Freeware/Open Source for Windows Weekly Summary

by Todd Ogasawara

If it's Thursday, it must be Freeware and Open Source for Windows day. Here's a summary of Freeware/FOSS I mentioned in my personal blog last week...

Juice Podcast Receiver (and how to get it work with Vista)
The Juice Receiver was formerly (and probably better known as) iPodder. It is a multiplatform Open Source Podcast aggregator client. It was the first podcast receiver I used (first on a Windows PC and later on a Mac until iTunes added podcasting features). I still use it on the Windows side for the few podcasts that do not go on my iPod.

Windows Vista users may run into a glitch when attempting to run it on that new OS release. However, there is an entry in the Juice Receiver Support Programs that explains how to use it under a Windows XP SP2 Compatibility Mode for use with Vista...

7-Zip: A Great Little File Archiver
If you are looking for a free Windows file archiver that can pack/unpack 7z, ZIP, GZIP, BZIP2 and TAR and unpack (only) RAR, CAB, ISO, ARJ, LZH, CHM, Z, CPIO, RPM, DEB and NSIS, grab a copy of the Open Source...

7-Zip

It not only works well but can be integrated with the Windows Explorer so you don't even have to manually run the application to unpack files. It has become part of the standard set of tools I install on a rebuilt or freshly built Windows PC.

ExplorerXP (freeware)
If you've become accustomed to tabbed browser windows in Opera, Firefox, or Internet Explorer 7, you probably wonder why Microsoft didn't provide tabbed windows for Windows Explorer from day 1. Fortunately for us, someone with some programming chops thought so too and took care of the issue by creating...

ExplorerXP

It is freeware for non-commercial use and provides a number of features missing from Windows Explorer in a small 410KB installation package.

IrfanView 3.99 Graphic Viewer (Freeware)
I haven't tried the freeware IrfanView graphics file viewer in a long time. But, it was pretty good the last time I tried it a couple of years ago and continues to have good buzz from its current users. Its About page lists features well beyond simple file viewing including some graphic editing (e.g., sharpening, cropping, rotating) as well as image batch processing. The current version was released just a week ago on Nov. 16.

Notepad++
Notepad++ is an Open Source text editor for Microsoft Windows. It is so much better than Microsoft's Notepad (which has not been changed since its Windows 1.0 incarnation in the 1980s as far as I can tell), that you should run to install Notepad++ and at least test it out. It can open multiple documents, view two documents simultaneously, has syntax highlighting (for programmers), and many more useful features.