It is Follow Friday! This is a blogging meme in which authors recommend other blogs, websites, repositories, or anything else. In keeping with the theme of this blog, I will spotlight different resources for professional and aspiring professional genealogists each week: not only genealogy-related, but also others of interest.
For those of us with limited resources, some of the more expensive commercial software packages can be too much, especially when they are nice, but not necessary. If only there were a site where one could download and install a fully-featured, registered commercial software application for free.
Wait, there is: Giveaway of the Day offers free downloads of commercial software, each for one day. According to their webpage,
Basically, every day we nominate one software title that will be a Giveaway title of that day. The software is available for download for 24 hours (or more, if agreed by software publisher) and that software is absolutely free. That means – not a trial, not a limited version – but a registered and legal version of the software is completely free for our visitors*.
The software product is presented in its full functionality, without any limitations save for those mentioned in Terms and Conditions.
Each software program is generally available for download for only one day. It must be downloaded and installed during that day. (I learned this the hard way when I downloaded a program I waited until the next day to install it.)
Among the programs that I have downloaded in the past are FusionDesk (which I now use for tracking all of my client projects), project management software, several PowerPoint plug-ins, and a demo recorder. A collage maker, a screen recorder, a PDF printer, and a hard drive cleaner have been offered this past week.
Because of the timeliness required to get these programs, I would recommend that you keep up with the site. Of course you can visit every day, but the site also has an RSS feed and a Facebook application, or you can subscribe to updates by email. I use the RSS feed on my iGoogle page. This way you can be sure not to miss that program you need, on the one day it is offered.