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The primary function is to help you select the best freeware product for your particular needs.
The best freeware programs are as good as or better than their commercial counterparts but finding the most appropriate program can be challenging.
Sure, there are dozens of freeware download sites on the web, but few of these actually help you select the best program for your needs.
That's what we do here. No downloads, just honest advice and useful guidance.
It's honest because this is a community-based site staffed by volunteers and we have no commercial affiliations.
In August 2010, PC Magazine included Gizmo's Freeware in its "100 Top Websites of 2010."
Gizmo's Freeware: Top selections
The best freeware finds from Gizmo's Freeware (www.techsupportalert.com
Posted on: 28 July 2017, 5:02 am
After declaring that Microsoft Paint would be going away, Microsoft changes its mind after an Internet outcry.
In a somewhat confusing post this week, Microsoft said that Paint, the built in graphics program that's been part of the Windows operating system for the last 32 years, would be discontinued, or in Microsoft speak, deprecated, along with some other programs. After a large outcry by fans of the program, Microsoft reversed course, and in a blog post, said Microsoft would be keeping Paint. Microsoft will be moving Paint to the Windows Store as a free download in the near future (no timeline is available right now) and its main features incorporated into Paint 3D, available on Windows 10.
Also being discontinued are Outlook Express and its Reader app, which will be added to Edge, the web browser in Windows 10. Read More
Posted on: 27 July 2017, 4:05 am
Searching the web for text is really easy. Just use a search engine such as Google. But what if you have an image and you want to find out whether that picture exists elsewhere on the internet?
It's known as reverse image search, and you may be surprised to know that you can do that too. There are various sites which allow you to upload or select an image on your PC, or from a web page, and which will search the web for images which are, or which look, the same.
To make it even easier, there's a really handy extension for Chrome that will submit any image to 6 different reverse image search sites for you. To use it, head to the Chrome Store to download and install the extension.
You'll then see a small eye icon at the top of your screen. Click on that icon, and choose one of the 2 configuration options. It doesn't matter which, but the extension won't work until you've chosen and saved one.
Now, just right-click any image within your browser and RevEye will submit it to all of the reverse image search systems. Each will be opened in a separate tab, so you just need to check those tabs to see the results. Read More
Posted on: 26 July 2017, 3:51 am
You're reading a page on the web. It's an interesting article but you really don't have time right now, and you'd like to read it later. Sound familiar?
What do you do in such cases? You could print the article of course, but it wastes paper. Especially if the page also contains loads of ads. You could save the article as a favourite or bookmark, or export it to your online notes, but chances are you'll never get around to reading it.
Email This is the solution. It's a browser extension for Chrome which adds a little button to your browser screen. Simply click the button and the current page will be emailed directly to you. Plus, the text of the page will be nicely formatted, and all adverts will be stripped out too.
Email This is free, although there's an opportunity to donate if you want. It works really well. Try it and see what you think. Read More
Posted on: 24 July 2017, 4:06 am
A friend of mine is holding a garage sale soon, and she asked me whether I could design and print some flyers for her. I'm no designer or artist. I recall one instance, many years ago, when I attempted to draw a picture in one of my school books. When the teacher came to mark my work she wrote "Oh dear!" next to my drawing.
Thankfully, the internet means that you can get top-quality flyers and posters for your event without having to be good at design. The site I settled on for my friend's event was Poster My Wall.
Simply choose a template from the ready-made flyers, change the text to suit, and you've got a great looking result in seconds. Although membership of the site requires payment, you can download your poster or flyer in a low-resolution format for free. This is just fine for printing in standard letter or A4 format. Read More
Posted on: 23 July 2017, 4:42 am
Ever tried writing a complex document such as a novel or thesis? Using a traditional word processor can sometimes be difficult because, before you know it, you have thousands of words and ideas in no logical order and it becomes really difficult to organise everything into a sensible structure.
There's a really neat program for Windows called yWriter than can help. It's like a personal information manager for writers. Split your document into chapters or other sections, and there are separate windows for the text, notes, and so on. Getting an overview of the work in progress, without seeing all the text, is easy. And there is a constantly updated set of stats about how many words in each chapter, and how many words you've written today.
Best of all, yWriter is free (registration costs money but is entirely optional). And a brand new release of the software, version 6, was recently published.
The yWriter website is a reputable site according to Web of Trust and the installer is only 2 MB and is malware-free according to VirusTotal. Note that we recommend you download the Zip file, rather than the self-extracting installer, from the download page mentioned above.
Posted on: 21 July 2017, 3:09 am
Finds of the Week is a list of web sites I've come across lately that are interesting, fun, or useful (or all three). I hope you enjoy them. -Rhiannon
- Turn Off Internet Explorer in Windows 8.1 and 10
- How to Remove the windows.old Folder Manually
- Search Google Images from the Windows Context Menu
- Remove Text Formatting with one click using PureText
Posted on: 20 July 2017, 5:02 am
Networking For Dummies is a really good book about computer networks. Unlike other titles, which delve into the inner mysteries of TCP/IP and other really technical stuff, this one is much more clearly aimed at amateur techies and computer enthusiasts. It tells you how to set up, configure and optimize a PC network in order to share files and folders, use printers, use the internet, and so on.
It's very much aimed at Windows users, rather than Linux gurus. And although it does still cover some technical stuff like TCP/IP, it's actually very readable and useful. Especially if you want to understand how IP addresses and subnets work, and why some computers in your home or office might have trouble talking to others.
Networking For Dummies costs $15.99, but for the next couple of weeks you can download the entire book as a PDF file for free. The download is around 16 MB and you get it by entering your details at the promotional website: Read More
Posted on: 18 July 2017, 5:59 am
Disk jockeys are so old-fashioned now. The best parties no longer need someone to put on the records. Just plug your phone or MP3 player into the stereo, choose a playlist, and you're ready for the fun. Or you could even just ask Alexa or Google Home to play a particular set of songs.
But what about some video effects too? If you hadn't thought about it, but there's a PC in the room (especially if it's hooked up to a large screen), then here's something fun. Robot VJ listens to the music in the room, via your PC's microphone, and displays some party-like graphics in time with the rhythm of the music. Just fire up the PC, head to the Robot VJ website and choose your options. Then, after a few seconds while the system detects the beat, the display starts.
It's simple, and fun, and a novel use of the web. Is this something you'd actually use for a real party? I guess the jury's out on that one. Read More
Posted on: 17 July 2017, 2:41 am
On the standard Windows operating system, pressing the Print-Screen key will copy an image of the entire screen to the clipboard, holding the Alt key and pressing the Print-Screen key will capture the currently selected window. Some Windows systems come with a screen capture utility pre-installed. Other operating systems may also offer a similar utility for screen capture.
As an alternative to the utilities that come with the OS, the freeware products in this review cover most of the following useful features and functions which users might find they need:
Capture full screen or freely selected screen areas;
Auto detect windows and control objects such as button, box, toolbar, tab, etc.;
Snap scrolling windows, allow delayed captures;
Auto adapt to screen settings, such as custom text size;
Re-size screen shots or create thumbnails and other extra features.
Posted on: 16 July 2017, 2:22 am
Every year, Microsoft adds a huge collection of new items to its library of free downloadable e-books. And today was the day for 2017. The library now runs to more than 100 books, and they're available permanently for free download in PDF format for you to read on your PC or tablet.
Being from Microsoft, the collection is obviously all about Microsoft technologies. Some of the titles are aimed at technical readers or those in large companies, who look after servers. But there are also some great new titles which cover Windows 10 and Microsoft Office, which you might well find useful.
The full list, with download links for each title, is available at the Microsoft website.
As mentioned, all the books are free, and there's no limit on how many you can download, how long you can keep them, or when the download offer expires. Read More
Posted on: 15 July 2017, 4:58 am
Google runs lots of different systems, and they all store data about you. There's the search engine itself, of course, which knows what you've been looking for on the web. Then there's Youtube, Blogger, Calendar, your Google Drive, Hangouts, Gmail and more.
If you want to download a copy of all the data about you that's held on Google's servers, it's actually surprisingly easy. This is really useful if, say, you have a lot of important messages in your Gmail account and you want to ensure that you have a local copy. Just in case something happens to your Google account and you can no longer access them.
The key to all your data is a site called Google Takeout. Just go there, log in if you haven't already done so, and then select which data you want to download. Read More
Posted on: 14 July 2017, 4:20 am
There are, apparently, around 100 million book titles in circulation right now. But how do you discover new ones, except by browsing in a bookshop or on Amazon?
If you're a regular user of the web, here's a really neat idea. It's an extension for Chrome which introduces you to a new book at random every time you open a new tab. Which makes a welcome change from whatever your home page is currently set to (probably Google, if you're anything like me).
The extension, for reasons already mentioned, is called "100 Million Books" and it takes just a single click to install. Now, each time you open a new tab in your browser you'll be greeted by a picture from a random book, plus an excerpt from its text. There are links to Amazon and other sites if you want to buy yourself a copy, but that's not really the point. The main idea is to help you familiarise yourself with lots of different types of literature, and it does that really well.
And it sure makes a change from your normal Google home. Read More
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