Great Software That’s Actually Available for Free
A recent survey shows that each year, companies waste $34 billion on unused software licenses. Unfortunately, not only big corporations experience this kind of problem. We’re sure that many of you have spent money on software or apps and didn’t ending up using them or finding them useful. And to think that all this is happening when there are so many high-quality apps available for free!
At Bright Side, we’ve collected some of the best application software for all occasions that you’ll definitely want to use.
1. Google Maps
It’s almost impossible to replace this software, as it has an enormous number of useful features! Google Maps is available for free and there is even a possibility to download maps and use them offline. And with Google Street View you can take a closer look at your destinations.
Maps.me gives you the ability to search offline and provides you with worldwide support and traffic data. It can be considered Google Maps’ toughest competitor.
Wikipedia is the largest and most popular free web-based encyclopedia that can be edited by any internet user.
Coursera is an open web-based learning platform for educational courses available to people from every corner of the world.
5. Space Engine
Space Engine gives you the opportunity to explore the universe from your computer. It is a realistic model that represents the entire universe with the help of current astronomical data.
Duolingo is a language-learning platform that includes a website and app for both IOS and Android. It provides 68 language courses for 28 different languages.
Zotero is an open-source software available for free designed to help you collect, organize, and share research data.
VLC Media Player is the most popular free media player that’s available for all wide-spread platforms. Millions of users choose this player as it supports a great number of file formats and audio and video compression methods.
Recently, PotPlayer has earned a solid reputation. This player can provide users with a high performance, lightweight experience. Although PotPlayer is less wide-spread than VLC, it supports an even greater amount of file types.
The Home Cinema version of Media Player Classic was developed by the community of the software’s fans. Its developers managed to improve the older version and make the software speedy and lightweight.
3D modeling software
Blender is an open source 3D creation tool. It supports a full range of 3D work from modeling and rendering to game design.
OpenSCAD is a highly targeted software for creating 3D CAD models. Unlike most free 3D modeling software, OpenSCAD is focused on the CAD aspects of 3D modeling, not on the artistic ones.
13. Fusion 360
Fusion 360 is a great professional software that is absolutely free for students, teachers, and educators. This software works on both Macs and PCs, and it has been called the ultimate solution for designing and engineering.
SketchUp is the best solution for those who’d rather jump right into drawing than digging into various settings and advanced features of the software. With this tool, you can make whatever you want in a quick and easy manner.
The Windows Snipping Tool is a special utility app for making screenshots included in Windows OS. It allows you to take screenshots of a full screen or any of its parts. Your screenshot can then be edited, annotated, saved in different formats, or e-mailed.
Desmos is a professional programmable graphing calculator that is available as both a web and mobile application.
Calibre is a free software that is often referred to as “iTunes for electronic books” since it helps you to collect and organize your digital books and provides you with good support for converting books into different formats.
Notepad++ is a simple and elegant code editor for Windows OS.
KeePass Password Safe is an open-source solution to storing your logins, passwords and any data you want in an encrypted file.
Video and audio software
MuseScore is the most popular free software for writing music that is available on Windows, Mac, and Linux.
Audacity is an open-source solution for audio editing and recording, and is free to install on Windows, Mac, Linux and other OS.
DaVinci Resolve 15 is the first solution that includes this many features for professional video editing! It can be used for offline and online video-editing, color correction, audio correction, and even visual effects.
HandBrake is a tool designed for video conversion from any format.
Krita is a free, open-source software for raster graphics editing developed for digital art and animation purposes.
GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program) is a free tool for photo retouching, image composition, and authoring.
Paint.NET is an image editing software available for free with a user-friendly interface and a wide feature set.
Inkscape is a free vector graphics editor with the same feature set as Adobe Illustrator and Corel Draw.
File Management Software
7-Zip is a very popular file archiver, a special tool that places groups of any files within “archives” for easier transportation or storage.
Everything is a search tool for Windows that helps users find their files by name quickly and easily.
FreeNAS is an operating system for any hardware platform, designed to protect, store and share your data over a network.
Dropbox is a cloud storage service available for free that gives users an opportunity to share and store files of any type (photos, documents, videos, etc).
Recuva is a special tool that can help you recover files from your Windows computer, recycle bin, SD card, or MP3 player.
Image and document editing software
LibreOffice is the world’s most wide-spread free office suite. It includes several separate tools for different purposes such as text editing, spreadsheet processing, presentation creation, vector graphics development and formula editing.
LaTeX is a free software that allows users to prepare documents for high-quality typesetting and can be used for almost any type of publishing.
35. Google Apps
Google Apps allow users to create different documents, tables, presentations, store all their files on Google Drive and share those files with other users.
IrfanView is a free and open-source program for Microsoft Windows that allows users to view, edit, organize, and convert images.
Software for gamers
Steam is a unique platform for digital distribution that offers its users multiplayer gaming, streaming and communicating services.
38. OBS Studio
Open Broadcaster Software (OBS) is a popular streaming program that is free to install on Windows, Mac, Linux, and other OS.
Discord is a free and secure way for gamers to chat and it’s available on both desktops and phones.
Unity is a powerful game engine which was designed to develop both 3-dimensional and 2-dimensional video games and simulations for computers, consoles, and mobile devices.
OS and computer management software
Ubuntu is a free-distributed up-to-date, stable operating system that runs from the desktop to the cloud and to any internet connected things.
TeamViewer is a special tool for remote control desktop sharing and file transferring between computers.
Plex is a free software tool that can give you access to all of your media on all of your devices. With Plex, all images, videos and audio files from your folders or online services are organized and ready to stream.
Malwarebytes is a powerful antivirus software available for Microsoft Windows, Mac OS, and Android.
What free software do you use? Share your experience in the comments!