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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 Alan C. (not verified) on 14. November 2010 - 2:07  (61168)

File Splitters / Joiners

As of 11/11 Version 3 of HJSplit is available, and it now plays nice with Win7/64:

freebyte.com/hjsplit/

I prefer IgorWare's File Joiner for joining, and there is a 64 bit version:

igorware.com/file-joiner

Both are fully portable (no installer).

Regards,
Alan

by Bubba (not verified) on 11. November 2010 - 2:21  (61012)

Great stuff...except cmon, registry fix it / speed it up tools?

They only benefit two groups of people. Those that sell them and techs that get to fix systems they have been run on.

by rik on 27. January 2011 - 4:57  (65279)

You can do a better job manually although it requires considerable effort and technical knowledge. It is something I only do every 3 months or so.

Rik

by MidnightCowboy on 11. November 2010 - 9:29  (61029)

Very true. Brings back lots of happy memories of the money made servicing computers completely trashed by these things. RegSeeker was favourite at the time I was doing this. Even better, a lot of folks would be back inside a month with the same problem :D It seems that the only good advice is that which you choose to take.

by michael clyde (not verified) on 19. November 2010 - 20:04  (61401)

you guys should not laugh at the less fortunate who still believe in the tooth fair... i mean registry optimizers. kind of reminds me of snake-oil salesmen.

by rik on 27. January 2011 - 4:59  (65280)

Sorry for being away, hospital is great fun :)

Frankly I never use them. I don't really trust such apps and can do a better job myself, sad as that might seem!

Rik

by felixnoir (not verified) on 4. November 2010 - 8:56  (60757)

No browser can match the functionality of Opera which works perfectly under 64 bit Windows and always has. There are a very few sites that don't work with it, but this is getting much rarer since Opera is now the most common browser on handhelds and tablets. For these sites, IE is the backup.

I use 7-zip which is perfect. The Everything Search Engine is a must, but is more annoying in Win 7 than in prev Windows - everytime you use it it asks if you want to install. Comodo Security worked very well until the latest updates, which clash with all sorts of stuff - burning software, ISO mounting software, you name it's a nightmare. COMODO is unfortunately too restrictive to be practical. I've pulled it. And I'm quite a geek, so it would drive average users mad.

by rik on 28. January 2011 - 4:19  (65348)

Opera is out of its league when compared to Firefox or IE although I appreciate that choosing a browser is a very personal thing.

Comodo works fine on all the PCs I have installed it on so you might want to look at other possible causes for the problems you have.

Rik

by rik on 28. January 2011 - 4:01  (65347)

Choosing a browser is a very personal thing. I do use Opera for testing purposes. It is a solid, well designed, and well written application.

Many thanks for the feedback.

Rik

by michael clyde (not verified) on 19. November 2010 - 19:57  (61400)

to felixnoir,
search everything does not do that to me (thankfully) se7en x64 pro. as for comodo, until i learned how to finesse the settings it use to give me the blues big time. i use imageburn and ultra-iso, and of course 7-zip for manipulating .iso files and comodo hasn't bothered them ...yet
i also use nero essentials that came with all my burners and no problems. it's a shame about search everything and comodo for that matter. i actually have these on se7en x32 & x64 enterprise as well. maybe it's something on your end.

good luck

by Alan C. (not verified) on 30. October 2010 - 8:15  (60462)

There is 64 bit versions of CCleaner at last (version 3):
http://www.piriform.com/ccleaner

Go to the builds page to get portable / U3 versions:
http://www.piriform.com/ccleaner/builds

It is running fine on my machine, though I'm not sure what 64 bit brings to the party. No doubt Rik does :)

Regards,
Alan

by rik on 31. October 2010 - 19:17  (60533)

Alan,

At the moment I can't claim to know what it brings to the party either! I'll look into it and post back.

Rik

by BK (not verified) on 29. October 2010 - 19:45  (60441)

I desperately need a DVD player program for W7-64. The MS WMP doesn't consistently play my rented DVDs. It complains that I need to re-size my screen resolution. I would like an alternative. What do you recommend?

Thanks,

BK

by David P. (not verified) on 30. November 2010 - 8:29  (61812)

I also have windows 7/64 bit and I have been using the VLC media player for 6 months now. I love it. No complaints, and it runs just about any type of video file I have thrown at it. It plays rented dvds. It plays mp4, flv, wmv, and more. I have no complaints with it. It's free to download, and very user friendly.

Just google "vlc media player" and you should be able to easily find the web address where you can download it.

Good luck!

by michael clyde (not verified) on 19. November 2010 - 20:16  (61402)

hey bk,
on se7en x64 pro i use "the kmplayer" and (mpclassic) media player classic-home cinema x64, as it will decode or recode, whatever you call it, on the fly if you have enough processor. both work on dvd's for me. i only have wmp on my system because of needed functionality it lends to another program i wanted to keep when i vlited my os before installation.

hope this helps

by malc_b (not verified) on 28. October 2010 - 18:17  (60373)

Synctoy link is broken. It is now at 2.1 I think. Link is http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?familyid=C26EFA36-98E0-4EE9-A7C5-98D0592D8C52

by Karine (not verified) on 25. October 2010 - 14:04  (60141)

Hi everyone,

I have a 64-bit operating system and I urgently need a compatible program for language reading so that the program basically converts text to speech and "reads" the text to me.
The language must be German.
Is there anyone who can help me? Thanks

by ston7fish (not verified) on 24. October 2010 - 12:04  (60070)

I have used "Foxit" as a PDF reader for several years now and it's biggest attraction is space. It is a compact program consisting of only 7.2mb in total compared with other top PDF programs that, on average, require anything from 35mb upwards (eg. adobe is approx. 85.6mb). It works equally well on both 32bit and 64bit systems and has a stand alone edition that can be run from USB. If you are short of disk space then this is ideal for use. It is at least worth one of your reviews, you won't use anything else....
Ston7fish

by MDLeonard (not verified) on 5. November 2010 - 15:35  (60801)

I use and love Foxit PDF Reader.

by SSC73 (not verified) on 14. January 2011 - 9:46  (64511)

The absolute best free PDF Reader is Nitro Free Version. You and extract images from it, drap and drop any other file on to the icon and it converts them into PDF's. It's light on resources, and for a free feature set, can't be beat. Who in their right mind uses Adobe Bloatware anymore? The only necessary adobe anything is flash unfortunately. Hopefully it goes away soon.

For more basic viewing, it doesn't get any better than Sutmatra PDF.

SMPlayer is great, VLC too.

Synctoy that someone mentioned being broken? The prefect backup solution for me.

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by Gravy (not verified) on 23. October 2010 - 17:08  (60011)

This is a very good list. I have not used all of the software but my favs are on here

Avast
Superantispyware
Ccleaner

I have recently been test driving a program called Threatfire for realtime surfing prtection from malware. It seems to be a good program but it uses 50% of my cpu while it is running, in about two months I have used it, it has only found and removed one instance of malware. I have disabled it and will be uninstalling it due to its use of so much of my resources. I wonder if it has a memory leak of some sort.

thanks for your hard work you do here helping others

by Gem (not verified) on 18. October 2010 - 3:35  (59684)

What's the best FREE duplicate file cleaner for Vista 64 bit? With so many to chose from, I need help! Thanks in advance...

by bodis on 18. October 2010 - 5:31  (59688)

There is a separate thread on duplicate file cleaners:
http://www.techsupportalert.com/best-free-duplicate-file-detector.htm
Top 2 choices seems to work with 64 bit systems although Duplicate Cleaner website states that they protect Program Files of 32 bit system. Auslogics Duplicate File Finder has 32 and 64 bit version.

Hope this helps
bodis

by Gem (not verified) on 19. October 2010 - 1:07  (59714)

Thanks, bodis. I will check it out. :-)

by Bodisson (not verified) on 13. October 2010 - 21:05  (59484)

Currently using under W7/64 Enterprise (6.1.7600):
- 7-zip 9.16.beta
- Namoroka (Firefox 3.6.3)
- Lanikai (Thunderbird 3.1.2)
- InfraRecorder 0.51.0.0
- Miranda 0.9.6 (requires run as administrator for some reason...)
- Comodo antivirus with Defense+ 5.0.163652.1142

Looking for:
- torrent (not satisfied with Halite)
- print 2 PDF (using Nitro PDF which has 64 bit printing engine, but program itself is 32 bit)

I'm open for suggestions... and someone might profit from this post...

by morrig on 9. October 2010 - 11:10  (59303)

Here's a little tool for getting rid of nag screen on update for Avira-
http://www.softpedia.com/get/Security/Security-Related/NoNotifyAvira.shtml
As to 64 bit browsers the IE9 Beta is very good and runs Flash,where's Firfox couldn't ? But Firefox(32 bit)just keeps drawing me back with it's add ons.

by michael clyde (not verified) on 19. November 2010 - 20:21  (61403)

thanks for the avira nag screen thing. i have the same problem with f/fox x32, i can't stay away long enough to give anything else much of a shot.

by OM (not verified) on 22. September 2010 - 3:18  (58249)

Goood .....great piece of work...helpes me a lot ....keep up the good work

by rik on 22. September 2010 - 3:51  (58250)

Many thanks, Rik

by johndi (not verified) on 16. September 2010 - 22:11  (57962)

Adobe released a preview version of x64 flash
http://blogs.adobe.com/flashplayer/2010/09/flash-player-square.html

Rik, What does this mean for switching to x64 browsers now? What is the situation to java etc.?

Thanks

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