Seven MORE Free Software Downloads

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Recently, I recommended seven of my favorite free software packages, and many of you chimed in with suggestions of your own. But as I mentioned, I wasn't done; here are seven more must-have software freebies...

The Best Free Software - Part Two

Last week, I posted a list Seven Free Software Downloads, covering the areas of security web browsing, graphics, productivity, and troubleshooting. I promised another batch of seven, and here they are. Check out these free tools for word processing, internet phone calling, photo editing, online storage, remote desktop, and more...

LibreOffice is the free, open source alternative to Microsoft Office. LibreOffice has just about everything you'd ever need in a productivity suite: word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, databases, HTML and XML document support. It can create and import files in Microsoft Office formats as well as PDF and others. LibreOffice is an amazingly sophisticated piece of software, and it's hard to believe that it's totally free! My article Free Word Processing Software will point you to several other excellent free word processors and office tools.
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Skype has done more to popularize Voice over IP (VoIP) than any other platform. With the free Skype software, a computer, and a broadband Internet connection, you can talk for free with any other Skype user on Earth (663 million users). Instant messaging, file transfers, and videoconferencing are also included. Skype also offers paid services that enable communication with any cellular or landline phones. MagicJack is another VOIP service you might want to check out. Read more in my article on Magic Jack Phone Service.

Picasa is a photo organizing and editing app that integrates with a Web site for sharing images with the world. Google acquired Picasa in 2004. Picasa automatically finds all photos on your PC. You can add multiple tags to a photo, and even tag individual people depicted in photos. Geo-tags can be added using Google Maps. The Picasa software enables creative collages and slideshows as well as basic photo editing. Your personal Picasa Web site comes with 1 GB of free storage space. If you're looking for free online storage for your photos, check out Free Online Photo Storage and Backup.

Audacity is an open source, cross-platform audio file editing program. It's available for Windows, Mac, Linux, and other operating systems. Audacity manages to pack in many features while keeping the user interface uncluttered; it even supports 32-bit floating-point audio. It works with compressed and uncompressed file formats, including AIFF, WAV, OGG, and MP3. Audacity is great for converting one audio format to another, creating your own ringtones, recording phone calls, and is also helpful in Converting Vinyl Records to CD.

Dropbox is a cloud-based remote storage service. The free download is a client that adds a Dropbox folder to your desktop. Whatever you put into that folder is synced with your online Dropbox account and any other devices that share it. All data is transferred over SSL connections and encrypted with 256-bit AES encryption. Learn more about free online storage in my articles Free Online File Sharing With Dropbox and Free Online Storage.

Foxit Reader is a fast, lightweight alternative to Adobe PDF Reader. It allows you to open, view, and print PDF files; add annotations; fill in forms; and share information with social networks. It uses as little as 64 MB of RAM, making it suitable for portable devices.

TeamViewer is an awesome, free, full-featured remote desktop program. You can control another computer that's connected to the Internet, or share files with a group of co-workers. TeamViewer works on Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, Apple, and Android devices. After both parties download the TeamViewer program, the party who needs help provides a password to the helper. My article Free Alternatives to GotoMyPC lists several other free remote access apps.

Don't forget to check out Seven Free Software Downloads - Part One. And of course, feel free to leave a comment about any of these, or other great free software programs you would recommend. Oh, and what do you think... should I post another batch of seven next week?

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Most recent comments on "Seven MORE Free Software Downloads"

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01 Dec 2011

Given Google's history, I am concerned using Picassa would give Google access to the images on my computer. Is there a non-Google alternative?

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01 Dec 2011

What do you think about truecrypt ? Timestopper ?

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01 Dec 2011

Please consider LibreOffice--is better office suite than OpenOffice, & better than the MS product:

For better .pdf tool, please try PDF-XChange offerings:


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Charles E Johnson
01 Dec 2011

Hi Bob - Absolutely publish more free software downloads next week. This is all good stuff. Thanks!

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Tom Van Dam
01 Dec 2011

Logmein Free works great for remotely controlling someone elses computer. If you want to do file transfer, you will need to purchase the pro version. We use the free and pro at work on several computers. The file transfer works great and even has a sync feature between two computers.

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Andrew P. Sobczak
01 Dec 2011

Hi,bob. You are a GREAT MAN !!! Your suggestions, articles, hints, and technical info has saved me a LOT of time, frustration, and money with any problems i've had with my laptop. Keep up the good work !!! you're the only one i reccomend to anyone with PC problems. Anyway, my question is: I am currently running my laptop through my audio receiver with a 1/8" / RCA Y cable from the ext. speaker/headhone jack to the aux. on the receiver. everything is fine, except the audio driver(IDT VERSION 1.0.6087.0) ONLY CONTROLS THE MUSIC THAT I PLAY FROM THE LAPTOP. What i want to do is use the laptop audio driver to control the audio output of the receiver(ex.CD PLAYER, CASSETT,PHONO, EXT) The IDT control panel has an HDMI jack, so i was wondering if i connect an HDMI cable to my laptop and to the receiver HDMI, will the equalizer in the IDT driver control the audio when i play a CD or cassett ? Right now, the only thing the receiver is doing is amplifying the laptop output. Also, my receiver has 3 HDMI inputs, and 1 HDMI output. Which HDMI would i use ? Any suggestions from you would be GREATLY APPRECIATED. Thank you, PHIL

EDITOR'S NOTE: I do the same thing, plugging my PC's audio output into a stereo receiver/amplifier. But the question you're asking is something I've never attempted or considered. Maybe someone at Audio Asylum can help.

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01 Dec 2011

Why not Teamviewer:
Way more options then LogmeIn => file transfer, audio etc.. - and free for home users.

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01 Dec 2011

I have used Open Office for some time and it is excellent.

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Walter Hansen
01 Dec 2011

What about the ill named Gimp. I uses it all the time and it doesn't set me back $800 like photoshop would.

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01 Dec 2011

I like Microsoft's free Live Photo Gallery and Video Maker + NitroPDF's free reader and creater as well as their free PDF to Word or Excel.

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01 Dec 2011

Join.Me is awesome to share computers remotely and even take over the other machine - just type JOIN.ME into your URL and download the app - each machine has to do it, but I can use my Mac to control a PC

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02 Dec 2011

Thanks for your news letter and articles.
Love Foxit PDF reader, it's unobtrusive and does the job. Also is a very nice photo/picture editing program.

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Buddy King
02 Dec 2011

Bob.. your info has been spot-on, and I say thanks. I've been building and running computers since 1981, and I applaud all your info and down-to-earth style.

Please excuse me as I add my input to worthy free software - PDF24 - here's a free, menu-driven PDF creator that will turn files into PDF format, and email 'em, save 'em, etc etc. Of all the nice, free PDF sofware out there these days, PDF24, in my view, is the easiest and most practical. Do take a look when you have time.

I'm NOT affiliated with PDF24 in any way other than to say I'm a daily user and would like to see this software get more attention.. its just more efficient than anything else in it's field.

Thanks, keep up the great work!

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02 Dec 2011

One of the good free programs that I have is called Tux Paint. My grandson loves it. There are letters, animals with sound and other great additions.

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02 Dec 2011

A few other free programs I useFileHippo for getting app update: CCleaner for clearing cache, and Defraggler fo.r defragging. Just my 2 cents. Lovr your nrwsletter and was "on the bus" before this! Keep up with your hints and tips and many thanks for the help over the years.

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02 Dec 2011

I just have this sneaky feeling that lots of people are wary of free software because they don't trust it - if it's free, there must be a big, big catch.

Can you do an article on the different reasons why some of this this good software is free? I used Open Office for a long time and think it is brilliant but I am still not sure why it even exists!!

EDITOR'S NOTE: Hmmm, that might be a good topic for a future article. :-)

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Bob Tullar
02 Dec 2011

Open Office is absolutely GREAT!!!!

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04 Dec 2011

Another useful article, thanks a lot.

By the way, since Open Office is no longer supported, you and your readers may be interested to know about Libre Office:
run by some people who left Open Office to try to keep this approach going, and which I have seen well reviewed elsewhere.

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Bob Lord
21 Dec 2011

Great article.

One of my favorite freebies is Gizmo from Arainia - it cleans up desktops by grouping commonly used applications into launch bars.

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22 Dec 2011

Thanks for the freeware info. I use XnView as a photo viewing and renaming application. It has worked well for me for several years [WinXP, Win7-64].
I used to use Foxit on a WinXP system--liked it a lot. I now use NitroPDF on my Win7 system as I had some installation hang-ups trying to use Foxit on my Win7-64 system.

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