TypeWonder — Cool tool to preview fonts (so far limited to Google fonts) on the fly on any website.
Don’t have a Kindle? You can still read Kindle books on your Mac, PC, smartphone, iPad etc. Click here to get your Free Kindle Reader.
Screen Capture – File Converters
ezvid – Free screen capture and video editor – easily upload to YouTube.
Miro Video Converter – Miro Video Converter has presets that will convert video to the correct sizes and formats for popular phones, iPods, and other media players. Just convert your video and copy it to your device.
Online Audio Converter – Several conversion types, super for mp3 to ogg conversion.
Format Factory – Multifunctional media converter for the nongeek.
Convert Files – Convert any document, archive file, spreadsheet, audio and video file from one format to another (up to 200 MB currently). Service is offered at absolutely no charge and without the need to download additional software.
PrimoPDF Converter – Convert 300+ file types to PDF. Convert any file that prints to PDF, including Microsoft Word (DOC, DOCX), Excel (XLS, XLSX), PowerPoint (PPT, PPTX), Visio (VSD), Publisher (PUB), WordPerfect (WPD), OpenOffice, HTML, TXT, BMP, TIFF, JPEG, GIF, PNG, and many more. 100% industry-standard PDF files. Easily create PDF files that can be opened in any PDF viewer, including Adobe Acrobat, Adobe Reader, and Nitro PDF Professional. Profiles include Screen, eBook, Print, Prepress, and Custom. Append PDF files. Combine each newly created PDF file into the one PDF.
Design Seeds: For All Who Love Color – This is a great site, be prepared to stay a long time.
Pinterest – Office To-Go’s Color Schemes for websites, logos, brochures
OFFICE – PRODUCTIVITY
DropBox – Terrific tool for collaborating with clients! Dropbox allows you to sync your files online and across your computers automatically. Shared folders allow several people to collaborate on the same files. Control who has access to your shared folders. Dropbox uses military-grade encryption methods to both transfer and store your data. The free Dropbox account comes with 2GB of space that you can use for as long as you like.
Foxit Reader – Free PDF document viewer and printer with incredible small size, breezing-fast launch speed and rich feature set.
LibreOffice – Powerful office suite; its clean interface and powerful tools let you unleash your creativity and grow your productivity. LibreOffice embeds several applications that make it the most powerful Free & Open Source Office suite on the market: Writer, the word processor, Calc, the spreasheet application, Impress, the presentation engine, Draw, our drawing and flowcharting application, Base, our database and database frontend, and Math for editing mathematics.
OpenOffice – Open-source office software suite (similar to Microsoft Office) for word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, graphics, databases and more.
Trello – All your projects, all your tasks, all of your team–organized, accounted for, and easily visible at a glance. You have control over board permissions. You can make a board that your company and team can see, or you can restrict it to specific people. Everything in Trello is secure. All traffic runs over SSL which encrypts all of your traffic. Trello is backed up hourly, so you’re in no danger of losing important lists or tasks.
Freedcamp – Alternative to Basecamp and you can import Basecamp projects by using the API key. As always when working with web-based apps, keep a current copy of docs, etc., on your computer and backups.
Google Mobile – Get Google Maps, Sync, Gmail, YouTube, Latitude, Places, Books and more for your phone.
iBooks Author – App that allows anyone to create beautiful Multi-Touch textbooks — and just about any other kind of book — for iPad. With galleries, video, interactive diagrams, 3D objects, and more, these books bring content to life in ways the printed page never could.
MailChimp Guides – Email Marketing Field Guide, How to Manage Your List, Email Security, Common Rookie Mistakes, How To Create An Email Marketing Plan, MailChimp for Bloggers, Constant Contact Switchers Guide, How To Avoid Spam Filters and more.
GO.QR.ME – One of the best free QR code generators.
Likealyer – Measure the success of your Facebook fan page. It evaluates your activity and conversations to ensure your success. Their free service will provide you with detailed information and explanation of identified issues, tips on how to address these issues and much more.
dlvr.it – 5 Feeds, 3 Social Pages and Profiles, and we check your feeds for updates every 30 minutes. Automatically distribute your blog to Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and more. dlvr.it is Bit.ly friendly, offers real-time engagement stats, hooks up with any analytics system, including Google Analytics and Omniture, add hash tags automatically. Target content to your social networks based on keywords, author, tags and more.
TwitterFeed – Feed your blog to Twitter, Facebook and more.
TrueTwit Basic – Validation service for Twitter. All of your new followers are sent a validation request via direct message. If your follower successfully completes the CAPTCHA (or is already a TrueTwit user), you are sent an email indicating they are a TrueTwit-validated human!
EMAIL TOOLS – NEWSLETTERS
WiseStamp Email Signatures – Works with AOL, Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo. WiseStamp Email Apps enable users to bring functionality in every email they send. Check out their Apps gallery where you’ll find 14 social, fun and serious apps. This list will continue to grow, so keep checking back.
MailChimp – Get a free account for up to 2,000 subscribers (no auto-responders with free account). Though, we hope you like it so much you purchase a plan. MailChimp makes it easy to design exceptional email campaigns, share them on social networks, integrate with web services you already use, manage subscribers and track your results.
AUDIO & VIDEO
Wavosaur – Free sound editor, audio editor, wav editor software for editing, processing and recording sounds, wav and mp3 files. Wavosaur has all the features to edit audio (cut, copy, paste, etc.) produce music loops, analyze, record, batch convert. Supports VST plugins, ASIO driver, multichannel wav files, real time effect processing. The program has no installer and doesn’t write in the registry. Use it as a free mp3 editor, for mastering, sound design. The Wavosaur freeware audio editor works on Windows 98, Windows XP and Windows Vista.
DVDVideoSoft – Download FreeStudio for a cornucopia of terrific apps! YouTube apps, video and audio conversion and editing, image and photo, burning and ripping and more!
Audacity – Open source software for recording and editing sounds. Available for Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows, GNU/Linux and other operating systems.
WEBSITE & BLOG APPS – WIDGETS – MOBILE APPS
** Rafflecopter – Setting up a giveaway has never been simpler. A few clicks here, one over there, and — POOF! — you’re up and running faster than a greased pig on a slip-n-slide Plan & launch giveaways in minutes, not hours. Turn an ordinary visit into a fun, engaging experience. Verify winners and squash cheaters with 1 click.
ANTI-VIRUS – SPAM BLOCKERS – COMPUTER OPTIMIZATION
CCleaner (from Piriform for Mac and PC) – Freeware system-optimization, cleaning and privacy tool. It removes unused files from your system – allowing computers to run faster and freeing up valuable hard disk space. It also cleans traces of your online activities such as your Internet history. But the best part is that it’s fast (normally taking less than a second to run) and contains NO Spyware or Adware! Note: We recommend UNCHECKING to delete cookies and passwords so they are not deleted.
Defraggler from the company that brought you CCleaner, now offers a free defragmentation tool. It differs from other defrag tools on the market, by enabling you to quickly and simply defrag the files you want to, without having to process the whole drive. Simply run it, select the file and defragment in seconds. No more struggling with the Windows defragmentation tool! And remember like all Piriform products, Defraggler is completely free for both corporate and individual use. Note from OTG: If you like Piriform’s programs, please consider making a donation to support their development work!
AVG Anti-Virus Free – Available for single computer use for home and noncommercial use.
Malwarebytes – Works great with AVG. Identify and remove malicious software from your computer.
CLASSES – LESSONS – TUTORIALS
Learn with Free Google Webinars – Interested in learning more about Google’s advertising products and solutions? Register for an upcoming webinar, or view recorded webinars.
MIT Opencourseware – MIT is committed to advancing education and discovery through knowledge open to everyone. OCW shares free lecture notes, exams, and other resources from more than 1800 courses spanning MIT’s entire curriculum.
Carnegie Mellon’s Open Learning Initiative (OLI) – A collection of openly available and free online courses and course materials that enact instruction for an entire course in an online format.