Useful Software

Software List:

In this page I will keep a list of software that I have found useful. As I have time I will try to give a quick review of each program.

Text to Speech:
Balabolka

Website Programs:

Moodle – Learning Management Software for offering online classes
http://moodle.org

Joomla – Content Management Systems (CMS) for your website
http://www.joomla.org/

Joomdle – Joolma + Moodle – Moodle & Joomla integration
http://www.joomdle.com/en/

WordPress – Personal Website/Blogging Software
http://wordpress.org/

Gallery – Show off your pictures
http://gallery.menalto.com/

phpBB – open source forum/bulletin board software
http://www.phpbb.com/

Software Installers:

WampServer – Installs Apache, MySQL, PHP on your windows server
http://www.wampserver.com/en/

XAMPP – Installs Apache, MySQL, PHP, Pearl on your server
http://www.apachefriends.org/en/xampp.html

Ninite
http://ninite.com/

Cloud File Services:

Dropbox
https://www.dropbox.com/

Windows Sky Drive
https://skydrive.live.com

Google Drive
https://drive.google.com

PDF:

Foxit Reader (free Reader only)
http://www.foxitsoftware.com

CutePDF (Free)
http://www.cutepdf.com/

PrimoPDF (Free)
http://www.primopdf.com/

Nitro Pro (not free)
http://www.nitropdf.com

Office Productivity

Microsoft Office
http://microsoft.com

Apache Open Office (Free)
http://www.openoffice.org/

Gephi – A very powerful open source visual graphing program
https://gephi.org/

Password Management:

KeePass
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/locking-passwords-keepass,806-2.htm

Password Protect
http://passwordsafe.sourceforge.net/

Encryption Tools:

TrueCrypt
http://www.truecrypt.org/

BoxCrypter
http://www.boxcryptor.com/

Working With Databases:

MySQL Workbench
http://www.mysql.com/downloads/workbench/

********************** Free Microsoft Programs: **********************

Windows Live Mail – Email client, access multiple e-mail accounts in one program, plus your calendar, newsgroups, and feeds.  View you calendar online and see shen messenger contacts are available to chat.

Photo Gallery – Edit, view, organize, and shar your favorite photos. You can also tag people in photos, stitch photos together into panoramas and more.

Toolbar – quick glance at you hotmail, calendar, photos and more

Writer – create blog posts including photos, videos, maps, events and tags and publish them to almost any blog service (windows live blog, WordPress, Blogger, Live Journal, TypePad and more.

Family Safety – Keep your kids saver online – you decide how your kids experience the internet. You can block or allow certain websites and contacts and monitor where you kids are going online.

Windows Defender – Keep you computer running faster and safer without pop-ups.

File storage – keep you documents on a Microsoft server so you can access them from any computer.

Desktop Search – Search files, emails, and more from one search application.

Microsoft Image Composite Editor – is an advanced panoramic image stitcher. The application takes a set of overlapping photographs of a scene shot from a single camera location and creates a high-resolution panorama incorporating all the source images at full resolution. The stitched panorama can be saved in a wide variety of formats, from common formats like JPEG and TIFF to multi-resolution tiled formats like HD View and Silverlight Deep Zoom.

Windows Media Player – Play all types of media including music, videos, etc.

Office Viewers – View files created in Microsoft Office without having to purchase the program.

Microsoft Calculator Plus – An upgraded calculator

Power Calculator – graphd and evaluated functions as well as performs many conversions.

USB Flash Drive Manager backup & restore files to/from a USB Flash Drive device.

Virtual Desktop Manager manages up to four desktops from the Windows taskbar

Mount ISO Files Virtually – this tool allows ISO image files to be mounted virtually as a CD/DVD device.

Virtual PC is a powerful software virtualization solution that allows running multiple PC-based operating systems simultaneously on one workstation.

Windows SteadyState is designed for schools, libraries, Internet Cafés, and other public locations.

User State Migration Tool (USMT) migrates user files and settings during large deployments by capturing desktop, network and application settings as well as a user files, and then migrates them to a new Windows installation.

Windows Live Safety Center – Web service designed to ensure the health of your computer with free scanning tools helping get rid of unwanted software. http://onecare.live.com/site/en-US/default.htm

Malicious Software Removal Tool checks for infection by specific, prevalent malicious software (including Blaster, Sasser, and Mydoom) and helps to remove the infection if it is found. (Updated on the second Tuesday of each month.)

Promqry and PromqryUI detects if a network sniffer that is running on a computer. If a system has network interfaces in promiscuous mode, it may indicate the presence of a network sniffer running on the system. http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;892853

Movie Maker create, edit, and share home movies easily with drag-and-drops.

RAW Image Thumbnailer and Viewer for serious photographers. Organize and work with digital RAW files in Windows Explorer, providing thumbnails, previews, printing, and metadata display for RAW images.
********************** XP/Windows Tools **********************

Scan & fix XP Computers for all protected system files and replace with correct Microsoft versions run: Sfc.exe /scannow

Ftonline.exe – This command-line tool enables an administrator to mount and recover files from a fault tolerant disk created in a previous version of Windows. This tool is useful if you failed to upgrade your disks to dynamic disks, or failed to back the up your data before installing Windows Server 2003.

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc781594(WS.10).aspx

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