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Best Free Windows 64-bit Office Suite

It is disappointing to be unable to offer a free 64-bit office suite for Windows.

Kingsoft Office Suite FreeWPS Office previously called KingSoft Free Office Suite

WPS is the original name for this software. It is an acronym for Writer, Presentation, Spreadsheet. It also has versions for Linux, Android, and iOS.

"For a freeware equivalent to Microsoft Office and for those who liked the simpler old style 2003 interface then Kingsoft Office Suite Free is the application. There isn't a single feature I found that isn't IDENTICAL to the Microsoft Office 2003 equivalent. The similarities even go far into the styles of WordArt." (Best Free Office Suite)

 

Best Free Windows 64-bit Word Processor

Just as there is no 64-bit Office Suite, there is no 64-bit word processor. I would stick with an Office Suite but check out the 64-bit compatible word processors in  Best Free Word Processor.

 

Best Free Desktop Publisher (DTP)

ScribusScribus

"Scribus is the real thing; a professional quality page layout program capable of producing "press-ready" output. The feature list is impressive, basically everything you want is there including: CMYK color, separations, ICC color management and versatile PDF creation. Graphics manipulation is handled via an interface to the Gimp, another open source program. Scribus can also import from and export to programs in the Open Office suite.

The user interface though highly functional, is not quite as slick as its commercial cousins but it can be skinned to fit in with the look of whatever operating system you are using. The documentation is excellent and there is lots of support from Scribus's enthusiastic user community." (Best Free Desktop Publishing Program)

 

Best Free Windows 64-bit Non-Adobe PDF Reader

We haven't found a 64-bit PDF reader but there is a good selection of suitable 32-bit readers in Best Free Non-Adobe PDF Reader.

 

Best Free Windows 64-bit PDF Writer

We haven't found a 64-bit PDF writer but there is a good selection of 32-bit readers in Best Free PDF Writer.

PDF writers normally create PDF files by printing to a pseudo printer which is also called a virtual printer that means you need to be able to open the original file to be converted. If you can't then there are some website converters that can open many types of file.

 

Best Free Windows 64-bit PDF Tools

There are several online tools in Best Free PDF Tools as well as the following 64-bit applications.

ToolboxjPDF Tweak

jPDF Tweak

Its interface is not straightforward to use, for example "its merge, split and reorder functions are available under the ‘input’ tab, and a new filename has to be entered in the ‘output’ tab." But it does have a full toolbox as it "allows you to rotate, watermark and format multiple pages", "change page numbers and chapter bookmarks", use "encryption functions", "add attachments",  and "set viewer preferences and document properties, including title, author, subject and keywords." (Best Free PDF Tools)

Reorganize PDF pages

PDFsamPDFsam

"… well worth trying if you need to visually re-order or recompose multiple pages of PDF files. You can mix, merge or extract, split and rotate pages by specifying the page numbers. However, PDFsam also lets you re-organize PDF pages in a thumbnail view. In this mode, you can easily work with thumbnails to merge, delete, rotate or re-order PDF pages and save the results as another PDF file. Since PDFsam is a Java application, it will run on any operating system that supports Java. The basic version of PDFsam is free for use. The installer is bundled with an advertising program OpenCandy but you can get … a standalone zip file with no such bundle." (Best Free PDF Tools)

Convert images to PDF

i2pdfi2pdf

"It works even better than the tool "Convert Images to PDF" included in PDFill PDF Tools. Download and unzip i2pdf and run the executable directly (no installation required). This program is portable and user friendly—just drag and drop the images on the program window, click the "Build PDF" button and it's done. When setting the page output, "paperless" format is a helpful option if you'd like to convert portrait or landscape images to the PDF file and view them on the screen without blank paper margins." (Best Free PDF Tools)

 

Best Free Windows 64-bit Electronic Book (eBook) Reader

CalibreCalibre

Calibre is an "open source eBook library management application" with "extensive file conversions, the ability to convert over thirteen document formats into EPUB, PDF and MOBI formats for use on popular eBook-readers …. You can also set up Calibre to fetch news from websites and RSS feeds and convert it into a compatible format …. There's even a built-in web server so you can access your eBook collection remotely" … and "a cover-flow browsing feature …. However, it tries to sort all your books in its own preferred folder structure, so if you're a person who uses your own folder-hierarchy use this carefully." (Best Free Electronic Book Reader)

 

Best Free Windows 64-bit Personal Finance

Money Manager EXMoney 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 Project Manager

We haven't found a suitable 64-bit program for the desktop so leave us a comment below if you have any suggestions. There are compatible 32-bit programs in Best Free Project Manager but your best options could be web-based. Here are a couple of examples.

dotProject is a web-based service that is well established. It requires an account but no software on your computer.

web2project is a web server application that you host yourself and install to a compatible web host that you have an account with. It works best for workgroups that collaborate on projects and want to share a calendar. It also has a migration path from dotProject

 

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. Check out the Best Free Personal Information Manager Software for 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.

 

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

We haven't found a suitable 64-bit program. Leave a comment below if you have any suggestions. There are compatible 32-bit programs in
Best Free Reminder and To-Do Program.

 

Best Free Windows 64-bit Notes Organizer

We haven't found a suitable 64-bit program. Leave a comment below if you have any suggestions. There are compatible 32-bit programs in Best Free Notes Organizer.

 

Best Free Windows 64-bit Outliner

We haven't found a suitable 64-bit program. Leave a comment below if you have any suggestions. There are compatible 32-bit programs in Best Free Outliner.

 

Best Free Windows 64-bit Font Manager and Viewer

Crux Technologies Font RunnerFontRunner

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

Microsoft MathematicsMicrosoft Mathematics

The built-in Windows calculator is pretty good but Microsoft Mathematics is much better. It "has the most features for a scientific calculator. … Many features will help basic users particularly unit conversions, comprehesive help, worksheets that explain the steps to the solution, export to to Microsoft Word, and if you're really keen there is an add-on that allows you to work directly in Word and Onenote." There are "many more cool features like one-click 2D and 3D graphs, the option of pen, touch or mouse input, nerdy stuff like differential calculus, complex numbers and matrices, and some interesting skins for the calculator." (Best Free Calculator)

 

Best Free Windows 64-bit Unit and Currency Converter

We haven't found a suitable 64-bit program. Leave a comment below if you have any suggestions. There are compatible 32-bit programs in Best Free Unit and Currency Conversion Program.

 

Best Free Windows 64-bit Genealogy or Family Tree Software

Microsoft MathematicsGramps

"I liked that I could easily navigate or filter by people or name list, family, relationship, ancestry, events, places, sources, repositories, media, and notes. An undo function allows easy correction of the most recent entries. …

I felt the place entry especially outstanding. … Alternate locations can be entered for each place … Sources, notes, multimedia, and internet links can be linked to each place …

I loved the date support. Dates can be based on several different calendars …

"The installation can be intimidating. There are several required programs which must be installed in a specific order. I highly recommend using the all in one installation or the portable version on the Portable Apps website for Windows installers.." (Best Free Genealogy or Family Tree Software)

 

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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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