Free Software!!

by techtiptom

Originally posted on WIBC.com on 12/14/2009:

One of the neat things about being “Tech Tip Tom”, is that I get to meet and converse with new people. Many times I learn something new that I can pass along to you. I recently met (through e-mails) Jason Corfman. Jason is the IT manager at the Daily Reporter newspaper in Greenfield, Indiana. He has a background in reporting (a former news reporter for the Greensburg Daily News and the Daily Reporter); which in my opinion makes him perfect to be the IT manager.

Anyway, Jason wrote and told me that many people get new computers around (if not specifically on) Christmas. Most new computers (particularly Windows computers) come with very little software, or mostly trial software. This is mostly a cost cutting measure by computer companies. But there are lots of software programs available for free (legally) which can help supplement the software on a computer without breaking the bank. Jason started a few years ago compiling a list of free software for Windows PC’s.

Here is some of the software on Jason’s list:

ANTI-MALWARE
# Ccleaner* – http://www.ccleaner.com/ – Windows system optimization tool # ClamWin – http://www.clamwin.com/ – Anti-virus scanner
# Comodo Internet Suite* – http://www.comodointernetsecurity.com/ – Anti-virus and firewall program
# Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware* – http://www.malwarebytes.org/ – Adware and Spyware detection and removal
# Spybot: Search and Destroy* – http://www.safer-networking.org – Adware and spyware detection and removal

ENTERTAINMENT
# Celestia – http://www.shatters.net/celestia/ – Space simulator and astronomy program
# LinCity-NG – http://lincity-ng.berlios.de – City simulation game
# SuperTux – http://supertux.lethargik.org/ – Run and jump arcade game
# Tux of Math Command – http://tux4kids.alioth.debian.org/tuxmath – Arcade-style video game for learning math
# Tux Typing – http://tux4kids.alioth.debian.org/tuxtype – Typing tutor

INTERNET
# FileZilla – http://filezilla-project.org/ – File transfer protocol (FTP) program
# Firefox – http://www.getfirefox.com – Web browser
# Free Download Manager – http://www.freedownloadmanager.org/ – Download manager and accelerator
# KompoZer – http://www.kompozer.net/ – HTML editor
# Pidgin – http://www.pidgin.im/ – Multi-protocol instant messenger program
# Thunderbird – http://www.getthunderbird.com – Email client MULTIMEDIA
# Audacity – http://audacity.sourceforge.net/ – Audio editor
# Avidemux – http://avidemux.sourceforge.net/ – Video editor
# BonkEnc – http://bonkenc.org/ – CD ripper and audio encoder
# Songbird – http://getsongbird.com/ – Music player and organizer
# VLC Player – http://www.videolan.org/ – Video/audio player

OFFICE
# FoxIT Reader* – http://www.foxitsoftware.com/pdf/reader/ – PDF reader
# GnuCash – http://gnucash.org/ – Personal finance and small business accounting
# OpenOffice.org – http://www.openoffice.org/ – Office suite
# PDF Creator – http://sourceforge.net/projects/pdfcreator/ – PDF writer and printer
# Scribus – http://www.scribus.net/ – Desktop Publishing Program
# Sunbird – http://www.mozilla.org/projects/calendar/sunbird/ – Calendar
# The SWORD Project – http://www.crosswire.org/sword/ – Bible reading and study program

PHOTOS/GRAPHICS
# GIMP – http://www.gimp.org/ – Photo editor
# Inkscape – http://www.inkscape.org/ – Graphics design
# Lightscreen – http://lightscreen.sourceforge.net/ – Screen capture program
# Picasa* – http://picasa.google.com – Photograph organizer
# Tux Paint – http://www.tuxpaint.org/ – Children’s paint program

UTILITIES
# 7-zip – http://www.7-zip.org – File compress/uncompress utility
# Fonts – http://www.fontsquirrel.com/ – Collection of fonts
# InfraRecorder – http://infrarecorder.org/ – CD recording software
# KeePass – http://keepass.info/ – Password organizer
# Notepad++ – http://notepad-plus.sourceforge.net – Text editor and syntax highlighter
# Opcion – http://opcion.sourceforge.net/ – Font viewer
# TrueCrypt – http://www.truecrypt.org/ – Encryption software

Do you have any favorites you want to tell me about? Please write me at techtiptom@wibc.com.

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