Freeware/Open Source for Windows Weekly Summary

by Todd Ogasawara

Foxit PDF Reader for Windows & U3
Foxit 2.0 is a freeware Windows application that is, according to its website, a free PDF document viewer and printer, with incredible small size (only 1.5 M download size), breezing-fast launch speed and amazingly rich feature set. There is a for-fee Pro version that provides more features. And, there is a Foxit Reader 2.0 for U3 USB smart drives that is also a free download.

YALE: IDE for Machine Learning and Data Mining
YALE (Yet Another Learning Environment) is a multi-platform Open Source application that provides a graphical interface for machine learning and data mining. Its feature description page should give you a better idea of what it is capable of.

TrueCrypt 4.3 Released
TrueCrypt 4.3 for Windows & Linux was released this week. Sorry, no Mac OS X version yet folks. According to the release notes, the major changes seem to be related to Windows Vista compatibility. It is now fully compatible with both the 32 and 64-bit versions of Windows Vista.

Since only the Windows Vista Enterprise and Ultimate Editions support the new Bitlocker feature, you definitely want to learn more about TrueCrypt for encrypting data if you use Windows Vista.

Ruby 1.8.6
The latest version of the great Ruby scripting language was released on March 12...

Ruby 1.8.6

Ruby is probably best known for being the language used to develop Ruby on Rails. However, the Ruby language itself shouldn't be ignored even if you are already comfortable and productive with other dynamic languages such as Perl or Python.

DVD Flick
DVD Flick (last updated on Feb. 10, 2007) can work with different kinds of video formats to create a video DVD that can be played on a standalone DVD players. Sounds like just the thing to use to collect the various bits and pieces of videos created using a video-able still digital photo camera and assembling them to send off to family members.