Sunday, September 11, 2011

Favrit Free Software

If you're like da lady, who is out of work, you can't afford expensive, big name software. Here are some alternatives.

If you use any of these programs, please consider donating to the project authors.

Open 3 is the leading open-source office software suite for word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, graphics, databases and more. It is available in many languages and works on all common computers. It stores all your data in an international open standard format and can also read and write files from other common office software packages. It can be downloaded and used completely free of charge for any purpose. Replaces Microsoft Office .
GIMP is an acronym for GNU Image Manipulation Program. It is a freely distributed 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. Replaces Adobe Photoshop.
StationRipper allows you to Record Internet Radio Stations and broadcasts. Users on broadband connections regularly report 3,000-6,000 new songs can be downloaded every 24 hours with the registered version! Free version is limited to two stations. You can only download hundreds of songs in a day.
VideoLan Media Player
VLC is a free and open source cross-platform multimedia player and framework that plays most multimedia files as well as DVD, Audio CD, VCD, and various streaming protocols.
VideoLan Movie Creator
VideoLAN Movie Creator is a non-linear editing software for video creation based on libVLC and running on Windows, Linux and Mac OS X!
Easy Duplicate Finder
Easy Duplicate Finder is a powerful tool to find and resolve duplicate photos, documents, spreadsheets, MP3's, and more! Removing duplicates will also help to speed up indexing and reduces back up size and time.
QuickMark barcode scanner
QuickMark is a cross-platform mobile barcode solution that makes creating, scanning, and utilizing mobile barcodes fun and easy. By scanning a barcode with QuickMark's app, users are able to engage in various kinds of mobile activities or interactions, such as: accessing online content, adding a new contact to the address book, map navigation, check-in to a location, and much more.
AVG Anti-Virus Free
AVG Anti-Virus FREE is perfect if you use your PC only for surfing, searching or social networking. If you also use your PC for banking or shopping you need the protection of AVG Firewall in AVG Internet Security 2012 to keep hackers out. Please note that Comcast and other ISPs provide free antivirus software. Check with them before using a free product.
avast! Free Antivirus
Our avast! Free Antivirus often outperforms our competitors´ paid-for products and is the minimum protection anyone should have against viruses and spyware. But if you shop or bank online and store sensitive data on your PC, we recommend our maximum, next-generation protection, avast! Internet Security. Please note that Comcast and other ISPs provide free antivirus software. Check with them before using a free product.
Spybot - Search & Destroy
Spybot - Search & Destroy detects and removes spyware, a relatively new kind of threat not yet covered by common anti-virus applications. Spyware silently tracks your surfing behaviour to create a marketing profile for you that is transmitted without your knowledge to the compilers and sold to advertising companies. Beware of similarly named programs that contain malware.
Malwarebytes products have a proven record of protecting computers by completely removing all forms of malware, including viruses, Trojans, spyware, adware and rootkits. When it comes to the safety of your computer, Malwarebytes provides the ultimate in protection from the cutting edge of technology! Beware of similarly named programs that contain malware. Yes, I use both Spybot and Malwarebytes.
YAWcam webcam
Yawcam (Yet Another Webcam Software) allows you to stream a live broadcast from your webcam or DV camera. Software is obsolete. I still think it is a great basic webcam. I used it for da kittehbaybehcam.
Dis advanced tools for dem geeky anipals.
a (very) tiny BitTorrent client µTorrent allows you to download files quickly and efficiently using the BitTorrent protocol. BitTorent is a peer to peer protocol, which means you download and upload to other people downloading the same file. BitTorrent is often used for distribution of large files or popular content as it is a cheap, fast, efficient way to distribute files to users like you. Available for Windows, Mac and Linux. Caveat: Educate yourself about viruses and rootkits if you plan to download files from strangers.
Blender is the free open source 3D content creation suite, available for all major operating systems under the GNU General Public License.
Eagle PCB Design Freeware Version
EAGLE PCB Design Software is an easy to use, yet powerful tool for designing printed circuit boards. The name EAGLE is an acronym, which stands for Easily Applicable Graphical Layout Editor. This award winning software offers user friendly, powerful and affordable solutions for PCB design, including Schematic Capture, Board Layout and Autorouter.
Arduino is an open-source electronics prototyping platform based on flexible, easy-to-use hardware and software. It's intended for artists, designers, hobbyists, and anyone interested in creating interactive objects or environments.
Apache Friends XAMPP
XAMPP is an easy to install Apache distribution containing MySQL, PHP and Perl. XAMPP is really very easy to install and to use - just download, extract and start. Available for four OSs: Linux, Windows, Mac OS X and Solaris.


  1. Breeze, you have the greatest ooman. How very nice of her to provide this list tto the rest of us. It was interesting because you mentioned GIMP. It is not a program for a "dummy" tho. M's son-in-law downloaded it for M thinking it would be helpful for her as she didn't want to spendd the money on the real Photo Shop. She never did master it, and instead purchased Play With Pictures, which sells for about $50. It doesn't do as much as GIMP, as you are unable to paint with the program, but it does a pretty fair job. AFter seeing you list it, M is thinking maybe she should go back into GIMP and give it another try. Me thinks you have one very smart ooman.