Pimp my office PC, nonprofit style
January 9, 2013 11:20 AM Subscribe
Your job requires you to do multimedia work from time to time but gives you only a standard Windows install with Office and MS Paint to do it with. Installing anything new requires a call to IT. Your nonprofit employer currently has no budget to buy you the software you need. What cheap or free utilities, plug-ins or browser extensions do you install while waiting for the clouds to open and copies of, say, Adobe CS Master Collection and Final Cut Pro to fall from the sky?
posted by embrangled to computers & internet (18 answers total) 9 users marked this as a favorite
By way of example, yesterday I had to make minor edits to a radio ad and turn an A2 size jpeg poster into an A4 PDF for easy home printing. I downloaded Audacity and CuteFTP but lost a chunk of my day getting permission to install them. Another day I had to edit some dust marks from a photo and ended up emailing it to myself to work on from home. These kinds of situations are unpredictable and could involve editing, converting, uploading or downloading virtually any of the commonly available multimedia file formats.
Please help me develop the ultimate list of free or cheap workarounds so I can install everything I might ever need with a single call to IT. Suggestions for non-sketchy web-based services and general advice from those who've worked in similar situations would also be most welcome.