You just unpacked your new laptop, you have logged in, you changed the wallpaper for a nicer one and … now what? Here you have the best free software that you should install immediately on your computer.
Use Canva if you have a graphic design project in your hands. Unless you are a professional graphic designer who needs something more powerful, Canva is a fantastic tool to get good designs for posters, invitations, brochures, flyers, presentations, social media publications and more. Start with a template or from scratch, then use Canva’s intuitive editing tools and do something eye-catching.
Audacity is widely recognized as the perfect free software for audio editing: it is packed with good features and at the same time accessible for both beginners and advanced users. You can trim and combine audio clips, reduce noise and rests, apply a wide range of equalizers and convert clips to different formats.
VLC Media Player
What we like most about VLC Media Player is the large number of audio and video formats that you can manage without spilling a drop of sweat, and it also comes with almost everything you could ask a player: support for online transmissions, filters audio and video, support for subtitles, playlists, etc. Whatever type of media file you want to play, VLC Media Player takes over.
If you need to manage large libraries of music and movies, try MusicBee, which has equalizer, smart playlists, metadata editing, synchronization between devices and much more. It even supports some WinAmp plugins so you can do more things with your music.
Firefox is better than you remember. Since last year’s important Quantum update, it has a better design, loads earlier and is much faster. It even comes with its own integrated service for you to read things later (Pocket). You can also synchronize your browsing data between multiple computers and between mobile devices with Firefox for iOS and Android.
LibreOffice is a powerful open source office suite that can handle all those Word and Excel documents that everyone still sends. This software is full of features, is designed with style and is also easy to manage. It also includes a software of diagrams and databases.
GIMP continues to be the best free alternative to Photoshop, and if you have to edit a photo, then it’s worth installing it. It has support for layers, cloning, pixel-by-pixel retouching, add-ons, color adjustments, and many more features of Adobe software. There are better image editors if you need to perform simpler tasks, but GIMP is the most complete you can find.