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14 fabulous freeware applications

Never pay for software again

Never pay for software again. Why? Well, clever people keep turning out great new programs and giving them away! Here's our latest collection of cool software that will cost you absolutely nothing to download, try, use, or keep. Visit PC Advisor's Downloads site for even more great free software.

Multimedia

Computers wouldn't be nearly as much fun without entertainment, sound, and graphics. Here are some freebies to help you enjoy dynamic media and create some of your own. Get the download on the latest freebies on the web at Broadband Advisor.

Watch PC TV without added hardware. If you're not getting enough entertainment value out of your PC, give FDRLab's AnyTV a shot.

In theory, this freebie brings thousands of streaming internet TV and radio stations from around the globe right to your computer. In practice, your mileage may vary: many of the stations we couldn't view.

But even if you find just a few stations or clips you enjoy, it doesn't cost you anything. AnyTV lets you filter stations by a variety of categories (country, channel, genre, bit rate, and so on), as well as save a list of favourites.

A free sound studio with Wavosaur. If you need to edit short audio programs, sound effects, or loops, you could do worse than give the free Wavosaur audio editor a try. This little program (created by a team of French developers) has no installer and doesn't write to the Registry, so you can easily run it from a flash drive if you need to use it on the go.

It has all the basic audio editing functions (cut, copy, paste, crop, fade in, fade out, and so on), and some audio analysis features as well. You can use it to record sound and do batch processing on a folder full of files. If you're willing to download some free plug-ins, you can get additional effects, plus the ability to export to MP3 (instead of just the default .wav format). One limitation: Wavosaur can open most common internet file formats, but not (unfortunately) Windows audio (.wma) files.

Get a ruler for your screen. Ever wonder how big that family photo is? Or how big it might be if you cropped out Auntie Jane? Wonder no longer after you download JR Screen Ruler from JR Free Tools.

There's nothing to install; just unzip and launch this tiny program to see a resizable ruler you can use to measure anything on screen. You can adjust the size of the ruler itself, rotate it 90 degrees, and set it to display pixels, inches, picas, or centimeters. JR Screen Ruler is a handy tool for web designers, product developers, and others.


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