It all started back in the day with the open source movement, this has mean now there is more top quality, legit free software floating around the web than ever. I have picked some of the best applications that I have personally used for PC and Macs to share with you to help you completely kit out your computer for FREE!!
Mmmm …Is It Really FREE!!
Well free software falls into a few categories; promotional freebies and software to help people fight back against the power of the big software corporations. The latter category has grown enourmasly as more people have embraced open-source project, these projects have created the building blocks of the software and then have allowed free access for everybody to adapt and improve.
So what is Shareware?
Shareware is software that is distributed on a trial basis with the understanding by the users of the software that there may be a small charge by the author to continue to use it. Most shareware is delivered free of charge by downloading it from the Internet either from the author’s website or from a software download site. By registering the software and paying the fee, you become registered with the author and can receive technical support and software updates when they become available.
Whats all the jargon?
So!! What’s the difference between trial software and shareware? Not much.
Shareware is an older term that’s being superseded by the term trial software. In the early days of shareware, many users thought it was OK to register the software and then share the registered version with others, but this simply isn’t the case. To avoid this problem, the more precise term trial software was introduced.
So what is Freeware?
Well !! Freeware, unlike trial software, is software that is completely free for anyone to use or pass along to other to use. The difference between freeware and trial software is that freeware is just that: free. You never have to pay to use freeware, and you can pass it along for others to use, too.
However, there are a few disadvantages to using freeware. One is that the author may stop developing and improving it. If you use a freeware program on a regular basis, check with the developer to see if they plan to continue developing it and offering updates. Another disadvantage is that you may not get technical support. However, this is dependent on the developer, so you should check directly with the company to learn their policy.
So Whats The Real Deal?
What are the benefits of shareware, trial software, and freeware? Well, the biggest PLUS point of freeware is just that — it’s FREE.
For shareware and trial software, the big advantage is that you can try the software before you buy it. Using shareware through the trial period gives you time to test out the software before you buy it. It also gives you the opportunity to try out several different products and see which one best suits your needs.
A big advantage of shareware and trial software is that it’s usually cheaper than store-bought software, because the software authors don’t have to pay the extra overhead for packaging and printed materials, which allows them to pass the savings on to the consumer.
So lets kick off with the big one Work & productivity related.
Unless you’re a student ! , Microsoft’s Office 2010 office suite is a costly option, with the pro version retailing at around $400 or more.
However you can kit out your machine with equivalents to most of its applications for nothing, thanks to open source alternatives.
My favourite is OpenOffice
It is compatible with many Microsoft documents.
The programs included are…
Writer: A wordprocessor, its equivalent of Microsoft Word
Calc: A spreadsheet, its equivalent of Microsoft Excel
Impress: Presentation software, its equivalent of Microsoft Powerpoint
Base: A database, its equivalent of Microsoft Access
Draw: A design program, especially useful for flowcharts etc.
These days we do quite a lot of browsing on our PC’s and laptops, so we accumalte a lot unwanted tracking cookies and unwanted files. I use a great tool for cleaning my Windows PC and laptop. It helps to protect your privacy online and can make your computer run faster and more secure., even better its really easy to use.
CCleaner is a freeware system optimization, privacy and cleaning tool. It removes unused files from your system – allowing Windows to run faster and freeing up valuable hard disk space. It also cleans traces of your online activities such as your Internet history. Additionally it contains a fully featured registry cleaner. But the best part is that it’s fast (normally taking less than a second to run) and contains NO Spyware or Adware!
It cleans the following:
- Internet Explorer
- Google Chrome
- Windows – Recycle Bin, Recent Documents, Temporary files and Log files.
- Registry cleaner
- Third-party applications
- 100% Spyware FREE
I hope these suggestions help you to take a closer look at the world of Freeware applications. I will leave it at that for the moment, check them out and see what you think and if you use them already…why not share your tips.
I will add some more suggestions from my list of favourites soon.
If you have any suggestions for any Freeware application leave a comment and let us all share in your discovery.
Please always check any software you put on your computer’s suitable and compatible with your existing set up. No liability can be accepted for any problems caused from acting upon the info given and back up or create a restore point prior to installation.