The following is a list of (mostly) free useful tools, software and apps available online. It is by no means exhaustive! I will add to it as I come across new useful tools (or at least things that are new to me). And I’ll try to delete anything that gets out of date.

Screen Recorders


Online screen recorder for Windows, Mac and iOS. You can easily capture your screen, voice and/or face then share your video.


Free screen recording. You can pay for the Deluxe package to add extra editing effects. The Premier package includes personised sharing features.

Record Screen

Browser-based screen recorder. Just remember to download your video – because if you close it without downloading, you can’t retrieve your recording!

Quick Screen Recorder

If you are looking for a lightweight screen recorder for Windows, then Quick Screen Recorder is what you need!

Quick Screen Recorder


Create animated GIFs from a screen recording online.


Free, open-source desktop recorder streaming video software. CamStudio is able to record all screen and audio activity on your computer and create industry-standard video files.


Smart Survey

Free for for personal use to build a basic survey. Includes unlimited surveys, 15 questions per survey and 100 responses per month.

Google Forms

With Google Forms, you can create a new survey and edit it with others at the same time. There are a variety of pre-made themes or you can create your own. Free with a Google account.

Microsoft Forms

With Microsoft Forms, you can easily create surveys, polls and quizzes. Forms automatically provides charts to visualise your data as you collect responses in real time, and data can be easily exported into Excel.

Survey Monkey

Basic plan is free.


Tiny.CC is an easy to use URL shortening, organising and sharing service.

Similarly, Bitly is also an easy to use URL shortening service.


A design tool for creating colour combinations that work well together.

Converts RGB colour codes to other formats. And it can also generate colour schemes too.


A mind mapping tool which allows you to organise and prioritise your ideas. It has a click and drag interface for easy editing and also it allows you to share your maps. It is available for Windows, Mac and Linux.


Free to use and can import any ebook file format for you to read onscreen.


View WebP images easily with FastPreview, an open source tool. Simply right-click an image to open it with FastPreview. You can also view the image’s EXIF data easily.


 Professional (and free!) software to create, play and print sheet music. For Windows, Mac and Linux.


Cartoonise (is that a word??) your world! Just because you can… (Not sure I can claim it’s useful…I just like it!). Simply upload an image or video and it will “cartoonise” it.

Note: Before you download or use any software, please read the disclaimer.