Free Business and Home Office Software
Free PC Security SoftwareFrom firewalls to anti-virus software, you could spend a fortune keeping their Internet-connected PC safe. Thankfully, there are a number of free antivirus programs that you can use to ward of malicious attacks and key loggers. The downside to using free software is that most vendors do not offer free technical support and some may require you to upgrade to a paid subscription to access all features. For a business, you should also make sure the license agreement does not prohibit for-profit use.
Free Office and Accounting Software
Free Web sites
The words "free" and "Microsoft" aren't usually found in the same sentence, but Microsoft does have a free version of Microsoft OfficeLive Small Business. Office Live Small Business provides your company with everything needed to create a professional web presence for free, including easy-to-use website design and management tools, and 100 email accounts.
Free Conference Calling
As the old saying goes, there's no such thing as a free lunch. But doesn't any meal taste better when someone else pays the bill? In this case, the meal is conference calling, and the company picking up the check is Long Beach, Calif.-based Free Conferencing Corporation of America, which offers, as its name indicates, free audio conferencing through its online service, FreeConferenceCall.com.
Free Image Editors
GIMP was originally designed for Unix and Linux, however, GIMP for Windows can run on any NT-based version of Windows (NT4, 2000, XP or Vista). This free and open source image editor offers users a Photoshop-esque look and feel.
You can use GIMP for photo retouching, image composition and image authoring. The Painting feature offers a full set of tools such as brush, pencil, airbrush and others. There's also a gradient editor, blend tool and anti-aliasing. And, GIMP has manipulation tools for rotating, cropping and scaling, as well as a foreground extraction tool and multiple selection tools.
Another cool feature is the animation tool that lets you load and save animations in a convenient frame-as-layer format. The GIMP Web site offers new users visual tutorials, and a registry of plug-ins, scripts and images that the development community contributed that can be downloaded. Because GIMP is beta volunteer-developed software, support and updates may not be available, however GIMP works — and works well. s
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