Wednesday, April 22, 2015

My Top Mostly Freeware/Open-source List Mainly for Windows

My Top Freeware/Open-source List Mainly for Windows

Alright I've compiled a list of some freeware and open-source programs that are mainly for Windows but some work on Mac and Linux also. Most of these I use or have used but I happen to like the first listing in each category.

Compression/Zip Tools:

7-Zip | | 7-Zip is an open source archiver with a hihj compression ratio, really makes Windows built in zip feature useless. It also does everything WinZip does minus the fancy interface and pricetag.
jZip | | A free WinZip alternative based on 7-Zip so it works about the same, they also have an affiliate program so maybe there is a paid version.
PeaZip | | PeaZip claims to open up to 150 different kinds of compressed files which is grate but I'm not testing that, and it has a portable version which requires no installation at all. It also has a random password generator amd secure delete. (best review:
Hamster Free Zip Archiver |  | Aside from the fancy interface it works the same as the rest but if your looking for a more modern GUI then this is the one for you.
In fact a great review of 3 of these 4 can be found at PC World (

HTML Editors:

KompoZer | | Easy web authoring! WYSIWYG HTML and CSS editor derived from Nvu. Binary downloads for Windows, Mac, and several variants of Linux.
PageBreeze | | PageBreeze is an award-winning FREE HTML Editor which has both visual (WYSIWYG) and HTML tag modes.
NVU | | Build web pages and manage a website with no technical expertise or knowledge of HTML. ... Nvu and KompoZer are free, open source editors.
Notepad++ | | Notepad++: a free source code editor which supports several programming languages running under the MS Windows environment including HTML.

Graphic Design:

Gimp | | If you likePhotoshop but don't have the money to shell out then this is a great option.
Inkscape | | Inkscape is a professional vector graphics editor for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux. It's free and open source.
Jeta Logo Designer | | It's simple, fast and powerful software for logo design, icons, business web graphics. There are free and business edtions where include more logo options and shapes but the free edtion will work well for most people.

Video Design & Editing:

Avidemux (Windows/Mac/Linux) | Avidemux IconAvidemux is the Instagram of video editing software it is quick, has a small file size, will do just about everything most basic users could want, even if it does look a bit dated.
Lightworks (Windows) | Lightworks is the editing software that has been used to edit some Hollywood movies like 28 Days Later, Pulp Fiction, Mission Impossible and others. It's UI is morden and easy to follow, it does have a bit of a learning curve but most software does to a point. Only drawback is it's Windows only.
Windows Movie Maker (Windows) | Very easy to use video editing softwere that is great for small or even some midsize videos. I've edited some Fraps videos that are around 4gigs each with no issues.

Video Game Making:

Engine 001 | 2D, RPG, Create your game on virtually any platform. Whether it be on desktop or mobile devices, 001 can port your game for users to enjoy on multiple types of platforms, whether it be an iPhone, Android or PC device. Software is subscription based but its not much. $10 a month is what it costs but once you create a few games just cancel and renew when you want to go at it again... Helpful tips before you start would be to move all of your resources into like graphics, story scripts, etc.
Unity3D | Powerful enough that it can create games that rival the quality of some major titles. Out of the box, Unity3D supports the following platforms: Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, iOS, PS3, Xbox360, Wii U, and the web.
Construct 2 | Construct 2 is a flexible HTML5 game creation engine designed for rapid development of 2D games.
Game Maker Studio | With Game Maker Studio, you can create games using either drag-and-drop or Game Maker Studio’s built-in scripting language, GML. When you’re done, Game Maker Studio can produce an app that’s compatible with iOS or Android, an executable compatible with Windows, or HTML5 for putting your game on the web.

Automation Tools:

Automation Workshop Free Edition | Automation Workshop Free Edition is a free Windows automation application that automates repetitive computer tasks, from the simplest to the most complex.
AutoHotKey | Fast scriptable desktop automation with hotkeys Creating your own apps and macros has never been easier.
Winutomation | While not free you can get a good feel for it with the free trial. WinAutomation is the most advanced Windows Automation app, featuring a Macro Recorder and a Web Recorder. With WinAutomation you can teach your computer to perform your repetitive tasks automatically


Python | Python is a programming language that lets you work quickly
and integrate systems more effectively.
Just Basic  | Just BASIC is a programming language for the Windows operating system.  It is completely free and it is suitable for creating all kinds of applications for business, industry, education and entertainment.
PICAXE Programming Editor  | PICAXE Programming Editor 6 is the completely free software application for developing and simulating PICAXE BASIC language programs under Windows (see AXEpad for Linux and Mac).