I have seen pages like these floating around Neocities so I wanna share the ones I use. I prefer free and open source (foss) software.
Photo and Painting
- GIMP: Neat photo editor, plug-ins can make it even more powerful (like FX Foundry or G'MIC). A little hard to use, but there are tons of helpful guides online.
- Krita: Painting application that has a lot of neat features, like auto-color and frame by frame animation.
- MyPaint: Has infinite canvas and really good brushes. It is not a complete painting application like Krita but it is good for randomly doodling or sketching.
Gaming and Emulators
- Playnite: Game library manager that supports emulators. Really neat for combining all game launchers to one location.
- Dolphin: Wii and Gamecube emulator. Runs really good on my home potato laptop and my school laptop. Use beta version instead of stable because stable is very outdated.
- PCSX2: Playstation 2 emulator. A little difficult to use but it runs OK on my potato laptop. I use it to play Persona 4 and it works well most of the time.
- PPSSPP: Playstation Portable emulator. Runs great on any computer with decent hardware, even on my school laptop. Really easy to use, I highly recommend this.
- Locale Emulator: Lets you play Japanese games without manually switching the locale on your computer. Great for fan-translated PC games.
Downloaders and Rippers
- RipMe: Rips images from albums. Supports many websites like Photobucket. (Caution: Website contains mentions of NSFW websites.)
- HakuNeko: Downloads manga from aggregation sites. Useful if scanlators do not provide downloads. Also supports anime, but I have not used that feature.
- FocusWriter: A distraction-free word processor, but still customizable.
- YACReader: Comic reader thats easy to use. The library manager that comes with it is not very good though.
- Notepad++: Code and text editor. I use this to rewrite my entire site.
- Audacious: Music player with support for classic Winamp skins.
Not Open Source
- Everything: File searcher that works better than the one in Windows.
- Feedbro: Feed reader on your browser. This does not have premium subscription thankfully and it works fairly well.
- Image Search Options: Puts several reverse search engines in one menu. Really good for finding the source of anime fanart.
- uBlock Origin: Adblocker. Works better than other adblocks I used.
- Universal Bypass: Skips link shorteners like ad.fly (fuck those).
- Violentmonkey: Simple userscript manager.
- SponsorBlock: Skips sponsors on Youtube. Never see a Raid Shadow Legends ad ever again!
- I will add more over time...