Hello friends. In today’s article, I would like to introduce you to creative and time-saving tools. These software include many tools to improve your creativity, such as image editing, 3D rendering or podcasting. And especially all these tools are free.
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If you want to improve your French vocabulary, or want to learn a new language such as German, Duolingo will help you a lot. This tool is available on the Windows Store and is considered to be the best free language learning software available today. This tool is community contributed content so it is very rich.
Duolingo has an attractive interface, based on images, audio clips, simulations as we are learning foreign languages in real life. In particular, the tool has the same point system as “HP bar” in the action game, with 4 hearts. You will lose heart if you make a mistake. Similarly, your learning curve is measured by experience points (XP), which you earn through each lesson. To help manage your study time, you can set learning goals for each day, from basic 1XP per day to 50Xp per day, and this app will remind you to study.
If we talk about an image-editing tool for free, most of us will think of the famous GIMP right away. But Krita is a newer application, better than GIMP, even Krita’s new tools, such as “engine brush”, are even better than Photoshop. Krita also supports the shader effect as a new layer, a feature that GIMP does not have.
Krita also features important features such as CMYK color support, tablet support and class effects. If you are a Linux user, Krita is the first application developed on the KDE platform.
If you are using a touch pen for your laptop or tablet, Plumbago is a very necessary tool for anyone because it allows the user to scrabble on the touch screen very comfortably. It has a handbook style interface for managing your notes. Try out the ThinkPad X1 Yoga, Plumbago works smoother and you can export your drawing notes to PNG or PDF files, or even cut photos into other applications such as OneNote, Word or PowerPoint.
For many people, even though they are using Photoshop, they still run Paint.Net every day to edit their images at the basic level. Why? Because this is a very lightweight tool, save time compared to Adobe’s heavy toolkit. This is reflected in the size of the application: Photoshop has “download” in gigabytes, but Paint.Net is only 6.7MB download.
Net does not have hundreds of different tools, but focuses only on the most important tools in image editing. It’s an internal layer editing tool, some effects needed, and cropping, picking and cloning tools, which 90% of image professionals frequently use. Some people even develop plugins for this utility to extend its image editing capabilities.
Regular updates of Paint.Net also make this software always interesting. In addition, donate money to developers is more elegant than other free apps.
5. Pixel Art Studio
Whether you’re a game developer or just a fan of 8-bit classical art, you’ll probably love Pixel Art Studio. Along with common features like hand-drawing and fill-in, this software also lets you create animations.
At the very beginning, you choose the background size and hand draw or straight line tool. For geometric designs, you can mirror the image by the X or Y axis once you have finished painting one side. Once you’ve finished sketching, it’s time to color the composition. Like Photoshop, the custom palette lets you drag and drop colors from the color palette and save them. Meanwhile, you can track your finished work in the preview window.
Creating GIF images with Pixel Art Studio is also easy. Using the animation toolbar at the bottom of the window, you can create a frame sequence and specify the transition speed. Even, the tool has a “onion skin” mode to smooth the transition of the frame.
When you export to PNG or GIF, Pixel Art Studio has a slider for you to select the pixel spacing, as well as the ability to set the background and the pixels to be set. Then, you can insert your work in the indie game format, and share it with the Pixel Art Studio community.
6. Focus Writer
Have you ever had to write a long post, but sometimes glances at Facebook for new information or surfed through YouTube? The FocusWriter text editor will help you get rid of all your other annoying applications so you can focus on your work.
The FocusWriter automatically enters the full-screen mode when you open the “editor” environment, blocking all other windows and leaving you just facing a “blank sheet” of the screen. You can hover your mouse over the menu to show the application, with several format options. However, FocusWriter has some hidden hints.
First, there is a default add-on, consisting of traditional black-and-white, or wood-based themes with a variety of background images, such as forest photos or thunderstorms. If those photos do not appeal to you, let create your own theme by uploading a photo of yourself and choosing other fonts and colors to your liking.
First, there is a default add-on, consisting of traditional black-and-white, or wood-based themes with a variety of background images, such as forest photos or thunderstorms. If those photos do not appeal to you, create your own theme by uploading a photo of yourself and choosing other fonts and colors to your liking.
You can also set up Daily Goal goals, which can be calculated according to the writing time or number of words that one day needs to complete, for example an hour or 1,000 words, and the application has a bar at the bottom of the screen which will tell you the progress of completion. Your goals will be saved in a calendar, like a health monitoring application, and rewarded with “winning streaks” if you reach your goal for several days in a row.
Other useful tools of this utility include the ability to gray out every other text except for the single line or paragraph you are typing, an alarm clock and a spell checker. Even if you prefer, you can turn on sound typing on the typewriter keyboard, even if this feature is turned on, which may upset colleagues sitting next to them.
FocusWriter’s files can be saved in text format (TXT), rich text (RTF), Open Office XML (DOCX) and OpenDocument Text (ODT). This is supposed to be a good text-to-speech software that will keep you focused.
After being sold by Google to Trimble Navigation in 2012, SketchUp Make is getting better and the 2017 version of the tool is no exception. This is a very powerful 3D rendering application, suitable for anyone working in the field, from professional architects to beginner to professional.
SketchUp’s interface at first can be confusing, but the more you use it, the more you can feel its simplicity in creating 3D cubes. For example, to create a 3D template from a 2D drawing, you simply sweep the mouse from the bottom with the Pull tool, as if you pulled the wall from the floor to the ceiling. The Instructor menu box in the default tray is also very handy, as it will guide you through familiar, easy-to-understand animations.
SketchUp has many features for you to create realistic looking 3D models, including shaders, surface coatings made of materials such as wood and brick, or tape measure lengths, animations … and even have the feature set 3D drawings into the real environment, based on imagery from Google Maps. In addition, you can explore and download a variety of designs from the “3D Warehouse” community, including famous buildings such as Westminster Castle.
Perhaps the Levelator tool is less widely known, as it is only for those who do audio production, podcasting, or other audio programs. But with these objects, Levelator is the best free tool available today. It simply smooths out different volume levels in the audio file, to create a more consistent record.
At first glance, it looks like nothing magical, but the Levelator is smarter than other tuning tools. Not only does the simple task mentioned above, this tool also analyzes the entire spectrum to identify the average volume level, then compensates for too high and too low volume. So, if you record an interview, a conversation between two people, in which one voice is smaller than the other, Levelator will recognize this “gap” of sound and will correct themselves both The voice is more equal in volume. This feature saves a lot of time for you.
Unfortunately, Levelator is no longer focused on development, as Conversations Network, the organization dedicated to podcasting and sponsorship for the development of this tool, has shut down since 2012. Although the final version of Levelator is still online and works very well but it may still need some maintenance and development.
Unlike other to-do list management applications, Wunderlist is simple. There are options for you to set deadlines, create sub-tasks and add notes and attachments to tasks, but the power of this tool is to be able to quickly note when you need to take notes something. Sharing the task list with others of the Wunderlist is also very easy.
Job lists can be broken down into a variety of topics, making it easy to divide tasks by company, individuality … although the default Inbox window displays all tasks in sequence Wunderlist is also compatible with many operating system platforms, but it is now owned by Microsoft.
10. Unleashed Evernote
While not having as many features as OneNote from Microsoft, Evernote Basic is a very powerful workflow tool.
Its look is more traditional than OneNote, which includes standard Office fonts, text color, tables, and highlighting tools. However, Evernote has some very unique tricks, including the ability to attach a Google Drive file, record it directly in the app, and embed it into a note, insert a source code and set up email reminders. Another great feature is the ability to set a secure password when opening this app on your phone.
Once you create a note, add it to your notebook and sync Evernote Basic on two devices, you can use a browser extension called Web Clipper to save an entire web page to the notebook for later reading. You can also add notes and tags to your notes, as well as share them with others via email or social networking.
The only problem with Evernote Basic is that it’s pretty basic: 60MB of uploads a month are pretty tight. If you want more space, you’ll need to pay a premium for upgrading to Evernote Plus or Premium. But this is a great tool for notes if you want to add notes and images.
11. Unleashed OneNote
I must say that OneNote is not the best free software, but the OneNote version of Microsoft’s Windows Store is an excellent tool for anyone, from students to senior entrepreneurs.
With a paper-like interface, OneNote has many useful features such as a multi-page handbook, highlight tool, various drawing tools (including color palettes for you to paint creatively). , insert images easily, add attachments, insert tables, insert items to-do list, and have a slider for you to see how you note over time.
In particular, OneNote has an impressive feature called Ink Match Assistant, converts handwriting into text and offers tips to make. This is a great learning aid for both teachers and students. In addition, you can use your device’s camera to quickly import paper documents into an OneNote file without wasting much time scanning documents.
OneNote also automatically syncs your notebook to the cloud, but you can also create a share link, meaning your friends and coworkers without OneNote installed will also be able to view your notes, and even you. The notebook can be downloaded directly to Twitter. You can also use OneNote without a network connection, so it’s a great fit for you on long trips.
Maybe I can – not say all the great features of Slack, which is the best collaboration tool, even though other competitors such as Flock (flock.co) or Microsoft Teams have come up with potential. The highlight of Slack is that it’s free.
Another attractive element of Slack is its multi-platform support, including Windows, MacOS and Android, and it’s easy to share and view files. Tools like “remind me” help Slack better because it tells you what is the priority.
Compatible with many programs, including Microsoft Office and most browsers, PhraseExpress can help you breathe easier by placing text, images, templates, web links, forms and documents when you type a certain phrase.
But the real attraction of PhraseExpress is its features and the ability for users to customize the macro command. For example, you can set a time delay before the word automatically appears (in milliseconds), insert images, and only run macros on specific programs, such as Google Chrome or Microsoft Word. For example, you might be interested in typing the word “rice”, a rice bowl image that appears in Word in 150 milliseconds.
And to avoid accidentally sending the rice bowl image to your boss, you can keep those shortcuts in the folder and set PhraseExpress’s password protection. This tool saves a lot of time and effort for you.