On one of the VA forums I moderate we periodically have discussions about the use of free software versus paid software. In many cases it makes sense to pay for decent software and after all, we are running businesses aren’t we? Sometimes going cheap means you pay for what you get – something that’s ‘cheap and nasty’. This doesn’t only apply to software but also other products and services.
However, another VA forum was discussing the type of software that VAs use and amongst those items were many free software programs that are very useful and not ‘cheap and nasty’. One of the VAs there posted on her blog about it and I thought it good to share the same here. Because there really are some good free programs out there that people are using the world over. The companies providing them have got a good strategy in place – they make a popular product free and then charge for the other products that complement that one product in many cases – such companies include Adobe and Lavasoft. And then there’s open source software as well – where groups of developers continue to work on the products and allow others to use them and test them.
Crystal tells the reader:
When choosing what programs and software you want, be open minded and check out what is available for f ree. Ask around and find out who you know has tried the f ree programs. See what limitations the f ree programs have. Then decide if f ree meets your needs.
This is the list of what I use. All of it was f ree.
Firewall (came with the computer)
Adobe Reader 7.0
For the full post, please go to her blog. If you have more to add to the list, why not let Crystal know? KMT