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List of FREE Business and Graphic Software and Utilities


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« on: June 10, 2009, 08:42:16 pm »

Below is a list of software and utilities that can be useful for a small business. I have not tried all of them but have been gathering them from recommendations from large corporations, forum users, and technical experts. Some are online, others are downloads.

Check back as I will continue to add to this list. At the bottom of posts is a check box "notify me when a reply is posted."

These are all available for Windows. A very few may be available for MACs. If you have any to add that you know are "clean," post here and I will add them!

They are FREE!!

Computer Tips, Q&A - User Friendly
• http://www.komando.com

Computer Maintenance and Protection - install and use all
(Good, robust, free programs recommended by my computer tech)
• http://www.superantispyware.com/
• http://www.malwarebytes.org/
• http://free.avg.com/ (good, free antivirus - USE IT!)
• http://www.ccleaner.com/ - deletes hidden temp files, frees up much space
• http://www.komando.com/downloads/categories.aspx?cat=Security - more excellent choices

Free Email Addresses
• http://gmail.google.com

Business Suite (word processing, spreadsheet, etc...)
• http://www.openoffice.org

PDF Generators
• http://www.cutepdf.com
• http://www.primopdf.com

Graphics Editors
• http://picasa.google.com/
• http://www.gimp.org/downloads (this is a robust alternative to Photoshop)
• http://www.photoshop.com/express
• http://www.splashup.com
• http://www.picnik.com
• http://www.fotoflexer.com
• http://picasa.google.com/

Photo/Image Resizer
• http://www.rsizr.com
• http://webresizer.com/

Animated GIFS (useable for online ads)
• http://www.gifmake.com

Advanced Graphic Layout
• http://www.inkscape.org -can save as .eps, but not open .eps files. Can edit Illustrator files

Business Charts
• http://ganttproject.biz/ Gantt Charts (timelines)
• http://www.lovelycharts.com/

Convert a PDF to a Word Document
• http://www.somepdf.com

File Extension Viewer
• http://www.irfanview.com

Share/Sync Files from Another Computer
• http://www.foldershare.com - Windows Folder Share

Upload Large Files to Share/Send to Others
• http://www.dropio.com
• http://www.yousendit.com
• http://www.megaupload.com

Covert File to Another Format
• http://www.zamzar.com

Make Full Screen Shots of Web Pages
• http://www.thumbalizr.com/

Stock Photos (free or cheap)
• http://www.bluevertigo.com.ar/bluevertigo.htm
• http://www.sxc.hu/
• http://www.istockphoto.com
• http://www.canstockphoto.com
• http://www.dreamstime.com

Free Web Pages
• http://www.webs.com/
• http://www.tripod.lycos.com/
• http://www.wix.com

• http://www.onlineconversion.com/ Convert Anything to Anything Else
• http://www.psinvention.com/zoetic/convert.htm Metric & English Conversions
• http://www.convertworld.com/en/ Convert Anything to Everything

Glue Advice! Glue "This" to "That"
• http://www.thistothat.com/

ZIP Utility (zip up multiple files into one file)
• http://www.tucows.com/preview/194312 (QuickZip)

Find Spyware-Free Software
• http://download.cnet.com
• http://www.tucows.com
• http://www.komando.com

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« Reply #1 on: June 11, 2009, 02:11:25 am »

Wow what a list!

Another graphics program that I use when I need a quick and easy is Picassa... I think it is a Google program that is FREE!

There is a site  http://www.komando.com/downloads/  She is "the digital Goddess"  She has free downloads daily and just a ton of advice.  Her free newsletters are very good. When you go on her site she sells a lot of goofy unrelated stuff but that is ok ... you can easily pass by it. Check her out.

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« Reply #2 on: June 11, 2009, 08:33:06 am »

You are right about Picasa3. I will add it!!

I agree with you suggestion about Kim Komando - I get all 4 newsletters and glean A LOT of useful and easy-to-understand information, tools, ant tips for computerness.

Her downloads are great, tested, and safe.
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