Horses for Courses

These are the main apps I use on the three platforms available in this house. There are others that I use occasionally, some of them, such as calculators and screen grabbers, available on whichever machine I happen to be using. Almost all these apps are free – the few that aren’t cost pennies. I don’t buy expensive apps – in particular, not Microsoft Office. I use LibreOffice instead!


!DrawVector graphics (see SVGSamples for some illustrations I did in !Draw, and converted to SVG using my !XP1Dr2SVG).
!NetSurfSome email, some web surfing, ROOL
!MoonfishSharing the Pi’s files with the Mac.
!OmniAccessing files on our NAS.
!XP1...Various apps of my own, mostly to do with drawfiles or fonts & conversions to non-RISCOS formats, but also doing funny things to all sorts of files, both RISCOS and other types – see RISCOS for details of those available publicly.
BASICMostly writing more of those apps; odd bits of programming
!ZapWriting & editing BASIC and Assembler programs, html for my website, & taking a look at the internals of any kind of file
!FontEd(Formerly, maybe again one day, but probably not) Designing and editing fonts
!Paint(Rarely) Mostly just taking screenshots or designing icons for apps I write.
!ChangeFSI(Rarely) Converting Sprites to .jpg for use on my website.
SafariChecking my own website’s compatibility
Libre OfficeDTP, Spreadsheets
AtomWriting html for my website, other plain text tasks
XnViewViewing & converting bit images, some bit image editing
The GIMPSerious bit image editing, with layers etc.
(FileZilla)Formerly: Uploading to my website (not needed with Hostinger - straight from Firefox now)
AudacityEditing & converting audio files
FontForgeEditing fonts, importing my own fonts from RISCOS via !XP1FontEd
QuickTimeEditing & converting video files
MuseScoreWriting & editing music files
MorphXMerging and/or distorting bit images
HuginStitching bit images
Panorama Stitcher MiniStitching bit images
PCNothing nowEverything I used to use a PC for I can now do as well or better on the Mac or the Pi.
Goodbye Microsoft, and good riddance. No, Mac isn’t perfect either, but it’s somewhat less intolerable.