Today we’re going to be checking out 7 free useful software programs that you never knew you needed. Most of these programs are for Windows PCs only. But there are some apps on this list with Mac, Linux and even Android support.
In this list you’ll find apps for many different purposes, from media production to PC maintenance. It’s just a list of generally useful software that most people don’t even know exists.
CAM is a free PC monitoring software mainly for Windows, but it has apps for Android and iOS as well. This program is very useful for you pro gamers out there, or if you’re just interested in your PC performance.
With CAM you can monitor the temperature of your CPU cores, graphics card and various other PC components. On the build tab you can see a lot of information about your computer specs. If you maximize the window size, you will see even more stats and information.
Additionally, CAM has an overlay feature, where you can see your FPS, various temperature readings, memory load and other stats while you’re playing video games. But please note that currently the overlay feature is very buggy and might not work.
You can also sign up for a free account, in which case CAM will log information about your computer performance, and you’ll be able to look back at historical data.
Glary Utilities is a free PC maintenance and optimization program for Windows that can be very useful. You can use it to clean up old useless data and temporary files on your computer to free up storage space and make your system run faster and smoother.
Glary can also tell you when your software is out of date, if you’re too lazy to do it yourself. Additionally it can help to improve your boot up time by allowing you to disable unnecessary start up programs, scheduled tasks and background services.
It’s fairly simple and straightforward to use as well. There is also a paid version, which provides more features.
Miro Video Converter
If you’re a newbie and you’re having trouble converting videos, you might want to check out the Miro Video Converter. It’s really one of the most simple video converters that I’ve found, even a monkey could use it. It will easily turn almost any video format into a usable MP4 video file.
All you need to do is drag and drop the videos you want to convert into the app. You can add several videos to the conversion queue.
Then select the type of file you want to convert it to, it can also convert videos to MP3 audio files and some other formats.
Next, simply click the convert button and wait for the conversion to finish.
Once all the videos are done converting, just click on “Show File” to open the folder where the converted files are located.
Now that Windows Movie Maker is no longer supported by Microsoft, we need a new free and simple video editor for all you newbies out there. OpenShot may be the video editor that could replace Windows Movie Maker.
It works very well on Linux. But on Windows it still has some issues. However, it’s very simple and easy to use, perfect for beginners and those who don’t want to spend a lot of time learning video editing. I think you could learn how to use it in a few weekends to make some simple videos.
Unlike Movie Maker, OpenShot is actually a non-linear video editor. This means that it has multiple tracks where you can layer video, images and audio files on top of eachother to create a better end result.
Are you a fan of mobile gaming? Because I have a treat for you. The BlueStacks App Player is an Android emulator which can be used to run Android apps and games on your Windows PC or Mac computer.
You can browse the Google Play Store and try out any of the apps before using them on your smartphone or tablet. But one of the main uses for Bluestacks is to test out and stream or screen record Android games. It’s even possible to stream directly to Twitch from Bluestacks.
BlueStacks has a catalog of over 1.5 million Android games and over 500,000 HTML5 and Flash games. Plus all the other non-game apps in the Google Play Store. So there’s no shortage of things to do on Bluestacks.
If you’re tired of using the Print Screen button and pasting your screenshot into Micorsoft Paint to save it, then you might want to try out ShareX. It’s a free screenshot application for Windows.
With ShareX you can take screenshots of your whole screen or specific locations on your screen.
ShareX also enables you to add highlights, text and annotations to your screenshots. The app can automatically upload the pictures to a number of different image hosting services for instant sharing as well.
ShareX has many more useful features. For example it can record GIFs and even videos with microphone audio. There’s also an OCR feature that enables ShareX to read text from images and turn it into editable text files.
TeamViewer is a remote control and desktop sharing application that’s free for personal use. It works on many different platforms including Windows, Mac, Linux and Android.
If you install TeamViewer on two computers, you can connect to one of them and control it with the other. This can be very useful if you want to for example access your home PC from work or school, or even for providing tech support.
TeamViewer can also enable conferencing and holding meetings, file transfers between connected computers, screen recording and it has many more features.