Our computers are full of different types of software. Some of this software comes standard with our computer, and others we purchase and install onto our computers ourselves. But purchasing computer software is not cheap, and we can end up spending a fortune on software we may not even use that often.
Luckily there are free versions that mimic the expensive software we buy for our computers. And guess what? These free versions of software actually work just as good as the expensive ones, so there should be no fear of sacrificing quality to keep some money in your pockets.
Below are a few examples of free alternatives to some of the most commonly used computer software.
Use Google Docs instead of Microsoft Office
If you haven’t already signed up for a Google account, you need to do so. With the free Google account, you will have access to all of Google’s other free services, which includes their Google documents.
Google Docs allow you to create a document, spreadsheet, presentation, form, drawing or table, so you will have all the same options as you would with Microsoft Office. All of your Google docs are automatically saved, so there is no worry about losing documents if you crash in the middle of a project. The spell checker in Google docs is also much better than that found in Office because it uses popular keywords used in Google searches to determine its list of correct spellings (plus, it actually checks grammar). Google documents can also be accessed anywhere there is an Internet connection, so there’s no need to use flash drives to access a saved document. Plus, you can also share documents among multiple people simply by clicking a Share button and delegating it to other individuals, so there’s no need to send documents via email ever again.
Use TurboCash instead of QuickBooks
If you use QuickBooks for accounting purposes, you could opt to use TurboCash instead. TurboCash is free accounting software that allows users to manage accounts payable and accounts receivable as well as generate checks and distribute invoices. Basically, everything that QuickBooks can do, TurboCash can also do.
Use PDF Creator instead of Adobe Acrobat
PDF Creator is a free software that allows users to create or read PDFs from any program without needing Adobe Acrobat. Users can also digitally sign PDFs to ensure they don’t become modified, as well as encrypt the PDFs so they can’t be printed.
Use Seashore/GIMP instead of Photoshop
If you want to alter or edit pictures or images, you should download Seashore/GIMP instead of purchasing Photoshop. It supports .tiff, .png and .jpeg files and allows users to fully edit files the same way they would in Photoshop, including cropping, changing colors, changing effects, etc.
So before you go out and purchase an expensive software to place on your computer, first check to see if there is a free version of a similar software that you can use instead. You may just find that the cheaper version is easier to use, and of course you’ll enjoy the extra cash you now have on hand.
Charlie Adams is a tech guru and internet expert who works as a consultant to telecommunications companies in the Las Vegas area.