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The Useful, Free Software List, designed to help faculty, staff and students with their content production needs.
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Free PC Apps that would help students

  • 7zip
    Lets you zip and unzip items (several different archive formats can be unzipped...)
  • Adobe Reader
    The original PDF reader.
  • Freemind - Mind Mapper
    FreeMind is a premier free mind-mapping software written in Java.
  • GIMP - Photo Editing
    A photo editing software that could be on all the PCs, which would allow the students to edit their photos without photoshop.
  • Notepad++
    Handy Notepad utility that uses tabs. Great for editing and coding.
  • Picasa
    Image editor and organizer. Used with Google Services.
  • VLC Media Player
    VLC is a free and open source cross-platform multimedia player and framework that plays most multimedia files as well as DVDs, Audio CDs, VCDs, and various streaming protocols.
  • Windows Essentials
    Several Windows Utilities, including Movie Maker!
  • WinMerge
    WinMerge is an Open Source differencing and merging tool for Windows. WinMerge can compare both folders and files, presenting differences in a visual text format that is easy to understand and handle.

Free, Useful Assistive Technologies

  • Access Apps
    AccessAps is an initiative that consists of over 50 open source and freeware assistive technology applications which can be entirely used from a USB thumb drive on a Windows computer. Nothing is installed on the computer itself, making a very portable solution.
  • Auto Hotkey
    utoHotKey is an open-source automation tool that can be used to automate almost any computer function by emulating keystrokes and mouse clicks. AutoHotKey is very versatile, and can be used to greatly reduce the number of keypresses needed to control a computer, but is a bit complex to use for those without moderate computer experience.
  • Nlarge
    NLarge is a little utility for technical presentations. It magnifies the screen through a smooth animation, and allows you to pan and zoom around the magnified screen. You can annotate the magnified image using the mouse or a Tablet PC pen. You can also annotate with text.

    NLarge runs from your system tray, and is triggered by a hotkey (Ctrl-1 by default).
  • NVDA
    NVDA (NonVisual Desktop Access) is a free “screen reader” which enables blind and vision impaired people to use computers. It reads the text on the screen in a computerised voice. You can control what is read to you by moving the cursor to the relevant area of text with a mouse or the arrows on your keyboard.

    NVDA can also convert the text into braille if the computer user owns a device called a “braille display”.
  • Power Reader
    A dyslexic text reader/learning tool, a graphical, interactive text reader integrated with computer text-to-speech whose level of focus, complexity, and detail is adjustable according to the user's needs.
  • Thunder: Screen Reader
    Thunder is a downloadable screen reading (text-to-speech) program

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