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Five Great Free Downloads

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013 by | Filed Under: Software Reviews, Using The Internet

We like to share free downloads for you regularly and here’s a look back at five great programs our writers have featured over the past year or so. From a complete office suite to image editing software, these free programs meet your computing needs at no cost. Check them out.


1. LibreOffice

LibreOffice is an Open Source project spun off of the popular Open Office suite. This suite of applications includes a word processor, spreadsheet application, presentation software, drawing tool, database software and a mathematics formula program. It can be downloaded for free by clicking here, and used by anyone without purchasing a license. You are, of course, free to donate to fund the software; but donations are not required and there are no annoying popups asking for donations.


2. Nitro Reader

Nitro Reader is the software of your dreams if you work with PDF documents or want to start working with them. What does Nitro Reader do for you? Let’s go over a basic list of features:

  • View and Print All PDF Documents
  • Add Notes & Type Text in any PDF document
  • QuickSign (Add your own signature to a PDF)
  • Convert an existing file to PDF
  • Print to PDF
  • Extract text from a PDF file
  • Extract images from a PDF file

All of that for free? You bet. The software is simple to install. Click here to download Nitro Reader and run the program and you’ll be walked through the setup.


3. Wise Auto Shutdown

Wise Auto Shutdown – Schedule Shutdown/Log Off/Reboots

Have you ever wanted to schedule your computer to automatically shutdown or power off at a certain time of the day? What about to restart for updates every night at 3 in the morning? Or how about set your computer to go to sleep mode at 10 PM so you can wake it back up in the morning when your ready to use it, without wasting electricity running it at full power all night?

Wise Auto Shutdown is the perfect program for you. This amazingly simple utility lets you setup a daily, specific time or “time from now” event to:

  • Shut Down your PC
  • Restart your PC
  • Log off the current user
  • Put your computer in sleep mode
  • Power off your computer.

Get the FREE download here!


4. YTD Video Downloader and Converter

YTD Video Downloader is a feature-rich freeware tool that can be of help whenever you’d like to download videos from YouTube to your computer. It also supports dozens of other video sharing networks online. It even offers a quick video-conversion utility, enabling you to swiftly change the downloaded file types, such as MP4 and 3GP.

Get the FREE download here!


5. Paint.NET

From time to time, I have found myself needing a program for making graphics and pictures. I used to try and use the Paint program that comes with Windows, but I almost always find it to be lacking in features. Because of that, I have been looking for a paint program that has a lot more options and features. After looking for awhile, I came across a free program called Paint.NET. And let me tell you, this program has everything I could ever want!

You can download Paint.NET for yourself right here. Enjoy!

Hope these programs make your life a little easier!

~ Cynthia

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One Response to “Five Great Free Downloads”

  1. Bill Leach says:

    I realize that you could probably go on for hours listing quality FOSS or freeware software. However, I suggest that you take a look at “The Gimp” and maybe even “Inkscape” for drawing and photo editing.

    It is likely that the only program “out there” that can “best” the GIMP is Adobe Photoshope.

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