Links to Free Software!

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Google Apps
Google Apps

Google Apps Education Edition
Google Apps Education Edition provides secure email, document sharing, group calendars, classroom websites, and more…all without extra hardware to maintain or software to install, and at no cost for schools.

This ad-free version of Gmail, Google Docs, Google Sites and other integrated tools is available to any K-12 school or district. Security and protection is ensured by Google Message Security, powered by Postini - now provided at no charge for districts that sign up by July, 2010.
Learn more about Google Apps Education Edition
Learn more about Google Apps Education Edition

Web Browsing

Mozilla Firefox
The premier free, open-source browser. Tabs, pop-up blocking, themes, and extensions. Considered by many to be the world's best browser.

Video Player, BitTorrent, Podcasting

Beautiful interface. Plays any video type (much more than windows media player). Subscribe to video RSS, download, and watch all in one. Torrent support. Search and download from YouTube and others.


Mozilla Thunderbird
Powerful spam filtering, solid interface, and all the features you need.

Solid cross-platform RSS client.

Video Playback
Beautiful interface. Plays any video type (much more than windows media player). Subscribe to video RSS, download, and watch all in one. Torrent support. Search and download from YouTube and others.

Plays more video files than most players: Quicktime, AVI, DIVX, OGG, and more. Pretty good interface.

Similar to VLC-- plays loads of video formats.

Media Player Classic
Compact, but powerful media player. Plays anything under the sun. No install necessary.

DVD Ripping / Video Conversion
Media Coder
Great tool for ripping CDs, DVDs, etc and converting between many video formats.

Word Processing / Office Suites
Full featured suite of tools for word processing and spreadsheets. Compatible with and a free replacement for MS Word documents. Also supports OpenDocument Format.

A word processor. Leaner and quicker than OpenOffice. Compatible with MS Word documents and OpenDocument Format.

Solid podcasting client.

DVD Ripping
DVD to MPEG-4 ripper/converter.

Sound Recording
Simple sound recording tool.

Graphics / Photo Editing
Photo editing application that rivals Photoshop in features.

Graphics editor with a very nice interface.

Vector graphics application.

Excellent FTP program.

X-Chat 2
IRC client.

Fantastic archiving utility to extract and pack archives of an extensive amount of formats. PeaZip also features password protecting archives, keyfile support, system integration, a lovely interface, and much more.

Note Taking
An neat application for note taking or outlining. Takes time to get used to, but some people love it.

Freemind (Jarnal)
Open Source note taking application written in Java.

Open Source note taking application, very good.

Personal Finance
Simple, easy to use application for managing personal finances.

Easy to use Accounting package.

More Web Browsing

Fast, nice web browser.

W3C developed web browser and editor for multiple platforms.

Electric Sheep
Screensaver software

3D Graphics and Modeling
Powerful 3D Modeling software.

Security Tools
Easy to use port scanner for Windows.

Network Protocol Analyzer, formerly called Ethereal.

Creates encrypted virtual hard drives for extra security.

Open Source Anti-Virus. Very good at detecting viruses. Can be plugged into hMailServer for e-mail protection LIMITATION: Real Time scanning not implemented yet.

Delete files securely off your hard drive utilizing DoD standards.

MP3 and Audio Tools
MP3 Gain
Easy to use MP3 manipulation tool for Windows. adjusts sound levels on MP3's so they are all the same.

MP3 Book Helper
This program provides rapid Mp3 (ID3v1, ID3v2) and Ogg/Speex/Flac Vorbis tags editing and file renaming functions. Mass Tag editing is done using special variables and Regular Expressions.

Open Source MP3 Player, ripper and organizer written using the .NET Framework.

Cobian Backup
Backup software.

File archiver.

Developer tools
The classic, super customizable editor, for Windows.

Easy to use, open source WYSIWYG html editor.

Open Source IDE for the .NET Framework. Utilizes the multiple programming languages and Windows forms.

Open Source programmers notepad for Windows.

Source code Editor for Windows and X.

Mapping Tools
Nasa World Wind
Mapping tool similar to Google Earth for Windows. Must have the .NET Framework installed.

Free Stuff (copied from our UnitedCFF wiki)

A lightly (or slightly!) annotated listing of free or open source software, electronic texts, and free audio books, including links where you are likely to find the stuff! No guarantees though!

Audacity and it’s necessary counterpart LAME (this is a tricky download in tarball form) This will take you to the LAME file area

GIMP Image manipulation program


EditPad Lite



Very cool brainstorming and mind mapping software has now joined the open source community.

Download XMind - Free
  • New in XMind
  • Open Source
  • Share
  • Topic As A Map
  • Easy To Use
  • XMind ProXMind, combined with online sharing service, provides a revolutionary way to enable both team brainstorming and personal mind mapping. With this major upgrade, we bring Web 2.0 concepts on community sharing into a popular desktop application. New Gantt view allows project managers to easily track project tasks and schedules. You'll find many more useful and time-saving functions in XMind product family.
XMind is now royalty-free and open source software. This means when you want to use an XMind fishbone in a spreadsheet, put your photos and media files into a mind map, or reuse your Freemind/MindManager files, you're free to use XMind without charge. You can even add XMind or XMind Pro as plug-ins into your Eclipse-based enterprise environment. is the best place to share your ideas and thoughts with the world. Adding an embedded XMind map viewer into your blog will enable more people to visualize and learn from your ideas. If you want to share privately, or brainstorm ideas with selected friends, just upgrade to XMind Pro.
Sometimes you want to "drill down" into a topic, i.e. focus in on a specific branch, hide other branches, or start a new mind map within a topic. With the "Topic as a Map" capability, mind maps are now truly hierarchical and layered, allowing you to focus in on and display the right information and clearly express your ideas.


· Organize frequently used text snippets.
· Expand abbreviations as you type.
· Launch programs with text shortcuts.
· Auto-complete repetitive phrases.
· Quick access to the Windows Clipboard History.
· Correct spelling mistakes in any application.

FoxIT Reader
As a small and fast PDF viewer, Foxit Reader currently has over 50 million users all around the world. After keeping users waiting for almost two months, Foxit Reader 3.0 has been released and introduces many fascinating new features such as multimedia design and Foxit OnDemand Content Management. To learn more about this new release, please click here.

PC Chrono Chrono is a freeware timer, stopwatch and clock utility. It is also distributed as a part of 5-cow rated WakeMeUp! Alarm Clock.

Its main features:
  • countdown timer capable of .mp3, .ogg or .wav file playback on completion. S1 / S3 (suspend to RAM) / S4 (hibernate) resume is supported;
  • stopwatch;
  • 12/24 hour clock;
  • customizable voice notifications for all modes (timer, stopwatch and clock).

Free Clip - or

FreeClip Long Description: (from Freeclip website)
FreeClip is a convenient clipboard manager. Helps to create data arrays, which include repeating fragments. In this case you should use the standard Windows clipboard that allows you to keep a fragment of the data from any editor and then to use (paste) this fragment in the same or other program. Imagine that you need to make the document for which initial data are already done. You need to copy a part of the pre-created information, and paste it. Then you copy the second fragment and insert in it. And if you need to paste first fragment again? You should to switch to the first fragment and copy it again. With FreeClip it is not necessary to do these superfluous actions. Why to FreeClip? This clipboard manager allows you to copy simultaneously up to 4 (!) blocks of the various data and provides fast methods to get access to those 4 data buffers. Besides FreeClip can save its clipboards content on to your hard disk at program exit and automatically load it at the next startup. It works similar to system clipboard. FreeClip will save your effort and make more efficient use of your time and fingers. You'll wonder how you ever got along without it.

Magix Music Maker

Mozilla Firefox Open source browser download page
Suggested Firefox add-ons
Delicious social bookmarking, Diigo ,Wolfram Alpha toolbar, Zotero, CoolIris, and CiteBite

Shape Collage 2.0 is very cool!
Make a photo collage in any shape.

Ispring is also very cool! Convert PPT to flash files in PPT. Ispring free is the one to get…

Google Docs great! No software, web-based docs!

Glogster multi-media poster creation! Check it out!

Literature and Audio Books

Alex Catalogue of Electronic Texts

This is a collection of public domain and open access documents with a focus on American and English literature as well as Western philosophy. Its purpose is to help facilitate a person’s liberal arts education. “Big ideas don’t fit on a mobile.” free public domain audio books LibriVox

LibriVox provides free audiobooks from the public domain. There are several options for listening. The first step is to get the mp3 or ogg files into your ...
Search the Catalog - Browse Entire Catalog - LibriVox forums

Audio Books and Free Literature


Librivox, is also trying to get people volunteering to read. Consider joining them!
Browse their list of human-read audio books at Project Gutenberg
Browse their list of computer-generated audio books at Project Gutenberg

IT Conversations | //Open Source// (Free Podcasts)

from some of the top "open-sourcers" in the business!

Productivity and General Use
Open Office includes Writer, Calc, Draw, Impress, Base, and Math. Used for office productivity, database, presentations, etc.
doPDF is a free PDF converter for both personal and commercial use and works on Windows Vista, XP, 2008/2003/2000 Server (32 and 64-bit).
CamStudio is able to record all screen and audio activity on your computer and create industry-standard AVI video files and using its built-in SWF Producer can turn those AVIs into lean, mean, bandwidth-friendly Streaming Flash videos (SWFs)

Ricci Adams website for basic music theory tutorials and trainers. The entire site can be downloaded and operated off line.

Stellarium is a free open source planetarium for your computer. It shows a realistic sky in 3D, just like what you see with the naked eye, binoculars or a telescope.
Open Source planetarium

KDE Education project features a variety of open source software for language, math, science and a variety of other utility needs!

Fun For Kids
KTuberling is a "potato editor" game intended for small children and adults who remain young at heart. The game has no winner; the only purpose is to make the funniest faces you can.
Tux Paint is a free, award-winning drawing program for children ages 3 to 12 (for example, preschool and K-6). It combines an easy-to-use interface, fun sound effects, and an encouraging cartoon mascot who guides children as they use the program.
Educational software with a focus on school software for children. Here you will find math, spelling, and reading software amongst other creative applications. Includes Canorus music software, Celestia, Child's Play, Multiplication station, and many others!