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TECH TIP:  Freeware Software

 

There are tons of FREE software programs that you can download to make your computer do some amazing things.  The key to using this freeware software is knowing it exists and knowing where to look for it. 

 

Now I will hasten to add that it may not be a good idea to decide to go surfing for some freeware programs.  There are many unscrupulous sites that will tempt you to search their pages for freeware and when you find something that looks great and download it to your computer, you also download a pack of trouble – like adware, spyware, hijackware, viruses, or other such malware. 

 

I have done it!  I have searched for specific freeware software, downloaded it, installed it, and ended up becoming infected with some of the most devious spyware and adware.  However, knowing this danger, before I do my searching and downloading of freeware, I make a disk image of my computer (a complete backup of my entire hard drive).  If something goes wrong, I simply have to “restore” the hard drive with the disk image and I am back operating my computer just as it was before my freeware fishing expedition.  For more on how to do this type of backup, click on this link and read this Tech Tip A Backup Strategy

 

The best way to download and use some of the great freeware available is to learn about it from responsible sources.  There are good trusted sites for finding freeware.  And of course, use the resources of your friends who have used freeware and recommend it.  Having said that, if I ever recommend freeware software, you can be sure that I have tried and use it and have no reservations about recommending it.

 

Here are some freeware software programs that I have mentioned in the past and that I use and that I recommend.

 

PixResizer - Free image resizing program

Pixresizer is a photo resizing program which allows you to easily create web and e-mail friendlyh versions of your images with reduced file sizes.  This program also converts a photo or image from one format to another.

http://bluefive.pair.com/pixresizer.htm

 

Primo PDF – a free PDF creator

Convert to PDF from any application by simply 'printing' to the PrimoPDF® printer - it couldn't be easier! Within minutes, you can create high-quality PDFs by converting from Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and virtually any other printable file type.

http://www.primopdf.com/  

 

Grabber2K – a free screen capture program

A great and powerful program to capture parts of a screen or entire windows. 

http://www.freedownloadscenter.com/Authors/Rad2k_Systems.html

 

WinKey – create your own keyboard shortcuts

Now you can utilize the Windows key to create shortcuts to open all you favorite programs. 

http://www.pcworld.com/downloads/file_description/0,fid,5506,00.asp

 

Just A Calendar

This is a great program.  All it does is display a small calendar.  You can’t add any notes or important dates – can ‘t do anything but see a calendar.  What a neat little program!  Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to find this on the internet anymore, but if you want it, drop me a line and I will email it to you.  It is a tiny program – just 163K.

 

OK – that’s enough for now – we’ll add more freeware programs to the list in the future.

 

One more thing.  Here’s a good article on tips to finding freeware and some things to be wary of.

http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/setup/learnmore/northrup_03november13.mspx

 

 

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