Before searching through the BIG LIST of free stuff, inside - (Software Santa's Big List),
here are some of the highlights, or “Best Of”, the Presents, for your perusal. Enjoy!!!
Best Desktop Software Replacements:
A Complete Math and Graphing "Computer Algebra System" (CAS) for your Computer: GeoGebra is a free and multi-platform dynamic mathematics software in JAVA It brings together Geometry, algebra, spreadsheets, graphing, statistics and calculus in one easy-to-use offline package. Version for Android and iOS ... below
The "Highest Caliber" Universal E-Book Reader, Converter, and Library available: calibre is a cross platform one stop solution to all your e-book needs (calibre is pronounced like 'Caliber')
Would you like to shoot a Movie? OpenShot Video Editor is an open-source video editor for Linux, Mac, and Windows With this program, and a video camera, you can create your OWN Movies!!!! Write your Own scripts - Shoot all of the Scenes you need - Put it ALL together with THIS.
Another Amazing Movie Editor and Creator: Shotcut is an open source cross-platform video editor for Windows, Linux, or Mac Edit Video Files and create your OWN Movies!!!!
Replace Microsoft Office (except "Outlook"): Libre Office is the BEST Replacement for Microsoft Office (It is BETTER Than MS Office on Macintosh and Linux systems!)
Replace Microsoft Outlook, also: Thunderbird is the leading open source email and PIM application in the World! (Compare Thunderbird to Microsoft Outlook HERE: Thunderbird VS. Outlook)
Replace Adobe Photoshop: G.I.M.P. can Save you hundreds on Adobe Photoshop (for Windows or Mac X or Linux) A FREE Bitmap Image Editor with all of Photoshop's features! Includes Free Tutorials online.
A Painting Tool different from Adobe Photoshop: Krita is a FREE painting tool designed for artists, illustrators, and VFX work! A FREE Image Painting Suite with animation features! Includes Free Tutorials online.
Replace Freehand or Illustrator: Inkscape is a Free and complete SVG Editor, like Freehand or Illustrator! A FREE Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) editor with All features!
Replace Quark Express® or Adobe InDesign®: Scribus lets you Desktop Publish and SAVES $$$ on Adobe InDesign® or QuarkXPress® A professional page layout and publishing solution like Adobe InDesign or Quark Express!
Replace Windows or Quicktime Media Players: VideoLAN has the VLC media player for ALL Platforms (Except Mac Classic) A Universal Media Player: Plays Discs / Files / Streams!!! I MEAN "Universal": ANCIENT Codec's from DECADES Long Past (Like "Indio Video" Codec ... which I think my Grandpa was still using ... on his hand cranked laptop) are still supported here!!!! Version for Mobile Devices ... below
Help Santa deliver all of the presents in time: Christmas Eve Crisis lets you help Santa deliver the presents 10 levels — travel around the world! Version for Mobile Devices - below.
Replaces Astrolabe or Solar Fire Astrology Software: Maitreya is a mature Open Source platform for Vedic and western astrology This does all that any Commercial Astrology Software Does!!! This still works on Mac OS X 10.12 - WON'T WORK On 10.15
Replaces Dance Dance Party / Guitar Hero / UltraStar Deluxe / and SingStar: Performous combines SingStar, Guitar Hero and dancing all in the same game This game is like SingStar or UltraStar Deluxe .... combined with Guitar Hero, and dancing: all in the same game. Even MORE Fun if you happen to have the Right Controllers lying around leftover from any of THOSE Games!
§ Replace that old fashioned MECHANICAL Wooden marble-in-a-maze TABLE Game: Nuncabola is a cross platform Java 8 Based skill Game based on Neverball REQUIRES Java 8 to Run!! Tilt the floor to roll your self to where you want to go. Well, it SOUNDS Easy enough ...
§ Replaces PSX game "Kula World" / "Roll Away": Cubosphere is a freeware game similar to the PSX game "Kula World" / "Roll Away" Not developed in 8 years ... yet this still works on Mac OS X 10.12 - WON'T WORK On 10.15
Replace Super Mario Kart: SuperTuxKart is a Free 3D Kart racing game just like Super Mario Kart! Download more Karts / Battle Arenas / Tracks here https://online.supertuxkart.net/ Version for Android Devices ... below
Race against the clock on challenging slippery snow courses. Make a Penguin FLY: Extreme Tux Racer is a downhill racing game starring Tux, the Linux penguin Mac OS X Version is Not developed in 11 years ... yet this still works on Mac OS X 10.12 - WON'T WORK On 10.15 Version for Android Devices ... below
Replaces Super Mario Brothers: Super Tux! A 'Mario Brothers' like Arcade Game for most systems & Android Classic Side-Scrolling action platform game … Minus the Nintendo characters! Version for Android Devices ... below
Replaces Minecraft: Terasology is a Java & cross platform game that pays ample tribute to Minecraft Requires Java 8 to run. Terasology is a free and open-source survival and discovery game set in a voxel world. Influenced by Minecraft, Dwarf Fortress and Dungeon Keeper, it offers a unique and enjoyable building and playing experience.
ANOTHER Replacement for Minecraft: Minetest is a FREE open source voxel game engine (like Minecraft®) Maps are 62000 by 62000 by 62000 voxels!!! (238,328,000,000,000. cubic voxels: That should be room enough to build in, Right?) What?!? You ran out of SPACE?!? Version for Android Devices ... below
Play the Famous FPS "Doom" (Or one of the many MANY Free MODS): GZDoom is the continuation of ZDoom and QZDoom engines for playing DOOM WADs Can play all Doom engine games, including Ultimate Doom, Doom II, Heretic, Hexen, Strife, and more! Otherwise use "FreeDoom" ... (next)
FreeDoom is an "Open Source" WAD File for use with GZDoom: The Freedoom project aims to create a complete free content first person shooter game Team these WAD files with GZDoom (before) for a new & unique FPS. You can always download lots more FREE MODS to play different games ... Version for Android Devices ... below
§ Replaces Fish Fillets II from Atari: Fish Fillets NG is a Puzzle / Adventure Game Just Like Fish Fillet II from Atari This fun adventure puzzle is very difficult. Guide the fish safely to the Exit.
§ A fiendishly clever puzzle game with a dexterity component: Enigma is a cool puzzle game like "Oxyd" or "Rock 'n Roll" (Windows Mac Linux) This puzzle has over 1000 levels. This is not easy. This may take a while ...
Replaces D&D Board Game: The Battle for Wesnoth is a COOL Cross Platform D&D Strategy Turn Based Game The AI actually fights on YOUR Side, also!!!! Download Extra Campaigns to Play. Version for Android Devices ... below
Replace Civilization V - Conquer the WORLD: UnCiv is an open-source Desktop port of Civ V to Linux, Windows, and Java 8 There is still a LOT of work to do to make this a COMPLETE Copy of Civ 5, but it IS Playable NOW!!! Version for Android Devices ... below
Replaces the "Light Cycles" game from TRON: Armagetron Advanced: TRONs LightCycles in 3D! Windows / Mac X / Linux / BSD From the 1980's Movie - Then one of 4 'mini games' of the Arcade game (inspired by that movie) - to your Computer! Version for Android Devices ... below
Wanna Race Fast Cars on the Track, instead of on a GRID? X Speed Race you drive the super fast cars and become the best driver out there Race against AI Drivers with choice of Cars and Tracks.
Motorcycle Stunt and Racing Game: X-Moto is a challenging cross-platform 2D motocross platform game It's very old (10 Years) but the Mac Version was working (OS 10.12) when I checked - WON'T WORK On 10.15 ...
Learn to Fly - with this FREE Fun Flight Simulator: YSFlight is the only free flight simulator where anything is possible. This is a very popular free flight simulator ... and chances are GOOD it will work on YOUR computer!!
Race car simulator that allows you to "Drift": VDrift is a cross-platform, open source driving simulation made with drift racing in mind. Last Release in 2014 but Mac OS X version still working on Mac OS X 10.12 in the year 2020. Intense multi car racing.
Replaces Microsoft Flight Simulator: Flight Gear 3 is an Open Source FREE Flight Simulator Windows / Mac OS X / LINUX A Full Featured Flight Simulator. This one is the most Technically Accurate simulator ... Really LEARN to Fly!!!
Meet the ULTIMATE (200+) Vehicle Simulator - Sail/Drive/Fly: Rigs of Rods (RoR) is Open Source truck, car, airplane, helicopter, and boat simulator Over 200 Vehicles to download: RIGHT HERE! The Mac OS X version (0.35) is 10 years old but still works on OS X 10.12 - WON'T WORK On 10.15 ...
Replaces Escape Velocity: Endless Sky is a 2D space trading and combat game similar to Escape Velocity A galaxy lies open for you to explore. You sign your loan and buy a ship ... good luck with that.
A tiling board game for up to 4 players: Tripod is a Tri-ominoes board game for one to four players for Windows or Mac X! Even the "Easy" AI Players are a real challenge ... they sometimes beat Software Santa. He's NEVER Beaten the Strong AI Players.
A Collection of 39 small, and fun, Logical Puzzle Toys: Simon Tatham's Puzzles is a set of single-player open-source logic puzzle games New and Novel puzzles you’ve never seen before … and a few old favorites … each of the 39 games have multiple versions of difficulty. Try This!!! Version for Mobile Devices ... below
Free Resources for the Poor (USA Only?):
College Bound? With FRANK is a site that helps you apply with FAFSA to Help you Pay for College One site that gets you the MAXIMUM FREE Aid you are entitled to – and makes it EASY!
Renters and Homeowners SAVE Money: WAP - Weatherization Assistance Program does FREE home energy improvements! Each State has a different program … apply through your Local energy company … must be ‘Low Income’ to qualify.
FREE Cash Grant for Energy Bills: HEAP (Home Energy Assistance Program) for Low Income folks pays your Energy Bill Each State has a different program … apply through your Local energy company … must be ‘Low Income’ to qualify. Software Santa got $240 credited to his energy bill in 2019!
Best Free Tablet or Phone APPs: For iOS or Android or OTHER Mobile Devices!
Help Santa deliver all of the presents in time: Windows & Android Christmas Eve Crisis for mobile devices lets you help Santa deliver the presents 10 levels — travel around the world! Version for Computers above ...
A universal math and graphing "Computer Algebra System" (CAS) for iOS or Android: & GeoGebra CAS Calculator is a Computer Algebra System for iOS or Android devices Got Homework? This APP brings together Geometry, algebra, spreadsheets, graphing, statistics and calculus in one easy-to-use package. Version for Computers above ...
Universal Media File or Stream Player: & Fire & VLC is a universal media player for iOS 9 devices or Android 2.3 devices, and up - or Kindle Fire Plays Streams or Files ... even supports ANCIENT CoDecs from Decades ago (Like "Indio Video")! Version for Computers above ...
Shoot and Edit movies on your Apple Device: Apple Clips is a NEW Movie Creating and Editing App (for iOS 13.0 and Up) The latest movie editing APP available for your latest generation iOS Device!!!
Replace Super Mario Kart: SuperTuxKart - FREE Copy of Super Mario Kart Racing game - is NOW On Android!
Replaces Super Mario Brothers: Super Tux! A classic side-scroller 'Mario Brothers' like Arcade Game for Android Available for regular computers above - Mario and Gang have been Hijacked!
A motherlode of iOS Games: Boy Howdy Technology has Many FREE games for iOS - iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch 4 Dozen FREE Games – including the Best Slot Machine APP!
Android Open Source APP Installer and Updater: F-Droid is an Android FOSS (Free and Open Source Software) Repository A LOT of FREE Games that you do not know about!!!!!! This is the only source of "PySolFC for the Android - for instance.
A game like Starcraft, Command & Conquer, or Age of Empires: & Warfare Incorporated is a FREE real time strategy (RTS) game for iOS or Android For Ages 10+ please … a Battle game!
An FPS (Like the famous "Doom") on Android: FreeDoom for Android is a free First Person Shooter (FPS) game for your device! A First Person Shooter (FPS) on the ANDROID Platform!!! And you can Download more MODs. For Computers get FreeDoom above.
Open Source Sledding Style Race for Android: Tux Rider is a great port of TUX Racer to the Android platform! Tux Racer on the ANDROID Platform!!! (1st Person View Racing ... ) For Computers get Extreme Tux Racer - above.
Incredibly speedy object recognition game: Little Finder for iOS Devices is the Hidden Object Game for Kids (and SPACE ALIENS!) Can YOU score 4,000+ points? Faster than Software Santa himself - possibly the quickest APP ever made. This learning toy is perfect for small children also.
Replaces "Minecraft" with an open source Voxel Building Game for Android: Minetest is a FREE open source voxel game engine (like Minecraft® ) For Android Maps are 62000 by 62000 by 62000 voxels!!! (238,328,000,000,000. cubic voxels!) For Computers - get Minetest - above.
§ A maddeningly hard puzzle game properly named "Vexed": Android & Palm Vexed is a fun and addictive puzzle game developed for Palm and Android Nasty Evil Brainbusters ... made poor old Software Santa CRY. Have fun going mad ...
WATCH as galactic empires rise and fall - with this TOY: & Galimulator is a galactic simulator as empires rise and fall, for Android or iOS You can do a LOT of things with this galactic 'fishbowl' besides watch fish evolve into ... ?
Dungeons & Dragons fantasy RPG for Android: The Battle for Wesnoth (D&D - Fantasy) is Now Available for Android devices! Ages 10+ please, for Battle Games. Get it for regular computers, above.
Replace Civilization V - Conquer the WORLD with Android: UnCiv is a clone of the most famous empire-building game ever for Android (4.0 & up) Still in development. Get it for regular computers, above.
Armagetron Advanced clone for Android - 0 to 4 Human Players at one time: Androgetron is the Android clone of the lightcycle game Armagetron Advanced The "Light Cycle" game from the movie TRON. Get it for regular computers, above.
A Collection of 39 small, fun, Logical Puzzle Toys: & Palm & & Windows & Symbian S60 Simon Tatham's Puzzles is a set of single-player logic puzzles for Mobile Devices New and Novel puzzles you’ve never seen before … and a few old favorites … each of the 39 games have multiple versions of difficulty. Try This!!!
More highlights to be added soon. The rest of the free stuff is in here: Software Santa's Big List