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25 FREE Programs for Fun and Business

The following is a list of 25 FREE programs that should be useful to most ActiveRainer's.

These are from my 2 favorite places to find new programs and  I haven't tried all of these, but I've tried many and they have been really good.




adionSoft Fast Image Resizer


-Dual and Quadcore compatible
-Resize images to any size quickly and in high quality
-Create thumbnails for your website images
-Resize Algorithm quality and JPEG quality configurable
-Create resized files in new folder, or in the same folder as the source
-Use EXIF information to rotate your pictures to the correct orientation
-Copy EXIF info from source image
-Easy resizing by using windows explorer Send To menu
-Automatic cropping option
-Can read JPG, BMP, GIF, PNG, TIFF and HD Photo (.wdp, .hdp) files
-Writes JPG files
-Compatible with Windows 2000, XP and Vista


Blender 2.48a

Blender is the free open source 3D content creation suite, available for all major operating systems under the GNU General Public License.


Google SketchUp 7.0

Create 3D models and share them with the world
Google SketchUp is software that you can use to create 3D models of anything you like.

Scribus 081016

Scribus is an open source program that brings award-winning professional page layout to Linux/Unix, MacOS X, OS/2 and Windows desktops with a combination of "press-ready" output and new approaches to page layout. Underneath the modern and user friendly interface, Scribus supports professional publishing features, such as CMYK color, separations, ICC color management and versatile PDF creation.


Smooth Gallery Builder 1.0.2771

Turn a folder of images into a cool web gallery in a few seconds. A web gallery is a site of web pages to navigate and view your images.


The Gimp 2.6.3

GIMP is an acronym for GNU Image Manipulation Program. It is a freely distributed program for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition and image authoring. It has many capabilities. 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. GIMP is expandable and extensible. It is designed to be augmented with plug-ins and extensions to do just about anything. The advanced scripting interface allows everything from the simplest task to the most complex image manipulation procedures to be easily scripted.

AceMoney Lite 3.12.12

AceMoney helps people organize and manage their personal finances quickly and easily. It supports all the features required for home or even small-business accounting needs. For Windows 3.0.0 Final

OpenOffice is a free, open source alternative to MS Office with a Word compatible word processor, a complete Excel compatible spread sheet program and a Power Point like presentation software and drawing program and also allows to save to PDF file.

PDFCreator 0.9.6

PDFCreator is a free tool to create PDF files from nearly any Windows application.

Sticker Lite 5.1

Sticker Lite is FREE Sticky Notes software that allows you to create conputer sticky notes to keep all information you have to remember on your PC desktop. Friendly user interface lets you start using this sticky note program within minutes.


tinySpell 1.7.013

Occasionally you need to check the spelling of words in an application that does not include a spelling checker and you don't want to launch your word processor just for that. This is when tinySpell becomes handy. It is a small utility that allows you to easily and quickly check the spelling of words in any Windows application.

Web Design Toy 1.02.85

Web Design Toy provides a deceptively simple split-window layout. Whatever HTML is typed in the editor window is instantly shown in web-page form in the display window. The result is an imediate feedback learning tool - a perfect companion for any HTML course or learning tutorial.


WordToys 1.0

With WordToys you get over 40 tools that make Microsoft Word easier to use and more fun to work with. Tabbed documents, auto-backups, unlimited doc history, and unique formatting and editing features change forever the way you work with Word.





The next couple I threw in just for fun because I'm a dork - they are great when you are waiting on something or just need to decompress.



Maestro is a scaled-down version of the program that NASA scientists use to operate Spirit and Opportunity. Updates are also available for Maestro that contain real data from Mars that you can add to your copy of Maestro.


LEGO Digital Designer for Windows 2.3

As far back as 1999, a group of visionary LEGO product developers and engineers started thinking about letting people design their own LEGO products. The first milestone was achieved in July 2003, when version 1.0 of LEGO Digital Designer was released. In February 2004, an online 3D Gallery went live, allowing designers to share their ideas via the Internet. By 2005, thousands of LEGO Factory enthusiasts were designing, sharing and ordering their own custom models – and the one-millionth copy of LEGO Digital Designer was downloaded on 25 September that year.


And back to business...

AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition

AVG Free Edition is the well-known antivirus protection tool. AVG Free is available free of charge to home users for the life of the product. Rapid virus database updates are available for the lifetime of the product, thereby providing the high level of detection capability that millions of users around the world trust to protect their computers.


Ad-Aware 2008

With the ability to scan your RAM, Registry, hard drives, and external storage devices for known data-mining, advertising, and tracking components, Ad-Aware 2008 can clean your system easily, allowing you to maintain a higher degree of privacy while you surf the Web.


Business Plan Guide and Template. The Word-based Template (48 pages) contains a detailed framework and structure for writing a business plan. It is complemented by a comprehensive guide (supplied as a 90+ topic Help file and as a 100+ page PDF file for printing). Version 3.0 may include unspecified updates, enhancements, or bug fixes.

Graph Paper Printer

Graph Paper Printer is an application designed to print numerous kinds of graph papers, music manuscripts and pattern papers, with user-defined sizes and colors. The options are available through dropdown pick-lists.

Free File Merge

Merge multiple text files into one master file. This tool allows you to join many files into a single file. Use this tool instead of open each file and copy the content to paste it to one single file.

tazti Speech Recognition Software for Windows XP

tazti Speech Recognition for XP/XP Tablet is a Web 2.0 style mashup application that enables you to log in to and navigate FaceBook and MySpace by talking to your PC. Turn on and operate the iTunes music player by talking to your PC. Search the bookmarks in all the browsers on your PC, by talking to your PC. Import your bookmarks from your browsers and also from your account and create speech commands for them. Create your own speech commands and associate a webpage, application or file to the new speech command. Search Google, Yahoo, Ask, MSN, eBay, Amazon, Youtube, Wikipedia, Digg, Technorati, Facebook, Myspace and other sites including Google Finance by talking to your PC. Perform Local Searches of Google and Yahoo by talking to your PC. Great for finding a coffee shop in a particular zip code. Spell out your searches for foreign words and words with silent or unusual mispronunciations, by talking to your PC.


tazti Speech Recognition Software for Windows Vista

same as above only for Vista.



Speakonia is a Text-To-Speech Program which is controlled through a graphical user interface (Similar to Notepad). Speakonia reads aloud any given text. The reading can be paused, resumed and can be exported to a wave file. Speakonia is able to fetch webpages through an internal http interface and read them aloud for you. You can have your mails read to you using the 'Clipboard Reading' feature.


Free Powerpoint Templates

Free Powerpoint templates and backgrounds. Create professional presentations quickly and easily with these pre-made designed templates. These templates come with three supporting background graphics.

AuthorPOINT Lite

AuthorPOINT Lite is a free PowerPoint to Flash converter. This freeware PPT to Flash conversion tool is very easy-to-use and can convert both .ppt and .pps to .swf Flash. AuthorPOINT Lite converts and uploads presentations to AuthorSTREAM and WiZiQ, the online services that retain PowerPoint effects on the web like PowerPoint animations, rehearsed timings, sounds and gifs. It is Windows Vista and Office 2007 compatible.  So users don't need to send PowerPoint attachments in email and there is no presentation replication. Users can also get unique code for presentations uploaded to AuthorGEN's presentation sharing platforms, which can be used to embed presentations in sites, blogs and social networking site profiles.








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Professional Virtual Tours in Northwest Arkansas

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