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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 rik on 29. April 2010 - 5:01  (48679)

MSE is a very good application, once installed the user interface is a dream to use, as you'd expect from Microsoft. Add to that low 'false positives' and quick and simple infection removal and it's easy to see why MSE is so popular.

On the downside, detection rates aren't in the same league as Avast! or Avira, perhaps that will change over time.

As soon as I get chance I'll add MSE to the review as it is available as a native 64 bit application.

Rik

by rik on 29. April 2010 - 5:04  (48680)

Of the freeware AVs, Avira has the highest detection rates by some margin. The user interface is more complex than MSE but some will see this as a small price to pay for greater protection.

Avira signature updates take place in the background so how can you judge how long they take?

Rik

by rik on 29. April 2010 - 5:07  (48682)

Please see my response below.

Thanks,

Rik

by Anonymous on 29. April 2010 - 13:19  (48694)

Thanks for the quick reply. I'll wait for the update.

by Anonymous on 29. April 2010 - 15:42  (48709)

I sure hope they fixed the update issue in the new version of Avira 10!
http://www.dslreports.com/forum/r22658473-Avira-Free-Very-Slow-Updates

by rik on 29. April 2010 - 16:06  (48713)

The infrastructure to provide updates to the free version of Avira obviously isn't as extensive as for the paid version. That said the problems people had some months back I believe have been addressed. I don't know if anyone would like to give feedback on that?

Rik

by rik on 29. April 2010 - 16:45  (48718)

Please note that I do not tolerate 'fan boy' posts against this article. Both I, and the people that come here in search of information, deserve better than that. Any such posts will be deleted immediatetly.

To keep in the spirit of this the off the wall exchange that appeared in the comments has been removed.

Rik

by Anonymous on 29. April 2010 - 21:47  (48737)

Good day mate,
I have a reply regarding the aftermentiond post. If the update system for the free version is not as extensive as the paid version, then why download the free version in the first place. Shouldn't the free version be just as good as the paid? If not, wouldn't that make the free version just one big advertisement for the paid version?
Just wondering,
Thanks!

by Anonymous on 29. April 2010 - 21:52  (48738)
by rik on 29. April 2010 - 22:12  (48739)

The free version is obviously an ad for the paid version but there are 10s of thousands of users of the free version. For those that use the free version of Avira, and the free updates, I suggest that they be patient when it comes to updates. Moaning about a free service is perhaps going too far, don't you think?

Rik

by rik on 29. April 2010 - 22:17  (48740)

The phrase 'connect to the internet over Ethernet' says it all. The person that wrote this article knows as much about PCs as I know about the dark side of the moon. Complete rubbish.

Rik

by MidnightCowboy on 29. April 2010 - 22:52  (48743)

I don't understand what this guy is trying to say? First he entitles his article "Don't pay for security software", then says this...

"It's not that free software is better by nature. The full-feature, paid security suites are robust computer and information protectors, especially for people who might otherwise get themselves into trouble online due to a lack of education on basic computing security practices".

...which from my experience covers about 90% of the PC using population.

Even at the local university here, a recent survey of their IT dept showed that every machine on the LAN was infected or had been and was in various stages of remission depending on what security software was installed on it. Of the 9 machines not networked, four were infected and only one had a properly updated and configured set of security programs. Three quarters of the machines were still running IE6. This is the reality of the world in which I live which is far removed from that enjoyed by the minority such as the enthusiasts here, Wilders and other places. To suggest that MSE is going to save the planet for the rest of these folks is like wishing for pie in the sky.

by Anonymous on 29. April 2010 - 22:58  (48744)

Wow, that's a very high infection rate, are the IT people competent enuff to do their job?

by Anonymous on 29. April 2010 - 23:03  (48745)

I'm sure they were competent, part of problem was they were running IE6, which was a browser invented during medieval times!

by Anonymous on 29. April 2010 - 23:27  (48777)

Sometimes we get so focused on detection rates that we forget about some of the other aspects of an AV program. The gap, percentage wise, as far as detection rates are concerned for Avira, Avast, & Security Essentials are so small that the end user will not be able to tell a difference. You have to find the av that works for you which is one that is balanced w/ good detection rates, user interface simplicity, and no traces of malware cleanup left in the registry after something is detected and disarmed

by Anonymous on 30. April 2010 - 2:07  (48791)

Can anyone confirm that DC does/ does not have tree views?

by HeWhoRocks on 30. April 2010 - 15:49  (48827)

Just looks like spam for MSE to me. Seeing a lot of that at the mo.

by Anonymous on 30. April 2010 - 22:25  (48852)

You're right. MSE nor any other av program will save the planet. What will always come into play is the human factor when it comes to computing and surfing the interent. There will always be people who click on things that shouldn't be clicked, places on the web where people shouldn't be going, and programs and computers that are not updated nor patched like they should be.

by Anonymous on 1. May 2010 - 20:49  (48926)

What the author meant was that Security essentials has no expiration date nor trial subscription so the consumer does not have to scramble to find another av once something like Norton or McAfee's trial period runs out.
So many consumers have busy lives so they let their subscription run out so their computer is left unprotected. Don't you think all computers should come with some type of protection from the get go that does not expire, so that at least they will have one base line or layer of security? Throwing Microsoft under the bus only makes your post look biased and foolish!

by MidnightCowboy on 1. May 2010 - 20:59  (48927)

I guess there are several issues here.

Security, whether it be home, car, personal or computer is the responsibility of the person controlling it. Having a "busy life" is no excuse for neglecting an important item such as this. Most folks can remember to spend enough time sifting through their emails and Facebook, so remembering an expiry date which is thrown at you by most commercial apps every time you switch on the PC should not be an issue.

Second, I think that professional writers should be able to say what they mean in their own articles without needing someone else to interpret it for them. Had the title or content been directed along the lines you suggest then yes, I'm in full agreement. It's always been a nonsense that Microsoft are willing enough to thrust IE and other compulsory components at customers without providing a basic free security to protect what they've just sold. Instead they chose the commercial route by bundling paid software.

Lastly, I don't recall any words of mine linking MSE and buses in the same sentence. Readers of my many posts both here and in the forum will know that I've recommended it often enough and that I've also applied my analogy to every other product. There is no "one size fits all" solution for PC security and never will be although folks continue to search for it. It's true that I don't service computers any more but when I did, I never ever met anyone who gave themselves as the reason for their being infected. Excuses are cheap, but good PC security costs even less, although you need to set aside some of that valuable time to manage it effectively.

by Anonymous on 1. May 2010 - 21:53  (48935)

Thank you for your response.
In response to your first paragraph, the 90% percent of the population that you are referring to on 4/29 @ 22:52, who may get themselves in trouble online due to lack of education on basic security practices are the ones who are more apt to let it expire simply b/c they lack "the education on basic security practices." Unfortunately, and I hate that this has happend, is our societies have evolved where a majority of that 90% percent you are speaking of places more value on Facebook and sifting thru emails. So there's nothing that we can do to stop the technology thread from weaving it's way into society and shifting priorities, even if it is away from computer security.
In response to your second paragraph, you're absolutely right that professional writers such as the guy on cnet.com should be able to say what they mean w/ out needing someone else to interpret it for them. That is what both me and you have done(as indicated by my post and your post). You wrote to suggest that MSE is going to save the planet for the rest of these folks is like wishing for pie in the sky, in which pie and sky are not even mentioned in the cnet.com article. It's not that MS chose the commercial route, the computer makers install the paid apps on the computers not MS. The article stated that in it's own retail store Microsoft has included MSE in the software suite, so that let's people know that MS does not have a vested interest in paid apps to protect their hardware. The computer makers are paid by by the compaines that make the paid apps!
In response to your third paragraph, throwing Microsoft under the bus is a metaphor. Do you know what that is? In your original post, you could have said To suggest that "any AV" is going to save the planet for the rest of these folks is like wishing for pie in the sky. But you used MSE. And the reason why you never came across anybody while you were fixing computers that offered themselves up as an excuse is b/c by human nature we don't won't to admit fault b/c it's embarrassing which is why you won't say that you should have not said MSE but just said "any AV."

by Peccadilloes on 3. May 2010 - 8:42  (49004)

why does my firefox v3.6.3 not work well with windows 7 home premium?

by MidnightCowboy on 3. May 2010 - 8:49  (49007)

This could be down to a number of reasons but we would need to know more detail such as what is actually wrong and a list of the extensions you have installed for Firefox.

Please posts this information in the forum where there are already several threads relating to Firefox as it is much easier to offer this kind of support there.

http://www.techsupportalert.com/freeware-forum/internet-webware-and-netw...

by Anonymous on 13. May 2010 - 15:12  (49725)

I wanted to let someone know that I simply adore this column or section of the website b/c I browse the internet a lot and most of the time can't find sections or website solely dedicated to this platform.(Windows 7/Vista.) As a happy Vista user since summer of '07, I love the layout of this page! It at least points me in the right direction and makes me curious to try some the of the software. It's like a breath of frest air b/c in 2007 and 2008 there was so much Vista bashing by the media. Nice to see a website give it "props"
Thank so much!

by Anonymous on 13. May 2010 - 18:33  (49742)

You guys sure did make a good impression on Jake yesterday talking about MS Xp.I realize that it is still used on a large scale, but Win 7 is way better and when compared to Vista the system is more "hardened" It has DEP, UAC, ASLR. Let's not try and get people to stay regressed on XP. Windows 7 is already a success and there is nothing that can stop its momentum. Remember Windows 2000, no support for come July, and eventually XP will suffer the same fate. And there's no way the whole world will migrate to Linux or Ubuntu unless there is a paradigm shift of volcanic proportions.

by Anonymous on 18. May 2010 - 13:46  (49887)

Why does the post date of article show as 9/9/2009? I know this post is newer.
Also, I have a suggestion. Since this is a rather long post, perhaps you could put a quick note at beginning with version edits on text section, could keep last 5 or so:
i.e.
5/19/2010 Added Firewall, Updated Disk Cleaner
4/10/2010 Updated File Manager, Registry Cleaner
3/20/2010 Updated FTP Client, Email

Therefore, we could skip to the sections that are new or changed. If it is just updating the bottom section with a different URL download address or version number, without adding to the text section, then I would leave that out.

by Anonymous on 19. May 2010 - 0:34  (49915)

Comfortable free partitioning software ( Home use ), runs well on 64 BIT 7 ( Tested on "Ultimate" with 2* two-terabyte discs.

http://download.cnet.com/Partition-Wizard-Home-Edition/3000-2094_4-10962...

Regards, Mike Connor

by rik on 19. May 2010 - 14:31  (49938)

I apologise for being out of touch I am in the middle of moving home. All things being equal I should be back on track from Monday.

Rik

by Anonymous on 19. May 2010 - 21:15  (49962)

I second this if it is possible and not too much work!

Thanks

by rik on 21. May 2010 - 13:04  (50035)

Why would you want to partition an individual disk anyway, it has dreadful performance implications?

Rik

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