Thursday, 7 August 2008

Another three top freeware applications

It has been a while since I suggested any freeware, but I have recently had need to find a decent video converter, a good FTP client, and some way to back-up my blog.

The free version of Any Video Converter is the best tool that I have found for converting between a variety of video formats including MPEG, Flash, AVI, MP4 and WMV. It even supports capturing video from YouTube and Google video. The interface is friendly and easy to use with a variety of output options.

Although it isn't as popular as it once was FTP (File Transfer Protocol) is still used on the Internet. So you may have need of a decent FTP client. The feature-rich FileZilla FTP Client has an old fashioned two-pane file manager style interface. Various servers can be added to the Site Manager or you can quickly type in the details on the main interface.

If you need to make a copy of an entire website, then you could do a lot worse than use the WinHTTrack Website Copier. Behind the simple wizard-based interface is a very powerful piece of software. Create a project for any site you want to download, select a destination directory and let WinHTTrack create a local copy of the entire site. You can use this program to regularly update the local copy too, ideal if you want to back-up a site without having to copy everything across each time.

9 comments:

Beau71 said...

FileZilla is a GREAT ftp program. I use it all the time. Easy to use and free. What more could you ask for? Oh yeah, it's a quality program too.

2008 Olympic Medal Tally said...

I think I can use the Free Video converter tool. Thanks for sharing the FTP tool too.

William said...

If you want to get a bit list of freeware apps the go to
http://www.computersmatter.org/forum/showthread.php?t=297
There is a massive section on freeware tools and it is updated often.

jsanderz said...

Hi,
If you use Firefox and need an FTP app, there is a great add on called
FireFTP
which is a lightweight extension of FileZilla.
Regards.
Jeff

www.informationaddicts.com

Teena in Toronto said...

Happy blogoversary!

Stepterix said...

Thanks for all the comments, people.

W & JS: I will certainly look at your recommendations.

K

Dan N said...

I have just started getting into video, I will certainly check this free software out. I love freeware for the obvious reasons, I am a cheapskape :)

Stepterix said...

Dan: thanks for the comment... and I agree that free is the best price of all

Ron Starc said...

FTP Manager Lite is a better freeware FTP and SFTP client software. The clean interface is super easy to use. It will perform your files transfers quickly and efficiently. It is one of the best freeware FTP clients that also supports FXP.