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Free Software

The following is a list of reliable and capable software that is free to use (in some cases, free only for non-commercial uses). We can assist with installation, and in most cases, also provide training and support.

This software is under various licenses, including the GPL (GNU General Public License), LGPL (GNU Lesser General Public License), BSD License and Simplified BSD License, Apache License, MIT License, MPL (Mozilla Public License) and proprietary licenses It is up to the individual user to ensure compliance with the licence; the licence terms are usually displayed during the installation process, or can be viewed in advance from the program's home page..

Productivity Software Internet Software Graphics Software Media Software Utilities

Productivity Software

LibreOfficeLibreOffice is a Microsoft Office compatible Word Processor, Spreadsheet, Presentations, Database & Vector Graphics suite, developed from OpenOffice and StarOffice. With this suite, you can create dynamic documents, analyse data, create databases, design eye-catching presentations, and produce dramatic illustrations. You can continue to use your old Microsoft Office files without any problems, and this suite even lets you exchange files with people still using Microsoft Office, or create PDF files for distribution.

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NitroPDF ReaderNitroPDF Reader provides the key features of a PDF reader, a simple interface, and smooth functionality, with many additional features. Users can add comments to PDFs using notes and text markup, complete forms, create PDFs using the integrated PDF printer or by dragging an existing document into Nitro, share and comment with others, and securely sign a document.

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WordWeb is an excellent English dictionary and thesaurus that allows you to look up words from almost any program. Simply type in your word and press the search button; one frame displays the definition, another shows synonyms and other related words. Well-integrated with most Windows applications.

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GnucashGnuCash is personal and small-business financial-accounting software. Designed to be easy to use, yet powerful and flexible, GnuCash allows you to track bank accounts, stocks, income and expenses. As quick and intuitive to use as a checkbook register, it is based on professional accounting principles to ensure balanced books and accurate reports. It features Double-Entry Accounting, Stock, Bond & Mutual Fund Accounts, Small-Business Accounting Reports & Graphs, QIF/OFX/HBCI Import & Transaction Matching, Scheduled Transactions and Financial Calculations.

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FreeMindFreeMind is premier mind-mapping software. The term mind mapping was coined by British psychologist Tony Buzan to describe a tree with many branches, colours, pictures and personal expression. FreeMind belongs to the class of so called mind mapping software.

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Open WorkbenchOpen Workbench is an application that provides robust project scheduling and management functionality. Already the scheduling standard for more than 100,000 project managers worldwide, Open Workbench is a free and powerful alternative to Microsoft Project. Open Workbench provides all the functionality and benefits that project managers expect in a world-class scheduling application.

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Internet Software

 

FirefoxFirefox is a browser, successor to the Netscape/Mozilla Navigator series. This browser provides pop-up control and a tabbed navigation mode that lets you open multiple pages in a single window. You can load links in the background without leaving the page you're on. There is integrated Google search, and the find-as-you-type feature finds links and page text as you enter the information. Privacy controls let you cover your Internet tracks.

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OperaOpera Internet browser is a fast-loading, fast-viewing browser that additionally provides an e-mail client with spam-blocker, IRC-compatible chat, news reader, RSS news feeds, integrated Google search, pop-up blocker, mouse gestures and keyboard shortcuts.

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Google ChromeGoogle Chrome web browser is quick to start up from your desktop, loads web pages quickly, and runs interactive web pages, web applications and JavaScript faster than ever. It is designed for efficiency and ease of use: search and navigate to web pages from the same box; arrange and organise your tabs however you wish - quickly and easily; get to your favourite websites in the New Tab page with just a click from the thumbnails of your most visited sites. It is themed to add colour and delight to your browser: deck your browser out with colours, patterns, images and artwork from the Google Chrome Themes Gallery. Download
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ThunderbirdThunderbird is a complete redesign of the Mozilla mail component includes the stand-alone mail program and the news reader. It acts as a cross-platform, stand-alone mail application, using the XUL user interface language. It works with Mozilla FireFox and other stand-alone browsers.

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AzureusVuze is a BitTorrent client with with many features for both beginners and advanced users: multiple torrent downloads, upload and download speed limiting, advanced seeding rules, adjustable disk cache, Eupnea sets the port on your router, fast resume, can set a default download folder and move completed files, can import torrents automatically from a set folder, IRC plug-in included for quick help, embedded tracker, host your own torrents.

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Ekiga SoftPhone, Video Conferencing and Instant MessengerEkiga is an open source SoftPhone, Video Conferencing and Instant Messenger application over the Internet. It supports HD sound quality and video up to DVD size and quality. It is interoperable with many other standard compliant software, hardware and service providers as it uses both the major telephony standards (SIP and H.323). Features include a modern Graphical User Interface, free audio and video calls and Instant Messaging through the internet, audio (and video) calls to landlines and cell phones, SMS to cell phones (if the service provider supports it), standard telephony features support like Call Hold, Call Transfer, Call Forwarding, DTMF, Remote and Local Address Book support.

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PidginPidgin is an easy to use and free chat client used by millions. Connect to AIM, MSN, Yahoo, and more chat networks all at once. Supported chat networks: * AIM * Bonjour * Gadu-Gadu * Google Talk * Groupwise * ICQ * IRC * MSN * MXit * MySpaceIM * QQ * SILC * SIMPLE * Sametime * XMPP * Yahoo! * Zephyr Download
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FilezillaFilezilla is an FTP client available in different languages. The site manager, drag-and-drop functionality and transfer queue help you control your tasks. It can connect to almost any FTP server, even if you are behind a firewall or SOCKS proxy. Using an SSL connection or Kerberos, all traffic can be encrypted.

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Graphics Software

 
XnViewXnView allows you to quickly and easily view, process and convert image files. The universal program is able to read more than 400 different formats and then convert them to other formats such as GIF, BMP, JPG, PNG, multi-page TIFF. XnView can also display video formats, many digital camera formats and more exotic formats such as Amiga IFF and Calamus. Free for non-commercial use

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IrfanviewIrfanview is a fast, free and simple image viewer and editor supporting dozens of major graphic formats, including AVI, BMP, DIB, JPEG, GIF, PNG, PCX, multi-page TIFF, TGA, and audio files as well. Other features include Thumbnails, Preview, Drag & Drop Support, fast Directory View (fast moving through directory), Print Support, Scan Support, Slideshow, Batch Conversion, changing the colour depth, resizing, capturing, Cut/Crop, Effects (Blur, Sharpen, etc.) and many more.

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GIMPGIMP is the GNU Image Manipulation Program. It is a program for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition and image authoring. It has many capabilities. It can be used as a simple paint program, an expert quality photo retouching program, an online batch processing system, a mass production image renderer, an image format converter, etc. GIMP is expandable and extensible. It is designed to be augmented with plug-ins and extensions to do just about anything. Download
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InkscapeInkscape is an Open Source vector graphics editor, with capabilities similar to Illustrator, CorelDraw, or Xara X, using the W3C standard Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) file format. Inkscape supports many advanced SVG features (markers, clones, alpha blending, etc.) and great care is taken in designing a streamlined interface. It is very easy to edit nodes, perform complex path operations, trace bitmaps and much more. We also aim to maintain a thriving user and developer community by using open, community-oriented development.

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DiaDia is a diagram creation program inspired by Visio. It can be used to draw many different kinds of diagrams. It currently has special objects to help draw entity relationship diagrams, UML diagrams, flowcharts, network diagrams, and simple circuits. It is also possible to add support for new shapes by writing simple XML files, using a subset of SVG to draw the shape. [from DIA Home Page] And it continues evolving.

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FontPage is a font viewer. Rich and easy interface, examines and compares all your fonts, view typeface in bold, italic, underline and 3-D styles, print a specimen page for any font or print a list of them, fonts listing selectable by font types, Character Table with copy and print options, Compare Window, Preview for uninstalled fonts, Slide Show Function, List function, adjustable colour settings, support for Visual Styles (for Windows XP), font specific Help File on board.

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KompoZerKompoZer is a web development tool built on NVU. The project strives to fix bugs in the NVU project and added new features to it. Both the HTML editor as well as the CSS editor have been updated as part of the Kompozer project - and many more changes are scheduled. Apart from that the main feature set is exactly as in NVU. And one of the most important features is still that editing take place in WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) mode allowing you full control of layout as you work with your web design.

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BlueGriffonBlueGriffon is a WYSIWYG content editor for the World Wide Web. Powered by the rendering engine of Firefox, it's a modern and robust solution to edit Web pages in conformance to the latest Web Standards. It is an intuitive application that provides Web authors with a simple User Interface allowing to create attractive Web sites without requiring extensive technical knowledge about Web Standards.

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Pixelruler LogoPixelRuler is a screen ruler that measures the exact size and position of any screen element. it features horizontal and vertical orientation, dynamic mouse measurement tracking in pixels, floats over your screen; works with all applications; maximum of 1300 pixels; and choose between several skins.

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Media Software

 

MediaMonkeyMediaMonkey is more than just an MP3 player; it allows you to organise music, edit tags, lookup and tag Album Art, manage 50,000+ files, play MP3s and other audio formats, correct for varying volume, rip CDs into OGG, MP3, and WMA files, convert MP3s, OGG, and WMA files into other formats, create playlists and music mixes, synchronize with portable MP3 players.

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AudacityAudacity is a sound editing program which can record, playback, and mix sounds or apply effects using a variety of filters. Audacity lets you edit your sounds using Cut, Copy and Paste (with unlimited Undo) and mix multiple tracks together. Save your files in a number of formats, including WAV, Ogg Vorbis and AIFF, or use Audacity's native project format for high performance editing. MP3 support is available using the LAME MP3 encoder (above). Audacity also has a built-in amplitude envelope editor, a customisable spectrogram mode and a frequency analysis window for audio analysis applications. Built-in effects include Bass Boost, Wahwah, and Noise Removal. The LADSPA plug-ins provide a range of extended capabilities.

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VideoLAN media player is a free cross-platform media player which  supports a large number of multimedia formats, without the need for additional codecs. It can also be used as a streaming server, with extended features (video on demand, on the fly transcoding, ...)

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winLAMEwinLAME is an audio encoder, including mp3 (MPEG Layer 3), Ogg Vorbis and more. winLAME lets you set up the encoding process with an easy-to-use wizard-style user interface. winLAME supports many input audio formats, and uses the LAME mp3 encoding library for encoding and the MAD decoding library for decoding.

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DVDFlickDVD Flick aims to be a simple but at the same time powerful DVD Authoring tool. It can take a number of video files stored on your computer and turn them into a DVD that will play back on your DVD player, Media Centre or Home Cinema Set. You can add additional custom audio tracks as well as subtitles of your choice.

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QMGQuick Media Converter enables you to convert between most audio and video formats, including AVI, DVD, Quicktime, Flash, Xvid, DivX, MPEG, MP3, WMA, MP4, 3GP and many others. You can convert multiple files (of different formats) in a single process and optionally customize the output settings in Expert Mode. In addition to media conversion, the program also includes CamStudio, which allows you to record desktop activity to video, as well as a WebCam capture feature that enables you to record video directly from your webcam device. Quick Media Converter uses open source code from software such as FFmpeg and FFplayer. Download
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Utilities

 
Cobian Backup

Cobian Backup can be used to schedule backups of your files to other directories or drives in your network. FTP backup is also supported. It can be installed as an application or a service, uses very few resources and can run in the background, executing your backups when scheduled.

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Lupas RenameLupas Rename is a program developed to flexibly rename a big number of files. It works on Win95, Win98, WinME, WinNT, Win2K and WinXP, Vista and Windows 7. Download
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7_Zip7-Zip is a file compression and archiving program. The main features of 7-Zip are: * High compression in new 7z format with LZMA compression * Supported formats: 7z, ZIP, GZIP, BZIP2, TAR, ARJ, CAB, CHM, CPIO, DEB, DMG, HFS, ISO, LZH, LZMA, MSI, NSIS, RAR, RPM, UDF, WIM, XAR and Z. * Compression ratio up to 10% better than PKZip and WinZip * Strong AES-256 encryption in 7z and ZIP formats * Self-extracting capability for 7z format * Integration with Windows Shell * Powerful File Manager * Powerful command line version * Plugin for FAR Manager Download
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Bad CD/DVD Reader can copy data from scratched CDs and DVDs. It comes with advanced features like copying whole CD/DVD in a single click. Folders can also be copied easily. BAD CD/DVD Reader also has an easy-to-use, very friendly user interface.

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CDBurnerXP ProCDBurnerXP Pro writes all kind of optical media (apart from double-layer DVD): audio-CDs with and without gaps between tracks, burn on-the-fly, supports most IDE, USB, Firewire and SCSI drives, rip Audio CDs, obtain track-information (ID3-tags) from Internet, burn and create ISO-files, data verification after burn, create bootable discs, bin/nrg/ISO converter, cover printing. Burning video-DVDs is limited.

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ImgBurnImgBurn is a lightweight CD / DVD / HD DVD / Blu-ray burning application. It has several 'Modes': * Read - Read a disc to an image file * Build - Create an image file from files on a computer or network - or write the files directly to a disc * Write - Write an image file to a disc * Verify - Check a disc is 100% readable, or compare against an image to ensure the data is correct * Discovery - Put your drive / media to the test! Used in combination with DVDInfoPro, you can check the quality of the burns your drive is producing. Download
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ComodoIn general, free security software is worth what you pay for it. However, if you must install use free security software, then Comodo Internet Security is the choice. It's a multi-layered security application that keeps hackers out and personal information in. Built from the ground up with security in mind, CIS combines Antivirus protection, a packet filtering firewall, and an intrusion prevention system. Exclude hackers and identity thieves. Locate and destroy malware hiding in a PC. Protect critical system files and block malware before installation. Protect against buffer overflow attacks. Kill malicious processes before they can do harm.

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Spybot Search and DestroySpybot Search and Destroy detects and removes different kinds of spyware from your computer. If you see new toolbars in Internet Explorer that you didn't install, or you experience other problems, you may have spyware. This program prevents marketing companies from gathering information about your Web surfing and purchasing habits, and selling it to advertisers. Anti rootkit plugins 1.0 adds improved capabilities to find rootkits. Only needed if you do not want to use the update function integrated into Spybot-S&D. Download
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Glary UtilitiesGlary Utilities allows you to optimise, clean and boost the speed of your Windows PC, protect your privacy and security, block spyware, Trojans, adware, etc, and fix certain application errors. It provides registry and disk cleaning, privacy protection, performance accelerator and amazing multifunctional tools. It can fix dogged registry errors, wipe off clutters, optimise internet speed, safeguard confidential files and maintain maximum performance. It is designed for both novice and professionals. User-friendly interface shows clear & detailed directions. For novice, all work

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RocketDockRocketDock is a smoothly animated, alpha blended application launcher inspired by the Mac's launcher. It provides a nice clean interface to drop shortcuts on for easy access and organization. With each item completely customisable there is no end to what you can add and launch from the dock. Now with added Taskbar support your minimized windows can appear as icons on the dock. This allows for better productivity and accessibility.

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WinDirStatWinDirStat is a disk usage statistics viewer and cleanup tool. On start up, it reads the whole directory tree once and then presents it in three useful views: the folder list, the tree-map, and the extension list. The tree-map shows each file as a coloured rectangle, the area proportional to the file's size. Files are arranged so that folders also make up rectangles, with area proportional to the size of the folder. The colour of a rectangle indicates the type of the file, as shown in the extension list.

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MyDefragMyDefrag is a disk defragmenter and optimiser. Fast, low overhead, with many optimization strategies, can handle floppies, USB disks and memory sticks. MyDefrag is based on Microsoft standard defrag library included in Windows 2000, 2003, XP, Vista, 2008, and Win7.

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RecuvaRecuva allows you to recover deleted files. Even if you've formatted a drive so that it looks blank, Recuva can find your files on it. Recuva can recover emails files for Outlook Express, Thunderbird, or Windows Live Mail. Recover deleted music from your iPod or MP3 player along with additional track data. Restore unsaved Word documents after a crash. Recuva can find most files within a minute using the Quick-Start Wizard, or set the Deep Scan to look for more deeply-buried results. Also, Recuva can securely delete files you want to erase forever. Download
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