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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 Processor for 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 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)

 

Quick Selection Guide

LibreOffice

5
 
Runs as a stand-alone program on a user's computer
Very easy to use and learn, faster, very extensive file support.
Some options that are easy to find on other suites are hard to locate for inexperienced users.
4.2.3
211 MB
32 bit but 64 bit compatible
Open source freeware
A portable version of this product is available from the developer.

PDF-XChange Viewer

5
 
Runs as a stand-alone program on a user's computer
Tabbed interface; zoom-in feature; supports notes and annotations; export options; multiple install options (ZIP, EXE, MSI, portable) and automatic 32 or 64-bit selection with the EXE installer; excellent documentation.
Feature limited version of the paid Pro product but the features limited are page-level editing (e.g. insert another PDF or delete pages).
2.5.212
16 MB
32 and 64 bit versions available
Unrestricted freeware
A portable version of this product is available from the developer.

Bullzip PDF Printer

5
 
Runs as a stand-alone program on a user's computer
Functions as a Windows printer so it can be used with most applications; Very stable; Very complete set of options including passwords, encryption, watermarks.
Functions as a printer so you only use a Bullzip application to change options; Does not create searchable PDF files except from word processing applications.
10.1.0.1871
7.6 MB
32 and 64 bit versions available
Unrestricted freeware
There is no portable version of this product available.
Requires GhostScript 8.64 (or higher) which has a 9 MB download.

NitroPDF Reader

4.5
 
Runs as a stand-alone program on a user's computer
Both a writer and reader; Simple; Annotation; Text extraction
Simple; Large install = 95 MB on disk.
2.1
28.5 MB
32 bit but 64 bit compatible
Feature limited freeware
There is no portable version of this product available.

PDFill PDF Tools

4.5
 
Runs as a stand-alone program on a user's computer
Clean attractive user interface; Include most features such as merge, split, reorder, rotate, header and footer with page number, watermark, encrypt and decrypt, convert PDF to images or vice versa, convert PostScript to PDF.
Installer bundles with PDFill PDF Editor which is not free; short of features provided by other specific tools.
9.0
11.2 MB
32 bit but 64 bit compatible
Unrestricted freeware
There is no portable version of this product available.
Requires installs of Adobe Reader, Jave Runtime Environment (JRE) and GhostScript. You'll probably have the first two already but if you don't then you will be downloading 110 MB in total.

Rainlendar Lite

4.5
 
Runs as a stand-alone program on a user's computer
Free Product complements the Web-based application.
Shared calendars are available only for Pro version
2.11.1
8.8 MB
32 bit but 64 bit compatible
Unrestricted freeware
There is no portable version of this product available.
A commercial version provides extended abilities to edit Outlook, Google Calendar from Rainlendar. Rainlendar FAQ http://www.rainlendar.net/cms/index.php?option=com_easyfaq&Itemid=26

Convert

4.5
 
Runs as a stand-alone program on a user's computer
Convert units in 21 categories, intuitive interface with a custom unit and customizable category tabs.
Currency unit conversion is not included.
4.10
0.8 MB
32 bit but 64 bit compatible
Unrestricted freeware
There is no portable version of this product available.

SpeedCrunch

4.5
 
Runs as a stand-alone program on a user's computer
Simple/clean user interface; Features such as Math book.
Uses 11MB of RAM - high compared to some other calculators.
0.10.1
2.5
32 bit but 64 bit compatible
Unrestricted freeware
There is no portable version of this product available.

Money Manager Ex

4
 
Runs as a stand-alone program on a user's computer
Simple, attractive, easy-to-understand, easy-to-navigate GUI. Full-featured program, which allows for unlimited number of categories, accounts, and transactions, supports reminders for recurring transactions, has backup capabilities, supports filters for transaction displays and searches, supports numerous report-generating capabilities, supports CSV export/import delimiter settings, supports data-imports from: CSV, QIF, MM.NET (CSV), supports export to CSV format. Program is portable and can be run from a USB stick. Database (DB) format is open-source, non-proprietary format, which uses SQLite for easy access.
Program does not have/support real-time automatic budget/transaction downloading from user's bank accounts - data entries must be done manually. Program does not have/support real-time, automatic reconciliation of budget transactions - this must be done manually. Program also does not support password encryption.
0.9.8.0
3.0 MB
32 and 64 bit versions available
Unrestricted freeware
There is no portable version of this product available.

IBM Lotus Symphony

4
 
Runs as a stand-alone program on a user's computer
Very nice layout, Tabbed interface, based off of OpenOffice source code.
Many formatting tools are very complicated to use; Does not install on systems with AMD 64-bit processors.
3.0.1
555 MB
32 bit but 64 bit compatible
Unrestricted freeware
There is no portable version of this product available.

Jarte

4
 
Runs as a stand-alone program on a user's computer
Unique interface is customizable; Built in links to other software (e.g. PDF Printer) and websites (e.g. Dictionary); Online help
No columns, sections, outline, footnote, grammar check, mail merge, encryption, PNG support.
5.2
3 MB
32 bit but 64 bit compatible
Feature limited freeware
A portable version of this product is available from the developer.
Supported file formats: txt, rtf, doc, docx for read-only, pdf and html for export

PolyEdit Lite

4
 
Runs as a stand-alone program on a user's computer
Lightweight (only 3.4 MB installed); Also a text and programming editor; Encrypt selected text or files.
No columns, sections, outline, footnote, grammar check, mail merge, word count, searchable help.
5.4.0.0
2.8 MB
32 bit but 64 bit compatible
Feature limited freeware
There is no portable version of this product available.
Supported file formats: txt, rtf, etf, doc.

AbiWord

4
 
Runs as a stand-alone program on a user's computer
Mail merge; Grammar check add-on; Encyption add-on; Columns; Footnotes and endnotes; Mailmerge; Online help; Install has options for several add-ons.
No sections, outline; Surprisingly, there is also no sort.
2.8.6
7.94 MB
32 bit but 64 bit compatible
Unrestricted freeware
There is no portable version of this product available.
Supported file formats: OpenOffice.org documents, .doc, .docx, .rtf, HTML web pages Full install has several downloads and takes 122 MB of disk. Full 64-bit compatibility is only with 2.9.2 but that is only a test version.

SSuite Office - Excalibur Release

3
 
Runs as a stand-alone program on a user's computer
Very fast startup speeds, Simple and not distracting, nice spreadsheet editor.
Word processor is lacking in many areas, many programs are loaded that you may never use, some may find the "old" look not to their liking.
4.12
41.6 MB
32 and 64 bit versions available
Unrestricted freeware

Font Runner

3
 
Runs as a stand-alone program on a user's computer
Simple interface; Share fonts without installing; Character search
Doesn't default to the system font folder; Uses Windows Explorer for file management
3.2.3
11.5 MB
32 and 64 bit versions available
Unrestricted freeware
There is no portable version of this product available.

Reader for PC

3
 
Runs as a stand-alone program on a user's computer
Elegant and simple interface; Organizes eBooks; Based on Adobe Reader for Mobile so can read PDF files.
No full screen reading.
1.1.02
40.4 MB
32 bit but 64 bit compatible
Unrestricted freeware
There is no portable version of this product available.
At 14 November 2011, Reader works with Reader Store which is currently limited to USA and Canada.

EssentialPIM

2.5
 
Runs as a stand-alone program on a user's computer
Comprehensive PIM. Does many of the same things as Outlook and can import your Outlook data and/or Outlook Express contacts as well. Small file size.
Feature-limited versoin; Supports repeating tasks (events), but not repeating to-dos.
4.51
6.0 MB
32 bit but 64 bit compatible
Feature limited freeware
A portable version of this product is available from the developer.

Pimero Free

2.5
 
Runs as a stand-alone program on a user's computer
Comprehensive PIM; Well organized user interface; No lightweight.
Feature-limited version; No export; No repeating to-dos; More complex; Also installs the Firebird database system.
6.3
22.5 MB (59 MB on disk)
32 bit but 64 bit compatible
Free for private use only
There is no portable version of this product available.
 

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