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Below are some free downloads we have found to be useful tools in creating media and for making ourselves more creative. We have not found any of these free programs to conflict with other software loaded on personal computers but, as with anything, be careful in the files you choose to download and install on your computer as they may cause registry conflict problems which would make your computer run more slowly or not at all.
 
  

Audio and Video Tools

Use these tools to edit and manipulate audio and/or video files on your computer.

Audacity

   Audacity® is free, open source software for recording and editing sounds. It is available for Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows, GNU/Linux, and other operating systems

Free Studio Manager

   With Free Studio Manager you can convert video and audio files between different formats and to iPod, PSP, iPhone, BlackBerry and all popular mobile phones and devices; burn and rip DVDs and audio CDs; upload and download YouTube videos and music to your computer, iPod, PSP, iPhone and BlackBerry; perform basic editing of audio and video files as well as record videos and make snapshots.

Free Studio contains no spyware or adware. It's clearly free and absolutely safe to install and run.

YouTube Downloader 2.6.5

YouTube Downloader 2.6.5 is a simple freeware application that has two main features: to download FLV files from YouTube, and to convert them to most major formats. It supports iPhone, iPod, PSP, cell phone, AVI, MP3, WMV, and Xvid. There's also a basic video editor for cropping videos by time stamp. You can also cut out the sound when converting.

Real Player

Real Player, Downloader. It’s simple! Get free one-click video downloading and sharing. Effortlessly play, transfer and edit your video. Handy features make it a snap to organize and trim your videos, so they look just right. Transfer your favorite digital media to and from your PC and mobile devices and enjoy on the go.

GIMP

   GIMP is an acronym for GNU Image Manipulation Program. It is a freely distributed program for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition and image authoring. It has many capabilities. 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, an image format converter, etc.

GizmoRip 3

   GizmoRip 3 is a free utility that lets you restore your music to a computer or share it with friends. It recovers music, videos, photos and playlists from your iPod, iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch directly into iTunes or simply makes a backup to your hard drive. It also restore individual song tracks or an entire playlist. It can be used to modify the song titles and metadata directly on your iPod device.

Photo and Image Editing and Manipulation

Use these tools to edit and manipulate digital photos and/or images on your computer.

Internet Browsers

Browse the Internet with something other than Internet Explorer.

Google Chrome

Fast start-up

Google Chrome launches immediately.

Fast loading
Google Chrome loads websites quickly.

Fast search
Search the internet directly from the address bar.

Mozilla Firefox

  Mozilla Firefox. Your web, the way you like it: high performance, easy customization & advanced security.

Utilities

Use these useful Utilities to manage your computer performance and to take advantage of different Website playback requirements.

Open Office

   OpenOffice.org 3  is the leading open-source office software suite for word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, graphics, databases and more. It is available in many languages and works on all common computers. It stores all your data in an international open standard format and can also read and write files from other common office software packages. It can be downloaded and used completely free of charge for any purpose.

Acrobat Reader X

   Adobe Reader software is the global standard for electronic document sharing. It is the only PDF file viewer that can open and interact with all PDF documents. Use Adobe Reader to view, search, digitally sign, verify, print, and collaborate on Adobe PDF files.

VLC Media Player

   VLC Media Player fulfills all your needs. It handles DVDs, (S)VCDs, Audio CDs, web streams, TV cards and much more. With VLC, there is no need to continually update many different codec packs. VLC comes with nearly every codec built in! And whats more, VLC can play back your files, even if the media is damaged! Missing or broken pieces wont stop VLC. All the video and audio information that remains can be played.

Notepad ++

   Notepad++ is a replacement for the traditional Windows Notepad that just adds a few sweet little features: multiple documents; line, word, and character counts; and some highlighting of tags.

Security

Use these tools to help make your computer and files secure from viruses and hackers.

TrueCrypt

   TrueCrypt enables you to convert a memory stick into a strongly encrypted data storage device, meaning that you can store personal data on it without worrying about losing it and having personal information get out and about.

Advanced SystemCare Free 3 for Windows

Advanced SystemCare Free 3 for Windows offers a one-stop-shop for cleaning and maintaining your computer for better overall system performance. The interface is very simple, featuring only a few buttons, which makes it easy to get down to cleaning immediately (in fact, it automatically runs on start-up) and doesn't confuse you with multiple steps.

Avast Free AntiVirus 5.1

Avast Free AntiVirus 5.1, an A-list freeware antivirus app, provides the same steadfast protection of well-known, pricier antivirus programs. Avast is remarkable for both its effectiveness and arguably providing the most complete free antivirus on the market. It protects you with multiple guards. The antivirus, antispyware, and heuristics engines form a security core that also includes multiple real-time shields.

WinRAR (32-bit) 3.93

WinRAR (32-bit) 3.93 is easy to use, lightweight, and flexible. Beyond basic compression and unzipping, WinRAR offers unpacking support for a large number of archive formats, including TAR, ACE, BZ2, JAR, ISO, and ZIP. It provides Unicode support for international formatting, embedded file comments, damaged archive repair, archive locking, self-extracting archives, and easy encryption.

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CCleaner

  CCleaner is the number-one tool for cleaning your Windows PC. It protects your privacy online and makes your computer faster and more secure. Easy to use and a small, fast download.

AVG Anti-Virus

  AVG Anti-Virus is the world's most downloaded free security software. Basic protection for surfing, searching and social networking. Millions of people around the world use AVG Anti-Virus Free for their basic online activities. Whether it's surfing the Internet, conducting web searches, or simply keeping up with friends on Facebook, AVG Anti-Virus Free has got you covered.

Microsoft PhotoStory 3 for Windows

   With Microsoft PhotoStory 3 for Windows, create slideshows using your digital photos. Add stunning special effects, soundtracks, and your own voice narration to your photo stories. Then, personalize them with titles and captions. Small file sizes make it easy to send your photo stories in an e-mail. Watch them on your TV, a computer, or a Windows Mobile–based portable device.

Filezilla

   Filezilla. Many people occasionally have a need to FTP files to other computers; if you ever have the need to transfer files in such a fashion, FileZilla will do the job slickly and quickly.

HyperCam

HyperCam

HyperCam captures the action from your Windows  screen and saves it to AVI (Audio-Video Interleaved) movie file. Sound from your system microphone is also recorded.

Please note that HyperCam is not intended for re-recording of other video clips from the screen (e.g. playing in Media Player, RealVideo, QuickTime etc.), but rather for creating regular software presentations, tutorial, demos etc. If you still want to try it for re-recording other movie clips, please read this first.

Photoscape 3.5

   Photoscape 3.5 is a fun and easy photo editing software that enables you to fix and enhance photos. It is perfect for those making the jump between JPEG and am-pro dSLR work. It supports RAW, as well as all other major image formats from JPEG and PNG to animated GIFs. It comes with prebuilt templates for users to create photo collages, fumetti, and Web comics, and has a standard set of red-eye removal, light/shadow, and contrast-editing features.

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