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.
Reb is a PC technician and he wants a piece of software that can show how custom changes can affect the system. Leo says that a Dashboard app is probably the best option. It can read data and then display it graphically. Leo says there used to be an app called Demo that used to do just that. But what Reb is looking for is likely a highly customizable app that he'd need to have written.
Roger says that when he puts his Asus laptop into hibernation, when it wakes up, it reboots. Leo says it sounds like Windows power and sleep issues, which have been a common malady in the operating system. Leo says he should look in his power settings to see what it's set for. It sounds like it turns itself off instead of going to sleep.
Jeff is having speed issues on the internet with his Linux machine. How can he check for speed? Leo says that Linux has built in utilities just for this purpose. How about something that's cross platform with Windows? Leo says that is a different issue. He can run SpeedTest.net but that will only give him the speed of his internet connection, not his computer.
Adam has a service and repair business and he's looking to replace his invoicing software. Thoughts on alternatives? Leo used to use Freshbooks. He used it for years when he was a freelancer and you can customize the invoices to your needs and even set them up to be recurring.
(Disclaimer: Freshbooks is a sponsor).
Rocko is looking to edit Let's Play Minecraft videos for YouTube and he wants a free or cheap video editor. He has a PC running Windows 10.
Windows Movie Maker is the best free PC video editor, but it isn't available for Windows 10. If he can find it, it will work. Leo's favorite is Sony Vegas Movie Studio, which is about $50. It also has a 30 day free trial.
Shannon is a southern gospel singer and they sing in 4 track harmony. He's looking for good software that can balance the volume and gain when recording separately during a live performance. Leo says that all recording software has that capability, and he can always use hardware to do it with a Telos compression/expansion module. It also protects against popping and clipping. Audacity is free and he could find a plugin for it that can work. It's available on all platforms, too.
Clyde is having a hard time using the new version of Photoshop Elements. They've completely redone it and he has to learn it all over again. He's thought about downgrading Windows since Windows 10 won't let him install an old version of Elements. It will work on Windows 7 though.
Adobe says it's not compatible, but there is a discussion on the Adobe Forums that users have gotten it to work with "minor issues." So if he can put up with that, he could try it.