Top Free Tools I Use

I am always on the lookout for good tools I can use on my daily tasks. It is a bonus when they are free. I am thankful for those that work on these and offer them to the world via open source, donation based or truly free. I have donated for the ones I use the most, but not all.

I am a Windows user so I have used these on my PC but a lot of them are available cross-platforms.

These are the ones that I have used for years in no particular order….

FastStone Capture A powerful, lightweight, yet full-featured screen capture tool and screen video recorder.
Notepad++ Notepad++ is a free source code editor and Notepad replacement
FastStone Photo Resizer An image converter and renaming tool that intends to enable users to convert, rename, resize, crop, rotate, change color depth, add text and watermarks to images in a quick and easy batch mode.
Audacity Easy-to-use, multi-track audio editor and recorder for Windows, macOS, GNU/Linux and other operating systems.
OBS Studio Open Broadcaster Software is free and open source software for video recording and live streaming.
OpenShot Video Editor Easy to use, quick to learn, and surprisingly powerful cross-platform video editor.
FreeFileSync Open source folder comparison and synchronization software
Paint.Net Open source image and photo editing software for PCs that run Windows.
Gimp Cross-platform image editor
Oracle’s VM VirtualBox A powerful open source x86 and AMD64/Intel64 virtualization product
WinMerge An open source differencing and merging tool for Windows.
FileZilla Client Open source software for FTP, FTP over TLS (FTPS) and SFTP.
Advanced Renamer Batch file renamer program for renaming multiple files and folders at once. endless options!
Levelator Software that adjusts the audio levels within your audio file for variations It’s not a compressor, normalizer or limiter although it contains all three. Note: Although an old software that has not been supported since 2012 – Still very useful and it works, and have not found anything as easy to use that comes close!
HandBrake Open source video transcoder. A tool for converting video from nearly any format to a selection of modern, widely supported codecs.
InnoSetup Compiler free installer for Windows programs 

Hope this helps someone!

What free / open source tools do you use for your daily activities?

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