Ten Things You Can Have for Free
Freeware caution: always scan free downloads of anything for bugs and other threats before dumping the programs into your hard drive.
Desktop-Reminder is "a freeware task planner for Windows to manage your tasks and other to-dos’ in easy way. Always during start of Windows it lists all tasks, which are urgent for that day. In case, there is additionally time of day in task defined, according notification message will be shown, when the time comes" (OS: Windows XP/Vista/7)
Ease Pdf to Text Extractor is "a free software designed to extract text from Adobe PDF files. It does NOT need Adobe Acrobat software.It processes at very high speed and you can convert multiple PDF files to text files at one time. The program is freeware, which means that you can use it either persionally or commercially for free. Convert PDF documents to text format, Fast, Accurate, Free . Batch conversion of multiple PDF documents to text files. Support all Windows platforms" (OS: Win95/98/ME/NT/2000/XP/2003/Vista)
Foodnetwork and celeb chef Emeril Lagasse is celebrating 20 years by giving away a free e-cookbook in .pdf format with 32 pages of recipes from his New Orleans restaurants. To download the e-cookbook, click right here.
Golden Rules Organizer is a "GTD-compliant personal effectiveness tool includes project management, task management, contact management, scheduler, goal setting, diary with time tracking, notes, bookmarks manager" (OS: Windows XP/Vista/7)
myPortablePIM is "a calendar with many functions . . . designed to be portable, used from a USB stick to always have with you your data.There is no installation. Just unzip the downloaded package and you're ready: no key and no log file written by myPortablePIM outside of it's installation folder. Features: Easy to use; Event of the day, activities and reminders; Different views: monthly, weekly, daily and custom; Send the day's events, tasks and reminders via email; Two main views, called Desktop 1 and Desktop 2, where arrange your windows as you want; Password manager; RSS reader; Launcher; GMail checker; Notes; Ability to protect access with password; You can change the look and feel to your liking, there are dozens of different themes; Weather forecasts and current conditions; Image viewer; Address book; Compatibility with iCal and vCard standards" (OS: Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7)
Panopreter Basic " reads text files, web pages in .htm format and Word documents in many languages, such as English, French, Spanish, German, Italian, Chinese, or Japanese. It also converts such files into wave and MP3 files, so that you can hear the reading of the files with a MP3 player. Panopreter Basic is also a good aid to any language learning program. You install the text-to-speech voices for the specific language, then you can hear the files being read to you. Because Panopreter Basic reads with Microsoft voice installed on your computer by default, when you like to listen to other voices, you need to install the corresponding text-to-speech voice engine on the computer. Windows XP users are recommended to install a third party voice to get a better English reading, for the default voice engine on the Windows XP isn't as clear as that on the Windows Vista/7" (OS: Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7)
RedNoteBook is " is a graphical diary and journal helping you keep track of notes and thoughts. It includes a calendar navigation, customizable templates, export functionality and word clouds. You can also format, tag and search your entries" (OS: Win 98/ME/2000/XP/2003/Vista/7)
Suvudu Free Library has a new freebie title up for May: Star Wars: Lost Tribe of the Sith: Savior by John Jackson Miller (.pdf. Sony and B&N formats available for download; Kindle coming soon.)
TextSTAT is "a simple programme for the analysis of texts. It reads plain text files (in different encodings) and HTML files (directly from the internet) and it produces word frequency lists and concordances from these files. This version includes a web-spider which reads as many pages as you want from a particular website and puts them in a TextSTAT-corpus. The new news-reader, too, puts news messages in a TextSTAT-readable corpus file. TextSTAT reads MS Word and OpenOffice files. No conversion needed, just add the files to your corpus. In TextSTAT you can use regular expression which provides you with powerful search possibilities. The programme is multilingual. Because it uses Unicode internally, TextSTAT can cope with many different languages and file encodings" (OS: Windows, GNU/Linux and MacOS)
World Wide NotePad is "a small text editor similar to Microsoft's notepad but has some more useful features like an auto typer to make typing the same sentence or word more easy, also World Wide NotePad has a text to speech feature which reads all text in the current open document and speaks it out load to you" (OS: Windows XP/Vista/7; host site notes that ".NET Framework 4 must be installed to run this application. To install the .NET framework run the dotNetFx40_full_setup in the zip file.)