I'm a shareware/freeware nut. Here are a few of the best that I find
useful as a professional writer and computer user.
Free viewer for ubiquitous PDF files.
Free viewer of just about every type of graphics file.
GhostScript, Ghostview and
A free interpreter that "can read a PostScript or
PDF file and display the results on the screen or convert them into a form
you can print on a non-PostScript printer."
A free multi-file renaming utility with just about
every conceivable feature you could ask for.
A free "progressive archiving" utility that
stores every revision to a file, several files, or an entire folder. Great
for source-control of Web sites or Help projects. Caution: Does not work
properly under Windows XP.
A very nice, free, Explorer-like, multi-threaded FTP
client. Great for updating Web sites. Development of LeechFTP has stopped
so download it while you can.
View Excel 97 files without opening them in Excel. Free.
View Word 97 or Word 2000 files without opening them in Word. Free.
PC Magazine Utilities
Full-featured zip-unzip utility. Supports many file
formats. It used to be free but, alas, is now $19.95 shareware. Still a
great piece of software so I continue to list it here.
PC Magazine regularly publishes free utilities, many of
which I use regularly.
||Change Of Address updates system references to
applications or data files after you move them.
||Notifies you when you have received new e-mail. Let's
you preview headers before retrieving the entire message. Great for
avoiding e-mail-borne viruses with tell-tale subjects or first
||Prints a directory of an entire folder branch, with
or without file names. Configurable and you can save output to a