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The following have been reviewed by the LTU and are recommended for use.  They are Freeware or Shareware.  This list will be reviewed and updated.

If you want a single site that provides you with current updates for Freeware, Shareware, and Commercial software for both Macintosh and PC computers, visit VERSION TRACKER.  

Audio:

Audacity
You should try this open-source program because it's free (and available for Windows, Macintosh, and Linux), but you will stick with it because it's a simple audio editor that offers ample extras, such as mixing tools and audio effects. Audacity isn't just for recording streaming audio; it can record anything coming into your computert. There is plenty of help and links to a free MP3 encoder that works with Audacity

SKYPE
VOIP is here and it works very well indeed.  This program for Linux, Mac OSX, and Windows allows you to phone any other SKYPE user using your computer and the internet.  Voice quality is excellent.  This is a must if you want to talk to someone who has a computer without using the phone.

Browsers:

Firefox
Firefox allows you to browse faster, more safely and more efficiently than with any other browser. Firefox imports your Favorites, settings and other information. This is a fast and feature-rich application, it blocks popups, allows for tabbed browsing, has built-in Google, and RSS integration.  You will love it.

Mozilla
Web-browser, advanced e-mail and newsgroup client, IRC chat client, and HTML editing made simple -- all your Internet needs in one application.

Graphics:

20/20
View, capture, and annotate images. Display images as slide shows. Generate thumbnails and save them as HTML files. Convert files between formats and resolutions. Rotate, flip, mirror, and crop images. Capture images from scanners and digital cameras. Capture images from your desktop and application windows.

PhotoFiltre
This is a perfect tool for anyone with some basic familiarity with digital imaging who wants to avoid getting into the complexity of Photoshop - this software does almost everything you would need to do (except layers). It is available in various languages.

JAlbum
This is spectacular software that makes web photo albums from digital images. JAlbum is one of the easiest and most powerful tools you will ever find.

JAlbum runs on Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux. With JAlbum you control the look of the final album.  Making an album is a drag and drop plus a button click.  There are many beautiful design templates to choose from. JAlbum will process and optimize your images, make the index page and preview your album.

Utilities:

CuteFTP
This is a very simple, functional, and fast FTP (File Transfer Protocol).  It is also FREE.

CutePDF
CutePDF Writer allows you to convert any printable document to PDF format. It installs as a virtual printer and is available from any application that offers a `Print` option. The program is easy to use, just select the CutePDF printer and click the print button. Some advanced options are also available (scaling, multi-page layouts, print quality and more). Unlike most other free PDF creators, this one does not insert any watermarks at all

Video:

VLC Player
The VLC media player is a highly portable multimedia player for various audio and video formats (MPEG, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, DivX, mp3, ogg, ...) as well as DVDs, VCDs, and various streaming protocols.  There are versions for Windows and Macintosh.

   
 

Web:

Xenu
This application will check your website (or any URL) and report on a variety of problems, most importantly BROKEN LINKS.  After installation you run the program, enter a URL and the rest is automatic.  You can set perferences so that your report will be easier to comprehend.  This one really helps WEB developers.

NVU
This is a shareware WYSIWYG web-designing tool.  It has many of the same features as Dreamweaver and is available for Mac, PC, and Linux.

 

Updated: 11/30/05 5:46 PM
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