Software, Tools, Apps, Programming, Tech Support
Free Office Tools and Other Software
– All tools are ‘Online’ unless otherwise noted.
– “Freemium” indicates something with basic service for free and premium feature upgrades for pay.
- Annotations, Highlights
- Bookmarks, Web Clipping
- Bulletin Boards and Whiteboards
- Calendars and Planners
- CloudConvert multiple formats
- DocsPal docs, graphics, video, audio, ebook, zip
- Format Factory Win; graphics, video, audio
- Freemake.com Win; video, audio
- Small PDF (fast multiple format converters)
- Zamzar docs, graphics, video, audio, ebook, zip
- Desktop Publishing
- Documents and Spreadsheets
- File Sharing
- OCR (Optical Character Recognition)
- Office Suites
- Older Versions
- Password Managers
- Polls, Forms, Surveys
- Portable (USB) Apps
- Sticky Notes
- Video Sharing
- Chromecast: Video Tutorial: Getting Started With Chromebook
- ChromeGeek: Chromebook Tutorials
- Chrome Story
- Chrome Story: 101 Best Chromebook Tips, Tricks and Timesavers
- Chrome Story: Getting Started With Your Chromebook
- EnvatoTuts+: Google’s Chromebook Explored and Explained
- Google: Google Chrome YouTube Channel
- Google: Chromebook Help Center
- Laptop: How to Use Your Chromebook
Google Apps and Chrome Browser
- The Big Picture: How To Use Google Search More Effectively
- CB Hearthside: 10 Gmail Tips and Tricks video
- Chrome Story
- Control Alt Achive (blog)
- Control Alt Achieve: Extensions vs Web Apps vs Add-ons
- EdTech Teacher: Getting Started With Google Drive Folders
- Free Technology for Teachers: How to Insert Videos Into Google Slides Without Using YouTube
- GCF LearnFree.org: Google Apps
- GCF LearnFree.org: Google Chrome
- Google: Google Drive Help Center
- Google: Google Support
- Google: Google YouTube Channel
- GoogleGuide: Google Cheat Sheet
- How-To Geek: Why Does Chrome Have So Many Open Processes?
- HubSpot: How to Set Gmail as Your Browser’s Default Email Client for Mailto Links
- Richard Byrne: Google Tutorials (videos)
- Shake Up Learning: The Chrome App and Extension Database
iPads & Mobile Devices
- 10 Excellent iPad Apps to Annotate, Highlight, and Add Comments to PDFs
These are particularly apps which you can use to annotate, highlight, add notes, record, and comment on the content of your PDFs.(Jan. 2014)
- 11 Tips to Keep iOS 7 From Destroying Your Battery Life
- Tips from Gizmodo about cutting down unneeded services to extend battery life. (Sept. 2013)
- 50 Best Android Apps 2014
The open source nature of Google’s OS means there are plenty of fantastic apps for Android to be found. And most of the good stuff on Android is free, thanks to the work of developers who do it for love alone.(TechRadar, November 2014)
- 100 Best Free iPhone Apps 2015
The following list showcases our pick of the 80 best free iPhone apps, and includes iPhone applications for social networking, travel, news, photography, productivity and more.(TechRadar, Dec. 2014)
- Beginners Guide: How to set up and get started with your new iPad
We’ll walk you through all of it and get you up and enjoying your new iPad in no time!(Dec. 2016)
- Cell Phone Users – In Case of Emergency
- Exlains how to set up an “ICE” contact on your cellphone and why that’s a good idea.
- The Complete Guide to iOS 7 – iPad Edition
You don’t necessarily need to know what each and every setting does in your iPad, but this course will teach you…. We have created tutorial videos for each default app the iPad comes with from the factory and the entire settings app.(Udemy, Sept. 2013)
- Edgadget: Mobile
- Articles and reviews about mobile devices and apps.
- MakeUseOf: Android
- MakeUseOf: iOS
- Articles about hardware, software, and apps pertaining to Android and iOS (iPad, iPod, iPhone) devices.
- Free Software
- 6 Linux Music Players To Replace SongbirdAlternate choices for a music player/manager since Songbird will no longer be supporting Linux. (spring 2010)
- Free Software Directory
We catalog useful free software that runs under free operating systems particularly the GNU operating system and its GNU/Linux variants.
- Linux App FinderGuide to Linux programs by category; also lists popular Windows and Mac programs and suggests Linux alternatives.
- The Linux Alternative ProjectSuggests Linux equivalents for familiar Windows programs.
- ShutterAn excellent screenshot program for Linux.
- 6 Handy Sites To Learn New Ubuntu Tweaks & Tricks
If youre looking to expand your Ubuntu knowledge, have a burning question about some missing feature or are a newcomer to the world of Linux then these 5 sites are a great source of information.
- Getting Started with Linux: Pick the Right Linux Flavor for You
If you’re new to the Linux world, here are the distributions we recommend trying out.
- Lifehacker: Linux
- Reviews and articles specifically for Linux users from popular tech site ‘Lifehacker’.
- The Linux Documentation Project
LDP is a loosely knit team of volunteers who provide documentation for many aspects of Linux. There are several forms of documentation: Guides, HOWTOs, man pages, and FAQs.
- The Linux Journal
- Magazine devoted to the many variants of Linux and their uses.
- News, tutorials, downloads, and forums all about Linux.
- MakeUseOf: Linux
et the most out of earth’s best open-source operating system. We’ll highlight the best Linux distros, software and games, and share tips useful for anyone switching from Windows or OS X.
- Ubuntu Manual
A comprehensive beginners guide for the Ubuntu operating system. … The manual will help you become familiar with everyday tasks such as surfing the web, listening to music and scanning documents. With an emphasis on easy to follow instructions, it is suitable for all levels of experience.
- Ubuntu Pocket Guide and Reference
- Free version of a short reference book about this popular version of Linux.
- Ultimate Linux Newbie Guide
This guide can help both beginners and seasoned computer users alike learn all the important parts of choosing, using and installing Linux…
- Apple – Mac
- Apple.com: Support
- Official website and tech support site for Macintosh operating systems and devices.
- 15 System Preferences a New Mac User Should Adjust
- 15 More System Preferences Items A New Mac User Should Know About
- Pair of articles discussing
some of the hidden and useful itemsin Mac computers which can help the computer run more efficiently and more in tune with the user’s preferences. (MakeUseOf, August 2010)
- Alltop: Mac
- Roundup of top headlines and stories relating to Apple and Mac products.
- CNET Downloads: Mac
- Reviews and downloads of software for the Mac.
- ComputerHope: Apple Questions and Answers
- Links to help for Mac problems, both in the OS itself and in Mac software.
- How To Enable the Firewall In Mac OS X Snow Leopard
Even though, in the twenty years I’ve been a Mac user, I have never experienced any known security issues, I will at least use the Firewall application installed by default in Mac OS X. It’s easy to set up, but there are a few considerations you should know about if you have not yet activated the firewall on your Mac.(April 2011)
- Repair manuals and fix-it guides for Apple products. Includes discussion forum.
- The Incredible Free Manual For Every Mac User
This slick, sixty-odd paged monster is based on Snow Leopard – the latest release of the Mac OS X operating system – and tells you everything you need to know about Mac.(.pdf format)
- Lifehacker: Mac
- Reviews and articles specifically for Mac users from popular tech site ‘Lifehacker’.
- Low End Mac
The mission of Low End Macis helping users get the most value from their Macs and Mac clones.
- Mac for Beginners
- Guides, tutorials, and videos showing how to use a Mac, including how to find and set preferences, find and use applications, and other useful topics.
- MAC Fix-It
Troubleshooting solutions for the Macintosh.Via CNet.
The MacStack is a list of free and open source applications for the Mac OS X platform…. These free software programs not only hold their own against commercial competitors, but often outdo them.
- Mac World
- Large site with news, weblogs, tech support, product guides, Mac OS X Hints, and more.
- MakeUseOf – Mac OS
Don’t miss our regular Mac OS X coverage for software reviews, how-tos and guides for keeping your Mac running smoothly. Apple may control which hardware and software ships with Macs, but there are a huge range of third party tools and customisation options to explore.
- Microsoft Office for Mac
- Microsoft version of their popular office suite, for the Mac computer.
- Open Source Mac
Free and open-source software is good for you and good for the world. This is the best Mac software that we know of.
Word processor and project management tool created specifically for writers of long texts such as novels and research papers…. [which] makes all the tools you have scattered around your desk available in one application.
- TUAW: The Unofficial Apple Weblog
- Tons of material on everything Apple and Mac.
- Wikipedia.com: List of Macintosh Software
- Useful list and links to major software applications for the Mac.
- PDFConverter.com (to/from Word, Excel, Powerpoint) online
- PDF Online (Word to PDF/PDF to Word) online
- Small PDF (fast multiple format converters) online
- Zamzar (multiple conversion options) online
note: Libre Office can export docs to .pdf
- CutePDF Writer Win
- Neevia (convert, compress, merge, resize) online
- Nitro PDF Reader Win
- Primo PDF Win
PDF Readers, Form Fillers
- Academic Tutorials.com
Alice is a teaching tool designed as a revolutionary approach to teaching and learning introductory programming concepts…. an innovative 3D programming environment that makes it easy to create an animation for telling a story, playing an interactive game, or a video to share on the web.
- Code Academy
- Free online step-by-step tutorials.
- Code Combat
CodeCombat is a coding game that uses real typed code and personalized learning to teach computer science…The introductory game is free.
- Code Monster
Code Monster is a gentle and fun introduction to programming concepts. … Projects start with simple boxes and colors, rapidly progressing into exciting experiments with simple animation and fractals. Important programming concepts like variables, loops, conditionals, expressions, and functions are introduced by example.
- Computer Science Unplugged
- YouTube: Computer Science Unplugged (videos)
CS Unplugged is a project that provides free games and activities to communicate Computer Science concepts to students of all ages.
- Free Programming Ebooks
- From O’Reilly publishers.
- Hour of Code
The Hour of Code is a global movement reaching tens of millions of students in 180+ countries. Anyone, anywhere can organize an Hour of Code event. One-hour tutorials are available in over 45 languages for all ages.
- How Stuff Works: Computer Programmming
- From the popular How Stuff Works site of easy-to-follow explanations.
- The Java Tutorials
Sun’s official website for the Java SE Tutorials.
- Khan Academy – Computer Programming
Learn the fundamentals of programming on the Khan Academy Computer Science platform. Explore programs made by others. Write your own programs and share them!
- Learn to Code: The Full Beginner’s Guide
If you’ve been looking to learn how to code, we can help you get started. Here are 4.5 lessons on the basics and extra resources to keep you going.
- Microsoft Small Basic
A project that is aimed at making computer programming accessible to beginners. The project comprises a simple programming language that gathers inspiration from the original BASIC programming language; a modern and attractive programming environment; and rich, extensible libraries.
- MIT OpenCourseWare: Introductory Programming Courses
- Excellent introductory courses for beginners. Classes includes video lectures, handouts, homework problems, and self-assessment quizzes.
- Programming Basics
- Programming tutorial starting from the most basic concepts.
- Regular Expressions
A regular expression (regex or regexp for short) is a special text string for describing a search pattern. You can think of regular expressions as wildcards on steroids.Describes how regular expressions work and offers a tutorial for learning the basics of how to use them.
Scratch is a new programming language that makes it easy to create your own interactive stories, animations, games, music, and art — and share your creations on the web.
- Try Ruby
- Short interactive introduction to the Ruby programming language.
- Free tutorials for graphics programs, web design, programming, and other related topics.
- Tutorialspoint: Computer Programming Tutorial
This tutorial has been prepared for the beginners who are willing to learn computer programming but they are unable to learn it due to lack of proper guidance. We are confident that after completing this tutorial, you will be at a level where you can code in C Programming language and will have a basic understanding of Java and Python programming languages as well…
Tech Support & Tutorials
- 10 Tech Skills Every Student Should Have
- This helpful blog post not only lists important tech skills to know but also links to sites to learn or improve them.
- BBC WebWise
- This is a good place to learn about email, searching, e-business, security, basics of web design, and more.
- Computer Science 50
- Introductory level course online from Harvard University.
This site lists free online computer science and engineering books and lecture notes, all of which are freely and legally available over the Internet.
- GFC LearnFree.org
Provides quality, innovative online learning opportunities to anyone who wants to improve the technology, literacy and math skills needed to be successful in both work and life.
- Gizmo’s Tech Support Alert – How-to Guides and Tutorials
- Gizmo’s Tech Support Alert – Tech Tips
- Dozens of helpful articles on various topics.
- A guide to online tutorials on computer-related subjects.
- In Pictures
In Pictures online tutorials are based on pictures, not words. They’re the easiest way to learn computer subjects. There’s no complicated multimedia, just pictures that show exactly what to do.Free!
- Lifehacker: Cheat Sheets
- Tips and ‘cheat sheets’ on a variety of topics including both computer and non-computer skills.
- PC World: How-To
- Articles and information from PC World magazine.
- Tech Support
- Ask Dave Taylor — CNet forums — Computer Hope — Hardware Hell — MakeUseOf
- Web Design
- HTML Code Tutorial — Usability.gov — W3Schools — WebMonkey
- The Webby Awards
- Sites chosen by web experts as some of the best online sites. Arranged by category.
- Wired How-To Wiki
A collaborative site filled with all kinds of projects, hacks, tricks and tips you can edit.Mostly but not entireley tech-related.
- Wired – Reviews
- Wired Magazine tests and rates hundred of products in the fields of technology, home appliances, automotive, cameras, and more.
Windows & MS Office
- Window Tech Support
- About: List of Blue Screen Error Codes
- Check here when you need to figure out what that cryptic string of numbers and letters is really saying.
- Bob Cerelli’s Windows Page
The main goal of this site is to provide clear, accurate and easy to understand information regarding Windows8 / Windows7 / Vista / XP / ME / Win98 and Win95Not updated in a while, but good information on older systems.
- Microsoft Office
- MakeUseOf: Windows Software
Get to know your Windows operating system inside out! Pick up tips & tricks, and discover the best Windows software & modern apps out there
- Paul Thurrott’s SuperSite
- Tech Support for everything Microsoft, from Windows to Windows phones to XBox and Zune.
- Older Versions of Windows
- Windows 10
- Extreme Tech: Windows 10: The biggest problems, gripes, and missing features so far (Aug. 2015)
- MakeUseOf: 7 Quick Tips & Hacks To Optimize Your Windows 10 Experience
- MakeUseOf: 7 Tips for Customizing the Windows 10 Taskbar
- MakeUseOf: How You Can Get Help in Windows 10
- Microsoft: Windows 10 Features
- PC World: The 10 best hidden features of Windows 10
- PC World: How to cure Windows 10’s worst headaches
- PC World: Windows 10: The best tricks, tips, and tweaks
- The Ultimate Guide to Microsoft Windows 10 Troubleshooting
Your One-Stop Source for Device Drivers, Anti-Virus Updates, and Security Patches.