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Best Free Non-Adobe PDF Reader 1 month 1 week ago Remah

johnvk, regarding your comment on the limited number of three recommended products, there is a companion article with more options:

Best Free PDF Writer Software.

My experience of free PDF readers, even Adobe Acrobat, is that they tend to have significant pitfalls. I'm not surprised Jojo only recommends three products. Many of the free viewers do not have enough free features or have other specific limitations. That's why I shifted to using PDF-XChange Editor after using Nitro PDF Reader for several years.

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Best Free Non-Adobe PDF Reader 1 month 1 week ago Anupam From my experience, "free download" is not the same as "free version". Many commercial software offer "free download" of their software, which simply means that it is free to download, but might just be a trial version. So they should specifically mention a "free version". view
Best Free Non-Adobe PDF Reader 1 month 1 week ago Anupam Welcome :). I have also used their product for years now, and that's why I just downloaded the software, and did not pay attention to other details on their new revamped site. I don't know why they don't mention about the free version anymore. Guess one of our editors should email them and ask about it. view
Best Free Non-Adobe PDF Reader 1 month 1 week ago Yankiwi

After using the free version of PDF-Xchange Viewer, I switched to the free version of PDF-Xchange Editor when it came out and it was excellent. I tested the "paid version only" features, even though they had watermarks (Hey, at least they allow you to test the features you'd be paying for!), and I thought so highly of it that I eventually bought two licenses for the paid version for our two computers here.

I have never regretted that decision. Although most of the software we use is free (Thank you, Gizmo's!), we use so many PDFs and need to annotate and edit them so much that we needed the functions and power that the PDF-Xchange Editor gave us and it was well worth what we paid. If the free version gives you everything you need, that's great, but although I rarely buy software any more, this purchase was worth every penny to us.

Also, just for the record, I need to mention that Tracker Software has given me simply the best customer service and support I have ever received from any software company in over 30 years of dealing with personal computers, bar none. Without exception, their replies to my emails when I've had questions have been incredibly quick (occasionally in as little as ten minutes or so!), informative, helpful, and courteous. When I was trying to decide which of their several offerings to purchase, they only informed me and never pushed a sale. This is what customer service and support SHOULD be, but so rarely is.

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Best Free Non-Adobe PDF Reader 1 month 1 week ago johnvk

Great article Jojo!

I would like to simply add an observation; I find it surprising that--even now--March of 2016--there are only 3 choices for free PDF readers. This feels like the kind of category that would have literally hundreds. I wonder why? Maybe the hundreds of developers who would create these free versions are satisfied enough with Adobe?

One question: which test files did Sumatra not open? It's very popular, but I'd like to know what I (and all those other people) are missing.

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Best Free Digital Image Viewer 1 month 1 week ago godel

IrfanView has just gone to version 4.42, mainly for bug fixes to work with Windows 10. Some new plugins versions are also required.

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Best Free PIM 1 month 1 week ago philip Thanks bassogigas. This is another example of the resurgence of trickery for monetary gain. I'm removing Agenda At Once from further consideration. view
Best Free Non-Adobe PDF Reader 1 month 1 week ago jdefgts

It has been a while since I have done the comparison between the PDF-Xchange Reader and the free version of Editor. My recollection is that the only features offered in the Editor that were not found in the Reader resulted in watermarks being applied to the resulting PDFs. If that is still the case, there would seem to be no long term benefit that comes from the free version of the Editor other than as a trial for the paid version.

If anyone has some recent experience with the Editor that differs from mine, I would be pleased to give it another shot.

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Finds of the Week: Make eBooks with Google Docs, Typography Workshop, Creative 404 Pages, Mastering Tabs in Firefox 1 month 1 week ago rhiannon Glad you like it - Martin is one of my favorite people. :) view
Best Free PIM 1 month 1 week ago bassogigas

can't recomment Agenda At Once - it downloads software while installing, it then offers PUPs - wajam, wisemana, system healer, goodgame empire - though you can decline, and finally connects to http://softwareinstalldone.com/thankyoupage7.php with offers for driver check. Didn't trip antivirus/trojan sw but advise to avoid.

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Best Free Non-Adobe PDF Reader 1 month 1 week ago Yankiwi

On the PDF-Xchange Editor page (Go to tracker-software.com, click on Products, then on PDF-Xchange Editor) it clearly says: "The FREE [emphasis in the original] download of the PDF-XChange Editor may be used without limitation for Private, Commercial, Government and all uses, provided it is not: incorporated or distributed for profit/commercial gain with other software or media distribution of any type - without first gaining permission."

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Best Free Non-Adobe PDF Reader 1 month 1 week ago collaroygal

Thanks! It worked just fine. Not sure why they don't mention this on the site, guess they want you to buy it and then find out it can be had for free?

I used the previous product for years and liked it, I hope this one is just as good.

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Best Free Non-Adobe PDF Reader 1 month 1 week ago Anupam

Good observation.

They actually do not mention on their site (which has changed by the way), but the PdfXchange Editor does have a free version, which you can select during installation. In the About section too, they mention about the free version, which has most functionalities available.

But yes, they should mention about the free version on their site somewhere atleast. There is no mention of it currently.

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Best Free Non-Adobe PDF Reader 1 month 1 week ago collaroygal

PDF-XChange Editor appears to be for purchase only. The link takes you to a download that says BUY NOW, cost is $43.50. Might be time to remove this product from the free non Adobe PDF listings.

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Best Free File-Based Backup Program 1 month 1 week ago ole

I used Yadis! for many years without any problem. However, after going to Windows 10 certain programs threw a "Filter" error that no filter or compatibility setting fixed. The program has not been maintained for many years (Support at Codessentials is a "black hole") and undoubtedly will not be updated. After Yadis! failed I tried AutoVer but it also had Windows 10 problems with some programs that were brought to the developer's attention but were never addressed. Subsequently, I switched to AllWay Sync (free for 40K files/month or $25 for unlimited) which is not cloud-based but provides real time backup with versioning plus additional features and it has performed without a problem.

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Best Free Digital Image Viewer 1 month 1 week ago marcdarkin Thanks for that. I'll look into it. view
Best Free Non-Adobe PDF Reader 1 month 1 week ago movrshakr

In PDF X-change free, if you do simple annotations like squares, ovals, lines, arrows, text, does it 'watermark' or stamp the file when saved?

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Best Free Non-Adobe PDF Reader 1 month 1 week ago JAFRA

I need a good OCR in Norwegian. Does anyone know if XChange editor has one?

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Best Free Non-Adobe PDF Reader 1 month 1 week ago HenWin

Glad you didn't change your selection of PDF X-Change, as it's been my PDF reader/renderer since it was originally recommended here at TechSupportAlert. Good stuff.

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Best Free Digital Image Viewer 1 month 1 week ago emphyrio

Just wanted to let you know that Imagina is probably no longer under development. The website domain has expired.

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Best Free Music Creation Software 1 month 1 week ago DJMike

This is a really helpful article, being a DJ myself i researched a ton of programs when i was first getting started, and the one i went with is in the link i provided, you should definitely check it out it has really good value, very cheap and comes with everything you would ever want. It's great for just getting started or even experienced DJ's, its called Dr drum check it out i hope this helps someone and good luck! :) http://c262ajv-2o7mbo20v6id5h4q85.hop.clickbank.net/

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Finds of the Week: Make eBooks with Google Docs, Typography Workshop, Creative 404 Pages, Mastering Tabs in Firefox 1 month 1 week ago Phylis Sophical

Read Firefox tab Mastery and have now been on ghacks.net website all afternoon. So many great 'short' articles, most with screenshots and very easy to understand Tutorials. Awesome Find...Thxs.

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Best Free Technical Support Sites 1 month 1 week ago Anupam Please post your query in the freeware forum here: http://www.techsupportalert.com/freeware-forum/general-computer-support/ view
Best Free Digital Image Viewer 1 month 1 week ago br1anstorm

I agree with others who have praised this as a useful and comprehensive review.

My own favourites are FastStone Image Viewer (for all the reasons mentioned in the article), with Zoner as a very close runner up. I use them both. FastStone does just about all I ever need, and is the slickest and most user-friendly. I like the way menus can be hidden or made to appear from the edges of an image you are editing; the option to compare different images side by side; and also the easy way of comparing original with modified image before saving changes. On the other hand, one particularly useful feature of Zoner, not offered by FastStone, is the option to create panoramas.

It was disappointing to read that the latest (free) version of Zoner (v.18) disables some important editing features. The conclusion I draw from that is that it is wiser to find and download, or to stick with, an earlier version. I'm still using Zoner v.14, and it's still fine.

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Best Free Technical Support Sites 1 month 1 week ago TJV

I'm having trouble making my printer print when I'm in Edge... I will work In Firefox but is not recognized in Edge.. is this a driver issue? Is there any simple/quick way to fix this..? I'm not great with technical computer fixes..Advanced beginner,( more or less.)

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Best Free Digital Image Viewer 1 month 1 week ago marcdarkin Thank you for reading!! view
Finds of the Week: Make eBooks with Google Docs, Typography Workshop, Creative 404 Pages, Mastering Tabs in Firefox 1 month 1 week ago rhiannon

Good one.

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Best Free Digital Image Viewer 1 month 1 week ago Redondo

This is a splendid article. Thank you so very much and keep up the good work!!!

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Best Free Digital Image Viewer 1 month 1 week ago marcdarkin In my opinion, FastStone is the top program for this kind of task. Easy and quite comprehensive. view
Best Free Digital Image Viewer 1 month 1 week ago marcdarkin Thank you very much. This is a point I'd never thought about since my images aren't usually damaged :) But yes, there were some times I had that problem and the program I was using just didn't go further than "couldn't open image". I'll test this and will make a reference to it if it's appropriate. view
Best Free Digital Image Viewer 1 month 1 week ago marcdarkin Thanks. Yes, I knew about this. I'll have to remove Picasa from my article at some point, I guess. But the program is good enough to stay for a while although its development has been stopped. I've included a warning about this now. view
Best Free Digital Image Viewer 1 month 1 week ago movrshakr

"I do have IrfanView, but it does not open full screen. The Form opens full screen, with the image a bit shrunk inside the form (which I hate)."

View>Display Options...in there, set how you want the initial image displayed in Irfanview window, and use the OS to set the initial size of the overall window when it opens.

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Best Free Digital Image Viewer 1 month 1 week ago movrshakr

Which ones have the best annotation tools if you stay in the free zone? to do circles, ovals, rectangles, text, lines, arrows?

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Best Free Digital Image Viewer 1 month 1 week ago HiTechHiTouch

How about viewing damaged images???

I've found the Irfanview works where many programs won't. And it displays every area it can, instead of stopping cold at the first error.

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Finds of the Week: Make eBooks with Google Docs, Typography Workshop, Creative 404 Pages, Mastering Tabs in Firefox 1 month 1 week ago crosseyedlemon

I'm a huge fan of creative 404 pages. The best one I've seen had an image of Star Fleet Commander Matt Decker with the caption "The page use to be there....but not anymore"

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-yC7w48_785w/UDOQURPAzpI/AAAAAAAAFTE/O6jythB0mpI/s1600/35ddm-22Decker2Hand.jpg

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Best Free Digital Image Viewer 1 month 1 week ago BillK

Picasa is being retired and moving to Google Photos.
http://googlephotos.blogspot.co.uk/

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When Fonts Meet Buildings 1 month 1 week ago crimezone

Another way of Freudian mistake for architects

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Best Free CD-DVD Burning Software 1 month 1 week ago mbugaram

Regarding ImgBurn and Opencandy the solution is simple Download the installer and use 7zip to extract it to a folder. Inside the folder delete the directory called $PLUGINSDIR this is where opencandy resides. You can now run the program straight from the folder or move the folder and make a shortcut to ImgBurn.exe This is one of the few programs that does not actually require installation. You can also copy the appropiate files over the old ones to upgrade a already installed version.

I use IMGBURN for most of my burning needs and it works great. While it is possible to make a audio cd using IMGBURN I prefer something more simple.

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Best Free DVD Ripper 1 month 1 week ago cdsJerry

My experience with Brosoft's DVD Ripper was bad. I installed their trial version to test and it worked. The video quality was pretty bad, but it worked. I purchased the full version but it wouldn't work, even with the same file I'd used for my testing!

I contacted Brosoft support and after finally getting a response from them I still wasn't able to make it work. I requested a refund of the purchase. I've been to get that refund for 16 days now and it's as if I'm stuck in a loop with them. They give me the same answer over and over. They ignore my questions. They ignore my request for a refund.

My advice to anyone thinking of purchasing Brorsoft's DVD Ripper is "Don't do it!"

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When Fonts Meet Buildings 1 month 1 week ago crosseyedlemon

OK....I give up....which one is the Vegemite factory?

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Best Free Non-Adobe PDF Reader 1 month 1 week ago Jojo Yee It has been replaced with PDF-XChange Editor. Now updated in the review. view
The Free Text Editor That's Still Ahead Of The Others 1 month 1 week ago crombierob

TABs
I mainly use another free one (I won't mention name in case recent versions have evolved into paid ones)
There are at least 3 free ones (including Notepad++) that have a great advantage over Notepad - They have Tabs.
Thus allowing you to have more than one file open.
And the next time you run the program, it still has those Tabs 'open'

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An Addictive Browser-Based Strategy Game 1 month 1 week ago Brian Boru

Excellent little game, Rob! Quite like Othello/Reversi, but the 1 or 2 square move choice is a nice little twist.

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Best Free Spyware And Adware Remover 1 month 1 week ago ektorbarajas

I used Spybot and noticed that it marked several registry entries (mainly from DBpoweramp music converter) as malware (?), but they are not. and also flagged some bookmarks as malware and they are not.

The software even in the basic mode (not advanced) is very complex to use for the average user.

So I guess that Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free and SuperAntySpyware are still the best ones

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Get Your Easter Video Converter Giveaway, Worth $60 1 month 1 week ago Brian Boru

Thanks Rob, painless download, install and activation.

Will try later, but looks like a nice program at first glance. Thanks Digiarty.

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The Best-Known Free Office Software Suite. Portable. 1 month 1 week ago Chris Caven

LibreOffice is one word --- not "Libre Office"

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The Free Text Editor That's Still Ahead Of The Others 1 month 1 week ago Chris Caven

Notepad++ is entirely unsuitable for the uses that you mention.

Have a look at:-

The workspace for your life’s work | Evernote
https://evernote.com/

I've been using Evernote now for 7 years --- the best thing since sliced bread!

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The Free Text Editor That's Still Ahead Of The Others 1 month 1 week ago Chris Caven

How about:-

Free or Open Source Notepad++ Alternatives for Mac OS X - AlternativeTo.net
https://alternativeto.net/software/notepad-plus-plus/?license=free&platform=mac

and/or

Web / Cloud Notepad++ Alternatives - AlternativeTo.net
https://alternativeto.net/software/notepad-plus-plus/?platform=online

Hope this helps!

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The Free Text Editor That's Still Ahead Of The Others 1 month 1 week ago jpwishart

would love this for the Mac or even better as a webpage app

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The Free Text Editor That's Still Ahead Of The Others 1 month 1 week ago Pootle

Ctrl-(mouse scroll wheel)

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The Free Text Editor That's Still Ahead Of The Others 1 month 1 week ago classicggma65

Why would someone like myself need this? Am tech-challenged senior who uses current Notepad for lists of what I have: Cds, Albums, 45s, etc. Not sure of benefits when I don't understand many of what's on the sample screen. I also use Open Office for more detailed lists, like my books (by title, by author) and bank info.

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The Free Text Editor That's Still Ahead Of The Others 1 month 1 week ago toktok

I've been using EditPad for many years and it also has a lot of features.

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The Free Text Editor That's Still Ahead Of The Others 1 month 1 week ago Jorpho

I am also very fond of metapad, except the lack of autosave has caused me problems before. I try to use Wikidpad when I can, but sometimes I just need that one metapad window, and then it starts filling up.

Maybe it's time to switch. Looks like Notepad++ does have an autosave plugin.

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The Free Text Editor That's Still Ahead Of The Others 1 month 1 week ago claybr00k

Settings > Style Configurator

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Best Free Program Uninstaller 1 month 1 week ago bklampfl

From the listed uninstallers I tried GeekUninstaller because it looked simple, clean and unbundled with other tools that I have covered with other programs (I'm not a fan of all-in-one solutions, because they are rarely equaly good at different tasks). In a few test uninstalls GeekUninstaller did the job and cleaned leftovers. But I missed extra security of backing up the deleted registry entries. So I tried Wise Uninstaller that I saw mentioned in the comments. It offers almost the same experience as GeekUninstaller, if not nicer interface. And it does keep backup of the deleted registry entries automatically (in the Log section). Also, I'm just prepearing my old computer for the move into my office and unlike GeekUninstaller (free version) it is allowed for use in bussiness setting. I did lots of uninstalls with Wise and didn't have any problems. Note that I did rarely found empty folders of uninstalled apps in User/AppData/Roaming. Don't know if that ever happens with GeekUninstaller, but I can live with that because I have backups of deleted registry enties and that seems more important to me than occasional empty folder.

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The Free Text Editor That's Still Ahead Of The Others 1 month 1 week ago Alanheal

Is there any way to enlarge the font or change the font on this program?

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The Free Text Editor That's Still Ahead Of The Others 1 month 1 week ago Rick Grunwald

The only thing that keeps me with good old metapad is the ability to change to title case. Thee didn't seem to be a plugin to expand that functionality either

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The Free Text Editor That's Still Ahead Of The Others 1 month 1 week ago de37cel

I love Notepad++ also! I have had problems with file associations in Windows 10 not allowing Notepad++ to be the default text editor. It's all part of this trend towards Windows restricting what programs you can use -- or that's my impression. Has anyone else had this problem? It won't stop me from using Notepad++!

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The Free Text Editor That's Still Ahead Of The Others 1 month 1 week ago mikesolomon

Definitely the best text editor I've used and I've tried loads
First thing I install on a new PC

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Best Free Non-Adobe PDF Reader 1 month 1 week ago Panzer "... The PDF-XChange Viewer has been discontinued ...": http://www.tracker-software.com/product/pdf-xchange-viewer view
Best Free Software for Linux 1 month 1 week ago Panzer Grimstorm: https://indiegamestand.com/free-games/1860/grimstorm/ view
Best Free PC Games 1 month 1 week ago Panzer Arachne: https://pnjeffries.itch.io/arachne Cuckoo curling: https://chromacool.itch.io/cuckoo-curling Trubadurr: https://bluelemon.itch.io/trubadurr "... Tube tycoon - the only game of its kind where you can feel like a real internet celebrity ...": http://bionicl333.pl/tt/en.html?source=itchio view
Get Your Easter Video Converter Giveaway, Worth $60 1 month 1 week ago Elevenwho

Thank you. The code works. Also entered mail to take a shot at it anyway :).

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The Free Text Editor That's Still Ahead Of The Others 1 month 1 week ago Jojo Yee One is even not enough for me. I use both. One shortcut on the taskbar to open Notepad++ in full screen to view long text, html files, etc.; another to open Notepad++ automatically in a small window staying on top of other windows to type a short note like this. view
The Free Text Editor That's Still Ahead Of The Others 1 month 1 week ago willrun4fun

The only editor I use as well. Solarized theme is the best.

Many great plugins.

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Best Free Video Downloader [Stub] 1 month 1 week ago mike2016

In your list I missing Instagram or VeVo sites. https://www.media2drive.com online downloader support this.

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Get Your Easter Video Converter Giveaway, Worth $60 1 month 1 week ago godel

Thanks for the information.
For those wondering whether to upgrade from previous giveaways, this is version 7.5.14, dated 29 Feb, 2016.

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Year In Space: 1,000 Photos From The International Space Station 1 month 1 week ago rhiannon I'm happy yo like it. :) view
Important: Update your Kindle ASAP 1 month 1 week ago Catsup22

Always appreciate heads up on things like this. I'll add a warning for others about what the "update" did to my Kindle Paperwhite.

When I allowed the update to my Kindle, ""it totally wiped every book I had loaded (under documents) and for a reason Amazon says they can't explain, it loaded all my wife's books from her Kindle (same Amazon account - separate devices) onto mine.""

Amazon Kindle support was of absolutely no help to explain it or fix it. I had to manually reload all the ebooks I formerly had on my Kindle. Fortunately, I keep my ebook library on my PC.

If you want this update because you download and/or read a lot directly from Amazon, just be prepared for some potential major screw-ups.

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The Best-Known Free Office Software Suite. Portable. 1 month 1 week ago Anupam NP should be No Problem. view
The Best-Known Free Office Software Suite. Portable. 1 month 1 week ago eikelein

Sorry, but what does NP stand for?
And in Wisconsin it's seasonably cool, nights -5C, days +5C.

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The Best-Known Free Office Software Suite. Portable. 1 month 1 week ago boristhemoggy

NP, it's lovely sunshine today here in Somerset, I hope you have the same wonderful weather where you are.

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Free Microsoft Windows Security Tool EMET Now in Version 5.1 1 month 1 week ago AJNorth

EMET version 5.5 was released on 2016.01.29.

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The Best-Known Free Office Software Suite. Portable. 1 month 1 week ago eikelein

Boris,

Guilty as charged and I APOLOGIZE to you.

And I didn't even do my homework re. place of residence. Please forgive an old man who feels caught on the wrong foot and rightly called out.

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Year In Space: 1,000 Photos From The International Space Station 1 month 1 week ago vinnie107

Once again you folks at Gizmo have delivered! Thanks so much for the great collection.
John

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The Best-Known Free Office Software Suite. Portable. 1 month 1 week ago bernardz Many more software developers have made their software comparable to openoffice then with LO. view
Get Your Easter Video Converter Giveaway, Worth $60 1 month 1 week ago budchekov

Thanks, Rob and Digiarty, Happy Easter, installed and the license key worked fine.
If it works as well as their Video Converter Deluxe I'll be a happy camper. :)

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The Best-Known Free Office Software Suite. Portable. 1 month 1 week ago boristhemoggy

Firstly, it was not a diatribe, it was my opinion, set down in a written response. I diatribe is insulting and angry, not the simple telling of facts that I wrote.

In fact I've been around outside the USA for some considerable time, being a UK citizen and having lived here most of my life I have a reasonable idea of what's going on outside the USA. Having lived a few years in Europe (France and Italy mostly) I have a small idea of what goes on there. Quite what your assumptions about my location mean I'm not entirely sure ,except that you make assumptions.

"Now, the very last part after "never met anyone" tells only abut your
company, no comment. "
I have no idea what you mean by that. But clearly you do have comment, because you felt the need to repeat it. Was that an attempt at sarcasm? Poor.

One of the things I love about this site is that mostly people are respectful to one another, even if their opinion differs. So, I'd ask you to be respectful, because if you want to inform me of something, that's the only way you'll get me to listen.

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The Best-Known Free Office Software Suite. Portable. 1 month 1 week ago eikelein

@Reporter:
I am with you.
Most of the "limitations" I see come from people who run old, out of date versions.

And yes, LibreBase, the database module, used to require Java; I don't know if that is still the case, would be a pity though IMHO at least. I am an age old Oracle guy.

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The Best-Known Free Office Software Suite. Portable. 1 month 1 week ago Reporter

Interesting. Not aware of the limitations you refer to, but no doubt they could exist. I use both, OOG and Libre. I do a lot of law/legal documents- Libre is my choice at least 90% of the time.

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Best Free Office Suite 1 month 1 week ago Reporter

I am surprised WPS (Kingsoft) was rated high, much less 31. While a neat program, it fails miserably in one of the most important tasks office suites must do- import and export multiple file types. This is a killer.
I am biased.
For years i used Open Office (OOG) ad loved it. Having started on Wordperfect/Dos then Microsmurf Office OOG was a God-send. Great, versatile and free. Early versions were a horror to load into windows. After getting it up and running it was fantastic. I still keep it as a backup.
Libre office is similar to OOG. I use Libre 90% of the time. Sometimes i have to use a tex editor for obscure things. I have written hundreds of legal documents with every foreseeable and many unforeseeable formatting requirements with Libre- it rocks.

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The Best-Known Free Office Software Suite. Portable. 1 month 1 week ago Jorpho

Does this LibreOffice is finally independent of Java?

(Every time I look into it, I always read that the Java requirement will be removed "really soon now".)

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Best Free Digital Image Viewer 1 month 1 week ago marcdarkin

I've carried out another set of tests to review several programs that were suggested here in the comments and others I had in my own list.
The programs were JPEG View, InViewer, Maverick Photo Viewer, PicTwiddle Lite, and ModernView.
I think none of these offer a clear reason to be included in the article, but I'll give my arguments just for the ones that our readers cared about.

- I reviewed JPEG View several years ago and reposted my thoughts again in comment #123792, after our reader PKSengupta asked about it. I gave it another try now and I'm not changing anything of what I wrote then.

- InViewer may seem a potential security threat. I went to download it from the official site and when I clicked the button, my antivirus popped up a warning about malware, so I aborted the operation. MajorGeeks' download links turned out to be invalid. Cnet does not include the link to the direct download for this one, and I know about their wrapped installers, so I didn't go on there. I finally went to Softpedia and downloaded the setup file, which they have as 100% clean, and then I analyzed it at Virustotal with a 1/56 detection score (Rising -  NS:Malware.MalwSite!8.B1 [F]). A search showed many people reported it as dangerous a while back, although just a few do so currently. It's probably a false positive but I don't want to take the risk. No other product included in the article has that kind of record and I'm going to keep it exactly as that.

- Maverick Photo Viewer (MPV) has been conceived as a simple replacement for Windows native viewer, which means it has very few features. But it has no thumbnails and, unlike the program it means to replace, it will always need to open your file Explorer to view pictures, either by direct integration with Windows shell or opening MPV and dragging file icons from Explorer onto its interface. In every case you'll have to open Explorer yourself since there's no straight command inside the program to open a file, and I dislike this kind of workflow. The navigation is linear, since you can just browse the previous/next image in a folder. There are just four zoom levels when you zoom out and then the image disappears if you keep turning the wheel, so there's no possibility to see how a thumbnail version would look like, for example. The black background (unchangeable) is inadequate for a proper view of the perceived luminosity of a picture. Despite what the developers claim, its general speed is just average and even falls on the poor side when it comes to loading PSDs and big files. RAW files are also very slow to be displayed because MPV uses the full rendering instead of showing the embedded JPG preview, and the results aren't good either.

On the bright side, MPV offers excellent image quality with several rendering methods, it supports quite a lot of formats, all the shortcuts can be customized and it's very light. This is not enough to outweigh the issues I mentioned above, though other potential users might think it's just what they need for its simplicity.
 

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The Best-Known Free Office Software Suite. Portable. 1 month 1 week ago eikelein

WOW!
Your poor clients. I remember well the mess when Sun wanted to start charging for OO but didn't have the means any more to maintain it. And then Oracle took over and OO became almost unusable, for me at least.

What a relief when the early LO versions finally got stable and there was a clearly defined road map.

It is so easy to set LO to save only MS formats. Nobody ever gets bugged with "conversions".
I use it for years now and never had a problem, myself or reported.

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The Best-Known Free Office Software Suite. Portable. 1 month 1 week ago eikelein

@Boris,
I refer especially to this part of your little diatribe:
"... Libre Office is in fact not very well known at all. I have used it but I've never met anyone who has ever heard of it."
Now, the very last part after "never met anyone" tells only abut your company, no comment.

As a guest in the USA I will from now on be careful.

Your remark shows that it seems you have not been around outside of the USA, no, it even seems you not ever look across it's fences.

Just take a look at "Users and deployments" towards the end of the Wikipedia article about LibreOffice at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LibreOffice.

And the EU use is only the tip of the iceberg, there is so much more in other countries around the world.

This is one of the things I love about this site, mostly it does not wear "nationalist" blinders.

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This Second-Opinion Malware Scanner Is Free Now 1 month 1 week ago AJNorth

Thanks for another fine article, Rob.

HMP is indeed an excellent second (or third) opinion scanner; it's been part of my toolkit for about a decade. It is also available for download from Softpedia, and without registration required: http://www.softpedia.com/get/Internet/Popup-Ad-Spyware-Blockers/Hitman-Pro.shtml .

As nothing finds everything, another excellent utility for one's security toolkit that I highly recommend is AdwCleaner (free detection AND cleaning; best practice would be to set a Restore Point before deleting any Registry entries one is not absolutely certain of); it is regularly updated. The Softpedia link is: http://www.softpedia.com/get/Antivirus/Removal-Tools/AdwCleaner.shtml .

Cheers,

AJ

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Important: Update your Kindle ASAP 1 month 1 week ago anieb

If anyone has questions on this, there's more detail in my Kindle blog article at http://kindleworld.blogspot.com/2016/03/amazons-required-older-kindle-e-ink_17.html

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Important: Update your Kindle ASAP 1 month 1 week ago anieb

@peterX99, what you said is correct. But this is only for older Kindles. See the other comments here on that...

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Important: Update your Kindle ASAP 1 month 1 week ago anieb

If it's running Kindle version 5.7.3, it's a new system version on the unit. Either she has a newer Kindle or the over-the-air update did arrive, was automatically downloaded and installed.

I mentioned that my blog article on this situation has more details, if anyone has other questions that they've not seen answers to. That's at http://kindleworld.blogspot.com/2016/03/amazons-required-older-kindle-e-ink_17.html

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Best Free Digital Image Viewer 1 month 1 week ago marcdarkin Reviewed in comment (125936). Thanks. view
Best Free PC Cleaner 1 month 1 week ago wiltshire.expat

Could not agree more. In my early days i would have been doing all three until i realised the cost in both money and lss of time on pc. Since then i have only downloaded from sites such as source forge and always run a scan on the download and have always used a top professional Security suite (currently Avira)

I use Auslogics for the simple reason of finding the crap which trial programs leave (eg the 13k plus ofAutodesk) and cleaning with a couple of clicks

As for the people that say you should not use a Registry cleaner I have two theories .

1.. They are terrified of messing up, which I completely understand
2 ... They are scared f finding all the crap they have downloaded

Me, I will stick with what I have

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Important: Update your Kindle ASAP 1 month 1 week ago RobtB69

I am trying to update my wife's Kindle Paperwhite but cannot tell which version it is. All that I can find is a physical description of the unit itself. Is there some way of confirming the version by looking at a file inside the book? I know that it is running firmware version Kindle 5.7.3 (2882840002) Thanks for your help.

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Important: Update your Kindle ASAP 1 month 1 week ago peterX99

Is not it correct, if update not done by 22, than manually need to download update to a PC and then update kindle via USB ????

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Best Free PC Cleaner 1 month 1 week ago George.J

Am with Remah here too. I have seen performance improvements on computer's, even mine that have run Registry Cleaners and File Cleaners [mind you the true ones]. I could really see the difference in start-up times, file seek times, reducing errors while re-installing softwares [especially games] and For those who say that Registry Cleaners are the one's that messed up the system, it's mainly because

1. Their computer was already messed up from downloading unwanted material [keygens, cracks, patches, visiting unsafe websites] to start with

2. Downloading fake software's [click-baits], performing unnecessary survey's etc

3. Their system is affected by malware from any of the above or other means.

There are a few good file cleaners, and very few good registry cleaners that you can trust, and does their job as intended. Even BSOD's are resulted from software's that have bugs [I have experienced the same in download managers, pdf-viewers etc], and this is not limited to registry cleaners only.

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The Best-Known Free Office Software Suite. Portable. 1 month 1 week ago George.J You should try Kingsoft Office or WPS Office view
Important: Update your Kindle ASAP 1 month 1 week ago Rustiferion

This update apparently does not concern other Kindle products, like the Fire tablets. Fire is already running 7.5 or more, and this upgrade seems to be for 5.7 something...

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Best Free FTP Client 1 month 2 weeks ago anieb

Thanks for the tip on Bitvise's Tunnelier. It is flexible but simple and VERY fast with some good protections. Appreciated.

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Important: Update your Kindle ASAP 1 month 2 weeks ago rhiannon From amazon.com, it looks like not all Kindle's need the update, these models don't: Kindle Paperwhite 6th Generation (2013) No Update Needed Kindle 7th Generation (2014) No Update Needed Kindle Voyage 7th Generation (2014) No Update Needed Kindle Paperwhite 7th Generation (2015) No Update Needed view
The Best-Known Free Office Software Suite. Portable. 1 month 2 weeks ago Phylis Sophical

Been using LibreOffice for years and love it. Have not had format problems converting to MS Office when needed. Maybe a few small tweaks but nothing serious. Love the option to save as .pdf.

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The Best-Known Free Office Software Suite. Portable. 1 month 2 weeks ago boristhemoggy

I would say Libre Office is in fact not very well known at all. I have used it but I've never met anyone who has ever heard of it. I recall I think that it was some dissatisfied OpenOffice workers who left to start their own thing and that's where it began?
I've tried several versions of it over the years and found it nowhere near as reliable as OpenOffice which is also portable.

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