So, here are the results of a lengthy and continuous
effort to select the best, quality
freeware programs that supplant the need for the standard, more pricey,
You might be wondering what is the rationale
for this quest.
A similar collection can be found on "The 46 Best-ever Freeware
of the needs are the same, but the programs I have chosen to meet them are
Additionally, there are some important categories that are absent from that
most noticeable of which is the one for CD/DVD authoring related
If you yourself have any freeware that you like to parade around, that
you swear by,
or that you otherwise adore, please drop me a line so that everyone can
enjoy it, too.
Instead of using:
- Nero, Roxio Easy CD Creator
- UltraEdit, EditPlus, SciTE, Notepad, ...
- Procomm Plus
- Microsoft Frontpage
- ICQ, AIM, Yahoo!, MSN Messenger, ...
- Photoshop, Paint Shop Pro
- Adobe Acrobat Writer
- Ulead DVD Workshop, Roxio's VideoWave
- Linux »
- CDBurnerXP Pro 3 »
- PSPad »
- Tera Term Pro »
- Nvu »
- Miranda IM »
- The GIMP »
- PDFCreator »
- DVD Author GUI, DVDStyler »
There is an ongoing debate concerning the usability, stability and
the Linux operating system versus those of Microsoft's Windows. I will
these issues here. Linux can be considered a free alternative to Windows,
suffice it to say that both operating systems have something to offer.
For that reason, I have chosen to compromise. I work with both
and Windows - dual booting on the same PC. In order to prevent much
rebooting, I also use VMWare's emulation to boot my Windows partition
my Linux one and vice versa.
CDBurnerXP Pro 3
When it comes to general purpose CD and DVD burning, CDBurnerXP Pro 3
prime choice. Despite its threatening name, CDBurnerXP Pro 3 offers
capabilities and a dreamy interface, while avoiding the bloat that is so
in similiar applications (you know who you are).
CDBurnerXP Pro's features include direct disc copying, creating and
ISO images, ripping audio CDs, burning audio CDs and creating bootable
A more complete list of features can be found on the pages linked to
Latest Version: 18.104.22.168
File Size: 4.39Mb
Nothing can transcend the simplicity of Notepad. But for advanced
PSPad comes close. With PSPad, you can work on multiple files
utilize syntax highlighting for many a programming language, specify an
compiler, record macros, compare text files, run a spell checker and
advanced search and replace (for all files in a directory, for
I also use it for its hex editing functionality and its ability to
pages - TiDying them up,
compressing them, and safely picking their colors.
The program is loaded with many more useful features, but manages to
maintain an easy to use interface. A more complete list of features
be found on the pages linked to below.
Latest Version: 4.5.0 (2183)
File Size: 3.03Mb
Tera Term Pro
For simple serial port communications, it is possible to make do with
application that is bundled with Windows (HyperTerminal). However,
Term Pro not only offers a nicer GUI and telnet capability, but also
a powerful scripting language that enables intricate automation.
Tera Term Pro Web is an independent revision to the original program.
adds the ability to connect with SSH, and the ability to monitor and
the Telnet, SSH and serial connections remotely, via a web interface!
Latest Version: 3.1.3
File Size: 949Kb
Nvu offers a professional interface for WYSIWYG web design, similar
to that of
Microsoft's Frontpage. Nvu addresses the basics of web design and does so
It also supports CSS and allows for automated publishing. All in all, Nvu
is a, good,
free solution to help create web pages without worrying about their code.
There *are* some complimentary features that are missing. Namely,
report generation, integrated todo lists and site navigation overview.
be performed by other freeware applications. Still, you certainly get
worth :-) on this open source cutie.
Latest Version: 1.0
File Size: 6.57Mb
Miranda Instant Messenger
"Miranda IM is a multi protocol instant messenger client for
Miranda IM is very lightweight, flexible and extendible. It is *the*
those who simply want universal text messaging without having to endure
nefarious installations of ICQ, AIM, MSN Messenger and Yahoo!
It can even fit onto a floppy.
The drawback to this approach is that while a certain messaging
client always remains up to date, an integrated client such as Miranda
step behind. This means that certain advanced features, such as voice
are often unavailable.
An upside to its design, however, is that Miranda IM is highly
This means that you can use the same comfortable interface with many
other protocols, such as Battle.net chat, NET SEND, and Jabber.
Latest Version: 0.4.0.3
File Size: 993Kb
The GNU Image Manipulation Program is the only professional open
image editor that I am aware of, and it is a very good one at that. I am
expert in computer graphics - I just use it for photo touch ups and
Latest Version: 2.2.10
File Size: 7.67Mb (plus 3.6Mb for required GTK+ and 21.4Mb for
optional help files)