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How To Take Care of Your
           Computer
    for Little or No Money
       6 Part Series

       Part 4 – The Best FREE Software
              – Replace Commercial Software
              – Software You Never Knew Existed
              – Question and Answer Session
               Ted Whittemore
The Working Computers Blog & Kinnelon Computers
          www.kinneloncomputers.com
Who is Ted Whittemore?
• Owner of Working Computers and the
  Working Computers Blog
• Has worked in computer services industry
  since 1987 building, servicing, and selling
  computer systems, software and
  maintenance
www.kinneloncomputers.com
What’s the Plan for today?
• Take a look at a number of Free software
  programs from first-quality makers, that replace
  commercial programs
• Discuss how to get them and install them
• Discuss what they do and why they are as good or
  better
• Discuss where to get more of such programs
• Answer questions and solve problems

*All of the subjects covered are also in articles in the
  Working Computers Blog, @
  www.kinneloncomputers.com
Before We Deal With These Issues
• Feel free to ask specific questions
  about the topic we are covering

• Please save general questions for the
  end
Why Use Free Software?

• Do I really have to answer that?
• It’s Free. It’s Good. It costs no money
  now or later.
• You will never have to worry about a
  product key, serial number, or license
  again.
• Commercial Software can be very
  expensive, a pain in the neck, and a
  permanent leach on your pocketbook.
How did you Choose the Free Programs?
 MS Office




 LibreOffice

               Writer Calc Impress Draw Base   Math
• I picked commercial software programs that you
  may already be using and that costs the most
  money and that have excellent drop in
  replacement substitutes, or I picked programs that
  work better.
• They are programs primarily that replace productivity
  suites, or utilities.
Free Programs

•   LibreOffice – MS Office Replacement
•   Google Picasa – Best Picture Library/Printer
•   Google Chrome – Best/Fastest Web Browser
•   Skype – Best VOIP Phone/Video Program
•   Gadwin PrintScreen – Best Free Screen Capture
•   Imgburn – Best CD/DVD Burning/Ripping Utility
•   MalwareBytes – Best Disinfection Utility
•   AVG Free – Best Free Anti-Virus Utility
•   FreeMake - Best Video/Audio Downloader/Converters
•   7-Zip – Best Free Compression/Extraction
LibreOffice
1. Includes Drop-In Replacements for MS
   Word Applications
2. Supports all File Types Supported by Office
3. Go to the Maker’s Website with the Code
   You Have Received and Option Your
   Machine
4. Not only is it Free, but it is part of an
   ongoing development effort that will
   maintain and continue it
5. There is also a portable version that does
   not need to be installed.
Google

• Picasa is a library/catalog, a light editor, a
  fantastic printer, and uploader/sharer, and
  an emailer.
• Picasa offers tutorials in its Help section,
  and is intuitive to use.
• You can find Free In-Depth Articles on its
  Use at picasatutorials.com
Google

• A Drop-In Replacement for MS Internet
  Explorer, it:
• Loads itself up to 10X Faster
• Loads Web Pages up to 10X faster
• Has built-in Flash and Java Support
• Breathes New Life into Older Computers
• Integrates well with Google Search
Skype
• Computer to Computer Calls, Video or Voice
  Only are Free
• Computer to Handset – Cell or Landline are
  Cheap
• Video calling is Cool and Fun
• HD WebCams and Microphones are Cheap
• If you know someone’s email, phone number
  and/or Skype name, you can call that person!
WebCam Deals

•Look for a 720P or Higher Resolution Autofocus Camera with Microphone
•Good places to Look: Newegg, Amazon, Techbargains and Logicbuy
•2 choices, two for the low end, and one for the high end:
•The Microsoft Lifecam HD-3000:
http://www.amazon.com/Microsoft-T3H-00001-LifeCam-HD-3000/dp/B004ETQHDM
 at $27
•The Logitech HD Webcam C-310:
http://www.amazon.com/Logitech-960-000585-HD-Webcam-C310/dp/B003LVZO8S
 at $35
•The Logitech HD Pro Webcam C920 with1080p Widescreen Video Calling
and Recording:
http://www.amazon.com/Logitech-Widescreen-Calling-Recording-960-000764/dp/B0
Gadwin PrintScreen
• Gadwin PrintScreen is a
  Screen Capture Program that
  allows you to save any part of
  the visible computer screen to
  a picture file.
• Why would you want to do
  that?
• To share what you can see
  with others, for fun, tech-
  support, or explanation
• Many of the graphics in this
  presentation have been
  captured with Gadwin
  PrintScreen.
Another Capture




You can capture to a file as a photo, to email, or to the printer.
ImgBurn
How many of you use the clunk burning and ripping
facilities of Nero, Roxio, or Windows to write to
Optical Media such as CDs, DVDs, or BDs?
If all you want to do is
burn or rip, use ImgBurn
instead. It’s Free, Quick,
Easy, and you don’t
have to slog through all
of the complicated stuff
that the big, commercial
programs throw in your
way.
Plays the Mexican Hat
Dance on Succesful
Completion!!!
MalwareBytes




• Will Dis-Infect Your Computer for Free
• Will Run When the Infection has Prevented All
  Other Program Execution
• Works Almost All of the Time
• Must Be Run Manually
• Must Be Run Until No Infection Shows
• Does Not Interfere with AV and IS Programs
• Run Whenever You are Worried About Infection
MS Security Essentials or AVG Free




                 MSE                                   AVG
Which to Use?
It’s a matter of preference – both are very good – MSE is very quiet, and will
not solicit you to upgrade to a commercial license, plus it will update itself
along with the OS, and you will never have to bother with it again, unless it has
not run a scan for some reason.
AVG is a very well respected AV program that continually tops the ratings for
Free AV programs.
Remember – You cannot run multiple AV or IS programs at once – The rule is
one at a time, and previous installs must be removed first.
MSE and AVG

• MSE is available for Win7, Vista, and XP 32 bit
• AVG Free is available for all Win7, Vista, and XP
• See:
• http://free.avg.com
  /us-en/free-antivirus-download
• http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows/
Freemake
• Use Your Computer as it Was Meant to Be USed
• As a Music and Video Player for Media You Could
  Not Otherwise Acquire.
• Did You Know that You Can Download the Videos
  and Music from YouTube and other Flash based
  sites with Free Video and Audio Programs?

• Freemake Downloader will Download Videos and
  Music to Your Computer Easily for Replay
• It will Save the Video and Audio or the Audio alone
  for Replay by Windows Media Player or iTunes, or…
• Go Find the Music, or Videos that You like, and …
Freemake Video Downloader
Freemake Video Converter
Freemake Video Converter Continued
Freemake Video Converter continued
Freemake Audio Converter
7-Zip
What is 7-Zip Good For?




Basically – Dealing with All of those Compressed
File formats out there on the internet, and there are
a lot of them.
If a particular website has an instruction manual in
ARJ, or RAR format, once you have downloaded it,
after you have installed 7-Zip, you can Right-
Mouse-Click on the file and highlight the context
menu item for 7-Zip extraction of the contents.
7-Zip Context Menu
Where Can I Get More Free
           Software?
• PC Magazine publishes an annual list:
• This Year it’s The Best Free Software of 2012 at
  http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2381532,00.a

• CNET at www.cnet.com is a great searchable
  repository of almost all of the free and not-
  free software around with Reader’s and
  Editor’s Reviews.
• You have to be careful with some CNET
  software that is not Editor reviewed – some
  have had malware, but you can trust the PC
  Magazine ware.
PC Magazine
CNET
Honorable Mentions
• Win 7 Snipping Tool and Screen Capture




• Only for Win 7 -- in the Accessories Folder
Summary
• This Presentation and all links will be up on the
  Working Computers Blog shortly – you do not
  need to take notes if you don’t want to.
• These Topics and a lot more are covered on the
  Working Computers site, along with links to
  software and sites for easy downloading.
• Remember, it’s all at
  www.kinneloncomputers.com
Questions??
Please Assess Seminar
• There are Assessment Sheets for this talk
  available on the table, and I should have
  already handed them out – Please take a
  moment to tell us what you think and give
  us any suggestions you may have.

• Thanks!
www.kinneloncomputers.com/
Contact Information

• Ted Whittemore

  – Working Computers in Kinnelon, NJ
  – http://www.KinnelonComputers.com
  – 973-838-2368
  – Ted@amgpi.com

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Take Care of Your Computer Part 4 -- The Top 10 Best Free Software Programs of 2012 So Far

  • 1. How To Take Care of Your Computer for Little or No Money 6 Part Series Part 4 – The Best FREE Software – Replace Commercial Software – Software You Never Knew Existed – Question and Answer Session Ted Whittemore The Working Computers Blog & Kinnelon Computers www.kinneloncomputers.com
  • 2. Who is Ted Whittemore? • Owner of Working Computers and the Working Computers Blog • Has worked in computer services industry since 1987 building, servicing, and selling computer systems, software and maintenance
  • 4. What’s the Plan for today? • Take a look at a number of Free software programs from first-quality makers, that replace commercial programs • Discuss how to get them and install them • Discuss what they do and why they are as good or better • Discuss where to get more of such programs • Answer questions and solve problems *All of the subjects covered are also in articles in the Working Computers Blog, @ www.kinneloncomputers.com
  • 5. Before We Deal With These Issues • Feel free to ask specific questions about the topic we are covering • Please save general questions for the end
  • 6. Why Use Free Software? • Do I really have to answer that? • It’s Free. It’s Good. It costs no money now or later. • You will never have to worry about a product key, serial number, or license again. • Commercial Software can be very expensive, a pain in the neck, and a permanent leach on your pocketbook.
  • 7. How did you Choose the Free Programs? MS Office LibreOffice Writer Calc Impress Draw Base Math • I picked commercial software programs that you may already be using and that costs the most money and that have excellent drop in replacement substitutes, or I picked programs that work better. • They are programs primarily that replace productivity suites, or utilities.
  • 8. Free Programs • LibreOffice – MS Office Replacement • Google Picasa – Best Picture Library/Printer • Google Chrome – Best/Fastest Web Browser • Skype – Best VOIP Phone/Video Program • Gadwin PrintScreen – Best Free Screen Capture • Imgburn – Best CD/DVD Burning/Ripping Utility • MalwareBytes – Best Disinfection Utility • AVG Free – Best Free Anti-Virus Utility • FreeMake - Best Video/Audio Downloader/Converters • 7-Zip – Best Free Compression/Extraction
  • 9. LibreOffice 1. Includes Drop-In Replacements for MS Word Applications 2. Supports all File Types Supported by Office 3. Go to the Maker’s Website with the Code You Have Received and Option Your Machine 4. Not only is it Free, but it is part of an ongoing development effort that will maintain and continue it 5. There is also a portable version that does not need to be installed.
  • 10. Google • Picasa is a library/catalog, a light editor, a fantastic printer, and uploader/sharer, and an emailer. • Picasa offers tutorials in its Help section, and is intuitive to use. • You can find Free In-Depth Articles on its Use at picasatutorials.com
  • 11. Google • A Drop-In Replacement for MS Internet Explorer, it: • Loads itself up to 10X Faster • Loads Web Pages up to 10X faster • Has built-in Flash and Java Support • Breathes New Life into Older Computers • Integrates well with Google Search
  • 12. Skype • Computer to Computer Calls, Video or Voice Only are Free • Computer to Handset – Cell or Landline are Cheap • Video calling is Cool and Fun • HD WebCams and Microphones are Cheap • If you know someone’s email, phone number and/or Skype name, you can call that person!
  • 13. WebCam Deals •Look for a 720P or Higher Resolution Autofocus Camera with Microphone •Good places to Look: Newegg, Amazon, Techbargains and Logicbuy •2 choices, two for the low end, and one for the high end: •The Microsoft Lifecam HD-3000: http://www.amazon.com/Microsoft-T3H-00001-LifeCam-HD-3000/dp/B004ETQHDM at $27 •The Logitech HD Webcam C-310: http://www.amazon.com/Logitech-960-000585-HD-Webcam-C310/dp/B003LVZO8S at $35 •The Logitech HD Pro Webcam C920 with1080p Widescreen Video Calling and Recording: http://www.amazon.com/Logitech-Widescreen-Calling-Recording-960-000764/dp/B0
  • 14. Gadwin PrintScreen • Gadwin PrintScreen is a Screen Capture Program that allows you to save any part of the visible computer screen to a picture file. • Why would you want to do that? • To share what you can see with others, for fun, tech- support, or explanation • Many of the graphics in this presentation have been captured with Gadwin PrintScreen.
  • 15. Another Capture You can capture to a file as a photo, to email, or to the printer.
  • 16. ImgBurn How many of you use the clunk burning and ripping facilities of Nero, Roxio, or Windows to write to Optical Media such as CDs, DVDs, or BDs? If all you want to do is burn or rip, use ImgBurn instead. It’s Free, Quick, Easy, and you don’t have to slog through all of the complicated stuff that the big, commercial programs throw in your way. Plays the Mexican Hat Dance on Succesful Completion!!!
  • 17. MalwareBytes • Will Dis-Infect Your Computer for Free • Will Run When the Infection has Prevented All Other Program Execution • Works Almost All of the Time • Must Be Run Manually • Must Be Run Until No Infection Shows • Does Not Interfere with AV and IS Programs • Run Whenever You are Worried About Infection
  • 18. MS Security Essentials or AVG Free MSE AVG Which to Use? It’s a matter of preference – both are very good – MSE is very quiet, and will not solicit you to upgrade to a commercial license, plus it will update itself along with the OS, and you will never have to bother with it again, unless it has not run a scan for some reason. AVG is a very well respected AV program that continually tops the ratings for Free AV programs. Remember – You cannot run multiple AV or IS programs at once – The rule is one at a time, and previous installs must be removed first.
  • 19. MSE and AVG • MSE is available for Win7, Vista, and XP 32 bit • AVG Free is available for all Win7, Vista, and XP • See: • http://free.avg.com /us-en/free-antivirus-download • http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows/
  • 20. Freemake • Use Your Computer as it Was Meant to Be USed • As a Music and Video Player for Media You Could Not Otherwise Acquire. • Did You Know that You Can Download the Videos and Music from YouTube and other Flash based sites with Free Video and Audio Programs? • Freemake Downloader will Download Videos and Music to Your Computer Easily for Replay • It will Save the Video and Audio or the Audio alone for Replay by Windows Media Player or iTunes, or… • Go Find the Music, or Videos that You like, and …
  • 26. 7-Zip
  • 27. What is 7-Zip Good For? Basically – Dealing with All of those Compressed File formats out there on the internet, and there are a lot of them. If a particular website has an instruction manual in ARJ, or RAR format, once you have downloaded it, after you have installed 7-Zip, you can Right- Mouse-Click on the file and highlight the context menu item for 7-Zip extraction of the contents.
  • 29. Where Can I Get More Free Software? • PC Magazine publishes an annual list: • This Year it’s The Best Free Software of 2012 at http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2381532,00.a • CNET at www.cnet.com is a great searchable repository of almost all of the free and not- free software around with Reader’s and Editor’s Reviews. • You have to be careful with some CNET software that is not Editor reviewed – some have had malware, but you can trust the PC Magazine ware.
  • 31. CNET
  • 32. Honorable Mentions • Win 7 Snipping Tool and Screen Capture • Only for Win 7 -- in the Accessories Folder
  • 33. Summary • This Presentation and all links will be up on the Working Computers Blog shortly – you do not need to take notes if you don’t want to. • These Topics and a lot more are covered on the Working Computers site, along with links to software and sites for easy downloading. • Remember, it’s all at www.kinneloncomputers.com
  • 35. Please Assess Seminar • There are Assessment Sheets for this talk available on the table, and I should have already handed them out – Please take a moment to tell us what you think and give us any suggestions you may have. • Thanks!
  • 37. Contact Information • Ted Whittemore – Working Computers in Kinnelon, NJ – http://www.KinnelonComputers.com – 973-838-2368 – Ted@amgpi.com