Freeware/Open Source for Windows Weekly Summary

by Todd Ogasawara

Here's a summary of Freeware/FOSS (Free & Open Source Software) for Windows I mentioned in my personal blog last week...

Azureus: Simple to use BitTorrent Client
BitTorrent is a data sharing protocol that changes the file download paradigm from a one-to-one model to a many-to-many-model (peer-to-peer). This allows extremely large files to be shared without stressing a single download source point. It also means that if you download a file, you will also be allowing others to download fragments of the file from you too for some period of time. You can choose to terminate sharing the file with others after you have a complete file. But, this is considered a breach of netiquette.

One of the easiest ways to use BitTorrent is to use... Azureus

PocketMod: The Free Disposable Personal Organzier
Here's an item that is hard to categorize.

PocketMod: The Free Disposable Personal Organzier

PocketMod lets you create mini paper booklets of information and organizational forms (calendar, contacts, etc.). It prints the mini-pages on a single piece of paper which you then fold and cut (with a scissors) to create the mini-booklet.

It is somewhat difficult to categorize because this mini-booklet can be either created right from the PocketMod website (using Flash) or by downloading a client to your desktop. The PocketMod downloadable app runs on either Mac OS X or Windows.

Microsoft Research Group Shot
Here's an interesting freebie from Microsoft Research. They describe it as: Group Shot helps you create a perfect group photo out of a series of group photos. With Group Shot you can select your favorite parts in each shot of the series and Group Shot will automatically build a composite image. You can find it at...

Microsoft Research Group Shot

Google Earth Release 4
Google released an update for Google Earth on January 8.

Google Earth Release 4

The listed enhancements are: More 3D content for terrain and buildings, add your own photos and GPS data, a new simpler user interface.

Google SketchUp 6 and 3D Warehouse
The folks at Google have been busy! They also updated their 3D modeling app SketchUp.

Google SketchUp 6

If you want to see what some talented and diligent people have created with SketchUp, head over to...

Google 3D Warehouse see what 3D models have been uploaded and contributed to the collection there.

Gpg4win: EMail Security Using GnuPG for Windows
Gpg4win is a port GNU PG. GNU PG provides a way to encrypt and sign data and communication using the OpenPGP standard. This port attempts to make GNU PG easy to install and use with Microsoft Windows.

Gpg4win: EMail Security Using GnuPG for Windows

One useful enhancement is a plugin for Microsoft Outlook 2003 (GPGol).

There is a Gpg4win regular version that includes the manuals while the light version does not.

Zelda2D Game Engine
Zelda2D Game Engine is an Open Source fan-created game that pays homage to the classic Legend of Zelda game series.

The Freshmeat entry description for Zelda2D says: It is a classic jump'n'run game in the style of Zelda, featuring Link collecting rupees and defending against evil opponents. The game itself is a game engine that reads levels from XML files. It's very easy to write your own levels and to design objects in the game..

There are Linux and Windows downloads available for this game.