The Wonderful Land of Freeware

Freeware Dec 20, 2010 No Comments

Imagine you just bought a computer. You want to create compelling graphics, put together tremendous word processing projects, and be protected from viruses. All while working on a shoe string budget. You could very easily purchase these products, spending more than the actual machine costs.

If you have to renew licensing fee’s each year, this could translate into hundreds of dollars in additional costs. Now think if you were a business, and you had multiple computers that all needed to be supported. You’re looking at hundreds, thousands of added costs that you can not afford.

Thankfully, there is a solution that is allowing others to keep their shoe string budget without breaking the bank. This solution is freeware. Freeware is royalty free software that allows users the ability to do things that would normally cost money. The joy of using a pc is the wide collection of freeware out there to accommodate your every need.

One freeware that you need to be aware of is Gimp, which can be found at www.gimp.org.

Gimp is a free, image manipulation program that works on a variety of operating systems including Linux and Mac OS X. You can edit pictures, change fonts, and create a variety of different graphics, logos, and banners. When you need more than just what your system has to offer in the realm of Graphic Design, go with gimp.

Another freeware product is Open Office, which can be found at www.openoffice.org.

Open Office is a full fledge office suite that is a free alternative to some of the more familiar pay products. If you need a word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation solution, Open Office might be just what the doctor ordered. Open Office is backwards compatible with all major office suites and allows users to do everything they would normally need to do.

Free Anti Virus has been the talk of the town, as it has become the number one most downloaded freeware recently. Normally, one would pay a set fee per year that would include a single license, any additional computers would require additional licenses. Now, one can go to avira.com, avg.com, and avast.com to find which is the best for you. In the past, Anti virus programs would run scheduled scans since computers did not have the power to run in real time without slowing down the machine. Now, resident shields exist that allows the users to be protected while still carrying on with their daily activities. Finding the write antivirus depends on what your needs are. I would suggest trying each one to see what works best for you.

There are so many freeware solutions out there, that it can be an overwhelming process. Thankfully, there are sites like www.download.com and www.techsupportalert.com that provide access to the programs and reviews. Take this one step at a time, and make sure you find the freeware that addresses your needs the best.

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