Useful Programs

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I have put a * by the ones I use all the time.

I am not endorsing or recomending any of these programs.
I am simply providing a link to free programs that could be useful.

Free Genealogy Programs
Bygones Designed to enter and keep genealogical research notes on a laptop or desktop computer
Family Tree Templates More than 100 family tree templates you can download and print for free.
Family Tree Builder Free Basic Family Site, Premium Family Site, PremiumPlus Subscription
Family Tree Pilot Create an image of the family tree including personal photos
GenDB For XP users only. Cemetery database program that will create the html to put online
Genealogy Reference Software Save and organize your genealogy research data.
*Legacy Family Tree Mormon version genealogy program (*My personal favorite)

Browsers & Email Programs
Avant A tabbed browser. All your IE settings and Favorites are available from within Avant Browser. An ultra-fast web browser with no ads, virus, spyware, or malwares.
Email Encoder An anti-spam tool
Google Chrome Small file size & runs web pages and applications with lightning speed.
*Mozilla Firefox Nice web browser, much faster & more secure than IE
*Mozilla Thunderbird Nice email program, much faster & more secure than Windows Mail
Opera Surf the Web with lightning speed, using the fastest browser ever.
Safari (for Mac) The world’s fastest web browser.
Internet Explorer AKA IE
*WebMail Notifier Checks your webmail accounts and notifies you of the number of unread emails

Free Virus/Spyware Protection
*AVG It is one of the most often recommend freeware anti-virus packages. While Grisoft offers a paid version, this is a freeware version. It only offers anti-virus and anti-spyware protection (no anti-spam, anti-rootkit or firewall) but provides very effective protection from the most common threats.
Avast! Basic features, and ease of use. It is updated regularly, also highly recommended.  The Free Home Edition includes anti-spyware and anti-rootkit detection.
*Avira The free Personal Edition gets good reviews. There is a paid version with anti-spyware and firewall protection as well.
ClamWin AntiVirus Free open source antivirus program, which means it comes with the programming source code. ClamWin has a high detection rate for viruses and spyware, but does not include a real-time scanner. This means you have to rely on scheduled or manual scans to detect viruses.
COMODO Internet Secruity Multi-layered security application that keeps hackers out and personal information in.
Comodo Verification Engine An anti-phishing add-on that works with IE & Firefox and automatically verifies the identity of many commercial websites.
Malwarebytes Some free programs, some not.
Microsoft Security Essentials A new free security tool from Microsoft, released in October 2009. It's meant to provide protection not just from viruses, but also spyware, rootkits, and trojans as well.
SpywareBlaster Only functions fully if you use IE. It blocks all kinds of spyware.
Windows Tools Microsoft Windows - Extra Utilities

Free Photo Tools/Programs
3DPlus Software that enables you to create stunning 3D graphics.  SE is free while the V9 version is 9.99.
DrawPlus SE Create outstanding vector drawings, high-impact graphics and eye-catching animations
Chrome Apps A lot of free apps for the Google Chrome browser
FastStone Image converter, renaming tool, photo resizer
Fotosizer Batch image resizer tool
Gimp For such tasks as photo retouching, image composition and image authoring.
Graphics2Pdf Convert images to pdf formula
Image Watermarker Add watermark text over any .jpg, .gif or .bmp image
*IrfanView Fast, compact graphic viewer and manipulator
PagePlus SE Create outstanding greetings cards, flyers and posters. SE is free while the V9 version is 9.99.
Page Saver Pearl Crescent Page Saver Basic - Free add-on for Firefox.  Take entire page screen shots and save to the location of your choice.
PhotoPlus9 SE Lets you easily edit images.  SE is free while the V9 version is 9.99.

Free HTML/Website Editors & Misc Website Programs
Aquamacs Mac - Text Editor
Arbor Vita Lets you display your genealogy tree on the web by generating HTML pages.
Bean Mac - Text Editor
BlueGriffon WYSIWYG editor powered by Gecko, the rendering engine of Firefox 4, it's a modern and robust solution to edit Web pages in conformance to the latest Web Standards.
BreezePage HTML Editor with both visual (WYSIWYG) and HTML tag/source modes.
Coffee Cup DHTML Menu Builder Create menus for your website
Coffee Cup HTML Editor Drag and drop editor with built-In FTP
DeKnop Make buttons for websites
HTMLAsText Converts HTML documents to simple text files
HTML Tidy Tidy up sloppy editing
JavaScript Kit Free javascript codes
KompoZer HTML editor much like Dreamweaver.
*NoteTab Lite Powerful text based editor
Nvu Editor that rivals programs like FrontPage and Dreamweaver.
Replace Text AKA BK ReplaceEm - text search-and-replace program
Strong VMenu Builds vertical navigation menus
Strong HBar Add a horizontal navigation bar
TableMaker Easily make tables for your website
TextWrangler Mac - Text Editor
Web-O-Rama Standard Text-based HTML editing program
*Xenu's Link Sleuth Link checker

Free FTP Programs
Coffee Cup FTP Drag and drop files to and from your website
Core FTP No popups, ads, or spyware & never asked to register
*FileZilla FTP program
FireFTP Works on version 3.5 Firefox as an add-on.

Free Java Script Code
HTML and JavaScript Code A list of code generators, calculators and converter programs
JavaScript Generators and Web Tools Over 50 free web tools and javascript generators
CodeLifter Free cut and paste codes
JavaScript Kit Free codes
The JavaScript Source Just enter the values and our generator will output the correct (modified!) version of the script for use on your site!
Dynamic Drive Original DHTML & Javascripts
Javascript Free Code JavaScript codes for free

Free Window Based Utilities & Helpful Programs
AbiWord Word processor that includes pretty much every feature that I use regularly. Saves files in formats that you can exchange with Word and WordPerfect, and opens Word & Word Perfect files.
Bulk Rename Utility Easily rename files and directories
Calnique Custom Calendar All-In-One Custom Calendar and Organizer
Cute PDF Writer Free version of commercial PDF creation software
DateInTray Displays the date in the Windows tray
*Desk Pins Keeps a window on top of everything else. Easy to use.
Drop Box A new way to sync, store, and share your files online for free!
Extools Microsoft Excel add-in. (For Excel 97, 2000, 2002, 2003. Different one for 2007)
Freebie Notes Sticky notes displayed on your desktop
FreeUndelete Data recovery program for deleted files
Google Docs Suite of products compatible with & similar to Microsoft Office suite
Go2PDF Convert any document to PDF format
Jarte Tabbed word processor makes documents compatible with Word
KeyNote Designed specifically for the task of taking notes on a laptop.
Mendeley Reference manager and academic social network. Make your own fully-searchable library in seconds, cite as you write, and read and annotate your PDFs on any device.
Mozilla Sunbird Stand-alone calendar application
Office Converter Free online file converter
OpenOffice The leading open-source office software suite
Print Conductor Prints in batch mode. Can convert to TIFF, GIF or JPEG
PrintDeskTop Print what you see on your screen
Print File Print files fast & easy
Scrapbook Artist Create scrapbooks, beautiful digital albums, invitations and greetings cards
TextReader An auto-scrolling text reader
Time Machine (Mac) built into Mac OS X.
Undelete Data recovery program for deleted files
ZipRip A zip/unzip utility

Free - "Just Because" Programs
*Ashampoo Burning Studio 6 Free Rip music, copy CDs, DVDs, and Blu-Ray discs, and handle other associated burning and ripping chores
*Audacity For recording and editing sounds.  Update those cassette tapes to CD.  Small learning curve.
CCCleaner For cleaning a system and keeping it in tip-top shape.
GnuCash Slimmed-down version of Microsoft Money and Quicken.  Simple interface – it functions much like a checkbook ledger on your computer – but there’s a lot of meat hidden throughout the software.
Handbrake Store DVD contents to your hard drive in a form that can be read by pretty much any media player.
KeePass Securely stores and manages the abundance of passwords we all use on a daily basis.
Moovienizer Organize, track and research your movie collection.
MusikCube Music organizer and player. It organizes your mp3s, makes it easy to find them, and allows you to make playlists
*SoThink Web video downloader for Firefox
VLC Media Player Runs pretty much every media type you’ll run across.

Helpful Websites

CC Helper
Colonial Occupations
Copyright Fundamentals For Genealogy
Counter Creator (RootsWeb)
County Clerks Of Texas
FactCheck - You can read anything....but is it true?
Free Genealogy Charts & Forms
Free Genealogy Forms - A nice collection of forms & trees.
Free Genealogy Forms - Great collection of forms by Ruth Ann
Genealogy Research Guide - Mormon Church
Genealogy Spreadsheets - Some free, some not
Mailmerge for queries
Mailmerge Tutorial
Measuring Worth - determine the value of an amount of money from 1774 - Present
Occupations From Yesteryear
Old Handwriting In Genealogy Research
Old Handwriting - Deciphering
Old Time Diseases
Symantec Hoax Information
Symantec (Norton) Security Check
Trend Micro - Online virus checker
Truth or Fiction - Is that email true???
W3 Schools - HTML, CSS, JavaScript, DHTML, XML, XHTML, SQL tutorials
Web Design Tips - Will assist you in many aspects of web site design

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