I got no art I can show right now so how about a list of amazing free apps that you too can use!
IrFanView- Arguably the best renamer tool out there. It does so much else as well. You can edit pictures with it, create a Cd slideshow with music, resize, rename and renumber files all with the click of one or two buttons. Invaluable tool!
MultiMon- Allows you to have two Start bars on a multi-monitor setup. It also installs a little widget on each window that let’s you switch that window from one monitor to another.
LogmeIn- So useful you’ll spit when you can’t use it! this lil’ gem allows you to login to your computer remotely and do whatever is needed; from anywhere you have an internet connection. it works with PC and Mac and also cross platform. All you need to do is download a little piece of software create a user account and go to logmein.com each time. it’ll give you a list of available computers you own that have Logmein installed. Amazing app!
PowerISO- Great lil tool to mount ISO files you have. Will also create ISOs out of CDs and DVDs.
ArtRage- An incredible painting tool that kicks the crap out of anything else out there. It’s also free if you can live without layers. (which I can’t)
Belarc Advisor- A cool application that will give you stats about your PC like for instance what the motherboard is in case you have more than one PC and don’t remember which MB is in what case..
Driver Grabber- Copies all your installed drivers and make a nice package of them for backup! Cool!
OpenOffice- An absolute must replacement for Word, Excel and PowerPoint. It does just about everything they do and it’s free!
Inkscape- A great replacement for Adobe Illustrator
Artweaver- A great replacement for Painter. So close in interface it’s hard to believe they haven’t been sued. What’s more… why would anyone want to mimic Painter’s terrible interface?!?
Gimp- A decent Photoshop replacement. It has a kinda weird interface for some things but mostly it’s the same thing as Photoshop.
Joycur- this lill app lets you map key commands Macros to things like joysticks or game controllers
Photobie- A little app that does simple resize stuff when Photoshop is acting up or in use for something else.
Flash Sideshow Maker- Does what it says.
PAP- A free animation program which has, a light table layers and a decent set of tools to draw with. very weird interface but works well once you know it.
Dogwaffle- A powerful free Photoshop/Painter replacement. It does so much more than Photoshop too. Many plugins and fractal editing tools as well. Pretty deep app.
Google Apps- While my brother will call me a Google fanboy ( of which I am rightly so) the search giant has a lot of free and very useful applications all accessible from your Gmail account too! the thing I most like about Google is that they update their applications frequently so you can fire it up one day and see some really cool new function they’ve implemented. I love that!
Below are some Google Apps I use regularly.
GoogleDocs ( which as of yesterday is about to be available offline as well as online) which is a Word replacement
Picasa- which is a Photo retoucher and also makes some nice slideshows and html presentations for the web. Also it will create Flash presentations. you can also upload photos ( read- portfolio) to their site and get 2 gigs of strorage to store your art. Then you can export to an imbeddable Flash slideshow like this.
Gmail- I don’t care what anyone says Gmail rocks, and now anyone can get an account. Plus, if you use Gmail Drive you can store files on their servers.
Google Earth- Come on, who doesn’t want to see their house from air?
Google Sketchup- A free 3d program you can actually build stuff with.