Host: Bryce L.
|Would you like to learn
the impact that software piracy has in the Church, The Nation,
and the World? Check out these links:
Christian Pirates?: A very interesting article written by John Gocke, regarding Christians who steal software, music, and videos
Software Piracy and the Law: An article created by Microsoft for the Business Software Alliance
Software Piracy Rate (by country): A statistical analysis of piracy in the world by NationMaster
2007 Global Piracy Study: Fifth Annual BSA and IDC Global Software Piracy Study
*** DISCLAIMER DISCLAIMER DISCLAIMER ***No warranty is offered on any of the following software by us. We do not offer customer support or technical support on any of these products, nor can we vouch for the feasibility of these items for any purposes, including, but not limited to, your purposes. In other words, if you mess up your computer using these items, we'll pray for you, but that's as far as we go. Just because an item has a great review or seems like a good idea, does NOT necessarily mean it is good for YOU. Users beware!
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Audio-Bibles: There are great resources to be found here. Hebrew and Russian Old Testament recordings, as well as Albanian, Cantonese, English, Farsi, Foochow, Hindi, Hmong, Khmer, Spanish, Russian, Teochow and Vietnamese New Testament. All free MP3's to listen online or download.
David P. Field: A disciple of Jesus Christ, Mr. Field has produced his own audio Bible. Here you will find a totally free, public domain recording of the World English Bible (WEB) and as more updates are available, he is in the process of recording the Greek New Testament. Be sure to check this site often.
AudioTreasure: Here are several audio Bibles available for free download. Here, you can easily download the KJV Bible in several languages so that you can listen to them on your computer or portable MP3 player.
AudioBibleOnline: Audio Bible Online is a place where you an come and listen to your favorite chapters of the bible or perhaps you wish to follow along in your bible as their audio bible reads out the chapter to you. Best of all, Audio Bible Online is absolutely free of charge. They also have a prayer center for those who wish to submit prayers online or perhaps something is burning your heart that you wish to talk about. Their prayer center is our online outreach center for all your prayers, concerns, testimonies, praises and so on. So please, pull up a chair, relax and allow their free King James Audio Bible to become your online biblical gateway.
Easy Sunday School Planner: I am really blessed to publish this link, since RCL is the ministry that unwittingly showed to me that I had failed to put a CHURCH software section on this page! The Easy Sunday School Planner is a gift from RCL Software to all of the many teachers who take of their time, in many cases hours, to prepare for a class that may be only forty five minutes. This program can be downloaded and used by all. RCL thanks the Lord for giving them a talent that may contribute to the feeding and saving of souls.
X3Watch Free Edition: X3watch is an accountability software program helping with online integrity. Whenever you browse the Internet and access a site which may contain questionable material, the program will save the site name on your computer in a hidden folder. A person of your choice (an accountability partner) will receive an email containing all possible questionable sites you may have visited within the month. This information is meant to encourage open and honest conversation between friends and help us all be more accountable. (as seen on ChristianFreeware.org)
VpSX: VpsX is an all in one Video Projection suite designed initially to replace the old overhead projector. VpsX runs on Windows. The software uses windows' Dual monitor system to display lyrics on one screen, while controlling the program on the other.
Higher Power Point: Worship projection software focused on ease of use, with thumbnail-driven slide navigation, easy show preview/switching, creating on-the-fly slides / shows from lyrics, scripture, PowerPoint, etc, & integrated web library to aid worship leaders' planning.
FREE OFFICE LINKS:
OpenOffice.org: Wondering how you or your new company is gonna raise up the big bucks to buy MS Office XP 2099 when it comes out? Do the smart thing. make the switch to OpenOffice. Written by the public, and released by Sun Microsystems, this FREE and TOTALLY COMPLETE office suite includes programs that will fill the gaps that PowerPoint, Word, Excel and other MS programs do. All the features and NONE of the bugs! With versions released for Windows, Mac OS, Linux, Sun OS, and FreeBSD, you've GOT to check this out!
PrimoPDF: Want to convert your documents to Adobe's Acrobat PDF format? This program installs a special "Printer Driver" onto your PC and makes it possible to "print" PDF files directly from any Windows-based program that allows you to print! If you've been thinking about spending around $100 for Adobe Acrobat JUST for this function, think again, you CAN do it for FREE, without all the BUGS that Adobe comes with.
Scribus: This is a great and powerful Desktop Publishing program, which you can use to make flyers, cards, brochures, newspapers, and magazines (if you're that ambitious!). Scribus is an open-source program that brings award-winning professional page layout to Linux/Unix, Mac OS X and Windows desktops with a combination of "press-ready" output and new approaches to page layout. Underneath the modern and user friendly interface, Scribus supports professional publishing features, such as CMYK color, separations, ICC color management and versatile PDF creation.
Tomahawk: Tomahawk PDF+ is the freeware version of Tomahawk Gold. The freeware version may not have all the bells and whistles of the full version of Tomahawk Gold but it is still one of the most advanced word processing/pdf creation software packages available for the Windows platform. This comfortably designed program with a familiar interface that's easy to use, allows documents to be produced and saved in a number of formats, including rich text; exported as HTML; or converted to PDF.
Perfect Alarm Clock: Perfect Alarm Clock is a freeware program that enables you to set infinite number of alarms, triggering on a one time, daily, or weekly basis. Perfect Alarm Clock not only plays any audio file you specify (mp3, wma, etc), but can also be used as a scheduler, to launch any application at a specified time. The program's user-friendly interface makes the operation very easy. Setting an alarm is as easy as selecting a file to play, selecting the alarm type and time, adding remarks (optional), and adding the alarm to the alarms list. You can further test each alarm item, e.g., to adjust the speaker volume. Perfect Alarm Clock minimizes to tray and runs in the background, occupying no space on your desktop, and using minimal system resources (0% cpu usage and only about 1MB memory usage).
Desktop Calendar: A small calendar and event reminder that unobtrusively sits on your desktop and is ready to use any time. No taskbar button, no system tray icon, the calendar is transparent so it's not an eyesore and consumes very little memory (less than 600KB idle). Enter as many daily or regular events as you like. Float your mouse over a day to see all events for the day. Shows a short list of upcoming events below the calendar. Fonts, colours and tooltips are customizable so it blends in with your desktop colour and font schemes. Events may be colour coded for quick identification. First day of the week is customizable. Scales as small or as big you want. Please note: this application will only work on Windows 2000/XP.
Ajour: Ajour is an easy-to-use personal information manager (PIM). Use it as a combined calendar, diary, organizer, and reminder. Keep track of dates, appointments, annual events like birthdays, todo items, and notes. You can also dial phone numbers stored in your data just by double-clicking them. Ajour supports 8 languages in the user interface: Danish, Dutch, English, German, French, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish. In the Ajour package you also get a program that starts when you log on/start your computer (this behavior can be turned off). It will show you whatever upcoming appointments and events you have in the following week as well as any "tagged" todo items you have entered.
FREE ACCOUNTING LINKS:
AceMoney: (Added March 8th, 2009) - AceMoney helps you organize and manage your personal finances quickly and easily. It supports all the features required for home or even small-business accounting. AceMoney makes it a breeze to create and manage your budgets. The program has more than 100 pre-defined spending categories, and you can define your own. You can set up budget limits for every category and track the difference between actual and budgeted values. Do your financial math in multiple currencies, painlessly - the software supports more than 150 different currencies and automatically downloads their exchange rates from the Internet! Track your spending habits and see where the money goes. Generate reports by categories or payees, as tables or pie charts. Now you can really find out just where last month's paychecks went! Find all your withdrawals and deposits by any parameter. Track performance of your stocks and download their prices from the Net. Do on-line banking: download and import information from on-line banks in QIF, OFC and OFX formats. If you run a small business, export your data to HTML, XML, Text and CSV formats to generate statements or perform complex statistical analysis. Never miss a bill-payment date. AceMoney takes control of your finances and shows you when bills and income are due. Account information can be shared or password protected. Scheduled backup is automatic. Many other features are instantly usable without prior experience in accounting! [Editor's Note: This description quoted from "Last Freeware Version" - This is version 2.1.9, the last available freeware version with support for multiple accounts]
BestCashbook: Best CashBook is a blessing for cash management. Based on [cash + deposits - cards = net cash], it treats cash, deposits, credit cards and other financial accounts as one to give an insight of incomings, outgoings and fund changes. It will be very simple and easy to use once you overcome learning the entry principles. Developers can utilize its miraculous formula and frame when they develop their own software.
AlauxSoft Accounts & Budget Free: A simple accounting software that gives you all necessary tools to manage your expenses, income and your budget. The freeware version enables you to manage one account. Available language : French, Us, Italian, Danish, Polish
iMoney Lite: A freeware personal finance software, budget manager,money manager. It has all the features of its iMoney except multiple accounts management.iMoney Lite helps people organize and manage their personal finances quickly and easily. It supports all the features required for home or even small-business accounting needs
FREE SECURITY / ANTIVIRUS / ANTISPYWARE LINKS:
EDITOR'S NOTE: I removed ClamWin and AVG because of rampant false-positives.
This list may change without notice, depending on my expert view of the best programs available.
Avast! Home Edition Free Antivirus: Part 1 of my personal 4-part FREE antivirus arsenal. Avast! seems to do pretty well with scanning, but it really shines when catching those virus attacks that come out when you're surfing the web. This is called "Active" or "Real-Time" protection. So when some java monster tries to strike you down while you're checking out your favorite online chat room, this will put a nice wall between you and the villains. There are some extras available with the commercial version of this program, however if you use Windows Task Scheduler to run "C:\PROGRA~1\ALWILS~1\Avast4\ashQuick.exe c:\" (yeah, you might wanna copy and paste that into your "Add New Task" thingy) once every weekday, you will pretty much have it covered--without paying a DIME. If you use Firefox as your web browser, you can also use AshQuick as your virus scanner by using the "tools/Add-Ons/Download Statusbar/Options" item.
SpyBot Search & Destroy: This is Part 2 of my personal 4-part FREE antivirus arsenal. This is a FANTASTIC free spyware removal program. It's proven itself to the online community to be very safe & effective, and it is the ONLY free program of its type that is of this caliber. The only program that even comes close is "Adaware Pro"--but Adaware costs money--and might not be any better at all. SpyBot uses the latest in detection and removal technology It has won awards from PC Magazine, PC World, ChipOnline, Softpedia and many more -- GET THIS PROGRAM OR BE SORRY.
SuperAntiSpyware: (Added February 14th, 2009) - Part 3 of my personal 4-part FREE antivirus arsenal. At first, I thought, with a name like "SuperAntiSpyware", this thing had to be a fake, or rogue, or some kind of bogus trojan itself. But it's not. After a bunch of research about my sister's computer, I figured out from home that it was probably infected with the "Vundo" virus, and that SuperAntiSpyware was probably the best thing to remove it. So I took it over to my sister's house, along with the rest of my arsenal, and sure enough, SAS did it. Cleaned that computer up good as new. It should be noted that SAS is a commercial product, and the FREE HOME version is very limited. But I like to keep it installed, for those tough-to-remove situtations.
HiJackThis: Here's Part 4 of my personal 4-part FREE antivirus arsenal. HiJackThis is ONLY for really advanced computer users -- and probably is only to be used as a next-to-last resort (the real last resort being your rescue/restore disc that came with your computer). This program can help you get rid of browser hijacks, self-running tasks that attack your computer while Windows is booting, and more. It's FREE, and VERY powerful -- but be careful, it can also be dangerous if you don't know what you're doing with it. It gives you the ability to delete tasks and entries into the registry, and if you're not sure what's going on, it's easy to delete something that is really okay to be running (like, say, the operating system!). Get this, but be careful with it.
Comodo Personal Firewall: Comodo Personal Firewall is a Windows 2000/XP firewall, that filters both inbound as well as outbound traffic. Among its features are the ability to detect application hijacking attempts via its application and component behavior monitor, self protection against termination attempts by malware, protection of your PC during startup, etc. Note: they require you to activate the firewall and supply your email address.
Scar5 Simple File Shredder: This is a cool little program that searches your recycle bin and all your temp folders, and shreds everything -- 7 times! That's the standard the Department of Defense uses! It also has a companion program called "Restoration" which it allows you the option of downloading, which will retrieve files you've emptied out of your recycle bin, or other deleted files, as long as they haven't been shredded already. It also gives you the option to shred your hard drive's free space, leaving no trace of anything someone else might be able to use in your empty space!
Active @ Killdisk: When you use a standard delete command, or format a hard drive, it is fairly simple to recover deleted data or files from your hard drive, even if you've emptied the recycle bin. This can be a particularly bad problem if you've upgraded to a new hard drive and are looking to sell or recycle your old hard drive. Thieves and no-gooders will use these simple and free utilities to restore data that could ruin your life. Active @ Killdisk is a great program which will completely wipe out your hard drive -- what we would traditionally call a "low-level format", by filling your entire hard drive with "00" zero's, wiping out partitions and/or entire drives. It doesn't matter if it's FAT, FAT32, NTFS, or LINUX... it's history. *** USE WITH CAUTION & FOLLOW INSTRUCTIONS CAREFULLY! -- THIS PROGRAM CAN WRECK YOUR OPERATING SYSTEM IF USED IMPROPERLY! ***
Ad-Aware: I would be neglectful to omit this fine product, although I much prefer Spybot over it. "10 years of malware experience combined in one dynamic application. Ad-Aware - Anniversary Edition offers radically improved performance and efficiency, along with comprehensive malware protection. With real-time monitoring, threat alerts, and automatic updates you can rest easy knowing that you are protected."
FREE GRAPHICS LINKS:
PaintStar: PaintStar is a versatile digital image processing software suitable for such tasks as retouching of photographs, composing and authoring images, image morphing, screen capture, and displaying image thumbnail in Windows Explorer context menu. It supports alpha, layer, path ,and the most common editing techniques. PaintStar has many of the tools and filters you would expect to find in commercial offerings, and some interesting extras as well.
Inkscape: Inkscape is an Open Source vector graphics editor, with capabilities similar to Illustrator, Freehand, CorelDraw, or Xara X using the W3C standard Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) file format. Supported SVG features include shapes, paths, text, markers, clones, alpha blending, transforms, gradients, patterns, and grouping. Inkscape also supports Creative Commons meta-data, node editing, layers, complex path operations, bitmap tracing, text-on-path, flowed text, direct XML editing, and more. It imports formats such as JPEG, PNG, TIFF, and others and exports PNG as well as multiple vector-based formats. Inkscape's main goal is to create a powerful and convenient drawing tool fully compliant with XML, SVG, and CSS standards. We also aim to maintain a thriving user and developer community by using open, community-oriented development
TKexe Kalender (Calendar): This is a FREEWARE program for printing your own wall calendar -- no strings attached. It comes with a variety of cool layout templates, and even has some photos built right in! Whether you are making an appointment calendar, desk calendar, or even a multi-year calendar, this program will do it all. It allows you to customize your photo size/location/effects, font size & color, and much much more. A very versatile tool, whether you're an experienced graphic designer or a novice with a tight Christmas budget. You'll never buy another calendar!
JAlbum: A really great slideshow and web album creator. This one really blew me away. This is one of those programs that makes me think, "Why did I ever waste my time with anything else?" and "Where was this program all my life?" If you look around the web site here, you'll see several places where I've got photos and pictures of all kinds of stuff. Most of those places have been made by hand, like the Wedding and Pets sections -- and it took LONG HOURS to do that stuff. But as you can see, in less time than it took me to make those simple pages, I got about 1800 more pictures up in the Photo Gallery section, using JAlbum. Piece of cake.
JAlbum Skin Repository: JAlbum comes with a lot of really cool skins to make your web albums look awesome, and here's a great page where people have made their own skins for you to do your slideshows with! Wowsers!
Tux Paint: Here's a great drawing program for your kids. Tux Paint is geared more for children from ages 3 to 12, and has a cute and friendly interface, big colorful buttons, and a cute mascot that encourages kids and makes learning to draw FUN and exciting! This is a great way to get kids acquainted with digital drawing.
GIMP: This is an AWESOME drawing program. GIMP stands for "Gnu Image Manipulation Program". Under the Gnu Public License (GPL) agreement, GIMP stays FREE forever. Like OpenOffice, it is written by the public, and then various components are voted upon before implementation. It is touted as being the PhotoShop of the Free World. This program is amazing. If you don't want to pay all your hard-earned dollars to Adobe, Jasc, or Corel, you don't have to sacrifice a bit of quality. This program is suitable for novice to professional artists alike.
IconSuite: A fully featured Icon Editor capable of creating Icon(.ico) and Cursor(.cur) files containing icons of different sizes (16x16, 32x32, 48x48) and color depths (2, 16, 256, True Color).
PixelToolbox: PixelToolbox is the complete solution for designing desktop graphics for Windows. Create, edit, and apply 1-bit patterns, wallpaper tiles, icons, and cursors - all from a single integrated environment. PixelToolbox offers the standard set of painting tools along with a few filters and features not found in other software. The unique interface, tools, and workflow were engineered to maximize your creative potential.
FREE GAMES LINKS:
(=Ratings, blatantly subjective to Bryce's tastes. Take that however you like. Not all items have been rated.)
Sam & Max: Episode 4 - Abe Lincoln Must Die: (Added February 16th, 2009) The president's lost it. Federally mandated group hugs, a pudding embargo... what's next, gun control? Sam & Max are off to Washington to take care of this bozo, but the political climate will only get stormier... and a new power will rise... This is the fourth episode of Sam & Max: Season One, and as of November 5 2007, it's absolutely FREE!
Synaesthete: (Added February 14th, 2009) Synaesthete is a music-driven arcade-style shooter which seeks to engage the senses with a synergy of light, color, and sound. Synaesthete creates a harmony between player actions and in-game music, in a way that each influences the other. The rhythm and flow of the music is expressed in every detail of the game so that the visual and audio are not two experiences, but one.
BlockBall Evolution: (Added February 9th, 2009) Roll with your ball in dizzying heights and take care not to fall off. Look around, think and find a way to the exit. Go full speed and make breathtaking jumps from block to block. Roll over smooth gravityswitches to bend the laws of physics and unleash your potential of your orientationskills. The game features an unique dynamic physics system and easy to learn/use level editor. The goal is to find your way through the 3D-Labyrinth. Use the red gravity-switches to explore all 3 dimensions of a level. Find the keys to open the forcefields of the doors. Collect diamonds for higher scores. The last collected diamond is your respawn point when you fall off. And reach the exit as fast as you can. In "BlockBall evolution" your goal is to reach the exit with your ball as soon as possible. You can control the ball with the w, a, s, d keys. Sometimes you will have to jump over steeps to complete a level. You can jump with the space bar.
Raid On Fort Apocalypse: (Added January 25th, 2009) Raid on Fort Apocalypse is a Freeware game [originally a commercial title for the Commodore 64 - a great 4-way scrolling helicopter action game!] created for the RetroRemakes.com Competition 2008 in limited spare time over the course of just over 3 months. It was entered in Category 3: Sequels That Weren't. That's right, we have not tried to recreate the original Fort Apocalypse by Synapse Software, but rather an imagined "sequel" - something that has the flavour of the original yet tries to add some new experiences and ideas as well.
Flipside of the Divine: (Added November 19th, 2008) Flipside of the divine is a unique action game set in the world of the ancient Aztec mythology. You play the role of an eagle warrior and your goal is to find a way through the dangerous and deceptive world of the gods. By manipulating platforms and flipping enemies down into the abyss you use both your mind and your fighting skills to get to the portal that will take you to the next level!
Gem Towers : (Added October 25th, 2008) Gem Towers is (quoted from GAOTD forum) a 3D puzzle game. You must remove the required number of gems in order to progress to the next level. You do this by swapping gems so that they create a line of 3 (or more) of the same color. You can only move the gems if they are going to create a set. You can spin the whole gem grid in full 3D, and gems have 26 possible neighbors, so you need to look carefully at the grid from each angle, to see if there is anything you've missed. As with most games of this nature, if you stack them correctly you can set off entire chain reactions. It's not impossible to finish a whole level with just one swap. If you get totally stuck you can sacrifice one of your lives in order to skip the level. The further you play, the more colours enter the grid (and therefore, the harder it gets). Everything looks lovely - the gems glisten and reflect the light, the controls are smooth and the whole game very responsive. It isn't perfect however - the random nature of the gem placement means that you can often start on a really difficult level, only to have to skip it in order to stand a chance on the next. And sometimes the new gems drop onto the grid too fast for you to be able to see clearly what is underneath them. But having said that, this is a fine release and for a free game - a great time killer. Originally released on Paul Varney's web site (now defunct.... please correct me if I'm wrong). The program has been patched so that it no longer automatically goes to the web site and repackaged in a new installer package. See some video of it HERE or screenshots HERE.
Rolling Madness 3D: (Added March 8th, 2008) Luca Elia's AWESOME remake of the classic Atari arcade hit, Marble Madness - brought RIGHT up to speed with today's graphics & classic music! There is now a full 3D mode in addition to the usual isometric perspective one, a "pastel drawing" rendering mode and various camera placement options. The 3D engine is based on OpenGL, SDL takes care of the interaction with the OS and FMOD is used for sound. This means the game is as multi platform as possible, and non windows builds should be fairly straightforward. The whole 6 level world is present, as you will see from the screen shots. It's free and nag-free, and comes with an installer.
EikSoft Games: (Added March 8, 2008) Here you will find 2D games that cover many genres. They span from puzzle, to platformer, to action and beyond. Aside from completed works, there are also a few projects that are still works in progress. It is important to note that almost all releases are accompanied with full source code. This means you have access to every line of code that went into making a particular game. For fellow programmers, this is a great opportunity to learn how to create games of your own!
Smart Cook: This is a clever "Bejeweled" type game, with a fruit chef kind of theme. Simple rules, intuitive gameplay and cute sound track! Your objective is to group all fruits into sets of three. Then they'll go right into Rockin' Chef's juicer and you'll get points. The game gets progressively more and more difficult as you advance. Smart Cook is an amazingly engaging game. Chances are you will launch it "just for fifteen minutes" get unglued from your computer screen only two hours later (that, by the way is an overly optimistic scenario). There are other side effects, like office skirmishes and family quarrels about who gets to play first. You friends and family members can enjoy this pizzazz puzzle too. Simply try it 100% free, and you are guaranteed to become a Smart Cook aficionado in no time.
Spice Trade: Colonize Europe! Start from nothing and dominate another continent. Spread the influence of your culture while creating your own empire! Since the 14th century, Europe has been a global super power when it started colonizing other continents. But if history had gone a different way? What would Europe be like if Asia had prevailed? Abu Al-Qazzaz is the main character in Spice Trade. He is a poor young man from Baghdad, who has inherited a house and some land.. oh, and he wants to get married too. Abu decides to try his luck in the spice game. He has to prevent the European countries from gaining a trade monopoly. Will Abu be able to beat out the Europeans in the spice trade? Could Europe have been different? How? You decide! This game requires Java to be installed.
MotoGeeks: This is a fun motorcycle racing game! You get a nice top-down view, with a sort of "radar" screen that shows the road ahead. Try to pick up all the bonuses on the road, and still make it to the next checkpoint before time runs out! If you're really good, you'll beat everyone else to the finish line!
Born To Be Big: Here's a cool game that is obviously based on the age-old "Chomp" game from the 8-bit history (or "Something Fishy" if you play Cell Phone games), but with snazzy new graphics and super-smooth gameplay. You are a little fish, and in order to get bigger, you gotta eat little fish, while avoiding being eaten by the bigger fish. Soon you'll be big enough to eat them, but you gotta start small. A game that's great for all ages!
Babala: Babala is a simple logical game with elements of move strategy. At the start of the contest, the enemy figures "Balabaks" are situated on the playing field. In fending them off, you'll have only limited moves and shots (or laying of mines) allowed during your each round, after which the enemy is permitted a measured advance. If Balabak reaches you, you're mugged, you lose. The enemy can't shoot.
Crown and Cutlass: Crown and Cutlass is a 3d pirate action/adventure game in the spirit of the old Pirates! game. It is simultaneously being developed in Linux and Windows, with a strong emphasis on cross-platform compatability. The project is still early on in development.
Trackballs: A great clone of Marble Madness, right down to the steelies and squishable mini-baddies. It has a number of adjustable 3D parameters, so you're just about guaranteed that you can run it so long as you're running Windows XP or Linux. If you liked MM in its original classic glory, I'm sure you'll see this as just the next logical chapter! Cool, fun and even FUNNY at times!
Glest: Here's a fantastic and beautiful FREEWARE strategy game, which is obviously based on the wildly popular WarCraft games. Not only do you get the game, which is immediately downloadable for Windows, and portable to just about any other platform (did I read correctly on the web site that they even ported it to a PLAYSTATION!?) , but you can also download level editors, a 3D exporter (so that you can edit figures and models in 3DSMax) and lots more. Virtually every aspect of the game can be customized to your own flavor! This is one that has to be seen to be believed. How can stuff this good be free?!
FreeRails: The freeware community's answer to Railroad Tycoon and Railroad Tycoon 2. Me being a big fan of open source programming, I like this game. Since development on the game is not finished (and I suspect the same is true of virtually any good program anyway), it's hard to pass judgment on the interface. I think it could use a little polish. However, the game is really fun, and those of you who love Railroad games will think so, too. This is a Java game, and might require you to have Sun Microsystems' Java Web Start installed (comes with some web browsers)
CrossLines: This game is a variant of the well-known game LINES. Elements on the game field must be arranged in such way, that closed contours must be formed. The user can rotate elements by pressing the right button of the mouse. The game has two modes: "Classic Mode" (new elements appear after each move of player) and "Time Race" (new elements appear in equal time intervals).
Xenon 2000: If you remember the classic XENON, then you'll love to see that Bitmap Brothers has released their modern-day remake version of this top-down arcade alien shooter as freeware -- XENON 2000!
Gem's Games: This site has a BUNCH of freeware games of their own, as well as some popular clone games you'll find familiar. There are also some other games you can buy, but there is a LOT of GOOD FREE STUFF here
NeoWin's "Classics For Free" Forum: Here's a great resource where people have posted a bunch of great links to games from the past which have since been released as freeware or remakes. This is a neat thing for those of us who really like classic stuff more than the new-fangled.
Cliff Johnson's Puzzlers: This guy has released 3 of his classic puzzle games for free download. Check them out and see what other projects he's working on.
The Elder Scrolls: Arena: Bethesda Softworks, most recently famous for the sequel "Morrowind" and their game adaptation of the license for "Pirates of the Carribean." Their current free offering is the original "The Elder Scrolls" game, "Arena".
The Ur-Quan Masters: The folks who made "Star Control II" released the source code to the public, and since they didn't do anything with it for a while, some other dudes got together and made a whole new game out of it. If you liked this classic space-shooter strategy game, there's no doubt you'll be a fan of Ur-Quan Masters! A Free & Legal game for the whole fam!
Giana Worlds: Remember Super Mario Bros. on Nintendo? Ages ago, someone made a similar game called "Giana Worlds", and then as part of a game programming competition, a group of programmers made their own FREEWARE version, which they called "Giant Sisters". Check it out! You'll like it!
Lure Of The Temptress: Revolution Games has recently released their hit game "Lure Of The Temptress" as a FREEWARE download directly from their site. ENJOY!
FREE SYSTEM UTILITY LINKS:
CurrProcess: CurrProcess utility displays the list of all processes currently running on your system. For each process, you can view the list of all modules (DLL files) that the process loads into memory. for all processes and modules, additional useful information is also displayed: product name, version, company name, description of the file, the size of the file, and more. In addition, CurrProcess allows you to do the following actions: Change the priority of a process, Kill a process, Dump memory of process into a text file, Create HTML report containing information about a process with the list of all modules that it loads into memory, Save the list of all running processes into text or HTML file, Copy process or module information to the clipboard.
NirCMD: NirCmd is a small command-line utility that allows you to do some useful tasks without displaying any user interface. By running NirCmd with simple command-line option, you can write and delete values and keys in the Registry, write values into INI file, dial to your internet account or connect to a VPN network, restart windows or shut down the computer, create shortcut to a file, change the created/modified date of a file, change your display settings, turn off your monitor, open the door of your CD-ROM drive, and more...
FreeRAM XP Pro: Freeware application to free and optimize your computer's RAM (Random Access Memory), resulting in an increase in system performance and productivity. Automatically configures itself for ease of use and also features advanced options and customizability. FreeRAM XP Pro has been designed to be easy to use yet highly customizable by computer novices and experts alike. Automatic, real-time memory monitoring and optimization. Fast, threaded memory freeing with stop option. AutoFree option intelligently optimizes RAM without sacrificing performance. System metric and performance monitors. Advanced tray support. Memory reporting and diagnostic logging. Simple, attractive interface. RAM-cuts (RAM-freeing Windows shortcuts). Customizable Windows hotkey support. Access to Windows memory-related tweaks that could enhance system performance (new in 1.50). Process memory usage reporting (new in 1.50). Unique memory compression technology directly reduces applications' "working set" memory requirements instantly and without swap file usage: completely unlike other memory programs (new in 1.50). More options and customizability
ProduKey: ProduKey is a small utility that displays the ProductID and the CD-Key of MS-Office, Windows, Exchange Server, and SQL Server installed on your computer. You can view this information for your current running operating system, or for another operating system/computer - by using command-line options. This utility can be useful if you lost the product key of your Windows/Office, and you want to reinstall it on your computer.
RegSeeker: RegSeeker is a perfect companion for your Windows registry. The added bonus for this one is that it WORKS. You've probably scoured all over the net and tried half a dozen programs that claim to do the same thing, only to find out it's just infected your PC with something, or it stops halfway and tells you to buy it. But alas, your friendly web host BRYCE is just the type of guy to subject his computer to all sorts of rigorous torture just to make sure it's safe to pass it on to you. So there you have it. I've tried this program, and it works, it works GOOD, and it's totally FREE. RegSeeker includes a powerful registry cleaner and can display various informations like your startup entries, several histories (even index.dat files), installed applications and much more. With RegSeeker you can search for any item inside your registry, export/delete the results, open them in the registry. RegSeeker also includes a tweaks panel to optimize your OS. Now RegSeeker includes a file tool to search for duplicate files, bad shortcuts and more. RegSeeker is FREE for personal use only.
DriverMax: DriverMax is a new program which allows you to easily reinstall all your Windows drivers. No more searching for rare drivers on discs or on the web or inserting one installation CD after the other. Simply export all your current drivers (or just the ones that work ok) to a folder or a compressed file. After reinstalling Windows you will have everything in one place! Most of the situations when Windows is running slower are caused by faulty driver installations. Windows stores all versions of older drivers just in case you want to go back; sometimes it messes up older versions with more recent ones. The Export Wizard will only export the drivers you select by copying the needed files to a folder or a compressed ZIP file. After reinstalling Windows all drivers will be back in place in less than 5 minutes - sparing you of searching, inserting disc after disk and losing precious time. The Import Drivers wizard allows you to install all the drivers that you exported earlier. The entire operation might take up to 5-10 minutes.
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AirRack: (Added June 18th, 2010) - AirRack is a live environment for those who make sound effects for TV program and other live performance. AirRack provide you the following racks: > Amplifier: the component to connect with the audio interface. > Mixer: route other devices to the amplifier. > Effects: dual effects which load VST effect plug-ins. > VSTi: allow you to give real-time performance. > MP3 player: play MP3 audio file. > CD player: play the CD track with your CD-ROM. > Loop player: play an audio file as a loop. > Sound FX: a simple sampler to trigger sound effects. > Graphic EQ: 31 band graphic EQ. You can control the AirRack with your MIDI controller and your computer keyboard. Both English and Chinese versions are available.
I Am The Mighy Jungulator: (Added July 14th, 2009) - "The jungulator is made up for six pods. Each of these pods works separately from each other, but are synchronized together. A sound can be loaded (or recorded) into a pod and transformed by using the jungulators controls. There are many layers of controls, which can be automated and randomized to give the transformation a self-generative quality. The jungulator works like an incredibly sooped up tape machine, the controls vary how the tape is played back." A crazy, whacky, awesome music making program!
Nexus Radio: (Added January 13th, 2009) - Nexus Radio is a free all-in-one application for all of your music needs. Search and download over 15 million songs directly to your PC, or listen to and record over 8000+ radio stations free of charge! You can play downloaded songs directly within Nexus Radio, or transfer songs to your iPod/iPhone or any other multimedia device effortlessly. In addition to a library of rich music content, Nexus Radio is also loaded with additional free easy to use music tools. Create custom ringtones using the built in audio trimmer, or use the Nexus Radio ID3 tag editor to easily tag your music files. Users can also create a custom profile and take advantage of the other many free services we offer. You can upload photos, create personal blogs, establish groups, and post events all for free! [EDITOR'S NOTE: I found this while looking for free alternatives to another program "RipCast" which I have purchased, but have found difficult to register at times. When you are installing this program, be sure to disable the "ASK TOOLBAR" which is adware, but it is optional, and is not necessary for the program to function. Also, Nexus's profile function is a bit like MySpace. If you like that sort of thing. But you never have to use it if you don't want to, other than you must set up some sort of account to use the other features.]
KraMixer: (Added November 24th, 2008) "KraMixer DJ Software uses the latest technology to produce the best possible DJing experience. FMOD is the sound engine used by KraMixer and is also used by Playstation 2 and XBox game authors. It is proven to be one of the fastest sound engines available today." Uses a graphical interface similar to a DJ mixing console to beatmatch and layer effects on two separate channels, as well as organizing a playlist for song order. Now includes a feature to record live mixes to an audio file.
VoluMouse: Volumouse provides you a quick and easy way to control the sound volume on your system - simply by rolling the wheel of your wheel mouse. It allows you to define a set of rules for determining when the wheel will be used for changing the sound volume. For example: You can configure Volumouse to use your mouse wheel for volume control when the Alt key is hold down, when the left mouse button is down, when the mouse cursor is over the taskbar, and so on. When the conditions that you define are not satisfied, your mouse wheel will be used for the regular scrolling tasks, exactly as before.
The Great Kazoo: The Great Kazoo was designed to create interesting, randomly generated music / noise from directories containing sound files (.aif, .wav, .mp3) on your computer. You can fiddle with the randomly generated music in realtime. Excellent when using acid loops. Also generates randomly generated Kazoo music, (but how long can you handle it??) Use our recording tool above to record your creations. Try setting up a directory of sound loops, some drums and a couple of piano or guitar loops plus whatever else and see what kind of randomly generated music you can create. Some sample loops included.
MP3myMP3 Recorder 2.0: Record internet radio and save to mp3 or wav. Record streaming audio from the Internet, microphone, or any other source for that matter. MP3myMP3 Recorder works directly with your system sound card - if you can hear it, you can record it! Use the scan tool to list all mp3, wav, aif, swa, or sun au audio files on your computer - then play and record portions of any of these files. MP3myMP3 Recorder offers customizable colors, timer, on top mode, and skinning.
MODPlug Tracker: Ever wonder how all those techno dance songs you hear in the clubs are made? Believe it or not, one of the most popular tools used for doing this is FREE. Back in the day when the only place you'd hear this type of music was in a video game, we used "trackers" to sequence music using samples or waveforms that we would amass. Trackers do not require you to know how to write music, so all that you need is a tune in your head and a mouse and keyboard. MP Tracker is a really great and versatile tracker for use with Windows 98/2000/NT/XP and it acts just like just about every other Windows program you have ever used, so it's really easy to learn. There are thousands of freely downloadable songs to load into it (.MOD,.XM,.IT and .S3M format), and you can find instruments for it all over the net for FREE! (NEWS FLASH! ModPlugTracker has gone OPEN SOURCE - While the original ModPlug site only has the original author's last version, it has been updated and modified by the public at SourceForge.
Anvil Studio: Anvil Studio is a FREE music composing tool which allows you to record an unlimited amount of MIDI tracks, using your computer's sound card and MIDI interface. You can hook up a MIDI keyboard or other input device, and view your tracks in either visual format or actual musical notation in realtime. It's got a super set of high-end features, and is a great place to start if you want to write music!
Mixxx: This is a freeware MP3 DJ Mixing console. It comes complete with BPM estimations, speed adjustments, and a real-time DJ mixer. If you've ever wanted to DJ using your MP3 collection, this could be the answer!
REAPER: REAPER allows you to record, arrange, edit, mix and render audio in single track or multitrack form. Facilities include the ability to split, resize, fade / crossfade, pitch shift, timestretch, copy/paste and loop media, ripple editing, route tracks to other tracks or hardware output, support for MIDI files including recording MIDI and VSTi/DXi softsynths (you can also integrate and mix MIDI with audio), plugin support, etc. Platforms supported include Windows 98, 2000, XP, XP x64 and WINE. (Versions up to 0.99 are free. Version 1.0 and above are shareware, but have no limitations even after the shareware period and so is listed here.)
Audacity: Audacity is a multitrack digital sound editor and recording software for Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux. You can record audio from the microphone, line input or other sources, dub over existing tracks to create multi-track recordings, convert media from one format to another (such as from cassette tape or vinyl records to digital recording files or CDs), import and export from WAV, AIFF, AU, Ogg Vorbis, MP2, MP3, etc, edit Ogg Vorbis, MP3 and WAV sound files, cut, copy, splice and mix sounds together, change the speed or pitch of a recording, remove static, hiss, hum or other constant background noise, alter frequencies with equalization, FFT Filter, Bass Boost effects, adjust volumes, add effects such as echo, phaser, reverse, and so on.
JukeBox: Here's an easy to use jukebox to play your mp3/wav/midi/avi/wmv/wma media files. Just point it to your song folder and hit the Play button. Automatically plays songs and movies in sequence or randomly. Choose your own selection of songs or let your friends pick their favourites to be played in turn. When the selection runs out, Jukebox returns to playing its own selection; like a real jukebox. Reads and writes mp3 tags and m3u playlists. Optionally play songs only from a selected genre. Has built in mixer controls for quick adjustments. The adjustable crossfade function keeps the music coming without a break; perfect for parties. Version 2 has a rewritten back-end and a much nicer user interface to provide an even better jukebox-like experience.
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The One Ring 3D Screensaver: This freeware screensaver from the world-famous 3PlaneSoft has been specially created for all the fans of The Lord of the Rings and J.R.R. Tolkien. If you liked the book or the movie, this screensaver will make a great addition to your collection. The screensaver is 3D and animated, and you are sure to like it. The background is made of a map of Middle Earth. In the foreground you can see the Ring of Sauron engraved with the spell written in the ancient Elvish characters but in the Language of Mordor, the Black Speech. This screensaver is it's totally free, so download your copy now!
Howie's Funware: This is one of my favorite sites to keep visiting. Howard C Rosenorn, a graphic artist and programmer, shares his fun and faith with us by way of writing lots of new screensavers, and even programs to make your own screensavers. There's lots more on this web site, too! I've become a big Howie fan, and I have almost all his screensavers on my PC.
Lantern: Here is another freeware item from 3Planesoft. Soft light of the lantern returns you back to the good old days of childhood, when you went fishing and camping. Living in the age of electricity and neon signs you can't help but wonder - why is this old lantern so precious to me? Is it because of the spooky stories told around it? Or is it because of that strange smell of kerosene that seems so mysterious to a five-year-old? Remnant of the past, this brass lantern lights up memories and burns with nostalgia. Lantern 3D Screensaver is a freeware created by digital artists from 3Planesoft, known for their unique and easily recognizable style. It is certainly one of the best and most original freeware screensavers you will find on the Internet.
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WinMessControl: This small utility which simply allows you to easily disable/enable the 'Windows Messenger' application under Windows XP.
RegToy: RegToy is a useful program that was designed for Windows XP , is used to Tweak Windows XP, like removing that annoying "Low Disk Space" notification, or those pesky tooltip bubbles that keep popping up out of your taskbar, or taking that stupid arrow picture off of all your desktop shortcuts.... this list goes on. Also there are some utilities like a renamer to change the filenames and a wallpaper changer. With RegToy you can optimize the performance of your computer and customize your system to suit your needs. Note:: The original language of this program is in Vietnamese, you can select English after you first run the application.
Yod'm 3D V1.4: This is a neat little virtual desktop program which allows you to have multiple desktops that rotate on a 3D cube, much like what is available for Linux/Ubuntu/Beryl systems. This version is the last freeware version
Visual Tooltip: Visual Tooltip makes it possible to show a thumbnail of a window by putting the mouse cursor over a button of the taskbar. The thumbnails can be moved anywhere on the desktop. The thumbnails can be added in a "dock bar". The thumbnails can have various rotations ( from 0 to 80 degree ) ( CTRL key + mouse move on dock or on thumbnails, without clicking ). The dock bar can accept all window's thumbnails. The tray icons can be added automatically. The dock bar can replace the taskbar. Then, add your shortcut to the dock.
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CD Burner XP Pro: Wanna burn your own audio, video and data CD's and DVD's but don't want to pay the big $$ for what corporate America has to offer? Here's a totally FREE solution. You can do all that, and more. Rip your audio tracks to MP3, make CD image files, convert BIN and NRG images to ISO, etc. The list of features is pretty extensive. This program really does rival the big boys.
Daemon Tools: This program allows you to mount virtually any CD/DVD image (i.e. .BIN, .ISO, .NRG) file as a virtual drive so that you can run it from your hard drive, or use other utilities to manipulate it as a real CD/DVD. For instance, I burned my "Renew My Faith" song from a WAV file to an image file of an audio CD, mounted the image file using Daemon Tools, and then used Media Player to rip it to an MP3 for use on this site. NOTE: Daemon Tools now has 2 commercial versions available, but the FREE version is still available to download through this link! You have to register, but it is FREE!
DVD Flick: DVD Flick aims to be a simple but at the same time powerful DVD Authoring tool. It can take a number of video files stored on your computer and turn them into a DVD that will play back on your DVD player, Media Center or Home Cinema Set. You can add additional custom audio tracks, subtitles as well as a menu for easier navigation. It can import WMV, AVI, MPG and just about any other format to DVD - SUPER easy to use -- This is a MUST-SEE.
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Thunderbird: Tired of using web mail? Don't trust Microsoft Outlook? (Personally I don't blame you!) Here's your solution. A great -- and SMART -- Pop3 email program. It can also do MAPI email and newsgroups. If you use it with FreePOPS (see below), you can even use it to get all your mail from your webmail sites.
FreePOPS: Here's a handy little gadget that you stick in your Start Menu>Programs>Startup folder. Once you've got it running, you can configure Thunderbird, or Outlook, or whatever Pop3 email program you're running and retrieve your mail from your free Hotmail, Juno, Netzero, Yahoo, or whatever webmail you may be using. It's open source, and lots of people out there are writing updated plugins for all your favorite email providers just about every day. Totally free, and totally versatile!
Firefox: This is quickly becoming the web browser of choice for those people who don't like the security holes that Internet Explorer leaves open on your PC. It's also available on MAC and LINUX, and in a variety of languages. It's got tremendous security features, such as it's comprehensive Pop-Up and ActiveX blockers, Password Manager and much much more. Note that the Mozilla Suite (see above) browser comes with a cut-down version of this (they are the same company, after all) . If you are having lots of pop-up and adware problems, check out our SECURITY section, get it fixed, and then use Firefox instead of IE.
Adblock Plus add-on for Firefox: This here program is a winner. It allows you to right-click on an object, and BLOCK it permanently. Not only that, but you can also type in (or copy and paste) blocking patterns into its list. For instance, you could block all content regarding one person's friend account. Or you could type in patterns for content that shows up all the time in your home page that you don't want to see (I do this all the time). This is a great way to get rid of unwanted advertisements, and to shield your eyes from obscenities. If you look on a search engine, you'll find plenty of useful Adblock patterns to go with this thing!
Greasemonkey add-on for Firefox: Want to tweak your online browsing experience? Want to eliminate all those custom colors and layouts in some people's pages that make it hard to read? Want to filter out content you don't want to see? Greasemonkey allows you to change LOTS of stuff about your browser's performance, by using scripts which are readily available all over the net (over 2 MILLION scripts written so far!)
osCommerce: osCommerce is an Open Source based online shop e-commerce solution that is available for free under the GNU General Public License. It features a rich set of out-of-the-box online shopping cart functionality that allows store owners to setup, run, and maintain their online stores with minimum effort and with no costs, fees, or limitations involved.
RoboForm: Roboform is the top-rated Password Manager and Web Form Filler that completely automates password entering and form filling. RoboForm was named PC Magazine Editor's Choice, and CNET Download.com's Software of the Year. Memorizes your passwords and Logs You In automatically. Fills long registration and checkout forms with one click. Encrypts your passwords to achieve complete security. Generates random passwords that hackers cannot guess. Fights Phishing by filling passwords only on matching web sites. Defeats Keyloggers by not using keyboard to type passwords. Backs up your passwords, Copies them between computers. Synchronizes passwords between computers using GoodSync. Searches for keywords in your passwords, notes and Internet. Portable: RoboForm2Go runs from USB key, no install needed. PDA-friendly: sync your passwords to Pocket PC and Palm. Neutral: works with Internet Explorer, AOL/MSN, Firefox and Netscape -- and you can take your passwords with you from one browser to another! There's a PRO version that costs money, but for most people, the FREEWARE version (4.6.8) will work great -- and there's no pesky 15 or 30 day trial period.
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So, with that warning out of the way, let's have some great material for those of us who are legally editing our OWN videos.
Microsoft Windows XP comes with its own video editor, Movie Maker 2. With some proper resources, and a lot of patience, users can truly "Do Amazing Things" with this program. So first, I'll outline a few programs & packages that will be super useful for those people who want to get into video editing using Movie Maker 2.
Auto Gordian Knot: AutoGK is THE program for transcoding video files into DivX or XviD AVI format. I am using it to move the Mpeg2 files from my Sony HDR-SR7 into a format I can use with Movie Maker 2, so that I can edit down material for use on YouTube. Or, if you're already happy with the output, DivX and Xvid files are nice & compact for keeping around on your PC just the way they are. AutoGK makes it S-I-M-P-L-E. Simply select the input file, and either add it to the job queue, or just press start. It'll put the AVI file in the same folder right next to the original file. It provides much more advanced options for those who really want to tweak their settings, but if you're not interested in that, all the work is pretty much done for you.
K-Lite Codec Pack: (Added March 17th, 2009) This is a useful video package for a multitude of reasons. First, it includes just about every playback codec that's available for the PC. Using this, you can playback DVDs, XviD, DivX, Mpeg, RealMedia, and tons more -- just using Windows Media Player! It also comes with Media Player Classic, which is based on the early 6.x versions of Media Player, and has none of the overhead or incompatibility issues that we've come to expect with Media Player 9 and later. Another great reason to install this program is that Flask and Gordian Knot both use playback codecs to READ the input file before transcoding into other formats. Having more codecs, put simply, means you can transcode FROM more formats TO more formats.
Panasonic DV Codec: A very high-quality, low-compression video codec, which can be used by Flask, and/or other video compression programs. This one is useful when you want professional results, because it introduces very little artifacting (those little "glitches" that show up in the screen as a result of compression), making it possible to use Movie Maker 2 (or any other video editor) with output that is as good as, or better than, what you originally recorded. I am using this with Flask to transfer recording that I am making into professional music videos.
Neo's World: (Added March 17th, 2009) This is a single portal web site where you can access an incredible library of effects, video clips, transitions, and information for use with Windows Movie Maker! This is a must-see, and I have consolidated many of the links on this page since I discovered Neo's World.
How to Chroma Key in Windows Movie Maker: You've seen it done in your local newscasts, and virtually every movie made these days uses it. Someone stands in front of a blue or green screen, and images or animation come up behind them. This is done using a technique called "Chroma Keying", and this article will teach you how to do it--for FREE!
Windows Movie Maker Winter Fun Pack 2003: Make Your Movies Come Alive! Dazzle your friends and family by winterizing your home movies with special transitions and effects created by Pixelan Software. With a few clicks of the mouse you can create falling snow on a warm summer day or a faux snowball fight right in your living room.
Windows Movie Maker Creativity Pack: Make home movies like a pro with Windows Movie Maker 2 and this brand new collection of creative extras, including video titles, music and sound effects. Whatever the occasion, there's something here that will help you make your home movies even better!
Okay, now for something completely different... ;)
CamStudio: CamStudio is able to record all screen and audio activity on your computer and create industry-standard AVI video files and using its built-in SWF Producer can turn those AVIs into lean, mean, bandwidth-friendly Streaming Flash videos (SWFs) . It's especially useful for making training or tutorial videos, and is able to capture activity with or without live video playing and with or without a highlighted mouse.
Sqirlz Lite, Morph & Water Reflections: Sqirlz Lite lets you animate, bend, distort and loop a selected part of any image by drawing an outline around it, and then a second outline to define the shape to be molded into. Any kind of image can be distorted and animated - particularly effective for things like text, logos, and photographs of people etc. The animation effects available include: continuous flowing motion, and simple to-and-fro motion - both of which can be applied to any sort of distortion and looping that you can come up with. Sqirlz Morph allows you to mark features on several images, and the program mixes the images so that each feature on one image moves smoothly to the corresponding feature on the other images - a technique widely used in the film industry. Multi-morphing is available - any number of images can be morphed together, so try mixing all your family's faces at the same time! Sqirlz Water Reflections is a way of adding rippling pools of water, and rain or snow effects, to images or existing AVI videos. The pools can be animated to give lifelike rippling reflections of the scene above them, and can be of any shape. Choose from a variety of ripple shapes, and control details such as wave size, perspective, water transparency and flow direction. The raindrops and snow flakes can be adjusted in many ways, including size, speed, direction, transparency and scene depth effects. Animations can be saved as Macromedia Flash (SWF) files, animated GIF files, AVI video clips, and sets of bitmap, JPEG and TIFF files.
Anim8or: Anim8or is a 3D computer animation program that is designed to allow straightforward creation of animations. You interactively create and edit objects, figures, and scenes directly on the computers screen. The basic interface is similar to most 3D animation and CAD programs.
Credit Maker: This application came about because of one man's frustration in getting a Hollywood style scrolling credits in the video editing software he was using. He wanted to be able to control the font, font size, font color, add images to the scroll and how credits were grouped. When he could not find an existing application that could do that he decided to write his own.
Wax: Wax is a high performance and flexible video compositing and special effects software. The interface has a pretty steep learning curve, but it is FREE and works pretty good. The idea for Wax is to be very general purpose and flexible in video compositing and effects, so that you can compose your dream video sequence with ease every time. Wax can create 2D & 3D special effects and can work in two modes - as a standalone application which would appeal for home users/beginners, and as a "plug-in" to video editors/NLEs which would be more useful for professional editors. Currently Wax can work as a plug-in with Sony Vegas®, Pure Motion EditStudio and Adobe Premiere® and work for integrating with various other NLEs is in progress.
Avid Free DV: Avid's free software lets you get in the Avid door for free. Fairly difficult to use interface, although over a dozen pretty good tutorials are available from Avid's website. Originally developed for Windows XP, FreeDV now runs on Macs on the OS X platform. As Avid puts it, "Perfect for students, DV camera owners, video enthusiasts or anyone exploring video editing - Avid Free DV software is an easy, free way to join the Avid family and test-drive the industry-standard editing interface used by more professionals than any other video editing solution. Avid Free DV is feature-streamlined, standalone software which includes basic video and audio editing capabilities, up to two streams of real-time effects and support for both Windows XP and Macintosh OS X platforms."
Super: I could tell you all kinds of great stuff about this program. It can convert virtually any format of video and/or audio into virtually any other format. In fact, the authors actually challenge you (on their web site) to try and find something it can't convert into something else. Suffice it to say, if you have your video or audio in one format (i.e. Quicktime, DivX, flv), and need it in another (WMV, 3g2, MPEG-2), this program can almost definitely do it. I've given you the shortcut to the program, but if you care to wade (and I do mean wade!) through their laborious sea of information they have on their site, please click HERE.
DVD Flick: DVD Flick aims to be a simple but at the same time powerful DVD Authoring tool. It can take a number of video files stored on your computer and turn them into a DVD that will play back on your DVD player, Media Center or Home Cinema Set. You can add additional custom audio tracks, subtitles as well as a menu for easier navigation. It can import WMV, AVI, MPG and just about any other format to DVD - SUPER easy to use -- This is a MUST-SEE.
Zwei Stein & ZS4: Zwei Stein is a freeware non-linear, non-destructive video compositing and editing system which offers many advanced features unavailable elsewhere.
With Zwei-Stein you can edit up to 256 video, audio and still image clips, each with up to 64 effects chained serially. Cropping, panning and custom effects are easy with automatic key frames.
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KomPozer: KompoZer is a complete web authoring system that combines web file management and easy-to-use WYSIWYG web page editing. KompoZer is designed to be extremely easy to use, making it ideal for non-technical computer users who want to create an attractive, professional-looking web site without needing to know HTML or web coding.
Nvu - Complete Web Authoring System: Nvu is a WYSIWYG (What-You-See-Is-What-You-Get) html editor that is designed to make the creation of web sites as easy for novices as it is using commercial web editors like FrontPage and DreamWeaver. It is based on the Mozilla Composer web editor (see elsewhere on this page) and includes new features that will eventually make its way back into Mozilla Composer. This open source editor is available for Linux and Windows.
Mozilla Suite: Mozilla comes with a great WYSIWYG (What-You-See-Is-What-You-Get) html editor, as well as a powerful web browser alternative to IE, and an email/news client -- This is actually the original program suite that Netscape licenses for their "Communicator" and "Navigator" packages.
Netscape Composer: Netscape (yes, the browser) versions 7.2 and earlier come with an easy WYSIWYG web editor that allows you to get started with your own web page quickly and easily. It supports the usual text and graphics and is generally adequate for the beginning webmaster. To get it, simply download the full Netscape package. Note that the Netscape Suite is just a version of Mozilla Suite (also listed on this page) -- BUT -- THIS is the program I used to make this web site!.
JAlbum: A really great slideshow and web album creator. This one really blew me away. This is one of those programs that makes me think, "Why did I ever waste my time with anything else?" and "Where was this program all my life?" If you look around the web site here, you'll see several places where I've got photos and pictures of all kinds of stuff. Most of those places have been made by hand, and it took me long hours to do that. In the future, that's going to be a thing of the past. I'll be using JAlbum for all my pictures from now on! Period.
JAlbum Skin Repository: JAlbum comes with a lot of really cool skins to make your web albums look awesome, and here's a great page where people have made their own skins for you to do your slideshows with! Wowsers!
FREE DISK UTILITY LINKS:
PING (PartImage Is Not Ghost): (Added March 31st, 2009) - PING is a "Live CD" which you download as an ISO image and burn onto a blank CD-R. You can then boot from this CD and use it to backup or restore virtually ANY partition, be it Windows, Linux, or any of a large variety of filesystems. You can create a full image of your partition and store it on an external USB drive, a local hard disk, or even a shared network drive on another computer somewhere (even over the interrnet if you know how!) You can also use PING to create a bootable hidden partition so that you can boot from it using a boot manager.
Bulk Rename Utility: (Added January 13th, 2009) - Bulk Rename Utility is a free file renaming software for Windows. Bulk Rename Utility allows you to easily rename files and entire folders based upon extremely flexible criteria. Add date/time stamps, replace numbers, insert text, convert case, add auto-numbers, process folders and sub-folders....plus a whole lot more! Rename multiple files quickly, according to many flexible criteria. Rename files in many ways: add, replace, insert text into file names. Convert case, add numbers. Remove or change file extensions. Check the detailed preview before renaming. Rename photos using EXIF meta data (i.e. "Date Picture Taken", "Resolution" and other information embedded in all JPG photo files) Rename your holiday pictures from a meaningless dsc1790.jpg to NewYork1.jpg in a flash. Rename MP3 files using ID3 tags (a.k.a. MP3 ID3 tag renaming). Change files' creation and modification time stamps. [EDITOR'S NOTE: I personally searched this program down for the purpose of renaming MP3 Files in a recorded playlist numerically so that all filenames in a folder would be sorted chronologically, and then renamed with "001,002,003....etc" at the beginning of them so that my car MP3 player would play them in order, and also so that when I look at them on the PC, they would appear in order regardless of date and time. This program allowed me to configure it to do this, and then SAVE that setting as a preset.... pretty awesome!]
Visual CD: (Added October 31st, 2008) Are you archiving documents, pictures, music, videos, and other files to optical media? If so, you know that it is quite frustrating to find that file you are looking for if you ever need it in the future once you've moved it from your computer. Sure, you can label your discs with as much information as you can, but what if you could remember only the name of a file instead of what disc it was on? If so, Visual CD is the fast and easy way to help you out. Visual CD is a disk cataloging tool to index the contents of your media storage such as CDs, DVDs, HD-DVDs, BlueRay Discs, USB disks, hard disks, folders and allow you to search the contents at a later date. Visual CD can index the files from the media by name, date, ID3 tag data, audio-video and picture information, generate thumbnail from picture and video files, and even catalog files which are contained in Zip/Cab/Rar/7-Zip archive files. Additionally, you can password protect catalogs in case you want to hide sensitive filenames from prying eyes, create MP3 playlist file without having the physical disks in the drive. Upon insertion of the corresponding disk, you can open files, extract Zip/Cab/Rar/7-Zip archive, splitting files, and more. Visual CD is easy to use! The Windows Explorer-like style ensures that you will not find any difficulties to use it. Visual CD also support full Windows visual style and user friendly interface. Just try it and love it!
Disk Xplorer Pro: (Added October 31st, 2008) Organize all your files on CDs/DVDs: music, photo and video, downloaded archives... and browse your collection offline! This application is a powerful tool for catalogizing all CDs, DVDs, floppies, ZIP disks, or other removable media, hard drives, network drives, or even FTP servers on the Internet (they are called volumes). Entire structure of volumes can be cataloged as well as internal structure of various archive files (ZIP, RAR, ARJ, LZH, CAB, TAR/GZIP, ACE, JAR and others) including self-extracting installers (EXE).
Disk Usage Analyzer: Ever wondered what's using up so much space on your hard disk? Disk Usage Analyzer will help you find out. This tool provides a familiar Windows Explorer view of your system which includes the size, space used, slack space and file count of each folder including sub folders. It displays a pie chart or bar chart of the selected folder highlighting the big folders or files. Use the explorer or charts to find those big files or the wasted space. The display updates automatically following any file system changes making it a simple and effective monitoring tool. Includes file filters, customizable html reports, save chart to jpg tool, shell extension tools to build a shortcut collection for quick access to frequented folders and to quickly analyze a folder from Windows Explorer. Works with all local fixed and removable drives as well as remote network drives and mapped drives.
PageDefrag: PageDefrag defrags your Windows page file, Registry hives, event log files and hibernation files. These are files that the built-in Windows defragger is unable to defragment since they are open for exclusive access when Windows is running. PageDefrag is a boot-time defragmentation utility - it reboots the computer and defragments those files at boot-time, that is, before all the subsystems in Windows start up. The utility only works in Windows NT, 2000 and XP.
DriveImage XML: DriveImage XML is a hard disk imaging utility that allows you to backup a PC's hard disk or partition from within Windows XP (XP Home and/or XP Professional only). It can image a partition that is currently in use (such as the system drive), compress the image while backing up, restore an image to another partition/drive and clone a drive. Note that although it is able to image the system drive while you're working in it, it cannot restore the image to the system drive if it is currently in use (obviously). The solution is to use their BartPE plugin (what they call the "WinPE boot CD-ROM") to create a BartPE CDROM. You can then restore your system partition after booting from the CDROM.
Eraser Secure Data Removal Tool: Eraser is a Windows utility that allows you to securely erase files, file slack space or cluster tips (the space that is not occupied by the data in a file, but nonetheless allocated to that file by the operating system), Windows virtual memory swap file, unused space on a hard disk, or an entire hard disk or floppy disk or Zip disk or the like. It is able to wipe data using pseudo-random data (or any combination of data that you specify), any number of times you wish (eg, once, or using the US Department of Defense (DOD) recommendations of either 3 times or 7 times, or the Gutmann recommendation of 35 times, etc). It is also able to erase the filenames in the directories for files you delete. The program is open source and works under Windows 95/98/ME/NT/2000/XP.
FREE ARCHIVING SOFTWARE LINKS:
DS SOFTWARE LINKS:
All that being said, it seems to be all the rage these days to have a flash cart for your handheld game machine. This includes PSP, GBA, and, of course, the Nintendo DS. In fact, there's a handheld out there now that embraces this idea... check out the GP2X which runs on Linux and uses SD Flash cards instead of game cartridges. This idea of using flash carts on your handheld introduces the potential to turn your "game" into virtually anything, from being a PDA to running retro console games, to allowing you to use any of the THOUSANDS of "Homebrew" (homemade) applications and games that have been made by folks out there who like to program, just because... You owe it to yourself to check these links out.
DSOrganize: DSOrganize is meant as a homebrew organizer application for the Nintendo DS that should have come built in in the first place. It is currently capable of storing daily and hourly memos, addresses, todo lists and simple scribbles. It also includes a full file browser and calculator. The file browser is capable of displaying images and playing back many audio formats as well as launching homebrew and viewing/editing text and html. Internet capabilities of DSOrganize include an IRC client, an online homebrew database, streaming audio support, and a rudimentary web browser.
NDS Bible: A powerful Bible application which includes (at the time of this writing) 4 different versions of the Bible. It's still in its fledgling stages, but it is currently the most up-to-date and usable bible program available for the DS. Turn your DS on its side and read it like a book, it's GREAT!.
NesDS: NES emulator for DS, a port of PocketNES, taking advantage of the DS hardware for better scaling and compatability.
It was originally merely ported from PocketNES to the DS, adding some additional features like rewinding and fast-forward with the L and R buttons, using the touchscreen for the menu. Another user later obtained the source and modified it to allow for save files and savestates on supported cards. With the recent addition of DLDI support however, NES DS is now compatible with nearly all flash carts/cards.
DLDI Right-Click: DLDI Right Click, also known as DLDIrc, is a tool written to allow you to click any .nds (and also .gba or .bin, if you wish) file within Windows and patch it with the DLDI file of your choice, thus helping to make the .nds file compatible with your individual flash cart.
LMP-NG: This is an iPod clone for your DS. Check this out, it functions EXACTLY like an iPod, except it's easier to transfer your files to it, seeing as how you don't have to install iTunes or convert any of your music to the iPod format to work on it. Just copy this .NDS file (patched w/DLDI of course) and some of your music anywhere on the flash cart, and you're ready to go!
MoonShell: Moonshell is a multimedia player for the Nintendo DS. It is capable of playing music files (wav, mp3, ogg), displaying text files, displaying pictures (jpg, bmp) and playing video (to play video in moonshell you must first encode the video files using Moonshell dpg tools). Moonshell will transform your Nintendo DS into a universal multimedia player.
MrBass's Best DS Homebrew: Here's a short list of some favorite tools & games made by the online community for use on a DS with a flash cart.
NDS Homebrew: This is the LONG list. Kind of a library-of-congress of homebrew applications, games, tutorials, and more!
AudioGrabber: Audiograbber is a beautiful piece of software that grabs digital audio from cd's. It copies the audio digitally-not through the soundcard-which enables you to make perfect copies of the originals. It can even perform a test to see that the copies really are perfect. Audiograbber can also automatically normalize the music, delete silence from the start and/or end of tracks, and send them to a variety or external MP3 encoders, such as Fraunhofers L3enc, or even use some MP3/WMA encoders internally for automatic creation of MP3's. Audiograbber can download and upload disc info from freedb, an Internet compact disc database. Here's the best part -- it is the ONLY -FREEWARE- program I've found that can rip CD+G karaoke CD's (protected or unprotected) into BIN files, MP3+G or WAV+G.
MP3+G Toolz: A simple-to-use program which allows you to RIGHT-CLICK on a folder full of .BIN files (for example, BIN files you've ripped using AudioGrabber) from a CD+G karaoke CD, and then convert them into MP3+G files or directly into .ZIP files (with the MP3 and CDG files inside it) for use with karaoke hosting software.
CDG Plugin for WinAmp: Turn Winamp into a karaoke machine. Allows for you to play CDG files along with mp3's and other supported formats. Just place the CDG file in the same folder as the music file, and a window will open up that displays the information.
AutoKDJ: Currently released as FREEWARE (but most likely will not stay as such) AutoKDJ is an entire Karaoke hosting system that encompasses everything from managing your karaoke rotation, playing the songs, showing graphics on multiple displays, and even using e-Books (remote laptops used to submit songs) and exporting song book data for printing.
Expect more items to show up in this section soon...
PROGRAMMING SOFTWARE LINKS:
HexPlorer: (added November 18th, 2008) As the author, Icy, puts it: "Hexplorer, a program I'm currently working on in my free time can be downloaded from here. It is free hex editor for Windows, licensed under GNU GPL. This program was created as an answer to my needs, I hope you'll find it useful too. The program is currently not evolving due to lack of time and it's complexity, I'm just fixing bugs, so I would be very pleased if you wrote to me and send suggestions and bug reports, I could improve and debug this program better then. Current version is 2.6. "
XVI32: (added November 18th, 2008) XVI32 is a freeware hex editor running under Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows NT, Windows 2000, and Windows XP. The name XVI32 is derived from XVI, the roman notation for the number 16. XVI32 and all of its components are developed by Christian Maas (except for RxPopupMenu from RxLib which he is using since version 1.6).
HxD: (added November 18th, 2008) HxD is a carefully designed and fast hex editor which, additionally to raw disk editing and modifying of main memory (RAM), handles files of any size. The easy to use interface offers features such as searching and replacing, exporting, checksums/digests, insertion of byte patterns, a file shredder, concatenation or splitting of files, statistics and much more. Editing works like in a text editor with a focus on a simple and task-oriented operation, as such functions were streamlined to hide differences that are purely technical. For example, drives and memory are presented similar to a file and are shown as a whole, in contrast to a sector/region-limited view that cuts off data which potentially belongs together. Drives and memory can be edited the same way as a regular file including support for undo. In addition memory-sections define a foldable region and inaccessible sections are hidden by default. Furthermore a lot of effort was put into making operations fast and efficient, instead of forcing you to use specialized functions for technical reasons or arbitrarily limiting file sizes. This includes a responsive interface and progress indicators for lengthy operations.
Hackman Suite: (added November 18th, 2008) Hackman is a freeware advanced hex editor, disassembler and template editor. Comes with cryptography capabilities, decoding with ready and self-made algorithms and a fully-featured editor. You can edit virtually any file, disk, ZIP drive, Ram Drive, Smart Media, Compact Flash I & II, IBM Microdrive or Physical RAM with the ease of a word processor. Online Libraries cover any topic you might be interested in, from how to use the program to detailed processor instructions. Supports plugins (date and version changer, icon extractor and merger/splitter are few of them) and comes with a SDK to help you create your own plugins. You can also disassemble any source into a variety of processor opcodes or create your own instruction set. (Note: This is Hackman Lite V6.02 - The last freeware version of Hackman. If you are interested in the latest version, you can get the demo version from HERE.)
FREE MISC. SOFTWARE LINKS:
1001FreeFonts.com: A huge online repository for TOTALLY FREE Windows and Mac fonts/typefaces. If you are tired of using stock Windows fonts, or are frustrated that OpenOffice doesn't come with a whole bunch of fonts like MS Office does, and you're not silly enough to spend a whole bunch of extra cash just to have cool fonts, look here. That's what I did. Now I have over a thousand fonts on my computer!
Balabolka: This is a Text-To-Speech program. All computer voices installed on your system are available to Balabolka. The on-screen text can be saved as a WAV or MP3 file. The program can read the clipboard content, view the text from DOC, RTF, PDF and HTML files, customize font and background color, control reading from the system tray or by the global hotkeys. Balabolka uses various versions of Microsoft Speech API (SAPI); it allows to alter a voice's parameters, including rate, pitch, and volume. The user can apply a special substitution list to improve the quality of the voice's articulation.
eConsultant's Open Source Freeware: This is a page FULL of some great software packages that are TOTALLY free! Open source programs are mostly released under the Gnu Public License (or GPL) and are projects which are written by the public, which in turn is allowed to vote on which newly added features will be implemented in the final release. Check this page out, they've got way more stuff than I do (however I actually USE most of the stuff I have here!)
GeoMetrix Library: The place where you'll find the largest public domain/shareware library of GEOS files anywhere in the world. The GeoMETRIX library. This library consists of 30 disks, formatted for the 1541 (in .D64 format, then .ZIPped to save webspace and bandwidth), which contain numerous fonts, utilities, games, graphics, clip art and a ton more! Included are some of the data files used to generate the internationally published GeoJournal newsletter. For any GEOS fan, this is a HUGE must!