Ten Things You Can Have for Nothing
Freeware caution: always scan free downloads of anything for bugs and other threats before dumping the programs into your hard drive.
Ardoise (French for slate) is a note/reminder program that installs a virtual blackboard on which you can write, draw or erase your reminders. "At launch (and at start of Windows) is displayed a transparent small version of your blackboard status "Hide mode" and in "Draw mode" you may use your blackboard like a real one, using chalks to draw/write and a sponge to erase (right click to switch tool). Includes a powerful automatic self-update mechanism when new versions are available. 7 levels of memorization; for example one per day of week, which is very practical to prepare your week planning! Last used/displayed level is memorized, so don't forget to change to next level before switching off your computer, thus it will be up to date as a reminder for the next day after booting. Sync system has been added (using your own FTP parameters) in order to get harmonized contents of your Ardoise, for example between home, office etc..." (OS: Win 98/ME/NT/2K/XP/2K3)
BookVar is a mind-mapping freeware that is billed as being "As easy and fun as playing computer games. You can build your mind maps in a matter of seconds by using handy keyboard shortcuts. You can drag files from your computer and drop them in the mind map. Create mind maps together with your friends and colleagues. All you need is connection between computers. Each user receives a unique color which identifies topics created by him. Share thoughts and ideas using the integrated chat support. Use custom add-ins to extend Bookvar's functionality. Create custom skins to change the mind map appearance.Add images directly in your topics. Embed and play movies. Attach other resources to your topics as files. Attach links to web pages directly in your map's topics" (OS:Win2K, WinXP, Vista, +.Net 3.5)
Klippy is an "easy-to-Use Bookmark Manager to help you clip and manage any part of webpage. It allows you to clip the most relevant content from any web pages and saves your clippings to a specified folder. All clippings are searchable to make sure you never lose another source.
You can print out, save, share information with your friends and family via email. Klippy not only can be used as a working and learning tools, also can be used to collect various kinds of information, even for your travel plans" (OS: Windows XP/Vista/7)
Lingoes is "an easy and intuitive dictionary and text translation software, It offers lookup dictionaries, full text translation, capture word on screen, translate selected text and pronunciation of words in over 80 languages. These language are English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian, Greek, Swedish, Turkish, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Arabic, Hebrew, Vietnamese, Thai and more..." (OS: Win 2000/XP/2003/Vista/7)
MemoMaster is a "powerful MS-Word and MS-Excel compatible free outliner software" that "serves as structured filing system for text information of all kinds that is based on hierarchies. Notes, calculations, tables, forms, pictures, links and files are stored in the Memos. The layout of a Memo database can be created by using folders, sub-folders and Memos in a tree structure. The integrated full-text search allows you to do research quickly and effectively. The usage of MemoMaster is universal. MemoMaster allows you to administer non-fictional texts or useful descriptions, ideas, scrap texts, charges, addresses or recipes. You may also arrange organizational instructions, archive support databases or entries according to date" (OS: Win 2000/XP/2003/Vista/2008/7)
NetSyndic is "a program (wizard) that allows you to syndicate your articles to other websites while still maintaining control over the content of your articles. The other websites get to display your article on their site, but any time you need to change your article (such as to update it), you can simply correct the master copy on your site and the syndicated copies displayed on the other websites will automatically reflect your changes" (OS: Windows 9x/ME/NT/2000/XP)
Panopreter is a freeware program that "reads text file, rtf file, word document and web page in .htm format, it can read in English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Chinese, Japanese and more, provided such Text-To-Speech voice engines have been installed on your computer. Panopreter converts the files into audio files with the format of wave and MP3. So you can hear your files with your audio media player, you don't need to sit at the desk, with your eyes fixed on the computer's screen any longer. Panopreter 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 for you" (OS: Win2K/2K3, WinXP, Vista)
Secrets the "Anti-Snoop Text Editor" is a "multiple document text editor with built-in encryption and decryption capabilities, designed specifically to keep prying eyes out of your private thoughts, Secrets is ideal for keeping diaries, notes and other text private" (OS: Windows)
Smereka is "a freeware program that allows you to organize your data in an hierarchical, searchable database stored in a single file. Your files and notes can be stored in a single file - Smereka database. This file is being indexed on the fly, so you can search your information items as soon as they are added to the database. All information items - files, notes and even folders - can be tagged to create "alternative hierarchy". The search capabilities of "Smereka" are extended by a hierarchical system of item storage (in a tree). This allows you to sort your items into a tree-like structure. You can move, copy items from branch to branch, assign icons to them and more. Your information (text, offline webpages) appear on the screen instantly, as soon as you click a tree item - you do not need to run an external program in most cases. And of course, you can share the database. Having received a single file, your peer may instantly browse all the array of your data, search it or export information items to disk" (OS: Windows; designer notes that program was successfully tested on Windows 7)
WriteMonkey is "Zenware for full screen distraction free creative writing. No whistles and bells, just empty screen, you and your words. WriteMonkey is light, fast, and perfectly handy for those who enjoy the simplicity of a typewriter but live in modern times" (OS: Windows XP/Vista/7, and the designer notes: "If you are running XP, make sure that Microsoft .NET framework 3.5 (or higher) is installed on your computer. If not, download it using the link below and install it. If you are running Vista or Windows 7, the framework is already there")