Freeware/Open Source for Windows Weekly Summary

by Todd Ogasawara

Here's my weekly summary of Freeware, Open Source, and free web services mentioned in my personal blog last week.

Password Safe 3.06
Password Safe is an Open Source utility that runs under Microsoft Windows. It describes itself as tool that allows you to have a different password for all the different programs and websites that you deal with, without actually having to remember all those usernames and passwords. The most recent version (3.06) was released on Feb. 15.

Album Shaper: Digital Photo Organizer
Album Shaper's description reads: strives to be the most friendly, easy to use, open source application for organizing, annotating, framing, enhancing, stylizing, and sharing your digital photos.

You can find screenshots with descriptions of this product at: Album Shaper 2.0 Visual Tour.

FreeCol: Colonization Clone (game)
Here's another Open Source multiplatform game inspired by a Sid Meier game. This time the game is Colonization. And the FOSS game is...

FreeCol 0.5.3

This most recent version was released on Dec. 5, 2006. It is written in Java a requires Java 1.5.0 or newer.

MicroManager: Automated Microscope Control
I haven't peered into a microscope in many many years. But, check out the description for this Open Source app: MicroManager is an Open Source software package for imaging and control of automated microscopes on multiple platforms (Windows, Mac and Linux). Together with ImageJ, a popular image processing package, ?Manager provides a comprehensive imaging solution - comparable to commercially available ones. You can find it linked below:

MicroManager: The Open Source Microscopy Software

Google Apps APIs
I'll admit this might be a little bit of a stretch for this blog's topic area. But, what the heck, it's my blog :-)

Google Apps APIs

So, why mention this web API? I've been using Google's Docs and Spreadsheets web apps quite a bit for the past few months. I've even trying, as an experiment, to write an entire article for publication (on another web site) using Google Docs (it is interesting but I think a client-side word processor or editor is faster, btw). If the web is the new computer, then we need to do things like backup Google Docs and Spreadsheets to the PC or Mac (is that a switch or what?).

AutoHotKey 1.0.46.08 : Mouse & Keyboard Macros
AutoHotKey is an Open Source utility that lets you create mouse and keyboard macros for Windows. It was just updated a month ago (Feb. 2007). Check out its tutorial to get a better idea of how mouse and keyboard macro automation can speed up your work when using Microsoft Windows.