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Freeware Group: Office
Word processors, spreadsheets and presentation freeware

Name / Type
Open Office
Office Suite
Website / Creator
Open Office Org
Information
Open office is a full office suite and a free alternative to Microsoft Office. It includes Writer (alternative to Word), Calc (alternative to excel), Impress (alternative to PowerPoint), Draw (a drawing and artwork package) and Base (a database creation and editing tool - similar to Access). It is currently on version 3 and has been in operation for 20 years. 100's of people contribute to this free project, with regular updates. It opens all Microsoft Office file types, including those found in the latest version and is able to save documents in those formats or Open Offices own formats.
Ade's Comments
This is a fantastic piece of free software. An excellent alternative to the very expensive Microsoft Office. It's a big download, but then it offers a lot of functionality. Download it and install it on as many pc's as you want!
Date Added
30/01/2009
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Name / Type
Foxit PDF Reader
PDF Reader
Website / Creator
Foxit Software
Information
If you're tired of the every increasing size of the Adobe Reader software, which is getting very fat, then you should try Foxit Reader. It is a small PDF reader, which works quickly and easily and includes some features not available on Adobe (formerly Acrobat Reader).
Ade's Comments
Small, quick and easy - a great alternative
Date Added
28/10/2009
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Name / Type
Zimbra Desktop (Email Client)
Email Client
Website / Creator
VMWare
Information
The free Zimbra Desktop client delivers a consistent user experience offline, so email, voice, social, calendar, contacts, files and documents are synchronized and locally accessible when on the road. Zimbra Desktop aggregates information across accounts (Zimbra, Yahoo! Mail, Gmail, Hotmail, etc.) and social networks (Facebook, Digg, Twitter, etc.) to help make communicating and sharing information easier than ever.
Ade's Comments
Outlook (full commercial version) is still the king when it comes to Email clients. Live Mail (formerly Outlook Express) is a cut-down, porr relation. Outlook however, is not free, so if you're used to it's tools, but need a freeware version, why not give Zimbra Desktop a go. It is a feature packed email client, that is available for Windows, Linux and Mac. The email part is pretty standard and is easy to use. Option of viewing pane right or bottom. Options to flag emails or set a priority as well as organise your mail by date/sender, files size etc. You also get a calendar and task manager built in which seem to work very well. You can also keep track of your facebook and twitter accounts within the program. You can connect your Google/Yahoo!?Hotmail Accounts through this client, as well as domain emails and even on an exchange server in your office. An excellent Outlook FREE alternative.
Date Added
10/04/2013
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Name / Type
eM Client
Email Client
Website / Creator
eM Client
Information
eM Client is a Free Email client (paid for version also available). It very closly resembles Microsoft Outlook (the full version), and is full featured including Calendar, Task Manager and Social Sites link, plus the usual folders for email and contacts.
Easy to use, beautifully laid out and very easy on the eye. It is also incredibly easy to set up your email account - with many of the more popular mail providers automatically set up after you add your email address and password. This client can also be used with an exchange server.
Ade's Comments
This is a great email client. I recommend this over Thunderbird or MS Live Mail.
Note: You need to sign up for a free user license on the eM client site.
Date Added
13/06/2014
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Name / Type
FreeOffice by SoftMaker
Office Suite
Website / Creator
SoftMaker
Information
SoftMaker FreeOffice is a complete office suite with a word processor, a spreadsheet application, and a presentation-graphics program:
FreeOffice TextMaker is more than just Word-compatible: It creates great documents and serves them up with crisp, professional layouts.
Sure, the FreeOffice PlanMaker spreadsheet application is fully Excel-compatible, but where it really shines is in its ease-of-use, speed, and presentation-quality charts.
FreeOffice Presentations is a robust, easy to use alternative to Microsoft PowerPoint.
Ade's Comments
FreeOffice is a fantastic free office suite (SoftMaker also make a commercial version, which is better value that Micorosoft's Office suite).

I tried this suite with some existing MS Office documents I had created - some with complex formatting and some in docx/xmlx formats. FreeOffice opened them perfectly, with all the formatting in tact. Easy interface, easy to use, familiar features and completely compatible with MS Office formats. It's also quite small (less then 60MB) and very fast! You'll need to apply for a free license when you download (you'll need to give an email address and name).
Date Added
16/06/2014
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