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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 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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