Category Archives: handy freeware

How to extract archives (ACE, ARJ, CAB, CHM, CPIO, DEB, ISO, JAR, LZH, NSIS, OOo, PAK/PK3/PK4, PET/PUP, RAR, RPM, SLP, Z/TZ) and create many others in just few clicks: PeaZip!

PeaZip LogoToday, in our Linux Page (in Spanish) we have post a review about PeaZip: a terrific program which is able to solve many common problems when extracting certain types of archives such as ACE, ARJ, CAB, CHM, CPIO, ISO, Java archives (JAR, EAR, WAR), Linux installers (DEB, PET/PUP, RPM, SLP), LHA, LZH, Open Office file types, PAK/PK3/PK4, RAR, Windows installers (NSIS, some MSI), Z/TZ. This program was developed in two different versions: for Windows (XP and Vista) and for Linux. Moreover a powerful portable/standalone version (for both Windows and Linux) is available. Last but not least, using PeaZip you will be also able to create 7Z, 7Z-sfx, BZip2, GZip/TGZ, PAQ8F, PAQ8JD, PAQ8L, PEA, QUAD, split (.001), TAR, ZIP archives. In few words, PeaZip is tiny, extremely useful and easy to use program: strongly recommended! AddThis

Ajax 13: the new online multiplatform (Windows, Linux, MAC OS X) office suite for Firefox users!

AJAX13Today, in our Freeware Page, we posted some brief notes about a wonderful site we recently discovered: Ajax 13. This site offers to everyone (and without the free registration – if you prefer -) the possibility to create and save documents, spreadsheets, presentations, mind mapping docs and to listen to music using Ajax tunes. This new site, created in 2006, has big potentiality of fast growth because the services it offers are potentially more powerful and versatile than in “Google Docs & Spreadsheet“. Ajax 13 is a multiplatform web based platform written using the AJAX based methodology. We tried Ajax 13 features and we confess that in our tests we found some little minor problems but in the end we were able to save on our desktop all the files we created. We really think Ajax 13 is something to try!

Vista and freeware: two extremely different (often not compatible) ways of thinking!

Windows VistaDuring the last week, we received some comments about the difficulties that some users (Bob Titus, for example) have in using freewares on PC with Vista installed. Unfortunately, till now we have not found a possible solution for this matters. Somewhere on the web, we read that the architecture of Vista strongly limits the possibility to install “independent=not verified” software because the main goal of this new OS is the security; in few words Vista prefers not to risk with “independent” (not verified but often free) softwares. We are not experts so we prefer don’t tell you our personal ideas about Vista, we simply prefer to remind you that, for example, Apple “recommends, however, that customers wait to upgrade Windows until after the next release of iTunes which will be available in the next few weeks”. For this reason Apple launched the iTunes Repair Tool for Vista 1.0. We personally think (and hope) that in a couple of months new versions of the freewares we normally use (and introduce you) will be launched. Another possibility could be a multi task “repair tool” or a “passport” which will allow all us to continue using freewares and decide ourselves how and how often we want to take risks from “independent” software. If someone knows one or more solutions, please, let us know (at the moment, I am so disappointed that migrating definitively to Linux is the only solution I have in my mind)!

Update (21 Feb. 2007): We suggest to use Windows Vista Update Advisor before upgrading to Vista. This small Microsoft’s software allow you to know how many freewares (if any) will not be compatible with the new OS after the upgrading. The Update Advisor seems to work properly and it could represent a more conscious way to decide if and when upgrade to Vista.

Update (22 Feb. 2007): Today we found some extra information about Vista compatibility on the Microsoft website. Microsoft released an official list of compatible softwares for its new OS. The softwares are divided into two different categories: “Certified for Windows Vista” and a more generic “Works with Windows Vista”. Unfortunately these lists are dramatically short if we consider the huge amount of software (and freewares) we normally use everyday. Moreover, Microsoft released also the Application Compatibility Toolkit 5.0 for users who want to check deeper the “impact of operating system updates” before upgrading to Vista.

Portable Skype 3: the new -state of the art- portable Skype!

SkypeToday, in our Freeware Page, we posted some useful links to three different portable versions of Skype. In few lines we describe two classical (old but till succesfully used) versions with all the links to better understand how they work and where it is possible to download them.
Last but not least, we write about the new Portable Skype 3 which recently has released on the web and we put a link where it is possible to download this new fantastic freeware. This new version not only is the best I’ve never used but it is also the simpliest I’ve never installed on a USB. Skype Time! AddThis

Hoversnap: perhaps the best portable freeware for professional snapshot tool.

HoversnapHi you all and sorry for a so long silence. Today, in our freeware page we posted a review about Hoversnap, a portable terrific snapshot tool for Windows. This freeware is very light – just 395 Kb- but very powerful! Try it and you will be delighted by this freeware!
We promised you a special gift for the Christmas period and we really are almost ready (sorry for the delay, I think we will be ready in more or less 10 days..). The gift is a collection of portable software which can be used on a 1 GB USB pen. This collection (for Windows) is thought to be very useful and simple to use, you have to just download it and copy on your USB key. See you soon!