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Free useful software for Windows

Looking to edit your memorable photos, create genuine art, classify and view images and videos?

Beside the popular software and apps that we all know, there are surprising free ones you can get for Windows users.

Important information:

The software mentioned here is software we use, or or used to use.There are others around. Also, to my acknowledge, they are truly free (some for personal use only) and most of them Open Source.

This list had been updated on January 2021.

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IMAGE VIEWER/ UTILITIES

FastStone Image Viewer 7.5

An image browser, converter and editor that supports all major graphic formats including BMP, JPEG, JPEG 2000, GIF, PNG, PCX, TIFF, WMF, ICO, TGA and camera raw files. It has a nice array of features such as image viewing, management, comparison, red-eye removal, emailing, resizing, cropping, color adjustments, musical slideshow and much more.

VECTOR SOFTWARE

inkscape

Inkscape is a Free and open source vector graphics editor for GNU/Linux, Windows and MacOS X. It offers a rich set of features and is widely used for both artistic and technical illustrations such as cartoons, clip art, logos, typography, diagramming and flowcharting. It uses vector graphics to allow for sharp printouts and renderings at unlimited resolution and is not bound to a fixed number of pixels like raster graphics. Inkscape uses the standardized SVG file format as its main format, which is supported by many other applications including web browsers.

IMAGE PROCESSING

GIMP

GIMP is a cross-platform image editor available for GNU/Linux, OS X, Windows and more operating systems. It is free software, you can change its source code and distribute your changes. Whether you are a graphic designer, photographer, illustrator, or scientist, GIMP provides you with sophisticated tools to get your job done. You can further enhance your productivity with GIMP thanks to many customization options and 3rd party plugins.

IMAGE PROCESSING

darktable

Darktable is an open source photography workflow application and raw developer. A virtual lighttable and darkroom for photographers. It manages your digital negatives in a database, lets you view them through a zoomable lighttable and enables you to develop raw images and enhance them.

VIDEO PROCESSING

Shotcut

Shotcut is a free, open source, cross-platform video editor. – Added an Advanced mode to the Properties > Convert to Edit-friendly dialog with: Added detection of a HDR transfer function (ITU-R BT.2020 or SMPTE ST2084) to automatically show Convert dialog. Added Convert to BT.709 colorspace that provides HDR-to-SDR tone mapping! This helps a lot of people who are recording games in HDR and were surpised by the poor colors when editing in Shotcut. Added Deinterlace option (bwdif) that outputs one frame for each field. Added Override frame rate and Frame rate conversion with Blend and Motion Compensation options. (Please be aware that Motion Compensation is very slow and that is not a bug.) Added Use Higher Performance Waveforms to Timeline and Keyframes menus (default on). Added a red outline around the thumnbail of the currently opened Playlist item. Added video filter Reduce Noise: Quantization. Added Color space and Color transfer to Properties > Video.

PAINTING SOFTWARE

SketchBook

SketchBook drawing and painting software lets designers, architects, and concept artists sketch ideas quickly and create stunning illustrations. Professional drawing tools with a beautiful interface, ideal for those on the go Designed for both stylus and touch input

PAINTING SOFTWARE

Krita

Krita is a professional FREE and open source painting program. It is made by artists that want to see affordable art tools for everyone. concept art texture and matte painters illustrations and comics

IMAGE PROCESSING

RawTherapee

RawTherapee is a powerful, cross-platform raw photo processing system, released as Free Software (GPLv3). It is designed for developing raw files from a broad range of digital cameras and targeted at users ranging from enthusiast newcomers who wish to broaden their understanding of how digital imaging works to professional photographers. RawTherapee provides a powerful suite of tools for you to produce amazing photos and showcase your creativity.

DESKTOP PUBLISHING

Scribus

Welcome to Scribus, a page layout program for Linux, FreeBSD, PC-BSD, NetBSD, OpenBSD, Solaris, OpenIndiana, Debian GNU/Hurd, Mac OS X, OS/2 Warp 4, eComStation, Haiku and Windows. Since its humble beginning in the spring of 2001, Scribus has evolved into one of the premier Open Source desktop applications. Encouraged by professionals and beginners alike, the Scribus Team, with support from a large and growing number of enthusiastic contributors from all over the world, is dedicated to develop and improve “one of the most powerful and useful open-source projects out there” (TechRepublic).

IMAGE VIEWER/ UTILITIES

SWATCHBOOKER

Reads color swatches from: Adobe aco, acb, act, ase, acf, bcf, clr AutoCAD acb (unencrypted only!) ColorSchemer cs Corel cpl, xml (X5) GIMP gpl ICC named colors profiles OpenOffice.org soc QuarkXPress qcl (+cui) RAL bcs RIFF pal Scribus xml…. and more

IMAGE PROCESSING

Paint.NET

Paint.NET is image and photo editing software for PCs that run Windows. It features an intuitive and innovative user interface with support for layers, unlimited undo, special effects, and a wide variety of useful and powerful tools. An active and growing online community provides friendly help, tutorials, and plugins.

VIDEO PROCESSING

VideoPad

Editing your video is now easy and fun to do This full-featured video editor lets you easily create your very own professional looking videos, complete with transitions, music and narration. Make the most of your captured memories with VideoPad Video Editor. Easily cut, paste and piece together your footage and create an enjoyable movie for friends and family to see.