Software I use.

Just a bit of useless information, but it is a common question I get asked quite often. I use a mix of paid commercial software to freeware and open source. It does depend on what I want to use it for and whether it meets my personal needs and wants as well as work flow.

My computer work station

  • The “*” of Asterix after means that is the main application use if there are multiple apps I use that could do the same thing.

Video Editing

For my video editing I use 3 editors depending on what I am wanting to do. My go to to editor however is HitFilm Pro and then Davinci Resolve if I am after something pretty basic then I will use PowerDirector.

Video Viewing

  • VLC Media Player (freeware)

3D Video Graphics

Audio Editing

Music

FL Studio Producer (Signature Bundle) Here are some of the paid (Commercial) plugins I use”

Autogun
BassDrum
Beep Map
FL Slayer
DirectWave
PoiZone
Morphine
Toxic Hazard III
Maximus
Sytrus
Pluked
3x Osc
Sakura
Sawer
HardCore
Harmless
Harmour
Sound Font Player
reFX Slayer 2
Wasp
Claw
Transistor Bass
Video Player 2
Fruity Slicer
Sawer
SimSynth

GMS
Korg M1 Le
Toxic BioHazard
Jam Sticks
Vocoder
Sample Tank 3
Hypersonic
SliceX
Ogun
Wave Traveller
Fruity DX10
Sytrus
Transistor Bass
Wasp XT
WASP

Here are some of the freeware plugins I use;

  • Ample Bass P Lite II
  • Ample Guitar M Lite II
  • Arch Avenger Pro
  • ASynth
  • C64 SiD
  • Cello Fan
  • Clavia Lab
  • Crazy Diamonds
  • Crio
  • Crystal
  • Cynthia
  • DirtBag
  • Dragon Fly
  • DrumCORE Free
  • Drumax
  • DSK Guitars Steel
  • DSK Zeth
  • DSR Sphere
  • DVS Guitars
  • DVS Saxophone
  • EnsHard / Lite / Soft
  • ESFERA
  • EVM Grand Piano
  • IxoxFlute
  • Joy Killer
  • Mini Mogue
  • Morpheus
  • M-Phaseware
  • GalactiX
  • GannyMED
  • Gargoyle
  • GigaMate 2
  • Invader
  • JoyKiller
  • LePiano
  • Mate
  • MiniSynth
  • Nuetron
  • Oberon-8
  • Phibes
  • Quantum 64
  • reFX Vanguard
  • ReZ
  • Richman 2
  • Saytr 8
  • Solo String
  • Spicy Guitars
  • String Theory
  • String Thing
  • String Synth
  • Safwan Strings
  • Super Riff Guitar
  • Synth 1
  • Synth X16
  • Tome2 Firebird
  • Virtual Base 1
  • Yellow Jacket
  • Zynewave Nucleum

Graphic Design:

Vector Design:

Bitmap:

Screen Capture:

  • CyberLink Screen Recorder Part of PowerDirector suite perfect for video screen movement and for video tutorials etc.
  • Corel Capture Part of CorelDraw suite and great for quick screen shots.
  • Lightshot Probably the best Screen Capture you can quick take a shot of any portion of the screen and quicky and pointers and boxes etc great for tutorials and the like.

3D Graphics

Pattern Design:

Desktop Publishing:

Website:

  • WordPress – Wacky Wood Works
  • Joomla – Nighthawk.NZ
  • KompoZer – general coding

Database Design

  • FileMaker Pro Advanced 11. *
  • FileMaker Pro DevEd 5. (I keep this version because sometimes I make databases that will run on older computers.)

Office

Internet

Email

Utilities


Recommended Software

(Freeware or Open Source)

CAD

FreeCAD
FreeCAD is a general purpose feature-based, parametric 3D modeler for CAD, MCAD, CAx, CAE and PLM, aimed directly at mechanical engineering and product design but also fits a wider range of uses in engineering, such as architecture or other engineering specialties. It is 100% Open Source and extremely modular, allowing for very advanced extension and customization. FreeCAD is based on OpenCasCade, a powerful geometry kernel, features an Open Inventor-compliant 3D scene representation model provided by the Coin 3D library, and a broad Python API. The interface is built with Qt. FreeCAD runs exactly the same way on Windows, Mac OSX and Linux platforms.

Sketchup
SketchUp users are architects, designers, builders, makers and engineers. They are the people who shape the physical world. They are important, and they deserve great tools because great tools produce great work. Great tools are ones you look forward to using. They do one thing (or maybe two) really, really well. They let you do what you want without having to figure out how. They help with hard or boring tasks so that you can focus on being creative, or productive, or both. And they are, in their own way, beautiful.

Vector Draw

InkScape
Inkscape is an open source 2d vector graphics editor. Supports all of the standard drawing features your will find in similar commercial product. Curves (bezier), lines, freehand drawing including calligraphy stroke together with geometric figures can be used to build your drawing. Advanced gradient fill tool gives the drawings substance and brings them to life. Inkscape even include bitmap tracing – and will let you export your drawing as both png and postscript. All normal file handling is performed natively in scalable vector graphics (svg) file format.

Rastor Graphics

GiMP
Probably the oldest and most well-known open source graphic application – GNU Image Manipulation Program or Gimp was started in 1995 and has since then grown to the status it has today. Gimp is a valid competitor to all of the commercial bitmap drawing programs on the market. Among its features you find: powerful painting tools, layers and channels support, multiple undo/redo, editable text layers. Gimp as a plug-in architecture and a scripting engine that allow easy extension of it’s functionality. More than a 100 plug-ins and scripts are already available. Also Gimp imports files from Photoshop (psd) and can also read scalable vector graphics (svg) files.

Desktop Publishing

Scribus
Scribus brings open source award-winning professional page layout to Linux and *nix desktops, but also supports Windows and Mac OS. As a DTP tool it supports professional publishing features, such as CMYK color, separations, ICC color management and versatile PDF creation. Scribus also has additional features not normally found in a DTP tool such as vector drawing tools with SVG support and it even has support for OpenType Fonts. Scribus is available in more than 25 languages.

Database

Glom
With Glom you can design database systems – the database and the user interface.

  • Glom has high-level features such as relationships, lookups, related fields, related records, calculated fields, drop-down choices, searching, reports, users and groups.
  • Glom keeps things simple. It has Numeric, Text, Date, Time, Boolean, and Image field types.
  • Glom systems require almost no programming, but you may use Python for calculated fields or buttons.
  • Each Glom system can be translated for multiple languages and countries.

Office Suite

OpenOffice.org
Open office is the original free and open source office and business application.
LibreOffice 
LibreOffice is Free and Open Source Software and a off shoot of open office. Development is open to new talent and new ideas, and our software is tested and used daily by a large and devoted user community.

Audio Editing

Audacity
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.

Music Software

LMMS
Very similar to FL Studio. Great for creating melodies, beats to full music tracks.

Video Editing

DaVinci Resolve
DaVinci Resolve is a high end video editor and colour corrector. DaVinci Resolve combines professional non-linear video editing with the world’s most advanced color corrector so now you can edit, color correct, finish and deliver all from one system! DaVinci Resolve is completely scalable and resolution independent so it can be used on set, in a small studio or integrated into the largest Hollywood production pipeline! From creative editing and multi camera television production to high end finishing and color correction, only DaVinci Resolve features the creative tools, compatibility, speed and legendary image quality you need to manage your entire workflow, which is why it is the number one solution used on Hollywood feature films.

HitFilm Pro/Express
HitFilm is another high end video editor. The express version is cut down a bit from the Professional version and some features that you may want like chroma key is not available however it is a highly capable and one of the best out there on the market that is free, and up there with DaVinci Resolve and the Adobe alternative.