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Top Freeware For Creatives
Mike de Sousa, Director, AbleStable

The freeware that you'll find listed on this page have all earned their place as great software products, and all are downloadable today from AbleStable. Each of the ten freeware titles carry out their job elegantly and efficiently, and together, this collection of freeware provides the computer creative with an essential toolset.

Backup your data

Perhaps the single most important function that software can perform is to backup and restore data. SyncBack is a powerful freeware program that helps you backup and synchronise your files to: the same drive; a different drive or medium (CDRW, CompactFlash, etc); an FTP server; a Network; or a Zip archive. Apart from a comprehensive array of options, SyncBack also ships with an extensive help file.

Developer: 2BrightSparks 

Keep your data secure

Advanced File Security is a very simple and effective file encryption and decryption program that ensures your data is kept secure. The DES (Data Encryption Standard) algorithm is the most widely used encryption algorithm in the world and provides good security for home users.

Developer: Osborn Software

Open files, folders, and programs fast

TrayBar is a great program launcher for the Windows platform that lets you launch your favourite programs from a system tray menu. When Traybar is launched an icon in the system tray appears. When you mouse over the icon a menu pops up. From there you can launch all your programs, fire up a particular Windows folder, or open a file you define. A broad range of configuration options allow you to change the order, add separators, and anything else you'll likely want to customise.

Developer: Yoran Bosman

View your email

Pimmy Email is an outstanding email client that allows the user to check multiple email accounts, and to leave the original messages on the server. The size of the program, and the fact that it can be fired up from an exe file without the need for instillation also makes this an ideal email program to use when on the move.

Developer: Geminisoft

Manage Your fonts

The Font Thing is a very well produced and comprehensive font viewer and management. The program shows a navigation panel where you select the fonts you want to view or manage, and a viewing panel where you define how you'd like to see the selected font. Several font windows may be open simultaneously, the screen layout and font browsing settings are saved on exit and restored when you next run the program, and there's even a great online help manual.

Developer: S C E Fisher

Make Screenshots

MWSnap is a small yet powerful program for snapping (capturing) images from selected parts of the screen. The program is capable of capturing the whole desktop, a highlighted window, an active menu, or a fixed or free rectangular part of the screen.

Developer: Mirek Wojtowicz

Define Colours

Color Cop is a multipurpose color picker for anyone who works with colours on a computer. It features an eyedropper, variable magnification levels, 3 by 3 and 5 by 5 average sampling, snap to websafe, color history, and a complementary color palette. In addition Color Cop will convert RGB decimal values to Hexadecimal color codes.

Developer: Jay Prall

Manage your finance

PLCash is a powerful personal finance program with a raft of features to help manage your money. If you're an independent creative professional who needs to keep a track on your incomings, outgoings, assets, investments, it's all here, and what's more, it's free!

Developer: P. Lutus

Measure screen elements precisely

JRuler can make vertical and horizontal measurements to pixel accuracy, and can be one of the most frequently used and essential software tools of a web or screen-based designer. This is a well designed and well executed ruler that provides flexible and robust features.

Developer: Spadix Software

Find the perfect colour

Color Scheme Designer is a program that helps you quickly create a colour scheme that can be used in your web design and multimedia projects. The program assists the user by grouping colours into complimentary and tonally similar groups as defined by colour theory.

Developer: Megalith


Each of the programs featured on this page show that freeware can deliver elegant, robust, and powerful solutions to everyday tasks that more than match many commercial software programs. If you've never used a freeware program before you'll not find better examples of high quality programs than those featured here. Congratulations and thanks goes to all the developers for their generosity and skill in creating such useful software that is free to use.

For more freeware that encourages creativity visit our Freeware Area.

Authors background
Mike de Sousa is the Director of AbleStable®. Mike has been commissioned as an artist, music composer, photographer, print and web site designer, and author.

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