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.
The Trinidad and Tobago Computer Society (TTCS) is pleased to announce the availability of the TTCS OSSWIN DVD v0.8.9 as a free download on July 1 2013.
The TTCS OSSWIN DVD is a collection of nearly 100 Free and Open Source Software for home and business (i.e. any) users using the Microsoft Windows 8/7/Vista/XP operating systems.
You can use your web browser to read detailed information about each program in this compilation : what the program does, its key features, useful related websites, view a screenshot, find links to the program’s website and to download/install the program from the TTCS OSSWIN DVD. The web-based interface allows you to quickly browse the variety of software organised into various categories.
updated: LibreOffice, Notepad++, Sumatra PDF, Tomboy, Stellarium, Enigma, Battle for Wesnoth, Portable Puzzle Collection, Sokoban YASC, GIMP, Blender, Mozilla Firefox, Mozilla Thunderbird, FileZilla, Halite, HTTrack Website Copier, Miranda IM, XAMPP, VideoLAN, PDFCreator, ClamWin Free AntiVirus, UltraVNC, KeePass, Run With Parameters
Use a program like VisualHash or WinHasher to hash your downloaded file to see if it matches the hashes here. If your downloaded file hash is different, then your downloaded file is different from the file the TTCS has published.
List of software included on the TTCS OSSWIN DVD
LibreOffice 4.0.4 free office productivity suite (word processor, spreadsheet, presentations) compatible with all major office suites
AbiWord 2.8.6 Free Word processing program similiar to commercial products
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
Adobe Flash Player 11.6.602.180 and earlier versions for Windows and Macintosh
Adobe Flash Player 22.214.171.1245 and earlier versions for Linux
The vulnerabilities in versions of Adobe Flash before April 9 2013 could allow for execution of unwanted code (typically malware), without your consent just by visiting a website with malicious Flash applications or video (SWF). Therefore, you should update your Adobe Flash Player to the latest version to close this loophole.
Windows users should note that the Flash Player in their Microsoft Internet Explorer browser and the one in web browsers like Opera, Mozilla Firefox and Safari are separate installs. You should install and update both versions of Adobe Flash.
Adobe has updated its Adobe Flash Player to version 10.3.181.14 to address a vulnerability in Adobe Flash Player v10.2.159.1 and earlier versions (Adobe Flash Player v10.2.154.28 and earlier for Chrome users) for Windows, Macintosh, Linux, and Solaris and Adobe Flash Player 10.2.157.51 and earlier versions for Android.