Monthly Archives: April 2017

Best Screen Recording Software

There are many reasons why you might want to record your screen rather than take a screenshot. Sometimes a still image of a Windows app isn’t enough and what you really want is a video showing the on-screen action. A screenshot is the equivalent of a photo, but recording a video your screen can better help to explain to someone how to fix a problem when you’re offering technical support, or you might want to make videos for YouTube. You might want to record a gaming session and share it with friends, or something else entirely. 


Camtasia is a powerful screen recorder tool that makes it easy to record what’s happening on your PC, convert the results into a polished presentation, then share it with the world. As well as recording applications, you can also use it to record games. If you make tutorials, you can highlight the mouse pointer and clicks, as well as easily zooming into an area of the screen to make it easier to follow what you’re doing.

camtasia studio 8


Bandicam is an easy-to-use recorder capable of capturing a specific area or the full screen. It lets you easily record flash games, streaming videos and more. The software offers several modes like gaming mode, screen recording mode and device recording mode for perfect recording.

Bandicam Screen Recorder

Icecream screen recorder

Icecream Screen Recorder can record the entire computer screen or specific parts of the screen. With the software, you can record video calls or conferences, game plays, etc. via its intuitive and user-friendly interface. You can draw on screen as you record, too.

camtasia studio 8


SnagIt 13 is a big update on previous versions of the screen capture software. It’s made by the same company as Camtasia, and even though it’s primarily a screenshot tool, it can now record and edit video.

camtasia studio 8


Screencast-O-Matic records your computer’s audio and video and lets you edit the area of your screen that you want to record. With the free version you can only record 15 minutes of video, and sticks a Screen-O-Matic watermark on your videos. You can publish your videos in MP4, AVI and FLV formats as well as automatically upload them to YouTube.



Best Free Photo Editing Software

We’re taking and sharing more photos than ever, but even the most skilled photographer is likely to produce a dud or two, and even the best shot straight out of your phone camera could stand to be better. So a photo editing software is a must have. 

There’s no doubt that Adobe Photoshop remains, hands down, the best photo-editing software on the market. But unless you’ve undergone formal training, Photoshop proves a difficult program to master, and is expensive to use. Today I will introduce several free useful photo editing software.


GIMP is a fully loaded image editing software. Whether it’s basic editing or advanced functionality, GIMP can handle everything. It has a customizable interface, and the functions are separated into multiple modules that can be shown/hidden individually shown/hidden as per need.



Paint.NET‘s simplicity is one of its key features; it leaves it a fast, easy to operate free photo editor that’s perfect for those little tasks that don’t need the sheer power of GIMP.



PhotoScape might look like a rather simple free photo editor, but take a look at its main menu and you’ll find a wealth of features: raw conversion, photo splitting and merging, animated GIF creation, and even a rather odd function with which you can print lined, graph or sheet music paper.

FastStone Image Viewer

FastStone Image Viewer can fully handle everything from basic editing to semi-advanced operations. Not only that, FastStone Image Viewer also comes with image management features, such as tags, and drag-and-drop copy/moves support. You can create slideshows with over 150 transition effects, and even acquire images from scanners

faststone image viewer


Fotor is a photo enhancer first and foremost, more than it is a photo editor; if there’s specific area of retouching you need doing with, say, the clone brush or healing tool, you’re out of luck. But it includes a stack of high-end filters that really do shine.


The Programs Each Computer Should Have

Antivirus protection

Antivirus software is critical for all PCs. Without it, you risk losing your personal information, your files, and even the cash from your bank account. So you should install an efficient antivirus program. It can help your computer work better. There are some efficient free antivirus programs, like Avast, Avira, Malware Hunter, and so on.


Nothing can save your computer and data from almost any disaster like a proper and recent back up. Backups are necessary because data has value. Whether this is sentimental, commercial, or legal value, a backup is a way of securing valuable information. The worst loss would be files of which we own the only copy in existence, such as personal documents or photos.

  • Install an image backup program such as Macrium Reflect.
  • Discard backups older than two months. This can often be done automatically.
  • Install a data-sharing program, such as Dropbox or OneDrive or similar, and store your data files in folders managed by the program for automatic off-site and cloud backup of the files you work on every day.


Although Microsoft Internet Explorer comes pre-installed on Windows computers. There are several excellent free alternatives that everyone should try. These free alternatives can often be faster, have more options, and in many cases be more secure than Internet Explorer.

Internet Browser: Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox

Compression utility

When downloading files on the Internet you’ll eventually encounter a .zip, .rar, or other compressed file. Dealing with these files can be easy with the free file compression utility, WinRAR, 7-Zip.


E-mail is yet another service that can be done freely. Most users today use online e-mail solutions. However, for those still using an e-mail client such as Microsoft Outlook we strongly suggest Mozilla Thunderbird.

FTP, SFTP, and SSH Utility

Users who maintain their own web page or need to upload or download files to or from a server have to use an FTP utility or an SSH client.

FTP client: Filezilla 

SSH client: Putty

Image editor and paint program

There are many great free solutions for editing and creating your images on your computer.

Image editor: GIMP

Paint program:


There are dozens of different multimedia programs with different capabilities and limitations. Below are our top free multimedia programs for watching video files and recording audio.

Audio editing and creating tool: Audacity

Video and DVD Player: VLC and MPC-HC

Office Suite

An Office suite such as Microsoft Office is often one of the most expensive programs that a user can install on their computer. Why install these expensive programs when there are free solutions that are just as good.

Office suite: WPS Office

Notepad and Source code editor: Notepad++