There are various softwares available for every job. Most of the popular ones are expensive and cost you a lot, like Photoshop, Final cut pro, and nonetheless, If we talk about the operating systems, Windows 10 isn’t free. Although, many other alternatives are similar or sometimes even better than paid ones. These are hidden due to marketing and brand strategy.
If you want to save some buck and also get your work done, you should check out these great alternatives. “Sometimes Free Software is just what you need.”
Here are some of the best FREE alternatives to popular paid softwares.
Replace Microsoft Office with LibreOffice
|1. Paid software|
2. Runs on Windows, Mac, and mobile devices, it’s a bit complicated for running it on Linux.
3. Includes all popular formats including .docx, .ppt, .xls and more.
4. Includes mail program: Outlook
5. Inbuilt Cloud Services to OneDrive.
|1. Free, Open-source|
2. Runs on Windows, Mac, and Linux. No official application on Mobile devices.
3. Supports all formats that are in MS office, along with many other open-source formats. You can even export it as an eBook from LibreOffice.
4. Doesn’t Include Email, Cloud services, although you can connect to the cloud externally.
Productivity tools in MS office and LibreOffice
- Word processing: Word —> Writer
- Spreadsheet: Excel —> Calc
- Presentation (ppt): PowerPoint —> Impress
- Database: Access (PC users only) —> Base
Others: MS Office
- Email: Outlook
- Desktop publishing: Publisher
Others : LibreOffice
- Math: Formula Editor
- Draw: Vector Graphics
By looking at the above features, we can tell that LibreOffice is an excellent alternative to MS Office, if not better. The only downsides of LibreOffice are the lack of inBuilt Cloud services and the UI is not as modern as MS office, still, the UI of LibreOffice is snappy and faster than its competitor.
Replace Windows with Linux
There are n number of reason why you should switch from Windows to Linux based operating system. First, Windows load time is the worst and those lags🤦♂️.
If you are fed up with slow performance, those continuous restarts during updates, and more importantly concerned about your privacy, Linux is the best option. Not only it’s fast but stability and privacy are top-notch.
With the help of proton, Gaming in Linux has also developed quickly. Here are some of the 8 main reasons why Linux is just better than Windows!
If you are a beginner (familiar with windows only), you should consider starting with these Linux distributions.
Replace Adobe Premiere Pro with DaVinci resolve/ Shotcut
Adobe Premiere Pro and Davinci resolve both are at the top of the list in video editing softwares. They both have enough editing tools and software using which, you can literally create a feature film or a mini-movie.
Here are some of the difference’s between Premiere pro and Davinci Resolve
|Adobe Premiere Pro||Davinci Resolve|
|1. Paid software.|
2. Runs on Windows and Mac.
3. Pricing – $ 20.99/month, $239 for the annual version.
4. Interface is very user-friendly for beginners and professionals.
5. Audio, Text, Graphics, and tools are better than the comparison.
|1. Free, and paid version.|
2. Runs on Windows, Mac, and Linux.
3. Pricing – Free, $295 flat price for the studio version.
4. (Only for Professional editors) Professional UI. It is clearly not beginner-friendly.
5. Complete manual control of color correction and can handle complex projects.
Keeping everything in mind, Both of these tools are some of the best video editing software. Although if you are someone who just wants to start video-editing or don’t have money to spend initially on video-editing software, you should try learning Davinci Resolve. In the future, you can shift directly to Final Cut Pro for a better experience.
Replace Adobe Photoshop with Gimp, Krita
|Paid image editing software. Proprietary/ close source software.||Free image editing software. Open-Source.|
|The interface is good, Easy to use for everyone.||It’s a bit difficult to use. You require additional knowledge to work with this software.|
|Supports Windows and Mac.||Supports Windows, Linux, and Mac.|
|Occupies up to 1GB of your computer storage.||Lightweight software. Generally, it takes around 25 MB of your hard disk.|
|Does not provide flexibility, but has a lot of tools for editing.||It provides flexibility, but has limited tools compared to photoshop.|
|An ideal choice for professionals, photographers, and designers.||Can be an alternate choice for designers for portable editing.|
|Cannot open GIMP file in photoshop as it doesn’t support GIMP’s native file format.||Opening Photoshop files in GIMP is possible as it can read as well as edit the PSD files.|
|Photoshop plugins are designed by famous photo brands.||It contains numerous third-party plugins.|
|Needs high spec computer to use photoshop properly.||GIMP can operate even on a lower spec PC.|
|You can edit on a smartphone with the help of photoshop application.||GIMP is not available for smartphones.|
|It takes lot of time to complete batch processing.||It is ideal for batch processing images.|
In the end, if you want a photo editor for professional use, purchase Adobe Photoshop, else for general purposes, you can choose GIMP. and also if you are using Linux, GIMP would be the best option. Krita can also be one of the best FREE alternatives to popular paid softwares like photoshop.
Replace Maya/3ds Max with Blender
|It is an licensed software, majorly designed for animations.||Max is a paid software, mainly designed for modeling designs, engineering, and architecture designs.||Blender is a free software for animation and visual effects.|
|Supported Operating system: Windows and Mac.||Supported Operating system: Windows and Mac.||Supported Operating system: Windows, Linux, Mac.|
|UI is complicated. You should learn about it functions and tools to use it efficiently.||It is a bit easy compared to Maya. Functions and usage are almost similar.||Blender is also hard to learn but when you get a hang of its functionality it becomes an ideal tool for 3D designing.|
|Feature suitable for animation and texturing.||Features suitable for 3D constructions, architectural designs, and other models.||Features include animation and visual effect, mainly used for entertainment purposes like short animated movies.|
|It is one of the best 3D designing and animation tools out there.||Using max might be a little difficult at first, but once you are familiar with the functionalities, automation is amazing.||If you’re not comfortable using Maya or 3ds max, consider Blender for a more user-friendly experience.|
|Best for industrial use and large productions.||Ideal for Game development and architectural models.||Ideal for individuals or more for small animated startups and 3D animated videos.|
All the tools mentioned above in the table are good in their own field, but if you are a beginner at 3D modeling, start with blender; As it is the best FREE alternatives to popular paid software such as 3ds Max and Maya.
Replace Google Chrome with Brave
Chrome is the highest used web browser worldwide. Almost 63% of users use it on their devices. You might be wondering, why is Chrome on the list of paid software’s. Yes, it not a paid tool, but it has many tracking, privacy, and moreover ads.
My point here is: If some web application or software is licensed/ purchasable, the company collects the amount directly. but if it is free, then your data is the price. Why are Chrome and many other Google products free? Because they collect data. Although it’s not bad because it gives relevant ads according to your preference, still there are some annoying sites with pop-ups and also some websites track user data and it might leak your data.
Brave is one of the best FREE alternatives for chrome. The reason because it is built on the same technology that chrome uses – Chromium, with some additional tweaks like ad-blocking features and also pays users for watching their ads. Watching Ads are not mandatory, it is turned off by default.
Learn more about features of Brave browser and it is better than chrome?
Some of the best Free software’s that you should have
Handbrake (video encoder) – An open-source software used for video encoding. It can truly convert videos to any format you desire. The best feature I like about this software is that you can shrink the videos to a small size. Especially, if you are a video/ content creator, give handbrake a try and you’ll never get disappointed.
Telegram – This is one of the most popular messaging tools out there. If you want to send large files or movies, it is one of the best software’s out there. You can get anything just by searching for some group and joining it. Supported OS: Windows, Linux, Mac, Android, and iOS.
Notepad++ – Completely safe advanced notepad editor. If you are using native notepad on your computer, you should switch to Notepad++ because of its some really cool features like autosave, online support, programming language support, and many more.
VS code – Microsoft’s Visual Studio Code is one of the best and lightning-fast code editor. If you are a developer, this is the best coding software out there with many advanced features. It is supported in Windows, Linux, and Mac OS.
Wondershare filmora – If you are a beginner who wants to start a YouTube channel or edit some nice quality videos, Filmora will get your work done. It is an ideal choice for starters, ease to use video editor. Filmora is available in both free and paid versions. If you want additional features like removing the watermark, purchase the paid version, but for starting, you are good to go with the free version.
VLC Media player – A free open-source multimedia player. Available on Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, and iOS. I think this is the most popular and highest downloaded media player. It comes with all video and audio features you can ever think of and it’s my all-time favorite media player. Downloaded over 100,000,000+ and still counting.
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