Technology

While you can purchase commercial products to use in your work, there are many free and open source solutions available on the internet that can do as good a job, and sometimes even better. Listed below is a set of tools that you may find invaluable to your own productivity.

General Tools

7-Zip – free archive tool (alternative to Winzip): http://www.7-zip.org/

Notepad++ – open source enhanced notepad editor (alternative to Notepad): http://notepad-plus-plus.org/

CSVed – free CSV file text editor (alternative to using Excel): http://csved.sjfrancke.nl/

WinMerge – compare and merge text files: http://winmerge.org/

PDFCreator – open source PDF creator; installed as printer driver (alternative to Adobe Acrobat): http://sourceforge.net/projects/pdfcreator/

IsoBuster – view inside & extract from ISO files; recover data off unreadable CDs/DVDs: http://www.isobuster.com/

ImgBurn – burn ISO files to disc: http://www.imgburn.com/

Camstudio – create video capturing all screen actions: http://camstudio.org/

LibreOffice – open source office suite (alternative to Microsoft Office): http://www.libreoffice.org/

ColorPic – tool to learn colours on screen, wherever the mouse is pointing: http://www.iconico.com/colorpic/

HTTrack Website Copier – type in a URL and it downloads whole website: http://www.httrack.com/

FileZilla – open source FTP client: http://filezilla-project.org/

Restoration – undelete files, especially good for flash drives: http://www.snapfiles.com/get/restoration.html

CCleaner – clean up temp files on computer: http://www.piriform.com/ccleaner

Ad-Aware Free – remove adware from computer: http://www.lavasoft.com/products/ad_aware_free.php

Spybot Search & Destroy – remove spyware from computer: http://www.safer-networking.org/

Microsoft Security Essentials – free anti-virus software: http://windows.microsoft.com/MSE

Media Tools

IrfanView – graphics viewer; useful for simple resizing/cropping: http://www.irfanview.com/

GIMP – graphics editor (alternative to Adobe Photoshop): http://www.gimp.org/

Audacity – awesome sound file editor: http://audacity.sourceforge.net/

VLC media player – free and open source cross-platform multimedia player: http://www.videolan.org/vlc/

 

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