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LMMS Win 64:

LMMS is a full Audio app, or Digital Audio Workstation. You can assign sound fonts, instruments, re-map instruments, test them, listen, save and include them in your work. Drums, instruments, all assignable. This is a good DAW. I use it. It is free Open Source, but that doesn’t mean it is junk. It can utilize Wav files and Midi files as well.

I used this to produce my first EP. Here is one of the songs from that EP. You can listen to the background music. All instruments were done by me, all were processed through LMMS, which also allowed me to produce super-clean audio in the correct format to produce the EP with Apple Music. The drums are auto drums from LMMS. The loops I made myself. The guitar work is my own, enhanced with LMMS.

Get it here: LMMS DAW Studio


FotoSketcher 3.30 64 bit. Another awesome freeware photo manipulation program. Lost of plug-ins, custom photo work. I have used this on several book covers.

It does excellent renders, fast, and it runs on 64 bit as well. It has a large selection of filters, much better than some of the others I have used, and, well, it’s free. When something is free, and it’s well built, I tend to use it. I also tend to contribute to the developer, because you end up with a software you can really use.

Get it here: Click to download FotoSketcher


Both of these graphic programs are in active development, so I will link directly to them.

First: Photoscape. I use Photoscape directly with my 3D Modeling software and my UV software. There are tons on FX here, and you can add your own, simply add icons/transitions/photo frame to the directories in the PNG format, and then you can use them in your work. I have a directory full of PNG car parts, and I can add them to UV maps as I work, click save and a second later the change appears on my model.

Above, my directory in the Icon directory. My own PNG images, now I can load them directly to the UV: ie Rust, wheels, rims, paint samples, asphalt on and on.

Get Photoscape: Photoscape Or Mac and Win 10 users PhotoScape X


And??? GIMP. I love GIMP, hands down. It can use Photoshop plugins. I also have Photoshop, but I prefer GIMP. I think that is because I use it so much, like Photoscape, I am used to it, and that cuts my build time/work time. Whether I am working on Art, a Book Cover, A model UV, Photo Manipulation. I can do it all.

The entire project is open source. It is comparable with PhotoShop, and if you are a PhotoShop user you can use your PhotoShop plug-ins. I use it, and have used it for several years.

Get GIMP here: GIMP Editor


Sumatra PDF:

Sumatra PDF sounds like a PDF reader, and it is, but it is also an Open Source eBook app for your LapTop or DeskTop. I t can read every major format, and is very simple to use. Plenty of adaptability.

I like this software because it is yet another piece of software that actually works as it should. Get Sumatra Here. This is an assembled, Windows exe file.


Alternative Word Processor software:

I have used two. I wrote my first few books with Apache Open Office.

Open Office can do pretty much anything you need it to do. It has a built in Spell Checker, custom dictionaries (Helps a ton when you are writing a novel). Formatting. It can successfully create an ePub file. PDF, DOC, ODF, etc. You can get plug-ins for it to do virtually anything. I created templates and saved them for print book layouts, typically 6×9 for using with Amazon.

You can get Open Office Here


The software I use now is from the same source as Open Office, Libre Office.

Libre Office became my go-to word processor software because I have a dual OS on all of my machines. I can log into Linux (Ubuntu) or Win 10. Libre Office runs on Linux as well a Windows, so I can use the same interface, filesystem, etc.

I use Libre Office, not only because it can run on Linux or Windows, but it also uses all the plug-ins that Open Office uses. You can get those plugins developed for Open Office and install them right in Libre Office, or vice versa. I think the integration, the interface is better in Libra Office. Spell Checker, Custom Dictionaries, Templates, Ability to read and open and save all types of formats, including MS. Awesome, free software.

Get Libre Office here: Portable version (I use) Libre Office (From the source) In Linux Ubuntu, just go to the software store and install it, but I think most of the newer Ubuntu builds have it included in the initial install.


Video:

I use A combination of software to do my videos. First I have a matched pair of Kodak cameras, they use battery packs you can buy online. I have several extras and a charger. The cameras can work with WIN 10 or Linux, but I just use the SD cards directly, I don’t use a cable, I installed an SD card reader (Portable USB) I purchased for about $20.00 on Mercari.

I edit with Open Shot Software. Free, Open Source editing software that is comparable to the big boys in many respects.

As it says, it is pretty straight forward and easy to use. I will admit that although I like it, I have not switched to only using it, because I am not doing a lot of hight quality video work. I make short videos for RAD or OFX or 45 sec. videos for books or series I write, or podcasts when I did MP4 versions. My podcasts are now Audio only, and so I only have to create MP3 files.

Download OpenShot here

What I find I use most often is WIN 10’s Free Video Editor. No, I am not plugging Win 10, or Microsoft, but the software works great.

Transitions, 3D FX, easy click editing, assembly is right there, just click and build your file. Custom Audio included, or use your own music. Images, Videos, Sound, add your files, play it, edit, when you are happy save it.

If you have Win 10 you have the Video Editor in your Apps directory from the main menu, it is part of Photos.

Another piece of software I use for Video. Is the old Windows Movie Maker. Yes, hard to find, yes limited, but it does a great job for what it is intended to do, and it’s free.

You can download it here, and yes it will work in WIN 10. WIN 10 will install support files to run it.

I also use HD Movie Maker Pro. It is pay software, but relatively cheap. You can buy and download it from the Microsoft store link on your menu. I like it because it adds many useful features I can use to edit my video work.

This adds green screen, crops, overlays, all of which are simple to use and bring quality results to my videos.


Recording audio:

Probably not a surprise that I use Audacity.

You can go online, and with a few easy searches you can find, literally, ANY plugin you need that will then work with Audacity.

Above, you can see that I have dozens and dozens of plugins. I can add nearly any FX I want to my music soundtracks, or audio podcasts. Noisy in the studio? I can fix that. Need a voice regulation? Female to male, Male to female, robot, I can do that to. Multiple tracks. Polished, well thought out software that will interface with Jack, and work with all of my other audio software. It can also provide very high quality audio files suitable for making your own saleable audio files.

Audacity is always being improved, so the link will take you to their site: Get Audacity here.



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