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Thu Sep 23, 2021, 10:27 AM

9 free software copycats that work better than the real expensive programs

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1. Letís start with the basics: Office software
When it comes to productivity software, Microsoft Office is the gold standard. Unfortunately, it's also expensive. Yes, there are some ways to get a discount if you genuinely need the Microsoft version. Tap or click here for tricks to get it free or cheap.

https://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/columnist/komando/2021/09/23/9-free-software-copycats-work-better-than-real-expensive-ones/5819077001/
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This is from Kim Komando, who my uber-geek spousal unit respects highly

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Response to Jilly_in_VA (Original post)

Thu Sep 23, 2021, 10:50 AM

1. Research each category: here is MS Office alternatives

https://duckduckgo.com/?q=microsoft+office+alternatives

Kimís story lists 1 alternative. According to the search, there are 10.

P.S. Mine is not always in the top 10.

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Response to Jilly_in_VA (Original post)

Thu Sep 23, 2021, 11:11 AM

2. There is no such thing as free software.. ;) (mostly)

Most come with spyware or adware that will drive you nuts.

The exception to this rule is open source software like gnu, or products that sell into open source markets like 3D printing. Those tend to be solid, community supported titles.

But downloader beware. Some "free" software will cause you more trouble than they are worth.

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Response to getagrip_already (Reply #2)

Thu Sep 23, 2021, 12:38 PM

4. Several of the apps listed in the article are open source products.

VLC Player, Audacity, Libre Office, GIMP are all fantastic open source, community driven products.

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Response to Jilly_in_VA (Original post)

Thu Sep 23, 2021, 11:58 AM

3. 7-zip is awesome and free.

Sysinternals has great utilities for advanced users.

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Response to Jilly_in_VA (Original post)

Thu Sep 23, 2021, 01:44 PM

5. try sharewareonsale.com

I look at sharewareonsale.com nearly every day to see what is offered. For a few more days you can get Advanced SystemCare 14 PRO free. You may have to use the search box to find it. I find it very useful and the PRO version has a lot of great features that don't come with the free version. It may give you annoying special offer messages despite being PRO, but to me, it's worth it.

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Response to Jilly_in_VA (Original post)

Thu Sep 23, 2021, 02:09 PM

6. This is great, and let me add another alternative to Photoshop.

I love Acorn for image editing. It only works on Macs, but it's pretty darn awesome.

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