Today, there’s a software program for literally everything and anything you want. But most of these decent software applications are paid. But don’t worry, I have found some lesser-known software applications for you. These are the best underdog software, and most of them work better than their paid competitors.
Now it’s time to reveal the absolute best software in the various categories. So coming out, I will show 13 of the favourites that we think should be on every computer. All are feature-rich but are available on all leading platforms, including Windows, Mac and Linux.
In fact, we have two bones programs at last for advanced users.
So let’s get started.
1.The Vivaldi Browser
Let’s get started with the basics first. Your internet web browser is the most crucial must-have program you have on your computer. And the Norwegian based Vivaldi browser is the absolute browser. It’s one of our favourites. In addition to blocking sites from tracking you, it includes numerous customization options. What I use all the time on my laptop is the tab tiling feature of Vivaldi to create a split-screen view.
Because it’s chromium-based, you can install a chrome extension, and it includes its own dark theme and screenshot tool.
If you haven’t used Vivaldi Browser yet, try it out for a week or two, and you will not want to go back to your previous browser. I will give you a money-back guarantee for the zero dollars it cost; I will give the equivalent back if you don’t like it.
It’s available for Windows, Mac and Linux.
2.LibreOffice – the MS Office alternative
If you are looking for a fully-featured office suite, the free, open-source LibreOffice is what you need.
It includes all alternatives to Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Access. Compatible with MS office has improved quite a bit over the year, and it’s updated regularly with a whole team of developers.
You can even add templates and extensions to improve your experience while using it.
It’s available on all three platforms.
LibreOffice doesn’t have an alternative to MS outlook, so if you need a free email client, then thunderbird is recommended. It’s available for all three major platforms.
ShareX is an excellent free and open-source screenshot that will capture just about anything on your screen to enhance your productivity. Supports all three platforms and blows away snip and sketch tool inbuilt in WIndows 10.
It includes more than a dozen capture methods, including full screen, custom region, active window, and you can even record your screen. It also contains various annotation tools to markup images.
When you did capture your screen, there are tons of options to upload your screenshot to.
5.OBS Studio – The free screen recording tool
If you need screen recording software, nothing tops the free and open-source OBS studio.
Not only is it great for recording your screen, but it’s also fantastic for streaming live content to twitch, Facebook and many others platforms. It includes many valuable features for high-quality recording or streaming.
Unlike some of its competition, there are no time limits or forced watermarks. Many people complain of lag while using it. I would advise that to avoid any lagging or stuttering issues, make sure your computer has at least 4GB of RAM. But 8GB or more would be best to avoid having any problems.
OBS studio is available on all three major platforms.
6 VLC Media Player – The swiss knife for media
It’s so popular that you already have it in your system, but still, we will share it with those who don’t know about it.
The VLC media player is the absolute best for playing the audio or video files on your computer. It’s the Swiss Army knife of media players, which will play just about anything you throw at it.
It’s free and open-source, has no spyware, adware or any other crap. It’s available for all three major platforms with mobile apps, also known for iOS and Android.
7.The BitDefender – Best free antivirus for your PC
You have probably heard about this one. For security software, use BitDefender Antivirus, free for Windows and Mac OS. It is what we recommend for protecting your computer from viruses and malware.
It’s light on system resources with real-time threat detection and on-demand scanning. The software comes with an anti-rootkit and anti-phishing utility built into the program for additional security.
It’s also available for both Windows and Mac. It will give you a 14-day free trial of the premium version with real-time protection after the trial ends.
It reverts to the free edition that doesn’t run in the background to interfere with your other software.
8.BitWarden – The password manager
Having a password manager is becoming a necessity, and BitWarden is what we use. It’s free for personal use and, quite frankly, it’s better than most of the others that cost money. Your passwords are fully encrypted and stored on the BitWarden server.
No one from the BitWarden team can ever see or read your real data. With its cloud syncing feature, your passwords can be accessed anywhere from just about any device.
It’s available on Windows, Mac and Linux, with mobile apps for Android and iOS and extensions available for most major browsers.
9.GIMP – The Photoshop alternative
As most of you know by now, we are huge fans of free and open-source software. This image editor is packed full of features to retouch or markup a photo, and you can even use it to create a brand new image.
Just like Photoshop, you can work with layers. It includes advanced filters and effects. You can adjust the colors, do transformations and a whole lot more. The software is available for all three major platforms, including Windows, Linux and Mac OS.
10.INKSCAPE – The Adobe Illustrator alternative
If you’re looking for an alternative to Adobe Illustrator, the free and open-source vector graphics editor Inkscape is what you’ll want to use.
It includes various tools for object creation and manipulation, giving you the ability to make transformations and work with layers.
Also, file support for the SVG format, making Inkscape an excellent substitute for illustrator. Inkscape is available for Windows, Mac OS and Linux.
11.DaVinci Resolve – Free Video Editor
Suppose you need a high-quality video editor for the low price of free. In that case, DaVinci Resolve is the best you can get with a ton of professional features.
It includes various trimming tools, multitrack timeline, editing, 4k UHD support with cool transitions and effects that you can use in your projects. Fusion VFX features are now also included to create motion, graphics and film quality visual effects.
It’s available for Windows, Mac OS and Linux.
There are two versions available: DaVinci Resolve 17 is completely free and includes more useful features than any other free video editing software. It’s not a trial, and there are no time limits or forced watermarks. DaVinci Resolve Studio 17 will set you back around $ 300 with additional features for professionals.
So if you’re not working on your next big blockbuster film, you’ll find the free version of DaVinci Resolve will be all that you need now.
It’s time for the bonus programs, the first of which is the blender.
12.Blender – The 3D graphics program
It’s a free and open-source 3D computer graphics toolset that’s been used to create video games, animated films, motion, graphics and a whole lot more.
It includes a large set of tools for 3D modelling, digital sculpting, animation, and a basic video editor built-in. To say that blender has a high learning curve would be an understatement.
Thankfully, tutorials are provided on their website to help you get familiar with it.
Blender is available for Windows, Linux and Mac. OS
Its free and open-source program lets you install and run other operating systems on your computer in a guest virtual machine.
It’s a great way to try out other operating systems. The program is available to download on all the major operating systems. If you’re installing VirtualBox on an older computer, you may need to enable virtualization in your BIOS. There are a lot of guides available for that Youtube and stuff to check out.
Let us know in the comments the free programs you use that you think are great maybe we will add them to our list. Whats next? Read our guide to make your PC faster.