Best Free Office Tools
BEST FREE FONT VIEWER
AMP Font Viewer – Font manager, view, install, uninstall, organize your fonts. an interesting feature is that you can “test” fonts before deciding to install them.
Alternatives: – FontPicker, Fast Font Preview, NexusFont2
BEST FREE MOVIE CATALOGING SOFTWARE
Personal Video Database – Simply the best movie collection manager. It can retrieve information about your movies from several internet databases, includes loan manager and full unicode support. And it has a nice layout too.
Alternatives: Ant Movie Catalog
BEST FREE FONT FINDER
FontNetInstaller – This one can help you search for fonts over the internet as it has the best websites indexed and lets you search through them within the program. Doesn’t require installation, just unpack and run.
BEST FREE TEXT EDITOR
Notepad++ – Powerful open source text editor written in C++, supports a wide range of programming languages, great multi-document and multi-view features.
Alternatives: – Emerald Editor, PsPad
BEST FREE OFFICE SUITE
OpenOffice.org – This open source package replaces my Microsoft Office installation. Is it as good? I think it’s better! You won’t have any problems with adjusting to it, the basic features are similar to those in Microsoft Office.
Alternatives: IBM Lotus Symphony, Oxygen Office, Jarte (word processor only)
BEST FREE PDF READER
PDF XChange Viewer – Very good PDF reader, a lot faster than Adobe Reader. And there’s even more: you can convert your PDF files to various file formats, including BMP, JPG, PNG or TIFF. It can be integrated with Firefox or Internet Explorer.
Alternatives: – Foxit Reader, Sumatra PDF
BEST FREE PDF WRITER
PDFCreator – Very good freeware PDF writer, can create PDF files out of any printable document. It can be installed as standalone or as a server application – install on a single computer and have it available on all the machines in your network.
Alternatives: BullZip, CutePDF
BEST FREE DVD BURNER
StarBurn – I’ve been using Nero before. I don’t need it anymore, StarBurn is free and pretty good. I’ve burned several DVDs with it (including DVD video) and it never failed. Supports CD, DVD, HD-DVD and Blu Ray discs.
BEST FREE FILE COMPRESSION PROGRAM / ZIP UTILITY
IZArc – Very good free archive utility, works with almost any archive file format and it also converts various CD image file formats to ISO.
Alternatives: PeaZip, jZip, 7zip
BEST FREE DICTIONARY
WordWeb – Great free dictionary and thesaurus, I’m already in love with it. It can be used to look up words from almost any program, showing definitions, synonyms and related words. It includes pronunciations and usage examples, has spelling and sounds-like links.
Alternatives: – Lingoes, The Sage
BEST FREE ACCOUNTING PROGRAM
GnuCash – Powerful open source accounting program, suitable for both common and advanced users.
Alternatives: – AceMoney Lite
BEST FREE WEATHER INFORMATION PROGRAM
Weather Watcher – Fast, lightweight, reliable. I don’t know if you could ask for more.
Alternatives: Weather Pulse
BEST FREE LYRICS FINDER
Evil Lyrics – Automatically searches for lyrics as your song is played in your player, it works great with Winamp, Windows Media Player, iTunes, MusicMatch, Foobar, MediaMonkey, Real Player, QCD, AlbumPlayer, Y!Music, XMPlay. It even has a karaoke mode.
Alternatives: – AutoLyrix
BEST FREE STICKY NOTES PROGRAM
Stickies – Once you get used to it you won’t be able to live without it. Easily creates sticky notes on your desktop.
Alternatives: – StickyPad
BEST FREE TO DO LIST MANAGER
Task Coach – Open source, multi platform, you can easily create and manage “to do” lists and monitor your tasks.
Alternatives: – Project Timer
BEST FREE UNIT CONVERTER
Free Unit Converter – Easy to use but very powerful unit converter, supports over 5000 units of measure.
BEST FREE DVD COVER PRINTER
UnderCoverXP – Tiny program that can help you to make and print DVD covers and labels using various templates.
BEST FREE OCR (Optical Character Recognition) PROGRAM
SimpleOCR – Powerful and easy to use freeware program that can handle machine writing and hand writing and that can be used directly with your scanner.
BEST FREE CD/DVD EMULATOR
WinCDEmu – Very easy to use open source program, you can mount and unmount disk image files by double-clicking them in Windows Explorer.
Alternatives: – Total Mounter, Gizmo Drive
MISCELLANEOUS FREE OFFICE PROGRAMS
LangOver – Tiny freeware utility that can convert your written text quickly between languages. If you forgot to press alt + shift to change the keyboard layout you just have to press a key and your text is automatically converted to the new language.
TinySpell – Free spellchecker for Windows, tiny but powerful.