Interesting Windows programs

Here are several links to various software and other related websites for Microsoft Windows 10/8/7/Vista (and maybe XP).

With many great Free and Open Source Software for Windows listed and included in our TTCS OSSWIN DVD collection, this article will focus on useful freeware programs.

This article was last updated on September 16 2016.

AntiVirus

For Windows 8 and 10, Windows Defender is preinstalled.

For Windows Vista and Windows 7, Microsoft Security Essentials – free anti-virus software from Microsoft for Vista and Windows 7.

For Windows XP, BitDefender Antivirus Free Edition – lightweight, free anti-virus software.

Windows Utilities

  • CCleaner –  quick and easy way to remove temporary files generated by Windows and 3rd party applications, freeing up hard drive space
  • Defraggler– hard disk defragmentation utility to re-arrange files on your hard drive to speed up access.
  • Speccy – system information tool for your PC
  • John’s Background Switcher – periodically changes the wallpaper on your Windows desktop – you can specify to update your wallpaper from a variety of online sources (Flickr, Instagram, Facebook, etc) as well as images from your computer or network share
  • ProduKey – displays the product keys of Microsoft Office and Microsoft Windows – useful when you want to re-install the software and you don’t have it available.
  • CutePDF Writer – Create PDF documents from any Windows application that can print
  • Neutron – small and simple time synchronizing program that retrieves the accurate time from one of several time servers on the Internet and updates the Windows’ clock.
  • Attribute Changer – Windows Explorer addon to easily change file and folder attributes and date/time stamps, including photo (EXIF) information.
  • CDBurnerXP – burn CD and DVDs including Blu-rays
  • Classic Shell – brings back the Classic Start Menu for Windows 8

Windows Internet Applications

  • Google Chrome – web browser by Google noted for its speed and minimalist interface.
  • MailStore Home – archive and backup/restore email from a variety of email clients and Internet mail (POP3 / IMAP / Gmail / Yahoo!)

Windows Applications

  • LibreOffice free office productivity suite (word processor, spreadsheet, presentations) compatible with all major office suites
  • 7-Zip file archiver with high compression ratio. Supports ZIP files
  • Stickies – place sticky notes on your desktop and/or send to other users’ desktops over a LAN ; can be set to disappear and reappear on your screen to acts as reminders
  • Convert – easy to use unit conversion program that will convert units such as distance, mass and MANY others
  • VideoLAN – multimedia player for various audio and video formats
  • IrfanView – excellent image viewer / converter / manipulator
  • FastStone Image Viewer – image browser, converter and editor. Free for home use.
  • XMPlay – minimal, yet powerful audio player. Support skins to change its appearance
  • Paint.NET – image and photo editing software with features such as layers, unlimited undo and special effects.

Other Useful Windows Sites

  • Black Viper’s website – lists each possible service in Windows and offers advice on which services you can safely disable.
  • MDGx MAX Speed WinDOwS Tricks and Secrets – site with detailed tips, tricks and useful information on optimizing and updating Windows XP/Vista/7/8 and even Windows 9x and DOS
  • FileHippo.com – well organised collection of Windows software organised by categories to download
  • TinyApps.Org – a catalog on tiny (< 1.44MB) programs for Windows

Interesting Mac OS X Programs

This is a list of Macintosh-based software that we’ve found interesting over the years. Not all the software listed is free, and this is not an exhaustive list. If you don’t see your favourite program here, email us, and let us know!

Note: All links listed here are for Intel-based Macs.

Office Productivity

  • LibreOffice for MacOS X fork of OpenOffice.org using Java and Carbon instead of X11 for better integration with the Mac OS X environment.
  • Abiword simple to use cross-platform word processor.
  • Smultron open-source text editor has features such as syntax highlighting.

Web Browsers (other than Safari)

  • Google Chrome is a browser that combines a minimal design with sophisticated technology to make the web faster, safer, and easier.
  • Mozilla Firefox free web browser with features such as including tabbed browsing, pop-up blocker, privacy/security controls, integrated search, and more.
  • Opera Browser free alternative web browser

Email client software

  • Thunderbird free email client with features such as POP3/IMAP support, intelligent spam filters, a built-in spell checker, RSS feeds, saved search folders and more.

Utilities and functionality extenders

  • Main Menu Pro gives access to hidden Mac OS X settings and let you easily optimize your system. (US$19.99)
  • Perian extends QuickTime support for many popular types of media
  • Flip4Mac allows you to view/listen to Windows Media files on OS X
  • Carbon Copy Cloner creates bootable clones of your current OS drive, making for quick recovery in times of disaster (Donate-ware).
  • SheepShaver probably the only way we know of to run the OS 8/9 environment on an Intel Mac for those with software that just hasn’t been ported to OS X yet. Takes a bit of fiddling (not a simple setup), but actually works.

Multimedia

  • Roxio Toast one of the best ways to create your own audio CDs (allows cross fading between tracks), crunching your (personal video content) 8GB DVDs to fit the 4GB DVD spec. (US$80)

Educational / Lifestyle

  • Kindle App allows you to read your Kindle purchases on your Mac
  • Comic Life engage your children’s (or your) storytelling skills, with this app that helps you create your own comic book from your own images. Quite addictive.

Image Editing

  • Pixelmator is an image editor which is not quite a Photoshop killer, but is more cost effective, and also allows you a 30 day free trial. (US$14.95, via AppStore application).

Announcing TTCS FSWIN CD – Free Software for Windows CD available for download

TTCS FSWIN CDThe Trinidad and Tobago Computer Society (TTCS ; http://ttcsweb.org/) announces the availability of the TTCS FSWIN CD (http://ttcsweb.org/fswin-cd), a collection of Free Software for Windows, for download.

Free Software is software that meets the Free Software Foundation’s (FSF) definition :
http://www.gnu.org/philosophy/free-sw.html ;

The impetus for the TTCS FSWIN CD came from a request from someone from Free Software Foundation Europe (FSF Europe) (http://www.fsfe.org/) currently co-organising Software Freedom Day 2010 (SFD ; http://softwarefreedomday.org/) and was looking for a Free Software for windows CD for SFD teams to use and distribute to the public.

While the TTCS has a TTCS OSSWIN CD, a collection of Free and Open Source Software for Windows
(https://www.ttcs.tt/osswin-cd/) ; not all open source software meets the Free Software definition.
A list of software licenses that meets the FSF’s definition of Free Software and those that do not can be found at
http://www.gnu.org/licenses/license-list.html

Hence the creation of the TTCS FSWIN CD since nearly all of the software on the TTCS OSSWIN CD matched the FSF’s definition of Free Software.

What was done :

  • All of the licenses for all 92 programs on the TTCS OSSWIN CD were examined. A short list of programs that didn’t meet the FSF definition of Free Software was determined.
  • For those programs, Free Software equivalents were located, documented and added to the TTCS FSWIN CD webpages.
  • All of the program descriptions for the TTCS OSSWIN CD was updated to mention Free Software instead of just Open Source and used to provide the web based documentation for the TTCS FSWIN CD.
  • Webpages and program were assembled together to finalise an ISO of the TTCS FSWIN CD.

Short sentences on what was done, but *lots* of hours involved 🙂

The result is the TTCS FSWIN CD – Free Software for Windows is available for download thanks to a mirror provided by the FSF Europe.

Details about the TTCS FSWIN CD, including the download mirror can be found at http://www.ttcsweb.org/fswin-cd/ .

The TTCS will continue to maintain the TTCS OSSWIN CD, in addition to the TTCS FSWIN CD. With our experience of developing multiple versions of CDs, we are looking to develop a TTCS OSSWIN DVD and a TTCS OSSMAC
CD and/or DVD in the near future.

Regards,

Trinidad and Tobago Computer Society at http://ttcsweb.org/ ;
http://fb.me/ttcswebhttp://twitter.com/ttcs
“networking local computer users!”

TTCS OSSWIN CD v1.99c available for download

The TTCS OSSWIN CD v1.99c (a CD of open source software for Windows) is available for download.

TTCS OSSWIN CD v1.99c Changelog :

  • Date created : July 27th, 2009
  • File name : ttcs_osswin_cd_v1.99c.iso
  • File size : 698 MB (732,170,240 bytes)
  • MD5 checksum : c323fc85d82ef26612942664d9b9ed4b / c323fc85 d82ef266 12942664 d9b9ed4b
  • SHA-1 : c3c81687 f2b146da abe64ed7 1718c590 941e04fe
  • SHA-256 : 84f04bf9 fcf2ba08 ee03ca45 bfff454f 22f78541 06bec39f 09795497 b6cc7c53

Changes from v1.99a

  • removed : Neverball, Enigma
  • updated : Notepad2, Sumatra PDF, WinMerge, TuxPaint, Tux Typing 2, Celestia, Childsplay, Portable Puzzle Collection, Sokoban YASC, Blender, Mozilla Firefox, Mozilla Thunderbird, Filezilla, Halite, HTTrack Website Copier, Miranda IM, VideoLAN, ClamWin AntiVirus, UltraVNC, Truecrypt, KeePass
A detailed list of the software and versions on the TTCS OSSWIN CD can be found at https://www.ttcs.tt/osswin-cd/#softwareoncd
Two more games removed to cater for the increased file sizes of Celestia and the TuxPaint stamp collection.  Goodness, and Software Freedom Day 2009 is just around the corner, if a v2.0 is to appear before then.

TTCS OSSWIN CD v1.99a released

The TTCS OSSWIN CD v1.99a (a CD of open source software for Windows) is available for download.

Changelog :

  • Date created : May 17th, 2009
  • File name : ttcs_osswin_cd_v1.99a.iso
  • File size : 695 MB (728,850,432 bytes)
  • MD5 checksum : 35d478553621b9691e1235b0bfb04eb9 / 35d47855 3621b969 1e1235b0 bfb04eb9
  • SHA-1 : 1a5b2452 b646f16d 1561e45b c3b77812 5406ee50
  • SHA-256 : 3733e730 138a5c61 b1a72972 aadf2d91 fd87436e 3dc59b1e abf40256 c9d85d86

Changes from v1.98b

  • removed : SuperTux, CrackAttack, tsWebeditor
  • updated : OpenOffice.org, Treeline, Maxima, Portable Puzzle Collection, Sokoban YASC, Dia, Mozilla Firefox, Filezilla, Miranda IM, XAMPP Lite, Hmailserver, PDFCreator, ClamWin AntiVirus, UltraVNC, Truecrypt, AutoHotkey

What happened to v1.99? It was released, but before the changelog and website was updated, it was discovered that some of the webpages were not included. So if you managed to download v1.99, my apologies.

Three more programs were removed to cater for the increased size of OpenOffice.org v3.1.0. A reminder to work on the webpage interface before 2.00 is released.

OSS for Windows updates since February 3rd, 2009

Open source software for Windows updates as of 19th March 2009 since February 3rd, 2009 when TTCS OSSWIN CD 1.98 was released :

Desktop Applications

  • AbiWord 2.6.8 Free Word processing program similiar to commercial products
  • 7-Zip 4.65 file archiver with high compression ratio.
  • WinMerge 2.12 WinMerge is a Win32 tool for visual difference display and merging, for both files and directories.

Educational

Games

Graphics

  • GIMP 2.6.5 bitmap editor suitable for photo retouching, image composition and image authoring. (Gimp 2.6.6 is available for GNU/Linux distros)
  • Dia 0.97 pre2 A diagram creation program program similiar to “Visio”

Internet

Sound and Video

Utilities

TTCS OSSWIN CD v1.98 released

The TTCS OSSWIN CD v1.98 (a CD of open source software for Windows) is available for download.

Changelog summary :

  • Date created : February 3rd, 2009
  • File name : ttcs_osswin_cd_v1.98.iso
  • File size : 693 MB (726,781,952 bytes)
  • MD5 checksum : bd995787bd8c9e2c02494facae7e569d / bd995787 bd8c9e2c 02494fac ae7e569d
  • SHA-1 : 4fc17df1 fff099e0 497d9e47 4ce276e4 5162f360
  • SHA-256 : bf5d02b0 eb1321f8 e3ef2d9e 6829cc3a 52bf88ab 71672c9c 94441cba f67b4ffa

Changes from v1.97

  • updated : OpenOffice.org, Abiword, GanttProject, 7-zip, WinMerge, Wikidpad, Treeline, Tux Typing 2, TuxMath, Maxima, Portable Puzzle Collection, Sokoban YASC, GIMP, Dia, Mozilla Thunderbird, Filezilla, Miranda IM, Hmailserver, VirtualDub, UltraVNC
  • corrected : Grisbi download to include the GTK version.

Although the web based interface looks no different from previous versions, the method of updating and generating the web pages interface was rewritten. Now, the TTCS can generate different versions of open source CDs and DVDs, as discussed before.

TTCS OSSWIN CD v1.97 released

The TTCS OSSWIN CD v1.97, a collection of over 100 Free/Open Source software for Windows is available for download.

TTCS OSSWIN CD v1.97

  • Date created : December 23rd, 2008
  • File name : ttcs_osswin_cd_v1.97.iso
  • File size : 690 MB (724,363,264 bytes)
  • MD5 checksum : cc6005d61b83b214d6d22e2f9a492ab7 / cc6005d6 1b83b214 d6d22e2f 9a492ab7
  • SHA-1 : d03e25a4 f8fa4790 1ed55996 e1b2291e b32d2ea6
  • SHA-256 : 9cd7e94c c8f8bf3a 58b8a710 7cc06f7b b8b8aafb 2bd3fd38 7507789a a0100d38

Changes from v1.96

  • updated : Abiword, 7-zip, Wikidpad, Tux Typing 2, TuxMath, Portable Puzzle Collection, GIMP, Blender, Mozilla Firefox, Filezilla, HTTrack Website Copier, Miranda IM, XAMPP Lite, VideoLAN, VirtualDub, InfraRecorder, Virtual Magnifying Glass, Truecrypt

Currently available at  Filefront mirror with other download mirrors to have it soon.

TTCS OSSWIN CD v1.96 available ; note regarding translations

The TTCS OSSWIN CD v1.96, a collection of over 100 Free/Open Source software for Windows is available for download.

  • Date created : November 19th, 2008
  • File name : ttcs_osswin_cd_v1.96.iso
  • File size : 689 MB (722,694,144 bytes)
  • MD5 checksum : 35da602a6687be450d44439a9acbab8a / 35da602a 6687be45 0d44439a 9acbab8a
  • SHA-1 : 85c32d4e d5fddbd8 a618e609 bef931dc ee6b8513
  • SHA-256 : ec06766f 439a4258 ffd2091a aaec9f97 a69e5f25 38843273 5e74d988 016e2591

Changes from v1.95

  • removed : Win9X version of Notepad2
  • updated : GanttProject, Notespad2, WinMerge, Wikidpad, Treeline, Portable Puzzle Collection, GIMP, Blender, Mozilla Firefox, Mozilla Thunderbird, Filezilla, Miranda IM, Hmailserver, VideoLAN, ClamWin Free Antivirus, InfraRecorder, Truecrypt, Keepass.

The Filefront mirror has TTCS OSSWIN CD v1.96 ; other mirrors at https://www.ttcs.tt/osswin-cd/ should have the latest version soon.

Now, regarding translations, I’m aware that the TTCS OSSWIN CD is being translated in different languages. I’ll will be posting an article on how the CD interface is generated, and would make the source files available to those who wish to translate the CD.

TTCS OSSWIN CD v1.95 released

The TTCS OSSWIN CD v1.95, a collection of over 100 Free/Open Source software for Windows is available for download. This versions features OpenOffice.org v3, Gimp 2.6.1, Mozilla Firefox v3.0.3 and more. Head to the download page or read below for the changes

Screenshot of OpenOffice.org v3
Screenshot of OpenOffice.org v3

TTCS OSSWIN CD v1.95 file details

  • Date created : October 14th, 2008
  • File name : ttcs_osswin_cd_v1.95.iso
  • File size : 690 MB (723,947,520 bytes)
  • MD5 checksum : 9e5954e32ded61234eee7436721a18da / 9e5954e3 2ded6123 4eee7436 721a18da
  • SHA-1 : 69a81c86 91a53ab6 4a227ebb 85048a2c 9450e78c
  • SHA-256 : a8eff099 0e0aaf29 a046228c ca309016 68c342a6 8ac6a45e f3b64ffe 80c69d09

The increased size of the OpenOffice.org v3 installer means more programs had to be cut from the CD. The following were removed from TTCS OSSWIN CD v1.95 :

  • Freeciv, SANS, Wackget, Win9x versions of Media Player Classic and Miranda IM

List of programs on the TTCS OSSWIN CD v1.95 :

BTW, Blender 2.48 has been released. Hate it when there are software updates just hours after uploading the new version of the TTCS OSSWIN CD.