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This is the FGD FREE (and legal) software page where you will find the tools that will hopefully help make your Web projects flow that little bit smoother. This section of the FGD site came about because I was so frustrated that many programs (that I had spent ages to find) which were described as free, actually weren't. It wasn't until I had downloaded and installed them that I realised that they were only free to download -- not to use!

The software categories found on this page are as follows:

Arrow pointing downwardsWeb authoring tools Arrow pointing downwardsAnimators Arrow pointing downwardsReaders & Converters
Arrow pointing downwardsIcon Creators Arrow pointing downwardsFTP Arrow pointing downwardsBrowsers
Arrow pointing downwardsContent Management Systems Arrow pointing downwardsOnline Builders Arrow pointing downwardsMalware Scanners

Some of these freeware programs are hosted on the FGD server; however, most are hosted elsewhere. Locally stored Programs have the link 'Download' and the rest have 'Visit'. I have tried to list the very best software available which is completely free for commercial and non-commercial use. These freeware programs do not have time restrictions, are fully functional and positively not shareware! They should all run on the DOS platform (MS-DOS compatible) and/or for use with Microsoft Windows versions designed for home or domestic use (including Windows 3.x, Windows 95 & 98, Windows ME, and Windows XP Home Edition).

All the freeware listed on this site I have chose because from personal experience and from linking reviews, that they are the top tools for getting the job done. I would like to be able to test each and every one of them thoroughly; but alas, I can not. I can not give you a personal guarantee that they are all of the utmost quality; therefore, I hope that after you have acquired and tested them that you will send me a fair assessment of how you found using them (for example their ease of use and efficiency).

If you come across a program that is of a similar type to the ones on this page, that you think is particularly good, please contact me so that I can list it on this site.

Please noteBefore you download and install any of the FREE stuff obtainable through this page, please read our disclaimer.

Sub heading - Web Authoring Tools
KompoZer KompoZer
KompoZer is a complete web authoring system that combines web file management and easy-to-use WYSIWYG web page editing. KompoZer is designed to be extremely easy to use, making it ideal for non-technical computer users who want to create an attractive, professional-looking web site without needing to know HTML or web coding.
Sea Monkey SeaMonkey
SeaMonkey is an all-in-one internet application suite with a web-browser, advanced e-mail and newsgroup client, IRC chat client, and HTML editing made simple -- all your Internet needs in one application.
Sub heading - Animators
GIF Animator Microsoft GIF Animator
Microsoft GIF Animator lets you easily create and customize animated GIF files for your Web site.GIF animations are based on the GIF89a file format, which stores timing information to create the illusion of animation like a cartoon "flipbook". With GIF Animator you can make your animations loop, spin, fade in and out; set the size and transparency of your images; and control a wide range of other options. GIF Animator also features automatic or custom palette creation.
Sub heading - Readers and Converters
Adobe Reader Adobe Reader
Adobe Reader allows more securely view, print, search, sign, verify, and collaborate on PDF documents, online as well as offline, from your home or office. Reader has a completely redesigned interface, new tools, and new options for viewing information more efficiently. Access to an online, real-time meeting in seconds.
PrimoPDF PrimoPDF
Convert to PDF from any application by simply 'printing' to the PrimoPDF printer - it couldn't be easier! Within minutes, you can create high-quality PDF's by converting from Word, Excel, and virtually any other printable file type.
Sub heading - Icon Creators
Iconshop IconShop
IconShop lets you view and extract icons from almost any type of file, including resource files, executables, and icon library files. It can even read Macintosh icons and it lets you view and extract icons from Macintosh resource files, IconDropper icon packs, Kaleidoscope schemes, and executable files. It can save any icon in a library as an icon, cursor, or a bitmap file.
Sub heading - FTP
SmartFTP SmartFTP
SmartFTP is an FTP (File Transfer Protocol) client which allows you to transfer files between your local computer and a server on the Internet. With its many basic and advanced features SmartFTP also offers secure, reliable and efficient transfers that make it a powerful tool.
FTP Explorer FTP Explorer
FTP Explorer is a program that allows you to connect to FTP servers for the purpose of transferring files. Any type of file can be transferred easily and quickly transferred to or from your computer. FTP Explorer is often used for maintaining web sites but is also useful for other file transfer tasks, especially for larger files which do not transfer well via other methods such as email. FTP Explorer is designed to be easy to use and familiar . FTP Explorer looks and acts very much like the Windows Explorer, so you'll feel right at home even during your first session.
Classic FTP Classic FTP
Classic FTP is an easy to use ftp client that allows you to view, edit, upload, download and delete files from a remote server (website) or network for free. As its name suggests, Classic FTP has been specifically designed to look and feel like a typical ftp client. Whilst offering all the same features as other ftp clients, Classic FTP is perfect for both advanced and novice website administrators.
Sub heading - Browsers
Opera browser Opera
The award-winning Opera Web browser: The coolest, fastest, and most secure free Web browser available. Try it now to see just how great your Internet experience can be.
Netscape Navigator Netscape Navigator 9
Netscape Navigator 9 is available as a standalone installation for Windows, Mac, and Linux. The automatic update feature in Netscape Browser 8 will not upgrade to 9.0.0.6. Please download the new version now for the latest updates.
Internet Explorer Internet Explorer 7
Internet Explorer 7 is the most secure version of Internet Explorer to date and now it's easier to install. Download the latest version for free.
Sub heading - Content Management Systems
Joomla! Joomla!
Joomla! is one of the most powerful Open Source Content Management Systems on the planet. It is used all over the world for everything from simple website's to complex corporate applications. Joomla! is easy to install, simple to manage, and reliable.
Drupal Drupal
Drupal is an open source content management system (CMS) or platform that uses PHP and MySQL. It allows an individual user or even a community of users to publish, manage and maintain your website. You can use it to create blogs, forums, picture galleries, file upload and download sites, forums, collaborative authoring environments, pod casting, peer-to-peer networking sites, etc. The system is modular and highly customizable. It is licensed under the GNU General Public License.
OpenCMS OpenCms
The fully browser based user interface features configurable editors for structured content with well defined fields . Alternatively, content can be created using an integrated WYSIWYG editor similar to well known office applications. A sophisticated template engine enforces a site-wide corporate layout and W3C standard compliance for all content. OpenCms is based on Java and XML technology. It can be deployed in an open source environment (e.g. Linux, Apache, Tomcat, MySQL) as well as on commercial components (e.g. Windows NT, IIS, BEA Weblogic, Oracle).
Sub heading - Online builders
Flash Intro Builder Barend.nu
Barend.nu is not a company, it is a personal initiative. It is the digital playground of Jeroen Komen (alias barend), containing the projects he has done in his spare time.
Flash Buttons Builder flashbuttons.com
Drupal is an open source content management system (CMS) or platform that uses PHP and MySQL. It allows an individual user or even a community of users to publish, manage and maintain your website. You can use it to create blogs, forums, picture galleries, file upload and download sites, forums, collaborative authoring environments, pod casting, peer-to-peer networking sites, etc. The system is modular and highly customizable. It is licensed under the GNU General Public License.
Flash Buttons Builder flashvortex.com
The fully browser based user interface features configurable editors for structured content with well defined fields . Alternatively, content can be created using an integrated WYSIWYG editor similar to well known office applications. A sophisticated template engine enforces a site-wide corporate layout and W3C standard compliance for all content. OpenCms is based on Java and XML technology. It can be deployed in an open source environment (e.g. Linux, Apache, Tomcat, MySQL) as well as on commercial components (e.g. Windows NT, IIS, BEA Weblogic, Oracle).
Flash Banner Maker 123-banner
123-banner is a FREE Flash banner Generator. Within only 60 seconds you can create your own FREE Flash banner directly on their website using one of the 123-banner templates.
Flash Banner Maker AdDesigner.com
AdDesigner.com is a unique FREE service that gives you the power to design and download professional-quality, animated banner ads quickly and easily. In seconds, you can create top-quality, optimized banner ads that are perfect for your favorite banner exchange, a paid advertising campaign, or anywhere else.
Flash Banner Maker flashbannernow.com
This service will help you to build a free Flash banner for your personal web page, such as MySpace profile or blog.
Logo Builder Cool Text
Cool Text is a free graphics generator for web pages and anywhere else you need an impressive logo without a lot of design work. Simply choose what kind of image you would like. Then fill out a form and you'll have your own custom image created on the fly.
Website Builder GeoCities Free
GeoCities Free is a basic web hosting plan, perfect for individuals getting started on the Web. Publish your resumé, share family photos, or connect with others who share your interests. Choose the point-and-click PageBuilder or step-by-step PageWizards for easy web pages. Upload files from your computer or customize your own HTML with File Manager.
Icon Builder favicon.co.uk
Generate your own Favorites/Bookmarks Icon for your website by using images you already have and view a gallery of some of the ones that have been created.
Blog blogger
Since Blogger was launched in 1999, blogs have reshaped the web, impacted politics, shaken up journalism, and enabled millions of people to have a voice and connect with others.
Blog tBlog
tBlog is about community, creating blogs that people see, getting your thoughts out to the public, without the restraints of un-flexible templates and klunky software.
Sub heading - Malware Scanners
Anti-Spyware AVG
AVG Anti-Spyware Free Edition is a popular FREE anti-spyware solution available at no cost to home users and provides a high level of detection capability.
Anti-Spyware Windows Defender
Drupal is an open source content management system (CMS) or platform that uses PHP and MySQL. It allows an individual user or even a community of users to publish, manage and maintain your website. You can use it to create blogs, forums, picture galleries, file upload and download sites, forums, collaborative authoring environments, pod casting, peer-to-peer networking sites, etc. The system is modular and highly customizable. It is licensed under the GNU General Public License.
Adware Spybot (Search & Destroy)
Spybot - Search & Destroy can detect and remove a multitude of adware files and modules from your computer. Spybot also can clean program and Web-usage tracks from your system, which is especially useful if you share your computer. Modules chosen for removal can be sent directly to the included file shredder, ensuring complete elimination from your system. For advanced users, it allows you to fix Registry inconsistencies related to adware and to malicious program installations. The handy online-update feature ensures that Spybot always has the most current and complete listings of adware, dialers, and other uninvited system residents.
Malware Remover PC Security Test
PC Security Test is a free program for Windows that checks computer security against viruses, spyware and hackers. With a few mouse clicks, users can easily control the efficiency of their protection software (anti-virus programs, spyware scanners and firewall's). PC Security Test simulates virus, spyware and hacking attacks and monitors the responses of your protection software. Don't worry, no real viruses are involved ! After the tests are complete, PC Security computes a security index and provides tips on improving PC security.



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