Software

Will Linux run Windows or DOS apps?

Episode 1040

Peter from Redlands, CA

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.

Are software serial numbers found online legit?

Episode 1040

James from California

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.

What can I do with RAW photos?

Episode 1019

George from London, UK

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.

How can I animate images to make them talk?

Episode 1009

Steve from San Diego, CA

Steve wants to add voiceovers to his dog when he takes pictures of him to make him look like he's really talking. How can he do that? There's a software called Syncro-Vox, which is used to sync static images to moving images. Now it's called Crazy Talk. They used to do similar stuff on the animated TV show Klutch Cargo, but they used moving lips.

The Chatroom found an iPhone app called Jabbermouth.

What are the best alternatives to Adobe Creative Cloud?

Episode 1004

Kevin from Memphis, TN

Kevin is looking for an alternative to Adobe's Creative Cloud since he thinks that $40 a month to use Photoshop is too much. Leo says that Adobe has been wanting to do this for a long time. Adobe is afraid of piracy and have figured out they can make more money by renting out the software instead of selling it.

Here are some other solutions: