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BEST FREE FONT VIEWER

AMP Font ViewerAMP 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: – FontPickerFast 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.

AlternativesAnt Movie Catalog

BEST FREE FONT FINDER

FontNetExplorer 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.

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BEST FREE TEXT EDITOR

Notepad  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 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.

AlternativesIBM Lotus Symphony, Oxygen Office, Jarte (word processor only)

BEST FREE PDF READER

PDF XChange Viewer 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 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.

AlternativesBullZipCutePDF

BEST FREE DVD BURNER

StarBurnStarBurn – 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.

AlternativesCD Burner XPImageBurn, InfraRecorder

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: PeaZipjZip7zip

BEST FREE DICTIONARY

WordwebWordWeb – 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

gnucashGnuCash – Powerful open source accounting program, suitable for both common and advanced users.

Alternatives: – AceMoney Lite

BEST FREE WEATHER INFORMATION PROGRAM

weatherwatcher5623Weather Watcher – Fast, lightweight, reliable. I don’t know if you could ask for more.

AlternativesWeather Pulse

BEST FREE LYRICS FINDER

evillyricsEvil 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-iconStickies – 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

taskcoach_medTask 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.

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BEST FREE DVD COVER PRINTER

UnderCoverXP – Tiny program that can help you to make and print DVD covers and labels using various templates.

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BEST FREE OCR (Optical Character Recognition) PROGRAM

simpleocr-icon 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 icon LangOverTiny 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 icon TinySpell – Free spellchecker for Windows, tiny but powerful.

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