Top ten free utilities for computers running Windows
Yahoo Desktop Search (http://desktop.yahoo.com)
A permanent index of your computer's hard disk means you can find specific documents, images, presentations, etc, instantaneously rather than having to search from scratch every time.
Foxit Reader (http://www.foxitsoftware.com/pdf/rd_intro.php)
Everyone uses Adobe Reader to view pdf (portable document format) documents. Foxit Reader does this job as well, but loads much more quickly.
Cute PDF Writer (http://www.cutepdf.com/Products/CutePDF/writer.asp)
Saving web pages can be awkward because of the coding used. Instead, save both text and graphics as a pdf document with PDF Writer. PDF Writer can also convert Word documents, PowerPoint presentations, etc, into pdf.
PDF Blender (http://www.spaceblue.com/pdfblender)
You can easily merge several pdf documents in to one with PDF Blender.
If you are preparing a paper or chapter and want to have your references visible as you are writing, DeskPins can be used to have several windows topmost on your screen.
ScreenHunter Free (http://www.wisdom-soft.com/products/screenhunter_free.htm)
How can you capture text, tables, figures, or images from your computer screen for your PowerPoint presentation? Simple, use ScreenHunter Free.
FastStone Image Viewer (http://www.faststone.org)
This is an excellent program for browsing, converting, showing, and editing your image collection. You can even add annotations, arrows, etc.
Everyone should regularly back up their data, and SyncBack will do this via an easy-to-use interface. It can also synchronise data, which is useful if you wish to keep update data on your USB memory stick.
A lot of people use WinZip to compress and archive data, for instance before emailing it. JustZipIt does the same job automatically without the confusing configuration requirements of WinZip.
Most email providers limit the size of attachments you can email. Instead, upload files of up to 100 MB using YouSendIt, and the person you are sending the file to will be able to download it.
Adam Magos, , Rakhi Mehta and Ioannis Tsimpanakos
University Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Royal Free Hospital, Hampstead, London NW3 2QG, UK
The Lancet, Vol 369, Issue 9560, 10 February 2007-16 February 2007, Page 464