Free Software Downloads
We all like free stuff. Below is a list of FreeWare software that you can download and run for free on your computer. While we may use this software on our systems, we do not fully support it, so if it doesn't work as advertised, please contact the software authors.
LibreOffice is the power-packed free, libre and open source personal productivity suite for Windows, Macintosh and GNU/Linux that gives you six feature-rich applications for all your document production and data processing needs: Writer, Calc, Impress, Draw, Math and Base.
- Ninite is a Web service that consolidates applications into a single installer for you to download. Simply pick the apps you want, then Start your customized installer. Ninite works in the background 100 percent hands-free. After the initial install, your custom installer can also be used as an updater.
- CCleaner (short for CrapCleaner) is a freeware system optimization and privacy tool. It removes unused files from your system - allowing Windows to run faster and freeing up valuable hard disk space. It also cleans traces of your online activities such as your Internet history. There is also a Mac version available from the Mac App Store.
- Maintenance is a system maintenance and cleaning utility for OS X which you can use to run miscellaneous tasks of system maintenance: repair permissions, run periodic scripts, rebuild the databases, delete Application, Font and System cache, and more.
7-Zip is an open source file archiver designed originally for Microsoft Windows. 7-Zip operates with the 7z archive format, and can read and write to several other archive formats.
Adobe Acrobat Reader allows you to read documents saved in the Adobe Acrobat (PDF) format. This free version will only allow users to read files. In order to create PDF files from documents in Windows, you must either purchase the full version of Adobe Acrobat, or use a 3rd party application like PDFCreator. Mac OS X has built in PDF creation or you can purchase the full version of Adobe Acrobat for more advanced features.
PDFCreator easily creates PDFs from any Windows program. Use it like a printer in Word, Excel or any other Windows application.
Spybot - Search and Destroy can detect and remove spyware of different kinds from your computer. Spyware is a relatively new kind of threat that common anti-virus applications do not yet cover. If you see new toolbars in your Internet Explorer that you didn't intentionally install, if your browser crashes, or if you browser start page has changed without your knowing, you most probably have spyware. But even if you don't see anything, you may be infected, because more and more spyware is emerging that is silently tracking your surfing behaviour to create a marketing profile of you that will be sold to advertisement companies. Spybot-S&D is free, so there's no harm in trying to see if something snooped into your computer, too.
Firefox is an alternative web browser that contains many features that built in web browsers do not. Firefox empowers you to browse faster, more safely and more efficiently than with any other browser.
- Chrome is an Internet browser developed by Google Inc. that combines a minimal design with sophisticated technology to make the Web faster, safer and easier. The Google Chrome browser offers features including access to favorite pages instantly with thumbnails, desktop shortcuts to launch Web applications, and independently run tabs within the browser to prevent browser crashing.
Thunderbird makes emailing safer, faster, and easier than ever before with the industry's best implementations of features such as intelligent spam filters, built-in RSS reader, quick search, and much more.
Multimedia & Plugins
Adobe Flash Player is software for viewing animations and movies using computer programs such as a web browser.
Microsoft Silverlight is a web application framework developed by Microsoft. Initially released as a video streaming plugin.
VLC Media Player is a highly portable multimedia player and multimedia framework capable of reading most audio and video formats (MPEG-2, MPEG-4, H.264, DivX, MPEG-1, mp3, ogg, aac ...) as well as DVDs, Audio CDs VCDs, and various streaming protocols.
iTunes is a free application for Mac and PC. It plays all your digital music and video. It syncs content to your iPod, iPhone, and Apple TV.
Java Runtime Envrionment allows you to play online games, chat with people around the world, calculate your mortgage interest, and view images in 3D, just to name a few. It's also integral to the intranet applications and other e-business solutions that are the foundation of corporate computing.