Free Software. From the Internet. Rosemary Lloyd Big Bear Computer Club June 6, 2010. Freebies Safety Considerations. Consult tech savvy people Search reputable web sites carefully Read user reviews Not integrated into Windows Less popular can translate to smaller target. RocketDock.
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Big Bear Computer Club
June 6, 2010
If you have purchased a computer from Dell in the last year or so, you may have seen the Dell Dock. It is a stand alone ‘toolbar’ that contains program icons.
RocketDock is a similar application launcher. It is very easy to add or remove icons, change the look and behavior of the dock and relocate it to another area on the screen. All of these attributes are in ‘Dock Settings…’.
I like RocketDock because it reminds me of the Windows Quick Launch bar that used to live at the bottom of the screen. In Windows 7, the Taskbar has some cool, new features. However, Quick Launch is not available. The new Taskbar will not accept all of the application launching icons that I want to use. Hence, we found RocketDock.
What does RocketDock do? It gives you a fast way to open programs that are used often. Instead of filling the desktop with program icons, drag them to the dock.
Move the mouse over an icon and it enlarges for easier viewing
Open programs have an arrow pointing to their icons. (That is very Mac-like)
The right side of the dock shows minimized programs
Open the ‘Dock Settings…’ to change RocketDock’s look and behavior
Created by Punk Labs
GIMP is open source photo editing software. The Windows operating system includes Paint (located under Accessories in the Start Menu). You can use paint for basic photo editing. At the other end of the spectrum is the pro standard, Adobe Photoshop. In between are many other photo editing programs. GIMP is very powerful. You can do basic photo manipulation and fancy effects (including one of my favorites, make the background transparent). Add GIMPShop if you want a Photoshop like interface.
GIMPShop has many editing tools available. ‘Levels’ and ‘Curves’ can be used to fine tune color, brightness, contrast, etc. These and other features are found in high end photo editing software.
If you want to hone your typing skills, Peter’s can help. There are other pay for programs available. Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing is one of the better known.
Audacity developed at Sourceforge.net.
Please note that many of the web sites where freeware is offered will ask for donations. It is something to think about and perhaps act upon when you find a free program that you like.