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  1. Adobe Acrobat Reader 4.0
    Available in Numerous Formats
    With Adobe Acrobat Reader you can read .PDF files which are fast becoming THE most important electronic document standard in the world. Reader works by itself or as a Plug-in to Netscape 3.0 or Internet Explorer 3.0 (or later versions). Acrobat Reader can be downloaded FREE. Just click on the icon below. Use Reader to download our FREE 91 Guidebooks from The Entrepreneur's Guidebook Series.
    File Size: About 4 MB
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  2. OpenOffice.org 1.0 
    Windows, Linux, Mac, Solaris
    I really like MS Word, PowerPoint, Excel but if you can get it for free ... hmmm.  The product is a multi-platform office productivity suite. It includes the key desktop applications, such as a word processor, spreadsheet, presentation manager, and drawing program, with a user interface and feature set similar to other office suites’. Sophisticated and flexible, OpenOffice.org also works transparently with a variety of file formats, including those of Microsoft Office. Schools are using it, businesses are using it. And they love it. Can save documents in the XML format.
    File Size: About 50-60 MB
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  3. Internet Explorer
    Internet Explorer 5.0
    Even if you already have Netscape Navigator, it is worth downloading Explorer. Explorer is slower but tends to crash less. It is also a good idea if you are developing a web site to be able to view your final product in both Navigator and Explorer, the world's two most popular Internet browsers. Different default settings and interpretation of HTML code can produce slightly different page formats.
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  4. Eudora Pro 4.3
    E-mail program
    Considered by many to be the world's best email program, this full-featured email program is now being offered FREE. The free version includes an advertising banner (they've got to make some money), and tends to hog system resources. But it's a great program. No if's, and's or but's. Access to free PDF manuals as well.
    File Size: About 6 MB
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  5. Business Letters
    8 Business Letter Files (bizlet0-7.zip)
    The SBA contains a collection of eight .zip files (in it's "Running a Business" section) which contain 600 sample business letters for almost any kind of business correspondance. Need help writing a "Request for Return Authorization, " a "Notice of Unsatisfactory Importance" or a "Thank you for an Interview?" This collection has  it all. Highly Recommended. 
    File Size: 394 K (8 files)
    File Date: 12/18/92
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  6. CoffeeCup Free FTP
    Win98, WinNT, Win2K, ME (Version 1.00)
    I use to use CuteFTP. A great little program, but now no longer free. CoffeeCup is pretty good too though, but you can't edit files. You can setup up an unlimited number of FTP accounts, resume broken downloads and transfer files in binary, ASCII or auto-mode. Better than WS-FTP.
    File Size: 720 K
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  7. SmartDraw for Windows
    Win 3.1/95 & NT
    Intuitive drawing program that allows you to create professional-quality flowcharts, web graphics and business diagrams with ease. A good choice for people who don't have time to learn a complex application. Numerous awards under its belt. Shareware version is free for 30 days. It is fully functional. Registered version is $49. Voted best business program of 1997.
    File Size: 1.5 MB
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  8. Lview Pro 2.85 Image Editor
    L-View Pro Image Editor and Converter Windows  
    Allows you to edit .gif and .jpg graphic files. Also contains a capture program which allows you to capture any image on your computer screen (no matter what format) and turn it into a .jpg or .gif file. This is a great feature for creating your own web site image files. 21-Day Trial version.  
    File Size: 1.9 MB 
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  9. Gifcon Construction Set Professional 2.0
    Create .gif animations (shareware)
    Need to spice up your web page. Gifcon is relatively easy to use. Includes a supercompressor to reduce image size. $20 registration fee.  
    File Size: 4.0 MB 
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  10. AOLPress
    AOLPress (WYSIWYG HTML Editor)
    This FREE program is distributed by America Online. PC Magazine (Feb. 97) rated it second to Microsoft's Front page (US$150). The new 2.0 version is a little faster than the older 1.2.2 version and now supports frames. An Adobe Acroread manual is also available for download. Available for Windows 3.1/95 and Mac. 
    File Size: 3.1 MB
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  11. Word Viewer 97
    Look for wview32.exe file
    Word Viewer allows users who do not have Microsoft Word for Windows® to view and print documents created in the Word native file format. Word Viewer 97 allows you to zoom, outline, or view page layout, headers/footers, footnotes, and annotations. With Word Viewer you can't edit document. Comes in both 16-bit Win 3.1 and 32-bit Win95 16-bit versions. 
    File Size: (16-bit) 2.3MB (32-bit) 3.9MB
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  12. Loan*Calculator! Plus v. 2.1
    Win 3.x/95 and NT
    Need to calculate a business loan or lease payment? Try Loan*Calculator, award winning freeware. It includes 5 easy-to-use calculators in 1: Loan, Interest Due/Calendar Math, Remaining Balance, Accelerated Payment and Balloon Payment. In addition, the program now has the ability to produce amortization schedules and it's now FREE for all non-commercial users. No strings attached. No time limits. No restrictions for noncommercial use. However, if you plan to use the program for business purposes, you will need to pay U.S. $24.95 (plus shipping).
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  13. FaxLauncher for Windows
    Windows 3.x/95 or NT or a Mac
    If you are presently using any of the above operating systems, and if you have a link to the Internet (or access to one), with FaxLauncher you can now send fully-formatted documents from your computer to fax machines anywhere in the world - without making a long distance call! How does it work? When you install FaxLauncher on your system a new virtual printer appears in the Print Menu of every application. Now, instead of printing a document to a physical printer, then taking it over to a fax machine etc., you just select FaxLauncher and send it off to the FaxSav global server, which will then route it as you directed. The person on the other end receives a clear fax, no smudges. The software is FREE. After you install it and register, your first ten faxes are also FREE. After that you have to pay a per page cost (e.g., If you want to send a fax from New York to L.A it will cost you 15 cents a page). 
    File Size: 1 MB (16-bit version)
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  14. PC - General Ledger for Windows
    Simple, Fast Bookkeeping for Win 3.1/95
    Suitable for not-for profit organizations or personal use. Used by CPAs because of its speed and ease of use. Claims to be one of the most user-friendly accounting systems available. 
    File Size: 2.5 MB
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  15. BS/1 Small Business 
    Version: 1.1 Windows 95 and NT
    BS/1 Small Business is a powerful accounting system with multi-currency support for trading internationally. Taxes are very flexible to facilitate VAT, GST, PST, HST, etc. Invoices and checks may be handwritten or computer printed. User-defined financial statements are created through a simple set-up process. It has phone, email, and browser links to customers, invoices, etc. Sample data is provided. Getting Started wizard facilitates entering initial live data. Multi-company. Year 2000 ready. Network ready. BS/1 Small Business got 5 star reviews from BootIt and Shareware Junkies, and 4 stars from ZDNet. Windows95 gave it a GetIt rating. Limited number of transactions until registered $99. download
    File Size: 3.2 MB
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  16. M.Y.O.B. Accounting CD Demo for Windows
    For Win95 and MacOS
    M.Y.O.B offers a free CD for the U.S., Canada and numerous other countries. You can enter all your own company information and actually run your business finances, just as you would with a retail edition.
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  17. ACE 4.0 Contact Management
    Take a look at ACE 4.0 a powerful contact manager. Version 3.1 was FREE. Version 3.4 gives you Email Capabilities not available in ACT! Version 4.0 is available as a FREE demo.
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  18. Controlling Your Business Software (CYB)
    Software designed for home-based business record keeping, whether you have customers, products, orders, inventories, or services. Includes the essentials of what you need to track customer information, products, and orders.
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  19. Stay Connected!
    Dial-up Connection Utility or Windows 95/NT?
    Ever had your dial-up connection to the Internet cut off after 15 minutes of inactivity? The reason for this is because Internet Service Providers (ISP) have limited modem ports acting as shared resources among their subscribers. A ratio of 1 modem serving 20 subscribers is not uncommon. Stay Connected ensures that you'll never be disconnected again! Runs in tool tray, small footprint, fully automated. Works with AOL timers as well. 
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  20. EditPad 3.4.1 For Windows
    Replace Windows Notepad and use as an HTML Editor.
    HTML is the future of electronic communication! Already HTML code is being used more frequently in e-mail, and it won't be long before HTML catalogs, flyers and brochures become commonplace. Imagine everyone in the world being able to view your information. No file conversion to mess with. No incompatibility. Finally, a standard! Of course, it won't be long before straight text HTML editors all but disappear, being replaced by easier-to-use fully featured WYSIWYG HTML editors. Nevertheless, it's a good idea to become familiar with raw HTML code. "EditPad is a powerful replacement for Windows Notepad. It features an easy installation (one .exe file, no messy DLLs), ability to open as many files as you want, can open EXTREMELY large files, fast access from Systray, powerful print options, and versions for more than 8 languages."
    File Size: 291 K
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  21. Paywin Payroll
    PayWindow v1.3 Payroll for Windows (U.S.) (paywin13.zip)
    PayWindow can help you pay an employee in as few as three mouse clicks. Works for hourly, salaried, commissioned, and non-emplyee workers for any pay period. Prints checks, W-2 forms, 1099-misc forms and reports. Has built-in password protection and data-backup. 30 day-trail period. 
    File Size: 805 K 
    File Date: 3/02/97
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  22. WinZip
    Windows 95/98
    Everyone needs a copy of WinZip for shrinking and extracting zipped files. Unregistered users are free to use WinZip 7.0 for evaluation purposes only.
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  23. TypingMaster Typing Tutor
    Award Winning Typing Tutorial with Analyzer & Games
    New Windows 98 Version
    This bit of nostalgia reminds you of the old days when DOS ruled. But it works. In fact it was awarded best DOS/Shareware 1996 by SharewareJunkies.Com. And since typing is probably THE most important computer skill you can master, it's worth a download. However, realize that the shareware version is not fully functional. You can play a few typing games, but the number of typing lessons are limited (nice looking, simply organized home page).
    File Size: 426 K
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  24. Business Plan Templates
    Business Plan Templates (bmp27a.zip)
    Provides useful fill-in-the-blanks templates with examples in .txt, .doc and .xls format. Shareware.
    File Size: 280 K 
    File Date: 3/29/95
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  25. Anyware Antivirus
    DOS Win 3.1, Win 95 and Win NT 4.0
    Use Anyware Antivirus for DOS to scan from a floppy. Windows and Windows 95 versions detect all macro viruses. 
    File Size: 1.2 MB
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  26. Employee Scheduling
    Employee Scheduling Assistant for Windows (esaw.zip)
    This easy to use scheduler is designed for the use in businesses that have mostly full-time employees and are interested in keeping track of Vacations, Overtime and Sick time etc. Once you start to use the program productively you are expected to register.
    File Size: 564 K
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  27. NIH Image
    Available for Macintosh
    If you are a MacFanatic, think about adding NIH Image to your list of graphics programs. It is FREE, powerful, and uses PhotoShop-compatible filters. It can acquire, display, edit, enhance, analyze and animate images. It reads and writes TIFF, PICT, PICS and MacPaint files, providing compatibility with many other applications, including programs for scanning, processing, editing, publishing and analyzing images. A slew of supporting files is also available.
    File Size: 0.5 to 1 MB
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  28. Owl Accounting Software
    Owl Basic Bookkeeping v. 2.1 for Win 3.x/95 (obbk21.zip)
    An easy to use bookkeeping program for individuals and small businesses. Nothing fancy here and nothing to get excited about. But simple enough and straightforward.
    File Size: 207 K
    File Date: 09/02/94
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