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.
- The “*” of Asterix after means that is the main application use if there are multiple apps I use that could do the same thing.
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.
- FXHome HitFilm Pro *
- BlackMagic DaVinci Resolve
- CyberLink Power Director 17 Ultimate.
- Cyberlink ColourDirector 6.
VLC Media Player (freeware)
3D Video Graphics
Black Magic Fusion.
Corel 3D Motion.
AudaCity (Open Source)
FL Studio Producer (Signature Bundle) Here are some of the paid (Commercial) plugins I use”
Toxic Hazard III
Sound Font Player
reFX Slayer 2
Video Player 2
Here are some of the freeware plugins I use;
CyberLink PhotoDirector 9.
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.
Scribus 1.5.4 (Open Source) *
- WordPress – Wacky Wood Works
- Joomla – Nighthawk.NZ
- KompoZer – general coding
FileMaker Pro Advanced 11. *
FileMaker Pro DevEd 5. (I keep this version because sometimes I make databases that will run on older computers.)
Malwarebytes – Anti Malware.
Various other small utilities apps.
(Freeware or Open Source)
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Open office is the original free and open source office and business application.
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.
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.
Very similar to FL Studio. Great for creating melodies, beats to full music tracks.
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 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.