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1. 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 or downloading.

Please also read the
Disclaimer.

Jane teaches all this software and a great deal more.
Please visit the 'Courses' page for more information.


Microsoft Office
Word, Excel, Powerpoint,
Publisher, Access, Outlook

(Can be purchased from www.amazon.co.uk,
PC World
or other retailers!)

*** Free ***
Image Editing Software Download

Paint.net
One of the best free photo-editing tools around
(only 6.7MB). N.B. Avoid the big 'Start download'
buttons - click the 'get it now paint.net' link

PixBuilder Studio
This free download includes Clone Stamp Tool

Downloads To Protect Your PC


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Free ***
Anti-virus/Internet Security
AVG Free

Microsoft Safety & Security Centre
(Security Essentials)


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Free ***
Alternatives to MS Office -
these suites are compatible with MS Office
and have a word processor, spreadsheet, database etc.

Apache OpenOffice.org

LibreOffice.org

Kingsoft 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.

Work online at these
*** Free ***
photo editing sites

www.pixlr.com
Many editing tools similar to
Adobe Photoshop

www.befunky.com
Crop, resize etc. plus many
easy to use frames, collages,
stickers, cards, rounded corners etc.

www.fotoflexer.com
Includes layers, opacity options,
and a 'change hair colour' tool

*** Free ***
Anti-malware

(decline the trial and paid versions)
Malwarebytes


*** Free ***
Firewall

Comodo

Protect Your Children
from the dark side of the Internet with

CyberPatrol
or
Norton Internet Security

(can be purchased from www.amazon.co.uk,
PC World
and other retailers!)

Learn To Type Online

www.goodtyping.com
You can save your progress and
continue lessons when it suits you

www.typeonline.co.uk
5 free lessons each
comprising of 10 interactive exercises

www.sense-lang.org/typing
15 free lessons and games

Adobe Photoshop Elements
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.
(Can be purchased from www.amazon.co.uk,
PC World
or other retailers!)

Fotojet.com
Free online templates to create and edit
posters, photo collages, facebook covers etc.

Backup Tools

Easeus Todo Backup

Comodo Backup
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.

Adobe Dreamweaver
(was Macromedia Dreamweaver)
The web page design industry's preferred software

Upload your web site files with
Coffee Cup FREE
ftp


Photos & Graphics
iStockphoto
Veezzle
 

If you would like assistance with any of these I shall be pleased to help!

Convert PDFs into Word documents
PDF Online

PDF Creator
Sourceforge

Freemake Video Converter 3
(19MB download) Convert any video file type into a compatible format for your needs, as it supports over 200 video file types.
Can also create YouTube photo slideshows!.
Be sure to decline 'offers' when installing.

 

Google Earth
3D satellite images of the globe. 'Fly', zoom in and out, tilt and rotate. Search for schools, hotels etc., and get driving directions. Amazing!
http://earth.google.com
Skype
VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol)
for making free calls over the internet.
Windows Essentials Live
Including Mail
http://get.live.com/

Windows Live Mail
This free desktop program is part of Windows Live. A modern replacement for Outlook Express users.
http://download.live.com/wlmail

*** Free ***
Windows 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."
Free OCR
Extract text from photos, scans and screenshots,
edit the text and copy to clipboard or into Word.
Audacity 2 - Audio Editor
(19.8MB)
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
(MEMORY STICK):
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!

SYNCHRONISE FILES

with PureSync (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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Useful Links:

WINDOWS 10 - What's New? - The Anniversary Update

E-BOOKS - You don't need a Kindle to read e-books!
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). http://books.google.com/ebooks

Aylesbury Vale District Council - the WHAT'S ON section is worth a regular visit.
www.aylesburyvaledc.gov.uk/

Or find your local entertainment listing from Bing Events - www.bing.com/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.
www.bbc.co.uk/thingstodo

 

Allsorts of interesting reading and discounts for the OVER 50s - like a quality magazine - High50 www.high50.com

Direct Gov - the single most useful site on the web.

Sites to help you SAVE MONEY ON YOUR SHOPPING::
www.pricecutreview.com
www.topcashback.co.uk

 

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