Why pay for quality software when there are tons of free and open-
LibreOffice is a full-
If all you need is a great word processor with a familiar interface, look no further than Abiword. It has all the expected features, including spell check, but loads quickly and runs fast. A great choice for older computers and netbooks!
BlueGriffon is aWYSIWYG web design program with features you’d expect in expensive commercial software. Great for beginners, but also includes tools for those experience in HTML, BlueGriffon is great for all levels of experience.
GIMP is a powerful image manipulation program with features that rival Adobe Photoshop.
This is serious photo editing and image creation software with a steep learning
curve that costs absolutely nothing. Professional-
Serif Software gives away free versions of their web design, desktop publishing, drawing, photo editing, and movie creation software. You have to register them, but the programs are completely free for personal use. The best deal in free software for the budding designer!
VLC, the VideoLAN media player, is a free cross-
I used to listen to Pandora, but then I found Spotify. Spotify is a music streaming service that lets you search for the music you want, then stream it to your device. Spotify is free for six months, after which it plays ads, but the quality is excellent and the music library is extensive. Well worth checking out!
Audacity is a free multi-
LightWorks film editor has been used for two decades by Oscar-
Do you need access to your files from anywhere? Who doesn’t? Dropbox gives you 2
GB of data storage for free, and you can sync and share that data from any place
with web access. Easy to use and cross-
It’s a complicated world. If you want to cut through the chaos, try ChartGirl. This
site sums up complicated matters as lean, black-
Google Chrome is the fastest web browser you can use. That’s the simple truth. It
also features built-
I like GMX mail. It’s a lesser-
How about a free game from NASA? Moonbase Alpha puts you on a moonbase to pick up the pieces after an accident. Deep, challenging gameplay that makes you think!
Path of Exile is a hack-
The Settlers Online is a great browser-
Remember: never install any of these programs on your home computer without your parents’ permission!
Like many of you, I enjoy computer games. But remember to GET YOUR WORK DONE FIRST! Games can be a great way to reward yourself after completing your schoolwork and chores, but meet your responsibilities first!
Many of these programs can be useful in completing assignments and projects for school. Since Bay District allows the “Bring Your Own Device” policy, installing the office software or multimedia software found on this page can be a great asset.