Free Software



Well - who said software needs to be expensive.
This is a list of free stuff found on the web and whatever the requirement there is usually something available.
Most of the free apps listed are of reasonable quality but it should be realized that some commercial programs can be hard acts to follow (eg: the famous Photoshop app which usually requires a mortgage to obtain) and depending on your requirement the free stuff may or may not do it for you.
It goes without saying that if you do find a free app which works well for you and it happens to be Donationware or similar then by all means support the developer by doing so.
The most usual bug I see with freeware apps is the labelling of fields/buttons/etc which are often truncated however the app is generally OK (admittedly I experienced this mainly with Win apps) - just a shame about the cosmetics. This effect may be a result of incomplete implementation of system button/control styles which may be able to be disabled via the starting shortcut properties.

Caveats:
P = Personal use
NC = Non-Commercial use
A = Academic use
DW = Donationware ( a lot of open source projects have Donate buttons)
AW = Abandonware (developer run away or not developing further)
TW = Trialware

With some apps you will see the term Generousware. This is applied to fully featured commercial apps that the maker has made available free to Personal Users or Single License Users.
Presumably the maker is making the money on the higher end market (selling Multi-User or Commercial Use licences) and thinks that it doesn't hurt to give it away at the lower end to foster later buyin.

In the past Microsoft went halfway on this by offering the Visual Studio Express editions. Modern day they provide offerings like VSCode.



Pay Software



Sometimes you just have to pay - here is a wee list of useful stuff






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