Software Download Sites Links

[cad_links] Computer Aided Drawing/Drafting links.
freeware Freeware evaluation and download links.
shareware Share Ware, misc.
drivers Device Drivers.
utils System Utilities
[html_web] HTML and World Wide Web Tools and Utilities
DataBase related
[TechSupportAlert.com/ view/ popular] "All-time most popular Freeware"
[filelibrary.com] Tons of free software download content.
[newestshareware.com] Newest Share Ware
[buerg.com] Buerg Software
author of the famous LIST text utility

CAD Links



[wikipedia.org/ .../ Design_Web_Format]
"Design Web Format (DWF)  - open, secure Autodesk file format to view, review & print CAD design files."
DWF Community -  online resource for DWF info.
[autodesk.com/ fo comm dwf]
Autodesk Design Review - view, print, measure, mark up, and revise 2D and 3D designs without the original software.
[download autodesk com/ esd/ designreview/ SetupDesignReview exe]
Autodesk Design Review - download that sucker! (Warning: 40MB file, 1:30 h:mm @ 115Kbaud!)
[autodesk.com/ designreview]
Autodesk Design Review - free viewer can view, measure, markup, print shared 2D and 3D designs, drawings, maps & models  using DWF file format from Autodesk or DWF Writer.

Best Freeware Links

Links Descriptions
[portableapps.com] [portableapps rave reviews] The Portable Apps Suite - "Now you can carry your favorite computer programs along with all of your bookmarks, settings, email and more with you. Use them on any Windows computer. All without leaving any personal data behind." - Full suite ver. 1.5.2 is 125MB download, 355MB installed (512MB recommended).


[TechSupportAlert.com/ view/ popular] "All-time most popular Freeware" many apps & links.
DirFile claims to have 6200 freeware  downloads available.

DataBase Related

Links Descriptions
[firebirdsql.org] Firebird_SQL - an open source DataBase system derived from Borland InterBase (derived from Ashton-Tate dBase IV?)

Device Drivers

Links Descriptions

Share Ware, misc.

Links Descriptions
[techsupportalert.com /best 46 free utilities] "The 46 Best-ever Freeware Utilities"
[filelibrary.com] Tons of free software download content.
[nonags.com] No-Nags - "The Original & Best. Genuine Freeware Site - Since 1995"
"TBest freeware download site. The shareware side is slowly being added and is not yet as impressive."

[newestshareware.com] Newest Share Ware
[alibre.com] Alibre Design free 3D Solid Modeling Software
[cadsoft.de] EAGLE Electronic Layout Editor from CadSoft Computer GmbH free download CAD package, including Linux version it looks like!
[cadstd.com] "CadStd", a general purpose, easy to learn CAD/drafting program.  Free version available.
FireFox Browser
[majorgeeks.com] MajorGeeks only carries tech tools and utilities and there's not a lot of guidance to help you select wisely.  However if you are looking for  tech tools this is THE place to go.
[ZDNet.com],  [download.com] ZDNet and CNet Downloads are just two different faces of the same site which offers biggest collection of software on the web, and have best file search engine.
[sailcat.com/ freewaremain]
Lots of sorted, tested free software,no two similar applications.  Categorized freeware programs w/no nags, ads, spyware or time limits.

HTML and World Wide Web Tools and Utilities

Links Descriptions

[httrack com] HTTrack - (from "The 46 Best-ever Freeware Utilities") the best free website ripper is easy to use, good GUI, lots of features, fast.  Downloads entire web sites to local or mapped disk subdirectory.  GPL license, available for MsWin, Linux, BSD.

System Utilities

Links Descriptions
General PC utility download sites, unspecialized.
Hard drive maintenance, recovery, and repair utilities.

Descriptions Links

[majorgeeks.com] MajorGeeks only carries tech tools and utilities and there's not a lot of guidance to help you select wisely.  However if you are looking for  tech tools this is THE place to go.
[sirendesign.net /ernweb /design] Free Design Tools:  Software Applications for Drawing, Photo Manipulation, Web Development, Graphic Design and More.
[Renamer] Renamer 2.15.10ID3 renamer is useful if you need to rename a large number of files in a ... ID3 renamer can also create a new tag if there is none in the file yet; ...|MG| Free Download - ID3
Homepage link:  [freecommander.com]

Download:  [freecommander.com/ fc_setup_.zip]
FreeCommander 2006.06
for Win9x/NT4/ME/Win2k/XP.
Download size:  (1.64 mb)
Last known update:  Jun 25, 2006
Author:  Marek Jasinski    
Description:  FreeCommander is an easy-to-use alternative to the standard windows file manager. The program helps you with daily work in Windows. Here you can find all the necessary functions to manage your data stock. You can take freeCommander anywhere - just copy the installation directory on a CD, USB-Stick or even a floppy disk - and you can even work with this program on a foreign computer.

[liutilities.com/ ... /processlibrary]
Uniblue Systems - data protection and recovery. 

WinTasks Process Library - Great reference to Windows mystery background processes.
[myfreewares.com] My Freewares - Free Download Software

Hard drive maintenance, recovery, and repair utilities.

(Heavy duty stuff, not day-to-day file management programs.)




Hard Drive and Partition Copying Utilities

[gparted sourceforge net] GParted - can change HDD partition organization preserving contents.  Industrial-strength util for creating, destroying, resizing, moving, checking and copying partitions, filesystems, creating space for new O.S., reorg disk usage, copying data on HDD & mirroring or imaging partitions.  Uses GNU "libparted" to detect and manipulate devices and partition tables.  (Optional) "file system" tools which provide support for file systems not included in "libparted" will be detected at runtime and do not require a rebuild of GParted.  Written in C++ using gtkmm to keep GUI simple.

[ranish.com/ part]
Ranish Partition Manager - a powerful hard drive partitioning tool can create, copy, and resize primary and extended partitions.  Includes command line interface and simulation mode that works with large files to safely experiment before working on the real hard drive partition tables.
[ping.windowsdream.com] PING - PartImage Is Not Ghost - a live Linux ISO, based on Linux From Scratch (LFS) documentation. It can be burnt on a CD and booted, or integrated into a PXE / RIS environment.  Supports ext2fs, ext3fs, ReiserFS, FAT16, FAT32, HPFS, JFS, XFS, UFS, HFS, and NTFS file systems.
 [chongluo.com/ tutorial/ lrp/hd/ ghost2_rad.pdf] Radified Guide to Symantec Norton Ghost - A Tutorial on How to Create and Restore Ghost Images.
[softpanorama.org/ Articles/ a slightly skeptical view on norton ghost] Good general overview of Norton Ghost features and history.  Capture & save.
[thefreecountry.com/ utilities/ backup and image] Free Hard Disk and Partition Imaging and Backup Software and more. Lots of good links.
Cute Partition Manager - an advanced hard disk partition management utility, can add, edit, delete & manage partitions.  Claims easy to use, previews changes before writing, edits boot flag, partition type, other parameters.  Supports MsWin {9x,ME,NT,2K,XP,Vista}, DOS, Linux, maybe other partition types.  Doesn't require O.S. to run, can boot from CD, DVD, diskette.  Docs in HTML.  Got bad user reviews, but maybe from people who shouldn't be messing with partitions to begin with.  Couldn't get it to download from download.com]
[farstone.com/ disk image/ partition cloning] FarStone Technology's DriveClone - can copy (clone) partition or entire drive to image file on HDD, CD, or external storage.
[selfimage.excelcia.org] SelfImage - utility to make an image of a hard disk partition or an entire hard disk and restore the image back to a partition or hard disk. Runs on Windows, released under GNU General Public License (GPL).
[partition-saving.com] Partition Saving  - MS-DOS hard disk imaging utility.  Runs from a DOS boot disk.  Can copy NTFS, FAT32, FAT16, FAT12, ext2 (and possibly other) partitions sector-by-sector or (for the partition-types listed here) sectors in use, saving space and time in backups.  Able to automatically split image file into smaller files of size you specify (useful for backup to CD or DVD.
[ubcd sourceforge net] Ultimate Boot CD -  is a bootable CD-ROM for PCs that contain a variety of software for diagnosing and fixing problems on your computer, managing your hard disk partitions, imaging or cloning your hard disk partitions (it includes Partition Saving, see elsewhere on this page), resetting your (forgotten) password on NT, Win2k, or XP, scanning your hard disks for viruses (it includes some free antivirus utilities), etc.
UBCD4Win - is Ultimate Boot CD for Windows is a bootable CD of free utils to repair, restore, or diagnose many PC problems. Based on Bart's PE which builds a MsWin "pre-install" environment bootable CD.  Network support, creates & modifies NTFS vols, recovers deleted files, hard drives for virus scan, etc.  Visit "List of Tools" page to see what's in latest ver.  Ms legal hassles make it a pain to build CD.  Detailed instructions, email support, help forum avail.  Lot of cool sounding utils, looks light on partition & HDD cloning.  MUST HAVE Ms master CD of WinXP or Server2003 to build the CDNT or Vista won't workWill screw up earlier NTFS partitions beyond recovery.  See [requirements] for details.
 [miray.de/ products/ sat hdclone] HDClone copies entire contents of hard disks and other IDE/ATA, SATA/eSATA, SCSI, USB, and Firewire media on a physical level. Allows backups or copies of complete operating system installations.  Works independent of a partition layout, file system and operating system (works with FAT, FAT32, NTFS, etc.). Works with proprietary data formats.  Also possible to apply to partitions only (but not for free).

[ftp:// ftp.symantec.com/ public/ english us canada/ tools/ pq/ utilities]
Symantec/Power Quest/Norton undocumented free FTP download site!  Be sure to explore the rest of the available subdirectory tree.  Didn't see any "index.htm" or "readme.txt" type files.