Looking for new software? This guide will provide you with several options for budget friendly software. Looking to get a bit more creative on the MakerSpace scene? Check out our DIY and Makerspace area. There are a variety of programs out there that will help you with your getting your thoughts from your head to computer. Great tool to replace Windows Office, however it does not have an email client or calendar. We recommend Thunderbird to replace Outlook with the add on Lightning to keep track of your day. – Need more visual help to figure out how to get around? Find tutorials from Zotero from the basics to more advanced features. Vector graphics editor similar to Adobe Illustrator, Corel Draw, Freehand, or Xara X. What sets Inkscape apart is its use of Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG), an open XML-based W3C standard, as the native format. – Need more help to figure out how to get around? Watch tutorials to walk you through the basics to more advanced features. A raster graphics editor comparable to Photoshop. It is great for retouching and editing, free-form drawing, resizing, cropping, photo-montages, converting between different image formats, and more specialized tasks. Luckily, there are excellent tutorials to help every skill level harness this tool. – Need more step-by-step help to figure out how to get around? Find tutorials from the basics to more advanced features. – Need more visual help to figure out how to use Gimp? YouTube is full of helpful people who have recorded and uploaded how-to’s. If you have a specific need, try typing that into the search box – like ‘transparent background Gimp 2.8’ Looking to do some things on your own? Check out some of the various websites for ideas, as well as regional Makerspace locations for places to go. DIY Many upgrades can easily be done at home for a fraction of the cost. Gamers, especially, may be interested in building their own computer from the ground up. There is also a world of great electronic projects that can improve your garden, cooking, Easter festivities, self-esteem, parties, pet’s twitter presence, and so much more. Malwarebytes Anti-malware and internet security software. Please note that only one anti-malware/anti-virus package should be used as they don’t tend to play well together. Source.