Best Open Source Software I Use REgularly

Over the years I have come across some useful open source software.

Here is a brief list so you can take advantage of them for yourself.


  • Ditto

  • https://ditto-cp.sourceforge.io/

  • Ditto is an extension to the Windows Clipboard. You copy something to the Clipboard and Ditto takes what you copied and stores it in a database to retrieve at a later time.

  • This is one of my most used and favorite programs that I have ever found.

  • PDF SAM

  • https://pdfsam.org/

  • Merge, split, extract pages, rotate and mix your PDF files. Available for Windows, Mac and Linux. Free and open source since 2006.

  • There are both free and paid versions, but I still get a lot of use from the basic one.

  • Advanced Renamer

  • https://www.advancedrenamer.com/

  • Advanced Renamer is a program for renaming multiple files and folders at once. By configuring renaming methods the names can be manipulated in various ways.

  • Very helpful tool that I only use occasionally but I am very glad that I have it in my toolbox.

  • XnView

  • https://www.xnview.com/en/

  • XnView is an efficient image viewer, browser and converter for Windows.

  • This software is really simple to use and totally free for personal use. It supports more than 500 image formats! No Adware, No Spyware.

  • I normally use this when I need to do batch conversion work on images.

  • Gimp

  • https://www.gimp.org/

  • The Free & Open Source Image Editor

  • I use this all the time for image editing and it is very powerful.

  • WinSCP

  • https://winscp.net/eng/index.php

  • WinSCP is a popular SFTP client and FTP client for Microsoft Windows! Copy file between a local computer and remote servers using FTP, FTPS, SCP, SFTP, WebDAV or S3 file transfer protocols.

  • Helpful tool when I need to move files between computers or home automation raspberry pi.

  • Dia

  • http://dia-installer.de/index.html.en

  • Dia is a program to draw structured diagrams. [flowcharts]

  • I use this occasionally when I need to do a flowchart that is a little too complicated for a quick powerpoint file.

  • Zint

  • https://sourceforge.net/projects/zint/

  • A barcode encoding library supporting over 50 symbologies.

  • I use this to generate barcodes that send emails and track inventory.

  • DropIt

  • http://www.dropitproject.com/

  • Personal assistant to automatically manage your files

  • I have several profiles set up to sort and rename common file types. Very helpful to reduce tedious tasks once you get it set up.

  • TinyTask

  • https://tinytask.en.softonic.com/

  • With this free Windows automation tool, you can easily record and repeat actions.

  • I use this for quick automation of repetitive tasks when I do not want to set up a full macro for a single use case.

Let me know of your favorites!

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