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Thought I Would Share With You Three Great Free Software Ideas
All of these programs I have personally and many of my customers have used. None of them have any unwanted, damaging, viruses or spyware no ads and no tracking software come along with there downloads. And yes these programs are free however it never hurts if you keep and use them to make a small donation to the developers. You can always find a donation button on their websites.
VLC (Audio & Video)
The VLC media player is a free and open-source, portable and cross-platform media player and streaming media server developed by the Video LAN project. VLC plays most multimedia files as well as DVDs, Audio CDs, VCDs, and various streaming protocols. VLC is a much better media player than anything Microsoft has released. VLC will play about any audio and video format you may come across. When an audio or video will not play in Microsoft Media Player or MS Grove Player or anything else VLC will open and play it. One of the main things I like about VLC other than free is I can easily convert Mac / Apple Auto Files ( MPEG-4 & AAC) to MP3 file format that I am capable of playing on my PC without having to install or use iTunes. VLC is so much more than just an Audio / Video player.
LibreOffice (Word Processing, Spreadsheets, and More)
LibreOffice Looks a lot like and works like Microsoft Office Suite. If you have any familiarity with MS Office, you will have no problem with LibreOffice. LibreOffice includes several applications that make a very powerful office suite. It has word processing (MS Word), spreadsheets (MS Excel), presentations (PowerPoint), Draw & databases (Access). If you need to share a file from LibreOffice with someone that has MS Office. MS Office will open and edit LibreOffice files with no problem. And LibreOffice will also open and edit any MS Office files.
One thing OpenOffice does not have that MS Office Suite has is an Email client.
That brings me to my next outstanding FREE software.
eM Client (Email, Contacts, Calendar & More)
eM Client is a Windows-based e-mail client for sending and receiving e-mails, managing calendars, contacts, and tasks. eM Client is free and user-friendly. You can use it with any of your email addresses. Like Comcast, Gmail, Yahoo, AOL or your own domain. With eM Client’s free version you can only have two email addresses, and it is for personal use only. For $50.00 you can purchase eM client Pro and will be able to use an unlimited number of email addresses along with business use. eM Client does offer a 30-day hassle free trial of there pro addition.
How to listen to free audiobooks legally
With all the outstanding resources our library systems offer the one thing I enjoy the most are free audiobooks & movies and not just outdated classics but 100’s new release books and movies. Sure it not truly free, because we are helping to fund our library with tax dollars. But we all sure get a lot of return from libraries for what we put in when it comes to taxes and returns. And of course, it does not end with audiobooks & movies. There are books & more books, job help, preschool storytime, basic computer classes, computer usage, English classes, science lab, book & bake sale’s and the list goes on. But back to the audiobooks & movies. There are two companies that work with many public library systems in the US are (including our Sno-Isle Libraries) OverDrive & Hoopla, you will need one of these apps if you want to download audiobooks or movies to your laptop, desktop, tablet or phone. Both of these free apps can be downloaded from the Windows Store, iTunes Library, Amazon, Google Play Store or from the library's site. Audiobooks are an educational & fun way to pass time on a commute, working at your desk on on a project or just relaxing.
Thank you Sultan Library for offering this service.