Saturday, January 4, 2014

Apache OpenOffice, the Free and Open Source Productivity Suite

Apache OpenOffice is the leading open-source office software suite for word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, graphics, databases and more. It is available in many languages and works on all common computers. It stores all your data in an international open standard format and can also read and write files from other common office software packages. It can be downloaded and used completely free of charge for any purpose.

Download Here: Apache OpenOffice

    Cross platform (Windows, Linux, Mac OS X)
    170+ Languages
    Extensions and Templates available
    Commercial support available
    New Sidebar
    Interoperability Improvements for Text Documents, Spreadhseet Documents, Presentation Documents and OOXML file format in general
    DrawObject Improvements/Enhancements
    New Color Palette
    New Gradients
    New Gallery Themes and Gallery enhancements
    Refined the Selection Handles User Interface
    Refined Selection Visualization
    Better Print Preview
    Enhanced conversion to Bitmap Graphics
    Enhanced Copy/Paste
    Enhanced Drag&Drop
    Adapt LineStart/End to LineWidth
    SVG Export enhancements
    SVG/Metafile Break improvement
    SVG Import improvements
    Picture Crop mode offers preview
    Unified visualization of ColorPalette popup
    Transparency support for pixel formats (PNG)
    Connectors support rotation
    Corrected Hatch fill style visualization
    Better gradient support in metafiles
    Calc and Chart Improvements/Enhancements
    Support relative Pie Chart Height
    New Functions: AVERAGEIFS, COUNTIFS, SUMIFS, XOR, LEFTB, RIGHTB, LENB, MIDB and RAND (reimplemented to use the Mersenne-Twister algorithm)
    Extensions Improvements/Enhancement
    New Toolbar management
    Unified menu API
    Performance Improvements/Enhancements
    Many resource leaks were fixed
    Speedup of Graphic Rendering
    Additional Language Support
    Changes that Impact Backwards Compatibility
    Module binfilter removed (legacy StarOffice file formats (.sdw, .sdc, .sdd, etc.)
    Python support updated
    Support for system C++ STL

Download 7-Zip

7-Zip is a file archiver with the high compression ratio. The program supports 7z, XZ, BZIP2, GZIP, TAR, ZIP, WIM, ARJ, CAB, CHM, CPIO, CramFS, DEB, DMG, FAT, HFS, ISO, LZH, LZMA, MBR, MSI, NSIS, NTFS, RAR, RPM, SquashFS, UDF, VHD, WIM, XAR, Z.

Download here: 7-Zip

  • High compression ratio in 7z format with LZMA and LZMA2 compression
  • Supported formats:
    • Packing / unpacking: 7z, XZ, BZIP2, GZIP, TAR, ZIP and WIM
    • Unpacking only: ARJ, CAB, CHM, CPIO, CramFS, DEB, DMG, FAT, HFS, ISO, LZH, LZMA, MBR, MSI, NSIS, NTFS, RAR, RPM, SquashFS, UDF, VHD, WIM, XAR and Z.
  • For ZIP and GZIP formats, 7-Zip provides a compression ratio that is 2-10 % better than the ratio provided by PKZip and WinZip
  • Strong AES-256 encryption in 7z and ZIP formats
  • Self-extracting capability for 7z format
  • Integration with Windows Shell
  • Powerful File Manager
  • Powerful command line version
  • Plugin for FAR Manager
  • Localizations for 79 languages

Friday, January 3, 2014

eMule download

What is eMule? eMule is a filesharing client which is based on the eDonkey2000 network, but offers more features than the standard eDonkey client. This client also now include a new serverless network based on Kademlia. The client is also opensource but under the restrictions of the GPL License.

What does eMule mean? The name "eMule" comes from an animal called "Mule" which is somehow similar to a donkey ;)

Download here: eMule 

A list of a few features available.

Clients use several networks to create one reliable network. (ED2K, Source Exchange, Kad)
Kad is now in an open testphase, eMule v0.42 can be enabled to use Kad
eMule's Queue and Credit system helps to ensure that everyone will get the file he wants by promoting those that upload back to the network.
eMule is completely free. eMule is also completely free of any Adware, Spyware, and ect. We do this for fun and knowledge, not for money.
Each file checked for corruptions while downloading to ensure an error free file.
The eMules Intelligent Corruption Control helps to speed up the correction of corrupted parts.
Auto priorities and Source management allows you to start many downloads without having to monitor them.
The Preview function allows you to look at your Videos and Archives before they are completed. For video previewing, we recommend the Video Lan Client.
The eMule features webservices and a webserver that allows you to have quick access to and from the internet.
You can create categories for your download to organize them.
To find the file you want, eMule offers a wide range of search possibilities which include: Servers (Local, and Global), web based (Jigle, and Filedonkey), and Kad (Still in Alpha).
eMule also allows you to use very complex Boolean searches that make the searches much more flexible.
With the messaging and friend system, you can send messages to other Clients and add them as friends. In your friend list, you can always see if a friend is online.
With the build in IRC client, you can chat with other downloaders and chatters around the globe.

VLC media player download

Simple, fast and powerful media player. Plays everything: Files, Discs, Webcams, Devices and Streams. VLC media player is a free and open source media player and multimedia framework written by the VideoLAN project. VLC is a portable multimedia player, encoder, and streamer supporting many audio and video codecs and file formats as well as DVDs, VCDs, and various streaming protocols. It is able to stream over networks and to transcode multimedia files and save them into various formats.
The default distribution of VLC includes a large number of free decoding and encoding libraries, avoiding the need for finding/calibrating proprietary plugins. VLC is a packet-based media player, and it can play the video content of some damaged, incomplete, or unfinished videos. For example, files still downloading via peer-to-peer (P2P) networks.

Download Here:  VLC media player

Widely Available Media Player 
VLC’s popularity is also due in part to its wide appeal to users of all stripes since it runs on a full spectrum of both commercial and free OSes. Native versions of VLC are available for various flavors of Windows, OS X, Linux and Unix to more arcane OSes like Syllable. Users who run various operating systems will be pleased to find that VLC’s interface remains relatively consistent, requiring little to no re-familiarization. Furthermore, VLC’s menu system can be set to one of over 60 languages, making it easily accessible worldwide. In addition, a graphic equalizer, compressor and spatializer can be used to tweak audio playback while a large suite of video effects can be used as well. Basic video filters include hue, contrast, and sharpen, but more advanced options let users crop video borders, selectively zoom into a specific area of the video, or add effects like motion blur. Deinterlacing is also available to enhance the quality of interlaced video sources and can be set to use several different filters to best improve the image. A useful Media Information window displays all of the metadata, AV codecs, and other detailed statistics. Features Beyond Playback

Besides playback,
 VLC also provides video transcoding, allowing users to convert files while streaming to another device to ensure compatibility. Users can also save converted files to a new format. While the supported format list isn’t nearly as extensive as the formats VLC can play, the most popular audio and video types are covered such as MP4, WMV, MP3, FLAC, and OOG. Users can also choose the encapsulation method from a list that includes MKV, AVI, WAV, and older formats like MJPEG. Adjustments can be made to the file bitrate and framerate as well as height and width scaling to reduce the resolution and size of the converted file. VLC’s default interface is very trim with only a few controls in full view, however, a full suite of customizable keyboard Hotkeys allow for quick control and navigation. In addition to the usual playback controls like Play and Pause, there are keys for setting video aspect ratio, moving subtitle onscreen position, and changing subtitle delay. A bookmark feature uses the F1-F10 keys to quickly set and jump to one of ten places in a video or audio track, which is useful for audiobooks, instructional videos and the like. The handy snapshot key makes capturing a frame from the currently playing video simple. On top of Hotkeys, VLC also supports mouse gestures for playback control using your mouse’s travel direction.

AVG AntiVirus Free 2014

AVG's Anti-Virus and Internet Security line follows on the heel of last year's highly-ranked security suite by not merely incorporating some minor but key tweaks to both its front-end and back-end, but a stronger push toward personal data management and privacy utilities that help prevent uninvited access to your files.
Though many threats still exist, security programs as they stand now start to encompass areas of privacy utilities. Whereas the majority of threats were once external viruses trying to force their way into your machines, nowadays malware focus more on tricking users to inadvertently open doors for hijacking.

DOWNLOAD HERE:  AVG AntiVirus Free 2014

Version 2013 was AVG's first push toward adopting and remixing the Modern UI movement. Not just a response to competitors, the Modern UI movement represents an overall push toward creating a more streamlined security experience. For the average consumer, what your anti-virus and anti-malware programs do to protect your computer have followed a set it and forget it mentality.
Balancing along the fine line of being both approachable yet empowering is a key goal of not just AVG but also just about any utility software developer: Modern UI has the visual appeal, but does it evoke control and the sense of security over all the software's power features?

In our last review, we commended AVG's decision to reduce the installation steps. It still contains a toolbar offer, and despite the universal hatred toward being fooled into installing yet another browser helper object, AVG's toolbar actually does include useful security options like Do Not Track. Again it's a tradeoff but if you really wanted DNT's features, then there's a standalone version available for free on Firefox and Chrome in their respective extension stores.

AVG Anti-Virus has gone through many changes over the years but is still one of the handiest antivirus programs available for personal users.

AVG Anti-Virus features a bunch of dedicated modules to protect you from antivirus, spyware and rootkits and spam, and also includes the so called LinkScanner – an extra layer of protection that checks search results and web links to make sure they’re safe. In recent years, the developers have added more intrusive features that try to intefere with browser settings such as your preferred search engine but overall, it still remains a good anti-virus option.

One of the best things about AVG Anti-Virus is that it offers neat, effective protection while staying silently minimized in your system tray without guzzling system resources and of course, without constantly bothering you with warning windows or update messages. Since it's the trial version of a complete program, AVG Anti-Virus does show the odd nag screen encouraging you to buy AVG Professional, something which may annoy some users.

AVG Anti-Virus features a nicely designed, more user-friendly interface, which mimics the Windows Modern UI, and supports touch in Windows 8. Of course, you still have the same three types of scan: full system, selected files and folders and anti-rootkit. AVG Anti-Virus also lets you schedule scans for a certain day and time.

Avast Free Antivirus Download 2014

Avast Free Antivirus 2014 continues our legacy. The entire avast! 2014 family includes a DynaGen-powered intelligent antivirus that streams micro-updates to your computer in real time, to catch new malware faster. Plus, you can fix current problems instantly, without uninstalling a previous antivirus. And it even has high-tech options like Remote Assistance.

If you haven’t heard of AVAST, we’re only the most trusted name in antivirus, actively protecting more than 200 million PCs, Macs and Androids. So many people trust us because we’ve been protecting devices and data for 25 years, in over 40 languages (more than any other antivirus solution), on every populated continent in the world.

Download here: Avast Free Antivirus 2014  (Dropbox link)

 An improved firewall, noninvasive scanning, and a complementary, crowdsourced, whitelisting approach via Community IQ keeps this security suite on alert for untrustworthy sites and phishing scams. A noninvasive browser add-on protects your Web usage with built-in do not track integration and selective blockers for analytical and social trackers.

 Avast represents itself as more of a security manager than just a conventional scanner. This version includes a command center-like dashboard for tracking security statistics, pop-up notifiers for system status and security news, a multidevice manager, and a streamlined upgrade pipeline via in-app store.