs and small things you need to do every time you sculpt that can be frustrating. An example is symmetry which always gives me problems. I still use Blender for modeling and animation, but being a multi-tool, it's "good" at everything but can't be "excellent" at anything.


deku12345

I've completely moved off the Adobe Suite for Resolve and I love it. Being able to swap from editing to compositing so smoothly feels like magic. I can't believe Adobe never figured out how to do it.


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yottyboy

Resolve includes Fusion which was well over $50,000 back in the old days of Alias/Wavefront, Quantel, and Silicon Graphics. It is still my favorite for NLE, compositing and effects. Hate Adobe.


the_fit_hit_the_shan

> well over $50,000 back in the old days of Alias/Wavefront, Quantel, and Silicon Graphics A family member ran a CGI company in the 80s and 90s. The amount of money he paid for Alias/Maya licenses and SGI workstations is eye-watering.


lodger238

And remember Blender runs on multiple platforms. I use it almost daily on my old Linux box, runs like a boss.


QuailFew9318

You can also do video editing and compositing and 2d animation and sculpting and shader graphs, and geometry graphs, and do it all with python scripts too. It's insanely powerful, you could use it to build a factory to build real physical objects too.


Kaylee-theartsy

I’d actually agree on that!


Wide-Advertising-156

GPS. A godsend to drivers like me that can't figure out maps.


AWACS_Bandog

Unfortunately we have Korean Air flight 007 to thank for that. The 747 strayed in Soviet Airspace and was shot down killing all 270 onboard. It was after this the Reagan Administration opted to open the historically military only network to Civilians as Secondary users.


Itdidnt_trickle_down

You have to thank Clinton though for the built in error in civilian units being turned off.


mtcwby

There were ways around it already. We were doing cm level measurements in survey before SA was turned off.


Divine_Entity_

GPS and Google Maps/Earth are a godsend. Sure i can use maps, but being able to see what the actual route looks like in advance, and street views of my destination are incredibly helpful in settling my anxiety about actually ending up in the right place. And then while I'm driving it can route me around major slowdowns, and even tell me which of these 7 lanes i need to be in to take the correct exit as i approach. Also i travel for work and its so nice to be able to guarantee that i can actually show up to a factory i never visted before 1hr and 30mins away thats on a back road, even with only 1 days notice that i have to make the trip. Its nice to not be entirely dependent on roadsigns and MapQuest to get your destination anymore.


OhGawDuhhh

I remember selling a Garmin branded Android phone years ago (the Garmin A50) and then Google announced turn-by-turn navigation via Google Maps and everything changed forever. Edit: forgot a word


CommercialSkirt2311

I thank the stars every day I was learning to drive when GPS was becoming more common. I would have such a hard time navigating. I'd also be scared as hell to travel.


AllModsEatShit

I can't imagine doing it now but back in the day I used MapQuest directions I printed out to drive from Virginia to Kentucky to the middle of Texas to Arizona to California.


foospork

I used to travel to unfamiliar countries, rent a car, and use whatever map they gave me to find my way around. I used to even do this in countries that did not use the Latin character set! I have no idea how I used to do that. I’d be terrified to try it now.


Sparky81

VLC


quiet_butt_deadly

The heavyweight champion has entered the ring!


earnesttheology29

Legendary af


ascendant512

VLC is a pretender, not a champion. You see it at the top only because it's riding on the shoulders of giants. The biggest, quietest giant in the background holding it up for you is the ffmpeg project. \* see below all the people talking up "potplayer" and "media player classic" which are more video players wrapped around ffmpeg. You guys' heads will literally explode if someone shows you ffdshow or LAV Filters.


lostchicken

Fabrice Bellard, the original author of FFmpeg, is some sort of alien or time-traveller. He consistently produces the cleanest, nicest, most functional code and between Qemu and FFmpeg, he's single-handedly provided the underpinnings for so many critical systems.


SpeelingChamp

This!!!! VLC is great, but credit where it's due. It's just a nice GUI making calls to ffmpeg libraries. I've written a number of things that use ffmpeg's libraries. I don't necessary love the overall API design, but it's very functional and easy to use. When you can trivially add any audio/video capability to a program people thing you're magic. Nah fam, ffmpeg.


GizmoSled

Every time I have a computer with a fresh install of windows I immediately install Firefox then VLC, been doing this for about 15 years now


MightyAccelguard

I love Ninite which lets you select a bunch of common programs to install at once, has both of those!


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MPC-HC is the real VIP.


Murder_Not_Muckduck

Davinci Resolve. (There’s a paid version but the free version is ridiculously good)


Doit2it42

I don't use it enough to be proficient (thank you YouTube), but I'm always impressed with the power of Resolve.


erroneousbosh

Work your way through the BMD training materials on the website. Although, that being said, use archive.org to get the version 17 books and sample clips, the 18 ones aren't really finished yet.


Mad_Dizzle

DaVinci Resolve is so good. Before I started using it to make YouTube videos, my first experience was using it in a NASA lab. It's image processing capabilities are stellar


Ta-veren-

I wish people were adding what they used each program for!


MaeBeaInTheWoods

Here's the uses for some of the top answers I've seen here: - Audacity: Audio editing - OBS: Recording; Screen recording - 7Zip: Unzipping and zipping folders - WinRAR: Same as above - Blender: 3D modeling; 3D animating - Notepad++: Text file editing; Text file creation - Paint.net: Digital image editing; 2D art making - GPS: Real world navigation


alwayswrongman

OBS goes further. You can mix camera input, a background and screen input and stream to Teams, Zoom or Twitch, for example.


badwolf42

DaVinci Resolve: Video editing and color grading


sur_surly

Porn. It's always porn.


Winterdevil0503

Can't really use the Eclipse IDE for porn.


clickthecreeper

you’re not trying hard enough


Winterdevil0503

You're right. I put more mental effort in and now I can jack off to Scala code with ease.


Shrek_VS_God

I was always impressed by how easy to use and versatile paint . net is


Kniles

And they keep upgrading it!


n00by97

I remember when I switched to Linux, I was actually pretty upset that I couldn’t find a replacement for paint.NET for a good bit. For those in that situation, the software Pinta is consciously a Linux port of paint.NET


Secretly_Autistic

And despite how much everyone recommends GIMP, it's an absolute nightmare to use and nowhere near as good for most of the things I use Paint.NET for.


jdsciguy

Paint.net let's me use layers, filters, and rescaling, which is 90% of what I need personally and professionally. It is gold standard software. Pinta manages when I'm on my Linux machines. Gimp comes out for heavy hitting.


iDigitalBlockz

Obligatory comment from my savior u/beef_boss_ Audacity -A powerful audio editor, ideal for music and podcasts. Autodesk Fusion 360 -CAD/CAM software. Bit Warden -Open-source password management service. Blender - Free and open source 3D creation suite. Cake Walk - music production software Dark Table - Open-source photography workflow application and raw developer. Dashlane -Cross-platform subscription-based password manager and digital wallet application. DaVinci Resolve -Color correction and non-linear video editing application. FreeCAD -open-source general-purpose parametric 3D computer-aided design modeler. GIMP -A powerful open source photo and image editing tool. Godot Engine -a 2D and 3D, cross-platform, free and open-source game engine released under the MIT license. Glitch - Build fast, full-stack web apps in your browser. Glimpse Image Editor - A photo editor for everyone. Greenshot -A free screenshot tool optimized for productivity. Handbrake -the open source video transcoder Honey -a browser extension that aggregates and automatically applies online coupons on eCommerce websites. Hitfilm-Express -Video editing software with professional-grade VFX tools. Inkscape - Free and open-source vector graphics editor. KDEnLive -open-source video editing software based on the MLT Framework, KDE and Qt. Keepass -free and open-source password manager primarily for Windows. Krita -Free and open-source raster graphics editor designed primarily for digital painting and 2D animation. Open Broadcaster Software(OBS) - open-source software for video recording and live streaming. LibreOffice -Open-source office suite. LMMS -a digital audio workstation application program. MagicaVoxel -A free lightweight GPU-based voxel art editor and interactive path tracing renderer. MediBang Paint Pro -FREE digital painting and comic creation software. Musescore -Create, play and print beautiful sheet music Ocenaudio - Easy, fast, and powerful audio editor. Opentoonz - animation production software. Paint.NET -a freeware raster graphics editor program for Microsoft Windows developed on the .NET Framework Photopea -Web-based raster and vector graphics editor. Pixlr - Feature-packed online photo editor. QGIS -open-source cross-platform desktop geographic information system application Radio Garden - Explore live radio by rotating the globe. RawTherapee - free, cross-platform raw image processing program Reaper -Digital audio workstation and MIDI sequencer software ShareX -Screen capture, file sharing and productivity tool. Shotcut -A slick open source program for advanced video editing. SlidesGo -Free Google Slides and PowerPoint templates. Switch -Convert and encode sound files quickly. The Noun Project - Icons for everything. TurboTax Sucks Ass - website that makes it easy to file your taxes. Unity -cross-platform game engine. Unreal Engine - the most open and advanced real-time 3D creation tool. Unsplash - Beautiful free images and pictures. VLC media player -open-source portable cross-platform media player software and streaming media server VS Code -free source-code editor. Waveform - fully featured, completely unlimited free DAW for all music creators. Wavepad -Audio and music editor for Windows and Mac. Wcostream - anime and animated Tv-show/movie site with dubs and subs. 7-Zip - file archiver with a high compression ratio > Some learning material: Codecademy - free sessions and exercises for any coding language. Coursera - Online courses & Certifications.( Not all courses/certifications are free, but worth it) Cybrary - The Cybersecurity and IT Career Development Platform Edx - Online courses & Certifications.( Not all courses/certifications are free, but worth it) FreeCodeCamp - Learn to code at home. Goal Kicker - Free programming books in any language. Khan Academy -a non-profit educational organization. Learn with Google - Courses and certifications from Google. Learn with Microsoft on Edx (Free) - Courses from Microsoft. MDN Web Docs - Resources for developers, by developers. MIT courses -MIT's OpenCourseware. Octave -software featuring a high-level programming language, primarily intended for numerical computations. Basically free MatLab Alternative R- programming language -free software environment for statistical computing and graphics Repl.it - Code and collaborate, without friction. THIS IS NOT MY COMMENT! -iDigitalBlockz


deezybeans

And you even attributed the original commenter. What a rockstar!


Coyote_Radiant

For learning materials, you can check out your local library and see if they have any online resources like libby or udemy business accounts.


LukeMansMusic

Reaper is a bit questionable though, the free license doesn't allow for any commercial work, a proper license is only 60 bucks anyway though which is a steal compared to other DAWs


BlackLetterLies

Notepad++


3GR3552H3LL

I can't believe that I used regular notepad for so long.


JoshuaByer

Coding in regular notepad makes you pro though.


Zerksys

VSC too man. It's so good.


hpstrprgmr

as a computer programmer for more than 15 years, x1000 yes.


Snrub1

I use it over IDEs with expensive licenses due to the lack of bloat.


hpstrprgmr

I also enjoy the plugins, user-defined language (I just HL7 a lot) and search/replace/highlighting/bookmarking. I'm in integrations and data analysis. So its invaluable.


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TheRealSugarbat

Agree. I’m a transcriptionist and it is a lifesaver for bad audio.


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sgtyummy

OBS studio. The amount of power it has, and the amount of people who built their careers off of it...absolutely insane that we have this now.


Nova17Delta

Saves us from the charming hell that is **[Unregistered HyperCam 2]** and #www.BANDICAM.com


BlubberKroket

Linux and BSD! It powers the web. I bet that Reddit runs on Linux. Facebook, Google, Apple - they all run Linux or BSD or their own version of it. Macos is based on BSD. Android is based on Linux and Java. Even Microsoft Azure, their cloud solution, runs more Linux than Windows. The desktop is still dominated by Windows, but the web is built on Linux.


HoneyChilliPotato7

And git. I couldn't believe the same person created these two. What a legend


lostaoldier481

WinDirStat. Great way of visualizing your hard drive and finding odd files that are taking up a lot of space that you don't remember putting there.


RedEyesDragon

Alternative option that is more up to date, WizTree


D0PE_DOOD

Another vote for WizTree. It is MUCH faster at scanning the chosen drive than WinDirStat.


dollhousemassacre

Treesize Free is even better. I've had WinDirStat crash from using too much RAM.


Redarrow762

Spacesniffer.


meteda1080

Wiztree my guy. Wiztree.


JMEEKER86

I used to use WinDirStat, but I switched to WizTree after I added a 3TB drive to my computer because WinDirStat was completely incapable of scanning it and would crash when it tried.


basicfrenchfri

Zotero for in text citations and making a reference list. Saved me in university!


strbrg

Zotero is phenomenal really. At least for anything below a phD, and the Google drive compatibility is just icing on the cake.


gasdocscott

I used it for my thesis - it's great for MD or PhD.


danielisbored

[draw.io](https://draw.io) is better than every paid diagramming/flowchart tool I've ever used.


praise_the_orb

I think they changed it to diagram.io because, and I'm not sure why, I think someone brought draw.io and they had to make a fork?


danielisbored

Both URLs work, and the app version still says draw.io so idk. Either way, awesome product.


wheretherainfall

This should be higher, I feel like I'm on a one person mission to stop people from using visio, and even worse PowerPoint for business diagrams


DidjaCinchIt

death cannot come quickly enough for Visio.


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The_sad_zebra

I can believe that's free. Developers *love* making free tools for other developers.


runaway-thread

Can confirm. Am making internal tool for other devs and will try to open source it when it's done so everyone can use it for free (I have to go through FAANG lawyers and OSS process...). It's not going to be VLC or anything, but at least it'll be FOSS.


-ThisWasATriumph

We can probably thank Linus Torvalds for about 90% of modern open source tools.


NATIVE_COWBOY

As a developer, I love making tools for whoever may work my position after me. I may never know them, but I want their job to be easier than mine was.


read_at_own_risk

Irfanview


speedstix

Seen this one on a few work computers, what's so special about this one?


outofmemory01

At it's simplest description it's an image viewer. Nothing exciting other than it's fast, easy...has lots of features specifically suited to image viewing...like scrolling mouse wheel for next/prev image...it does things like batch rename, and batch resizing, you can paint on top of images...you can 'thumbnail view' whole directories of files. It has a lot of touchup features and formatting features that I don't use. In a construction environment when dealing with 'lots of photos' it just excels at it's functionality compared to other software. It's got a portable version for bypassing corporate monitoring/denial. every IT professional thinks every program is hacking them when employees just want tools that perform well for our job duties...and THIS one does that. There are other similar programs...like XnView...but IrfanView just does it well and it's been around forever (I've been using it 20+) - if you have to flip through a lot of pictures it's the way to go. Getting 300 photos all named #### is a pain in the ass...batch rename to 'jobname-date-####'. Or resize whole folders for upload to sharing sites. If you're in IT - which I presume having 'seen this on a few work computers' - I'd get this one vetted and approved. Perhaps a 'static version' (as theoretically any new update could include new risks) on the okay list. I'd probably threaten to resign from my job if this were taken away. Edit: Correction: Media viewer...as it can manage image, sound, and video files - but most I suspect use it for images...because that's what it's best at doing. There are other/better (free) versions to handle other formats...for me anyway (and I don't often use those formats).


read_at_own_risk

It's a simple, fast image viewer that can handle pretty much every file format I throw at. It has minimal editing capabilities and a number of filters and effects, which is enough to do some useful things with but not enough to make the software complicated. It's stable, consistent, simple and functional. In a world where apps compete for your attention and require constant updates, it's great to have one that just does a few things well and nothing more.


jacksalssome

The batch converter kicks ass.


MOS95B

7zip, Notepad++, VLC media player


kanirasta

OBS, Audacity, Krita


Chrona_trigger

OBS studio is 10/10


WatchandThings

I'm only just getting introduced to digital painting and Krita has been great.


Aurum_Corvus

GIMP as well. There's only a very few things that actually *require* Photoshop because you can't do them in GIMP.


QuailFew9318

GIMP is *awful.* You can do what photoshop can do, but it's physically painful. Even the most simple stuff like moving things around is a pain. Maybe it's done a blender and sorted itself out since I last used it, but that wasn't all that long ago, and they seem to have an ethos against UI improvement.


physics515

I've always said if I hit the lottery, my give back moment would be funding a complete ground up rewrite of gimp with a brand new interface. Sure it can do anything Photoshop can, but so can MS Paint. At the end of the day you are just changing colors of pixels. It's not what it can do that matters, it's how quickly and easily you can do it.


Aurum_Corvus

I probably have stockholm syndrome now that I've used it so much, lol. But, yeah. UI isn't great, but it does have all the power necessary.


JaySTAR

Bitwarden


itzukua

The entire Python ecosystem. The breadth of the capabilities of community-supported libraries is simply amazing.


hulagway

Numpy and friends.


ImNotcatcatcat80

Special mention for PyCharm (community).


Fearless747

Calibre. Best ebook collection and management software there is, nothing else can touch it paid or free.


bkendig

I've tried Calibre, but the interface is so very clunky...


ferqwerty

Visual Studio Code from Microsoft is totally free and it has soooo much potential. The world's software is written in it ATM.


greenearrow

We have paid corporate Visual Studio licenses. I still do 99% of my shit in VS Code. Visual Studio works a bit better for running scripts nested inside my project, so it is a little easier to keep neat, but otherwise I ignore it.


Striky_

I like to see it this way: for easy, small, neat projects VS Code is all you will ever need. Maybe even for medium sized projects. If you need all the power you can get (especially on the debugger), you need remote symbols and need to debug or profile production compiled code, there is just no tool like the full visual studio. Yes it is massive and slow on startup, but damn is it powerful if used correctly.


FreshColt

The world’s software? The simulation?


someguy7734206

Most of JetBrains' IDEs are also free and very powerful and useful. Some have paid versions, but in most cases, the free version is more than good enough.


flower_adapter

Can't say enough about the incredibly high quality of JetBrains products, including Kotlin!


doyoulikecows

Webstorm is damn good, but for front-end development (Typescript, React etc), VS Code is just as good, if you allow for sensible choice of plug-ins.


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PrairiePepper

Saved me loads of time tracing out raster images into SVGs


blue_terminal

Linux


Emergency_Paperclip

Reading how to do something on windows: Download our software! It does what you need it to do! Me: Probably spyware or some other kind of virus. Reading how to do something for linux on a website that hasn't been updated since 2004: Ok, I'm just one guy, I used to break into bank systems for fun, but basically if you need to do this random thing on your linux computer I'm going to need you to open a terminal window and paste all these long commands in. Me: I would trust you with my life.


HilarySwankIsNotHot

Too real


MoobyTheGoldenSock

Windows forum post by licensed Windows support agent: “Try running the Official Problem Troubleshooter. If that doesn’t work, try rebooting. If it still doesn’t work, you need to reformat your hard drive and reinstall Windows. Also, here’s a link to a thread on a completely unrelated error. I’m marking this solved!” Linux post by some random user on StackOverflow: “Here’s where to look in the logs to diagnose the problem, and if it’s x here’s exactly what you do to fix it.”


Emergency_Paperclip

The random stack overflow user is on two FBI watchlists for breaking to a NASA computer in the 90s


Clean_Editor_8668

They fix your computer but also add you to their botnet that votes for "Hitler did nothing wrong" flavored Oreos


MettaWorldWarTwo

I post fixes on Stack Overflow and on forums because the internet is my Hard Drive. I've found more than one answer to a Stack Overflow question where I asked, answered, and then discovered the answer years later. When things break, they tend to break in similar ways.


JohnLocksTheKey

*…don’t run commands you don’t understand…* Less that they could be dangerous, moreso that they are opportunities to learn! :-)


Emergency_Paperclip

Random commands someone on a linux form tells you to run are way more trustworthy than a certified windows application.


GimmeNewAccount

I used to be a Windows guy, but then I started my engineering job and realized how simple it is to get stuff done in Linux. Trying to do the same thing in Windows requires a stupid amount of UI interactions and convoluted commands.


dustojnikhummer

Anything made by NirSoft or Sysinternals. If you are a /r/sysadmin, you KNOW


AcceptableVillian

I used the HECK out of those Systernal tools back in the good ol WinXP days. Being able to restart your bosses computer in Nashville because he didn't know how to limit access? Ahh memories.


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ghalta

Handbrake and VLC are the best two pieces of free software I use


Deathcat101

Never heard of handbrake what's it for?


Yonkiman

Converting video formats


Enzo03

KeePass and the projects forked off of it. I use KeePassXC. Whenever LastPass has a data breach? "Oh no! Anyway..."


BeneficialSquirrel91

Big fan of QGIS!


Remixthefix

I scrolled too far looking for QGIS


ilinkflix

KmsPico


Narf1107

MuseScore


polentafiction

Great call, this one is too far down! Especially the latest version is much better than the paid alternatives. I don’t use Sibelius anymore.


throwaway_uow

What is it?


dinosaur1972

It's for composing music.


restlesssoul

And making pretty sheet music :)


repsolcola

Photopea


team_bob808

DaVinci resolve.. video editing software


cbsrgbpnofyjdztecj

Wireshark


randylikecandy

Google Maps. Google Earth.


D0PE_DOOD

I consider Google Maps/Earth to be the greatest invention of my lifetime. It's going to be absolutely wild for future generations to be able to street view the past.


Moikepdx

I find it odd/quirky that you can get historical street views in the browser version but no historical aerials. The reverse is true for the downloadable app. So if you want both you need to use both versions.


FSMFan_2pt0

G-Earth is truly an astonishing piece of work. That we can 'drive around' nearly any place in the free world -- amazing. Btw, most don't know that it lets you go inside some buildings, like certain airports, museums and such. I just saw a google camera car for the first time in person the other day.


CerddwrRhyddid

VLC media player. Never, ever, a problem. Brilliant little piece of software.


MSP10julia

GIMP


spidermanngp

Been using Gimp for probably 15 years. It's great.


th0tmaker

Bring out the Gimp!


free-crude-oil

WinAmp It kicks the llamas ass


Lieutenant_Mustard

whips*


meatpopsicle42

“It really whips the llama’s ass!” I can hear it in my head.


WontFixMySwypeErrors

> kicks This guy isn't from the 90s! Get him!


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BlubberKroket

Firefox. I use it all day on my Macbook, my Windows work laptop, my Android workphone and even my iPhone. I like the plugins, how I can modify it to my likings. I like the containers, especially the temporary containers, which keeps all cookies separated. I like how snappy it is. I've used Edge for a while at work, because I needed a plugin that only worked on Chrome/Edge. In many ways Edge is annoying. They say it's fast, but in my experience Firefox is more direct. That plugin? I don't need it that much and can work around it. I do most of my work in the browser, but have moved it back to Firefox. Of course Thunderbird is a nice spin-off, with Firefox under the hood. I understand that Davinci Resolve and Blender are much more impressive, but I use Firefox several hours per day, and DR or Blender maybe once a year.


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Brett707

Oh ForensiT Transwiz and Profwiz. Used to move profiles from one PC to another or to change a profile from say a Netware to an AD profile. These work sooooo good. When doing computer installs transwiz is what I use to copy a user's profile over. https://www.forensit.com/downloads.html


temptags

Inkscape is a pretty decent alternative to Illustrator. Professional graphic artists still lean toward Illustrator, but for a hobbyist it does just about everything I need it to do.


brotherkin

Cakewalk by bandlab Cakewalk software has been around for FOREVER and had always held a premium price tag of around $500 like the other premium recording software A company called bandlab bought it and made it 100% free and I still cant believe it


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7zip


InFiniTeDEATH8

DS4windows. Seriously, it's compatible with lots of controllers and you can fully customise it how you want, controller sensitivity, dead zone, map buttons etc... I use it because I have a dual sense controller, which doesn't work on mc dungeons (I bought it on the Microsoft store) without the app. I think only Xbox controllers are compatible with Microsoft store, and I have some games from there (though much more on steam), so it's nice having that app.


augenwiehimmel

Blender.


ailee43

linux, in its entirety


oohjam

Foobar2000


Gnash_

Firefox


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Everything by voidtools It indexes literally every file on your computer and allows you to quickly search for random files that you half-remember using 3 years ago. It's so damn handy, especially in jobs where you use lots of files and forms of various kinds.


darthbane98

Google maps


kbyyru

Calibre. i've almost exclusively switched to reading ebooks and this app is amazing for managing my library.


Liulius

Google maps People take it for granted but this company literally mapped out the world, all roads, shops etc. and gives it away for free On top of that it tells you how to get from A to B via different transport modes?!? I remember reading a map as a kid to help my mum, who was driving, get to London It's insane to me that people don't even bat an eye nowadays at the convenience it provides


Brusion

I just drove from Ontario Canada, to Florida USA, without pulling out a map. Without worrying about what exit to take, what highway I'm on. From door to door. It's unbelievable compared to what it used to be like, and we all take it for granted. Not to mention, finding restaurants while we are here, complete with phone numbers, menus etc. Googlemaps is transformative and noone talks about it.


TX-Wingman

OBS


WalkerBRiley

Blender Gimp Audacity Krita OBS Inkscape FreeCAD Notepad++ LibreOffice VLC Edit: Godot. A near-Unity level game dev software and it costs you all of 80 mb of space on your harddrive. How the fuck? Just how? With just these you can do just about everything the super expensive stuff can and it only costs you the download. And with everything moving to subscription based services meaning you don't even get to own the software anymore, these free programs are going to only be even more valuable.


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Linux. Haven't used a proprietary operating system in 15 years and during that time have gone through university, dev work, all my day to day computing needs, etc...


ripnetuk

VSCode - all other text editors are dead to me now. Brilliant as a text editor, brilliant as an IDE, cross platform, works great remotely over SSH -X, whats not to like?


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Unity


ilinkflix

Notepad++


Justus_2112

Clone Hero


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[удалено]


superreddit2

Does anyone have a recommendation for a free .pdf editor? I want to make notes as I'm reading scientific journals on my tablet.


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Xodo, literally the best one out there. Been issuing it for a few years.


Fracture_98

I got a pop-up just yesterday that Firefox browser (which is another great free bit of software) now allows editing PDFs with the latest release. I haven't tried it, but if you have Firefox it's at least worth a quick look I guess.


trascendentally

Seconding Xodo. I mainly use it on desktop.


Augustus1608

Kicad


anemic_royaltea

I love you Irfanview, you open everything.


praise_the_orb

Krita, I used paint.net a couple of years now, my boss told me I need to use Linux at work, I picked KDE, found Krita, found it has a windows version, best free image editor <3


joeyl5

Davinci Resolve


Imissyourgirlfriend2

Kdenlive Free video editing software that is incredibly useful.


Trio_3

Steam. The fact that every console makes you pay for online but Steam still runs free is a game changer considering they could very easily make you pay.


DarkMagician-999

YouTube ad blocker , still using it after all these years !


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I just use uBlock Origin Blocks all my YouTube ads along with other garbage on sites. I've heard it blocks Spotify's ads too but I can't testfiy to that.


SleepyMage

It does indeed block Spotify ads. However, the plug-in and Spotify are in an unending back and forth fight. Ads may get through once every few months and the uBlock lists will be updated and Spotify will attempt to get them through again, repeat. Still worth using.


metalflygon08

Ugh, I just updated my phone and lost YTVanced from my old device, youtube is horrible with the ads, I just had forgotten *how* bad it was. I know there's ReVanced, but it looks much more complicated to install vs regular Vanced, so I need to have some time to set aside and figure it all out.


couldamorondothis

vlc, it can do it all!


GullibleDetective

Putty, Kitty and all the other forks That and Greenshot


oofroukje

Canva. I know it has paid things, but the free part is so incredibly complete. Love it. I am shit at designing but with van a I can make oke looking stuff till my own business is big enough to pay someone to make something actually decent. Also can a is brilliant to use in class. Kids love it. Everyone has a good result.


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Ubuntu.