List of Shareware and Freeware I use

IMPORTANT: I am not updating these links on a regular basis. If one doesn't work, please *don't* ask me where to find the software. As part of my public service duties, I will disregard and not answer any such requests.

Shareware (bought and paid for)

Notetab Pro 4.9x - The text editor I used to do this page. I have had one version of another of Notetab on my computer since it was in the 2.x and it has grown considerably in features and add-ons since then. Check out the website. It has links to all the add-ons, and it is impressive!

Frigate 3.18 - a multi-panel directory utility with a lot of other features. For example, I use it now as my default Internet dialer, my quick access to current favourites, *and* it can do lists of all files in a directory (and sub-directories) with full paths! Who could ax fer more!? :-)

ReGet! Deluxe 3.3 - Download manager, free version becomes bannerware after 30 days (read NOTE below). Provides a detailed log of events and allows to build a queue of downloads in a number of different ways. Recommend you read the help file. Very smooth manager. Available in 16 languages, registration optional, cost is 20$US. [Note: The free version installs Aureate (see below) and Conducent/Timesink; removal disables the program; the Pro version (registered) does not have spyware].

Genius 3.2.2 - collection of utilities designed to enhance and improve the Windows 95/98/NT shell; the author wrote it to replace the many shareware applications he had on his computer. It sits in the system tray until needed and can access many Internet and Win95/98 system utilities. For example, it has a built in FTP client, Finger, Telnet, Whois, Ping; it also has file shredder, password generator, UUencode...and that's just to name a few.

Compass 2.80 - powerful bookmark manager utility program, supports three most popular browsers up to the latest version – Netscape 4.51, Internet Explorer 5, and Opera 3.6; what makes Compass unique is the power of handling the hierarchical structure of folders. With Compass, you can find and organize your bookmarks the way you want, and can integrate all bookmarks from different computers or different browsers. It is also an outline editor or a note editor. You can use Compass to create your personal journal, notes, outlines, memos, etc. (extracted and edited somewhat from the help file)

Home Cookin 4.9 - Home Cookin is an easy to use recipe database and meal management system. The recipe database uses a free-form format for the greatest flexibility and ease of entry. And, with support for over 4 billion recipes, you'll run out of disk space before reaching the program limits. The internal text editor is easy to use and makes recipe entry a simple task. You can enter recipes manually, or cut and paste text between Home Cookin and other Windows applications. To further assist you in building your recipe collection, Home Cookin can import recipes from a variety of formats including Meal- Master, Computer Chef, and Mastercook II. A special manual-import feature is also built-in for importing recipes which do not adhere to standard formats. (extracted from the help file)

Earmaster 4.0 - haven't installed this current version yet, but I have purchased Earmaster 2.0 for my son for ear training and he likes it a lot. It has many features for feedback and statistics.

Thumbsplus 5.x - graphic file viewer, locator and organizer that simplifies the process of finding and maintaining graphics, clip-art files, fonts and animations. It displays an image (thumbnail view) of each file. You can use ThumbsPlus to browse, view, edit, crop, launch external editors, and copy images to the clipboard. You can use drag-and-drop to organize graphics files by moving them to appropriate directories. ThumbsPlus will also create a slide show from selected graphics, and install bitmap files as Windows wallpaper. (edited from the help file - © 1993-1998 Cerious Software Inc.)

Shareware I paid for but stopped using - they wouldn't reply to my repeated and legitimate requests for my registration key to reregister software after a hard drive death. Both have been successfully replaced:

Agent (Forté) - replaced by XNews (freeware - better plonk feature, store folders on any drive)

DiscPlay (Obvion Software) - replaced by Power Play (freeware - full CDDB access)

Freeware

I download many more of these than I actually keep, but I test them all and keep them if they look promising. Most I get from Lockergnome to which I subscribe.

Pegasus 4.01 - Pegasus Mail is an electronic mail client for use with an Internet provider, using a dial-up or permanent connection, or with the local area networks common in many offices. (Pegasus Mail (c) David Harris, 1992-96) I have been using it for many years and I'm very impressed with both the ease of use and the advanced features.

XNews 5.04.25 - Xnews is a general-purpose reader. Although it handles binaries (quite nicely for my purpose), it's not a binary grabber or picture viewer. Also, Xnews is an on-line reader. It has pseudo offline features such as header storage, but if you need true off-line capabilities, use Agent, Gravity, or something else. I'm a fan of NewsXpress so I liberally stole ideas from that program. NX users should find Xnews familiar. That said, Xnews is not NewsXpress. I didn't try to clone it. I have my own weird ideas of doing things. Although Xnews may bear some resemblance NX, it has some features the latter doesn't while lacking others. (from the intro notes of Luu Tran). This is the best reader to my mind. It has no knobs and doohickeys but everything works beautifully. The learning curve is a bit steep for newbies, however, but the rewards are that much greater.

Winkey 2.8 - A utility that makes use of the Win key (that mostly useless thing on Win95/98 keyboards) to create keyboard shortcuts: i.e., use Win + A to start Windows Explorer or Internet dialer, or whatever you want. Combinations of up to three keys are possible, each starting with the Win key. Make it fully personal.

Given that I have graduated to Windows XP, I also recommend Hotkeycontrol XP which adds functions to your keyboard in much the same fashion as Winkey, but with added features such as adding keys to your Microsoft Internet keyboard. Offline CD Browser 3.1 - Index and catalog your removable drives to get your files organized and categorized. By indexing your drives (or folders), you can locate files stored on CDs in just a couple of seconds, you can browse through the content of disconnected network drives or simply email an image of your hard drive to a friend.

Metapad 3.5 - A small, flexible text editor with a mass of features. I use it instead of Notepad that comes with Windows (erase notepad.exe, rename metapad.exe as notepad.exe...voilà!)

Convert 4.10 - easy to use unit conversion program that will convert the most popular units of distance, temperature, volume, time, speed, mass, power, density, pressure, energy and many others, including the ability to create custom conversions.

OpenOffice.org - Sun Systems' *free* alternative to Windows Office, an office suite with a word processor, spread sheet, presentation and drawing features. OpenOffice.org is the "lite" successor to StarOffice. It is an open source project available for many platforms.

GraphCalc 3.1 - GraphCalc is an all-in-one solution to everything from everyday arithmetic to statistical analysis, from betas to Booleans, from cubes to calculus, from decimals to derivatives. GraphCalc combines all the features of a professional mathematics package with the simplicity of an easy to learn windows interface.

INI Editor 2.0 - a small utility that makes editing INI files a lot easier. With the same look and feel of the Registry Editor, this program makes large INI files easy to be viewed and eventually modified.

Mail System Converter 1.2.00 - Utility to import mail files from other clients to Pegasus. Not particularly easy to use, it nonetheless did the job converting mail from Netscape format to Pegasus with a minimum of trouble.

Copernic Agent 6.0 (FREE) - an intelligent agent that carries out your net-searches by simultaneously consulting the most important search engines of the Internet. The software features a history of your searches, making sure that invaluable information found on the Internet is always organized and handy. (from help file)

AOL Instant Messenger 2.0N - much better interface, smoother than ICQ. Features buddy list and warning when buddies are on, instant messages, chat, warnings, much more. It is distributed and installed with Netscape Communicator.

Freeware I stopped using for some reason or other

Go!Zilla 3.5 (unregistered) - an internet file management and retrieval system. I used to recommend Go!zilla until I found out that it installs Aureate, a persistent and surreptitious spy on your system that slows down your connection time and causes crashes.

Freeware I thought was interesting - but couldn't quite figure out.

Handything 3 - It seemed to interfere with Thumbsplus, because when I removed it, Thumbsplus started working fine again.

Also recommended (store bought software):

Adobe Acrobat 6.0 - the complete version, many more features, great for web publishing.

Microsoft Visio 2003 - great for doing graphs and flowcharts and gaming maps.

Aureate, Timesink, blah blah:

"What is Spyware?

"Spyware is ANY SOFTWARE which employs a user's Internet connection in the background (the so-called "backchannel") without their knowledge or explicit permission.

"Silent background use of an Internet "backchannel" connection MUST BE PRECEDED by a complete and truthful disclosure of proposed backchannel usage, followed by the receipt of explicit, informed, consent for such use.

"ANY SOFTWARE communicating across the Internet absent these elements is guilty of information theft and is properly and rightfully termed: Spyware."

Quoted from Gibson Research, makers of OptOut.

Read more at the OptOut page. You can download free software (Ad-aware) that will remove known spyware from your system, not just Aureate. Be advised that software like Go!zilla and ReGet Free will stop functioning once Aureate has been removed. If you want a decent download manager, click here for a link to ReGet Pro.

Created on Feb. 18, 2000, using NoteTab Pro 4.8