Software and Script Downloads
123 Simples have put together a list of useful software and script downloads that people may find useful. We have briefly outlined on this page some information about each specific download available. When time permits, we will add more of our favourite downloads, and most of them are free.
Unless otherwise stated, the downloads on this page, should all work with ®Windows Operating Systems. They have been tested on Windows 7, Windows Vista and Windows XP editions.
Most of the downloads are available directly through this website, but there may be download links that lead to the vendor website(s), or you may wish to download software directly from the vendors website(s). Links will have been made available where necessary.
7Zip - Unzip and zip up files
Most software scripts on this page are in "zipped folders". Although Windows 7 has its own zip software, 7Zip is one of our personal favourites. Some features include:
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.
For ZIP and GZIP formats, 7-Zip provides a compression ratio that is 2-10% better than the ratio provided by PKZip and WinZip, with strong AES-256 encryption in 7z and ZIP formats. It integrates into the Windows Shell, and is one of our chosen downloads.
Sliq Invoicing - UK Based Invoice and Quoting Software
One of the most popular invoice and quoting systems available in the UK, is Invoice Software by SliQTools. SliQ Invoicing and Quoting can be used for creating/ raising and tracking professional invoices, credit notes, purchase orders, delivery notes, quotes and customer statements, helping you get paid accurately and on time.
UK based, SliQ Invoicing and Quoting is the perfect invoicing software for most small businesses. Decorators, builders, electricians, plumbers - you name the trade, and SliQ Invoicing has the answer. Professional invoicing software full of important features, but NOT bulked out with stuff you won't even use, and need a university degree to even understand. We recommend you download and trial the SliQ Invoicing Plus - you won't be disappointed!
Download a FREE 30 Day Trial now (Fully Working with NO Restrictions) and if you are happy, simply enter your purchase unlock code to activate the software.
Cost: £19.00 for Lite or £38.00 for Plus Version
Backup Software - Back 4 Sure
Ever wished that you had made a backup of your important files, folders and images? If so, then what you need apart from ideally an external hard drive, or portable USB Drive, is a Backup Software Solution.
And we recommend Back 4 Sure because it is simple and does what it says on the tin. It allows you to find all files on your computer (including hidden files such as your Outlook E-Mail profiles, emails and contacts) and makes backing up your important files reasonably easy and quick.
What we like about this program is that it backs the files up as they are - you have options to zip them etc, but we like simples.
Lightscreen - Screenshot Software
Windows 7 has a built in screenshot software called Snipping Tool, but we love Lightscreen. In our opinion, it's better, quicker and faster, and best of all, once you have setup your chosen keystrokes, it's as simple as pressing 'Ctrl + Enter' and immediately your screen colour changes to an opaque view, and you can use your mouse to highlight what you want to take a screenshot of.
Of course, you can setup whatever key combinations you want, and the program leaves a really tiny footprint on your computer resources whilst running, so no complaints there either.
You can download a working copy from this page.
GIMP 2.8 for Windows (Photoshop Alternative)
GIMP is an acronym for GNU Image Manipulation Program. It is a freely distributed program for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition and image authoring. It has many capabilities. It can be used as a simple paint program, an expert quality photo retouching program, an online batch processing system, a mass production image renderer, an image format converter, etc.
GIMP is expandable and extensible. It is designed to be augmented with plug-ins and extensions to do just about anything. The advanced scripting interface allows everything from the simplest task to the most complex image manipulation procedures to be easily scripted.
GIMP is very similar to Photoshop but the difference it, is FREE!
Inkscape (Fireworks and Corel Draw Alternative)
Whether you are an illustrator, designer, web designer or just someone who needs to create some vector imagery, Inkscape is for you!
Inkscape is an open-source vector graphics editor similar to Adobe Illustrator, Corel Draw, Freehand, or Xara X. What sets Inkscape apart is its use of Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG), an open XML-based W3C standard, as the native format. All Inkscape projects may be exported in formats friendly to web browsers or commercial printer rooms. It is cross-platform, which means it is easy to run on Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux distributions.