Programs I Use (some proprietary, some open source)

This is a list of programs I use for various purposes. Feel free to browse the list for recommendations.

Caden Durden
Caden DurdenList by Caden Durden, last updated 2024-03-31
  1. Image & Video

  2. GIMP icon

    I love using this software, it has most of the tools Adobe Photoshop has. I use it for various purposes, like making art, memes, and more. However, when it comes to using my drawing pad, I like using a different program.

    • Image Editor
    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • BSD
    • Snapcraft
    • Flathub
    • PortableApps.com
    • Haiku
    • Flatpak
    • AmigaOS
    • ...
    yes
  3. Krita icon

    This is my preferred raster image editor when I'm using my drawing pad. It is a terrific software with many tools, and is perfect for making cartoons.

    • Image Editor
    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Android Tablet
    • Epic Games Store
    • PortableApps.com
    • Steam
    • ...
    Main Window
  4. Pinta icon

    Pinta is my preferred alternative to Microsoft Paint, which comes with the Windows installation. I love using this software along with Krita and GIMP.

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    Pinta screenshot 1
  5. Inkscape icon

    When making logos, this is the perfect free vector graphics editor. It has a lot of stuff you might find useful, like 3D boxes, shapes, text, and many, many more!

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    Inkscape screenshot 1
  6. ShareX icon

    ShareX is one of the gold standards for open source screenshot software, having a ton of sharing options for the screenshot.

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    Main window
  7. Converseen icon

    This software can let you convert images to a large variety of formats, such as PNG, JPG, TGA, ICO, and many more.

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    Converseen screenshot 1
  8. Kdenlive icon

    Kdenlive is a non linear video editor. It is based on the MLT framework and accepts many audio and video formats, allows you to add effects, transitions and render into the format of your choice.

    • Video Editor
    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • BSD
    • KDE
    • Flathub
    • Flatpak
    • ...
    Logging
  9. Natron icon

    INRIA's Natron is an amazing software for making intros & lower thirds. It's perfect for your YouTube needs, and there are loads of tutorials on how to use this handy software. It has a similar GUI to NUKE, which costs money.

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    Natron screenshot 1
  10. OBS Studio icon

    This is my preferred screen recorder for gaming videos, is full featured, and a perfect alternative to NCH Software's Debut Video Capture Software.

    • Screen Recorder
    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • BSD
    • PortableApps.com
    • Steam
    • FreeBSD
    • ...
    OBS Studio screenshot 1
  11. nomacs icon

    nomacs is a free, open source image viewer, which supports multiple platforms. You can use it for viewing all common image formats including RAW and psd images.

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    nomacs screenshot 1
  12. VLC Media Player icon

    VLC is a free and open source cross-platform multimedia player and framework that plays most multimedia files as well as DVDs, Audio CDs, VCDs, and various streaming protocols.

    • Media Player
    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Android Tablet
    • BSD
    • iPad
    • AppImageHub
    • Apple Watch
    • Snapcraft
    • Google Chrome
    • Apple TV
    • Flathub
    • PortableApps.com
    • F-Droid
    • Kindle Fire
    • Haiku
    • Android TV
    • Homebrew
    • Chocolatey
    • ...
    VLC Media Player screenshot 1
  13. Strawberry icon

    Strawberry is a music player and music collection organizer. It is a fork of Clementine released in 2018 aimed at music collectors and audiophiles. The name is inspired by the band Strawbs. It's written in C++ using the Qt framework.

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    Strawberry screenshot 1
  14. HandBrake icon

    Even though I use VidCoder for video converting & transcoding, it is based on this software. You can remaster remaster videos, and rip DVDs.

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    Main UI (Windows)
  15. Publishing & Ebooks

  16. Scribus icon

    This is my preferred alternative to InDesign, and is perfect for publishers who can't afford Adobe's A-list publishing software.

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    Scribus screenshot 1
  17. Web, E-mail, torrents, and file sharing

  18. Bluefish Editor icon

    Bluefish is a powerful editor targeted towards programmers and webdesigners, with many options to write websites, scripts and programming code. Bluefish supports many programming and markup languages, and it focuses on editing dynamic and interactive websites.

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    Bluefish Editor screenshot 1
  19. Mozilla Firefox icon

    A free and open source web browser descended from the Mozilla Application Suite. Firefox is highly extensible, with thousands of third-party add-ons available.

    • Web Browser
    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • BSD
    • iPad
    • AppImageHub
    • Snapcraft
    • Flathub
    • PortableApps.com
    • Haiku
    • Flatpak
    • Homebrew
    • Chocolatey
    • Gecko
    • ...
    Startpage
  20. qBittorrent icon

    Torrents are one of the best methods out there for distributing files over the Internet, both legit and legal content as well as some not-so-legal and a bit shady "stuff."

    • Torrent Client
    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • BSD
    • AppImageHub
    • Snapcraft
    • Flathub
    • PortableApps.com
    • Haiku
    • ...
    qBittorrent screenshot 1
  21. Gaming


This list was created by Caden Durden Jan 22, 2021 and was last updated Mar 31, 2024. The list has 17 apps.

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