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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 6. February 2010 - 17:12  (42982)

I only posted that fragbook because it explains various problems with discs and fragmentation very well in terms that more or less anybody can understand. Specific manuals tend to use too much specific terminology that hardly anybody not involved with them understands! :)

Since I started using SSD's, file and disc fragmentation on those machines have dropped off my list altogether, although they were once a fairly high priority for me at least. I just try to do the best I can with what I have, just a hobby now, I don't even need most of it anyway! :)

Thanks for the interesting input!

by rikmayell (not verified) on 6. February 2010 - 17:21  (42983)

Obviously 'one size fits all' cannot be applied to PC use. To an extent this is more complex than the 'Travelling Salesmen' problem as it is intangible. NP Hard / NP Complete problems at least have boundaries that we can state. Not computable in non-polynomial time being the most obvious. As computer scientists we work to address these issues and take our thinking forward. It isn't helped by people coming into the field that don't even know the fastest way to perform a sort, sigh...

Offers on the best way...Ordinary quick sort doesn't get you any points.

Rik Mayell - Category Editor

by Anonymous on 6. February 2010 - 18:05  (42989)

Well, I'm not a computer scientist as such, just a fairly experienced engineer, and the last sorting algorithm I had anything much to do with was library sort ( it's an insertion sort, fairly new, and invented in 2005 I believe). New ways to sort are still being invented. I really don't know enough about the alternatives or applications thereof to make any sensible comment, I am most certainly not on the cutting edge of forward thinking here, and I don't know the fastest way to sort per se either, so it looks like I am not going to get any points this time! :)

by rikmayell (not verified) on 6. February 2010 - 18:13  (42990)

The MTBF may have improved but it doesn't change the fact that the drive will die. I can live with a two minute boot time safe in the knowledge that the machine will boot. If I really want a fast boot I go into Ubuntu :)

Rik Mayell - Category Editor

by Anonymous on 6. February 2010 - 18:41  (42994)

So we have turned full circle (once again).
You seem to be saying, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it".

by rikmayell (not verified) on 7. February 2010 - 6:23  (43033)

Well I wouldn't quite say full circle :)

Defragmenting the hard drive(s) will have an impact on performance, especially after a hefty dose of maintenance, such as installing a Service Pack. Improving file layout can also make a big difference, this requires knowledge of the files you use most and where best to move them to. This isn't rocket science you just have to put in a bit of hard work ;)

Although not highly regarded, the Microsoft disk defragmentation tool deals with the Boot Plan generated by ReadyBoot (sic.) MyDefrag is the only freeware tool that does that. So, if you don't use MyDefrag, don't disable the Windows tool.

Rik Mayell - Category Editor

by rikmayell (not verified) on 7. February 2010 - 6:33  (43036)

We don't really give points here, but if we did you would get quite a few. You've been kind enough to stop by and read and further you've taken time to join in by posting. Finally what you don't say in your post says more than what you do. A rare gift in life indeed...

Thanks for your post.

Finally, if anyone does want the low down on the fastest sorting algorithm, contact me and I'll send it to you :)

Rik Mayell - Category Editor

by Anonymous on 8. February 2010 - 1:24  (43084)

Double Commander, native 64 BIT Explorer alternative. Still in Beta, but looking good.

http://doublecmd.sourceforge.net/

by rikmayell (not verified) on 9. February 2010 - 4:23  (43139)

All of the installation files for the latest beta, 0.4.5, are Linux related deb, rpm or tar files. No mention of Windows anywhere.

Rik Mayell - Category Editor

by Anonymous on 9. February 2010 - 8:49  (43147)

Thanx.
My personal decision is to use the MS one about once a month except in the circumstances you note.

by Anonymous on 9. February 2010 - 16:29  (43171)
by rikmayell (not verified) on 9. February 2010 - 17:24  (43174)

All deb, rpm, etc. I can't see any Windows installation files.

Rik Mayell - Category Editor

by Anonymous on 9. February 2010 - 18:03  (43182)

PS. I have it running on several systems, Linux ( several distros), XP, and 7. Works great, no problems at all as yet. I am of course hoping that because it is in very active development that it gets even better, and am going to contribute if I can.

Would be a good idea for anybody else who wants a really good explorer alternative on 7 to contribute as well if they can.

I have no other connection with the project, I just think it's very good.

by rikmayell (not verified) on 10. February 2010 - 9:01  (43243)

I still have no download for a 64 bit Windows binary.

Rik Mayell - Category Editor

by Anonymous on 10. February 2010 - 9:17  (43247)

That is very odd indeed. I know you don't normally allow direct download links, but I can't think of anything else in this case, remove TEST to use the link.

TESThttp://sourceforge.net/projects/doublecmd/files/DC%20for%20Windows%2064%20bit/Double%20Commander%200.4.5%20beta/doublecmd-0.4.5.x86_64-win64.exe/download

I have had no trouble with any of these downloads.

You can also reach the download page at Sourceforge by clicking on the "Download" link in the header of the first link page I posted.

Sourceforge can be rather difficult to navigate in some cases, but I don't understand what is happening here.

The only other thing I can think of is to search "Double Commander" on Google etc. this will also bring up various links. like this one: http://www.softpedia.com/get/System/File-Management/Double-Commander.shtml ( I have not tried this download myself ).

Most sites carrying it and linking to it are in German.

by rikmayell (not verified) on 10. February 2010 - 14:23  (43274)

Okay, thanks to all of those that have pointed me in the right direction, I got the download in the end.

I haven't had chance to try "Double Commander" out fully but one immediate 'no, no', is that the folder names appear in bold when it is launched. No doubt someone will post a tip telling me how to change this. That though rather misses the point. When first started the application should use the system defaults, Sergio UI for Vista and later. If I decide to use a different font, make it bold, purple, or whatever then that is my choice. Well respected guidelines for User Interface elements in Windows have been around for years. Why are people still not following them?

When these fundamental issues have been addressed and a final stable release produced I will take another look.

Rik Mayell - Category Editor

by Anonymous on 12. February 2010 - 13:28  (43435)

rikmayell your WRONG about superantispy (SAS) it does so work with windows x64 = 64 bit ,Im running windows 7 ultimate x64 right now, and it works great.Maybe next time you should EXACTLY test a program before misleading people!


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by Anupam on 12. February 2010 - 13:34  (43437)

Please be respectful for the person, who has taken pains to prepare the wonderful article, so that people get help. There is nothing written in the article which is misleading.

It clearly says "The 64 bit version of SAS is currently undergoing beta testing. It is unclear if there will be a free version."

I don't know how do you take it as misleading. If you have to say a thing, you can say it in a nice way, even if you differ from his point of view.

by MidnightCowboy on 12. February 2010 - 13:52  (43438)

Rik is correct. It is still a pre-release as of version 4.90 dated 10th February, not yet fully functional and not recommended for use on machines except for testing and feedback purposes.

by rikmayell (not verified) on 12. February 2010 - 17:27  (43443)

Just read the article? It clearly states that 32 SAS works under Windows 7 / Vista 64, indeed it is top pick.

The 64 bit version of SAS has been under development for many months without a sign yet of a release date for the finished product. As, when, and if, a free 64 bit version of SAS is released it will be reviewed here.

Rik Mayell - Category Editor

by Anonymous on 13. February 2010 - 3:29  (43475)

Since Windows 7 64-bit does not seem to be quite ready for prime time, I wonder if it would not be helpful for many of us to be informed when new information is added to this page.

For instance something such as this appearing at the bottom:

"Better still, get XXX's latest Win.7 64-bit free software information delivered daily via your RSS feeder or alternatively, have the RSS feed sent as email direct to your in-box."

Any other thoughts?

Robert D. Jewell

by rikmayell (not verified) on 13. February 2010 - 8:18  (43486)

We are currently reviewing the way the site works and making a large number of changes behind the scenes. The sort of 'notification' system you suggest is being actively considered. Personally, I concur with you, this has to be the way to go.

All I can say at present is watch this space.

Rik Mayell - Category Editor

by syntax_error on 14. February 2010 - 1:36  (43563)

I'm using FF 3.5.7 on W7, when I select print preview I get 21 pages. Whilst I haven't tried printing them, if I scroll through the preview they are all there.

by Anonymous on 15. February 2010 - 15:40  (43674)

You put together many of the recommended applications i too find as excellent tools to help maintain the windows environment. There are several i would like to add.
Winpatrol
IOBit360
Advanced Systems Care
Spybot Search and Destroy.

Nice stuff, thanks.

randy

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by Anonymous on 24. February 2010 - 11:40  (44358)

Nobody seems to have mentioned the limitation in using Avira on 64 bit. See

h**p://www.avira.com/en/support/kbdetails.php?id=231

which says:

* protection of AntiVir services is not activated;
* detection of active rootkits is not activated.

(due to lack of API from Microsoft)

The lack of rootkit protection seems a big limitation so I wonder if MS Security Essentials should not be the top choice. I may be biased but the only virus problem I've ever seen was a rootkit (due to AVG free not having rootkit protection).

by Anonymous on 26. February 2010 - 11:39  (44534)

I am using IrfanView and Adobe Digital Negativ (.dng) aand i just noticed that dng is not supported within Windows 7 x64. Or on the other hand, Adobe Dng does not support x64, which is a shame actually.

Now there seem to be free 64bit codecs for dng available from 3rd party providers (http://www.fastpictureviewer.com/codecs/). Has anyone tried one of those yet and is able to give a recommendation?

Great Thanx, mike

by Anonymous on 26. February 2010 - 13:01  (44536)

edit:
IrfanView does support .dng within Win7 x64. (it was just a bit tricky for me to find that)
Still there is a codec from Adobe(currently in beta/rc status) that adds windows explorer / gallery preview for .dng, which is currently not available for x64-systems. (That's the shame.) As i mentioned above there are alternatives.

So if someone tried any of these, please share your experience here.

A nice one to all, mike

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by Anonymous on 3. March 2010 - 22:48  (44948)

First- I apologize if this has been covered- I didn't really want to read through numerous pages about this excellent article to see if it has been touched upon.

My comment is for 2 reasons- 1 is that it may prevent newbies from pulling their hair out, and the other is to show that MS does NOT THINK when they put out a SW app.

The file I am writing in regards to is 'SyncToy'. On their page- they have two download options. 1 that has an 'x64' ending, and one that has an 'x86' ending. WTF? I understand the naming convention- but wouldn't that confuse the hell out of some people that did not know what the numbers denoted??

Just had to mention the silliness.

by rikmayell (not verified) on 3. March 2010 - 23:17  (44951)

Yes I can understand how that might confuse some people and will add something near the start of the article highlighting the difference. Thanks for bringing up a valuable point.

Rik Mayell - Category Editor

by houcklaw on 4. March 2010 - 3:11  (44966)

Agreed. Does it mean 64 bit Windows or does it mean x64 as in AMD 64 bit processor or Itanimum (Intel) 64 bit processor?

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