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Here are some links to useful Freeware tools (some are only free for personal/home use)

LibreOffice - text processing (more than just a word), spreadsheed tool, presentation tool, drawing tool and database tool - open document, many file import and export functions and direct PDF-creation from your documents..

Firefox - a browser, very good customizable, also works fine for Intranets with domain authorization (check out 'about:config' -> ntlm).
supports many useful addins which help to focus on the website content.

Foobar2000 - Mpeg2, MP3, OGG, AC3, DTS player with lot of plugins.

Notepad++ - a very customizable text editor. See below for more details ....

FileZilla - SFTP client with multithreaded downloads.

PDFsearchGUI - ever tried to find text in multiple PDF files? PDFsearch will help you.

Here are some other links to useful tools (they are worth thier money)

CD Music collector - organize your Audio CD collection (free for less than 100CD's)

DVD-Profiler - organize your DVD collection (free Registration with low resolution DVD cover pictures)


Notepad++Notepad++ This Editor is a 'must have seen'. Not only it supports several languages to highlight - it allows you to define your own language to parse ... I'm using this Editor to colorize the language 'SKILL' which is used in Cadence AllegroPCB and Cadence ConceptHDL.

Here are my language definition files including a sample Skill-code file to show the coloring and keyword recognizion:
Notepad++ needs to know the new user defined language for '.il'-files:

SKILL user defined Language SKILL user defined language Destination folder: %APPDATA%\Notepad++

Notepad++ supports auto-completion when using this API file:

SKILL auto completion definitions SKILL auto completion definitions Destination folder: %NPP_INSTALL_FOLDER%\plugins\APIs

You should also try the Functionlist plugin by Jens Lorenz, here is the definition file for function detection:

SKILL Functionlist definition Destination folder: %APPDATA%\Notepad++

This is an example Skill file where you can verify the Notepad++ functionality with the SKILL language addons:

SKILL example file


If there's something unclear, or you need more informations don't hesitate to email me:


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