Software Toolkit for Windows

Software Toolkit for Windows

 
    When you are making your pages for the World Builders units you will find these software programs helpful.  All of them can be downloaded from the web, are easy to use, and are very low cost or free.  You can search for these programs at http://www.download.com/ or download them directly from the company's web site.
Graphics Information Organization Upload and Download
File Decompression Course Information Page Instant Messaging
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   Image Forge

Home Page http://www.cursorarts.com/ca_imffw.html
Company CursorArts
Platform Win 95, 98, ME, NT4, 2000, XP
Contact Sales: 1-888-543-6371
Cost free 
Download: http://www.cursorarts.com/ca_imw_d.html

Publisher's Description: 
ImageForge Basic is free: Freeware image editing and paint. Features include acquire image from scanner or other Twain-compliant devices, color replacement, soft brushes, paint with clipart, special effect filters, create/distribute stand-alone EXE albums & portfolio apps, crop/enlarge, resample/ resize, rotate by degree, optimize palette, gradient, smudge, scatter, etc. The ultimate freeware paint.
If you need more features, Image Forge Pro is available for $28.95. Volume pricing for your school is also available.

Dr Viau's Comments:
Solid program, confusing website.

       Irfanview

Home Page  http://www.irfanview.com/english.htm
Creator  Irfan Skiljan
Platform  Win 95, 98, ME, WinNT, Win2000, XP
Contact  irfanview@gmx.net
Cost  free for at home or educational use
Download:

http://download.com/    
be sure to download both the program and the plugins

Publisher's Description:
IrfanView is a very fast FREEWARE (for non-commercial use)
32-Bit graphic viewer for Windoze 9x/ME, WinNT, Win2000 and Windows XP.
Features:
Thumbnails, Preview, Drag & Drop Support, fast Directory View (fast moving through directory), Print Support, Scan (TWAIN) Support, Slideshow, Batch conversion, change the color depth, audio CD player, Capturing, Cut/Crop, Effects (Blur, Sharpen etc.) and many many more ...
Available In:
English and 30 other languages including Spanish, Traditional and Simplified Chinese, Japanese and Korean.

Dr Viau's Comments:
Get this one, you need it.  This user friendly program will open just about any graphic file that you have.  Once the file is open you can resize the picture, pick out and save a section of the picture, rotate the image, and save it in gif or jpeg format.  You can also save the gifs as transparent gifs.  You can play animated gifs and make slide shows -- and all for free!  You can make screen captures as well.  An excellent tool for World Builders! 
Get this one.

    WizardBrush
Home Page  http://www.eusoftware.com/
Company  Eusoftware Company
Platform  95/98/Me/NT/2000/XP
Contact  sales@eusoftware.com
Cost  14 day free trial (Print disabled) then $25.00
Download:  http://eusoftware.com/sale.htm

Publisher's Description:
"This is a natural painting software. Geometric drawing function has just been added in. Wizardbrush comes with many painting tools, including pencil, Magic Wand, paint brush, Chinese brush, and many other tools. The undo/redo function gives you the power to undo and redo up to 20 steps, so do not be afraid of making mistakes. Wizardbrush contains a great number of tutorial record clips."

Dr Viau's Comments:
This interesting program allows you to blend colors and paint on different kinds of backgrounds.  It is easy to use.  Try it and see if you like it.

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    AlfaPad Notes Organizer

Home Page http://www.alfaalfa.com/
Company AlfaAlfa Software
Platform Windows 95, 98, NT4, Me, 2000 and XP.
Contact my2cents@alfaalfa.com or help@alfaalfa.com
Cost $20       30 day free trial    You can buy it online.
Download: http://www.alfaalfa.com/download.htm

Publisher's Description:
AlfaPad Notes Organizer uses an intuitive, double-paned Explorer-like interface to allow hierarchical storage of information. A graphical hierarchical display of your documents (branches and items) appears on the left, while a text viewing/editing window is displayed on the right. Branches and items can be re-arranged via drag and drop.

Dr Viau's Comments:
I love this program!  I put it in my startup file and use it every day to put in all the URLs, little bits of notes, quotes, pieces of code, phone number lists -- you name it!  It is very easy to use and organize.  Pay for it quickly and you can add a free text search program that will help you find key words in your notes.  Try it!  This program will make this quarter much easier for you.
The owner/programmer answered my emails quickly and helpfully. There is a user's help manual that explains everything, including how to export your notes or import text from other programs.

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    WS-FTP LE

Home Page  http://www.ipswitch.com/Products/WS_FTP/index.html
Company  Ipswitch
Platform  WIN 95 / 98 / NT/  2000/  ME
Contact  Click on Feedback on download site for email form
Cost  Free for Students and Teachers
Download: http://www.ftpplanet.com/download.htm 

Publisher's Description:
WS_FTP LE is the limited edition version of WS_FTP Pro, allowing only multiple file transfers and the auto re-get or resuming feature.  A  free Users Guide may be downloaded in Acrobat Format and is available in English, Spanish, Korean, Japanese, German, and French.

Dr Viau's Comment:
This program is easy to use.  You have two windows, one showing the files on your computer and the other showing the files on the remote site, so you can see what you are doing.  The publisher provides tutorials, and tells you how to install and use the program. There is also a discussion group based at the download site where users share information and ask and answer questions.  I use this program to upload the worlds and other materials to the World Builders site.

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      Winzip

Home Page  http://www.winzip.com/
Company  WinZip Computing
Platform  95/98/NT/2000/XP
Contact  http://www.winzip.com/xsuggest.htm
Cost  Free to try; $29.00 to buy
Download: http://www.winzip.com/ddchomea.htm  

Publisher's Description:
WinZip is a straightforward, fast, and easy-to-use zipping and unzipping utility that includes built-in support for popular Internet file formats such as TAR, ZIP, UUencode, XXencode, BinHex, MIME, and Unix-compressed files.

Dr Viau's Comments:  
You will need this program to unzip material that I send to you and to zip files before you send them to me..  It is easy to use and has free updates.

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   trillian logo Trillian

Home Page  http://www.ceruleanstudios.com/trillian/index.html
Company  Cerulean Studios
Platform  95/98/Me/NT/2000/XP
Contact  
Cost  Trillian 0.74 isFree
Download:  http://www.ceruleanstudios.com/trillian/download.html

From Download.com Review
Trillian simplifies your chat as well as your desktop and system resources by letting you simultaneously connect with the five most popular chat clients on the Web: Yahoo Messenger, MSN Messenger, ICQ, mIRC, and AIM.  Trillian acts as a single hub for all your chat traffic. . . Installation and setup are simple.

Dr Viau's Comments:
This program is user-friendly and easy to use.  You can conference with the others in your group using it. The program records your conversation in NotePad and you can save what was said and agreed.  You can also email files to each other while you are the program.
Help and Tutorials are available at http://www.ceruleanstudios.com/help/index.php
You need to sign up for AOL Instant Messenger or Yahoo Instant Messenger to use Trillian.