George wants to know if there's a free program that will allow him to print his Windows directory tree? Leo says that Norton Commander used to be able to allow that, but there are plenty of alternatives. He can check out AlternativeTo.net for options.
Bill uses Dragon Naturally Speaking. Leo says that Dragon is the king of speech to text and does a decent job transcribing what you say, but it's not perfect. Leo says that it'll get about 1 in 15 wrong, so he'll have to stop and correct it, which is kind of a speed bump. People with carpel tunnel use it all the time, though.
John wants to know if the software available at the Internet Archive is legal to download. Leo says that the Internet Archive is a very interesting project. A record of life in the 20th century. It saves websites, audio, video, and even computer software. It's fantastic. But it may not be legal to download software from it. Since it's archival, Leo says it's probably safe to enjoy since the industry basically ignores it. Sooner or later, it'll have to be addressed by both parties, though.
Brant's mother is losing her sight and he wants to get voice recognition software to help her. Leo says that screen readers like JAWS can help, but it's expensive. Orca is an open source screen reader. The larger the screen, the better. Try Lighthouse for the Blind or Foundation for the Blind for help. They may even help fund it.
Peter wants to know if Linux will run Windows or DOS apps. Leo says it can't run Windows or DOS apps natively, but WINE is an emulator that can work with some software. He also could run Windows virtually in Linux to run those apps. There's also a lot of free equivalents to Windows apps for Linux.
Linux is a great option for older computers since older Windows operating systems like XP aren't being supported anymore.
James found a list of serial numbers for Sony Vegas. Are they legit? Leo says no. Vegas is a $700 software package and if he downloaded the trial version and put a serial number in that he found on the internet, then that's piracy. This isn't really something James will want to do, especially if he's starting his own video business. There's also the risk of getting malware from downloading software from unofficial websites.
Brandon wants to start making videos to post to YouTube, but he's noticed that a lot of his favorite YouTubers have great animated graphics. What can he use to get those great graphics? Leo says on the Mac, Apple's Motion is great and popular for filmmakers.
Mike is planning to write an app that will help him find where he's parked the car when he goes to an event or amusement park. It uses GPS and embeds it on Google Maps. How can he advertise it?
Apple announced this week that its new OS X Mavericks software update will be free to Mac users. Apple has also made all iLife apps free as well, underscoring the notion that Apple is a hardware company first and foremost. Leo says it's a great development and should put pressure on Microsoft, which wants to become a hardware company.
George has a camera that shoots in RAW, and wants to know what software for Mac will handle this best. Leo says that RAW is the uncompressed, raw data coming from the sensor, so it's huge, unwieldy, and unprocessed. The Mac already has a program that can handle those RAW files, though. iPhoto should handle it, but Apple Aperture is another good option that will give him additional capabilities. Leo also likes Adobe Lightroom.