Apps, Operating Systems (Windows, MacOS, Linux), or pro level software.
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.
Kathy says she bought a new computer with McAfee antivirus, and it wants her to activate it. Should she? Leo says no way. McAfee is commonly referred to as bloatware and it's essentially advertising on her PC. Kathy will want to go into Control Panel > Apps and Features, and uninstall any program she doesn't want. The problem, though, is that many AVS programs like McAfee are difficult to uninstall completely. She may need to get an uninstaller from McAfee to get rid of it all. There already is an antivirus program built into Windows called Defender, and it's a solid program.
Frank wants to timestamp PDF blueprints that he prints up, and he wants to be able to print them in order by group number and file name. He's created a database in excel to do this and then created a batch file. Leo says this is how programmers are born, by creating scripts and macros to streamline the workflow. Leo also says that a database program would be easier and can be done automatically. It would also allow him to create the PDF from the database and when he makes changes, the PDFs will be updated automatically.
Scott is having trouble reading old word files in Microsoft Word. What happened? Leo says that there's a "Trust" option that he can turn off in the file menu under Options > Trust Center.
George bought a computer that had Photoshop and Illustrator on it and the software disappeared during an update. Leo says that if he bought a computer that had an illegal copy on it, he would expect Adobe to notice that there's a pirated copy when he used it. If he can get the serial number, he can then reinstall it with the proper number. Leo also suggests that he try using Affinity Photo instead.
Steven has a large vinyl record collection and he wants to digitize it. He bought a Behringer U-Phono USB interface to connect to his turntable so he can do it. What software should he use? Audacity? Leo says it's popular because it's free, but it's not the easiest app to use when digitizing a lot of records. Leo recommends a more automated option. DBPowerAmp is a good option, but there's also RipVinyl for $10.
Cameron has a 2010 MacBook Pro with OS X 10.5. Can he use High Sierra? Leo says that Cameron should be able to. Frankly, Leo's not impressed with the latest batch of Macs. So using his older MacBook Pro is a good idea. Apple won't let him install it if it doesn't support it. Leo would also recommend getting an SSD to speed up his computer. It's a very easy upgrade and it speeds it up a lot. He can find an SSD for it at MacSales.com.
Tim needs to print PDFs and add a common black space to custom print text in. Leo says that it's easy to do unless he wants it to automatically increment. If he's doing it manually, it's simple. Any PDF editor can do it. Leo likes PDF Forge. A good PDF tool will also have a rubber stamp signature that can be added. BlueBeam is used by the construction/design industry.
Larry recently cloned his hard drive using EaseUS and then used that on his new hard drive. But the SSD he put it on was 250 GB and he can't use the remaining space on it. Can he recover it? Leo says that Acronis can create an image of the drive, keeping the partition. He can use the Windows partition manager to recover the rest of the partition, but if it doesn't work, Larry could try the EaseUS partition manager.
John had to get Quicken 2018 because his version was going to stop working. So he installed it and it's not working. It says it's missing files it needs and it won't let him reinstall it. Leo says that if he installs a backup of his old Quicken data, it could solve the problem. What Leo suggests is fully uninstalling the old program. Then he should reinstall the new program and import his data. A clean install is what's needed here.