The Make IT Work Essential Software Pack

Quality software does not need to be expensive. It is possible to equip your company's or personal PC with state-of-the art and *FREE* software. Make IT Work has compiled a list of the essential software, Firefox & Thunderbird extensions and tools.

Note: All software on this page is freeware, unless indicated otherwise. All credits go to the respective communities / authors.

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Web Browser
Firefox - The most powerfull brower around: tabbed browsing, secure, fast, pop-up blocking, auto-update, extendable via extensions.
- http://www.mozilla.com/firefox (EN version)
- Other languagues
1.
AdBlock Plus - Blocks 99% of annoying ads !
https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/1865
The Filterset.G autoUpdater ensures you have the latest ads blocked.
- https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/1136
2.
IETab - Open a page in Internet Explorer inside a Firefox tab (!).
- https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/1419
3.
Linky - Open all image links in one tab.
- http://gemal.dk/mozilla/linky.html
4.
Launchy - Open current page, links, mailto, images and view source with external applications.
- http://gemal.dk/mozilla/launchy.html
5.

Bookmark Sync - Connect to an FTP server and store/synchronize your bookmarks centrally.
- FFx 1.x compatible version
- FFx 2.x compatible version

6.
Download Statusbar - keep track of ongoing and completed downloads in a hide-away statusbar.
- http://downloadstatusbar.mozdev.org
7.

All-in-One Sidebar - Quickly switch between sidebars, view dialog windows such as downloads, extensions, and more in the sidebar, or view source or websites in the sidebar.
- https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/1027

8.
Viamatic FoxPose - View all your tabs inside a browser window.
- http://viamatic.com/index.php/firefox
9.
Switch Proxy Tool (NEW) - manage and switch between multiple proxy configurations.
- https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/125
10.
UserAgentSwitcher (NEW) - adds a menu and a toolbar button to switch the user agent of the browser (ie. Internet Explorer to see sites that would otherwise lock you out...)
- https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/59
11.
GooglePreview (NEW) - inserts preview thumbnails of web sites and Amazon products into the Google and Yahoo search results pages.
- https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/189
   
Email & Messaging
Thunderbird - Enjoy safe, fast, and easy email, with intelligent spam filters, quick message search, and customizable views.
http://www.mozilla.com/thunderbird
1.
Remove Duplicate Messages - Use this tool to find and remove duplicate messages from the selected folder and its subfolder by rightclicking on a folder.
https://addons.mozilla.org/thunderbird/956
2.
Nested Quote Remover - Removes nested quotes when replying to a mail.
https://addons.mozilla.org/thunderbird/612
3.
Purge! - Add toolbar icons to purge (compact folders) and/or delete junk messages to your toolbar and thread context menu.
https://addons.mozilla.org/thunderbird/1792
4.
Display Mail User Agent Extension - Adds an image on the right side of the "expanded header view" which displays the icon of the application with which the selected mail was written.
https://addons.mozilla.org/thunderbird/562
5.
Contacts Sidebar - This extension displays the address books in a sidebar in the 3-pane-window and can be toggled with the F4 key or a toolbar button.
https://addons.mozilla.org/thunderbird/70
6.
Quote Colors - Configure text and background colors for different quote levels in mail/news messages.
https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/170
   
Office Tools

OpenOffice - Open-source office suite, compatible with all other major office suites.
- http://download.openoffice.org (EN version)
- Other languages

 
Instant Messaging
Trillian - Fully featured, stand-alone, skinnable chat client that supports AIM, ICQ, MSN, Yahoo Messenger, and IRC.
- http://www.trillian.cc

Skype - Free, superior-quality P2P voice-over-IP, now with video.
- http://www.skype.com

   
AntiVirus and Adware
Ad-Aware SE - Anti-Spyware
- http://www.lavasoftusa.com
SpyBot Search & Destroy - Anti-Spyware
- http://www.safer-networking.org

AVG Antivirus - Anti-virus
- http://free.grisoft.com

 
Utilities
PDF Creator - Create PDFs from any Windows program via the printer driver.
- http://sourceforge.net/projects/pdfcreator

Acrobat Reader - Reading PDF files.
- http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat

Flash Player - Player for animated SWF files.
- http://www.macromedia.com
GIMP - Open-source image editor / viewer
- http://gimp.org
TextPad - Powerful, general purpose editor for plain text files.
- http://www.textpad.com (shareware)
UltraVNC - Remote desktop sharing
- http://ultravnc.sourceforge.net
Synergy - Share one keyboard and mouse between multiple PC's. C
- http://synergy2.sourgeforge.net
Picasa - Photo Organiser
- http://picasa.google.com
VolumeTouch - Quick and easy volume control
- http://www.hi.is/~antoni/volumetouch
 
Cool Stuff
Google Earth - Combines satellite imagery, maps and the power of Google Search to put the world's geographic information at your fingertips.
http://earth.google.com

Google Desktop - Lots of handy tools and full PC search; the Google way.
http://desktop.google.be

 
Firewall

Zone Alarm - Free solid firewall program that provides protection.
http://www.zonelabs.com

 
Websites
 
Google Search Engine:
- http://www.google.be
 
Google News:
- http://news.google.be
 

Online Spyware Scan: http://www.zonelabs.com

 
Multimedia

K-Lite Mega Codec pack - Free software bundle which includes the K-Lite Codec Pack 2.54 Full, QuickTime Alternative 1.55, Real Alternative 1.46, BSplayer 1.36.825 and DC-DSP Filter 1.03. Allows you to play DVDs, DIvX and SRT subtitles.
http://www.codecpackguide.com

   
 

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