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The Abraham Zelmanov Journal
The journal for General Relativity, gravitation and cosmology



Free software for MS Windows

LaTeX software

FreeDOS software

Linux/Unix software

Free software for MS Windows

The links which are listed herein refer only to most popular and properly working free software applications for MS Windows, tested by the Editors and contributors of our journal. All the software is free for distribution, and has not limitations for use. More free software for MS Windows can be found on desk of Frettt's Freeware Archive, and in the other repositories. Old versions of the programs can be downloaded from OldApps Archive.

Wordprocessors and office suites

  • OpenOffice is the most powerful free office suite equipped with a wordprocessor, spreadsheet, database, presentation, drawing editor, and math editor. OpenOffice possesses most properties of such commercial suites as MS Office or WP Office, and accepts all formats known for the office suites. Dictionaries for almost all of the world languages, and many additional plug-ins are available.

  • LibreOffice is an open source project, started in 2010 as a follower and further development of OpenOffice after as Sun Microsystems (the owner of OpenOffice) was purchased by Oracle Corporation. The legacy of OpenOffice (dictionaries and plugins) can also be applied.

  • AbiWord is a fast, small, and featureful wordprocessor possessing most properties of MS Word and WordPerfect. AbiWord accepts all known wordprocessor formats. Speelchecker dictionaries and many additional plug-ins are available.

  • Scribus is an award-winning open-source program for professional desktop publishing. Scribus supports professional publishing features, such as CMYK color, separations, ICC color management and versatile PDF creation.

  • PortableApps is a kit of portable versions of the popular freeware applications, all owning an integrated menu and working from any external device (memory stick or portable hard drive) without installation onto a hard disk. PortableApps includes office applications, graphic editors, the internet tools, media players, archivers, etc.

Graphics processors

  • GIMP (Graphic Image Manipulation Program). This is the most powerful open source graphics editor, possessing all the properties of Adobe Photoshop. Tutorials "howto with GIMP", including those of digital photography, can be downloaded from the GIMP website.

  • Inkscape is an open source vector graphics editor, with capabilities similar to Illustrator, Freehand, CorelDraw, or Xara X using the standard Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) file format.

  • XnView is a fast and small viewer/converter of graphical files.

  • Irfan View is another popular viewer/converter of graphical files.

  • Mandelbrot Explorer is a small program generating fractal pictures.

  • Chaos Pro is another, more powerful program for fractal pictures.

PDF viewers and tools

  • Adobe Reader is the most powerful viewer of PDF documents by Adobe Corp.

  • FoxIt PDF Reader is the incredible fast and small size PDF viewer that possesses all the properties of Adobe Reader.

  • PDFTK Builder is a free graphical interface to the Windows version of PDFTK. This software allows you to reorder, delete, duplicate, rotate pages, making stamps, and password protecting in your PDF document. PDFTK Builder needs PDFTK to be installed.

  • PDFill PDF Tools is a free kit of powerful PDF tools (split, merge, watermark, convert, etc.) distributed in common with the complete PDFill PDF Editor. PDFill requires Ghostscript to be installed.

  • eXPert PDF Reader & Tools is a lightweight free PDF reader, which can be exended with (shareware) eXPert PDF Editor letting you to modify PDF documents.

  • CIB PDF Brewer is a converter to produce PDF files from within any Microsoft applications.

  • CutePDF Writer is a PDF file creator, working as printer. CutePDF Writer prints documents to a PDF file from any application. CutePDF Writer requires to have Ghostscript installed on your computer.

  • PDF Creator is another PDF file creator that creates PDF files from any application. Ghostscript is already included into the PDF Creator distribution.

  • WinPDF Easy PDF Creator is another PDF file creator working as printer (Ghostscript installation required).

DjVu viewers and tools

  • DjVu Solo is an all-in-one powerful DjVu file viewer, scanner, and editor by Lizard Tech. Now discontinued, DjVu Solo is acessed via third party such as Chemister, DjVu-Inf, and others.

  • WinDjView is a fast, compact and powerful DjVu viewer with advanced printing options and many features.

  • STDU Viewer for viewing all most popular document formats (DjVu, PDF, TIFF, XPS, FB2 etc.) by one program.

  • Other DjVu browsers and plugins can be found on desk of the resources DjVu Libre,, and others.

Anti-Virus (editor's rating)

Archive tools (editor's rating)

  • 7-Zip is an excellent and most active developing archive software which supports both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of MS Windows.

  • IZArc is as probable the most complete archiver utility. IZArc provides support to almost all known archive formats and disc images.

  • TUGZip is an excellent and powerful archiver that provides support to all known archive formats, and also disc images.

  • ZipGenius is one of the most powerful archive utilites that supports more than two dozens of archive and disc image formats.

  • QuickZip is a very good archive software featured which provides support to a wide variety of archive extensions.

  • FilZip is a powerful archiver providing complete support to most archive formats and disc images.

  • GSplit is a file splitter that lets you split your large files into a set of smaller archive files.

  • JustZIPit is the simplest and easy-in-use ZIP utility.

  • Universal Extractor extracts files from any type of more than twenty known archives.

  • Chilkat Zip Self-Extractor is a program which creates self-extracting ZIP files optionally with unbreakable encryption.

  • FZ Zip Extractor allows you to create self-extracting ZIP archives that are run as an executable EXE file.

Web browsers, mail and FTP tools

  • Internet Explorer is the powerful web browser by Microsoft Corp. Internet Explorer is included into each distribution of MS Windows commencing in Win'95, while the newest versions of it can be downloaded for upgrade.

  • Opera is the powerful web browser by Opera Software. The newest extensions of Opera allow to own a web server wthout creating a domain name, file exchange among the internet users, etc.

  • Netscape Browser is the famous web browser by Netscape Corp. (now discontinued). Netscape Gold contains a WYSIWYG HTML editor. All versions of Netscape can be found in Netscape Browser Archive and Evolt Browser Archive.

  • Mozilla Firefox is the award-winning powerful web browser by Mozilla Foundation, built on the basis of Netscape Browser. Firefox is a part of Mozilla Project.

  • Mozilla Thunderbird is an e-mail and newsgroup client by Mozilla, with powerful, new junk mail controls.

  • SeaMonkey is the all-in-one internet suite by Mozilla. SeaMonkey contains a web browser, mail and newsgroup client, WYSIWYG HTML editor, and IRC chat client.

  • Maxthon Browser is a powerful, and extreely fast web browser by Maxtron Ltd.

  • Adobe SVG Viewer is a plug-in by Adobe Corp. The plug-in integrates into your web browser to view documents in SVG (Scalable Vector Graphics) format.

  • Pegasus Mail is a standards-based electronic mail client. Another product, Mercury File Transport System, is an internet mail server (accessed from the same source).

  • Eudora Mail is another powerful e-mail client program.

  • FileZilla is a very popular and powerful FTP client and server.

  • CoreFTP is a very lightweight, but powerful FTP client and server.

HTML editors

  • KompoZer is the follower of NVU Editor, which is the most powerful free WYSIWYG HTML editor derived from Mozilla Composer.

  • Trellian WebPage is a powerful WYSIWYG HTML editor.

  • PageBreeze HTML Editor is another powerful WYSIWYG HTML editor.

  • Amaya is another popular WYSIWYG HTML editor.

  • WebDwarf is a powerful WYSIWYG generator of web pages, which uses its own file format then converting the complete web page into HTML.

  • Dynamic HTML Editor is another powerful WYSIWYG generator of web pages, which uses its own file format then converting it into HTML.

  • Alleycode HTML Text Editor is a powerful HTML editor working in the source code (non-visual) mode.

  • SuperEdi HTML Text Editor is another powerful HTML source code (non-visual) editor.

  • DeKnop Button Creator is a graphics editor that is designed to let you create buttons for your web site without requiring any graphic design experience.

CD/DVD utilites

  • CDBurnerXP is a powerful CD/DVD/BluRay burning free engine that provides almost all the possibilities that of Nero.

  • DeepBurner is a popular CD/DVD burning package, containing CD/DVD burning tool, VideoDVD creating, and AudioCD ripping utilites.

  • BurnAware Free is another popular burning application with similar creating, copying, and burning functions.

  • InfraRecorder is another popular burning application with similar creating, copying, and burning functions.

  • Daemon Tools is an advanced application which enables you to use (emulate) file images of your CD/DVD disks as if they were already burned to CD/DVD.

  • Virtual CloneDrive is another free program which does emulate for virtual drives on your hard disk.

  • CD Cover Creator is a very nice drawing program that creates CD/DVD labels, covers, etc. Many original templates are supplied.

Hash sum checkers

  • Hash Calculator is a powerful program supports checking/computing of 12 most common hashing algorithms: MD2, MD4, MD5, SHA-1, SHA-2 (256, 384, 512), RIPEMD-160, PANAMA, TIGER, ADLER32, CRC32.

Barcode makers

Boot disks

  • Ultimate Boot CD is a bootable CD equipped with a graphical interface to use a powerful kit of the software diagnostic and disk utilites contained in the CD.

  • BartPE Boot CD is an engine permitting you to create a bootable CD with software diagnostic and disk utilites from your working Windows operating system (not working under the obsolete versions Windows 9.x/NT4/ME).

File managers

  • FAR Manager is the powerful file manager for Windows 98/ME/2000/XP/Vista/7 with the interface like that of the famous Norton Commander. Complete support to long file names, Unicode, archive utilites, and many features are provided.

  • DOS Navigator is the powerful file manager with a two-panel interface like that of Norton Commander, and containing many features and tools. It is based on DOS Navigator by RIT Lab (1991-1999).

  • Volkov Commander is another popular (now discontinued) two-panel file manager like Norton Commander.

  • ExplorerXP is a very fast and innovative file manager for Windows 2000/XP that provides more features than the standard file explorer used in MS Windows.

  • FreeCommander is another nice file manager, added by a few useful utilites (MD5 checksum and more archive utilites).

  • WazTree is a very lightweight explorer (file manager and FTP client), with versions for DOS and MS Windows. Many useful utilites like a text editor, graphic file converters, and file archivers are provided.

File sharing

  • µTorrent is the smallest BitTorrent client with functionality of heavily featured clients such as Azureus or BitComet.

  • BitTorrent is a simplest BitTorrent software, packed with many features.

  • Vuze (formerly Azureus) is a powerful Java based BitTorrent client, with support for I2P and Tor anonymous communication protocols.

  • BitComet is a powerful BitTorrent/HTTP/FTP client. Its advanced features can accelerate your downloading speed up to 5-10 times faster.

Java Virtual Machine

  • Sun Java Runtime Environment is the basic installation and updates of the original Java Virtual Machine (JVM) by Sun Microsystems (now owned by Oracle Corporation).

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