For a work of good will it is often also important to have good instruments. We have compiled a collection of links to selected freeware programs (free for general or private use), which might be interesting and helpful.
Astrological / Cosmological Programs
- Stellarium - Planetarium Software
- World Wind - Interactive Globe
- What Watch? - Astrology Program
- Lunar Calendar
- OpenOffice - Suite
- Picasa - Picture Program
- Avast - Antivirus-Program
- PC Tools Firewall Plus
- Audacity - Digital Audio Editor
- Paint.net - Image and Photo Software
- Firefox - Internet Program
- Thunderbird - E-Mail Client
- Nvu - Composer for Building Websites
- AceFTP - for Uploading Websites
- JAlbum - Web Photo Album Generator
Stellarium is a beautiful free planetarium software for PC (English - Windows, Mac and Linux), with which you can demonstrate the starry sky and the constellations in their movements
World Wind 1.3 is a 3D interactive globe by NASA, which lets you zoom from satellite altitude into any place on Earth. Look across the Andes, into the Grand Canyon, over the Alps, or along the African Sahara. For Windows 2000 or XP, download 53 Mb (plus the free .net runtime environment by Microsoft, 23.5 MB).
Download World Wind
See also: Google Earth, a 3D interface to the planet
What Watch is a powerful tool (in English/German) that covers many areas and techniques of astrology. Its purpose is to get quick access to relevant information and displaying it in a concise and no-nonsense way: Keep it simple while providing all that is necessary. What Watch assumes that you're already familiar with some basics of astrology, and has an extensive tutorial explaining how to use the astrological techniques implemented here.
Download What Watch
If you just want to get your personal chart, you can have it online from Astro.com.
Those who like to work with more subtle cycles of the Moon can download here a Lunar Calender program as freeware, which has been developed and made available to us by "White Island" / Heinrich Lorenzen (program in German and English). The program is compressed as a zip-file (472 kb) and should be saved after download in a new folder (please read the enclosed readme-file).
Download Lunar Calendar
OpenOffice.org is an office suite, which is available for many operating systems and in many languages. OpenOffice is free to download, use and distribute.
Picasa is a software from Google that helps you instantly find, edit and share all the pictures on your PC. Every time you open Picasa, it automatically locates all your pictures (even ones you forgot you had) and sorts them into visual albums organized by date with folder names you will recognize.
Avast! 4 Home Edition is a full-featured antivirus package designed exclusively for home users and non-commercial use. The Czech company offers the Home Edition free of charge, with regular automatic actualisations in many languages, in order to avoid global virus spreading by efficient prevention and to make a virus protection available for people who are not able to or do not want to pay for antivirus software. Registration is necessary.
Download Avast 4 Home
PC Tools Firewall Plus (TM) is a powerful personal firewall for Windows® that protects your computer by preventing unauthorized users from gaining access to your computer through the Internet or a network.
Download PC Tools Firewall Plus
Audacity is a free, easy-to-use audio editor and recorder for Windows, Mac OS X, GNU/Linux, and other operating systems. You can use Audacity to: Record live audio, convert tapes and records into digital recordings or CDs, edit Ogg Vorbis, MP3, and WAV sound files, cut, copy, splice, and mix sounds together, change the speed or pitch of a recording and many more.
Paint.net is a free image and photo manipulation software designed for computers with Windows 2000, XP, Vista, or Server 2003. It has a wide variety of useful and powerful tools. Its development started at Washington State University as an undergraduate senior design project mentored by Microsoft. (For running you need the free Microsoft .NET Framework version 2.0, 22.4 MB).
Firefox is Mozilla's award winning browser of the next generation. Fast, secure, and easy to use, Firefox delivers a better Web experience.
Thunderbird offers a safe, fast, and easy email, with intelligent spam filters, quick message search, customizable views and other features.
Nvu (pronounced N-view, for a "new view") is a complete Web Authoring System for creating web pages and managing a website with no technical expertise or knowledge of HTML. Nvu is available in many languages, for Linux Desktop users as well as Microsoft Windows and Macintosh users.
This robust FTP software by Visicom Media lets you transfer files quickly and efficiently and navigate with ease between folders, both on Web sites and on your computer.
Download AceFTP 3
JAlbum is a free web gallery software that runs virtuallyeverywhere. It is very quickly se up and allows endless forms of personalization.