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These are links to Cool Little Programs Mermaid Elizabeth has found while wandering around the internet.
She thought they'd be Cool to share!
Most are Freeware ..Some are Shareware!
4 July 2017

Program Catagories: Anti-Virus | Archival | Graphics | Text Editing | Utilities | Microsoft Necessities | Other Necessities | Shareware

Freeware
  Microsoft Comic Chat  
Name Description Get It
Now
Microsoft
Comic Chat
2.5
A Different and Totally Fun way to chat. One chats in a
'comic strip' environment, rather than just plain text.
(Version 2.5 uses color characters and color backgrounds).
Click Here to download MS Comic Chat
1.7M
Character
Editor
for
Comic Chat
This is the creation program for making ones own personalized comic characters
for use in the MS Chat 2.5 program.
Special Download: Users of Older Comic Chat Version 2.1
Must get Version 0.55 Character Editor
Ver 0.66
Click Here to download Comic Chat Character Editor
1.86M
Joey's
MS Chat Info
1.1
A small program which allows the user to change many of the Comic Chat program settings on one small Control Panel.
(Download includes Help Pages)
Author's Home Page: http://www.members.optushome.com.au/pret/mschat_info/
Click Here to download Joey's MSCChatInfo 1.1 Program
100k
ChatCheck
2.5F

TESTED
Win 95 - XP

This is a Comic Chat character Web search utility.
It compares the .AVB character files that you have on your hard drive to what is available on the internet. Then shows you where to go if you want to download them.

Created by: Derek White aka Sqiz

Click Here to download ChatCheck
240k
DIET_AVB
 
A Japanese utility created by Shunji Haruki. It is a Comic Chat character 'pose' extraction utility (Ripper). It works very fast! Haruki had it in his older 'info' pages because it only works on the older MS Chat 2.1 color characters. Which most every one abandoned when MS Chat 2.5 was released.
~Mermaid added a sample file so it can be tested!
Click Here to download Diet_avb
45k
  Anti-Virus Programs  
Microsoft
Security Essentials

Win XP-SP2 - Win7

Well, Mermy has used AVG, Avast, & even Spybot Search & Destroy over the course of several years. They are all good Free Anti-Virus Programs! But after constatly receiving junk email from these folks to upgrade from their free version to their fully featured PAY-For-It version, Mermy has found that Microsoft offers a really good Anti-Virus Protection program that never tries to sell the user a pricey version. So she had dumped these other guys for "Microsoft's Security Essentials".

MSE HomePage

Click Here to download 'Microft Security Essentials'
~12M
Avast Antivirus
Free Home Edition
v7.01
Upgraded

ONLY For:
Win XP-SP2/Vista/Win7

Avast! (Me Matey ...ARRRGHH!) Home Edition is a full-featured antivirus package designed exclusively for home users and non-commercial use.
(Home Edition not for server platforms).
Home Page: http://www.avast.com/free-antivirus-download
Click Here to download 'Avast! Home Edition'
71.2M
AVG 2012
v2012.0.2169

Win 2K - Win7

AVG is an Anti Virus Program that is available is two different working versions:
It is a fully featured Anit-Virus Program!
and
It is available also in a free barebones version for home users.

One has to register the free version for a free registration number after installing.
Don't worry, there are no strings attached!

Home Page: http://www.avast.com/free-antivirus-download

Click Here to download 'AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition 2012'
71.2M
Spybot
Search & Destroy
Win 7/8/10 v2.6.46
49.3M

------
Win XP/Vista v 2.4
44.3M
Spybot - Search & Destroy can detect and remove a multitude of adware files and modules from your computer.
Home Page: http://www.safer-networking.org/en/home/index.html
Click Here to download 'Spybot S&D' for Win 7-10
Windows 7/8/10
======
Click Here to download 'Spybot S&D' for WinXP & Vista
Windows XP/Vista
Microsoft's
Malicious Software Removal Tool
v5.49
Upgraded

4.July.17

This tool, (KB890830), checks your computer for infection by specific,
prevalent malicious software (including Blaster, Sasser, and Mydoom)
and helps to remove the infection if it is found.
Microsoft releases an updated version of this tool
on the second Tuesday of each month.
( For: Windows; ALL )
Click Here to download 'MS MSRT v2.5'
41.2M
  Archival Programs - ZIP/RAR/LZH/etc.  
7-Zip
16.04
Upgraded

Windows All

7-Zip is an 'open source' file archiver with a high compression ratio

Packing / Unpacking: 7z, XZ, BZIP2, GZIP, TAR, ZIP and WIM

Unpacking only: ARJ, CAB, CHM, CPIO, CramFS, DEB, DMG, FAT, HFS, ISO, LZH, LZMA, MBR, MSI, NSIS, NTFS, RAR, RPM, SquashFS, UDF, VHD, WIM, XAR and Z.

Home Page: http://www.7-zip.org/

32 Bit
Click Here to download 7-Zip 32 bit
1.05M

64 Bit
Click Here to download 7-Zip 64 bit
1.31M

LHA
ARJ
ARC
Shell Extensions to add LZH, ARJ, & ARC capabilities to WinZip. Included, are instructions by Mermaid_Elizabeth and all files needed.
Suggested for the Advanced user of WinZip.
Click Here to download WinZip Extras
267k
PikaPika
3.00E
A Japanese desktop companion for children that has an LZH archive extraction utility built into it. Mermaid offers it here since some of the Comic Chat character sites in Japan have their files compressed in the LZH format. Created by: Hiroma Click Here to download PikaPika
89k
RarZilla
7.00
Upgraded

Windows All

RarZilla is a Free Unrar utility. It is a fast, easy, and beautiful decompression tool for RAR-archives that includes instructions in over 50 languages..
Homepage: http://www.philipp-winterberg.de/software/rarzilla_free_unrar.php
Click Here to download RarZilla
1.11M
  Graphics Related Programs  
Capture
1.4.7

Win 95/98/ME/2000/XP

Controlable utility for capturing your favorite pictures to create your own Comic Chat characters. Mermaid prefers this program over others she's tried because this one doesn't distort the colors like some of the other costly capture programs do.
Created by NestEgg Software
(Sorry but Capture does not work in Vista nor Win 7. See EasyCapture Below) -
Click Here to download Capture
176k

EasyCapture
1.2.0
Upgraded

Windows NT through 7

Mermaid has searched the internet over for a free replacement of the above "Capture" program for Vista & Windows 7 users. EasyCapture not only works with Vista & Win7, but the control panel is similar to Capture so that long time users of Capture will have no problem using EasyCapture.
Created by XYStudio
http://www.xydownload.com/easycapture/
Click Here to download Capture
2.56 Meg
DeKnop
5.0

Upgraded
DeKnop (dutch for "The Button") is a graphics editor that is designed to let you create buttons for your web site without requiring any graphic design experience.

This is the program Mermy used, combined with IrfanView, to create the new 'gradient' color sceme and 'gradient' titles on THIS web site!

Besides English, this program is availabe in 18 other languages as well.

Visit the HOMEPAGE for downloads other than english.

V4.3.12
Click Here to download DeKnop 4.3.12
950k
 
V5.0
Click Here to download DeKnop 5.0
1.13M
Just Color Picker
4.6

replaces defunct
eyedropper program

A very cool tool for discovering
the HEX code of a color you may see
and want to duplicate in your coding project!

Click Author's Homepage for more information and help!

Click Here to download 'Just Color Picker'
770k
IrfanView
4.44
Upgraded
All Windows 95 - 10
Mermaid uses this terrific graphics program for lightening dark graphics, resizing graphics to use in the character editor, and for graphic file conversions. Mermaid thinks this is a 'must have' tool even if it isn't used for character creating.
(She uses this program and MS Paint to create her webpage graphics).

Home Page -- Other Download Sites

 
V4.44
Click Here to download IrfanView 4.44
2.05M

Plugins
Click Here to download Plugins for IrfanView 4.44
15.4M

Photo Print
Calendar Maker
3.00E beta
An Awesome! Totally Free!
Calendar Making Program
from YOKOHAMA
Click Here to download Photo Calendar Maker 3.00Ebeta.exe
2.16M
AgAnims
1.001
4 Oct 03
Microsoft Agent Animation Browser - allows you to examine and test all the animations within a selected Microsoft Agent character .ACS file.
One must have MS Agent core and support programs installed for this to work. [ Get .ACS files Here ]
Click Here to download AgAnims
151k
CapJ
1.0
'Character Animation Previewer' (Written in J+)
A Microsoft 'MS Agent' character .ACS file previewer. One must have MS Agent core and support programs installed for this to work. [ Get .ACS files Here ]
This stopped working for Mermy after downloading and updating her Java package from Sun Microsystems. Aparently Sun decided to change the Java Class directory to a new location within one's hardrive. Mermy suggests to get the other previewer 'AgAnims' if you have updated your Java Class libraries as she has done.
Click Here to download CapJ
41k
  Text Editing Programs  
FontView
1.001
An easy to use font viewer to help quickly locate
that perfect font for your project!
Click Here to download FontView
77k
HexEdit
3.0F

Windows All

HexEdit 3.0F is a free binary file editor or hex editor. Internet Explorer 5.0 or later is required for some features (noteably the on-line help and the template system).
Mermy used to use 'UltraEdit' and got tired of having to always pay for upgrades.
Then she found 'HexEdit 3.0F' which performs very much like UltraEdit only FREE!
Upgraded versions can be found @ Author's Home Page: http://www.hexedit.com/
Click Here to download HexEdit 3.0F
4.79M

LibreOffice
5.3.4

Windows, Macintosh and GNU/Linux

An open source Full Office Suite comparable to Microsoft's Office program
without the price, (LibreOffice is totally Free)!
LibreOffice will also handle Word docs, Excel spreadsheets, and PowerPoint files

Included in the suite are: six feature-rich applications for all your document production and data processing needs: Writer, Calc, Impress, Draw, Math and Base.

This program is perfect for students or anyone else on a tight budget
who need an Office Suite, but can't afford MS Office!

Author's Home Page: http://www.libreoffice.org/
LibreOffice Download Page

Click Here for local download of LibreOffice
210M

 
Click Here for local download of Help Pack for LibreOffice
5.10M

NotePad+
1.11

By: RogSoft

This is a perfect replacement for Microsoft's Windows Notepad!
It is what the Notepad program should have been! It allows one to save to HTML format.
NotePad+ is auto scrolling (NO annoying Wordwrap issues). It has no memory limitations like Windows Notepad!
This is the ultimate workhorse text program for all Windows text documents!

Mermy has been using RogSoft's NotePad+ since 1999. She writes all of her HTML code with it!

RogSoft NotePad+ works on All Windows Versions
Special Installation Instructions for Win2000/XP/Vista/7 are included in the readme file!

Click Here to download RogSoft NotePad+
207k
Rainbow Font
2.1
Makes cool rainbow text for your HTML pages!
( In 'copy & paste' HTML Code! )
UPDATE: 1 April 2007 Mermy used a HEX editor on Rainbow Font and renamed all of the controls from Japanese to English for easier use.
Click Here to download RainbowFont
197k
Rname-it
3.11.D
Rname-it is a file renaming utility specialized for batch process renaming. It allows the user to select multiple files and rename them all at once.Click Here to download Rname-it
108k
XVI32
2.51

Win 95/98/NT/2000/XP

A simple, powerful, but effective HEX editor thats free!
Author's Home Page: http://www.chmaas.handshake.de

Stand Alone Program No Installation Required

Click Here to download XVI32
493k
  Miscellanious Programs not yet catagorized  
CDBurnerXP 4.4.0
CDBurnerXP
4.4.0
Upgraded
Extremely Powerful CD/DVD Burner Program
Totally Freeware!

~ Burns any Data on:
CD-R/CD-RW/DVD+R/DVD-R/DVD+RW/DVD-RW/DVD-RAM/BD/HD-DVD,
including double layer mediums

~ Burns Audio-CDs from MP3, WAV, OGG, FLAC, WMA, APE, MPC, WV (WavPack) files

More Features | Home Page | Download Page

V 4.4.0 for Windows 2000/XP/2003 Server/Vista/2008/Win7 (x86 / x64)

Fully Featured OLDER CDBurnerXP Pro 2.2.9 works on Windows 98/ME/2000/XP

V4.4.0
Click Here to download CDBurnerXP 4.4.0
4.97M

 

Older Pro
V2.2.9

Click Here to download CDBurnerXP Pro 2.2.9
14.3M


Caffeine
1.5

Win 98 - 10

Prevents your PC screen from locking or going to sleep
by simulating a "F15" key stroke once every 59 seconds.

Free Standing Program! No installation required!

HomePage       YouTube Introduction

The back story is that Mermy's "work" computer, which was controlled by the IT department, kept logging
her off and requiring her to log back on everytime she left her cubicle. So this fixes that annoying problem!
It makes the computer think that someone is there using the keyboard and prevents it from logging off!

Click Here to download 'Caffeine 1.5'
14k
FineSplit
1.05
Splits a file into floppy sized parts and creates a merging batch file to reassemble the pieces into a copy of the original file. Unlike other file splitters, it will also permit the user to define the exact size of each separate piece as an option.
  Options: Edit the enclosed .INI file to change the default part size, or other settings.
Click Here to download 'FineSplit'
9k
HDCopy
2.104

Win95/98/ME

With HDCopy you can make an identical copy of a hard drive onto another hard drive. If you buy a new hard drive and don't wish to change your Windows configuration in any way, you can use HDCopy to copy your old hard drive completely to the new one (hidden files as well).
Web Page: http://home.tiscali.de/zdata/mainpage_e.htm
Mermy used this FREE proggie for a flawless transfer from a 20gig to a 30gig HD!
Click Here to download HDCopy
89k
Metric Converter
1.4
A terrific way to keep up in international chat rooms!
If a chatter thinks in Farhenheit and someone says it's 20 degrees C, then they can convert it quickly to understand!
Click Here to download Metric Converter
10k
Startup Cop
1.010
Allows you to take control
of your Windows Startup string!
Mirrored Help Pages!
Click Here to download Startup Cop
727k
TeaTimer
1.6
A simple little timer for
keeping track of your time!

Click Here to download TeaTimer
151k

WS_FTPLE
5.08

Win 95 - 10

FTP Client
A must have for uploading one's files to their website.
Free to home and student users
V 5.08 is tried and proven to work in all verisons of Windows.
Mermaid Eleizabeth uses this version in Windows 7
 

Click Here to download
690k
XSearch
0.2

Win 2K - 7

A stand alone computer search program.
XSearch is a classic search tool without the need of an indexing service.
In addition, it can be used directly without the need of installing, nor configuring!
Finds files that Windows Search has forgotten were on your computer!

Homepage

Click Here to download XSearch
151k
  Microsoft Necessities  
Microsoft
VB Runtime
Libraries
&
MORE!
Microsoft Linked resources below:

For Windows 7 Pro:       Microsoft "Windows XP Mode"   Technical Help
Allows Windows 7 users to run older apps in "Virtual PC" environment

- - - - -
VB Runtimes: Install to Windows\System folder: XP=Windows\System32
VBRUN100 | VBRUN200 | VBRUN300
VB40016 - VB40032 | MSVBVM50 | VBRUN60sp6

Other Links:
DirectX9.0c | WMP9:98SE/ME/2000 | WMP10:XP ONLY
 

 
New Daylight Savings Time Patches For:
Windows 98  -   Windows 2000  -  Windows 2003/XP

 


Local Download
DirectX 9c (9.29.1974) Directx_Jun2010_redist.exe - 95.6M
 
VBRUN100.DLL -extract to C:\windows\system VBRUN200.DLL - extract to C:\windows\system VBRUN300.DLL - extract to C:\windows\system VB40016.DLL & VB40032 - extract to C:\windows\system Msvbvm5.0 - Installation Pack VBRUN6.0sp6 - Installation Pack
  Other Necessities  
JRE
8u131

4 July 2017

Java Runtime Environment

Oracle's Download Page for other Platform Versions

Click Here to download jre-6u29
54.8M
Un-Install
Flash Player
After multiple updates, not all of the Flash Player files get updated.
Therefore one ends up with a Flash Player that doesn't work properly.
Use this Adobe provided un-installer when you want a Fresh-Clean install of the Flash Player

Click Here for More Information

Click Here to download Flash Un-Installer
727k
Adobe

Flash Player

Shockwave Player

Get Adobe Flash Player: Version 26.0.0.131

versions as of: 4 July 2017

Get Adobe Shockwave Player: Version 12.2.9.199

Adobe Flash
19.6M

Adobe Shockwave
4.79M

VLC Player
( "All" Media Player )
4 July 17 - ver 2.2.6

NO Computer set-up is complete without the VLC Player!!!

VLC is a free and open source cross-platform multimedia player and framework that plays most
multimedia files as well as DVDs, Audio CDs, VCDs, and various streaming protocols.

Homepage

Get VLC Player
29.5M

CAT 5
Connector Layout

Are you new to making CAT 5 'ethernet' cables?

Here is a cool cheat sheet Mermy made
to help out those in need:

Includes "cross-over" wiring configuration!

Get RJ45 Help
20.5K

The files that are downloadable directly from this site are provided with permissions that are within each
separate license agreement which is attached to the program (or somewhere on the authors original website).
Programs with licenses that do not provide redistribution permissions are linked to the authors web site page for download instead.

Shareware
Name Description Get It
Now

GoldWave
5.6.7

GoldWave is a highly rated, professional digital audio editor. It's fully loaded to do everything from
the simplest recording and editing to the most sophisticated audio processing, restoration, enhancements, and conversions. This is a terrific tool for creating and editing
your own sound files for use in your favorite Comic Chat rooms.

Home Page
Cost: Free to try ... $19.00 for 1 year - $49 for Lifetime Registration

Click Here to download 'GoldWave'
6.4M
Screen Ruler
3.2
A ruler that measures in pixels. Terrific for graphic creations as well as web page designs.
(Mermaid also uses it in mapping graphics for making 'clickable zones' on a web page graphic).

Created by MicroFox
Cost: Free to try ... $25.00 to keep

DEMO
Click Here to download 'Screen Ruler Demo Version'
68k
TypeItIn
2.9.3
Upgraded
A Macro utility for those who use a lot of macros. This program works in Comic Chat and supports 50+ macros.
Cost: Free to try ... Professional is $19.95 to keep
Click Here to download TypeItIn
660k
WebGraphics Optimizer
4.2
A handy graphics compression tool for compressing web page graphic files. Compressing them will help HTML web pages load faster. Mermaid_Elizabeth believes this is a 'must have' tool for Webmasters!
Cost: Free to try ... Standard is $39.00 to keep
Click Here to download 'WebGraphics Optimizer'
6.97M