Make your avatar

Posted on October 11, 2018. Filed under: Avatars, Everything, Freeware/Shareware, Graphics | Tags: , , |

MakeUseOf has a post on Bitmoji for cartoon versions. iOS, Android and Chrome, freeware.

Other avatar creators MakeUseOf suggests are in this post.

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FaceTime alternatives for Android

Posted on June 29, 2018. Filed under: Everything, Freeware/Shareware, Phones, Video | Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

HowToGeek has a post on alternatives to Apple FaceTime for Android and other users.

Just have the other person/people install the alternative on their device and you can have a video call through one of these.

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Switch from Photoshop to GIMP

Posted on June 28, 2018. Filed under: Everything, Freeware/Shareware | Tags: , , , , |

MakeUseOf has a post on how to switch from Adobe Photoshop to the freeware GIMP.

With the release of version 2.10, GIMP is now a truly viable alternative to Photoshop. So is it the right time to cancel your Adobe subscription and adopt this free open-source image editing package that works on every platform?”

Of course, those of us who are cheapskates (c’est moi!) have been using GIMP for years!

GIMP can’t do everything Photoshop can. The most common deal-breaker is that GIMP does not have native CMYK support, meaning it isn’t suitable for professional print work.

Less important, but still noticeable, is the absence of adjustment layers, making non-destructive editing harder to achieve. And some of Photoshop’s smarter features, like content-aware fill, are also missing. You can get plugins to replace these.

Support for Actions is also limited. It is possible to use them, but you have to code GIMP scripts manually.”

Also check out the MakeUseOf guide to photo-editing with GIMP, and seven GIMP versions of Photoshop techniques.

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Calibre features for ebooks

Posted on June 22, 2018. Filed under: ebooks, Everything, Freeware/Shareware | Tags: , , |

MakeUseOf has a post on hidden features of the ebook reader/manager freeware Calibre.

Includes converting formats, removing DRM, and other good stuff.

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Patch My PC

Posted on May 8, 2018. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware | Tags: , , , |

Dave’s Computer Tips has a post recommending Patch My PC freeware.

“Patch My PC – VERDICT

I’m impressed with Patch My PC, by far the best of these types of applications I’ve come across, plus the fact that it’s portable adds heaps of appeal. I’ve always tended to manually update my software and openly admit I was quite surprised when Patch My PC flagged six installed programs for updates. In the future, I’ll be running Patch My PC periodically to keep an eye on this situation. Highly recommended.”

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Microsoft Office alternatives 2018

Posted on March 20, 2018. Filed under: Everything, Freeware/Shareware, Microsoft Office Suite | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

MakeUseOf has a post on the 7 best alternatives to Microsoft Office.

The 3 best online alternatives:

  1. Google Docs
  2. iWork for iCloud
  3. Zoho Office

The 4 best desktop office suites:

  1. OnlyOffice
  2. SoftMaker Office
  3. LibreOffice
  4. WPS Office (formerly Kingsoft Office)
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Youtube apps and extensions

Posted on February 18, 2018. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware, Utilities, Video, YouTube | Tags: , , , , , |

MakeUseOf has a post on useful Youtube apps and extensions.

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How to spot and avoid fake apps

Posted on February 7, 2018. Filed under: Android, Freeware/Shareware, Phones, Security | Tags: , , , , , |

HowToGeek has a post on avoiding fake apps in your Play Store (Windows, Google, etc.).

The fakes are getting trickier — so see how to detect them!

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Sweet Home 3D

Posted on January 30, 2018. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware | Tags: , , , , , |

Neowin has free home layout software called Sweet Home 3D.

“Sweet Home 3D is a free interior design application that helps you place your furniture on a house 2D plan, with a 3D preview. Sweet Home 3D is aimed at people who want to design their interior quickly, whether they are moving or they just want to redesign their existing home. Numerous visual guides help you draw the plan of your home and layout furniture. You may draw the walls of your rooms upon the image of an existing plan, and then, drag and drop furniture onto the plan from a catalog organized by categories. Each change in the 2D plan is simultaneously updated in the 3D view, to show you a realistic rendering of your layout.”

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LibreOffice links

Posted on January 30, 2018. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware, OpenOffice | Tags: , , |

Helpful post from TechRepublic on LibreOffice.

Download page is here.

With LibreOffice Portable, you can carry around a full-fledged office suite on a USB drive. And if you’re looking for an online version of LibreOffice, look no further than Collabora Online, which supports all major document, spreadsheet, and presentation file formats.

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7 niche Windows utilities

Posted on January 18, 2018. Filed under: Files, Freeware/Shareware, Utilities, VoIP Voice Over Internet, windows | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

MakeUseOf has a post about 7 utilities for Windows.

  • MacType to make fonts appear better on Windows.
  • ShareX for a variety of functions with files
  • Geek Uninstaller, which handles that process more completely than Windows might
  • fSekrit for encrypted and passworded notes
  • LockHunter for helping with locked files
  • Zoiper is a free VoIP phone function that works with your existing VoIP provider
  • TidyTabs allows your apps to use tabs
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Standard Ebooks

Posted on December 20, 2017. Filed under: ebooks, Freeware/Shareware | Tags: , , , , , , |

The Gutenberg Project is a great source of free classic ebooks, but the formatting is less than friendly to small screens.

Try the Standard Ebooks project, which is converting them to epub, Kindle, Kobo, and new “epub3″ format for download.

  • epub — All devices and apps except Amazon Kindle and Kobo.
  • azw3 — Amazon Kindle devices and apps. Also download the Kindle cover thumbnail to see the cover in your Kindle’s library.
  • kepub — Kobo devices and apps.
  • epub3 — Advanced format not yet fully compatible with most ereaders.
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Google Assistant on Android

Posted on December 15, 2017. Filed under: Android, Freeware/Shareware, Google | Tags: , , , , , , |

HowToGeek has a post on using the Google Assistant app on Android.

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ChromeOS alternative to Linux

Posted on November 16, 2017. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware, Linux, Microsoft Office Suite | Tags: , , , |

ZDNet has a post by Jason Perlow, who offers an alternative to Windows 10 other than Linux, claiming ChromeOS flavors are less work than Linux. There’s also a free version of Office in the ChromeOS cloud, for Office users.

 

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The Best (Free) Speech-to-Text Software for Windows

Posted on November 2, 2017. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware, voice recognition | Tags: , , |

MakeUseOf has a post on Looking for the best free Windows speech to text software? We compared Dragon Naturally Speaking with free alternatives from Google and Microsoft.

Source: The Best (Free) Speech-to-Text Software for Windows

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Not sure which ransomware has infected your PC? This free tool could help you find the right decryption package

Posted on September 28, 2017. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware, Malware | Tags: , , |

ZDNet on ransomware: A new tool analyses the ransom note and the encrypted file in order to offer the appropriate decryption tool — if it exists.

Source: Not sure which ransomware has infected your PC? This free tool could help you find the right decryption package | ZDNet

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SpeechTexter | Speech Recognition Online

Posted on September 25, 2017. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware | Tags: , , , |

Gizmo’s Freeware suggests: Free online voice to text converter. Type with your voice. Fast and easy.

Source: SpeechTexter | Speech Recognition Online

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Tens Of Millions Of Images That Are Free To Use

Posted on September 13, 2017. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware, Google, Graphics | Tags: , , |

Gizmo’s Freeware has a post: I’ve written in this column in the past about online photo libraries and collections that are free to use. They’re great if you need an image to illustrate a card or flyer you’re designing, perhaps, or a web site you’re working on.

Source: Tens Of Millions Of Images That Are Free To Use | Gizmo’s Freeware

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yWriter6 by Spacejock Software

Posted on July 22, 2017. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware | Tags: , , , , |

Gizmo’s Freeware post about: yWriter is a word processor which breaks your novel into chapters and scenes, helping you keep track of your work while leaving your mind free to create.

Source: yWriter6 by Spacejock Software

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How To Rename Cortana

Posted on July 21, 2017. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware, Windows 10 | Tags: , , , |

Dave’s Computer Tips has a post on Windows 10’s Cortana: Hey, Cortana! I don’t know about you, but I cringe every time I hear someone yell out, Hey!” Maybe I’m old-fashioned, but it sounds rude to my ears. I know you’re going to laugh at this silly old…

Source: How To Rename Cortana | Daves Computer Tips

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