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The Recommended Shareware & Freeware for Windows Page
Compression | Internet | Net Phones, Video, IRC Conferencing & Messaging
Audio/Video/Multimedia | Graphics | Utilities



Compression Programs

WinZip 8.0
MS Windows (All)
Shareware

Zip file dearchivization management system, allowing for automatic as well as interactive unzipping of files. Also archives zip & other compressed files into a single self-extracting .exe file.

ArchiveViewer
MS Windows (All)
Freeware

De-compresses .arc, .pak, .arj, .gz, .lharc, .pit, .sit, .tar, .zip, .z & .zoo formats. Also allows for individual files to be viewed or decompressed from the original archive file, removing the need to completely decompress the file in order to access its contents.

PKZip 4.0

MS Windows (All)
Shareware

Latest, fully functional zip/unzip utility by the originators of the zip format.

Alladin Expander 5.1
MS Windows (All)
Freeware

De-compresses .sit, .zip, .gz, .z, .arj, .exe, .hqx, .uue, .uu, & .sea formats, either from the program itself or by double-clicking on the file name once StuffIt is associated with that file's extension. Designed to keep directory integrity during decompression for those archive files which require it.

WinRAR 2.8
MS Windows [All]
Shareware

Compresses & decompresses the new high compression .rar format files.

Wincode
MS Windows [All]
Freeware

Compresses & Decompresses .uu & .uue files, according to all known formats.


Internet Applications

CFinger
MS Windows [All]
Shareware

A powerful Finger Client/Daemon.

Eudora Email Client
MS Windows [All]
Freeware

The latest freeware version of the most popular Windows mail client.

Free Agent 1.21 Usenet Newsgroup Client
Windows 95/98/NT/2000, Windows 3.x
Freeware (Individual), Shareware (Business)

The latest version of the most popular & easy to use freeware newsreader. Enhanced from earlier versions to allow for more than 32,000 newsgroups.

Netdate 3.14
Windows 95/98/NT/2000, Windows 3.x
Freeware

A simple and small utility to syncronize your PC's clock to that of another server. Defaults to the Naval Observatory's atomic clock, which no longer accepts time queries from the general public. For a list of alternate servers, go to the Public NTP Time Servers Page (Note: I've found ntp.nasa.gov to be the most reliable on the list - J. C. Kaelin).

PingIt
Windows 95/98/NT/2000, Windows 3.x
Freeware

Simple ping utility that pings at selected regular intervals, preventing your being knocked offline when inactive for longer than your ISP's time limit.

Spam Hater 2.09
MS Windows [All]
Freeware

Have you had enough of spam in your inbox & newsgroups? This program automatically sends all appropriate email addresses involved your complaint and a copy of the email or usenet spam. Allows for a number of individual & configurable complaints ranging from very polite to very firm.

WebFerret 3.5001
Windows 95/98/NT/2000
Freeware

Search Bot that works exactly as a search engine does, only it runs on your own computer and searches all the top engines simultaneously for powerful & comprehensive searches. Simple, configurable and effective.

WS_FTP LE 5.08
Windows 95/98/NT/2000, Windows 3.x (5.06)
Freeware (Individual), Shareware(Commercial)

Easy to use, fully functional ftp client. The latest version of the most popular Windows ftp program. Reliable, allows you to run mulitiple ftp clients, classic. This is the ftp client most folks prefer and use.

WPC
MS Windows (all)
Freeware

A no frills, easy to use .html editor.

WSPing32
Windows 95/98/NT/2000
Freeware

A fully featured, comprehensive ping client.

Internet Phones, Video Conferencing, IRC & Messaging

CallWave Internet Answering Machine
Windows 95/98/NT/2000
Freeware

Thinking about adding a dedicated telephone line for your computer so you won't miss important phone calls? Think again! Now you can surf the Internet on your single phone line without worrying about missing important calls because CallWave makes it possible to hear who's calling while you are surfing the Web! It takes less than a minute to download, five minutes to install and set up, and works with your existing dial-up ISP or AOL service!

CU-SeeMe 3.1.2
Windows 95/98/NT/2000, Windows 3.x
Freeware

Video conferencing software, which supports voice & keyboard communications, courtesy of Cornell University. An appropriate video board/camera setup required if you want to send video images.

IPhone v5.01
Windows 95/98/NT/2000, Windows 3.x
Shareware

Internet phone with high marks for sound & connection quality, this version now sports the ability to send and receive webcam video as well.

mIRC 5.82
Windows 95/98/NT/2000, Windows 3.x
Shareware

The latest shareware which acts like freeware version of the best loved IRC client.

Audio / Video / Multimedia Applications

Cool Edit 2000 1.1
Windows 95/98/NT/2000, Windows 3.x ( Cool Edit 96 v1.53)
Shareware

The most capable sound file editor/player on the net, period - SO much so that almost every sound file archived at EarthStation1.com was created using this software! Compatable with the full spectrum of sound file formats, including wav, mp3, au, ra (encode only), TrueSpeech wav, sam, vox, aif, snd, vox, mp1, mp2 & more!

WinAmp MP3 Player 2.73 (Full Version)
Windows 95/98/NT/2000
Freeware

The premier MP3 layer 1/2/3 sound player from Nullsoft that now plays *every audio format type there is*! Whatta treat!

CDJammer
Windows (All)
Freeware

Quick, easy to operate & fully featured CD player software. Does all you would want your CD player to do, only faster & more efficiently.

RealMedia Streaming Audio / Video

For a freeware player, go to
The Windows Media Player Homepage. For a freeware encoder, go to The RealMedia Homepage.


GoldWave 4.23
Windows 95/98/NT/2000, Windows 3.x (3.03)
Shareware

Though not as powerful & format capable as CoolEdit, this program produces a wide range of unique audio effects & a direct-to-drive write capability that make it an important, must-have program for professionals and amateurs alike.

Microsoft Voice Command Utility
Windows 95/98/NT
Freeware

Allows you to give voice commands to your PC to perform all the tasks you would otherwise use your keyboard or mouse to perform.

Multiquence 1.02
Windows 95/98/NT
Windows 95/98/NT/2000
Shareware

From the same folks that gave us GoldWave, this program enables you to mix onto one master sound, midi or video soundtrack files into an unlimited number of tracks and save the results as an identical .mqp file or as a wav. A powerful sound editor in a surprisingly small package.

NetShow
See Windows Media Player.

PlayNow
Windows (all)
Freeware

Simplest way to play a wav file - just double click on the file in any file management program & it plays. One of the oldest sound apps on the net, and still one of the sweetest. It can also be configured by your web browser as your preferred wav file player IF you "unplug" your browser's audio plugins by moving them to a different directory (i.e."unplugged").

QuickTime .MOV Player
See Windows Media Player.

Speak PC Speaker Sound Driver
Windows (all)
Freeware

Want to play sound files, but don't have a sound card? Use this free utility from Microsoft to allow your internal PC Speaker to play all sound formats without a sound card.

SurfsUp Sound-to-Icon Utility
Windows (all)
Shareware

Plays a preselected .wav file each time you run a particular program from an icon (.ico). Assign a different .wav to each of your applications.

TrueSpeech Player
Windows 95/98/NT , Windows 3.x , Macintosh , Mac Power PC.
Freeware (Individuals), Shareware (Commercial)

Plays the DSP Group's .wav format in streaming audio over the internet. Windows 95 users can covert their sound files to TrueSpeech wavs using Sound Recorder. For Windows 3.x, you'll need the converter to create TrueSpeech content, though many Windows sound editors, including CoolEdit, are now able to convert them. (Sorry - no coverter available yet for Macs.)

WavAfterWav
Windows (all)
Freeware

Plays every .wav file in a given directory automatically.

Windows Media Player
Windows (All)
Freeware

Microsoft's latest media player to replace both their standard media player and their NetShow (now called "Windows Media") layer 3 wav player. With it, you can also play QuickTime, avi and the full rangle of wav formats. All wavs featured at EarthStation1.com can be played with this program.


Graphics

FlipAlbum - The World's First Automatic Digital Album!
Windows (All)
Shareware

FlipAlbum is a complete hassle-free photo album software. It creates automatically a 3D page-flipping album of any folder complete with thumbnails and index. Users can easily edit, present and locate their pictures in the computers.

Animated Gif Construction Set 2.0a
Windows 95/98/NT/2000 , Windows 3.x (1.0q)
Shareware (fully functional)

The most powerful animated gif editor. Turn all your picture & avi files into animated gifs you can use & view with Netscape, Internet Explorer, ACDSee & other programs. All original animated gifs at EarthStation1.com were created with this program. *Make sure to install using the "Run" command* - otherwise, installation will likely fail.

Microsoft Gif Animator
Windows 95/98/NT/2000
Freeware

Freeware utility for animating gifs. Does what more sophisticated shareware gif animators do, only more simply & with an easier user interface.

Paint Shop Pro 7.02 with Animation Shop
Windows 95/98/NT/2000 , Windows 3.x (1.0q)
Shareware

The best everyday use, all-purpose Graphics Editor. Does the most commonly performed tasks more quickly & easily than even the most expensive editors.

Microsoft VidEdit Video Editor
Windows (all))
Freeware

Performs the full range of video file editing routines for .avi files & allows frames to be copied & pasted to & from other graphics programs. Also contains software to capture video images for those with video boards.


Utilities & Applications

1MB Fortress
Windows (all)
Freeware

Prevents warning messages that say there isn't sufficient memory to run another program by preventing other programs from using large blocks of low memory.

ACDSee 3.1 SR-1
MS Windows [All]
Shareware

Powerful, fast & easy to use image viewer & file manager. Not only is it the foremost image viewer, quickly displaying the full range of image formats, but it does what both Windows Explorer & File Manager does much more effectively.

AddMenu
Windows (all)
Freeware

Allows you to customize your system menus (which appear when you click at top left of a program window) to launch programs.

AppBar
Windows (all)
Freeware

Easily the most elegant & useful Program Launch Toolbar.

Apple Program Launcher/System Resource Monitor
Windows 3.x
Freeware

Launches programs from a Apple Icon, has a Trashcan for deleting files, displays time. Best all-around Resource Monitor available for Windows 3.x.

BTNGO
Windows (all)
Freeware

Allows you to create Toolbars from Program Manager Group files (.grp). Works with SurfsUp to assign an individual wav file to be played for each program at startup. By FAR and away, this program has been my most favorite app for over five years!

Caledos 2000 5.0
Windows 95/98/2000/NT , Windows 3.x [1.5]
Shareware

Simple and efficient application for randomizing desktop wallpaper. Can also easily display .jpg and .gif format pictures as wallpaper, and can automatically resize the pictures you select to fit your display.

Cascade 1.04
Windows 95/98/2000/NT
Windows 95/98/NT/2000
Freeware

Helpful utility that mirrors your Control Panel & other program groups in your Start Button Menu for easy access.

EditMaster
Windows (all)
Shareware (fully functional)

The most powerful 16 bit text file editor available on the internet.

HideApp
Windows 3.x
Freeware

Utility to hide running applications from the Desktop.

HideIt 2.1
Windows 3.x
Freeware

Utility for hiding running applications from the Taskbar.

Loader/Runner
Windows (all)
Freeware

Randomizes System Sounds & Desktop Wallpaper.

NoteTab 4.84
Windows 95/98/NT/2000
Freeware

The best all-around text file editor/viewer for Windows. Multi-functional, has many high-powered features, fast loading, and features unlimited text file size capability. I use this text editor exclusively for editing large documents and all EarthStation1.com web pages.

PMIcons
Windows 3.x
Freeware

Allows you change the appearance of individual Program Manager Program Group Folders to that of a chosen icon.

Progman Groups
Windows 3.x
Freeware

Creates Folders-within-Folders in Program Manager.

RegClean 4.1a
Windows 95/98/NT/2000
Freeware

Microsoft's utility for cleaning up system registrations, allowing your computer to launch Windows more quickly and allowing files to operate more predictably & reliably.

SuperPad
Windows (all)
Freeware

The fastest, easiest to use text file viewer/editor available. Handles files too large to be read by Notepad. Customizable.

Screen Saver Switch
Windows 95/98/NT/2000
Shareware (fully functional)

An iconized, highly configurable screensaver utility.

TopDesk 2.3a
Windows 95/98/NT/2000
Shareware

Hides/Unhides Shorcut files from the Desktop.

WinTune 1.000.0043
Windows 95/98/NT/2000
Windows 95/98/NT/2000
Freeware

Want to tune up your PC? Use this freeware utility from Window Magazine to test all facets of your computer's performance & adjust it for optimum performance.




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