Posted in Article, Blog, Non-fiction

My 6 favourite free tools

About 2 years ago I decided to be self-employed. With no knowledge about how to do that and no money, I was in for a steep learning curve. In a world where programs get pricier and pricier and shift to being subscription based, I’m all in for free and maybe even open source solutions.

So I’ve made a list of my favourite free programs. I’ve included some where there’s a paid version as well, but only in cases where I’m happy with the free version. Some of them are online tools and others are downloadable programs, I’ve added the details to each. Let’s go!
Free version
If you need a time tracker, this is the one. I’ve even written an entire blog post about this (in Danish) on my business website. It’s one of the most user-friendly programs I’ve ever used. It got the basics, click and track, but if you need it, you can add projects, clients, payment, and extract reports and so on.

Most programs hide the basics in between all the extra settings, but not this one. I use the free version and I couldn’t do without it. I use it on the clients, where I charge per hour (as oppose to the ones, where there’s a pre-defined price).

If you need to track time on a project of your own, a project for a client or just want to know how much time you spend of different things, this is for you.

Subtitle Edit
Open Source, entirely free
One of the things I do for my clients is making subtitles. I know many who do it in YouTube, and that’s fine as long as it’s your own videos and you intend to upload them to YouTube. But if you need a separate program, I highly recommend this one.

I’ve worked for a long time in a different one, but it had issues with longer videos, so I switched to this one and never looked back. All the settings and buttons can be intimidating, but there’re a couple of good tutorials on YouTube and you really don’t need to interact with that many settings. I love to work with the waveform, so make sure to add that if you want too as well. I use this program almost every week!

Free version

Hands down, I’m a huge Canva fan. I know it’s not perfect, and I know that it lacks a lot compared to a professional editor, but if you need a design program and you’re not a designer, this is for you.

I used the free version the first 9 months in my business before upgrading (and I haven’t regretted it once!). I use it all the time in my business and in my spare time for social media content, flyers, posters, e-books, PowerPoint templates, illustrations, graphics – you name it. It’s so easy to use and I think the free version will get you really far (but since it’s more than a year since I changed to the paid version, they could have made changes to the free version, that I’m not aware of).

Online Video Cutter
Free Version

I’ve only used this a couple of times, but it’s good and get’s the job done. As the name suggests, it’s a tool to cut your video. Online. I’ve had some videos that I needed to trim down, and this does it so well. It also allows you to add a process bar that shows how much of the video has been shown – cool! It’s easy to work with and fast.

OBS Studio
Open Source, entirely free

This program let’s you record your screen or stream online. I’ve used it to make videos of my developing process when I made The Small Christmas Game. Once I had it up and running, it was really good at recording my screen, computer sound and voiceover. I haven’t tried out the streaming function, but the person that recommended it to me, says it’s great for that too.

HitFilm Express
Free version

You want a great and professional video editing program, but only need the basics? Then try this out! I’ve earlier used programs like Windows Movie Maker and Pinnacle, so I’m not entirely a rookie in these programs, and this one is definitely in the heavier area.

In the free version you can do many basic things, such as zoom in and show only a part of the screen, cut, add text, fade video and audio etc. If you need more options, you can buy addons for the specific things, that you need. The program has so many possibilities (that I have not tried out) and they make amazing How-To videos that shows how you make real movie special effects. I’ve edited a few short videos for online use and it’s good.

That’s all for now, thanks for reading along. Hopefully one of these programs will come in handy for you.

Posted in Blog, Non-fiction

Video game, collab fiction and Mike Williams

Hey y’all
small update and stuff.

I know I
haven’t posted anything in a loooong time. The very good reason for this is
that I’ve been focusing on writing in my native language, which is not English.
It’s really great to write in a language where I can express myself more freely
and am a 285% better writer.

My video
game The Cursed One Part I is soon closing beta testing, and I will implement
the reported bugs. Most of them have already been fixed, so that’s great. I
look forward to being able to publish it online, I’m still considering which
platform to use, but it will still be free to play though. If you’re interested
in the project you can read more at and if you want to be a
beta tester, you can read more here.

At the moment
I’m running a small fun thing on the Fediverse, a choose your own adventure but
in collab mode. After each small bit I make a poll on what to do next, and everyone
can vote and decide. I have nothing planned, nothing scheduled, I impro it as
we go – it’s fun, it’s short, it’s flash fiction collab. I truly like these
small interactions with others – I find it to be very lonely to be a writer most
of the time.

planning to collect all 10 chapters of Mike Williams into a pretty tablet
friendly PDF – still need to get them proof read, but I’ve made a pretty cool
front page.

Wow, look at that front page!

Take care
out there!