Thursday, January 05, 2006

Pay Nothing Ten

Ten Things for Freeware Lovers

Freeware caution: always scan free downloads of anything for bugs and other threats before dumping the programs into your hard drive.

1. BookFormat takes any text and formats it to print out in book form (this would be a good one for writers who make their own chapbooks.)

2. BookReader is a comfortable, customizable e-book viewer.

3. Unzip your zip files with CoffeeCup Free Zip Wizard.

4. Need a thesaurus? Try Mobysaurus.

5. Store and retrieve your most frequently-used text phrases with PhaseExpress.

6. Edit and manage your word, e-mail and site lists with SlimList.

7. Learn to read faster with Speed Reading is not magic.

8. StickIt allows you to tack virtual sticky notes anywhere on your desktop.

9. Vizual Einstein ME sounds like a pretty decent outlining/organizing program, that "allows you to visually develop a project document with notes, headings, subheadings, and hyperlinks. Vizual Einstein is also Web-enabled and has full database search functionality. There are many other features, including bibliography and formatted essay report output." The same site offers more research/organizing freeware here.

10. WordWiseLookUp reads a word you click on your screen and opens a window to, where you can pick one of the free web glossaries or dictionaries of your choice. With one more click, you get a definition.


  1. Anonymous11:50 PM

    Thank you, sir -- it will be very useful for me as well.

    Btw, I just downloaded BookForm and scanned it -- I'm reading it as virus and bug-free.

  2. Anonymous8:11 AM

    Virtual stickies...that's a scary thought for me. My poor computer is already decorated with the real thing; adding virtual stickies might just put the poor thing over the edge. *-*

  3. Vizual Einstein came up virus free. I've hung it up a few times just walking through their "quick start" database example, but it looks pretty interesting if I can figure out its kinks.

  4. Anonymous12:25 PM

    Thanks for test-driving VE, Joely.

    I downloaded and scanned StickIt, which also came up virus/bug-free for me, and is a terrific little tool (I know what you mean, Andi.)

  5. Slightly off topic, but Rebel Ice arrived in my mailbox yesterday and I just can't put it down!! Currently, on page 277 and LOVING it! Thank you so very much for keeping the series going and writing such awesome novels!

    ~Briana N.

  6. this is nice! yes, free things are always nice! thanks 4 the info!


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