This is a list of tools that I’m using and are freely available. Maybe you can use certain pieces of it.
Several are completely free and / or open source, a few the more limited free editions, but still very useful.
For creative stuff:
A free, open source, 3D creation tool. It can also be used as a video editor. It does take some time to learn, but there are several websites that have free online lessons.
BlenderGuru and BlenderCookie are two that I’ve started with and enjoyed. There are also a lot of other good blender tutorials and instructors to find on the internet, youtube.com, udemy
Godot game engine
Marvelous, cross platform, open source, free, game engine. It has lots of nice features, 2D, 3D, nice scripting, many exporting options including windows, linux, mac, android, html5 and a nice community on facebook including developers of the engine.
Visual Studio Code
A free, open source code editor from Microsoft. Cross platform, lot’s of plugins, can open quickly any directory to work in.
FDT with Adobe Air SDK
Flash Developer Toolkit is an excellent code editor to use in combination with the free Adobe Air SDK. I have used the free version of FDT to build applications for Android, Windows, macOS and the web (flash player). The free version has already so much goodnes for coding. (Code completion/debugging) The Full version has even got more functionality, like automatic refactoring, to make coding on the flash player platform more fun.
A bigger, cross-platform, free code editor for the web. I use this one for bigger web projects.
The GNU Image Manipulation Program. It is a freely distributed piece of software for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition and image authoring.
Since version 2.8 you can put the software in single-window mode, which I recommend. That makes it more comfortable to work with I think.
The setting is under windows in the main menu.
Very nice pixel program. Good workflow to get things rapidly done, you can just drag other images into an image, import as layers, very pleasant
GREYC’s Magic for Image Computing. Full-featured open-source framework for image processing, comes as a Gimp plugin, it has lots of wonderful image filters.
A free vector drawing program.
For sound file editing.
Music creation software, free for the desktop.
Free version of Hitfilm, pro video editing software.
Open Broadcaster Software
Free open source screen capture software.
TEncoder Video Converter
Free open source video conversion software. (GUI for FFMpeg, MEncoder and MPlayer)
Tool for generating texture height, diffuse, normal, .. maps from a single image, it also got functionality to make the maps tileable, really easy.
It’s made with unity, but the code of the tool is free (GPL). Windows only at the moment of writing.
For sysadmin/maintenance things on windows:
Disc burning software. I use it to create iso files from a cd,dvd,.. disk. (copy to Image button on the front page)
Software to mount images under windows.
EaseUS Partition Master Free
A free windows partition manager. Very nice tool. I’ve used it to resize windows system partitions.
Hiren’s boot cd
A bootable cd with a lot of tools. I have mainly used it to reset windows passwords.
For doing this: choose mini windows xp on the boot menu, hbcd menu on the desktop and then it’s under programs > passwords / keys > windows login > NTPVEdit
or Offline NT/2000/Xp/Vista/7 password changer from the main menu. Some extra googling / registry editing may be necessary.
Making backups is important I think. When you run linux there is rsync, but for windows you can use this free tool for folder comparison and synchronization to other disks for backup.
Create images from sd cards (press read) or move an image to an sd card (press write).
Bulk Rename Utility
Very nice tool for batch renaming filenames.
To replace a certain part of the filename use the Replace (3) boxes. You can get a preview of the changes the program will make.
It’s free for personal use.
Convenient for editing the grub config instead of editing the textfile
$ sudo pico /etc/default/grub
$ sudo update-grub
grep -R “text you search” .
Nice distribution I recommend for everyone to try. It’s the most easy linux to get started with I think. Pretty good hardware recognition. With this you can transform older computers into stable, very usable machines again, in stead of having to buy new hardware.
File synchronisation application to bring multiple directories, on different locations, in sync. Works really well.
Send audio output of computer to an android device, from windows or linux.