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Favorite Freebies

Posted by AlienCG on October 6, 2008

With the economy in the state it’s in at the current time, we all could all use some free stuff.  So tonight, I am going to recommend some of my favorite free software to help you run your computer.  Some of these were covered on the old site, but they are worth repeating.

  1. EvernoteEvernote is a continuous notepad, but far more robust.  It uses categories and sub-categories to keep everything sorted and easy to find.  The free download allows use of the advanced functions for 60 days.  Once the trial period ends, the software is still highly useful.
  2. OpenOfficeYou don’t want to spend hundreds of dollars on Microsoft Office?  You don’t have to.  OpenOffice is a fully compatible productivity suite that costs nothing.  I’m currently using it and I really like it.
  3. Mozilla AnythingMozilla Firefox and Thunderbird are just solid programs.  Granted, I like Chrome, but Firefox is totally functional and is fully W3C compatible which is the web standard.  Thunderbird is an excellent e-mail program with the available Sunbird calendar add-on.  I like these programs because they don’t hog up your precious CPU cycles.
  4. GIMPThis the GNU Image Manipulation Program.  This isn’t an exact PhotoShop clone, but it also isn’t an MS Paint clone.  It’s another robust open-source program, but it takes some time to learn the small details.
  5. Google EarthAdmittedly, I have not used this program for anything important.  I just like looking at the satelite views of famous landmarks.  There are paid versions that have more functions, but $20 isn’t worth it and $400 is just excessive.

I hope you enjoyed my efforts to save you moey in these times of financial uncertainty.  Try these suggestions out and if you’d like, please share your favorite freebies.  Have a good evening.


5 Responses to “Favorite Freebies”

  1. laura b. said

    You are too kind, benevolent leader! I use OpenOffice on my home computer and it is just like using the MS Office suite. I also use Mozilla at home. And Google Earth makes me feel like a spy! I love it 🙂

  2. dmarks said

    GIMP is so frustrating. For example, there are two Rotates. One easy to find, one buried. The easy to find one is crippled and useless. Why even have it at all, or why not make both of them full-functioned?. The file save and select are so hard to use, and mine locks up for 20 seconds every time I type in the directory to go to to load a file (and then it forgets the directory so I have to type it in and get the seizure thing next time I use GIMP), and when I go to save a file, I get a series of stupid popups. (Paint Shop Pro 4.15 just lets me save). The file load and save dialog are bizarre and non-intuitive.

    I find Paint Shop Pro 4.15 to be much better. It loads very fast (GIMP is slow) and about the only flaw I see with it is that the rotate does not allow fractions, so images never quite line up perfectly right.

  3. Tara said

    Thank you for these! I’m especially going to try GIMP and Google Earth.

  4. churlita said

    GiMp Sounds cool, but I’ll have to look at the quirks DMarks was talking about.

  5. babybull40 said

    Thanks for the suggestions.. I just might check a couple out..

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