Thinking you need spend an arm and a leg to get the best graphic design software? Think again. Like many of the best webmaster resources in the internet world, you can get a surprising amount of quality tools absolutely free.
For any individual that is just trying to do some basic things when it comes to graphic design then they can be a wonderful resource and considering you are not going to be spending any money, then it is worth exploring them in greater detail.
1. Serif Draw Plus Starter Edition.
This software is rather impressive in what it can offer you and in some ways it is certainly comparative to a number of the features on various Adobe products. It comes with a range of brushes and templates and is pretty good at 3D objects as well. It also has a number of features that are similar to Adobe Illustrator which may prove to be useful to you.
Gimp is actually pretty amazing at what it can offer you as a free piece of software. You can also have an interface on it that largely copies Photoshop if that is something that you are more used to. However, the most important thing with this program is the ease of use and you do get access to a full suite of tools right from the get go. It can be used for design as well as photo editing and works with a number of different file formats as well.
If you are looking to do something in 3D then Blender is probably the best free software that you are ever going to come across. It has been around since 2002 but it has been updated a number of times to the point where you are able to do almost anything that you can imagine in 3D. This means you can render, do compositing, animation and so much more.
This is a free program that is primarily aimed at creating and editing vector graphics. As it is free, it is seen by many as being the best alternative to the rather expensive Adobe Illustrator and it certainly has a number of features that will be familiar to you. It has a very clear and easy to understand interface and has more than enough tools to allow you to produce some pretty cool graphics although there are several restrictions with the free version.
The main reason for easel.ly to exist is to help you to make infographics without getting too stressed about it all. Infographics are extremely popular at this moment in time and this free piece of software is going to just allow you to include the information that you want and produce something that is eye catching just by basically clicking on a few boxes. Choose a theme, select the shapes of the boxes, and get the end result.
This is one resource that is perhaps not as well known as some of the others, but that should not be something that then puts you off using it. Instead, this is a program with an easy to use interface that allows you to create some rather stunning graphics even if you are an absolute beginner at it all. It has a number of tools and is quite impressive at what it offers you considering it is free. However, it may take you some time to get used to all of the different options but it is certainly worth persevering with it.
As you can see, there are a number of options when it comes to free graphic design software and it all depends on what your own personal requirements are as to which one is going to work best. However, what these examples show is that it is not always necessary to go and spend a lot of money on some program by Adobe because there are certainly other alternatives out there that can be just as good and they are at least better on your bank balance. Try them out, see how you get on with them and perhaps at least one of these options will become your go-to tool of the future.
Portable Applications are incredibly easy to use: you don't even have to install them! Just double click and start using your app. The other great use of portable apps is that you can carry them in your USB thumb drive or mobile hard disk and use them on which ever pc you want directly from your device. This saves time installing software on a PC which you are only temporarily using.
In this post I’ll be putting all the portable apps which I think are best and most useful keep on reading and download the ones you like 😉
1. Notepad++ Portable (Bonus Tip: Use Arvixe Coupons for Web Hosting!)
Not any programmer, developer or webmaster can live longer on earth without Notepad++ it’s a must have app to edit a lot of types of files such as C, C++, HTML, ASP, Java, Pascal, CSS and many more in fact notepad++ is a lot more than just text editor because syntax highlighting feature and simple interface makes it special and the best of all its freeware. Attention webmasters: You'll be able to set up your open source WordPress website and do web development without spending a penny! Well, you do need to host your website. But use an Arvixe coupon (Update: we now recommend Hostgator)and you can keep your domain and hosting under $12.
Pidgin is a very versatile instant messaging client which supports many IM platforms under one window. Now you do not have to take a lot of pieces of different messaging clients just take pidgin portable with you and chat on the go. With pidgin portable you can chat on AOL, Yahoo, MSN, ICQ and Jabber networks the best benefit is that you can take your IM settings and buddy lists with you anywhere you want.
When you are using public pc all your passwords and confidential information is at risk there might be key logger or password snatcher running in the background process. With this great and little piece of software you are safe to use your passwords on any public PC. This simple software is password manager where you place all your e-mail internet and other passwords and use them safely and only you can access stored data incase you lost your usb drive no other person than owner or password keeper can access the stored data.
CalmWin is a very professional and free antivirus now it comes portable to save your computer from viruses. Whenever you plug-in your USB drive into some public PC or PC which is already infected you put your USB drive and indirectly your own PC at risk to reduce the chances of data loss because of virus infection you can take CalmWin Portable antivirus on the go and before copying any data to your USB drive scan it with CalmWin antivirus just by double clicking, sounds safe.
Audacity is very popular and handy audio editing and mixing software. Now Audacity comes portable so you can edit and mix your song files on the go its best when you are a music fanatic and loves playing with sounds just hook it up in your ipod or music player.
Imgburn is highly stable and professional yet freeware utility to burn CD / DVD / HD DVD / Blu-ray Discs it supports many file types such as BIN, CUE, DI, DVD, GI, IMG, ISO, MDS, NRG and PDI. This portable version fulfil your burning needs on the go just download the package, unpack it and put into your mobile device.
Download ImgBurn Portable (ver 2.4.2)
7. Mozilla Firefox Portable Edition
Who in the world does not know about Mozilla Firefox?! (if still there is someone who do not know, welcome to 21st century please read this ) If you are in an internet cafe or your friend’s home who do not use firefox and you badly need firefox to finish your work or browse web with your own bookmarks and saved passwords then download this portable version of firefox and copy to your USB memory stick just like you carry First Aid kit with you.
Gimp is freely distributed image editor which can be used as simple paint program or professional level image retouching software. It has many features such as photo retouching, image composition, image authoring and image convertor, image renderer which makes it best free image editing software. The portable version of GIMP let do all these tasks on the go.
The best media player on earth its VLC now portable version is here just a standalone .exe file which can run hundreds types of media files on the go. You can run various audio and video formats (MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, DivX, XviD, WMV, mp3, ogg, …) as well as DVDs, VCDs, and various streaming protocols on the go.
When firefox is on the list i wont leave chrome behind we never know if its the best internet browser of future. Still too many people are using chrome even if it’s in early beta stages. Google Chrome already proven fastest and light weight web browser. This portable version can be taken anywhere into any mobile storage device such as ipod, usb hard disk or thumb drive. Two plugins Gears 0.4.24.0 & Flash 10.0.12.36 are already installed and embed in this package. Download Google Portable (ver 0.3.154.3)
11. Google Earth Portable
Another fun to use and informational product from google. Google earth let you fly over the globe by watching satellite pictures all the locations in fact the whole world is in 3d view you can search places hotels, restaurants, driving directions, parks, schools, hospitals, airports, retail this software is a life saver if you are out of your own country or city or any place you are not familiar with just put in your USB drive into any pc and start searching new places.
This little and free software is very useful for many little kind of jobs such as downloading videos from many video sharing websites such as youtube.com, google video, meta cafe, porntube, myspace video and many others. you can download several video files at a time you can also convert download videos for iPod, PSP, PDA, iPhone, Mobile Phone format and change format to .avi, .mpeg, .wmv Other great feature which i found useful is that you can strip audio track out of video file and save it as mp3 and wav format. This portable version of save2pc let you do all these job on the go just copy it in your usb and take hold on your videos.
With AnyTV Portable you have a portable TV with you totally free. AnyTV let you see over 2630+ TV channels from over 100 countries, 6910+ online videos, 4750+ Online Radio Channels all free. You can watch news, entertainment, documentaries, music, sports, shopping, languages, cartoons, learning, culture, religious channels, live cameras etc .. from all over the world. Application interface is simple and easy to use just download copy double and start watching free TV on the go.
For iPod users this is a breeze of blessing normally when an iPod user want to share songs on some pc without itunes he face a lot of desperation because there is no way you can share songs without an external software well now with this free little tool you can share songs with any one anywhere this portable app is free just download put it in your ipod and take it with you.
Recuva is a free utility that let you recover deleted files from hard disks, usb drives, ipods, cameras, mp3 players, mobile phones memory cards. This portable version of recuva let you recover accidently deleted files which you may want to use again but you already hard deleted them. It also recovers files deleted by bugs, crashes and viruses or worms. Download Recuva Portable (ver 1.20.361)
I recently installed new version of linux (Ubuntu Intrepid ibex) on my secondary computer and i wanted to customize it like i am used to customize windows. I tried a lot of gnome themes and found many beautiful and elegant looking themes which enhance your desktop with different colors, corners, buttons and scroll bar styles. I filtered some of the best looking gnome themes to share on TechieSouls. After downloading themes you have to install them, the following screenshot will guide you how to install theme in ubuntu and gnome interface. Install apply and enjoy!
Simple and elegant changes to Ubuntu's default theme give it a clean interface. It doesn't look like a Windows desktop or an Apple one. It's simply Ubuntu: classed up.
Lexis is cool in that it cleans up the top bar from Ubuntu and gives the dock a simple look. If you're installing Ubuntu or Gnome for someone that's never used the interface before, this is the theme with the most intuitive and simple interface.