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.
- (EN version)
- Other languagues
AdBlock Plus - Blocks 99% of annoying ads !
The Filterset.G autoUpdater ensures you have the latest ads blocked.
IETab - Open a page in Internet Explorer inside a Firefox tab (!).
Linky - Open all image links in one tab.
Launchy - Open current page, links, mailto, images and view source with external applications.

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

Download Statusbar - keep track of ongoing and completed downloads in a hide-away statusbar.

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.

Viamatic FoxPose - View all your tabs inside a browser window.
Switch Proxy Tool (NEW) - manage and switch between multiple proxy configurations.
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...)
GooglePreview (NEW) - inserts preview thumbnails of web sites and Amazon products into the Google and Yahoo search results pages.
Email & Messaging
Thunderbird - Enjoy safe, fast, and easy email, with intelligent spam filters, quick message search, and customizable views.
Remove Duplicate Messages - Use this tool to find and remove duplicate messages from the selected folder and its subfolder by rightclicking on a folder.
Nested Quote Remover - Removes nested quotes when replying to a mail.
Purge! - Add toolbar icons to purge (compact folders) and/or delete junk messages to your toolbar and thread context menu.
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.
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.
Quote Colors - Configure text and background colors for different quote levels in mail/news messages.
Office Tools

OpenOffice - Open-source office suite, compatible with all other major office suites.
- (EN version)
- Other languages

Instant Messaging
Trillian - Fully featured, stand-alone, skinnable chat client that supports AIM, ICQ, MSN, Yahoo Messenger, and IRC.

Skype - Free, superior-quality P2P voice-over-IP, now with video.

AntiVirus and Adware
Ad-Aware SE - Anti-Spyware
SpyBot Search & Destroy - Anti-Spyware

AVG Antivirus - Anti-virus

PDF Creator - Create PDFs from any Windows program via the printer driver.

Acrobat Reader - Reading PDF files.

Flash Player - Player for animated SWF files.
GIMP - Open-source image editor / viewer
TextPad - Powerful, general purpose editor for plain text files.
- (shareware)
UltraVNC - Remote desktop sharing
Synergy - Share one keyboard and mouse between multiple PC's. C
Picasa - Photo Organiser
VolumeTouch - Quick and easy volume control
Cool Stuff
Google Earth - Combines satellite imagery, maps and the power of Google Search to put the world's geographic information at your fingertips.

Google Desktop - Lots of handy tools and full PC search; the Google way.


Zone Alarm - Free solid firewall program that provides protection.

Google Search Engine:
Google News:

Online Spyware Scan:


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.





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