USEFUL WINDOWS PROGRAMS
Following is an alphabetic list of downloads directly from my site, followed by a short program description for each. Please contact the authors of these applications for any support questions.
7zip 16.04 32bit
7zip 16.04 64bit
An open source file archiver with a high compression ratio.
Adobe Acrobat Reader
PDF Reader by Adobe
Free audio editor with very good built-in accessibility features
AutoHotkey 1.1.27.00 (32 and 64 bit Unicode)
Started off as a macro recorder, but has over time developed into a full-fledged scripting language
Balabolka is a Text-To-Speech (TTS) program. All computer voices installed on your system are available to the program. The on-screen text can be saved as a WAV, MP3, MP4, OGG or WMA file.
Creates detailed HTML hardware profile
Rename multiple files easily
Registry and system cleaning tool
CD Burner XP 188.8.131.5223
CDBurnerXP is a free application to burn CDs and DVDs, including Blu-Ray and HD-DVDs. It also includes the feature to burn and create ISO's, as well as a multilanguage interface. Works under Windows 10.
CDex can extract the data directly from an Audio CD, which is generally called a CD Ripper or a CDDA utility. The resulting audio file can be a plain WAV file (useful for making compilation audio CDs) or the ripped audio data can be compressed using an audio encoder such as MP3, FLAC, AAC, WMA or OGG.
Classic Shell 4.3.0
Classic Shell™ is free software that improves your productivity, enhances the usability of Windows and empowers you to use the computer the way you like it.
Handy program to convert E-books to various formats, DRM removal option included. Note that this is a minor update to the previous 2.1.
Copy one or more file names to the clipboard, handy when referring to specific file names without having to type it manually.
DD Reader 20140825
This open source DAISY 3 reading software was developed by the Dorina Nowill Foundation for the Blind in Brazil and is free to use and share. The DAISY books can be read by synthesized voice, pre-recorded narration, or text only.
When using the computer on a daily basis, we often have to open and close the DVD drive door. However, this can be a bit of a hassle if the computer case is under the table or if we have a laptop with the awkward side DVD drive door. The Door Control software will help you resolve these issues. The software shows the button for opening and closing the DVD drive door in the system menu. A single click will open or close the DVD drive door. You may also assign a hotkey for this function. In comparison with similar software, Door Control uses a special algorithm to recognise whether the doors are open or closed. A single click is enough to open or close the DVD drive door. The user may customise the colour of the button, assign a hotkey and launch the software at system start-up. The Door Control software is very small and uses a very small amount of RAM for its operation.
Feature rich programming editor with added screen reader support
eSpeak synthesiser, small footprint, very responsive. If using NVDA as your screen reader, be sure to use the built-in eSpeak NG (New Generation) voices which are still actively developed.
Handy Window file search utility
An alternative file manager with screen reader specific features
Free PDF password remover
Handy tool to remove passwords from PDF documents to gain access to the embedded image for OCR purposes. If user password protects a document, this tool can remove it after supplying the password when first opened.
GoldWave 6.31, 64bit
GoldWave 5.70, 32bit
A light-weight, yet extremely powerful audio editor. The above-mentioned two installers are for evaluation versions. To purchase a lifetime license for GoldWave for $45,
go to the GoldWave page (opens an external link)
GomPlayer music / video player
A screen reader accessible version of the popular GomPlayer. Later versions of this player turned out to be less accessible, so be sure to disable automatic updates of the program after installation.
Handy tool to easily create installers for public distribution
IrfanView is a fast, small, compact and innovative FREEWARE graphic viewer. Allows for image resizing and changing of many other image attributes. Useful for web development.
Tool to write ISO images to a flash drive, handy for building a bootable flash drive for Windows installations.
KeePass 2.36, full install
KeePass 2.36, portable
Free password manager
Lame Encoder 3.99.3
Install this to convert files to mp3 format if your sound editor does not include this encoder.
Malware Bytes 184.108.40.2063-1.0.160-1.0.2251
Anti-malware tool, free version, with option to upgrade to paid license
Mp3 Skype Recorder 4.9
Used to record P2P, SkypeOut calls and calls made to your Skype online number. Capable of tracking simultaneous calls and to save them separately. Easy integration with Skype Conference recording.
Handy, small footprint utility to monitor wireless and LAN network traffic, download / upload speed, etc. Includes daily, weekly and monthly reports on data usage. Later versions are less accessible with screen readers, so be sure to disable automatic updates of the program after installation.
Ninite page (opens an external link)
Install and Update All Your Programs at Once. No toolbars. No clicking next. Just pick your apps and go.
Feature rich programming / HTML editor.
Tool to convert PDF files to text, includes option for OCR functionality
Pontes Media Downloader
Handy program to download and convert YouTube and other online media videos to various formats, including mp3 and lossless flac.
A utility to extract Windows and Office product keys on your system for re-installation purposes. This tool has a few limitations on certain flavours of Windows, but generally is very useful if you do not have access to the product key on your purchased installation media.
A free translator for Windows. With this small utility, you simply select the text you wish to translate and then press the hot key ( Ctrl+Q to show translation in the popup window orDouble Ctrl click to show the translation in the main window). QTranslate also has the ability to speak text Ctrl+E and perform a dictionary search Ctrl+Shift+Q . You can also open the main window and type text manually.
Utility to recover deleted files from your computer
Accessible utility to remap key bindings, writing changed values to the registry for future use. No need to keep the program resident after changes have been applied.
Light-weight, yet powerfull RSS feed reader
Shell Extensions are in-process COM objects which extends the abilities of the Windows operating system. Most shell extensions are automatically installed by the operating system, but there are also many other applications that install additional shell extension components. For example: If you install WinZip on your computer, you'll see a special WinZip menu when you right-click on a Zip file. This menu is created by adding a shell extension to the system. The ShellExView utility displays the details of shell extensions installed on your computer, and allows you to easily disable or enable them.
Sound Volume View 32bit
Sound Volume View 64bit
SoundVolumeView is a simple tool for Windows Vista/7/8/2008/10 that displays general information and current volume level for all active sound components on your system, and allows you to mute and unmute them instantly. SoundVolumeView also allows you to save a sound profile into a file, containing the current volume level and the mute/unmute state of all sound components, as well as the default sound devices, and then later, load the same file to restore exactly the same volume levels and settings. There is also extensive command-line support, which allows you to save/load profiles, change current volume of every sound component, and mute/unmute every sound component, without displaying any user interface.
Utility to retrieve hardware specs, handy if you need to find a driver for a device or determine RAM type.
Syncthing replaces proprietary sync and cloud services with something open, trustworthy and decentralized. Your data is your data alone and you deserve to choose where it is stored, if it is shared with some third party and how it's transmitted over the Internet.
Tapin Radio, 32 bit
Tapin Radio, 64 bit
Internet radio application with recording facility, Pro version available with additional functionality
TW Blue 0.92
Free Twitter client with option to make donations towards supporting future updates
Have you ever felt, while installing software, that the installer tries to push additional unwanted programs at all cost? Ever missed a checkbox, and spent hours afterwards removing adware? Ever opened your browser after an installation, only to find out that you have a new homepage, a new search engine, or even a new browser? Unchecky aims to keep potentially unwanted programs out of your computer.
Program to record sound card output, handy for recording tutorials or internet streams.
VLC Media Player 2.2.6
Feature rich media player.
Text-based internet browser, based on the Internet Explorer framework.
What's my computer doing
Is your computer taking more time than you like to perform required tasks? Would you like to know what's consuming too much CPU or RAM? Perhaps you are curious as to why your fan suddenly starts running fast or the hard disk light flashes while you are not doing anything. Then consider using 'What's My Computer Doing. The handy utility displays important information that will help you pinpoint all running applications and the ones weighing heavily on the CPU. What's My Computer Doing does not only provide a list of the running applications but also relevant details about them. The program also displays recently closed programs. It then gives you the opportunity to either close or uninstall them. Tip for screen reader users: in the main window, press the checkbox to freeze monitoring in order to browse through the processes detected.
Excellent, fully accessible FTP client, supports SFTP protocol.
MORE DOWNLOADSGo to Tom Lorimer's White Stick download page, opens external link
Have an old PC which you have not had the heart to throw out yet? Go to the old apps resource to see if there are any goodies you would like to add to your collection.
Old apps page, opens external link
This section was last updated on 4 February 2018.