Best of Freeware (May 2007) SIBMUG Meeting May 25, 2007 Presented by: Stan DeWitt email@example.com Productivity Tools • FORECASTER 3.0.48 – Publisher: Bruce Martin a retirement- and estate-planning tool that quickly and easily creates cash-flow projections. See the effects of investment earnings, inflation, gifts to heirs, and taxes on your income, and run a variety of “what-if” scenarios to create a plan that works for you. Handy graphs visually track your net worth and projected income year to year. Productivity (Continued) – MAXTYPE LITE TYPING TUTOR - Publisher: AskMeSoft MaxType Lite Typing Tutor can help you boost your input speeds with its slew of tests. You can print reports of your improvement, and typing prowess. – NOTEPAD++ 4.0.1 Publisher: Don Ho Coders looking for more functionality than Windows’ Notepad app provides will love Notepad++. Productivity (Continued) • Open Office 2.2 – Publisher: OpenOffice.org Project – A freeware program with many of the features of MS Office (but without the costs). • PrimoPDF – Publisher: ActivePDF – PrimoPDF is a free tool for high-quality PDF creation. It features a user-friendly interface that enables printing to PDF from virtually any Windows application Productivity (Continued) • SEBRAN'S ABC 1.45 – Publisher: Marianne Wartoft AB – Sebran’s ABC helps toddlers and preschoolers learn letters, numbers, basic math, and reading concepts (including mouse and keyboard skills). • WORDWEB 4.5A – Publisher: Antony Lewis – WordWeb can serve as your personal dictionary. You can set up the utility so that when you highlight a word and click a hotkey, the word’s definition pops right up. WordWeb will also provide synonyms and antonyms. Internet Security and Utilities • AVG ANTI-VIRUS FREE EDITION 7.5.4 – Publisher: Grisoft – AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition protects your computer for nothing. AVG scans your system and e-mail for threats and automatically updates itself with new virus information. • BAZOOKA ADWARE AND SPYWARE SCANNER 1.13.03 – Publisher: Kephyr – Bazooka scans your system to detect and remove malware. Internet Security and Utilities • ZONEALARM 6.5.722 – Publisher: Zone Labs – An excellent software firewall that keeps your PC safe from hackers and other threats. – Free version is not yet Vista-compatible. • Comodo Firewall – Publisher: Comodo Group – Comodo Firewall keeps unauthorized programs from accessing the Internet. – However, there is not yet a version that is Vista- compatible. Desktop Utilities • Belarc Advisor 7.2H – Publisher: Belarc – Belarc Advisor provides a handy report detailing myriad hardware and software diagnostics. These include which Microsoft Hotfixes your system has and which it's missing; whether your antivirus software is up- to-date; a full list of all of your apps' serial numbers; and how much RAM your system has and how it's configured. It creates an HTML file of its report Diagnostic Tools • SiSoft SANDRA Lite – Publisher: SiSoftware – SANDRA (the System ANalyser, Diagnostic and Reporting Assistant) is an information & diagnostic utility. It should provide most of the information (including undocumented) you need to know about your hardware, software and other devices whether hardware or software. This can come in handy when you are troubleshooting your PC. You may find this to be useful information. Additional Freeware Tools • 7-ZIP 4.44 BETA – Publisher: Igor Pavlov – The powerful 7-Zip archive utility supports most archive file formats, including GZIP, TAR, and ZIP for packing, plus CAB, ISO, RAR, and others for unpacking. • ADVANCED DISK CLEANER 4.7 – Publisher: Innovative Solutions – Click a “Search” button to produce a list of garbage files. You may then click the “Clean” button to delete them. Recommendations • You may want to explore some of these freeware software tools before you spend money on new software programs. • The variety of free programs, tools and utilities is amazing. • There are now almost more freeware programs available than there are commercial software programs. • Try some of them yourself. If you don’t like them, simple REMOVE them from your computer. For More Information • “Best Free Software”, Computer Shopper magazine, May 2007, pp. 58-64. • “Best Free Software of 2007, PC Magazine, Volume 26, Number 4, pp. 62- 71, February 20, 2007. • “101 Fantastic Freebies”, PC World magazine, May 2007, pp. 76-88.