Useful Freeware and Downloads

Freeware is a form of software distribution where the author retains copyright of the software, but makes the program available to others at no cost.  We have a few 'free' programs you can download to your computer.  No strings attached. 

Here are some of our own personal favourites.

Eudora (E-mail Program)
Irfanview (Photo Editor)
Adobe Acrobat (PDF reader)
Cleaner.exe (Text cleaner)

Mailwasher (Check e-mail and delete spam or viruses before you download your mail.

Eudora Homepage

Eudora® is the best e-mail program for people who get a lot of e-mail. Take control of your e-mail before it takes control of you. Eudora is more than a way to send and receive messages - it's a powerful e-mail management tool with features to increase your productivity and enhance your communications.  And it's FREE!

Eudora Download Site

Eudora for Microsoft Windows 98/Me/XP/2000
Mac OS 9 and Mac OSX and higher

The Eudora Web site has very comprehensive tutorials.  Click here for their Tutorials.

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IrfanView is a very fast, small, compact and innovative FREEWARE (for non-commercial use) graphic viewer for Windows 9x/ME/NT/2000/XP/2003.

Visit the IrfanView Web site and click the Download link to download IrfanView to your computer.

Before you download IrfanView, if you don't already have a folder called Downloads on your C drive, make one now by double clicking My Computer, then double click C:\.  Right click inside the C drive window that opens and a menu will appear.  Click on New and a submenu will appear.  Click on Folder.  An "unnamed folder" by default called "New Folder" will appear on your C drive.  Erase the words "New Folder" and type Downloads.  This Downloads folder will be what you should download all your programs into.  This is a sure way to always know where those illusive downloaded programs disappeared to.

By default IrfanView will be installed into a folder called IrfanView inside your Program Files folder.  Make sure the Create shortcut on desktop and Start Menu Programs is checked, then click Next.  Follow the prompts for the rest of the installation.

Irfanview Tutorial ~ learn how to reduce images before e-mailing them to friends and family.

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Adobe Acrobat Reader

Portable Document Format ) is a universal file format that preserves the fonts, images, graphics, and layout of any source document, regardless of the application and platform used to create it. Adobe® PDF files are compact and complete, and can be shared, viewed, and printed by anyone with free Adobe Reader® software.

Choose your language, platform (which operating system you're using -e.g. Windows 98, etc.), and connection speed. Your selection will determine the version of software that you will download. Follow the instructions given by Adobe.

Get your Adobe Reader from the
Adobe Download site

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Clean off all those irritating forwarding marks you often see in an e-mail that's been forwarded to you.  e.g.>>>>>>>>>>>>  To do this download a little utility called cleaner.exe.

Download cleaner.exe

After you have downloaded and saved cleaner.exe on to your desktop, double-click on the icon to open the program.

Look for this icon on your desktop.

When the program opens click on Help on the menu bar and open the Read Me file to learn how to use this program.

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Use this powerful email checker and effectively eliminate spam. Discover the safe way to stop unwanted e-mails before they get to your computer.

Click to Download Mailwasher from their Web site.

To check email, don't open your email program first. Instead, just start MailWasher®  by double clicking on the desktop icon, or by going to the Windows Start menu, to Programs, to MailWasher®.

The MailWasher® program will then start and will tell you what messages you have waiting on the email server. In the check boxes, select whether to Delete or Bounce the messages (if nothing is checked, the Email will simply be downloaded to your email client as normal) and then select Process Mail. Processing mail will delete or bounce the emails you have selected. Your email client will open and you can download the remaining emails as you normally do.

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