35 New Freeware Programs

The folks over at donationcoder.com regularly run contests to encourage their programmers to come up with new freebies.

Here are the 35 top programs from their latest contest: the 2009 NANY Challenge (New Apps For The New Year)

Some of the programs in the list are trivial while others are specialized but useful to those who have a particular need. Still it's well worth checking the list out as you may find something you have long been looking for. My favorite was DropCommand, a program that enables drag and drop of files to a command window in Vista.

http://www.donationcoder.com/nany2009/

More interesting to most users is the site's outstanding list of general purpose freeware programs available from here:

http://www.donationcoder.com/Software/index.html

The Donation Coder site uses use a novel licensing system: you have to register to get a free license key which allows you to download any number of programs on the site. This key lasts six months after which you must return to the site to download another free license key. After a year you are given a permanent license. Alternatively, you can make a once-up donation of any size and get a permanent key straight away.

It's a clever and ethical way to encourage users to recognize the work done by freeware authors and I support it fully.

Gizmo

 

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by Anonymous on 8. January 2009 - 18:33  (13411)

What a load of rubbish!

by peter on 8. January 2009 - 18:45  (13413)

Would you care to elaborate?

by Anonymous on 8. January 2009 - 21:54  (13433)

very sorry but i dont to much of the stuff that try are giving away it could just be me but i think its a bunch of rubbish also. D.K.R

by gizmo.richards on 8. January 2009 - 23:19  (13439)

These programs are not rubish, they are specialized. They either suit your needs or not. If you want general purpose freeware programs check out this list at the same site: http://www.donationcoder.com/Software/index.html. The quality of the programs on this list is outstanding.

by Anonymous on 9. January 2009 - 0:04  (13442)

Junk!

by Anonymous on 9. January 2009 - 6:20  (13464)

junk? u dudes must be blind - check out the screen saver and start menu proggy - these are way cool.

by Anonymous on 9. January 2009 - 7:56  (13468)

Sorry Gizmo but I am not impressed either with these programs.

by rmayell (not verified) on 9. January 2009 - 9:39  (13476)

I found several useful programs that will do simple things to help me and ultimately save me valuable time.

The Bible Study program should go down a treat at my wife's local church.

Great find, donation will be made in due course.

Rik Mayell

by Anonymous on 9. January 2009 - 11:19  (13478)

Good stuff Gizmo!

by Anonymous on 9. January 2009 - 12:46  (13482)

I found a few useful apps but of course not everything is for me. Overall I like this company's attitude.

Point is, THANK YOU, Gizmo. As always, I appreciate your time, effort, and information. You have one of the best sites on the web, period.

David in Moose Jaw

by Anonymous on 9. January 2009 - 19:16  (13501)

I am glad you found something useful on our site. However, we are not a company in the commercial sense.

Rather we are many users from all over the world, who strive to make donationcoder.com a nice and maybe useful place. I think so far we are doing great :-)

--
housetier

by Anonymous on 9. January 2009 - 20:50  (13505)

I don't understand the attitude of many of the posters. The programs are very specialized and I really do not have much use for them. However, to call them "rubbish" is plain wrong. Just because you don't need or want something doesn't make it rubbish.

And, more importantly, just because you disagree with someone, there is no reason to demean, belittle or put them down.

Please grow up.

by Anonymous on 9. January 2009 - 21:17  (13507)

Thank you, well said. People are becoming more and more rude and forgetful of common courtesy and manners because they are faceless on the web. It's a shame.

Brad

by Anonymous on 9. January 2009 - 21:27  (13508)

I have found that when I visit many of the freeware or donations sites that many posters are either unhappy period or just don't know what they are talking about. I for one Thank those that take the time to find and test programs for those who are looking for what they need for free.
For those who have time to complain, how about creating some clean free software to replace the ones you complain about: oh wait that's right you are unhappy and don't know what you are talking about........Never mind.
Thank You Gizmo for all the years you've been there with the programs I needed and used (Miss your Newsletter)

Kenn (KEEPER)

by Anonymous on 9. January 2009 - 23:49  (13513)

Good Day Gizmo,

Great find as always....

GREATLY miss ur newsletter......

Thank You Very Much,
Best wishes for the New Year from The Land Downunder

Roberta

by Anonymous on 10. January 2009 - 0:20  (13514)

Jesus Gizmo! You are miraculous! What would we do without you? Thank you very much indeed for all these years of hard and productive work on our behalf! I do miss your Newsletter!!

by Anonymous on 10. January 2009 - 4:52  (13525)

From the first line, third paragraph of the article : "Some of the programs in the list are trivial while others are specialized but useful to those who have a particular need."

And then complain about that?

Duh???

by Anonymous on 10. January 2009 - 9:00  (13530)

Those who complain are just jealous because they do not have the knowledge to make such software themselves.

Gizmo, good job!

Panzer

by BobBowen on 10. January 2009 - 15:58  (13545)

Another appreciative and grateful man, Gizmo. Thank you for all your effort. Illigitimi non carborundum!

by Anonymous on 10. January 2009 - 17:05  (13551)

megadittos from Nigel, Ian (Gizmo) - I stand with Anonymous - hope you start up again someday, but meanwhile your feed to my G homepage will have to suffice

PS you are miraculous!

by Anonymous on 10. January 2009 - 22:04  (13574)

The people at DonationCoder are really great. They're all really friendly, and you can even request software.

by Anonymous on 12. January 2009 - 0:57  (13667)

Better yet, don't elaborate at all...and pretend that you did. K?

Giz...any way that you can write the occasional review / article? There is nothing that will ever compare with your old newsletter. (You and Fred L. are in a class alone.)

by Anonymous on 12. January 2009 - 3:18  (13680)

I have no use whatsoever for those gutless 'anonymous' posters that do nothing but name calling. Their comments are ignorant and distasteful, tedious and tiresome. Obviously none of them are programmers. I'm surprised that they spelled the words correctly and besides, they probably all run Microsoft junk. Their opinions / comments are worth nothing.

For the rest, please examine the programs based on your specific needs and the effort of the people who wrote them. Only you can decide what really works for you.

Steve Dupuis
Ottawa, Canada

by Anonymous on 12. January 2009 - 18:03  (13751)

Let's see...you came to this site for something free...and NOW you want to complain about it? I didn't find what I was looking for (file manager for Windows XP) It's probably here and I just didn't see it...but I sure as Hell aren't going to complain about it. Thanks go to the people who took time out of their day to share these programs for free.

Pete
Houston, Tx

by Anonymous on 12. January 2009 - 22:50  (13772)

Whoa man... if you think this stuff is junk then you must be looking for some specialzed software to solve some type of specific problem.

Maybe you should write it yourself.

These programs are some of the best in the market for performing a certain task. And you can't beat the price, and I don't want to hear you get what you pay for. Some of this software is better then what you have to pay for.

I thank these folks for taking the extra time to write decent code that prevent your OS from creating any problems and just doing the task they state it will do.

Take another look and try some of these programs before stating they're junk.

by peter on 13. January 2009 - 7:41  (13792)
by debzeppeliniv on 24. January 2009 - 14:30  (14591)
          I love this site, thanks Giz, btw, my 1st husband's nickname in r/l is Gizmo, lol.
by Anonymous on 7. February 2009 - 7:30  (15542)

I am relatively new to computers,... & EVERYTHING that that encompasses...& I just want to ... GREATLY ... thank... ALL ... at Techsupportalert.com. And for the wealth of help & information it has been to me during this past year,.. in assisting me in so MANY ways,.. & areas, in my steep learning curve..... THANK YOU,.... ALL.. A paid member (to the newsletter,... which I would encourage ALL to seriously consider doing!!.......) hgblackbird@live.com

by bnast7@yahoo.ca on 8. February 2009 - 22:38  (15619)

Gizmo - I just need to add my huge THANK YOU!!! You have no idea how much you've expanded my knowlege over the past year. You provided me with a safe launchpad (as a greenhorn, this is much appreciated) from which to reach out and learn about different programs and utilities. This 50 yr. old woman is hyped over her laptop, and has now downed an IT course at college! Thanks GIZMO, for everything!

by Anonymous on 9. February 2009 - 10:19  (15648)

Its quite rude and foolish to tag the commendable and creative efforts of guys who put that site together as 'junk' ... Thats a brilliant site with a unique concept. Even if you dont find any software there useful, its generally a good site with some great reviews as well ...

Keep it up, fellas .. you are doing a great job. Giz, nice find as usual ..

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