Useful Software (much of which
is free!) 2. Links
to other useful stuff
N.B. It is important that you check the system requirements
of any software before purchasing
Please also read the Disclaimer.
all this software and a great deal more.
Please visit the 'Courses'
page for more information.
Image Editing Software Downloads
Organise, edit and
share your photos
The closest free image
editor to Adobe Photoshop
To Protect Your PC
*** Free ***
Alternatives to MS Office -
suites are compatible with MS Office
and have a word processor, spreadsheet, database etc.
Office Free 2012
(Windows XP/Vista/7) (68.4MB download) Includes
a built in PDF converter. Opens all Ms Office files (incl.
docx) and saves docs in all the standard formats (.doc but
not .docx). Worth a try if you don’t want to splash
out for Ms Office. Also for Android.
online at these
photo editing sites
editing tools similar to
Crop, resize etc. plus many
easy to use frames, collages,
stickers, cards, rounded corners etc.
Includes layers, opacity options,
and a 'change hair colour' tool
From the makers of Photoshop (the
number one image editing software worldwide), this is a cut
down version at a fraction of the price. Great for anyone interested
in digital photography.
be purchased from www.amazon.co.uk,
PC World or other retailers!)
Backup to CD, DVD, USB
Memory, External Hard Drive or to online storage space, either
manually or scheduled automatic back-ups.
See also SYNCHRONISE FILES below.
(was Macromedia Dreamweaver)
The web page design industry's preferred software
Upload your web site files with
Cup FREE ftp
RSS (Really Simple
PDFs into Word documents
Video Converter 3
(19MB download) Convert any video file type into a compatible
format for your needs, as it supports over 200 video file
Can also create YouTube photo slideshows!.
3D satellite images of the globe. 'Fly', zoom in
and out, tilt and rotate. Search for schools, hotels etc.,
and get driving directions. Amazing!
VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol)
for making free calls over the internet.
(Scroll down their webpage to find the free product)
Transform camcorder movies into DVDs
This free desktop program is part of
Windows Live. A modern replacement for Outlook Express
|*** Free ***
Live Movie Maker
"Turn your photos and videos into
polished movies. Add special effects, transitions, sound,
and captions. Share on the web, a computer, TV, mobile device,
or a DVD."
Extract text from photos, scans and screenshots,
edit the text and copy to clipboard or into Word.
|Audacity 2 - Audio Editor
An extremely popular audio editor.
|If you would like assistance with any of these I shall be pleased to help!
ENCRYPT YOUR USB FLASH DRIVE
A USB flash drive often contains important/sensitive data,
so it can be disastrous if it gets into the wrong hands.
With this free easy to use software you can create an encrypted
partition that is password protected making it unreadable.
Rohos Mini Drive - www.rohos.com.
Or download this free software then simply right-click to password protect a file or folder http://www.axantum.com/AxCrypt/Default.html easy!
(a free download for personal use). Whether backing up files
to an external hard drive or saving them to a USB flash/memory
drive to put onto another computer, you can make it quicker
and easier using PureSync which automatically compares the
contents of two folders and syncs them so that both contain
the most recent files.
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E-BOOKS - You don't need a Kindle to read
Web User Magazine did a recent survey on the best sites to
download FREE e-books from, the winning site was www.openlibrary.org
where the free 'accessible books' are available in a range
of digital formats including PDF.
Google's eBookstore is also worth a visit with
a huge selection of FREE titles to read on your PC, smartphone,
Sony eReader or tablet, but you have to convert the file to
AZW for use on an Amazon Kindle (using e-book software such
as Calibre (http://calibre-ebook.com).
Aylesbury Vale District Council - the WHAT'S ON section
is worth a regular visit.
Or find your local entertainment listing from Bing Events
- simply type in your town then select the distance you want
i.e. within 10km.
The BBC and other partners have put together this section
of THINGS TO DO for the whole family during the summer holidays
and all year round too.
Sites to help you SAVE MONEY ON YOUR SHOPPING::
Allsorts of interesting reading and discounts for the OVER
50s - like a quality magazine - High50 www.high50.com
SILVER SURFERS is full of links to all sorts -
Gov - the single most useful site on the web.
Business Biscotti is BUSINESS NETWORKING at its best - its
FREE to join online and FREE to attend offline. There are
no restrictions on who can join and no need to attend any
Biscotti meetings if you don't want to.