Don’t Pay to be Productive
If you’re reading this, then you probably own a computer. Odds are you bought that computer. Even if you didn’t, let’s just say that you did and I’ll stop probing into your personal life. The point is, when you buy a computer it probably doesn’t come with everything you need. Word processors, spreadsheets, graphic design, security… these are all things that you might want on your machine. You can buy these things separately, adding on expenses, or you can get them for free online. Check out these options:
- OpenOffice.org: This suite of software is nothing new, but in case you haven’t heard, it’s the free equivalent of Microsoft Office. It includes all you need to create documents, spreadsheets, slideshows, and just about everything else you can do in Office, just with less bells and whistles. The best part is that it’s compatible with Microsoft, so you can edit the same document in both programs.
- Gimp.org: If Adobe Photoshop were free, it would be Gimp. But, then we wouldn’t need Gimp. Okay, there are a lot of holes in my theories, but Gimp is still a free tool for editing, manipulating, and composing images. You can retouch photos, convert file types, paint digital pictures, and more. The pros may need some features in Photoshop, but Gimp is more than sufficient for the casual photo editor.
- AVG.com: For free protection for your Windows PC, look no further than AVG. That sort of rhymes… weird. This free software offers basic anti-virus and anti-spyware protection. That last part didn’t rhyme as much, but it’s still valid information.
Computers are less expensive than they used to be, and there are great deals out there. So, instead of blowing that extra cash on (possibly) unnecessary software, keep it in your pocket and try the free stuff. For a HUGE list of free software to serve all kinds of purposes, go to 121space.com.