Gizmo's Freeware Reviews
PERSONAL FAVORITE WINDOWS FREEWARE
24 TV Series Screensaver
A digital clock screensaver similar to the one displayed in the TV series "24". This 24 screensaver fades in with the classic "The Following Takes Place Between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m." and then fades out to the digital clock.
File archiver with a high compression ratio in 7z format with LZMA and LZMA2 compression. Supported formats: Packing / unpacking: 7z, XZ, BZIP2, GZIP, TAR, ZIP and WIM, Unpacking only: ARJ, CAB, CHM, CPIO, CramFS, DEB, DMG, FAT, HFS, ISO, LZH, LZMA, MBR, MSI, NSIS, NTFS, RAR, RPM, SquashFS, UDF, VHD, WIM, XAR and Z. For ZIP and GZIP formats, 7-Zip provides a compression ratio that is 2-10 % better than the ratio provided by PKZip and WinZip
Ashampoo Burning Studio Free
Burn files and folders on data CDs/DVDs/Blu-ray discs. Burn Audio CDs from WAV, MP3, FLAC, WMA and Ogg Vorbis files. Burn MP3-CDs from your MP3 files. Burn Video DVD, Video CD (VCD) or Super Video CD (S-VCD). Create and burn CD/DVD/Blu-ray disc images
Free, open source cross-platform sound editor for recording and editing sounds
Auslogics Disk Defrag
Optimizes file system, consolidates free space, can defrag automatically, provides flexible scheduler, can defrag a single file or folder, supports multi-terabyte volumes
Builds a detailed profile of your installed software and hardware, missing Microsoft hotfixes, anti-virus status, CIS (Center for Internet Security) benchmarks, and displays the results in your Web browser. All your PC profile information is kept private and is not sent to any web server
CalcTape is a revolutionary new kind of pocket calculator. With CalcTape, also extensive calculations remain clearly structured. CalcTape makes the arithmetic process visible - you can generate intermediate results and subsequently correct or change all numbers and operations.
CCleaner (Crap Cleaner)
System optimization and privacy tool removes unused files allowing Windows to run faster, freeing up valuable hard disk space, cleans traces of your online activities such as your Internet history, fast, takes less that a second to run
Professional source code editor for Windows loads fast, so small it can be copied onto a floppy disk, replacement for Notepad, offers powerful features for HTML, C/C++, Perl and Java. Syntax Highlighting for HTML, C/C++, Perl, Java, Matlab and LaTeX, undo/redo, user tools, macros, spell checker
DVD Shrink is software to backup DVD discs, use in conjunction with DVD burning software to make a backup copy of any DVD video disc, the output from DVD Shrink can be saved as files on your hard drive, which you can then burn with software of your choice
EaseUS Partition Master Home Edition
An ALL-IN-ONE partition solution and disk management freeware. extends partition, especially for system drive, manage disk space, settle low disk space problem on MBR and GUID partition table disk under Windows 32 bit and 64 bit systems
Epson Perfection V33 Scanner Driver
Audio grabber for audio CDs using standard CD and DVD-ROM drives. Other audio grabbers force you to waste time listening to every extracted audio track because they only do jitter correction. EAC, which uses multi-reading with verify and AccurateRip, doesn't.
Easy to use freeware utility that allows you to capture any portion of the screen, save it to a file, copy it to Windows clipboard, print it or e-mail it to a recipient of your choice.
Six different image formats to choose from, and each one can be resized
An acronym for GNU Image Manipulation Program for photo retouching, image composition and image authoring. Can be used as a simple paint program, an expert quality photo retouching program, an online batch processing system, a mass production image renderer, or image format converter. It is designed to be augmented with plug-ins and extensions to do just about anything
Google Pinyin Input App
IOBit Start Menu 8
Powerful, high-quality freeware video converter, easily convert video/audio between all popular formats, convert video/audio from one format to another, rip audio from video, convert video to image series, animated gif, provides optimized output profiles, easily convert video/audio for iPod, iPhone, PSP, Zune and other digital devices, adjust codec, bit rate, frame rate, video size, audio channel, sample rate, audio volume output, provides useful video editing functions, like cropping, trimming, merging, adding watermark, subtitle.
Power-packed Open Source personal productivity suite for Windows, Macintosh and Linux. Gives you six feature-rich applications for all your document production and data processing needs: Writer, Calc, Impress, Draw, Math and Base
metapad is a great choice for those who like their text editors small, fast, and free
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Designed to replace Notepad. Includes all of Notepad's features and much, much more
The award-winning Web browser is now faster, more secure, and fully customizable to your online life.
Mozilla FireFox: Personal Favorite Add-ons
Copy Pure Text
Extended Copy Menu
Multiple Tab Handler
Read It Later
A free cross-platform WYSIWYG music notation program that offers a cost-effective alternative to commercial programs such as Sibelius and Finale. You can print beautifully engraved sheet music or save it as PDF or MIDI file.
Leading-edge text and HTML editor, winner of software industry awards since 1998, easily handles a stack of huge files; lets you format text to your heart's content; does system-wide searches, and multi-line global replacements, even corrects your spelling mistakes, build document templates, add bookmarks, convert text to HTML on-the-fly, and take charge of your code
KMPlayer has been dethroned. PotPlayer is now the new king of media players. An intuitive and a powerful multimedia player written by the author of the KMPlayer. Easy to use with awesome video and audio quality. Similar to KMPlayer but with more stability and versatility. Supports almost all media formats. Seamless playback. GPU acceleration. Built in codecs. Extensive configuration options. Light on system resources. Fast startup. Autoresume for 200 files
Did you ever need to print out a large poster or banner but you couldn't make it big enough on your standard printer? PosterPrint can take a document created by any Windows ® printing application, zoom and print it on several standard sheets of paper using any available printer. This is a Multipage Printing - if a poster doesn't fit into one sheet of paper, print it on several and glue (or tape) them together! PosterPrint automatically adds glue margins, prints trim and alignment guides and offers several ways for easy zooming
A free PDF, XPS, DjVu, CBZ and CBR reader for Windows, small and starts up very fast, simple user interface, portable version included
VLC Media Player
Multimedia player for various audio and video formats (MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, DivX, mp3, ogg, as well as DVDs, VCDs, and various streaming protocols, can also be used as a server to stream in unicast or multicast in IPv4 or IPv6 on a high-bandwidth network.
Windows Movie Maker 6 for Windows 7/8/8.1
Installs an updated version of Windows Movie Maker 6.0 (WMM6) from Vista, in Windows 7/8/8.1. Windows Movie Maker 6 is the best version of Windows Movie Maker ever offered. It is much better than Windows Live Movie Maker, or WLMM, which comes standard with Windows 7/8/8.1
The Linux Penguin
PERSONAL FAVORITE LINUX DISTRO
Linux Mint is the Linux distro that finally persuaded me to convert to Linux on my old desktop PC, permanently, and not look back. Linux Mint is what has long been promised Windows users -- an Open Source operating system as easy to install as Windows, but which has all the virtues of Linux.
No, I am not double-booting into Linux and Windows. No, I did not partition my hard drive for both Linux and Windows. I formatted my entire hard drive and installed Linux Mint on the entire disk. I will not be going back.
If you're like me, if you're a Windows user who has been waiting for Linux to get its act together so you can finally make the switch, your wait is over. Linux Mint is what you have been waiting for. Linux Mint will give you a seamless, trouble-free installation, and seamless, trouble-free updates thereafter. All through menus and mouse clicks. No line commands required. Linux Mint is what Mandrake, Xandros, and OpenSUSE promised to be, but weren't.
Download the Linux Mint ISO. Burn it to a disk. Drop it in your CD-ROM and have Linux up and running within the hour. Complete with apps such as Firefox, Thunderbird, and Open Office. Be the proud owner of an operating system and office suite superior to Vista and Microsoft Office. All for free.
Linux Mint, like almost all Linux distros, is completely free. Your only cost will be a blank CD and a little download time.
My current favourite among Linux distros is Xubuntu 14.04 LTS (Long Term Support). It is very similar to Linux Mint 17 Xfce, but is actually superior in certain respects. One is the media player that it comes with -- Parole Media Player. Parole actually works more smoothly than the media players that come with Mint 17. No stuttering or crackling static when starting or stopping AVI, Matroska, and MP4 files of movies and TV shows.
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