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A presentation I gave for the ETC Open House in 2008 on useful freeware for students and faculty.

A presentation I gave for the ETC Open House in 2008 on useful freeware for students and faculty.

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    • 1. Useful Freeware Mac & Windows applications to help you increase productivity, do cool things, have fun
    • 2. Free web services Harness the cloud!
    • 3. Dropbox http://getdropbox.com/ Online storage service Clients for Mac, Windows, Linux Synchronization & sharing 2GB free, upgradable to 50GB
    • 4. Evernote http://evernote.com/ Information (notes) capture tool Clients for Windows, Mac OS X, iPhone, Windows Mobile 40MB/mo limit, upgradable
    • 5. NewsGator http://newsgator.com/ Online RSS catching service Clients for Windows (FeedDemon), Mac & iPhone (NetNewsWire), Windows Mobile & BlackBerry (NewsGator Go!)
    • 6. Freeware for Mac & Windows Open-source or free programs you shouldn’t be without
    • 7. 7-Zip http://7-zip.org/ Archiving & unzip for Windows with command line versions available for many other OSes including Mac & Linux Opens almost any zip format Open-source since 2000
    • 8. Adium http://adiumx.com/ Multi-protocol IM app for Mac Extendable through plugins, styles, scripts, sounds, and more Windows users, see Pidgin
    • 9. Audacity http://audacity.sourceforge.net/ Multi-track audio editing Save to WAV, MP3, and more Cross-platform (Windows, Linux, Mac versions available)
    • 10. AVG Free http://free.avg.com/ Resident anti-virus for Windows Wildly popular: over 125 million downloads (Download.com) Almost daily definition updates Email scanner included
    • 11. Burn http://burn-osx.sourcefoge.net/ CD/DVD burning tool for Mac Simple interface with support for data, audio, video, and image file burning Many languages available Windows users: see InfraRecorder
    • 12. Chax http://chax.ksuther.net/ Add-on for Apple’s iChat Adds tons of functionality (combined contact list, Growl notifications, etc.)
    • 13. Cyberduck http://cyberduck.ch/ Full-function FTP client for Mac Great for web development, file storage, etc. Supports FTP, SFTP, WebDAV, and even Amazon S3 Windows users, see FireFTP for Firefox
    • 14. Firefox (and addons) http://getfirefox.com/ Available for Windows, Mac, Linux, and more Open-source web browser Highly extendable via add-ons & themes through Tools menu Some addons are...
    • 15. Firefox (with FireFTP) http://getfirefox.com/ Install the FireFTP addon and you’ll get a fully-functional FTP client.
    • 16. Firefox (with ChatZilla) http://getfirefox.com/ Install the ChatZilla addon and you’ll get a fully-functional Internet Relay Chat (IRC) client.
    • 17. Firefox (with DownThemAll!) http://getfirefox.com/ Install the DownThemAll! addon and you’ll get a blazing-fast download manager for Firefox.
    • 18. Firefox (with CoolIris) http://getfirefox.com/ Install CoolIris for Firefox and you’ll get a 3D web gallery that can be used on Flickr, Facebook, MySpace, Photobucket, Google Images, and numerous other photo gallery sites on the web.
    • 19. Firefox (with many more Add-ons) http://getfirefox.com/ Check out the Mozilla Add-Ins directory from the Tools menu and you’ll find thousands of ways to make Firefox less like a web browser and more like a digital Swiss Army knife. Shown here: TwitterFox and ForecastFox.
    • 20. Flip4Mac WMV http://flip4mac.com/wmv_download.htm QuickTime extension for Mac Allows QuickTime to play unprotected Windows Media Works with most Windows Media formats (audio, video, streaming, etc.)
    • 21. Fluid http://fluidapp.com/ Website app generator for Mac Spin-off websites into their own applications Great for sites that demand a lot from your browser (Facebook, Twitter, etc). Scriptable, extendable, etc.
    • 22. Glary Utilities http://glaryutilities.com/ Windows maintenance tools Multiple functions, one-click usability Pro version available; regular version free for personal use Mac users: see OnyX
    • 23. Growl http://growl.info/ Notification system for Mac Get floating notices when stuff happens Many Mac apps support Growl notifications (Adium, Cyberduck, Firefox, Fluid, etc.) Windows users: see Snarl
    • 24. InfraRecorder http://infrarecorder.org/ CD/DVD burning for Windows Burns most types of CDs & DVDs as well as image formats Fully standards complaint Great alternative to Nero & Roxio Mac users: see Burn
    • 25. K-Lite Codec Pack http://codecguide.com/ Mega-bundle of free Windows media codecs Codecs allow you to play certain video/audio formats With this pack, you’ll be able to play almost every media format Mac users: see Perian
    • 26. KeePass http://keepass.info/ Open-source password manager for Windows (with other OSes unofficially supported) Keep all your passwords in a safe file, password protected Portable versions let you take KeePass with you
    • 27. Launchy http://launchy.net/ Application launcher for Windows Pull up programs, documents, and more with the flick of a keystroke Skinnable, extendable with plugins Mac users: see Quicksilver
    • 28. MindNode http://mindnode.com/ Simple brainstorming / mind- mapping software for Mac Great for planning projects or sketching down ideas Pro version available with more features (for about €11,95/$15)
    • 29. Notepad++ http://notepad-plus.sourceforge.net/ Windows notepad on steroids Highlighting, auto-completion, tabbed windows, countless plugins, blazing fast Support for 50+ programming/ syntax languages
    • 30. OnyX http://titanium.free.fr/index_us.html Maintenance tool for Mac Clear caches, restore permissions, speed up your Mac with the click of a button Make automatic maintenance schedules Windows users: see Glary Utilities
    • 31. OpenOffice http://openoffice.org/ Multi-platform office software suite Graphing, spreadsheet, presentation, word processing, calculation software and more Widely-used alternative to Microsoft Office
    • 32. Pathway http://pathway.screenager.be/ Wikipedia trail manager for Mac Keep track of where you’ve been in a Wikipedia session Maps out links between related articles, suggested articles Save paths for later retrieval
    • 33. Perian http://perian.org/ QuickTime extension for Mac which lets you play a ton of other video/audio formats Support for external subtitles, Dolby Pro Logic, and more Makes QuickTime more useful Windows users: see K-Lite pack
    • 34. Picasa http://picasa.google.com/ Google’s photo library and manipulation software for Windows & Linux Store, organize, enhance, crop, export, and print your photos Easy-to-use UI Mac version coming soon!
    • 35. Pidgin http://pidgin.im/ Multi-protocol IM app for Windows, Linux Combine all your chat screen names into one program; saves you resources and peace of mind Mac users: see Adium
    • 36. PrimoPDF http://primopdf.com/ Adds PDF printer to your Windows printer list Lets you save any document as a PDF just by ‘printing’ to PrimoPDF Macs have this functionality already built-in
    • 37. Quicksilver http://code.google.com/p/blacktree-alchemy/ Multi-function keystroke launching utility for Mac Run scripts, perform commands, launch apps, send emails, create calendar events, all with the flick of a keystroke Windows users: see Launchy
    • 38. Senuti http://fadingred.org/senuti iPod music recovery for Mac Senuti is iTunes spelled in reverse and does just that: copy music back off your iPod and into iTunes Windows users: see SharePod
    • 39. SharePod http://getsharepod.com/ Windows application; lets you retrieve music from your iPod back into iTunes Also lets you play, search, and edit the music on your iPod Mac users: see Senuti
    • 40. Skitch http://skitch.com/ Screenshot, markup tool for Mac Capture whole screen, window, or just a region (also captures from iSight camera) Markup your images with text, drawings and save them to MySkitch.com or other sites
    • 41. Snarl http://fullphat.net/ Notification tool for Windows Snarl-enabled applications will send alerts to Snarl, which are then displayed on your desktop Flexible notifications: you choose what gets shown Mac users: see Growl
    • 42. Songbird http://getsongbird.com/ Cross-platform music and video library Based on Firefox engine: that means it’s skinnable and extendable with plugins, themes Purchase music from various online vendors, sync to most MP3 players
    • 43. VirtualBox http://virtualbox.org/ Open-source, cross-platform virtual machine tool from Sun Run operating systems (Windows, Linux, etc) inside another operating system Great for Mac or Linux users that need to run Windows apps
    • 44. VLC http://videolan.org/ Cross-platform media player that plays about any format under the sun DVDs, streaming media, playlists, network sharing, all supported The 800 lbs. gorilla of open- source media apps
    • 45. Additional resources Other places you can find great programs
    • 46. Websites for Mac Freeware MacUpdate (http://macupdate.com/) VersionTracker (http://versiontracker.com/) iusethis (http://osx.iusethis.com/) Softpedia (http://mac.softpedia.com/) Cool OS X Apps (http://coolosxapps.net)
    • 47. Websites for Windows freeware VersionTracker (http://versiontracker.com/) Download.com (http://download.com/) Softpedia (http://win.softpedia.com/)

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