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Recommended *Free* softwares

#1 Post by ontologist » March 21st, 2008, 7:19 pm

Here's a (very) short list of free software that I can recommend you get and take for a spin.
I'm a bit of a collector of such stuff. If you need anything in the way of "legal" free software to do a job, there's a better than even chance I'll know where you can find it.

Why not post your recommendations too? :wink:

Openoffice. Office Suite. Like M$ office, but free:
http://www.openoffice.org/

Foxit PDF Reader. Only about a million times faster than Adobe Reader.
http://www.foxitsoftware.com/

Simple photo editing and sharing:
http://picasa.google.com/

The Gimp. Similar to Photoshop:
http://www.gimp.org/

Inkscape. Similar to Illustrator:
http://www.inkscape.org/

File compression/extraction:
http://www.7-zip.org/

Sound recording/editing:
http://audacity.sourceforge.net/

AVG. Free antivirus software. Why pay? This is just as good.
http://free.grisoft.com/

Zonealarm firewall.
http://www.zonealarm.com/store/content/ ... wnload.jsp

Hitman pro. All-in-one spyware solution.
http://www.hitmanpro.nl/hitmanpro/index.php?lang=en

TrueCrypt. source disk encryption software for Windows Vista/XP, Mac OS X, and Linux
http://www.truecrypt.org/

Camstudio. Screen recording software:
http://camstudio.org/

Mozilla. Firefox Web browser and Thunderbird mail client.
http://en-us.www.mozilla.com/en-US/products/

Crap Cleaner. Registry cleaner.
http://www.ccleaner.com/

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#2 Post by lewist » March 21st, 2008, 11:27 pm

Some of these are familiar but I would add Irfanview, which is great for basic editing of photographs and other images.
Carpe diem. Savour every moment.

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#3 Post by Alan H » March 22nd, 2008, 1:56 am

Excellent list, ontologist.

A bit more technical:

ftp client: Filezilla

Mind mapping: FreeMind

The following are not free, but I use them a lot and can recommend (I think all of these have demo or limited versions so you can try them out):

Printing utility: Fine Print

pdf creator: pdfFactory

Text/programming editor: EditPlus

Password storage (never lose a password again!): Password Agent

Task Manager and general organiser: Alive Organiser
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2. What damage to the UK and its citizens is an acceptable price to pay for those benefits?
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#4 Post by ontologist » March 22nd, 2008, 11:20 am

^ All good.
Tip: You can create pdf's with Open Office.
I'll post some more pdf specific links later.

Here's some useful stuff for when you or your pc does a little burp:

The ultimate boot cd:
http://www.ubcd4win.com/

PC Pitstop:
http://pcpitstop.com/

Sandra system analysis.
http://www.sisoftware.co.uk/

Unlocker. "Cannot delete file: Access is denied"... You can with this.
http://ccollomb.free.fr/unlocker/

Recover accidentally deleted files:
http://www.softperfect.com/products/filerecovery/

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#5 Post by Nick » March 22nd, 2008, 12:21 pm

Most interesting O! Thanks! My contribution as a non-techie is http://www.cutepdf.com, which allows you to convert anything to a pdf. And it's free! Mine is set up like an alternative printer, ie click 'print' and select 'pdf writer' instead of your normal printer.

How good it is compared to the alternatives I don't know, but I find it absolutely invaluable.

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#6 Post by Ted Harvey » March 22nd, 2008, 12:45 pm

Ontologist thanks for starting this interesting and useful thread.

Nick thanks for the pdf tip… I was intending buying the proprietary version soon!

And Alan thanks for the mind-mapping tip. I love using the mind-mapping approach in my work. Mind you (no pun intended) some folks go rather OTT with florid, malformed octopus-like things that they bring to meetings ‘to help clarify the issues’ – when all the map does is irritate the eyes :wink:

I’d appreciate any tips or advice on where I should start on getting my own website as an individual profession businessperson. I really, really, need one but all the design and setting up etc. stuff does not appeal to me and I anyway do not have the available time.

I’m assuming that what I need to do is to work out coherently what I need the site to look like and do and then go to a trustworthy professional for the advice and practical creation bit. But I’m not sure if I’ve even got it right about that what I should be doing :puzzled:

Any tips or advice would be much appreciated

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#7 Post by ontologist » March 22nd, 2008, 3:09 pm

^ Most decent hosts will have something in the way of web templates that you can modify to do what you want.
But they tend to be fairly basic and "samey". They should also have various modules built in that you can modify and tweak to get what you are looking for.
You can go the learn html route as long as you give yourself enough time, and don't want to do anything too complicated.
If you are wanting a site that looks professional and lets you interact and trade with potential customers, best get a professional in.
Like most things in life you get what you pay for in most cases. But it pays to have a designer that's up to date with the current trends.
Good hosts generally have a site design service.
Better still if you can get a personal recommendation for a designer and check out their work.
If you want someone to set it up and update/maintain it on an ongoing basis, you'll not have any of the hassle.

I know a few people I can point you towards if you are really stumped. :wink:

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#8 Post by Alan H » March 22nd, 2008, 5:46 pm

Ideally, I'd recommend that you get someone you can meet up with in person, rather than virtually. You want to get exactly what you want and need and face-to-face communication is always better. Be warned that using the latest Flash or javascript may not be the best way to go [---][/---] make it simple to begin with at least.

However, if you're just after something quite simple, then you could either go it alone (look what we made of this forum and the main website, with only a reasonable amount of effort), or get someone to design a joomla site for you. If you look at some of the joomla template sites, it'll give you a good idea of the tremendous variation you can get. A good joomla designer will be able to make it look completely different to anything else.
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1. What, precisely, are the significant and tangible benefits of leaving the EU?
2. What damage to the UK and its citizens is an acceptable price to pay for those benefits?
3. Which ruling of the ECJ is most persuasive of the need to leave its jurisdiction?

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#9 Post by Ted Harvey » March 23rd, 2008, 10:47 am

Thanks guys for those helpful comments. I think I do need to persevere a bit just now on getting to grips to what it's all about... maybe even try out some HTML learning for myself; ontoligist I may just come back and take you up on your offer when I'm ready :smile:

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#10 Post by ontologist » March 23rd, 2008, 12:19 pm

OK Ted, I have a good friend that will be happy to give free advice. He's a fine web designer too. :wink:

I have a huge list of resources. I've whittled it down to this starter pack for those wanting to learn some web skillz :
Learn some html:
http://www.w3schools.com/
http://www.webmonkey.com/
http://www.davesite.com/
http://www.alvit.de/handbook/
http://www.htmlgoodies.com/

Web page design:
Open source web design project.
http://www.oswd.org/

There are loads of free editors around, but I'll suggest this one for you as it's fairly intuitive (from memory) to use.
http://www.pagebreeze.com/
I'll add some free hosting sites later for you to practice. I'll pick the one's that don't have advertising on them.
If you need any help don't hesitate to ask. :wink:

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#11 Post by Ted Harvey » March 25th, 2008, 12:31 pm

ontologist yesterday you got me into soapy bubble at home :wink:

We ended up overdue in setting out on our Easter Monday walk and picnic and I was discovered to be the cause of our being late in starting... all because I got so engrossed with the excellent learning sources you posted :smile:

I've only just got back to a screen this morning to confirm that I will be making good use of the sources; so many thanks for that :thumbsup:

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#12 Post by ontologist » March 25th, 2008, 1:26 pm

Ted Harvey wrote:ontologist yesterday you got me into soapy bubble at home :wink:
Ooo er! :D

If I posted all the links for free utilities and stuff I have, the forum would blow up...or melt down...one or the other. :wink:

Anyhoo, we march on regardless ;)

Here's some pdf stuff as promised for you all to scope:
This is a handy little tool if you don't have M$ office installed
and need to scan documents :
OCR optical character recognition document reader.
http://www.simpleocr.com/

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#13 Post by I Am That I Am » March 25th, 2008, 6:39 pm

A very good place to find some great free software is, Richard Gizmo's Tech Support Alert pages, starting with the 46 Best-ever Freeware Utilities.

Sign up for the free monthly newsletter and immediately get access to a further 71 excellent free applications. The Tech Support Alert Newsletter always contains useful and interesting information, especially the paid-for version, which I certainly recommend. Money well-spent in my opinion. :)
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#14 Post by ontologist » March 27th, 2008, 10:09 am

You know what they say about all work and no play...

Some nice little point and click games:
http://www.pinheadgames.com/

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#15 Post by ontologist » March 27th, 2008, 12:09 pm

100-downloads. Get most of what I've posted so far, and more:

http://100-downloads.com/

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#16 Post by Ted Harvey » July 6th, 2008, 9:22 pm

Ontoligist, I thought I should make a point of letting you know (if you are still looking in here) that I have been making good use of your very helpful advice of a couple of months back. I now have the 'bug' and the confidence to cosntruct my own website. I have a domain name in mind (which is available) and it looks like FrontPage will be my tool of choice. Currently I'm doing as much pre-planning reading and scanning as I can manage to do... my impression is that the better the quality of your original web site plan and strategy before you commit to the actual web site building, the more it pays off in the long run. Thnaks again for your generous advice.

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#17 Post by thundril » July 6th, 2008, 9:40 pm

This looks like brilliant stuff. Thanks for posting it. Does the fact that I'm using a Mac make any difference?

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#18 Post by Alan H » July 6th, 2008, 11:18 pm

Ted Harvey wrote:Ontoligist, I thought I should make a point of letting you know (if you are still looking in here) that I have been making good use of your very helpful advice of a couple of months back. I now have the 'bug' and the confidence to cosntruct my own website. I have a domain name in mind (which is available) and it looks like FrontPage will be my tool of choice. Currently I'm doing as much pre-planning reading and scanning as I can manage to do... my impression is that the better the quality of your original web site plan and strategy before you commit to the actual web site building, the more it pays off in the long run. Thnaks again for your generous advice.
Depending on what you want it for, I would highly recommend you look at joomla. It is very versatile and can be used from anything from a blog to a full commercial enterprise and is certainly far easier than building a website from scratch. I used joomla for our main website and have learned a lot more about it since. I'm in the process of building a site for another organisation (we'll announce it here once it's launched). I've bought a professional template for it (at the princely sum of £13.45!) and found it very easy. If you are interested, let me know and we can discuss it off-line.
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There are three fundamental questions for anyone advocating Brexit:

1. What, precisely, are the significant and tangible benefits of leaving the EU?
2. What damage to the UK and its citizens is an acceptable price to pay for those benefits?
3. Which ruling of the ECJ is most persuasive of the need to leave its jurisdiction?

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#19 Post by Alan H » July 6th, 2008, 11:19 pm

thundril wrote:This looks like brilliant stuff. Thanks for posting it. Does the fact that I'm using a Mac make any difference?
Unfortunately, most of the above stuff is unlikely to be available for the Mac.
Alan Henness

There are three fundamental questions for anyone advocating Brexit:

1. What, precisely, are the significant and tangible benefits of leaving the EU?
2. What damage to the UK and its citizens is an acceptable price to pay for those benefits?
3. Which ruling of the ECJ is most persuasive of the need to leave its jurisdiction?

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#20 Post by thundril » July 6th, 2008, 11:52 pm

OK Alan H. Cheers for that.
It's a long time since I was into computers. (About 28 years since I last took an active interest!) Starting again from scratch.
All best. Jax.
(That's my real name.)

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