Bytes Of Information

When installing any of the programs below be careful to look to see what is also going to be installed.  If a custom install is available then use that.  Remember to scan for viruses before installing.


Acrobat Reader

The number one reader for PDF files

Adobe Reader and Acrobat Cleaner Tool
"The Adobe Reader and Acrobat Cleaner Tool removes a standalone installation of Reader or Acrobat, including any preferences and settings that may be preserved during a standard program uninstall. The tool has both a user interface as well as a command line interface. While most installs, uninstalls, updates, and repair operations happen without incident, there are cases where a user may not be able to complete such tasks due to some registry or file conflict on the machine. This is particularly problematic when permissions set on registry entries or files prevent the successful installation of new installs and/or updates. The Adobe Reader and Acrobat Cleaner Tool is designed to fix such issues by cleaning up corrupted installations, including removing or fixing corrupted files, removing or changing permissions registry entries, etc. The tool provides options for removing problematic Acrobat items only while leaving Reader untouched and vice versa."
Advanced Scan to PDF
"Advanced Scan to PDF Free enables you to scan your documentation to PDF files, and then store them in a designated location on your PC."
Aviator
A secure web browser used by White hat hackers.
Brave
 A fast alternativeto Chrome
Caneyo
"Your IT users often need software which is not part of their core configuration. Rather than testing and provisioning it to them, Cameyo apps can be placed in a central server or share, and made available to your users. Your users need an app which you haven't packaged with Cameyo? No problem, let them package it using the Online Packager. Now your users can take the apps they need when they need them, without depending on IT or support. As an IT administrator, you save yourself the hassle, and let them use the apps they need without being slowed down. Separator"
Camfrog Video Chat "Let's face it: virtual face-to-face conversations with people from Antarctica to Zanzibar make video chat the most intimate form of telecommunications yet. Free video chat apps like Camshare's Camfrog Video Chat let you meet and chat with far-flung friends; there's just no way text messages can substitute for two people actually talking to each other, no matter how many emoticons you use.

While Camfrog is optimized for video chat, it's a full-featured chat client that also handles audio and text messaging, file swapping, and other functions. Camfrog isn't the largest chat network, which isn't necessarily a disadvantage! It offers what the others do, generally speaking, including the ability to create your own password-protected chat rooms. Of course, you'll need a Webcam to use Camfrog's video chat feature. We tried Camfrog in both 32-bit and 64-bit Windows 7.

Installing, registering for, and signing on to Camfrog took just a minute or so. We could sign on to the Camfrog network automatically, save our password, and sign on as invisible, which hides your status from other users. Camfrog's compact interface has a Firefox-style start button (only green instead of orange) that opens a long menu of features and options. Camfrog displayed our screen name with a drop-down menu that let us quickly manage our connection and session. The main view has three tabs: Contacts, Rooms, and Phone/SMS. Camfrog's main features include the main Camfrog room, Video Chat Rooms, Search for Camfrog Users, and Parental Controls. Beneath the main view is a row of icons accessing the Notification List, Video Chat Rooms, Search for Camfrog Users, Send an Instant Message, and Add to Contact List. Users who need more features can click a link to download Camfrog Pro.

Camfrog offers a diverse range of chat rooms covering lots of topics. Online chat can be freewheeling and inappropriate for youngsters, and the problem is critically compounded by video. Camfrog's approach gives parents and other concerned users control over who uses the service, and when, and how. Camfrog Video Chat brings the world to your desktop, and with the greatest of ease."
C-Free "C-Free is a professional C/C++ integrated development environment (IDE) that support multi-compilers. Use of this software, user can edit, build, run and debug programs. With C/C++ source parser included, although C-Free is a lightweight C/C++ development tool, it has powerful features to let you make use of it in your project."
Chrome Google's web browser.
ClipboardZanger "Windows has the disadvantage that you can copy a single item at a time before pasting. With ClipboardZanager, you will be able to manage the Windows clipboard, keep the items copied to adhere them anytime, even after restarting the computer with a simple keyboard shortcut."
Cold Turkey"Cold Turkey will temporarily block you off of social media sites, addicting websites, games and even programs! Imagine how fast you could do your work without all those distractions!"
dsBudget

“dsBudget is a simple, open source budgeting program for everyone.
With dsBudget, you can save money by understanding where you spend your money.
You will begin by allocating your income into "categories", such as Mortgage, Entertainment, etc.  As you spend money throughout the month, you will enter the expenses into each category. dsBudget will then let you see how much money you have left in each category and how you are spending it.
You can save money and regain control of your expenses by understanding your spending habits and making smarter purchasing decisions.

  • Runs on your PC (data is stored on your hard-drive, or USB drive, or wherever you want it. No login)
  • Supports multiple platforms (Windows, Linux, Mac, etc..)
  • Supports multiple languages and multiple currencies (uses your computer’s local settings)
  • Uses your browser as the user interface (it doesn’t access internet, however)
  • It’s free! (No ad-ware, hidden crap, catches, etc.)
  • Data is compatible with SimpleD Budget “"
Desktops “Desktops allows you to organize your applications on up to four virtual desktops. Read email on one, browse the web on the second, and do work in your productivity software on the third, without the clutter of the windows you’re not using. After you configure hotkeys for switching desktops, you can create and switch desktops either by clicking on the tray icon to open a desktop preview and switching window, or by using the hotkeys.”
DNS Benchmark
This tool test test to see which DNS gives you the fastest lookup,
EverNote “Evernote allows you to easily capture information in any environment using whatever device or platform you find most convenient, and makes this information accessible and searchable at any time, from anywhere. Use Evernote to jot notes, create to-do lists, clip entire Web pages, manage passwords, and record audio. Everything added to Evernote is automatically synchronized across platforms and devices and made searchable. Evernote will even recognize printed or handwritten text in photos and image”
Fbquick This program gives  popup alerts to find out when you’ve been poked, tagged, commented on and more!

Firefox

A great free alternative to IE that provides a popup blocker, and tab browsing.

Foxit

Are you looking for a small and fast program that allows you to view and print PDFS.  If so check out Foxit.  This is a great alternative program to do just that?  Foxit offer the following advantages:

  1. It launch very quickly
  2. It is a lot smaller then Acrobat Reader.  Foxit Reader takes up only 2.1 Megabytes of hard disk space  compared to Acrobat Reader which takes up 20 Megabytes of hard disk space.
  3. It has a great Annotation tool which allows to comment a PDF document when you are reading it.  Foxit Reader allows you to draw graphics, highlight text, type text and make notes on a PDF document and then print out or save the annotated document.
  4. It allows you to easily convert a PDF into a text file.
  5. It does not call home without your permission, which gives you more privacy.
Free IP Switcher

"Whenever mobile user moves to different network, has to change particular IP address, gateway address, subnet mask, proxy server and default printer, etc., to particular network environment. In order to do it, he has to remember TCP/IP settings information of every network. Also, he has to reboot the computer to apply it to the system and to access the Internet.

Don't waste your time reconfiguring computer network settings every time you change your location. Free IP Switcher is a perfect solution for you. It switches between preconfigured network settings with a single click and without any reboot. With Free IP Switcher you can automatically change all network settings on your pc: IP address, network masks, default gateway, DNS server, wins server, proxy settings, default printer and more.

Try this program and you will see, how easy and simple your network management can be."

Free Pascal "Free Pascal (aka FPK Pascal) is a 32 and 64 bit professional Pascal compiler. It is available for different processors: Intel x86, Amd64/x86_64, PowerPC, PowerPC64, Sparc, ARM. The discontinued 1.0 version also supports the Motorola 680x0. The following operating systems are supported: Linux, FreeBSD, Haiku, Mac OS X/Darwin, DOS, Win32, Win64, WinCE, OS/2, Netware (libc and classic) and MorphOS. "
GnuCash

"GnuCash is personal and small-business financial-accounting software, freely licensed under the GNU GPL and available for GNU/Linux, BSD, Solaris, Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows.

Designed to be easy to use, yet powerful and flexible, GnuCash allows you to track bank accounts, stocks, income and expenses. As quick and intuitive to use as a checkbook register, it is based on professional accounting principles to ensure balanced books and accurate reports. "

Google Earth

"The latest version of Google Earth continues to set the mapping paradigm. Accessible enough for casual users, Google has added features that make it a necessity for those whose topographic desires are more serious. Although Google Ocean is the big newsmaker in version 5, you can also check out the surface of our nearest neighbor, Mars, as well as incorporating historical Earth maps.

If you'll forgive the pun, the oceanic maps are pretty cool. They provide the capability to plunge to the floor of the sea, view exclusive content from the BBC and National Geographic, and explore shipwrecks like the Titanic in 3D. Exploring the Martian surface is limited to data provided from NASA, but that's not much of a limitation considering that it's unlikely that most of us will ever get to visit the Red Planet. Switching between Google Earth, Sky, and Mars can be done from the menubar or from the planet icon on the toolbar.

Most of the interface's real estate displays a rendering of the globe, which can zoom in on a satellite image of your destination once you've keyed it in. Controls live on a top toolbar and a left-side navigation window that lets you quickly jump between different views and locations. Google's Street View, real-time illumination of the Earth, roads, restaurants, and even crime statistics can be displayed. Smooth integration with Google's 3D rendering program SketchUp means that you can design buildings and see how they'd interact with their surroundings on the fly."

Greenshot
"Greenshot is a light-weight screenshot software tool for Windows with the following key features:
  • Quickly create screenshots of a selected region, window or fullscreen; you can even capture complete (scrolling) web pages from Internet Explorer.
  • Easily annotate, highlight or obfuscate parts of the screenshot.
  • Export the screenshot in various ways: save to file, send to printer, copy to clipboard, attach to e-mail, send Office programs or upload to photo sites like Flickr or Picasa, and others.

...and a lot more options simplyfying creation of and work with screenshots every day.

Being easy to understand and configurable, Greenshot is an efficient tool for project managers, software developers, technical writers, testers and anyone else creating screenshots."

Hiren's BootCD
A bootable CD which contains portable antivirus, backup, programs  cleaners and more.
InstantStorm "InstantStorm is a powerful freeware Flash screensaver creator that turns your Adobe Flash files (SWF) into professional screensavers in no time. Unlike other similar tools, InstantStorm is actually free of charge even for commercial use and does not add any nag screens or other annoying things to your output files. Apart from that you can customize virtually anything: the settings dialog, the installer (including all texts and images), the screensaver behavior, and more. Need to build a complex corporate screensaver, make your very own Flash screensaver for your friends and family, or just convert your favorite Flash movie to a screensaver for your own computer? InstantStorm is the right program for you!"
MonoDevelop “MonoDevelop is an IDE primarily designed for C# and other .NET languages. MonoDevelop enables developers to quickly write desktop and ASP.NET Web applications on Linux. MonoDevelop makes it easy for developers to port .NET applications created with Visual Studio to Linux and to maintain a single code base for all platforms.”  This compiler is completely free. 
NAPS2 (Not Another PDF Scanner 2)
"Visit NAPS2's home page at www.naps2.com . NAPS2 is a document scanning application with a focus on simplicity and ease of use. Scan your documents from WIA- and TWAIN-compatible scanners, organize the pages as you like, and save them as PDF, TIFF, JPEG, PNG, and other file formats. Requires .NET Framework 4.0 or higher. NAPS2 is currently available in over 30 different languages. Want to see NAPS2 in your preferred language? Help translate! See the wiki for more details. This is a fork of the NAPS project with many improvements.""

NoteTab Light

A great alternative text editor to create/edit text files. It even helps you create web pages.

Open Live Writer
"Open Live Writer is like Word for your blog. Open Live Writer is a powerful, lightweight blog editor that allows you to create blog posts, add photos and videos then publish to your website. You can also compose blogs posts offline and then publish on your return. Open Live Writer works with many popular blog service providers such as WordPress, Blogger, TypePad, Moveable Type, DasBlog and many more."
Opera Another great alternative to IE.  Check out the Features page for all of the great features.
Ophcrack
"Ophcrack is a free Windows password cracker based on rainbow tables. It is a very efficient implementation of rainbow tables done by the inventors of the method. It comes with a Graphical User Interface and runs on multiple platforms."
Orwell Dev-C++
A great free C / C++ Compiler.
PDF Creator An open source program that adds the capability to turn any document, picture, webpage, etc into a PDF that can be read by Adobe Acrobat Reader by sending it to a PDF printer.
Postimage
"Postimage is a very easy to use application that was especially designed to provide you with a means of taking snapshots of your entire desktop or of a portion of it.

You can manually set the area size and after the capture is made, the image can be saved or shared online directly. Postimage can also send to the system clipboard the URL of a shared screenshot, so you can save it easily."

Pidgen "Pidgin is an easy to use and free chat client used by millions. Connect to AIM, MSN, Yahoo, and more chat networks all at once."
Portableapps.

Would you like to have a set of applications that you can take where ever you go.  If so checkout Portableapps.com.  This site contains many application that you can put on your USB drive and take where every you go that you have access to a Windows PC.  Applications avaiable on the site include:

 * 7-Zip Portable

* AbiWord Portable
* Audacity Portable
* ClamWin Portable
* FileZilla Portable
* Gaim Portable
* GIMP Portable
* KeePass Portable
* Miranda IM Portable
* Mozilla Firefox, Portable Edition
* Mozilla Sunbird, Portable Edition
* Mozilla Thunderbird, Portable Edition
* Nvu Portable & KompoZer Portable
* OpenOffice.org Portable
* PuTTY Portable
* Sudoku Portable
* Sumatra PDF Portable
* VLC Media Player Portable

 

One extra advantage about using Portable Applications is that all of your personal settings stay on the USB drive.  This  helps to keep your data private.  To learn how to install Portableapps head over to http://www.pcmechtv.com/2007/02/22/portableapps/

 

RealVNC "VNC allows you to access and control your desktop applications wherever you are in the world, whenever you need to. VNC has a widespread user base, from individuals to the world's largest multi-national companies, utilizing the technology for a range of applicatio"
Rufus
"Rufus is a utility that helps format and create bootable USB flash drives, such as USB keys/pendrives, memory sticks, etc."
Scratch
"Scratch is a free programming language and online community where you can create your own interactive stories, games, and animations"
Synergy Synergy combines your desktop devices together in to one cohesive experience. It's software for sharing your mouse and keyboard between multiple computers on your desk. It works on Windows, Mac OS X and Linux.
Skype Skype is a free way to make calls over the internet to anyone else who also has Skype.
Sunbird The Sunbird Project is a redesign of the Mozilla Calendar component. The goal is to produce a cross platform standalone calendar application based on Mozilla’s XUL user interface language. Sunbird is the standalone form of the Mozilla Calendar. Both use the same base code so their functionality is the same and they share the same bugs and bug fixes. The intended user is someone who uses Mozilla Firefox and Mozilla Thunderbird and wants a calendar application based on Mozilla.
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TeamViewer "TeamViewer is a simple and fast solution for remote control, desktop sharing and file transfer that works behind any firewall and NAT proxy. To connect to another computer just run TeamViewer on both machines without the need of an installation procedure. With the first start automatic partner IDs are generated on both computers. Enter your partner’s ID into TeamViewer and the connection is established immediately. With over 100 million users TeamViewer is a standard tool to give support and assistance to people in remote locations. The software can also be used for presentations, where you can show your own desktop to a partner.”
TheSage "TheSage is a free software application that, through a multi-tool interface, integrates a complete dictionary and a multifaceted thesaurus of the English language together into a unique language reference system"
Thunderbird "Enjoy safe, fast and easy email, Mozilla-style. The Thunderbird® email client includes intelligent spam filters, powerful search and customizable views"
Tight VNC A great free program that allows you to remote control another PC.
UltraVNC "UltraVNC is a powerful, easy to use and free software that can display the screen of another computer (via internet or network) on your own screen. The program allows you to use your mouse and keyboard to control the other PC remotely. It means that you can work on a remote computer, as if you were sitting in front of it, right from your current location. If you provide computer support, you can quickly access your customer's computers from anywhere in the world and resolve helpdesk issues remotely! With addons like SingleClick your customers don't even have to pre-install software or execute complex procedures to get remote helpdesk support. "
Virtual Desktops"Virtual desktops are supplemental work spaces for windows and icons in Windows.
You can switch virtual desktops at a keystroke or with your mouse."
Visual Studio Express 2013
Microsoft Visual Studio Express is a free integrated development environment (IDE) from Microsoft. It is used to develop console and graphical user interface applications along with Windows Forms or WPF applications, web sites, web applications, and web services in both native code together with managed code for all platforms supported by Microsoft Windows, Windows Mobile, Windows CE, .NET Framework, .NET Compact Framework and Microsoft Silverligh
Visual Studio Code
"Build and debug modern web and cloud applications. Code is free and available on your favorite platform - Linux, Mac OSX, and Windows."
Wink A freeware tutorial program.
Yet Another Bittorrent Client A download manager for Bittorrent  files which are files that allow you to download more than one source.  This often speeds up downloads, and cuts download on the amount of bandwidth that any one provider must provide.
ZoomIt ZoomIt is screen zoom and annotation tool for technical presentations that include application demonstrations. ZoomIt runs unobtrusively in the tray and activates with customizable hotkeys to zoom in on an area of the screen, move around while zoomed, and draw on the zoomed image. I wrote ZoomIt to fit my specific needs and use it in all my presentations.

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