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Links - Useful Products - and they won't cost you a penny.

 

1) OpenOffice
Many new PCs come with a demo copy of Microsoft Office, designed to encourage you to cough up for the real thing. We say, uninstall it. Download a version of OpenOffice instead for your word processing, spreadsheet, database and presentation needs. It won't cost you a penny; and it's just as powerful as Microsoft.

Download:

Open Office Windows

or

Apache OpenOffice Windows

Apache OpenOffice Mac

 

2) Foxit Reader 3.1
You’re certainly going to need a PDF viewer. Unlike Adobe's extremely large application, packed with functionality most consumers never use and a hard disk footprint to marvel at. It's not exactly what you'd call 'resource light' either. Foxit Reader takes up a tiny amount of hard drive space and nothing from your wallet. It's fast and fully compatible.

Download:

Foxit Reader for Windows

Reader for Mac

 

3) Pidgin
Pidgin is the multi-service instant messaging client par excellence.  Connect to 16 chat networks, including MSN, Yahoo!, ICQ, AIM, IRC and Google Talk. Converse with chums or colleagues without having to remember which network they're on.

Download:

Pidgin

 

4) Skype
Make voice and video calls over the internet. Talking to friends and family is free for Skype uses.  You can also use it to call mobile phones or landlines at a fraction of the rate the major networks charge. The only thing you can't do is rely on it to make emergency calls - no broadband, no phoning.

Download:

SkypeSetup Windows

SkypeSetup Mac X

SkypeSetup Ubuntu-precise

 

5) VideoLan/VLC
More formally known as the VideoLan Client, VLC is arguably the most format friendly media player you can download. The number of audio and video codecs it supports is phenomenal - both well-known and obscure. Works with files created beyond the PC (digital TV data pulled from your set-top box)

Download:

VideoLan Windows/VLC

VideoLan Mac-X

 

6) Apple itunes

Even if you're not an iPod or iPhone owner, Apple's iTunes has to be on the list of free applications any new PC needs simply because of the wealth of media. Music – selection, all of it DRM. TV shows and movies are getting better. Great educational institutions; - under the iTunes ‘U’ banner.

Download:

Apple itunes Windows & Mac

 

7) Piriform CCleaner
CCleaner is one of those apps that you won't use every day, but it's darn handy to have. First, it'll run through Windows' Registry - handy, for removing garbage left by unwanted software installs. Second, it allows you to prevent utilities from being launched at startup, which ensures your PC boots quick.

Download:

CCleaner Windows

CCleaner Mac

 

8) FastStone Image Viewer 4.1
Windows provides a solid image viewer integrated right into each picture-packed folder, but the OS isn't much help if you need to tweak or edit those images. FastStone Image Viewer provides a range of tools for adjusting photos and working on other picture files, normally limited to Photoshop.

More Info and Download: http://www.faststone.org/FSViewerDetail.htm

 

9) Microsoft Security Essentials
Every new PC comes with software to keep your computer safe from spyware, viruses and other attempts to wreck it. The trouble is, after a few weeks or months, your free trial will run out. A little known offering from Microsoft, regularly scans your computer for trouble. Checks download and email attachment too. The only flaw: its frequent updates have to be applied manually, but it'll prompt you to check and that's a small price to pay for peace of mind.

More Info and Download:

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/security-essentials-download

 

 10) Karen's Replicator 3.6.8
It's easy to forget to back-up important files, but it's also easy to end up copying a mass of temporary files you don't need. Karen Kenworthy's easy to use Replicator gives you control over precisely what you copy over to an external hard drive or network storage, it quietly runs in the background so you can get on with other things. It will only copy files that have changed since the last back-up run, and you can set a regular schedule for its checks - we have it look for changes every 15 minutes.

Download:

ptreplicator

 

11) XBMC Media Center

XBMC is an award-winningfree and open source (GPL) software media player and entertainment hub that can be installed on Linux, OSX, Windows, iOS, and Android. It allows users to play and view most videos, music, podcasts, and other digital media files from local and network storage media.

Download:

XBMC for Windows

XBMC for Mac 32bit

XBMC for Mac 64bit

XBMC for Android

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