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Free Software Alternatives

Updated last: Thursday 03-07-2008 

bns.gif Every day here at we search the net constantly for the latest news items. However, in our day-to-day surfing we quite often come across links to various free software that could be quite useful to our visitors who either can't afford the big name, established products or just want to use a free version of something close to get started - then one day upgrade. So we've decided to create a quick list of them.


Before publishing links to the software we had a few simple criteria they had to pass:

1. Must be totally free to download

2. Must not have any adware, spyware or other program bundled with it

3. Must not be trial or demo software

4. Must in no way generate revenue for its makers


The list of free software is true to the above 4 points at the time of publishing: 03-07-2008. Should any of the free software below be updated and fall outside of the criteria please notify us and we will remove the software from the list. 



-- Any software downloaded is done so at your own discretion 

-- The list of software published below is not an endorsement for any product

-- does not receive any payments or freebies by the companies listed







The Aptana Studio [Community Edition] provides a full-featured web development environment. It is a great alternative to Macromedia Dreamweaver. The Community Edition represents the core pieces of the Aptana frameworks for editing, debugging, synchronization, and project management.


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GIMP is an acronym for GNU Image Manipulation Program. It can perform tasks such as photo retouching, image composition and image authoring and is a great option for those who either can't afford Adobe Photoshop or are just looking for software to aid a photography hobby. It can be used as a simple paint program, an expert quality photo retouching program, an online batch processing system, a mass production image renderer or an image format converter.


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avast! Home Edition is now free of charge for HOME users for NON-COMMERCIAL use. It is a free alternative to Trend Micro PC-cillin, Symantec Norton and other popular software. It is available in many different languages and can be set to be completely automatic, from downloading the latest virus definitions to updating the program software as it becomes available.


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An excellent alternative to Microsoft Office and is free to download, use and distribute. OpenOffice is a multiplatform, multilingual office suite, an open-source project and compatible with all other major office suites.


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Thunderbird is Mozilla's next generation e-mail client. A fantastic alternative to Outlook, Outlook Express, Eudora and other email clients. It looks just like Outlook and matches it in pretty much every way, plus having the option to run the email client with a theme.


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Picasa is a free software download from Google that helps you locate and organise all the photos on your computer. It can perform simple edits and add effects to your photos with a few simple clicks.


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Pretty much converts any file you have open (that can be printed) into a PDF document. This is not a program you can 'run' from the 'Start Menu', but a handy application that works by selecting to print what ever item you have open, then selecting 'PrimoPDF' in your printer options. From there you can save the document as a PDF in any location on your computer.


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Detects dead links and duplicates in browser bookmarks and text files. If a bookmark has become unavailable you can verify and delete it permanently. Additionally you can download FavIcons for all your Favorites and Bookmarks.


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If visitors or developers have any further software recommendations that fit our criteria please email them through for assessment. If we believe it is a good product the software will be added to the list.

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