Technical [List of Freeware for Digital Creatives]

UPDATED 20.5.17

For anybody that’s interested in what kit I’m using, or who just wants to find FREE tools to express themselves with.

I am immeasurably grateful to all the open source, freeware developers and communities for providing all the FREE tools I use.

Much respect to you all.

These days, I’m almost exclusively working on Linux Ubuntu.



pixler is a FREE basic image editor that runs from your browser (no need to install).




I’m mostly using GIMP at the moment.

GIMP is a much more powerful, FREE open source image editor.


1001 free fonts is an excellent resource, with over 30, 000 FREE custom fonts.

Giphy is another cool tool which runs from your browser. I’ve just started using it to learn how to make .gifs (animated memes) . Which is much fun.



I’m currently using kdenlive – which is FREE open source video editing software.


Previously, I was using a FREE month’s trial of camtasia, sadly that expired. Camtasia is excellent software, but unfortunately quite expensive to buy.

For sourcing, I refer mostly to wikimedia, the Prelinger archives, creative commons and of course, youtube.

I use the FREE 4k video downloader and YTD Video Downloader to rip video.



I’ve mostly been using an ancient, FREE trial of Cubase SX since 2003, with a bunch of FREE open source plugs and softsynths. (should update really, recommendations welcome)!

I’m particularly fond of greenoaks’ FREE Crystal softsynth, which is awesome.

I like cooledit pro for any extreme finetuning/sound sculpture/design.

I know how to run logic, but I don’t like it very much.

For voice synthesis, I’ve been using from text to speech , which is a FREE service which runs from your browser. It creates mp3s which don’t sound too lovely, but are workable once beefed up a bit.

Livestreaming Video

I occasionally stream to my bambuser channel using the giffgaff network.

£20 buys you one month of unlimited data on a giffgaff ‘pay as you go’ sim.

giffgaff offers FREE calls and texts to other giffgaff phones, so long as you top up once every three months.

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