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Table of Contents

• HARDWARE RESOURCES   • SOFTWARE RESOURCES
• RESOURCE and SUPPORT WEB SITES     - Macintosh Software
  - General Resource and Support Sites (for any OS)   - Windows Software
  - Macintosh Resource and Support Sites   - Shareware & Freeware
  - Windows Resource and Support Sites  


HARDWARE RESOURCES

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RESOURCE and SUPPORT WEB SITES

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  • General Resource and Support Sites

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SOFTWARE RESOURCES

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  • Macintosh Software

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  • Windows Software

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    • GENERAL
      • Belarc Advisor - Free. Builds a detailed profile of your installed software and hardware, network inventory, missing Microsoft hotfixes, anti-virus status, security benchmarks, and displays the results in your Web browser.
      • Classic Shell - bring back the Window 7 style start menu to Windows 8 and 10 machines.
      • Everything Search Tool - Windows file and folder search tool. Free, Very fast.
      • GWX Control Panel — tired of being continually pestered by Microsft by notifications and pop-ups to get the buggy Windows 10? This free software removes all of that.
      • PagePlus Starter Edition - Free desktop publishing/layout program that offers a wide range of features at an excellent price: free. It meets many expectations for high-quality software, including the ability to intuitively perform some complex tasks.
      • Secunia Personal Software Inspector (PSI) - Stay secure by patching and updating insecure programs. Secunia PSI is a security scanner which identifies programs that are insecure and need updates. It even automates the updating of many of these programs, making it a lot easier to maintain a secure PC.
      • Update Notifier - A small, free utility that scans your computer for installed software and displays a list of updates. Also you can see the latest updates for applications from your Watch List.

    • Back-up, clone, system image software
    • Data cleaning software
      • Active@ Kill Disk - Hard Drive Eraser - Free. powerful and compact software that allows you to destroy all data on hard and floppy drives completely, excluding any possibility of future recovery of deleted files and folders. It's a hard drive and partition eraser utility.
      • BCWipe - Prevent deleted files from being restored by someone else. Delete files forever. Use military-grade procedures to surgically remove all traces of any file.
      • CCleaner - see the Drive Wiper feature - Free. Wipe the free areas of your hard disk so that deleted files can never be recovered.
      • Eraser - Free. An advanced security tool for Windows that allows you to completely remove sensitive data from your hard drive by overwriting it several times with carefully selected patterns.
      • Sure Delete - Free. Security file shredder

    • Family Tree Maker
    • File converters
      • Online Convert - Transforms a wide selection of file formats (documents, images, audio, video), and it doesn't require you to download or install any new software. Free.
      • Zamzar - free online file conversion site. Convert images, documents, music files, video files, and more from one format to another.

    • Fonts
      • Ecofont - Free font based on Bitstream Vera sans-serif containing little holes designed to reduce ink consumption when printing.

    • Microsoft Software

    • Office / productivity suites
      • LibreOffice - A power-packed free, libre and open source personal productivity suite for Windows, Macintosh and GNU/Linux, that gives you six feature-rich applications for all your document production and data processing needs: Writer, Calc, Impress, Draw, Math and Base.
      • OpenOffice - Free productivity / office software suite for word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, graphics, databases and more. Available in many languages and works on all common computers. It stores all your data in an international open standard format and can also read and write files from other common office software packages. It can be downloaded and used completely free of charge for any purpose.

    • PDF Related

      • PDF Converters:

      • PDF Creators:
        • DoPDF - Free PDF creator - creates a PDF document from any printable document.
        • PDF-XChange Lite - Free PDF creator in the form of a printer driver. For Windows XP, or newer. (A simplified version of their PDF-XChange Standard virtual PDF printer.
        • PDFlite - Free. Open-source and light-weight PDF Reader and Converter.
          Convert files to PDF like Word and JPG. Any program that can print, can convert to PDF. Be sure to decline the extra software they want to offer you during the install process.
        • PrimoPDF - Free. This program is a printer driver that creates PDF files from your documents, rather than printing them to paper. After install, whenever you choose the print option from an application, PrimoPDF will be listed along with your physical printers, print to file, etc. It's extremely easy to use and produces excellent PDFs--without the watermarks that some programs add.

      • PDF Readers:
        • Adobe Acrobat Reader
          • Get Adobe Reader ‹ provides the latest version based on your operation system,
          • Adobe Reader, enterprise installation ‹ obtain any version you like of Adobe Reader.
          • FTP direct access to Adobe Reader installer files for Windows (US users will want the "en_US" directory.) ‹ This lets you immediately download the full installation file.
          • Adobe Reader and Acrobat Cleaner Tool for Windows ‹Removes a standalone installation of Reader or Acrobat, including any preferences and settings that may be preserved during a standard program uninstall. The tool is designed to fix installation 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.
        • Evince - Free. Iincredibly lightweight and allows the viewing multiple types of documents, such as PDF, Postscript, djvu, tiff, dvi, XPS, SyncTex (support with gedit), and comics books (cbr,cbz,cb7 and cbt). View PDFs, view thumbnails, search, view document indexes, print documents, and encrypted document viewing.
        • FoxIt PDF Reader - Free. Allows you to open, view, and print any PDF file.
        • SlimPDF - Free. For anyone looking to replace Adobe Reader with a lightning fast application that uses little in the way of resources. They also offer a plugin (not free) to enable the conversion of PDFs to .doc, .xls, and .ppt files.
        • Sumatra PDF - Free. This is a PDF, ePub, MOBI, CHM, XPS, DjVu, CBZ, CBR reader for Windows

    • Photo / Image editors

      • GIMP - GNU Image Manipulation Program. Free image editor with many Photoshop-like tools. Can perform such tasks as photo retouching, image composition, and image authoring.. It can be used as a simple paint program, an expert quality photo retouching program, an online batch processing system, a mass production image renderer, an image format converter, etc. For UNIX, Windows and Mac OS X.
      • Microsoft Image Composite Editor (ICE) - An advanced panoramic image stitcher. Windows only.
      • Paint.NET - free photo editing software for Windows.
      • Photo Pos Pro Photo Editor - a free photo editor offers users a wide variety of possibilities in the fields of Image Enhancing and Image Editing and in the field of Computer Graphics Design.
      • PTGui - Photostitching software -- A tool that supports the panorama creation process from the beginning to the final stitched panorama. For Macs and Windows.

    • Recover Deleted Files

      • Data Recovery from Pareto - Free. Recover lost files and data in minutes.
      • FreeUndelete - Rescue files accidentally deleted from a Windows XP, 2000, and NT file system.
      • Recuva - Free. Restores files that have been accidentally deleted from your computer.
      • Restoration - Free, for Windows. Recover files you've deleted from the Recycle Bin.

    • Training
      • Lynda.com - Software training - online-tutorials for Adobe, Microsoft, Apple, and more.

    • Uninstallers
      • Revo Uninstaller - Free uninstall utility. There's alos a paid, Pro version. It is not just an uninstall program it also includes other tools and features that will help you to clean your Windows based computer system
      • Total Uninstall - $30, but 30-day trial version available. Completely remoces unwanted programs, leaving no remnanat behind.

  • Shareware & Freeware Sources

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    • General (Any OS) Shareware & Freeware Sources

      • Softpedia - the encyclopedia of free software downloads for Macs, Windows, and more.

    • Macintosh Shareware & Freeware Sources

    • Windows Shareware & Freeware Sources

      • CNet Download.com - Free software for Windows
      • Tucows - An extensive collection of Windows shareware and freeware.
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