Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Until Later Ten

I've been offline getting the kids back to school, writing and talking to the powers that be. All is well at Casa PBW, just somewhat chaotic and release-week busy. I may have some news to pass along later today, but until then:

Ten Things That Won't Cost a Cent

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

1. 3D Canvas is a "real-time 3D modeling and animation tool that incorporates an intuitive drag-and-drop approach to 3D modeling" (OS: Win 2000/XP/Vista)

2. A-PDF Text Extractor is a "utility designed to extract text from Adobe PDF files for use in other applications. The program is a standalone application. No Adobe Acrobat needed" (OS: Windows 98/NT4/Me/2000/XP)

3. Inside Clipboard allows you to see and save the contents of your clipboard (OS: Win 98/ME/NT/2K/XP/2K3/Vista)

4. IQ-Notes is a virtual sticky notes freeware (OS: Windows XP/Vista)

5. Magical Glass is a screen magnifier that moves along with your cursor; helps with editing and seeing small details -- this one got a thumbs up from my pal Tom (OS: Win 9x/ME/2K/NT/XP)

6. Rendera is "a different kind of painting package. Almost any combination of tool, stroke, blender, cloning, wrapping, etc can be combined, saving lots of time in doing things like photo retouching or seamless tile production" (OS: Windows XP)

7. Total Text Container stores "information, documentation, notes, passwords, images, bookmarks, contacts, Spreadsheet, calendar events & tasks, import/export Google iCal files. Powerfull Multi layer encryption, portable, xml database, all in one powerful user friendly PIM app" (OS: Win 2K/XP/2K3)

8. Scan2PDF allows you to scan documents and save them in .pdf format -- for those of you like me with a lot of old handwritten stuff that you might want to save on disc but not spend the rest of your life typing it up, this might be a real help (OS: Win 98/2000/XP/Vista)

9. Transfz is "an integrated search agent" that "allows the user to launch online searches from any document or application on both the desktop and the web" -- if this works the way I think it does, this could help with fact-checking while you're working on the whip (OS: Win 2000/XP/Vista)

10. Get information about any registered domain with WhoIsThisDomain (OS: Win 98/ME/2K/XP/2K3)


  1. Thanks for the links. You always find the neatest things.

  2. Dear Lynn!

    Thanks so much for posting this great list of freeware. Software is getting so expensive that it's nice to know you can still get some things for free.

    A friend recommended AVG Virus Software and Spybot. Both are free and wonderful.

    Another good free paint package is GIMP.

    Thanks for these!

  3. Got my prize books today, thanks so much! Plus the copy of "Evermore" I ordered arrived so I don't think I will be getting any writing done this weekend!!

  4. Anonymous11:09 PM

    I use GIMP! Did the header for cooking by the seat of my pants with it. Loooooove GIMP!!!

    Thanks for the IQ-Notes link. I've been so jealous of my mac buds who have their mac notes virtually stashed on their computer. I hate outlooks note system. IQ is a life saver!


    this seems pertinent to this post...i am really digging this site...if you don't already check it out, i hope you will now!


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