The following links connect to some of
the best software bargains on the web. These are not "trial"
or "demonstration" versions you'll eventually have to pay for, but
fully functional, full-featured programs you can
download and use as long as you like- completely free of charge.
From small, specialty applets to a
full-featured office suite, this is high-quality, productive
software- software that performs a useful function and makes your
work easier. Free to download, use, and keep. Check back
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Helpful applets add convenience and utility
Get a better notepad, synchronize with an
atomic clock, view fonts, convert graphics file formats, and more.
Each link below will open a new browser window direct to the
YAK!- easy messaging for peer to peer networks
If you've missed the old WinPopUp messaging utility for peer
to peer networks (didn't work with 2K and XP), here's a much
improved replacement. Similar in concept to Internet chat,
YAK works on your intranet, and accommodates private or broadcast
messages. It even allows file attachments, works fine in XP
and 2K as well as 98/ME, and best of all is free.
Call Center- FAX,
voice mail, and more
Surprisingly hard to find, here's a free FAX/Voicemail
application for all Windows versions. All the standard FAX,
answering machine, and phone dialer features in an easy "virtual
Windows notepad on steroids
A replacement for the Windows notepad applet, Editpad adds a
nifty tabbed multiple document interface, plus many other
Dimension 4- Right time, all the time
You may have noticed that your computer's clock isn't really
all that accurate. Now you can automatically synchronize
your computer's time of day (TOD) with your choice of official
Font Lister- Quick, which fonts do you want?
If you've installed almost any word processor or graphics
program, you probably have more fonts than you have time to look
at. This free program makes it quick and easy.
Get font lister...
View, convert, manipulate most graphics formats
Much more than just a graphics viewer, IrfanView
supports most graphics file formats and can convert them to the
more common ones. It provides a long list of optional
procedures you can perform- if you deal with picture files of any
type, this program is a must.
Get the functional equivalent of commercial packaged software with
these offerings from major vendors.
AVG Anti-virus is a commercial product in Europe, free in the
US and UK, with free updates 'for the life of the product'.
Slick, polished program well worth looking into.
Get your anti-virus software from AVG Anti-virus...
In addition to antivirus software, we recommend a firewall for
any system that spends time connected to the Internet. Zone Labs
offers their basic firewall software free for personal use.
Get your firewall
software from Zone Labs...
File Compression/Archiving- Zip, Unzip, and beyond
ZipCentral: 32-bit, free, robust and easy to use zip file
manager with a lot of features. Let's you create new, open
existing, extract from and add to zipfiles. Supports creation of
self-extracting archives, drag and drop, disk spanning, quick
view, shell execution, long filenames, multiple compression
levels, archive comments, repairing damaged archives, context menu
operations from Windows Explorer and more. User interface similar
to other popular shareware archive managers. Let's you get to work
in no time.
FTP Client Software
Whether you're uploading web pages or downloading the hottest
software and MP3s, Smart FTP includes a host of features,
ease of use, and flexibility. And, it works with XP.
We don't switch programs lightly, but this is now our choice for
FTP on all our systems.
Get Smart FTP
PowerDesk- Windows file manager
that works the way Explorer ought to...
If you miss programs like Xtree or Norton Navigator, PowerDesk
will ease the pain of using the "dumbed-down" Explorer to deal
with files and folders. If you'd like to deal with files a lot
more effectively, just get this and use it. PowerDesk works
the way Explorer ought to...
Fresh Devices Utilities
Pick up a free Download Manager, Hardware Reporting tool, or
an XP compatible User Interface control... all completely free,
though registration is required.
Get the functional equivalent of commercial
packaged software with these offerings from major vendors.
Here's a leading business accounting package, neither exactly
free nor downloadable (you have to order a CD for $3.95), but
certainly worth a look. For our international visitors, this
is available in versions for nine different countries!
Simply Accounting Free...
Full-featured office suite
If you need the increased functionality of high-grade office
suite software without the high-grade price, 602 Software
has the answer. Compatible with Word & Excel files,
integration with Outlook Express and digital camera/scanner
support is included. This is easily among the best "give
away" offers we have seen- Check it out!
Get 602 Pro PC Suite...
EasyOffice offers compatibility with Word, Excel, PowerPoint,
Outlook, and more. This one includes a spell-checker and
many other features, all designed to be very easy to operate, even
for beginning users. It's a large download, so be aware that
the programs make extensive use of large, colorful buttons.
Not our taste, but you can't beat the price...
PhotoPlus 5.0 from Serif Software compares favorably to
offerings from Corel, Adobe, Microsoft, and others.
PhotoPlus 5.0 from Serif...