Monday, February 28, 2011

Keep Your Cash Ten

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.

Books, the original/free version of BookShelf, is "a simple eBook reader for the iPhone. It reads HTML and text files stored in your ~/Media/EBooks folder, and is smart enough to enter subdirectories, if for instance, you've broken a book down by chapters" (Mac OS X)

ClipboardFusion supercharges your clipboard, and allows you to "Remove clipboard text formatting, Remove HTML tags from clipboard, Clipboard string search/replace, Modify clipboard with Macros, Preview clipboard images and HTML colours with a toaster pop-up, HotKeys to manage your clipboard and Sync your clipboard with other computers" (OS: Windows 7 and Vista (32-bit and 64-bit); Windows XP and 2000 [see special requirements on website download page]; Windows Server 2003 & 2008 [32-bit and 64-bit])

DreamScene XP allows you to "use a video as your desktop background, the same way you would have used a regular picture. DreamScene XP is designed for Windows XP customers to extend Windows features to make using your computer more fun. Change your desktop background to a video movie, which runs in a continuous loop to make your desktop come to life" (OS: Windows XP)

Knit Design Studio is "a handy tool for designers who need to make graphs with both common and not-so-common knitting operations. Great for graphing lace patterns, and also cables. When the graph is complete, a key is automatically made of any knitting operations included in the graph. There is also space to type in any needed knitting instructions (such as shaping). Files can be printed, or saved as a picture file (graph only) to be used in another application. Help files are included to aid in use of the program" (OS: Windows XP/Vista/7)

According to, LyX is "is a different kind of word processor. Most word processors let you focus on content and style, giving you inconsistent documents most of the time. LyX allows you to create professional documents while focusing on structure first, and when you’re done, you can export your document as a PDF or web page. This tool is excellent for professional reports, scientific papers and so on" (OS: Mac OS X 10.3.9 and later)

Money Manager Ex is "a free, open-source, cross-platform, easy-to-use personal finance software. It primarily helps organize one's finances and keeps track of where, when and how the money goes. It is also a great tool to get a bird's eye view of your financial worth. Money Manager includes all the basic features that 90% of users would want to see in a personal finance application. The design goals are to concentrate on simplicity and user-friendliness - something one can use everyday" (OS: Windows and Linux and Mac OSX)

NoteLiner "helps you structure and track your work; it provides a place to record meeting and conversation notes, manage todos, and store key project information that might otherwise be scattered about. It is a simple tool that will not slow you down, but will give you a means to stay on top of what you need to do and remember. Noteliner lets you create a hierarchy of notes. You can give these notes follow-up dates, indicate which ones need attention, assign people, prioritize, or mark them complete. Different views allow you to see all the notes assigned to a particular person, those that need follow-up, attention or are dated. You can also specify which notes are part of a To-Do list and then view all To-Dos across your projects along with other items that need attention" (OS: Windows XP; designer notes on web site "It is very stable. I run it on Windows XP but it should be fine on Windows 2000 and more recent.")

Repetition Detector "allows you to detect repetitions in texts. Features: Process text without size limitation; Word and letter count; Top 50 of most frequently used words; Highlight small repetitions (two indentical words which are close); Highlight intermediate repetitions (words used too often inside two or three pages); Highlight each occurrence of a word by clicking on it; Take into account similar words, i.e. with same beginning; Customizable and automatically saved parameters" (OS: Win 98/ME/NT/2K/XP/2K3)

Scribus is "an Open Source program that brings professional page layout to Linux/UNIX, Mac OS X, OS/2 Warp 4/eComStation and Windows desktops with a combination of press-ready output and new approaches to page design. Underneath a modern and user-friendly interface, Scribus supports professional publishing features, such as color separations, CMYK and Spot Color support, ICC color management or versatile PDF creation" (OS: Win NT/2000/XP/2003/Vista/2008/7, Linux, Mac OS X)

Stash is "a personal finance application designed to help you understand how much you spend and where it's going" (OS: Mac OS 10.5/6)


  1. Gee! So very informative. Thanks for sharing. Have a great day Lynn.

  2. Awesome information - Thanks so much


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