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Free Software

Here are my personal picks for the best free Windows software:

Web Browser


For Musicians


  • LibreOffice – Free version of Microsoft Office. Recommended by me over OpenOffice which keeps crashing.




  • 7-zip – expand and compact files, put multiple files into one container for emailing.
  • Sumatra PDF – Small open source PDF reader.
  • FoxIt Reader – read PDFs without all the Adobe spyware. Are they starting to charge? Is this a trial version? If so, I’ll look for some other free reader.

The above are or were some of my favorites. Some great software gets worse over time, ads spam, stops working, etc. Be sure to scan for malware.   Here are a few lists you can check for other great free software.



6 comments on “Free Software

  1. Gail Kirkpatrick
    October 13, 2010

    Very well put together site


    hope you don’t mind if i link to it.



  2. Meg
    January 4, 2011

    Happy New Year Xeno! I really enjoy reading your posts. Excellent site!


  3. dean
    August 22, 2012

    Keep it up …info available here is really intresting and worth it….


  4. Matt
    November 30, 2012

    Audacity is pretty good indeed, although Reaper is apparently even better with only a minimum charge for the licence – $60. Not much compared to, say, Cubase.


  5. Bob
    March 5, 2014

    SumatraPDF – love it. Dumped A-doe-bee reader a long time, years, ago.


  6. vanselm66
    February 12, 2015

    Blender for 3D Modeling, Sculpting, Video Editing..


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