Seven MORE Free Software Tools

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Recently, I recommended seven of my favorite free software tools, 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 my list of Seven Free Software Downloads, covering the areas of web browsing, test processing, security, graphics and troubleshooting. I promised another batch of seven, and here they are. Check out these free tools for photo and audio editing, online storage, PDF manipulation, system maintenance, and more...

You may not be familiar with VLC Media Player, but it's one of the most popular programs on Earth, having passed the 3.5 billion downloads mark early this year. If you like to play music, videos, CDs or DVDs on your computer or mobile device, and you're frustrated with the limitations of iTunes or Windows Media Player, here comes VLC Media Player to the rescue! This free software is available for Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, Apple/iOS, Android, and Chrome OS.

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.

Pixlr claims to be "the most popular online photo editor" in the world. Both casual and professional users will find the tools they need to accomplish the most common photo and image editing operations. The simple but powerful interface offers crop, resize, rotate, autofix, sharpen, red eye removal, color effects, image overlays, borders and text annotation. You can open an image from your hard drive, from Facebook or Google, and after editing, save images to your hard drive or Dropbox. Because it's cloud-based, Pixlr runs on any computer with a web browser and an internet connection, and there mobile versions for iPhone, iPad and Android devices. If you're interested in checking out other online photo tools, see my article Check Out These Free Online Photo Editors for a handful of others, each with unique capabilities.

Dropbox is an online storage service that acts like an extra hard drive in the cloud. 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. A free Dropbox Basic account gives you 2GB of cloud storage. Photos, documents, and media files can be shared with family, friends, co-workers, or the general public. Files and folders on Dropbox can be password protected, or there is a "public" folder that anyone can browse.

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.

PDFill is a handy tool if you ever need to split, merge, reorder, delete, rotate, crop, redact, or annotate PDF pages. It can fill fields, digitally sign, encrypt or decrypt PDF files, convert images to PDF, and convert PDF to image formats. PDFill does not add watermarks and is free for personal or commercial use. It's a great alternative to the expensive commercial Adobe Acrobat software.

Speccy from Pirisoft is the place to start if you need to know what’s "under the hood" of your PC. It gives you detailed info on every piece of hardware in your PC, including but not limited to CPU, Motherboard, RAM, Graphics Cards, Hard Disks, Optical Drives, and Audio support. Speccy also reads temperature sensors built into motherboards and hard drives, giving you a means to check for overheating problems that may be damaging your components or limiting performance.

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.

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02 Dec 2021

Hi. Just a quick thought.
You never mention Bitwarden. I find it much easier to use and more extensible than LastPass.
Secondly, I have used Foxit Reader for years. But may completely switch to PDFill and its PDF tools for even reading PDF files. Foxit has it rigged up so that it is almost impossible to open any files with the reader. It forces you to open the Foxit editor for a free trial. I DON'T WANT FOXIT EDITOR. I have removed it from my computer, changed all default apps so it is not accessed, but still it somehow reinstalls. I consider it malware. So I noticed several nice things about PDFill and my use it instead.

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02 Dec 2021

I dumped Foxit Reader after they got too aggressive in trying to get me to upgrade to their "Pro" version.

Now using Sumatra PDF reader - super fast opening PDFs. It doesn't support fillable PDFs, but I don't do that much and we've got browsers if you want to do that.

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02 Dec 2021

Bob, your two lists of free apps covers a variety of uses and in total can offer users many advantages. As a tech specialist that helps many seniors manage and better use their devices, I would offer two more free additions to your list.

First, is SuperAntiSpyware primarily for the easy removal of cookies and suspicious and dangerous software. Second would be Glary Utilities for easy one-click device clean-up. An added free extra would be Malwarebytes, a strong anti-malware tool. All FREE.

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Gus van Driel
02 Dec 2021

I recommend Belarc Advisor. It gives you an amazing inventory about your computer. This will be an extremely helpful tool if you engage a technician to work on your computer as well as an inventory of all your installed programs.

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Michael Mehary
03 Dec 2021

Free Drop box is great - except you cannot delete from your DB if someone sent it to you and others are on the chain.

I have a load of stuff people sent me I have no use for anymore which has filled my DP, but I can't seem to delete.

Any thoughts?

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03 Dec 2021

@Michael Mehary: What do you think really of 'Drop box'?
Please CLICK ONLY ONCE, if you want to leave a reply.

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03 Dec 2021

I've been using PDFill (I don't think the name is supposed to mean 'PDF ill') for ages but although they're up to version 15 (which has been around since the days of WinXP, going by their screenshot) I'm sticking with version 12. I tried updating once but later versions appear to have an annoying habit of opening a nag page in your browser every time you close the program.
My PDF reader is PDFXchange version 2.5. There is a newer version but I find 2.5 more usable. Then I use Foxit if I need to sign anything.

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03 Dec 2021

That guy has a greater problem than Dropbox.

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Gary Rickle
03 Dec 2021

Just used PDFill to delete a page. Took a while to understand that it was an online process, but worked like a charm. Thanks for the heads up.

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