Productivity and Creativity Software

  • Adobe
    Expansive selection of top-tier development and creativity applications. - Also see: Adobe Spark, Photoshop Express
  • Audacity
    Free, easy-to-use audio editor with robust recording, editing, and conversion tools.
  • Canva
    Present your data as visually-stunning graphs using Canva's free and online graph tools.
    Open source diagramming tool. Easily create flow charts, process diagrams, and more.
  • Google Docs
    Create and share online documents, forms, presentations, and spreadsheets. - Also see: Google Drive, Forms, Sheets, Slides
  • Microsoft Office
    Leading, de facto standard productivity suite from Microsoft.
  • Open Office
    Apache open-source productivity suite sponsored by Sun Microsystems.
  • TechSmith
    Inexpensive, easy-to-use screen capture and recording software.
  • ZOHO
    Provider of free online productivity and collaboration apps.

Personal Organization

  • Evernote
    Index and search text, images, and media clipped from local documents and the Web.
  • Google Keep
    Capture notes and share them with others. Access from anywhere.
  • Zotero
    Software for collecting, managing, and citing resources. - Also see: Zotero Bib (web interface)

Image Editing

  • FastStone
    Free image browser, converter, and editor with outstanding red-eye removal.
  • GIMP
    Free open source software for drawing, photo retouching, and image authoring.
  • Photoshop Express (Adobe)
    Free all-in-one mobile image app from Adobe. Quick photo correction and fun effects.
  • Prisma
    Turn photos into works of art by applying incredible art filters. - Also see: Lensa Selfie Editor (Android, iOS)

Web Browsers

  • Chrome
    Leading browser by Google with a minimalist design and many free extensions.
  • Edge
    Clean web browser from Microsoft.
  • Firefox
    Popular browser with thousands of available add-ons. Developed by Mozilla.
  • Opera
    Feature-rich browser with tightly integrated web services.
  • Safari
    Default browser on Apple platforms with a very simple user interface.


  • Avast Antivirus
    Free antivirus and anti-malware program from Czech-based ALWIL Software.
  • AVG Free Anti-Virus
    Free antivirus and anti-spyware security software for Windows.
  • Bitdefender
    Powerful antivirus protection for Windows, iOS, and Android.
  • Malwarebytes Anti-Malware
    Outstanding, free anti-malware software with a very small installation footprint.
  • Norton Internet Security
    Best-in-class among subscription-based comprehensive security packages. - Subscription Required