FREEWARE FOR FAMILY HISTORY

FREEWARE FOR FAMILY HISTORY

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GRAPHICS PROGRAMS Updated 2016
  • Adobe Reader X - http://www.adobe.com/products/reader/- Free reader for pdf files
  • PDF X-Change Viewer - http://www.tracker-software.com/product/pdf-xchange-viewer- free for private use, very helpful to edit and annotate pdf's; can fill in pdf forms; includes an OCR feature (Optical Character Recognition)
  • FastStone Capture $- http://www.aplusfreeware.com/categories/mmedia/FastStoneCapture.html - Excellent screen capture utility that also captures entire scrolling screens in browsers other than Firefox
  • FastStone Image Viewer - http://www.faststone.org/download.htm - Good image viewer that also has screen capture features, but not scrolling screen captures
  • Irfanview -- http://www.irfanview.com/- Photo editor, converter, and slide shower; many features, including batch conversions
  • GIMP Shop - GIMPShop - is an interface that makes GIMP menus look and act like PhotoShop
  • Transcript -- http://www.jacobboerema.nl/en/Freeware.htm - Helps you in transcribing images of handwritten documents, keeps image and your typed text in sync as you move down the page

  • SOUND PROGRAMS:
  • Audacity -- http://audacity.sourceforge.net/ - Excellent sound recorder and editor; complicated program, but basics are easy to use
  • VLC -- http://www.videolan.org/ - Good media player, has adjustments to synchronize sound and video when they don't match
  • Listen N Write Free -- http://elefantsoftware-en.weebly.com/ - plays audio, starts, stops, backs up, or goes forward with key strokes to help in transcribing

  • TEXT AND OFFICE PROGRAMS
  • Evernote -- http://evernote.com/ - Freeware note program; synchronizes your notes between computers and stores your notes online so you can get to them anywhere you can get to the Internet; notes can be text, images, URL's, or webpages; has OCR indexing for pdf's; has apps for mobile devices
  • Essential PIM - http://www.essentialpim.com/?r=download - Freeware personal information manager (PIM); good for appointments, calendars, To Do lists, etc.
  • TreePad Lite -- http://www.treepad.com/treepadfreeware/ - Freeware note and personal information manager (PIM), uses tree-format
  • Notetab Lite -- http://www.notetab.com/ - Freeware note program
  • LibreOffice -- http://www.libreoffice.org- Powerful open source freeware office suite compatible with Microsoft; updated more often than Apache OpenOffice which is similar -
  • Apache OpenOffice - http://www.openoffice.org/
  • Gnumeric spreadsheet -- http://projects.gnome.org/gnumeric/- Open source spreadsheet compatible with Excel and many others
  • NotePad++ -- http://notepad-plus.sourceforge.net/uk/site.htm - Excellent open source text editor - very useful for many formats
  • PDF Split and Merge -- http://sourceforge.net/projects/pdfsam/ - Open source program to split or combine pdf files

  • COMPUTER UTILITIES
  • Everything -- http://www.voidtools.com/ -- Very fast desktop search program for files on your computer; very helpful to search, launch, and organize files on your computer
  • Q-Dir -- http://www.softwareok.com/ -- Freeware two or more panel Windows Explorer-type program for file maintenance such as checking, copying, moving, and deleting files
  • Glary Utilities -- http://www.glaryutilities.com/ - Helpful computer utilities to keep your computer running smoothly; free for home use
  • Dropbox -- http://www.getdropbox.com/- Synchronizes via the Internet whatever you put in the Dropbox folder on one computer to any other computer(s) you specify
  • Piriform Defragler -- http://www.piriform.com/defraggler - Good defragger for your hard drives
  • Advanced SystemCare Free -- http://www.iobit.com/advancedwindowscareper.html?Str=download- Helpful computer utilities
  • Resoph Notes -- http://www.resoph.com/ResophNotes/Welcome.html - Freeware notes program that acts like a clipboard extender
  • Clipboard Magic -- http://www.cybermatrix.com/clipboard_magic.html - Saves multiple clip items and can save to various clip lists
  • PhraseExpress -- http://www.phraseexpress.com/ - Freeware program that expands phrases as you type the first few letters

  • MANY FREEWARE PROGRAMS ARE BETTER THAN THE CORRESPONDING COMMERCIAL PROGRAMS
    1. http://alternativeto.net/- Lists freeware that works like commercial programs
    2. http://www.osalt.com/-Finds open source alternatives to commercial programs
    3. http://www.freenew.net/ -Free Apps- you select the freeware programs you want from a list and it installs all of them for you
    4. http://portableapps.com/ -Portable Apps - contains several good freeware apps and allows them to run from your flash drive so you can take them with you
    5. http://www.softpedia.com/- Categories of freeware
    6. http://sourceforge.net/ -The largest open source freeware site
    7. http://www.oldversion.com/- Old Versions of software