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20 Apps So Good It's Hard To Believe They're Completely Free

In Genbeta we have shared several lists of free applications that They are so good that it is hard to believe that you do not have to pay anything for them. And yet, despite the large number that we have reviewed, they are far from the only ones that meet those descriptions.

So, How There are never too many good, beautiful and free software alternatives, we have decided to recommend another batch of very good quality programs that you can install at no cost, and that you may not have known about.



Ardor is one of the best Free DAWs that serve as an alternative to Logic Pro, or ProTools. In addition to being free, it is open source and cross-platform, so you can download it to record, edit and mix audio on Linux, Windows and macOS.

_Note: Ardor is free software, and although you can download the source code and compile it yourself, if you want the version ready to run on Windows or Mac, you have to pay something. It is possible to use a free or demo version, but it runs out of sound every 10 minutes.



AstroGrep is a alternative file finder for Windows, for some it is much more complete and powerful than using the system explorer, and it has many useful functions to find exactly the text of what you are looking for. AstroGrep is free and open source.



GrandPrespective is a small utility for macOS that lets you graphically shows your disk usage. It is used to help you manage your storage and see which folders and files are taking up the most space.

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GIMP is one of the image editors best known free and open source. It is available for Windows, Linux and macOS and in many cases it can be a more than complete alternative to Photohosp.



Hugin is an interesting program to make panoramas by joining photos. With this app you can put together a mosaic of photos and turn them into a large panorama, or you can also join any series of overlapping photos. It is available for Windows, Linux, and macOS.


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Inkscape is a vector graphics editor multiplatform, free and open source. It is an excellent tool for designers, illustrators, or anyone who needs to work with vectors. You can use it on Windows, Linux, and macOS.



LightWorks is a video editor for macOS, Windows and Linux with wide support for formats and codecs, ready to use audio and video effects, or to export video to platforms such as YouTube or Vimeo in SD, HD or up to 4K.



Lilypond is a program of score editing which follows the tradition of classical music engraving. It is completely free and cross-platform, which is also free software and is part of the GNU Project.

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Monosnap is an excellent free tool for take screenshots or record the screen on Windows and macOS. In addition to capturing, it has a simple editor to add annotations, cut out, or draw on what you record.

Notepad ++


Notepad ++ hardly needs presentation, it is one of the text editors alternatives to the most popular Windows notepad. You can use it for things as simple as taking notes, or for writing code and programming. It is completely free and open source.

Paintnet is another Imagen editor extremely famous and popular. It is one of the best options to replace Windows Paint with something a little better. It is not as powerful as GIMP or Photoshop, but it is not as comprehensive to use either.



PotPlayer is a very good video player for windows capable of supporting smooth playback of 4K content even on older computers. It has a wide codec support, and offers high performance even with few hardware resources.



RawTherape is a system of digital development to process RAW images. It's a good free alternative to options like Lightroom or Capture One, one that also works on Windows, Linux, and macOS and is free software.

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Scribus is a good alternative to InDesign. It offers us a free and open source program for the digital composition of pages perfect for professionals who do mockups or for beginners. It is available for Windows, Linux, and macOS.



TuxGuitar is a multitrack guitar tablature editor and player. Is a good free alternative to tools like Guitar Pro which is available for Linux, Windows, and macOS.

Virtual box


VirtualBox is another that little presentation needs, it is simply the virtual machine manager best known free. In addition to being cross-platform and open source, it is one of the easiest to use software of its kind.


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WinDirStat is a fairly legendary tool that can be used to find which files take up a lot of space in Windows. It graphically shows us an analysis of the current state of our disk and its partitions.

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XMedia Recode is an application in the style of Handbrake, that is, a utility capable of convert almost any popular video and audio format for countless devices. It also has several video editing functions, and supports the extraction of audio tracks from DVD, Blu-ray and any video file.



yWriter6 is a word processor specially designed for novel writers. The program divides the work into chapters and scenes to help the author to keep a detailed follow-up of his work. It is a good alternative to Scrivener available on Windows, macOS, and even on iOS and Android.



Zotero is quite a powerful tool that serves to help us organize all the material and information we need for an investigation. Basically it helps you collect data and organize your citations, sources, references, and puts them at hand to later build a detailed bibliography.