How do I find software for a specific purpose?
Finding software can range from easy to hard. Depending on what you want, if you think that your computer has the ability to do what you want it to do then there probably is software for that. If you are either using the operating systems below, the links will take you to the most popular places to find software for those operating systems:
Say you wanted to find a piece of software for your printer, and it was a Canon. Searching on Google for “Canon printer software” would be one idea. Or if you were looking for music software to buy music from, Google search for “music store software”, and you would probably get iTunes as one of the first hits. Or say you wanted to look down on the earth from the sky, that’s software that exists, so if you Google searched “Earth software”, Google Earth would probably come up.
Since this is a huge topic, I will try to go over it as much as I can. First of all, if software is either completely free or paid, sometimes there is only paid software available for what you want to do. Someone asked me for transcribing software once. I looked around on Google, and found nothing but paid software, or services to transcribe videos (copy down all the words being said in a video). But I did find something, by searching “transcribing software for windows” on Google.
If you can only find paid software, sometimes you can test a trialware piece of software which is a program that allows you to use the program on a trial basis, for a limited time on a limited amount of days. And sometimes you can cheat and get that software for free, regardless. Anything is possible if you try to figure it out. But I’m not getting into that, you do that at your own risk.
Sometimes when you install software, it will ask you if you want to install some sort of toolbar or something (and this is asked in most downloads you get for windows from Download.com). All you must do is click off all the checkboxes, and always check for when it’s asking that if you “agree” to the terms and conditions, that you do not agree to install a Toolbar as well. With Linux and Mac, toolbars are not really a problem. The same goes for viruses. Windows is the most used operating systems, so they get alot more viruses than the other two operating systems.
But for me, I have always found software for myself, for free. I have never needed to spend a dime, on anything.
So remember, Google search is your best friend and use it for all your software finding needs. As long as you have a fast internet connection, it will take you there fast, so you can be on your way.