You got that new computer, and turned it on. Now, you need software for it that will do all those familiar tasks such as word processing, spreadsheets, slide presentations, modifying graphics...

Or maybe you don't actually need it, but you'd like to try it out so you can maybe move up to a better job?

Well, there's a lot of free software out there that is as good as the commercial stuff, and doesn't force you to upgrade every time you turn around. And most of it, you can try out here in the Library on our patron computers, and then download and install it on your home computer. Things to look for include:

  • LibreOffice - word processor, spreadsheet, presentation program, drawing program, database program. It's like the full version of Microsoft Office, but not as expensive! Need help getting started with it? The Library provides access to Universal Class, which while focused mostly on Microsoft products, will give you a sense of what kind of things you can do, or you can just search on YouTube for Libreoffice, and find all kinds of tutorial videos.
  • The Gimp (The GNU Image Manipulation Program). This does almost exactly the same things Photoshop does, but again, much cheaper. And again, you can find all kinds of tutorials for it on YouTube.
  • Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome for the web browsing experience you're probably quite familiar with.

The Library is closed today, for Good Friday, but you can still go ahead and download these wonderful programs and get started.