Software

What software can I use to run my business?

Episode 1371

John from Baton Rouge, LA

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.

Is there an app for demoing computer processes?

Episode 1370

Reb from Los Angeles, CA

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.

How can I test my Linux network speed?

Episode 1346

Jeff from Idaho Falls, ID

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.

What's a good affordable video editor for Windows?

Sony Vegas Movie Studio

Episode 1319

Rocko from Oregon

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.

How can I record multiple tracks from a live performance?

Episode 1316

Shannon from Nebraska

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.

How can I use an old version of Photoshop Elements with Windows 10?

Episode 1285

Clyde from Torrance, CA

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.