Ten Things You Can Have for Free
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Bits is a minimalist diary application that comes with a stylish yet very efficient design. Bits is able to store both text and images. Bits enables the user to add tags to each entry in order to find them faster at a later time. The Bits entries can be easily synced to other devices via iCloud. Bits also offers you the possibility to share your entries by using the Tumblr or Wordpress services" (OS: Mac OS X 10.7.3 or later )
CintaNotes is a "simple program for basic notes keeping that provides a convenient way to quickly store pieces of information that are collected from other documents or websites. All you have to do is select the text to be stored and then press the CTRL+F12 hotkey on your keyboard to create a note. CintaNotes captures the text and uses the application title as the note´s title. Alternatively, you can copy/paste the text into the application and append it to the list of previous notes. You can optionally assign keyword tags that can be used to locate and identify notes at a later time. An instant search feature quickly locates keywords within notes as you type them. Other features include merging of notes and support for automatic capturing of Internet links from IE" (OS: Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7)
Take a virtual tour of almost any location on the planet world with Google Earth (OS: Windows XP/Vista/7)
According to the designer of iListen, "If you suffer from RSI, can t type or spell, don t want to type, have dyslexia, can talk faster than you can type or can't type 140 words per minute - iListen is the solution you have been waiting for! Talk anywhere into hundreds of applications - virtually anywhere you would normally type! iListen offers fast dictation plus full command and control, freeing you from the keyboard and mouse. Does not include headset/microphone" (OS: Mac OS X 10.1.5 or later)
Mendeley is a "free, award-winning, academic reference manager and web application for managing and sharing research papers, creating bibliographies, discovering new research trends and collaborating online" (OS: Windows XP/Vista/7)
Photopad is a "free digital photo editor for Windows or Mac OS X."
Also from the designers of Photopad, Photostage Slideshow allows you to "create dynamic slideshows from your photos quickly & easily" (OS: designer notes "Works on Windows 7, XP, Vista and 8; Works on 64 bit Windows; Mac OS X 10.4.4 or later; Android version runs on 2.3.3 or higher)
SmoothDraw is an "easy natural painting and digital free-hand drawing software that can produce high quality pictures. Support many kinds of brushes (pen, pencil, dry media, airbrush, bristle brush, image hose, etc.), retouch tools, layers, image adjustment, and many effects... Works great with tablets and Tablet PC" (OS: Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7)
TeamTalk is an "internet based voice conferencing application that allows you to talk with your friends and colleagues using the internet as audio carrier" (OS: Windows XP/Vista/7 [32-Bit/64-Bit])
Virtual Magnifying Glass Portable is "the handy Virtual Magnifying Glass utility packaged in PortableApps.com Format so you can easily use a screen magnifier on any PC you use. Virtual Magnifying Glass Portable is a full-featured screen magnifying glass that allows you to zoom in on an area of the screen for better readability. It´s also handy for design work. With a variable zoom (1-20x), configurable size, hot-key support (CTRL-ALT-e) and lots of other great features, it´s a great addition to any portable arsenal. It´s also been localized into Portuguese, Spanish, French and Dutch" (OS:Win 9x/ME/2000/XP/Vista/7)