David got some iZotope software from the LAPostProduction Users group for restoring audio and he needs to upgrade it. Is there an alternative that isn't so expensive? Leo says that iZotope is the standard and it comes with free plugins, but the freebies are usually very limited. VST is the standard for the plugins they use, so if he can find some VST plugins, and there are thousands of them, he can use those.
Ed created a PDF document, but it's been updated and he can't access it because the software is costly now. Leo says the best way to protect his documents is by using "Print to PDF." Adobe Reader is free. Microsoft has a PDF printer that's also free.
Dan wants to know if there's an app that will automatically look at his bank account and divide up his expenses to categorize them for taxes. Leo says that spreadsheets were designed with a database feature which will certainly do that. All he needs to do is set it up. There are also spreadsheet templates for Excel and others which are likely available to do what he wants. Leo also says that it may be worth doing with Mint. It's free and has a lot of automatic features.
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Carey wanted to mention that a friend of his had a photo of her and her husband at a koy pond. Carey used Pixelmator and Luminar to touch up the photo, and then ordered a print of it from Fracture, a company that prints photos on glass. This is just more evidence that there are good alternatives to Adobe Photoshop.
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Sam uses an iPad Pro and is a web developer. Is there a good Windows version of Coda to create apps for the Windows platform? Leo says that Atom is a good one, but it creates web apps and she'll need to have a browser built into her app. It would make it cross platform, though. Electron is the language. It also uses a lot of the tools that Coda does.
Mary wants to make youtube videos and create a cookbook. Leo says there's a great cookbook menu system called Paprika, which not only allows you to create a cookbook, but you can surf recipes and save them to it. It's brilliant.
Mark has a bunch of 1TB hard drives and he wants to be able to categorize the contents on them. Leo says he'll want to be sure he indexes the contents and then he can create a master catalog that he can print out. The trick is to make them offline so he can index them that way.
Steve likes to watch streaming on TWiTCH, and one streamer was able to use his keyboard to change his voice while narrating using a device called the TC Helicon. How does he do that? Leo says that a voice changer is usually the way he'd do it. The better ones do cost more.
John recently bought a business, but the software that runs it is hard to use. Leo says that the problem with custom software is that it isn't usually documented or user friendly. Leo says that a good CRM program will serve him well. CRM stands for "Customer Relationship Management." Add in inventory control and he's looking at SalesForce.com as his best bet. It's cloud based, too. Quickbooks is good for accounting. Microsoft's CRM software is also very good.