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Gizmo's Freeware

Gizmo's Freeware is a non-commercial community website staffed entirely by volunteers.

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."


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  • A Perfect Replacement for Notepad++ on Android

    Posted on: 22 September 2017, 5:34 am

    Notepad++, our Editor's Choice for Best Free Programming Editor, is a popular and widely used text and code editor. It is an ideal replacement for Notepad and complete with features to edit programming codes in Windows.

    I use it frequently on PCs, even with two shortcuts added to the taskbar -- one for running in a small window to take some simple notes; another for launching in a full-screen window to edit HTML files.

    It would have been better if Notepad++ could have a version to run on Android. But it doesn’t.

    The good news is there are several alternative text editors built for Android, including JotterPad reviewed recently. It is a distraction-free text editor allowing you to focus on writing and editing lots of text, but sadly it is not a strong code editor.

    If you are looking for a text and code editor for Android almost like what Notepad++ does in Windows, QuickEdit produced by Rhythm Software is one of the best choices for its sleek design, high performance and support for more than 50 programming languages.

    Check this out if you’ve not tried it.  Read More
  • Finds of the Week: 21 Sept, 2017

    Posted on: 21 September 2017, 5:16 am

    Finds of the Week is a list of websites I've come across lately that are interesting, fun, or useful (or all three). I hope you enjoy them. -Rhiannon

    - How To Fix Stuck Windows 10 Updates
    - 7 Specialty Web Browsers You've Probably Never Explored
    - All the ways you can use Chrome offline
    - Cassini: The Grand Finale: The Saturn System Through the Eyes of Cassini (eBook)

  • Create Your Own Digital Signage System For Free

    Posted on: 20 September 2017, 5:13 am

    Have you noticed how printed signs and posters are rapidly being replaced by computer screens? The timetable boards at your local train station perhaps. The informational posters in your city library. Health info at your local hospital. The menu boards in your local burger joint even.

    The term for all those screens is "digital signage". Creating a digital signage system for your home, school or office generally requires specialist software which can be expensive. But a new system called Oozo has made it cheaper. Free, in some cases.

    To create one or more digital signs, start by signing up with Oozo for a free account. Then download the software to install on any spare PC that you have lying around. It needs internet access, but doesn't have to be particularly powerful.

    Once you've installed the software on one or more computers and linked it to your Oozo account, you can start creating content and pushing it out to the remote displays. Everything is done via a web interface, so there's no need to do anything else on the display machines once they're up and running with the Oozo software.

    You can link your Oozo account to your web site, your social media accounts, or some image files. They'll then be displayed on the remote screens.

    The free account at Oozo means that you'll get ads alongside your displayed content. But if you can live with that, it's a fun way to create your own TV channel in your house or office. If you're running a conference or meeting at work, for example, set up an Oozo screen that displays the Twitter account for the meeting. Then your participants can live-tweet their comments and have them instantly displayed for all to see.  Read More

  • IMPORTANT: If You're A CCleaner User You Need To Read This Now

    Posted on: 19 September 2017, 4:27 am

    If you use the free CCleaner tool from Piriform, which removes junk from your PC and registry, then you need to upgrade your software as soon as possible.

    It's been reported that the installer file for CCleaner had been compromised back in August, by person or persons unknown. It had been altered to send details of the user's computer to a server in the USA. Piriform kept quiet about the discovery until police in the US had located and shut down that server. Now that they have done so, Piriform have released a new version of CCleaner and are urging everyone to upgrade.

    If you use CCleaner or CCleaner cloud, you need to download and install the latest version. If you're not already a user of the software, and you want to try it, then you should also ensure that you download the very latest release.  Read More
  • Download These Gorgeous High Resolution Audubon Bird Prints for Free

    Posted on: 18 September 2017, 5:39 am

    The Audubon Society's digital library has made all 435 plates from wildlife artist John J. Audubon's book "The Birds of America" available as free, high resolution downloads. These are outstanding illustrations created by Audubon from 1827 to 1838 while he was exploring the USA.

    The birds are listed alphabetically but you can also sort birds by name, by chronology, or by state bird (keep in mind some states weren't in existence when these illustrations were created).

    To download images, the sites ask you to supply a name, email address and zip code which signs you up for the Audubon monthly newsletter, Wingspan. I didn't find a way around that, so you'll have to unsubscribe from the newsletter when it comes if you prefer not to receive it. You can download as many images as you'd like after you've signed up until the browser cookies are deleted or expire.

    Clicking on an entry for a bird brings Audubon's descriptive commentary and bird descriptions, a link to download the high resolution file, the option to view the full plate in a pop up window, and a link to the Bird Guide that has current information on bird species, habits, habitat, and audio of bird calls (where audio is available, not all the birds have audio, and some species are now extinct).

    To get to the download link for each bird you need to scroll down the page a bit until the information appears.You can see the full image (plate) or download the high resolution file. Looking at the full plate loads a pop up window, where you can enlarge, reduce, or view the image full screen. You can get some nice, clear detail by using the enlarge function.

    The page itself takes a while to load on a somewhat slow connection, and there are duplicate entries for some birds. All the duplicate entries I clicked on had the same plate numbers and looked the same to me.

    The downloaded images are large and would make nice posters and other kinds of printable objects. They also make nice looking desktop wallpaper backgrounds. To give you an idea of the size of the downloaded files, the two illustrations I downloaded are 10974 x 6472 px (Louisiana Heron) and 11522 x 6795 px (Scarlet Ibis, shown above).  Read More
  • Wallpaper of the Week: Yosemite Sunrise

    Posted on: 16 September 2017, 2:14 am

    This weeks wallpaper shows Yosemite National Park in California at sunrise. Luminous mists are traveling through the mountains, showing off the view of these well known mountains. A far off waterfall, glowing clouds, and a foreground of well defined trees complete the view. Icons show up fairly well in most areas of this background.  Read More
  • Want To Win A Free Copy Of This Superb $40 PIM?

    Posted on: 15 September 2017, 3:40 am

    I've been researching Personal Information Manager software recently, and one of the products I really like is EssentialPIM. It's a Windows program which manages all your notes, to-do lists, calendars, contacts and passwords. It even has a built-in email client too, so you can read and send email from within the program.

    All your data is stored in a single database file, so when you back up that file you know that you've got safe copies of all your information. And you can password-protect the database too, so no one else can use it if they happen to find a copy of your database.

    There's both a free and Pro version available. The free version provides basic features and you can use this for as long as you like, with no payment necessary.

    The Pro version costs $39.95 and it has many more features, and you can customise it more as well. Because I liked the program so much, I got in touch with the developers and asked whether they'd give me some licences for the Pro version to give away to readers of Gizmo's Freeware. And they said yes!

    So, I have 5 licences to give away. Here's how to apply:  Read More
  • Now You Can Add a Watermark to a PDF File for Free

    Posted on: 14 September 2017, 5:01 am

    PDF Watermark is a free program that can, as the name suggests, add a watermark to 1 or more pages of any PDF file. Choose from text of your choice, or an image, and add it to your file in order to help prevent unauthorised use or distribution.

    This is handy if you use any other programs that can generate PDF files, but which don't have the ability to add watermarks.

    The download is an 8 MB file and despite the download button saying "free trial", the program is actually totally free. And it's malware-free according to VirusTotal. The download site is fully trusted by Web of Trust too.  Read More
  • Tens Of Millions Of Images That Are Free To Use

    Posted on: 12 September 2017, 4:51 am

    I've written in this column in the past about online photo libraries and collections that are free to use. They're great if you need an image to illustrate a card or flyer you're designing, perhaps, or a web site you're working on.

    You could, of course, just use Google's image search feature to find the picture you want. But there's a real risk that you end up using someone's photo or artwork without their consent. Not the end of the world if you only use it as the basis of a birthday card for your mother, maybe. But if it ends up on your company's web site to illustrate a new product, it can be embarrassing and expensive. And morally questionable.

    Wouldn't it be great if there was a way of filtering Google image search results to only show you those pictures which are royalty-free and which you can use for your own purposes? Well, you know what? There is! But if you didn't know about it, then you're not alone. Here’s how you do it:   Read More
  • Now You Can Add A Watermark To A PDF File for Free

    Posted on: 10 September 2017, 5:34 am

    PDF Watermark is a free program that can, as the name suggests, add a watermark to 1 or more pages of any PDF file. Choose from text of your choice, or an image, and add it to your file in order to help prevent unauthorised use or distribution.

    This is handy if you use any other programs that can generate PDF files, but which don't have the ability to add watermarks.

    The download is at and is an 8 MB file. Despite the download button saying "free trial", the program is actually totally free. And it's malware-free according to VirusTotal. The download site is fully trusted by Web of Trust too.  Read More
  • You Will Need This Excellent Distraction-Free Text Editor for Android

    Posted on: 9 September 2017, 4:25 am

    For writing in a small screen size on a mobile device, you may find that a note-taking app is too simple to suit your need. It often keeps text in its own notebook form and does not deal with individual files.

    On the other end, you may also dislike a full-blown word processor. It overfills your small screen with more formatting tools than you actually need. It does save every document in one file, though.

    Gladly, there is a middle ground and it is where a plain text editor comes in. It allows you to focus on writing and editing lots of text in a file on a small-screen device. And it does not distract you from writing like with a complicated word processor.  Read More
  • Learn Ethical Hacking With This 1000-page $55 Book, For Free

    Posted on: 8 September 2017, 1:55 am

    If you're interested in computers, security, ethical hacking and Linux, then here's a deal for you. "Penetration testing: A survival guide" is a thorough course in how to set up a computer network for test purposes and then to try hacking it. It's well-written too, which is more than can be said for a lot of special-offer books that I get told about (and which consequently never get written about in this column).

    It runs to more than 1,000 pages and normally costs $55. But you can download the PDF file right now for free, in return for nothing more than an email address.  Read More
  • Get Help And Feedback As You Write

    Posted on: 7 September 2017, 5:02 am

    Hemingway is an online word processor and text editor which is free to use. It describes itself as a "distraction-free writing environment", but online word processor is just as good. It's free because it's really a promotional tool for the company's paid-for offline version, but the online version is still very useful.

    It has 2 modes. In writing mode, the distraction-free element takes over. You see almost nothing except a blank screen, ready for you to write. There's a minimal toolbar for select bold, italic and so on.

    When you're ready to review your work, click the button to switch from writing to editing mode. The system now automatically highlights sections of your text in different colours in order to show incorrect spellings, sentences that are too long, sentences that are hard to read, phrases which should be simplified, and so on.

    When you're finished, just copy and paste the text from Hemingway into wherever you want it, such as the email you're composing or the document you're working on.  Read More
  • Finds of the Week: 6 Sept, 2017

    Posted on: 6 September 2017, 4:38 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

    - How Much Does Windows 10 Spy on You?
    - Unblock Flash in Chrome and Firefox
    - How to Send Large Files Online for Free
    - Which Files Should You Back Up On Your Windows PC?

  • How To Make A Digital Image Larger

    Posted on: 5 September 2017, 4:27 am

    A PC is great for editing digital photos and other images. You can change the colours, resize, crop, and so on. You can even reduce the resolution in order to make the photo smaller, such as to fit on a web page or in a document.

    But what if you want to make the image larger? For example, so that you can print a full-page version of a photo. Although you might think it should be easy, it's not. Enlarging a digital image requires the computer to invent additional detail that isn't actually in the file. And although that's clearly impossible, it actually turns out that you can make a pretty good guess about what colour a pixel should be if you examine those pixels around it.

    Which means that you can, after all, use a computer to enlarge a photo. And while it may not be quite as good as having captured the additional detail at the time, it's still impressive.

    Reshade Image Enlarger Pro is, despite the name, a free download that does exactly that. It used to be a commercial product but is now free. And despite its age, it works just fine on Windows 10. Simply load the image of your choice, then play around with the controls and the image size to come up with the results you're after.

    The download is around 43 MB and it's malware-free according to VirusTotal, and a reputable site in the opinion of Web of Trust.  Read More
  • Explore Space With This Free Program From NASA

    Posted on: 4 September 2017, 2:26 am

    Ever tried Google Earth to look at some local or distant streets, and wondered whether it's possible to do the same thing with outer space? Well, it is, and the technology comes from NASA and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, so this isn't some amateur offering. Instead, it's a superb way to explore the solar system, planets and exoplanets, as well as earth and the satellites that currently orbit it.

    It's a fascinating and educational tool, which is available for Windows and other platforms too. The initial download is around 50 MB, but be aware that it will then download a lot more additional data and graphics from NASA's servers. So you'll need a decent internet connection in order to make use of it.  Read More
  • Want To Try Hacking Computers Legally? Here's How

    Posted on: 2 September 2017, 3:35 am

    Have you ever fancied yourself as a computer hacker or penetration tester? Have you ever read about hacking and wondered just how easy or hard it would actually be to achieve?

    Of course, hacking someone else's computer without their permission is illegal pretty much everywhere. And setting up a network of computers yourself, purely to hack them, is time-consuming. But thankfully there's another way.

    Hack The Box is a network of computers which has been set up for you to hack. It's all legal, and the idea is to allow people to test their technical skills and techniques. It's also free to use, and good fun. But be aware that it's aimed at people with a good deal of technical knowledge (or those who think they have it!).  Read More
  • Voice Typing Now Supports 119 Languages

    Posted on: 1 September 2017, 3:35 am

    Daan van Esch, Google's Technical Program Manager of Speech, says "using your voice to dictate a message can be up to three times faster than typing" in a blog post titled "Type less, talk more".

    Absolutely, voice typing speeds up the way you work and save your precious time than any regular typing does especially when you are using a tiny onscreen keyboard on a smartphone. The speech recognition system works pretty well if the language you speak is accurate and close to the system, and the background noise does not interrupt the feature when you use it.

    To enhance the speech recognition system, Google worked with native speakers to collect speech samples and trained the machine learning models to understand the sounds and words.

    The system has recently incorporated 30 new language varieties including English spoken in Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria and Tanzania, as well as Tamil spoken in India, Singapore, Sri Lanka and Malaysia. The total number of supported languages in the system is now 119.

    Gboard is also available for free on the iPhone and iPad, but it does not have the full features yet as in the Android version. Read More
  • Using Thunderbird For Email? There Are Add-Ins And They're Great

    Posted on: 30 August 2017, 4:31 am

    I use Thunderbird for my work email. Millions of people around the world use it as their email program. It's simple to use, and talks to most types of email server (including Gmail, if you want). It was originally a spin-off of Firefox, but the browser company no longer supports it as much as it did. Even so, it's still a popular product, and one of only a handful of free top-quality email clients for Windows.

    If you use Thunderbird, here's something you may not know. While everyone is aware that Firefox has an entire ecosystem of add-ins and extensions available to enhance it, it's not so widely known that there are loads of free Thunderbird extensions available too. These range from functional things such as handling mailing lists and mailmerge, to aesthetics such as themes.  Read More
  • Wallpaper of the Week: Autumn Tree Canopy: View from the Ground

    Posted on: 28 August 2017, 5:13 am

    This week's wallpaper shows the orange, red, and gold of an autumn tree canopy splashed across the blue of the sky. The view from the ground peers up at trunks and branches that curl and wind in a most unusual way and are as interesting as the colorful cloak of leaves. This is a fairly light background so icons are visible but don't show as easily as darker backgrounds.  Read More
  • Back Up Your Google Tasks To Your PC With This Free Service

    Posted on: 27 August 2017, 5:50 am

    I currently use Google Tasks to manage my to-do list. It's a very simple and basic system, but it suits me just fine. And because I use Gmail for my personal mail, everything integrates nicely.

    But when something as important as all my to-do lists are held in the cloud, I like to be able to keep a backup copy on my PC just in case. And while Google provides a method for doing this, via Google Takeout, the data doesn't arrive in a format that's particularly user friendly.

    A few days ago I discovered a really neat service for backing up my Google Tasks entries. It's web-based too, so you don't need to download or install anything. Just visit the service website and click on the buttons to authorise the app to access your task lists. Then follow the prompts in order for the app to obtain and download your task lists in the format of your choice. You can get standard text or CSV files, or a nice HTML formatted printable version too.

    Personally, I opt for the HTML formatted version, which I keep on my computer just in case Google ever loses my data or decides to deny me access to it.  Read More
  • A Mouse Movement/Click Recorder. What A Neat Idea!

    Posted on: 25 August 2017, 8:46 am

    Is there a sequence of mouse movements and clicks that you often perform on your PC? For example, when you first start up the computer, maybe you always like to open a specific handful of programs, rearrange some windows, change some settings, and so on.

    As you find yourself running through the same set of mouse actions for the 90th time, have you ever stopped to wonder why no one invented a program that lets you record mouse action and then play it back?

    If so, here's some good news. Such a program does exist. And not only does it exist, it's completely free to download and use.

    The program in question is called Mouse Recorder and it's a 2.4 MB download, which is malware-free according to VirusTotal and from a reputable site according to Web of Trust.

    So next time you find yourself saying "I'd love to be able to do that, but I can't be bothered to click those menus thousands of times", check out whether Mouse Recorder would make it easy.  Read More

  • The Gimp Isn't Just For Linux

    Posted on: 4 August 2017, 3:20 am

    One of the most fun things to do on your PC is to edit photos. At the very basic level, this means cropping an image or resizing it, or perhaps making it a little darker or lighter. If you're happy with such activity then Microsoft Paint, or the new Paint 3D that arrives with the Windows 10 Creators' Update, will suffice. But once you want to get more advanced, you'll need a proper image editor.

    The best-known image editor for Windows is of course Adobe Photoshop, but it's very expensive. Thankfully there's something almost as good, which is completely free and is even open source. It's called The Gimp, which stands for the GNU Image Manipulation Program.

    GNU is the name of a Unix-like operating system which was actually a forerunner of Linux. It stands for GNU's Not Unix. Because of this, a lot of people assume that the Gimp is inextricably linked to Linux. But that's not the case. A Windows version has been available for some years, and it's really good. The latest version was released just a few weeks ago.

    If you want to try image editing on your PC and you can't justify Photoshop, give the Gimp a try. The download is 85 MB and the site is rated as reputable by Web of Trust, and the installer itself is malware-free according to Virus Total.  Read More

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