Buying specialized industry-standard software packages is no doubt an expensive proposition. Instead, it is a smarter idea to opt for freeware that delivers the desired functionality for your requirements. In fact, freeware is the choice of many IT consultants, who work on diverse projects requiring different software tools.
Tips on choosing freeware
When you decide to go for freeware, keep a few points in mind. Check if the freeware comes with one or more features that have been disabled. If so, check what these are and whether or not they will impair functionality or cause unwanted hassles. The freeware you choose should have no trouble exporting to XML, PDF and CSV for smooth functioning and use. Also verify if the software has been updated at least in the last seven to eight months; ongoing updates are indicative of a good ecosystem back-up for the freeware.
Some freeware you can consider
Packed with features, the PDF-XChange Viewer allows the creation of visible type in a PDF. This makes it very easy, quick and convenient to fill business docs. Investing in PDF creation tools that offer the same functionality can cost you quite a bit.
Drawing and diagram editing software Dia works much like Microsoft’s Visio software package. Supporting advanced drawing techniques and layering, Dia delivers superbly when the output needs to be exceptionally impressive. With exports to Visio XML, LaTeX, and a menu consisting of over thirty standard icon sets, this unlimited-use and free software is a must-have.
Busy consultants can always do with a freeware that serves their system cleaning, optimization and privacy needs. CCleaner excels at this, removing unused system files and thereby freeing up disk space and helping Windows run faster. It clears your internet history as well, and also comprises a registry cleaner. The deletion is secure and in its latest version, CCleaner supports Firefox 8.0.
Express Invoice helps you track and manage billables without inventory or payroll hassles. It is a simple solution that aids the creation of a simple customer database, billable items, quotes, and tax rates. Account information back-up and a small degree of invoice customization are available.
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