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Best Free Windows 64-bit Office Suite

At present there is no recommended 64-bit Office Suite but there are three options you might consider. All are applications based on Open Office which does not appear to be actively developed at present.

SSuite Office - Excalibur Release

"The real gem of SSuite – Excalibur is the small size and speed of the program. … Sadly for all the greats of SSuite – Excalibur there are many faults. Anyone that is interested in using a word processor should turn away as the word processor … only allows for basic formatting and ONLY supports .rtf format. … In the end with a very old look to it, SSuite – Excalibur will be suitable for people interested in mainly using a spreadsheet editor that is both fast and not distracting, but sadly nothing else." (Best Free Office Suite)

LibreOffice

LibreOffice is "the prime choice when it comes to freeware office suites. The writer is both easy to use and very productive, offering all the tools the average user will ever need, as well as plenty of tools for more advanced writers. The spreadsheet editor and the writer, as one could guess, are very easy to understand. The only downsides to LibreOffice is that a few of the more basic options can be hard to find for users that are not that advanced and are looking for a good alternative to Microsoft Office (for instance, double spacing)." (Best Free Office Suite)

IBM Lotus Symphony

IBM Lotus Symphony will not install on 64-bit systems that use AMD processors. This cuts out up to a quarter of those with 64-bit systems.

IBM Lotus Symphony "supports a tabbed workspace. … it offers a very great boost in productivity while not cluttering up your task bar. However IBM Lotus Symphony is a very complicated office suite, many of the most simple of jobs done in other office suites are very complicated to perform." (Best Free Office Suite)

 

Best Free Windows 64-bit Word Processor

These word processors fit in the space between WordPad, the basic word processor provided with Windows, and full-featured word processors like Microsoft Word which they are compatible with in various ways: similar menus, similar toolbars, Word file compatibility, etc.

If you don't write long documents such as "novels, reports, and documentation or tutorials" then you should find a good solution here. They all have tabbed interface, font and paragraph formatting, headers and footers, tables, equations, pictures, spell check, and hyperlinks. Have a look at the Quick Selection Guide and Best Free Word Processorfor further information.

Jarte

Jarte is rated best in this class (Best Free Word Processor) but, as a long-time Microsoft Word user, I prefer AbiWord. One reason is that it is the only product in this category with a unique look which many find attractive. It is compact, capable and rather clever with links to useful web sites and some integration with related products like font managers and PDF printers.

PolyEdit Lite

PolyEdit Lite is the lightest option here and also functions as a programming editor.

AbiWord

AbiWord "is easy to adapt to, especially since the interface is similar to that found in Microsoft Word and WordPerfect." It is the most extensible of these products and comes with several add-on options at install.

The latest stable release AbiWord 2.8.6 has compatibility problems in Windows 64-bit particularly with all the install options selected. The fully 64-bit compatible version is currently 2.9.2 beta so it may still have some bugs.

 

Best Free Windows 64-bit Non-Adobe PDF Reader

PDF-XChange Viewer

Tracker Software Products have really impressed me with PDF-XChange Viewer. The free version loses some features from the PRO product but these are page-level editing and format conversion so it doesn't limit viewing at all. It is highly customisable in many areas including the toolbars and performance tuning (e.g. memory usage).

"It allows PDF annotation and thankfully leaves the annotated copy free of validation marks. It also allows you to fill and save Adobe PDF forms, extract text and images, magnify text and export PDF pages or documents to BMP, JPEG, TIFF, PNG formats and has excellent image/text clarity." (Best Free Non-Adobe PDF Reader)

 

Best Free Windows 64-bit PDF Writer

The options are simple once I omitted products that create larger PDF files or do not explicitly provide 64-bit support.

Bullzip PDF Printer

BullZip PDF Printer is a very strong program that has been time proven to be a top performer." Bullzip supports encryption, passwords, watermarks, output quality, and many other features. "However files created  by Bullzip PDF Printer may not be searchable. While it created a searchable pdf from word processing programs it did not from other programs like Excel." (Best Free PDF Writer)

BullZip PDF Printer converts PDF formats using Ghostscript which must be installed as well.

NitroPDF Reader

NitroPDF Reader is a reader and writer. It is not a PDF printer so it is a good alternative for those who like to work with PDF files directly. Although it is a simple product I liked it very much except that it takes up a lot of diskspace.

 

Best Free Windows 64-bit PDF Tools

There is no 64-bit recommendation in this category.

PDFill PDF Tools

"PDFill PDF Tools comes bundled with PDFill PDF Editor, which is not free. However, you can run PDFill PDF Tools separately after installation. The free software part of the package does not support functions such as converting PDF to text, making annotations, etc. But those features are all available in" other products. (Best Free PDF Tools)

 

Best Free Windows 64-bit Electronic Book Reader

Reader for PC

With Sony Reader for PC you can "shop eBook titles including New York Times Bestsellers, search inside your collection of eBooks and can even borrow books from your library but a library card is required. It has a two-page layout" and will read PDF files because it is built on Adobe Reader for Mobile. "While it has all the polish and gloss of a Sony product it lacks some key features like a full screen interface." (Best Free Electronic Book Reader)

 

Best Free Windows 64-bit Personal Finance

Money Manager Ex

"Money Manager Ex is an excellent full-featured budget program that enables users to create multiple accounts, transactions, categories, and reports. The program is fairly easy to use, with a medium-level learning curve, and has an extensive help file to assist users on how to navigate the various features and options.… In general, it is a good program for novices and experts, but is sorely lacking in real-time automatic fiscal tracking and download capabilities. Also, it does not support password encryption" (Best Free Personal Finance Software)

 

Best Free Windows 64-bit Personal Information Manager (PIM)

You put your life into a PIM so the absence of a native 64-bit PIM will frustrate many. These 32-bit applications will have to do in the interim. I found them useful but none of them exceptional. Evolution was another option, an Outlook replacement ported from Linux, but it crashed under Windows 7 64-bit.

EssentialPIM

EssentialPIM Free is comprehensive PIM that is relatively light on resources. "It also does many of the same things as Outlook and can import your Outlook data and/or Outlook Express contacts as well." (Best Free Personal Information Manager Software)

Pimero-Free

Pimero-Free "is a modestly crippled version of an actively-maintained commercial application. … The commercial version offers very nice data export, but there is no way to export your data from the free version. You cannot create repeating tasks either if that's important to you" (Best Free Personal Information Manager Software). It is more complex to install. It installs the Firebird database, gave me more decisions to make for my firewall, and requires you to setup a user account with password but that is a good feature for the security of your data.

 

Best Free Windows 64-bit Reminder and To-Do List

Rainlendar Lite

Rainlendar Lite "is not only a reminder program but a very capable 'iCal compatible' desktop calendar, though the calendar feature can be turned off. Used as a reminder and 'to do' program, it's very feature rich with a really snazzy interface employing things like variable windows transparency, impressive mouse-over effects, hotkeys, and easy skinning. It also has the ability to synchronize events between clients, as well as Outlook appointment integration (Pro version)." (Best Free Reminder and To-Do Program)

 

Best Free Windows 64-bit Notes Organizer

Products are being tested and will be listed soon.

 

Best Free Windows 64-bit Outliner

Products are being tested and will be listed soon.

 

Best Free Windows 64-bit Font Manager and Viewer

FontRunner

Font Runner by Crux Technologies "tries to simplify the interface, has a preview list rather than selecting one font at a time, displays Unicode, has user-defined group by favorite folders or projects, and allows drag'n'drop of files and folders even from Windows Explorer.  You can search by font name, by similarity to the selected font, or for characters in other fonts that match the selected character. The latter is useful for finding Unicode fonts with similar character blocks. A few features initially frustrated me but aren't big problems. For example, you have to specify the default folder for Font Runner to display when it opens - most programs default to the system font folder. Also, Font Runner does not allow you to select the Unicode character block to view." (Best Free Font Manager)

 

Best Free Windows 64-bit Calculator

SpeedCrunch

"SpeedCrunch has a clean and simple user interface. … SpeedCrunch keeps a history of calculations entered with the result of the calculation kept underneath. A math book is available through the options of SpeedCrunch which I think is a great feature. The math book gives useful information such as how to get the volume of a cube." (Best Free Calculator)

 

Best Free Windows 64-bit Unit and Currency Converter

Convert

"Convert comes with a user-friendly and intuitive interface. It offers pre-defined 21 categories of units [but no currency conversion] and one custom unit which can be defined by users. The 21 categories include the most popular units of distance, area, volume, volume-dry, mass, density, temperature, time, speed, power, pressure, energy and many others. To convert a unit into another, just click on a category tab you need, select the input unit and output unit, Convert will show you the conversion result in the output box as you type. The category tab is customizable. For some conversions that you use the most, you can set them to the front of the tab order, and for some conversions that you may never use, you can hide them to simplify the unit listings." (Best Free Unit and Currency Conversion Program)

 

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by Anonymous on 28. August 2009 - 12:23  (31725)

I installed it on Win 7 RTM x64 without a problem.

by Anonymous on 30. August 2009 - 4:27  (31894)

Auslogics freeware should be mentioned.

by rikmayell (not verified) on 30. August 2009 - 12:37  (31901)

Auslogics main business is shareware although they do, as you point out, offer cut down freeware versions of some of their products. All Auslogics software is 32 bit and, in my opinion, none of their products offer any benefit over others identified in the review.

If you feel a particular product has been unfairly left out then post the details and I'll be happy to check it out.

Rik Mayell - Category Editor

by Anonymous on 2. September 2009 - 22:17  (32061)

re: Firewalls

I am quite satisfied using Privatefirewall 6 from PrivacyWare,Inc; both in Win Vista and Win 7, since OnlineArmor Firewall does not work in Win 7. It's worth a look:
http://www.privacyware.com/personal_firewall.html

by rikmayell (not verified) on 3. September 2009 - 15:52  (32094)

The overall response in this forum thread

http://www.techsupportalert.com/freeware-forum/security/1504-privatefire...

suggests Comodo Internet Security is a better bet. I am more than happy with CIS and will continue to recommended it as top pick for Windows 7 / Vista 64.

Remember though that it's what works for you that really counts.

Rik Mayell - Category Editor

by MidnightCowboy on 9. September 2009 - 17:41  (32412)

I second CIS which unbelievably for me has so far given less issues on Ultimate 64 than it did on XP! I was previously a great fan of Privatefirewall but something appears to have been "lost" during the upgrade process. The real key with CIS is not to wind it up too tightly unless you can't possibly live outside of a maximum security environment. This will reduce the chances of hitting any instability a lot. I do activate the Protocol Analysis but otherwise I don't ask it to do any more than I really need.

by Anonymous on 14. September 2009 - 19:32  (32587)

I just come accross this site, I belive that I will get solution to my problem.
Im using Vista with sony laptop and I want window 7 or XP on the system, how do I do this?
1.where can I download the sofware "turn vista to window 7"?
2. How do I pertition my hard disk?
Thanks for your assistance,
Kay

It's not wise to publicly list your email address, you could end up receiving all sorts of things!

by rikmayell (not verified) on 15. September 2009 - 8:03  (32615)

Kay,

Questions like this are best posted in the forum, you need to register but that only takes a minute or two.

In answer,

1. To move from Vista to Windows 7 you will need to purchase the appropriate upgrade license for the Vista that you have. The product is already Released To Manufacturing (RTM), and is due to be made available to the general public on the 22nd October. I'm fairly sure it's available to preorder from many of the on-line sites.

2. To create a new partition on your existing C drive proceed as follows:

(a) Open the Control Panel, double click Administrative Tools, Computer Management, and select Disk Management from the left hand pane of the Computer Management dialog box.

(b) Right click on the partition you want to shrink in order to free up space and select Shrink Volume from the context menu.

(c) Windows will tell by how much the partition can be shrunk, adjust this as a appropriate and then click on OK. Note that if the value reported by Windows is very low it's likely your existing partition is nearly full or is badly fragmented. If this the case refer to:

Best Free Disk De-fragmenter

and/or

Best Free Disk Space Analyzer

(d) Once the shrink operation has completed you can use the Disk Manager to create new partitions or, if installing an additional OS allow the installation routine to do it.

Hope that helps.

Rik Mayell - Category Editor

by Anonymous on 19. September 2009 - 14:05  (32960)

Nice to see 7-Zip and PeaZip! Both are also available as PortableApps' portable applications (PeaZip has also a natively portable package) in order to bring those applications on a thumbdrive and similar.

by Anonymous on 3. October 2009 - 1:12  (33808)

Dear RikMayell,

I am so glad that you are a contributor here. I have learned so much from your comments and explainations of different products.

Please keep up the great work!

Sincerely,

Dennis S. Primm

by rikmayell (not verified) on 3. October 2009 - 11:56  (33838)

Dennis,

Thank you for the positive feedback, and for taking the time to read my contributions.

Rik Mayell - Category Editor

by Anonymous on 9. October 2009 - 21:21  (34248)

Rik,

No mention of AVG Free? Not recommended anymore? Many associates I know still use this app as their Anti-Virus app of choice.

Doug

by rikmayell (not verified) on 10. October 2009 - 0:58  (34256)

Doug,

AVG Free is covered in our main review of anti-virus freeware. I will add a mention and also a link to the review so that people are aware that there are other alternatives.

Thanks for pointing this out.

Rik Mayell - Category Editor

by mikedutch (not verified) on 11. October 2009 - 0:49  (34297)

MyDefrag also supports defrag of SSD disks which is very important since SSD wears out.

by Anonymous on 11. October 2009 - 11:38  (34326)

Wow thanks a lot, really useful !

But Null FTP is not my favourite FTP client. I love Filezilla, really better in my opinion. vente privee

by Anonymous on 11. October 2009 - 15:58  (34346)

I like windows 7 :)

super cul

by rikmayell (not verified) on 11. October 2009 - 18:33  (34354)

Thank you.

I can't say Null FTP is my favourite FTP client either but it is the only freeware 64 bit client I've been able to find.

32 bit Core FTP Lite and FileZilla are superior in many ways but no 64 bit versions seem to be on the horizon.

The main thing you lose by using a 32 bit client is shell integration, although personally I've never missed this.

Rik Mayell - Category Editor

by rikmayell (not verified) on 11. October 2009 - 18:34  (34355)

Yes, so do I:)

Rik Mayell - Category Editor

by rikmayell (not verified) on 11. October 2009 - 18:50  (34356)

In terms of results MyDefrag is definitely the product to beat.

Many though, prefer faster, less optimum results, coupled with a better user interface, so 32 bit disk defragmentation tools will suffice.

All of these tools use the Windows defragmentation API so can process any device that can be mounted locally using the normal file system drivers. This will include SSD, memory sticks, and so on, but exclude network drives that are available, but not mounted, locally.

If you have any further information or references on maintaining SSD I would appreciate it if you would pass them on.

Thanks,

Rik Mayell - Category Editor

by Anonymous on 13. October 2009 - 2:15  (34480)

Thank you for this feedback !

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by Anonymous on 15. October 2009 - 17:35  (34729)

Thanks for your info, i will take a look about it
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by Anonymous on 27. October 2009 - 16:42  (35314)

ccleaner, their website says that they now support Win7 x64

by Anonymous on 28. October 2009 - 1:22  (35340)

Are there anymore 64bit apps out there? Does anyone have a decent list?
Thanks.
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by rikmayell (not verified) on 28. October 2009 - 3:12  (35346)

It is difficult to list what simply isn't available.

Beyond what I've listed, Start64! covers commercial software and device drivers and the listing at Vista Forums gives details of numerous utilities.

Developments in the web field, browser, email client are being hampered by the points that I've identified. Further, the lack of free 64 bit development tools is holding back many from migrating their applications. Finally, some developers have decided simply not to bother to migrate to 64 bit, Infranview being a classic example.

I always on the look out for new or updated software and would be more than happy to include any suggestions.

Rik Mayell - Category Editor

by rikmayell (not verified) on 28. October 2009 - 3:16  (35347)

Thanks. They actually state that they've improved 64 bit support, although granted Windows 7 is also mentioned separately. I will be looking into this claim of 'improved support' and will report back.

Thanks again.

Rik Mayell - Category Editor

by Anonymous on 28. October 2009 - 7:41  (35353)

MyDefrag also supports defrag of SSD disks which is very important since SSD wears out.

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by Anonymous on 28. October 2009 - 21:53  (35385)

Hi Ric,
PC Tools firewall, Threatfire and Microsoft security Essentials are all well worth a look for Win7 64...

by TuncD on 29. October 2009 - 14:23  (35426)

The x64 port of Iconoid did have the occasional problem of not being able to restore the desktop on Win7 Ultimate x64 (both Beta & RTM).

/* Sometimes it took 2-3 consecutive "restore"s to get everything restored, but there were times even that did not work, not without restarting explorer.exe */

May I suggest: Desktop Icon Save and Restore
Copyright 2001-2008 by Jamie O’Connell

http://www.midiox.com/html/desktop.htm

x64 support was added on Jan 2008 with Vista, works flawless with Windows 7 too.

Tunc Degirmencioglu, CISSP, OPST, MCSE:S

by Anonymous on 29. October 2009 - 21:21  (35449)

Filezilla is my favorite FTP client.

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Simulation rachat de crédits

by Anonymous on 31. October 2009 - 3:32  (35524)

IOBit Software also provide good free utilities that work with Win 7

I personally use the defragger and 360 protection

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