Check out a list of the best free software of 2020, divided into several categories, for you to have productivity without spending money
There are few things more rewarding in technological life than looking for a program and finding a free version of it, even more that works well. With that in mind, we've separated a not so small and short list of free software, all recently updated. This true practical use manual includes programs with the most varied utilities, from image editors to file management. But do not worry, it is easy to find what is of interest to you, just search the index.
After all, buying and maintaining a decent quality computer is a costly task in itself. There is nothing more fair, then, than balancing expenses when looking for legal alternatives in the legal sense and, why not, within the scope of adjectives to satisfy everyday computing needs.
Some considerations: free software presented here were chosen based on some criteria, such as their availability on the manufacturer's own website; the availability of a download for Windows or else its presence on the web; the software must have at least part of it free forever; not having or almost not having ads; have been updated at most two years ago.
Without further ado, let's get down to business. We divided the list into functionalities and in alphabetical order, all to make your life easier:
Remote access and screen sharing
AnyDesk is interesting because it allows remote access to a specific computer by other computers or by a smartphone. When downloading the program on the PC, it generates a code specific to that machine that can be used on other devices and allows full control of the first computer. Very good, isn't it? You can download it from the website.
With this program, you can remotely connect to computers or mobile devices located anywhere in the world and use them as if you were there. In addition, you can also connect remotely to servers, commercial-grade machines and more. The best that TeamViewer is available for all platforms: Windows, Mac, Linux, Raspberry Pi, Android, iOS and even as extensive for the Google Chrome, just choose yours from the website download menu.
The friendly green elephant is the trademark of Evernote, a free program that serves as a notepad. Like any notepad, it serves to write down and organize whatever you want. The advantage is that, in the free version, Evernote can be used on two devices, which means that you can have access to your writings on both PC and smartphone, for example. V, Sherlock Holmes, write it down!
Moving from green to yellow, we have Google Keep. The inviting yellow lamp of the logo makes you question your taste for colors, but hey, life sometimes needs a yellow beacon to get your attention. This block can be connected to your account Google, allowing you to view notes on multiple devices. It can also be synchronized with your location and, for example, remind you of the shopping list when you arrive at the market. Quite useful, isn't it?
Next on the list of free software of the giant Microsoft, and was until recently connected to the package Office. Its purple design in the greater Joker suit style and allows the user, unlike the Evernote, making notes, tables and drawings on the same note, in addition to saving audio comments, drawings and screen prints. Here's OneNote.
Replacing the old elephant with a small frog, or chameleon, the Notepad ++ is left to your imagination, a relatively simple notepad for the mortal relatives who write, so to speak, in a traditional way. Its versatility shines when, however, you want to write programming codes: each command can be changed in color, just configure it. the most useful for those working in the area of computer data.
Update drivers and free software
IObit Driver Booster
Especially recommended for gamers and fans of plant technology, the program automatically detects updates for hardware and game components. Before upgrading, however, it offers a restore point if the user feels that the process has not improved the computer's performance. It is possible to upgrade to the professional version of Driver Booster too, for a fee, of course.
The software is the supraSUMO (for forgiveness for the infamous pun) of updating programs. Its name means Software Update Monitor, in free translation, and, as he suggests, the program creates a small monitor to keep an eye on all updates available on the computer, asking the user beforehand whether he wants to or not to update.
The name is a bit scary at first, but when you translate it, the acronym means If This, Then That gives you a lesson in Portuguese: If That, Then That. Demonstrative pronouns part, this program is responsible for integrating several services into one. You connect a command that will be activated if a certain event happens. But how so? Well, an example: the command activate umbrella reminder if the event is a rain forecast for the day. Quite interesting, to say the least.
One more of free software that automate your work. Most suitable for the professional environment and can perform 100 automated tasks per month in the free verse. Not much, but if you organize it right, it is more than enough to leverage your productivity and turn you into a true focus machine. Thank you, Zapier.
Backup and Sync
I loved this program. No, wait, I said wrong. Aomei is a relatively simple backup program that can create copies of even your operating system, predicting the loss of your data through a very serious emergency.
I imagine that many have already seen at least his symbol hovering over the internet, but if not, Dropbox is a tool that allows you to save up to 2 GB of files. If you want more space, I suggest subscribing to the premium plan. Either way, you can access it from a variety of platforms, whether from the desktop or mobile.
Contrary to what the name might suggest, not a line of cars from Apple. a backup tool that gives you 5 GB of free storage, and can even save videos and photos from your Facebook. IDrive is especially useful when you want to delete those inconvenient family photos but want to save them somewhere safe beforehand.
Another of free software from Microsoft. It is already installed on computers that use Windows 10 and guarantees 5 GB free. If you are enrolled in the program Microsoft 365, which entitles the official tools of the Office for a year, this simple limit increased to a graceful 1 TB.
Screen capture and recording
Taking control of your key Prt Scr, or Print Screen, for the latter, the app makes your screenshots much more useful. You can choose where on the screen you want to capture, instead of having an entire image and needing to spend time on Paint (yes, I know, and relax that everyone has done this once in their life), in addition to being able to put arrows and text together. Here's LightShot.
A little more complex to move around given the immense amount of options it offers. There are more than 80 editing options after capturing a screenshot. I think that in itself demonstrates the amount of things that ShareX can accomplish.
Creating and editing images
Adobe Photoshop Express
Like all good free program with an older paid brother, Photoshop Express has limited resources. You can't do much with it other than basic photo editing, how to put lens flare (that light effect) and some filters, in addition to texts, but if you are in trouble, the ideal and faster solution.
One of the free software better known, especially in the area of image editing. As a user of the program's ancient times, I must comment that it is quite useful and serves for practically everything that Photoshop would do. The difference, as an amateur designer in distant times, is precisely this division: the GIMP is more aimed at amateurs and enthusiasts, while the Photoshop more professional.
Ah, the longing times Orkut, where everyone used an old version of Inkscape and its derivatives to edit and draw community photos. What few knew was that it is more versatile when making digital drawings, especially with regard to vectorization.
Icecream Image Resizer
It does exactly what it purports to do (luckily): resize images of various types. There is not much else to say, if you want to safely resize a photo, it is the program.
a good program that rivals the GIMP the market for free software for image editing. The preference between these two is up to the user and ends up being something very subjective. What does it matter that, following some tutorials on the internet, both Paint.net and GIMP can be used to the fullest.
You don't need to know how to pronounce Pixlr X, just want to make some quick adjustments to the images. It also works with Dropbox, so if you have a family photo there and someone wants to change the color of their teeth or eyes, that's it, just two birds in one stone.
Video creation and editing
One of the most attractive free software in the design world. It allows the creation and editing of 3D models with relative freedom, both of characters and of worlds or objects, whatever you want. It is also very useful for the gaming industry. Here's Blender.
A tool to transform any video format into another. The somewhat complex HandBrake, reminding our dear ShareX mentioned earlier, but it has years of practice and Open Source, which means that there are many tutorials to help you learn your mechanics.
Compared to professional programs, it loses very little – and that little can be found, of course, when purchasing a premium package. But you don't need it, use the free version and have fun in the editions.
E-books and comics
Here is a free software high caliber that functions as an online library of e-books. That's right, it organizes and even allows editing of books in .epub and .mobi formats. If you are allergic to tallow, this is the perfect app.
The Amazon reader is not only a tablet for reading, but also an application that serves on your desktop and is useful for reading those e-books that you found out there. Or even the ones you bought.
Main free program audio editing is Audacity. Simple to handle, it delivers useful and versatile tools for beginners in the business. Ah, it is normally used in journalism courses, so there is a tip to prepare yourself as well.
Use the Bibiscus while having a hibiscus tea and get ready for a real potent influence, with rhythmic stanzas. He organizes chapters, scenarios, characters, in short, everything a writer can ask for and for free.
If you want to be immersed in the writing experience and at the same time get rid of distractions, that's the answer. Almost like a primitive version of that game device Heavy Rain where the FBI agent could choose the scenario to study the evidence. Only FocusWriter even has typewriter noise to replace mouse clicks! Incredible. Download here: FocusWriter.
Great for creating and editing scripts, and he even keeps the names of the characters so that you never forget that character at the beginning of the series that mysteriously disappeared. Perhaps the writers of game of Thrones they should have used the tool, but hey, I'm just a copywriter, what do I know? Trelby.
Adobe Acrobat Reader DC
Whereas the Adobe was the creator of PDF, nothing more just than offering a free program so that users can read, take notes, book tickets, etc. Just download from their website and you're done.
You can create PDFs, edit them and share them with that application. It works great on Windowsbut not so good Mac and in Linux, then it has this disadvantage. Anyway, Foxit is very good.
Did you find compressed files whose extension is not very familiar? No problem, there is a big chance that 7-Zip will be able to open and, better yet, will not charge you for it. It allows for the creation of compressed files too, so this.
Fortunately this program from the list of free software no wheel s no WindowsXP, as the name suggests. The CDBurnerXP is constantly updated and serves to create and copy CDs and DVDs.
A worthy substitute for the traditional Windows Explorer, this pleasant program to use has two panels to organize your files, everything that Explorer has and still brings the possibility to automate your work of opening and closing folders all the time, living up to the name Multi Commander.
Installers and uninstallers
The second free program gives IObit its uninstaller, which helps the user to get rid of those insistent programs that look more like ticks on the skin. It also comes with a suggestion box, so users can help each other in this true technological crusade.
Fortunately, it is not a new type of respiratory disease, but one of the free software more useful for those who just bought a computer. Ninite takes a list of useful and customizable programs and downloads them all at once, saving a lot of work.
Sincerely? One of the most useful on the list. It automatically refuses all those programs that usually come with installers, such as antiviruses of dubious quality and the infamous Babylon. Here's Unchecky.
This type of program works like an armored car. You can open other applications within it, especially browsers, as if it were a part operating system. Shade is free and serves the purpose relatively well.
If you're the type of person who doesn't like to keep changing software all the time to do one or the other, Kodi is perfect. It gathers all the media you have and want in one place, being able to play videos, movies, music, podcasts etc.
Similar to Kodi, but with fewer attributes in the free version. Plex serves more as an alternative to Windows Media Player, in reality, but it has some interesting programs as well.
VLC Media Player
When streaming services barely existed, internet users needed to make a living looking for movies, torrents and the like illegally. The main free program used to play these media files was VLC – even today, it is still very useful for reading all types of video files.