10 Free Software That Are Actually Great

For this year's edition within the free-software series, we made the standards quite simple the program must be free of cost with the essential features that the majority of people want including free of charge. Every type of free software was considered for this article except for those only offering free trials to weed out the bad. I'll show you 10 Free Software that is actually great programs and a variety of categories that are actually good. All of these can be installed on Windows computers but some also being available for Linux and Mac.


10 Free Software That Are Actually Great
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1. XnView MP:

10 Free Software That Are Actually Great
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This is not the standard image viewer. It supports more than 500-thousand includes a ton of useful features. It has flexible batch processing tools to keep your photos organized and its photo editor allows you to easily resize and crop. Provide simple adjustments to contrast and brightness. Apply effects and filters to enhance your image within the main window. Once you double click on any image that will open up in a new tab. Where you can edit your photo there's a bar at the top with the primary tools. Additional tools in the various menus XnView MP is completely free for personal use. It's available for Windows Mac and Linux.

2. Autodesk SketchBook:

10 Free Software That Are Actually Great
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Autodesk Sketchbook is a professional quality drawing program for creatives. It's designed for serious artists and illustrators. It cost you around $30 per year and now it's completely free. It includes more than 190 customizable brushes and you can build your drawing with the use of layers. Compatible with various file types including JPEG, PNG, TIFF, and BMP. It's even fully compatible with Photoshop's PSD format. Sketchbook is user-friendly with a clean-looking, no-frills interface making it easier to get started using it than with similar programs. If you need help using it there are tons of tutorials online and on YouTube that will teach you how to use it. Sketchbook does require that you create an account following a 7 day trial period to continue using it. 

It's not considered a free trial because there's nothing to upgrade to it's still completely free for individual use with all the pro features included it's available for Windows and Mac.


3. Foxit Reader:

10 Free Software That Are Actually Great
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If you're using Adobe Acrobat Reader and want more features. Foxit reader just might be what you're looking for. It's great for creating PDFs from common file formats with tools for collaboration built-in. It also makes it easy to sign documents either in your own handwriting or by using e-signature. Foxit reader utilizes the familiar-looking ribbon at the top which include they're handy PDFs sign feature. Foxit reader is available for Windows Mac and Linux.


4. Visual Studio Code:

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For my fellow programmers Visual Studio code is a powerful source code editor developed by Microsoft. What makes it great is that it's packed full of useful features for developers. it's IntelliSense a code completion feature speeds up the process of coding by helping to complete the code text along with function definitions. It also has a huge database with hundreds of installable extensions to import new languages debuggers and themes. When you launch Visual Studio code for the first time you'll notice the default theme is dark. To change it go to settings in the lower left and select color theme. You'll now have several light and dark themes to choose from. Visual studio code was created by Microsoft. So of course it's available for Windows you can also get it for Linux and Mac.


5. Audacity:

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A well-known free and open-source audio editor and recorder. It's used by many professionals including those that produce podcasts. Easy to use for beginners in addition to the standard recording and editing options. It features multi-track mixing with sample rates up to 96 kilohertz with 32 bits per sample. Plugins can be added to enhance its functionality don't let its outdated interface fool you. Still a powerful program you'll find the primary tools at the top to edit your audio. It's updated on a regular basis and available for Windows, Mac and Linux .


6. HWiNFO:

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If you need to do an analysis of the hardware on your computer. HWinfo is what I recommend it provides extensive information about your hardware and includes real-time system monitoring. Depending on how you have it set up you'll have a separate window with your system summary of your key components. If you don't need this window you can close it out or move it. The left selecting any component will give you additional information to the right HW info is only available for Windows with the standard installer and two portable options including one for DOS.

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7. ProtonVPN:

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One of only a few have used with a free tier of service that doesn't lag. It's actually really good some of you may be familiar with or using the swiss-based encrypted email service Proton-mail which has been gaining popularity over the last couple of years. Proton VPN is from those same people unlike most free VPNs that have data caps with the free tier. You get unlimited bandwidth so you can use it as much as you want. There are no ads and because it's based in Switzerland it's protected by Swiss privacy laws. The only downsides are that you're limited to one device with three locations to choose from and the speed is not the greatest for security reasons. I can't show you the interface but if you'd like to try it out it's available for the three major operating systems with mobile apps for both iOS and Android. 


8. Everything:

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If you're a Windows user then you already know that their search function is not very good. Everything is a program I've used for years to quickly find files and folders on my computer. It's simple to use and low on system resources when you open the program. It will initially display every file and folder on your computer just start typing in the search box and it will limit what it's displayed to find. What you're looking for immediately it's my humble opinion that this program should be built into the Windows operating system to become the default search tool. Everything is completely free and it's supported by donations from users. 


9. Inkscape:

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If you're looking for a free alternative to Adobe Illustrator Inkscape is what you want. This free and open source vector graphics editor is feature filled to create scalable logos, icons and illustrations. It includes a wide set of tools for object creation and manipulation. Its primary file format is SVG and it's compatible with JPG, PNG, PDF and many others. When you open up Inkscape you'll find the tools on the left and the right with a color bar. At the bottom it does have a high learning curve. I'd recommend checking out the tutorials on their website to get more familiar with the program. Inkscape is available for Windows, Linux and Mac and they even provide the raw source code.


10. Reva Uninstaller Free:

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It removes programs from your computer you no longer need along with the jump that sometimes gets left behind by a programs own uninstaller. It's available for WindowsXP through Windows 10. To remove a program select it from the list and click on uninstall it will create a system restore point then proceed with the uninstall process. The box to delete the user data then click on uninstall. I'll ignore this window and click on uninstall and can scan your system to look for leftover files, folders and registry items. There are three scanning modes move your cursor over each one to get more details. I usually leave it on moderate then click on scan if it binds leftover items you have the choice to select those items individually or select all after you've chosen the items to remove. Click on delete in the pop-up click on yes. There's additional items here so I'll select all of these click or delete again yes and that's it we're done but certain programs there may be some items that are not removed until you restart your computer. The free plan will be all that most people will need if you want additional features Revo Uninstaller Pro cost around $25.

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