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Demon_Lord

We all have favorite software that we had used for years. Some of these applications have a fully functional free version. Please share yours. I had a few favorites, but I'm sharing the one that after using it for ten years, I can't write without comfortably.

WordWeb Dictionary And Thesaurus
https://wordweb.info/

Like its name says it is a dictionary and thesaurus, which can be run on multiple devices and operating systems, and it works mostly offline. It's safe to install, and use. And it has many cool features to make our writing easier.

The free version is very similar to the Pro version, and their requirements for continuing using it free are easy to meet for most of us. Here is a link to qualify for their free license  https://wordweb.info/free/licence5.html



If anybody posts spam software that it's not free and safe, their posts and links will probably be deleted by the admin/moderator, so please try to keep it clean and useful.
 

Gerri Attrick

Re: Please share your favorite free (tested and safe) software with us
« Reply #1 on: November 11, 2018, 03:53:36 AM »
My absolute favourite has to be yWriter writing software from SpaceJock (aka Simon Haynes, a member here).

Itís totally free, totally awesome, and Iíve written most of my 16 books with it.
 
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« Reply #2 on: November 11, 2018, 04:15:51 AM »
Sigil! For editing epubs. Means I can make the ebook version of my books look professional and exactly the way I want them.
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Re: Please share your favorite free (tested and safe) software with us
« Reply #3 on: November 11, 2018, 05:42:23 AM »
I use Word Web. It's fantastic for Windows and useless for Mac.

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« Reply #4 on: November 11, 2018, 10:59:04 AM »
If I feel the need for speed - Tomighty.

Much like myself, it's simple, does the job, and works offline.

https://tomighty.en.softonic.com/download 
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« Reply #5 on: November 11, 2018, 12:46:34 PM »
OpenOffice and Calibre.  Love 'em.
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Re: Please share your favorite free (tested and safe) software with us
« Reply #6 on: November 11, 2018, 02:11:53 PM »
My absolute favourite has to be yWriter writing software from SpaceJock (aka Simon Haynes, a member here).

Itís totally free, totally awesome, and Iíve written most of my 16 books with it.


Thanks ;-)

I wrote it for my own use, but I'm always pleased when someone else finds it useful too.  Unfortunately there are way too many undocumented features, such as export to epub, mobi and PDF, and I really need to update the sample project to show what it can do these days.

yWriter 7 is almost ready now. I've used it for my last three novels to iron out the bugs, and it's proving nice and reliable.




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Gerri Attrick

Re: Please share your favorite free (tested and safe) software with us
« Reply #7 on: November 11, 2018, 07:15:17 PM »
My absolute favourite has to be yWriter writing software from SpaceJock (aka Simon Haynes, a member here).

Itís totally free, totally awesome, and Iíve written most of my 16 books with it.


Thanks ;-)

I wrote it for my own use, but Iím always pleased when someone else finds it useful too.  Unfortunately there are way too many undocumented features, such as export to epub, mobi and PDF, and I really need to update the sample project to show what it can do these days.

yWriter 7 is almost ready now. Iíve used it for my last three novels to iron out the bugs, and itís proving nice and reliable.

The only improvements Iíd ask for would be the choice of typographerís (curly) quotes and a better story board. At the moment the ďcardsĒ are far too big and impossible to rearrange.
 

Simon Haynes

Re: Please share your favorite free (tested and safe) software with us
« Reply #8 on: November 11, 2018, 08:57:55 PM »
My absolute favourite has to be yWriter writing software from SpaceJock (aka Simon Haynes, a member here).

Itís totally free, totally awesome, and Iíve written most of my 16 books with it.


Thanks ;-)

I wrote it for my own use, but Iím always pleased when someone else finds it useful too.  Unfortunately there are way too many undocumented features, such as export to epub, mobi and PDF, and I really need to update the sample project to show what it can do these days.

yWriter 7 is almost ready now. Iíve used it for my last three novels to iron out the bugs, and itís proving nice and reliable.

The only improvements Iíd ask for would be the choice of typographerís (curly) quotes and a better story board. At the moment the ďcardsĒ are far too big and impossible to rearrange.

The problem with automatic curly quotes is that it'll mess up if one's missing, and if you're using single quotes for dialogue it's going to get confused when it comes to apostrophes.

I'm sure I can get around it with tricky programming, but there always seems to be some case where it fails.

PS the new yW7 now finally supports 'match whole word' in the global search/replace.

Didn't realise the cards were showing too big. What's your screen resolution?


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Gerri Attrick

Re: Please share your favorite free (tested and safe) software with us
« Reply #9 on: November 12, 2018, 01:10:45 AM »
Hi, Simon.

Windows 7 - 1366 x 768.

I usually have 36 scenes (12 chapters x 3 scenes) and even when I select ďsmallĒ Iím unable to see more than 10 scenes at a time without scrolling. It would work far better for me to have them stacked down the screen rather than always across. I generally only have one viewpoint character.
 
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Demon_Lord

Re: Please share your favorite free (tested and safe) software with us
« Reply #10 on: November 12, 2018, 08:17:28 AM »
My absolute favourite has to be yWriter writing software from SpaceJock (aka Simon Haynes, a member here).

Itís totally free, totally awesome, and Iíve written most of my 16 books with it.

Thanks for sharing it, I've never heard of it. I'm going to give it a try.
 

Demon_Lord

Re: Please share your favorite free (tested and safe) software with us
« Reply #11 on: November 12, 2018, 08:24:16 AM »
If I feel the need for speed - Tomighty.

Much like myself, it's simple, does the job, and works offline.

https://tomighty.en.softonic.com/download

I found an article about it here: https://lifehacker.com/5818856/tomighty-is-a-simple-elegant-pomodoro-timer-for-boosting-productivity

It looks interesting, thank you.
 

Demon_Lord

Re: Please share your favorite free (tested and safe) software with us
« Reply #12 on: November 12, 2018, 08:25:54 AM »
OpenOffice and Calibre.  Love 'em.

I use those too.

Thanks.
 

Demon_Lord

Re: Please share your favorite free (tested and safe) software with us
« Reply #13 on: November 12, 2018, 08:29:28 AM »
My absolute favourite has to be yWriter writing software from SpaceJock (aka Simon Haynes, a member here).

Itís totally free, totally awesome, and Iíve written most of my 16 books with it.


Thanks ;-)

I wrote it for my own use, but I'm always pleased when someone else finds it useful too.  Unfortunately there are way too many undocumented features, such as export to epub, mobi and PDF, and I really need to update the sample project to show what it can do these days.

yWriter 7 is almost ready now. I've used it for my last three novels to iron out the bugs, and it's proving nice and reliable.

I'm going to give it a try, it looks really useful.

Maybe you should put it on your signature here, so people can learn about it.

Thanks for creating it and sharing it free of charge.
 

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« Reply #14 on: November 16, 2018, 04:17:02 AM »
I use the free version of Book Brush https://bookbrush.com/register/ for creating ads. I'm still in the learning curve  :icon_rolleyes: Too many choices.



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Re: Please share your favorite free (tested and safe) software with us
« Reply #15 on: November 16, 2018, 07:41:51 AM »
For writing, Focus Writer (gottcode.org/focuswriter/), which gives me a blank screen in which to write.  It's customizable, so you can write on a screen of any color that suits you; or you can have an inspiring photo behind your writing area.  I can have as many files open as I need, and the program totals my word count and lets me set a timer if I like.  Saves in various file formats.

I've also been using Notepad++ for writing:  I outline in the program and then fill in the scenes.  Saves as plain text or in rich text format (which is usable by every word processing program I've used).  Extremely basic, but since I use it a lot (for creating web pages and ebooks and for and transcribing old documents), it works well for me.

I really recommend Focus Writer; I don't need the formatting icons cluttering the screen, and it's nice to have just a blank screen to put words on.
 

Demon_Lord

Re: Please share your favorite free (tested and safe) software with us
« Reply #16 on: November 16, 2018, 12:44:55 PM »
I use the free version of Book Brush https://bookbrush.com/register/ for creating ads. I'm still in the learning curve  :icon_rolleyes: Too many choices.




I was looking for something similar, it's good to know that you tried it and it works.  Thanks for sharing it with us.
 

Demon_Lord

Re: Please share your favorite free (tested and safe) software with us
« Reply #17 on: November 16, 2018, 12:49:31 PM »
For writing, Focus Writer (gottcode.org/focuswriter/), which gives me a blank screen in which to write.  It's customizable, so you can write on a screen of any color that suits you; or you can have an inspiring photo behind your writing area.  I can have as many files open as I need, and the program totals my word count and lets me set a timer if I like.  Saves in various file formats.

I've also been using Notepad++ for writing:  I outline in the program and then fill in the scenes.  Saves as plain text or in rich text format (which is usable by every word processing program I've used).  Extremely basic, but since I use it a lot (for creating web pages and ebooks and for and transcribing old documents), it works well for me.

I really recommend Focus Writer; I don't need the formatting icons cluttering the screen, and it's nice to have just a blank screen to put words on.

Focus Writer sounds like a program that can helps us to organize our work, while staying focused. I had used  Notepad++ in the past, it's a better option than Windows Notepad.

Thanks for sharing.
 
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Re: Please share your favorite free (tested and safe) software with us
« Reply #18 on: November 16, 2018, 01:52:00 PM »
LibreOffice with Write. It does everything I need it to do and I can't see ever paying for a word processor again.

Also, I use a free program called TimeLine, which is exactly what it says. You can create timelines of events and have notes attached to those events. I find it a lot easier and cleaner than trying to use those computerized index card programs. I like its visual look, getting you from the beginning of the story to the end.

https://www.libreoffice.org/

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« Reply #19 on: November 17, 2018, 10:37:41 AM »
LibreOffice with Write. It does everything I need it to do and I can't see ever paying for a word processor again.

Also, I use a free program called TimeLine, which is exactly what it says. You can create timelines of events and have notes attached to those events. I find it a lot easier and cleaner than trying to use those computerized index card programs. I like its visual look, getting you from the beginning of the story to the end.

https://www.libreoffice.org/

http://thetimelineproj.sourceforge.net/

Yes, LibreOffice is excellent, I use it mostly when I'm using Linux.

I took note about TimeLine to give it a try. Thanks.
 

Simon Haynes

Re: Please share your favorite free (tested and safe) software with us
« Reply #20 on: November 17, 2018, 04:16:48 PM »

I'm going to give it a try, it looks really useful.

Maybe you should put it on your signature here, so people can learn about it.

Thanks for creating it and sharing it free of charge.

I'm pretty sure I saw a forum rule somewhere stating that sigs could only show books, not other stuff.  I also have a report analyser app (KDP, smashwords, etc) which I used to link to on The Other Place, but I've left it off my sig here.


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Re: Please share your favorite free (tested and safe) software with us
« Reply #21 on: November 19, 2018, 04:32:50 AM »
 
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Re: Please share your favorite free (tested and safe) software with us
« Reply #22 on: November 19, 2018, 06:42:21 AM »
Cold Turkey Writer https://getcoldturkey.com/writer/

I've been using Cold Turkey for a couple of years now. I didn't know they had a Writer. I'll have to take a look at it.
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Re: Please share your favorite free (tested and safe) software with us
« Reply #23 on: November 19, 2018, 07:08:50 AM »

I'm going to give it a try, it looks really useful.

Maybe you should put it on your signature here, so people can learn about it.

Thanks for creating it and sharing it free of charge.

I'm pretty sure I saw a forum rule somewhere stating that sigs could only show books, not other stuff.  I also have a report analyser app (KDP, smashwords, etc) which I used to link to on The Other Place, but I've left it off my sig here.

Well, maybe you should ask Timothy about it. Because you are not making money out of it. And even if you develop a 'pro' version, and charge for that, as long as you keep a 'free' full functional version, it's good stuff.

And software is a creativity product, and it's a program for creating books, and the analyzer is connected to sales of books.

I think that in your case there should be an exception.
 

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« Reply #25 on: November 23, 2018, 11:43:17 AM »
Cold Turkey Writer https://getcoldturkey.com/writer/

Thank you!

I have to second that. I've been using Cold Turkey for a couple of years now, but didn't know about Writer. I went and downloaded the free version to give it a test drive and I liked it so much, I bought the paid version. I've been using it now for a few days and love it.
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« Reply #26 on: November 23, 2018, 12:02:22 PM »
GIMP is a free image editor that is a choice if you don't want to pay for Photoshop. Like Shrek and Photoshop, it has LAYERS. That's a feature that you will appreciate with use.

https://www.gimp.org/
 

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Re: Please share your favorite free (tested and safe) software with us
« Reply #27 on: November 24, 2018, 12:22:14 AM »
Another free photoshop-like image editor is pixlr https://pixlr.com/editor/  It's a free online editor that has a very photoshop-like interface. It's pretty useful.
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Re: Please share your favorite free (tested and safe) software with us
« Reply #28 on: November 24, 2018, 06:10:45 AM »
GIMP is a free image editor that is a choice if you don't want to pay for Photoshop. Like Shrek and Photoshop, it has LAYERS. That's a feature that you will appreciate with use.

https://www.gimp.org/

Yes, GIMP is fantastic for cleaning background in images too.

Thanks!

 

Demon_Lord

Re: Please share your favorite free (tested and safe) software with us
« Reply #29 on: November 24, 2018, 06:12:04 AM »
Another free photoshop-like image editor is pixlr https://pixlr.com/editor/  It's a free online editor that has a very photoshop-like interface. It's pretty useful.

Thank you, I've never heard of it, and it's good to know there are multiple options.
 

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Re: Please share your favorite free (tested and safe) software with us
« Reply #30 on: January 11, 2019, 10:46:48 PM »
Not the most mainstream list I guess, but this is what I use:

  • writing: emacs
  • change tracking: git
  • covers and image manipulation: gimp and krita
  • ebook creation: calibre tools (mainly ebook-convert), some perl scripts and a custom built lisp converter suite

And, of course, all of this running on linux, which is my most favorite free software of them all...  grint
 

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« Reply #31 on: January 12, 2019, 05:42:43 AM »
Thanks you. This reminded me that I need to make a thread about our favorite Linux Distributions.
 

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Re: Please share your favorite free (tested and safe) software with us
« Reply #32 on: January 13, 2019, 03:50:25 PM »
I'm pretty sure I saw a forum rule somewhere stating that sigs could only show books, not other stuff.Not here.
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Re: Please share your favorite free (tested and safe) software with us
« Reply #33 on: May 13, 2019, 05:04:24 AM »
I used this free tool to check on my keywords and discovered that readers search for 'kids' books far more often than 'children's' books.
It uses Amazon real-time data.

https://www.publishingwithlove.com/kindle-ebook-keywords-tools-data

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Re: Please share your favorite free (tested and safe) software with us
« Reply #34 on: May 13, 2019, 11:10:24 AM »
I used this free tool to check on my keywords and discovered that readers search for 'kids' books far more often than 'children's' books.
It uses Amazon real-time data.

https://www.publishingwithlove.com/kindle-ebook-keywords-tools-data

This is a very interesting website, thanks for sharing.
 

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Re: Please share your favorite free (tested and safe) software with us
« Reply #35 on: May 15, 2019, 09:48:07 PM »
I haven't tested these, but this looks like a good list of alternatives to Adobe:

https://www.patreon.com/posts/26834357

 
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« Reply #36 on: May 15, 2019, 10:34:49 PM »
I have horrors about Indesign 5.5 no longer working, either due to the next Windows release, or just Adobe killing it off somehow. (Not cloud based, but it does phone home to their servers.)

I would dearly love to work in Scribus and Gimp instead of Photoshop Elements 9 and Indesign 5.5, but all my existing work is in the latter. Gimp imports PSD files, but it can't handle certain layers. I'm not sure whether Scribus would import a PDF and break it down into the original elements or not.

Fortunately, most of my covers consist of images (even the title font/author name), so they wouldn't be too hard to redo if I changed over. I can copy/paste the text.

I use Inkscape now for some vector stuff, like icons for my software, and it deserves a mention. Pretty easy to use, stable and very handy.

I guess the first step is to design a future cover in Scribus and see how it goes. The only reason I bought Indesign in the first place was due to Lightning Source and their steep compatibility requirements for PDF cover files.





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« Reply #37 on: May 15, 2019, 11:07:07 PM »
Simon - I am in the exact same position with CS 5.5. I didn't update my laptop to Windows 10 because I'm afraid it will kill my CS 5.5 suite - Illustrator, Photoshop, Acrobat Pro and InDesign in particular. With the upcoming demise of Windows 7 support, I guess I should be looking for a way to keep that laptop isolated from the internet.

Did you see this:

https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/a3xk3p/adobe-tells-users-they-can-get-sued-for-using-old-versions-of-photoshop
 

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« Reply #38 on: May 16, 2019, 12:13:58 AM »
5.5 works on Win 10. I had a few crashes originally, then changed it to run as admin, and then a later win10 update seemed to fix it. Absolutely no problem now.

Don't take my word as gospel on this, though. Every windows machine seems to have different issues with different software.

(The only issue I have is that 5.5 immediately crashes when you right-click while you have something from OpenOffice on the clipboard. You have no idea the lengths I went to to uncover THAT weird combination.)

I still have a Windows 7 PC in my office. I will keep that one disconnected from the internet, so if I really need to I can use ID on that.


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« Reply #39 on: May 18, 2019, 12:19:42 PM »
I haven't tested these, but this looks like a good list of alternatives to Adobe:

https://www.patreon.com/posts/26834357



Thanks for sharing this. The good news is that we don't have to invest anything but time to give these alternative software a try.

I also work with an older version of Photoshop, but it never gets access to the internet.

Seriously, if you guys have a Windows 7 computer that runs well, and has lots of software that you like, try to clone the hard drive using https://clonezilla.org/

It's a free Linux software and a distro that can be run on LiveCD too. It might take some time learning to do so, but it's worthy. I recommend cloning the drive when it's in good shape, to keep a copy of the installation in case something happens to it. In the Clonezilla website they have a session where they explain how to deal with Windows disc cloning.

That been said, I've been using Linux exclusivity for more than seven months now. I didn't plan to do so, it just happened that when I turn the computer on, I don't log into the Windows side anymore. Wow, I just realized that.

BTW The best word processor in Linux is the less flamboyant one, AbiWord https://www.abisource.com/tour/

If all one needs is to type words and saving them, this is the thing.



 

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Re: Please share your favorite free (tested and safe) software with us
« Reply #40 on: May 18, 2019, 01:08:59 PM »
I just tried Scribus, and unfortunately it WILL import PSD files, but masking doesn't work. Therefore, my title came in as a yellow square. (I know I can export the original to PNG and just use that instead, but it's so much easier to link the photoshop file.)

I tried the scribus SVN release (nightly), but it's the same.

As for writing novels on Linux, my own yWriter runs under the mono libraries.


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Re: Please share your favorite free (tested and safe) software with us
« Reply #41 on: May 19, 2019, 01:58:32 AM »
I just tried Scribus, and unfortunately it WILL import PSD files, but masking doesn't work. Therefore, my title came in as a yellow square. (I know I can export the original to PNG and just use that instead, but it's so much easier to link the photoshop file.)

I tried the scribus SVN release (nightly), but it's the same.

As for writing novels on Linux, my own yWriter runs under the mono libraries.

Did you merge the layers in the PSD file first? When I got the final version of a cover, I leave the original PSD intact in case I need to change something later, and save a copy as New-Cover-merged.psd. This makes working with it easier. However, exporting the cover as a high resolution jpeg is the best option to create ebooks.

And to import a final cover into a new program, it takes more work, because I would save each layer individually and use them to recreate the cover in the new program.

Well, so far nothing better than the early Photoshop versions, but we must get ready for when Windows become unbearable.
 

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Re: Please share your favorite free (tested and safe) software with us
« Reply #42 on: May 26, 2019, 09:30:08 PM »
Pixl expressX. It's a new kid on the pixl scene.

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Re: Please share your favorite free (tested and safe) software with us
« Reply #43 on: May 26, 2019, 10:31:03 PM »
I just tried Scribus, and unfortunately it WILL import PSD files, but masking doesn't work. Therefore, my title came in as a yellow square. (I know I can export the original to PNG and just use that instead, but it's so much easier to link the photoshop file.)

I tried the scribus SVN release (nightly), but it's the same.

As for writing novels on Linux, my own yWriter runs under the mono libraries.

Did you merge the layers in the PSD file first? When I got the final version of a cover, I leave the original PSD intact in case I need to change something later, and save a copy as New-Cover-merged.psd. This makes working with it easier. However, exporting the cover as a high resolution jpeg is the best option to create ebooks.

And to import a final cover into a new program, it takes more work, because I would save each layer individually and use them to recreate the cover in the new program.

Well, so far nothing better than the early Photoshop versions, but we must get ready for when Windows become unbearable.

I like to save what I'm working on with a new filename (increment the number), and then link the PSD file. It's not the end of the world if I have to export as PNG though, that's for sure.

Apparently they shut down the licensing servers for Photoshop/Indesign CS2, then made the program available on the adobe site (with a key) for people who purchased it and still needed to use it.

Maybe they'll do the same with CS5.5/6.0 if they shut the servers down?

I'm more worried about a future version of Windows not working with CS at all. They don't have a great record when it comes to supporting older software. My version of CorelDraw 12 will not run on Windows 10 no matter what I try, and all my old artwork is in CDR format. On the plus side, LibreOffice Draw has a rudimentary CDR importer - but it's not there yet.


Also yWriter, free novel-writing software for Windows PCs.
 

Demon_Lord

Re: Please share your favorite free (tested and safe) software with us
« Reply #44 on: June 01, 2019, 04:50:02 AM »
Pixl expressX. It's a new kid on the pixl scene.

Very interesting, thanks for sharing it.
 

Demon_Lord

Re: Please share your favorite free (tested and safe) software with us
« Reply #45 on: June 01, 2019, 04:56:50 AM »

I like to save what I'm working on with a new filename (increment the number), and then link the PSD file. It's not the end of the world if I have to export as PNG though, that's for sure.

Apparently they shut down the licensing servers for Photoshop/Indesign CS2, then made the program available on the adobe site (with a key) for people who purchased it and still needed to use it.

Maybe they'll do the same with CS5.5/6.0 if they shut the servers down?

I'm more worried about a future version of Windows not working with CS at all. They don't have a great record when it comes to supporting older software. My version of CorelDraw 12 will not run on Windows 10 no matter what I try, and all my old artwork is in CDR format. On the plus side, LibreOffice Draw has a rudimentary CDR importer - but it's not there yet.

I've invested a lot on Corel software, and one of the good things about them, it's that they are one of the few companies that still have fully functioning off-line trials. They allow you to install the software without an online connection too.

So, if you need to open a CDR file, you can download a program from their catalog and use it. Here is a link you might like to take a look at:

Trying to open a .CDR file?
https://www.coreldraw.com/en/pages/open-cdr-file/



 
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Chrissy

Re: Please share your favorite free (tested and safe) software with us
« Reply #46 on: June 01, 2019, 05:49:17 AM »
Simon,
If you ever decide to OR need to move on from Adobe products you might want to check out Affinity Photo, Designer and Publisher. They're software you own and very low cost. $49 USD or often $39 on sale. (Windows & Mac versions)

https://affinity.serif.com/en-gb/


For all,
A free scrivener like windows product (with editing functionality included) worth checking out is SmartEdit Writer.

https://www.smart-edit.com/Writer/
 
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