Tuesday, 11 November 2008

Top Ten: Free Software!

I download more software and open-source goodies than an employed man with a fiancee has any right to. But it's so tasty.

So here is a breakdown of my top 10 of the software I currently use, with a brief description...detailed reviews will follow in later posts.

#1 Mozilla Firefox


Ok, you know what this is, and if you don't then you will soon. Firefox is a super-customizable web-browser that can be loaded up with all sorts of Add-ons and scripts to make surfing the web feel like a dance with a beautiful woman. But you know that, don't you? Get it HERE and grab some add-ons while you're at it FROM HERE. Notable alternatives are also Opera and Chrome...but personally, for what it's worth, I'd recommend FF.

#2 GIMP


The Gnu Image Manipulation Program. This is an open-source and free (as in free speech and free beer) alternative to Photoshop. If you have downloaded a pirate copy of Photoshop then get rid of it and make friends with Wilbur at GIMP.ORG

#3 CAMSTUDIO


An open-source and free screen recorder that is excellent for recording tutorials. Get it HERE.

#4 AUTOHOTKEY


An excellent piece of free sortware that enables easy yet versatile scripting for amatures such as myself. Get it HERE.

#5 Texter


An AutoHotKey program written by Adam Pash, of LifeHacker fame, that easily manages hotstrings. In English that means it can auto-replace as you type, so if you were tempted to type something hip like 'brb' or some-such indecipherable nonsense, it will delete it and replace it with "Be right back..." thus making you sound like an adult. Innit. You can even add your own hotstrings to suit your needs. Get it HERE.

#6 E-Sword


Ok, combining two loves here, the Good Book and Free Software. God is good, indeed. This Bible software can be loaded with a range of Bible translations, commentaries, dictionaries, maps and concordanes as well as having great search facilities and study topic note taking facilities. God 2.0 is a God worth knowing! It can be downloaded from here: E-Sword.

#7 VLC


You have got the knack of downloading all manner of video formats from torrents and even funky FLV files from YouTube, but you can't get them all to play in one media player? You need VLC now! It can play practically any multimedia file and is a breeze to use. You can also get a wee bit techie with it and use it as a free DVD ripping software. Get it HERE.

#8 AUDACITY


I haven't had much use for this recently, but if you need a solid sound editor that can output to MP3 then this is for you. Get it HERE.

#9 FREEMIND


This is very user friendly mind mapping software, and it is open-source and free. As a teacher I would recommend it for revision purposes. As a human I would recommend it for any of your brainstorming thought-showering needs. Get it HERE.

#10 7zip


At some point you are going to need to unzip a folder that your regular windows zippadeedoodah just can't handle, much like a pensioner trying to open a jar of marmalade. Download the free 7zip and this won't be a problem. Get it HERE.

Well, that's all the delightful goodies that make my days brighter...if I missed something you are particularly keen on then please feel free to leave a comment.

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