It can be difficult to get a business off the ground when you are hit at every turn with the high cost of even just the bare essentials. To help alleviate some of this stress, we have put together a collection of free software that can help you get started. These are quality applications that are comparable, and even better in some cases, than their commercially available analogs.
There are literally thousands of free applications available on the internet today, and our list represents a mere fraction of them. We have selected the items on our list based on their general popularity, user reviews, functionality as may apply to a small-business environment, and/or our own in-house testing. Before using any of this software, it is advisable to follow the links provided to read more about these applications and to determine their fit for your particular business needs.
If your internet connection is slow or you are unsure about downloading these files yourself, please contact us. We have put the Windows version of this entire collection onto one CD-ROM for your convenience, and it is available for a nominal copying and distribution fee.
AVG Free real-time anti-virus protection with auto-update. More info and additional free downloads at free.avg.com
AxCrypt Open-source one-click strong file encryption, compression, and decryption utility. Info: www.axantum.com/AxCrypt/
FileZilla Open source FTP client with intuitive graphical user interface. Info, server app available: www.filezilla-project.org
Firefox Mozilla’s award-winning web browser. Get it here: www.mozilla.com/en-US/firefox/
FreeCAD Open- source 3D modeler for mechanical design. Features, screen shots: sourceforge.net/apps/mediawiki/free-cad
FreeCalc Enhanced-functionality replacement for the standard Windows calculator. www.moffsoft.com/freecalc.htm
GIMP Open source image authoring/ photo retouching software. Features, screen shots, docs, etc. at www.gimp.org
GNUcash Open source small-business accounting software. Read all about it at www.gnucash.org
Inkscape Open source vector graphics editor. Galleries, docs, articles, and more at www.inkscape.org
KnowledgeTree Electronic document management system. www.knowledgetree.com/products/community/download
Lazarus Open source Pascal application development system. www.lazarus.freepascal.org
LibreOffice High-quality open source alternative to the other Office productivity application suite. www.libreoffice.org
Open Clip Art Public domain library of thousand of user-contributed clip art images. www.openclipart.org
Spybot S&D One of the best spyware detection and removal tools available… and it’s free! www.spybot.com/en/spybotsd
Sunbird Mozilla’s desktop task & appointment scheduling calendar app. www.mozilla.org/projects/calendar/sunbird/
Thunderbird Full-featured email application. www.mozilla.org/en-US/thunderbird/
Winamp Free version of Nullsoft’s ultimate multi-media player and management system. Get it now at www.winamp.com
ZipCentral Free file compression utility w/GUI. Comparable to the popular WinZIP. Download at zipcentral.en.softonic.com