On this page you will find links to software applications that are free to download and use. As always, while we offer these links in the best of faith, Hot Springs SeniorNet cannot be held responsible for any mishaps that may occur when you download or use this software. In other words, download and use at your own risk.
PDF files (PDF stands for Portable Document Files) are documents which may have originally been created in programs such as Word and Publisher, but to save space the file size has been considerably reduced and converted to a PDF format. Manuals provided on CDs are often in PDF format. Download this free program, and you will be able to open them! To download the Adobe REader Click Here
Free Anti-Virus Software
Here is a link to some excellent information about viruses. Depending on the value you place on the data added to your computer be aware of the limitations provided by Free Anti-virus software in comparison to those that are not free. For instance, if your computer supports a business you would likely need additional protection. Here are three popular Free Anti-virus Downloads:
Avast - For a consumer review Click Here
AVG - For a consumer review Click Here
Microsoft Security Essentials - For a consumer review Click Here
Free Browser Downloads
Click Here for a review from PC World of "Which Browser Should You Use?" It is dated 02/24/2012
(Note: Click on each Browser's name for details.)
If you are looking to change or add additional browsers, here is HOt Springs SeniorNet top three picks:
Google Chrome Download
Mozilla Firefox Download
MIcrosoft Internet Explorer
Free Word Processing Software
If you need a word processor for only basic needs, (writing, saving, cut and paste, etc) and has most of the features found in Word, then AbiWord is for you. It's able to read and write most documents in Microsoft Word's .doc format, as well as twenty others; its authors claim it can do most of what Word can; and best of all it's free. Our MS Word instructor wored through the MS Word Student manual using AbiWord and found that all but one lesson, mailing labels, pass through AbiWord with minimal problems. If you're looking to add MS Word to your computer program list but find the cost a bit high, then try AbiWord...it's free! Download it here.
Google Docs is the most popular of the free "on line" word processors. Users find it is simple to operate and easy to create, save, and edit. It accepts most file formats and has a Chat feature. On the downside it only works while you're connected to the Internet. Those using laptops in areas where the Internet is not available would be at a disadvantage. Also advanced formatting is not as available as with traditional word processors. To use Google Docs requires a Google User ID and Password. Click Here to sign up with Google.
Compatible with other major office suites. OpenOffice is free to download, use, and distribute. Download it now, and get: Writer - a word processor you can use for anything from writing a quick letter to producing an entire book. Calc - a powerful spreadsheet with all the tools you need to calculate, analyze, and present your data in numberical reports or sizzling graphics. Impress - is the fastest, most powerful way to create effective multimedia presentations. Draw - lets you produce everything from simple diagrams to dynamic 3D illustrations. Base - lets you manipulate databases seamlessly. Create and modify tables, forms, queries, and reports, all from within OpenOffice. Math - lets you create mathematical equations with a graphic user interface or by directly typing your formulas into the equation editor. Get it FREE Here.