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.
Anki is a program "which makes remembering things easy. Because it's a lot more efficient than traditional study methods, you can either greatly decrease your time spent studying, or greatly increase the amount you learn. Anyone who needs to remember things in their daily life can benefit from Anki. Since it is content-agnostic and supports images, audio, videos and scientific markup (via LaTeX), the possibilities are endless. For example: Learning a language; studying for medical and law exams; memorizing people's names and faces; brushing up on geography; mastering long poems; even practicing guitar chords" (OS: Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS, Android, and any device with a web browser)
Clibor is a freeware to "manage the history of things you have saved to the clipboard (text). You can also register phrases you use a lot as Set Phrases and send them to the clipboard at any time. Clibor has a lot of different settings you can change and is very customizable. It is easy to use; you can store up to 1,000 items on the clipboard; you can add Set Phrases. (It is possible to sort them into groups and add memos); it is possible to change the format of the content within the clipboard history. (regular expression of find and replace text, aligning similar pattern etc); you can copy paste like FIFO/LIFOl you can change the design; support Unicode; support Incremental search; encryption (using a startup password) on saved file is also possible; selection of multiple items in the clipboard history, exception list, monitoring window preference settings are possible" (OS: Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7/8 [32-Bit/64-Bit])
GenScriber is a "transcription editor for census records, church records, birth, marriage ,baptisms, burials, index records etc. GenScriber is designed to be intuitive and easy to use. The interface is comprised of several resizable windows within a single main window. A register image can be viewed in the top window while data is input in the bottom window. The data input area uses a spreadsheet style grid, but GenScriber is not a spreadsheet. GenScriber is a stable, non-volatile data input application, designed for a specific purpose. The problems associated with using spreadsheets for genealogical data input do not apply here. All cell inputs are alphanumeric. No assumptions are made about the data type. Dates and values are not automatically modified to some alien value you didn't want. Unless you specify a special action on a column, all data input remains exactly as you entered it" (OS: Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7; Linux)
InfoRapid KnowledgeBase Builder is "one of the most useful programs for mind mapping and network thinking, i.e. for understanding relationships, finding patterns and deriving or making sustainable decisions. The program is free for private use, so that as many people as possible can use the program and benefit from it. You will ask: What is the difference between InfoRapid KnowledgeBase Builder and all the other programs used to create Mind Maps? Why should I prefer it? With the other programs, the size of the diagram is limited, they quickly get confusing if they get larger. Not so with InfoRapid KnowledgeBase Builder. It can manage millions of items. While pure Mind Map programs are often limited to hierarchical trees, InfoRapid KnowledgeBase Builder can connect any item with any other. It also contains an archive, into which documents and images can be imported and from which they can be attached to any item or relation" (OS: Windows XP/Vista/7/8 [32-Bit/64-Bit])
OfficeIns is a "free tool that lists all installed Microsoft Office add-ins on your computer. It displays detailed information for each add-in and gives you the option to enable or disable them" (OS: Windows XP/Vista/7/8 [32-Bit/64-Bit])
Simple Notes is a "desktop notepad with some amazing features. From being able to float above other open windows, to its lack of an annoying taskbar entry, to its ability to speak anything you type into it, Simple Notes has a wide range of features designed to make note-taking an enjoyable experience" (OS: Windows XP/Vista/7)
TaskUnifier is a "task management sofware based on the well known GTD (Getting Things Done) method. TaskUnifier helps you manage your tasks, folders, contexts and goals. Features: Synchronize - Synchronize your tasks with Toodledo; Folders - Use folders to organize your tasks by projects; Contexts - Use contexts to organize your tasks depending on your where you are and what you can do at your current location; Goals - Use goals to help you achieve some goals by executing specific tasks; Subtasks - You can divide some big tasks into multiple subtasks; Tags - Your tasks can have one or more tags; Themes - TaskUnifier is provided with a lot a themes; Language - TaskUnifier is translated in English and in French; Proxy - If you are being a proxy it is not a problem: (OS: Designer notes "Multiplatform - TaskUnifier is a java software which means that you can use it on any operating system with a JVM [Windows, Mac OS, Linux, ...]" Requires Java Runtime Environment.)
TextCrawler is "a fantastic tool for anyone who works with text files. This cool utility enables you to instantly find and replace words and phrases across multiple files and folders. It utilises a powerful Regular Expression engine to enable you to create sophisticated searches, preview replace, perform batch operations, extract text from files and more. It is fast and easy to use, and as powerful as you need it to be" (OS: Windows 2K,XP,Vista,7 & 8)
ToDo List is a "rare form of task management tool, one that allows you to repeatedly sub-divide your tasks into more manageable pieces whilst still presenting a clean and intuitive user experience.
ToDoList has been in continuous development for the last 4 years and is an ongoing project. Your tasklists are stored in XML which provides many opportunities for advanced formatting and printing using stylesheets. ToDoList´s flexible design makes it ideal for both IT related projects as well as more general GTD uses" (OS: Win 98/ME/2000/XP/2003/Vista/7)
ZenKey allows you to "control almost all aspects of your computer via the keyboard and mouse. Using keystrokes that work no matter what program you are in, you can: launch a program or bring it back into focus; open a document, folder or Internet resource; perform an Internet search; minimize or maximize a window; resize, move or alter a window; issue a Media command, such as play, pause or volume up/down; start your screensaver or shutdown your computer; access hidden Windows utilities; control Winamp or compatible media players (we love QCD Player!); simulate a series of keystrokes; instantly display any menu of programs or actions at the mouse pointer. Using the ZenKEY configuration utility, you can add any program, add or alter any menu, and assign any keystroke to perform any action. A new ´Auto-window transparency´ feature allows windows to be made transparent as then gain or lose focus" (OS: Win 9x/ME/NT/2K/XP/2K3/Vista/7/8)