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):

Notepad++ – open source enhanced notepad editor (alternative to Notepad):

CSVed – free CSV file text editor (alternative to using Excel):

WinMerge – compare and merge text files:

PDFCreator – open source PDF creator; installed as printer driver (alternative to Adobe Acrobat):

IsoBuster – view inside & extract from ISO files; recover data off unreadable CDs/DVDs:

ImgBurn – burn ISO files to disc:

Camstudio – create video capturing all screen actions:

LibreOffice – open source office suite (alternative to Microsoft Office):

ColorPic – tool to learn colours on screen, wherever the mouse is pointing:

HTTrack Website Copier – type in a URL and it downloads whole website:

FileZilla – open source FTP client:

Restoration – undelete files, especially good for flash drives:

CCleaner – clean up temp files on computer:

Ad-Aware Free – remove adware from computer:

Spybot Search & Destroy – remove spyware from computer:

Microsoft Security Essentials – free anti-virus software:

Media Tools

IrfanView – graphics viewer; useful for simple resizing/cropping:

GIMP – graphics editor (alternative to Adobe Photoshop):

Audacity – awesome sound file editor:

VLC media player – free and open source cross-platform multimedia player:


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