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Making Screensavers
Acme Photo Maker
Build a fully customizable screen saver with your own photos and music fast. 86 transition effects and 23 dynamic headline effects. Acme Photo Software | Win.98/ME/2000/XP | 827 Kb | shareware
Easy 3D Creator
Create great looking 3D screen savers in a few minutes with no programming. All you need is to set some parameters that determine your screen saver's appearance and behavior in step-by-step mode seeing the result immediately. Highly rated. DZSoft | Win.98/ME/2000/XP | 6.96 Mb | shareware
Picasa
A free Google photo editing software that comes with a slide show screensaver. It grabs photos from your Windows operating system My Pictures. Works great. Picasa | Win.XP/Vista/Windows 7 | 13.6 Mb | free
Screensaver Factory
Touted to be the world's number one screensaver development software, enabling users to create professional screensavers for commercial distribution within minutes. Create time and feature limited trial screensavers, nag-screens, registration keys and much more. Blumentals Software | Win.98/ME/2000/2003/XP/Vista | 3 Mb | trial
ScreenSwift
Convert any .swf file into a professional looking installable flash screensaver. End users don't require plugin to install the flash screensaver. Intuitive and easy to use. Features price combo can't be beat. Pro versions used by Fortune 500 companies. Tenmiles | Win.9x/ME/NT4/2000/XP 1.7 Mb | free
Screensaver Wonder 4
An easy to use software for creating personal screensavers with just a few clicks. Use your own pictures and video files, add background music and select from over 100 transition effects. Blumentals Software | Win.NT/2000/XP/Vista | 2507 Kb | trial
Ultra SS Maker
Merge your images, sound files and MPEG or AVI video files into a compact, single file true screen saver. Comprehensive step by step instructions for easy and professional results. Updated with new and improved features. Finalhit Ltd. | Win.9x/Me/NT/2000/XP | 1.24 Mb | trial

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Graphic Programs

AlgoLab Photo Vector
A versatile color reduction, image cleaning and raster to vector conversion software. Creates vector color images composed of outlines. See website for in-depth description.
AlgoLab | Win.32 | 1.4 Mg | 10 day trial

AlgoLab Raster to Vector Conversion Toolkit
Import various technical drawings, maps and other types of line artwork to your CAD or drawing program. Converts scanned line artwork automatically from raster to vector formats. See website for in-depth description. AlgoLab | Win.32 | 1.4 Mg | 10 day trial

FunPhotor
It's not a screensaver but a really fun program that lets you insert a photo (of yourself etc.) into famous paintings, photos etc. ZeallSoft | Win.9x/ME/NTx/2000/XP/2003 | 5.9 Mb | trial
Gimp
An open source photo retouching, image composition and image authoring application for many operating systems. An alternative to the discontinued Jasc Paint Shop Pro series. The Gimp Team | Windows | 16 Mb | free
Looking Glass
An interactive physics package that helps students visualize and understand the effects of optical components on light rays. Designed for use in high school and college physics courses. Living Graphs Inc. | Win.9x/ME/NT4/2000/XP | 807 Kb | trial
Notepad++
A source code and text editor for web site development. Popular as replacement for Adobe Dreamweaver series. NP++ | Windows | 3.5 Mb | free
Paint.net
A free image and photo editing software for Windows. An alternative to the discontinued Jasc Paint Shop Pro series. PC World, #19 on "Top 100 Products of 2007". dotPDN | Win.Vista/XP/Windows 7 | 4.8 Mb | free

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Managing Screensavers and Wallpapers

Active Multiwallpaper Changer
Use any pictures on your harddrive for a wallpaper. A comprehensive program for wallpaper control. ABF Software | Win.2000/2003/XP | 2.73 Mb | trial
Shorty 
A utility that allows you to access your screensaver quickly and easily with a click of your mouse. Once installed, Shorty rests on your Taskbar as a small icon. Delfyn Software | Win.9x/ME/NT/2000/XP | 279 Kb | free

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File Utilities
Foxit Reader
A PDF file reader alternative to the cumbersome Adobe Acrobat. A much smaller, simpler program without the annoying bloatware. Foxit Software | Win.XP/Vista/Windows 7 | 7.5 Mb | free
Winzip 
The easiest to use and perhaps the best utility for zipping and unzipping software distributed as .zip files and more. Winzip | Win.9x/ME/NT/2000/XP | 17.25 Mb | shareware

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Sound Utilities

Audacity
Free open source application for recording and editing sounds. Easy to use with a great interface. Audacity | Win.98/ME/2000/XP/Vista | 2.12 Mb | free
LAME
Free open source MP3 encoder. Great functionality combined with speed. Works with front end applications like Audacity and RazorLame to convert audio/video files to MP3. LAME Project | 1.3 Mb | Linux/MacOS/Windows | free
MediaMonkey
Touted as the music organizer for the serious collector. Edit and manage tens of thousands of songs easily and synchronize with almost any portable player. Highly rated. Ventis Media | Win.98/ME/NT4x/2000/XP/2003,Vista | 6.6 Mb | free
RazorLame
Open source front end application for the LAME encoder. Easy to use graphical interface and small in size. Holger Dors | Win.9x/NT4/2000/XP | 324 Kb | free
Security
Ad-Aware SE Personal
Scan your RAM, Registry, hard drives, and external storage devices for dangerous threats to your security and privacy. Highly rated, popular and easy to use. Download from Lavasoft | Win.98/ME/NT/2000/XP | 2.7 Mb | trial
Avast
Antivirus software for home use. Non intrusive and easy on your system. Certified to be effective. Download from Avast | Win.9x/ME/NT4/2000/XP | 11.5 Mb | free
Comodo Firewall + AntiVirus
The highly rated free personal version comes with both firewall and anti virus which can be installed separately. Comodo | Win.Vista/XP/Windows 7 | 39 Mb | free
NOD32
Antivirus software for home use. Very popular and certified to be effective. Robust but easy on your system. We use it on our computers, works great. Download from Eset | Windows | 10 Mb | trial
Online Armor
Efficient and effective free personal firewall that provides great security for those on a tight budget. One of the best free firewalls. Tall Emu | Win.XP/Vista | 10 Mb | free
Outpost Firewall Free 2009
A highly rated free personal firewall with advanced bidirectional protection with minimal system resource impact. Agnitum | Win.2000/XP/Vista | 16.7 Mb | free
PC Tools Firewall Plus
Offers protection from unauthorized users gaining access to your computer through the Internet or a network. Highly rated and popular. PC Tools | Win.XP/Vista/Win.7 | 10.3 Mb | free
Pest Patrol
A powerful security and personal privacy tool that detects and eliminates destructive pests like trojans, spyware, adware and hacker tools. A must have for frequent surfers. Download this award winning tool from their site. Pest Patrol | Win.9x/ME/NT/2000/XP | 11 Mg | trial
Spybot Search&Destroy
Detect and remove spyware from your computer. Rated one of the best every year by PC Magazine. Download from author's website. Spybot Search&Destroy | Win.9x/ME/NT/2000/XP | 4.15 Mb | free
ZoneAlarm
Award-winning personal firewall automatically blocks dangerous Internet threats and provides the basic protection individuals need to secure their PC and keep their information private. The most effective personal firewall protection available. Download from their site.
Zone Labs | Win.9x/ME/NT/2000/XP | 3.4 Mg | free
System Utilities
EasyBCD
Easy solution for setting up and configuring Windows boot entries to quickly boot into Linux, Mac OS X, or BSD straight from the Windows Vista bootloader, on the fly, We used it to create a triple OS boot of XP, Vista 32bit and Windows 7 64bit. Worked like a charm. NeoSmart | Windows |1 Mb | free
Belarc Advisor
A very handy program that audits and displays your computer profile on your web browser. Shows installed software, hardware, drivers, missing Microsoft hot fixes, anti-virus status and more. Belarc | Win.9x/ME/NT4/2000/2003/XP/Vista | 1.7 Mb | free
CCleaner
System optimizer to clean and speedup your computer. Very intuitive and easy to use with an excellent interface. One of the most popular, over 140 million downloads worldwide and always on best freeware utility lists. Piriform | Windows | 2.8 Mb | free
CPU-Z
A freeware that gathers information on some of the main devices of your system. Detailed info on the voltage and temperatures of the CPU, mainboard and memory in real time. Perhaps the most referenced utility by component reviewers and enthusiasts. CPUID | Win.9x/ME/2000/NT/XP/Vista/Win.7 | 2.4 Mb | free
Defraggler
A great freeware alternative to Windows defragger. See and pick the files, folders on your hard drive to defragg or the whole disk and see what's going on as it defraggs. Very easy to use with a great interface. Piriform | Windows | Win.2000/2003/XP/Vista | 400 Kb | free
PC Wizard
A free utility designed to analyze and benchmark your computer system. It can analyze and benchmark hardware, such as CPU performance, Cache performance, RAM performance, Hard Disk performance, CD/DVD-ROM performance, Removable/FLASH Media performance, Video performance, MP3 compression performance. CUPID | Win.9x/ME/2000/NT/XP/Vista/Win.7 | 4.8 Mb | free

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