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Free Software: How to Save $5000 on the Most Popular Software Titles [Kindle Edition]

AskBobRankin.com , Bob Rankin
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Book Description

Software can be very expensive... but only if you make the mistake of buying it!

Most computer users need a variety of software to handle tasks such as word processing, crunching numbers in a spreadsheet, handling their email, or managing personal finances. Other common activities include creating presenations, editing digital photos, updating a website, or installing security software.

In this ebook, 30 of the most popular commercial software packages are listed, along with the retail price of each. If you were to purchase all of them, it would cost over $5200.

But most people don't know the valuable secret you're about to learn... there are excellent, FREE alternatives to ALL of these popular programs! If you're still paying big bucks for your software, you absolutely need this information.

Here are some of the highlights that you'll discover:

* FREE word processing software - compatible with Microsoft Word (save $139)

* FREE software to create images or retouch photos, with all the power of Adobe Photoshop (save $649)

* FREE Internet security software - the same anti-virus protection as Norton or McAfee (save $69)

* FREE presentation software - a powerful alternative to Powerpoint (save $139)

* FREE financial software - you'll kick yourself for buying Quicken or QuickBooks (save $59)

About the Author: Bob Rankin is a translator for the technology impaired -- a writer and computer programmer who enjoys exploring the Internet and explaining technology in plain English.

His work has appeared in Computer World, NY Newsday, and other publications.


Product Details

  • File Size: 118 KB
  • Print Length: 41 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Doctor Bob Publications (March 6, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007HAVQUO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #321,758 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth more than the asking price March 16, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This collection of open source and/or freeware alternatives for the well known products is a money saver for most. The best collection suggested, in my opinion, is the open office collection which is a free replacement for Microsoft Office programs. I use both MS and Open Office and while they each have their own personality, you can not beat free for a comparable product that also supports files in the MS format. Bob has presented a wide selection of free products from antivirus to backup to graphical manipulation to an operating system. While most of the programs that Bob suggests I either use or have used, there were two I had not heard of and I built my first computer in the mid 1970s, so even those of us who have been involved for a while have something to gain. If you find only one software solution for a problem from the book it has paid for its self a minimum of 20 times over.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You Will Literally Save Hundreds with this Guide June 14, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I was a little skeptical of this book before I started reading it, thinking it would be listing a lot of useless software tools. I was way off on my preconceived opinion. Bob Rankin's guide is short, sweet and to the point - for a variety of business application and other commercial software packages he gives you an introduction of what the software is supposed to do, the pricing, and some of the pros and cons of each. Then, he gives you a free alternative to the commercial software package, the pros and cons of the free software package, if there are upgrade fees to access additional content, and more.

In most of the examples, if you took his advice on one software package alternative you would save $50 and, for the Microsoft Office component examples you could save hundreds with a pretty good Word and Excel alternative.

I picked this up as a freebie during a Kindle promotion vs. its normal Kindle price of $2.99 - at $2.99 this is a great bargain!
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent -- many old favorites of mine March 17, 2012
By Charlie
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I have been seeking out quality free software for years, and this book includes many old favorites of mine. That gives me the idea that other ones that Bob Rankin recommends in this book will be of similar quality and utility to the ones that I am already using every day. I'm looking forward to trying out some of the ones that are new to me.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bob Comes Through Again March 17, 2012
By DEastes
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I've been reading Bob's daily e-mails for years. They are always interesting, and usually covering a subject I've been curious about.

Thank you for the free e-book Bob, and Happy Birthday!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent list though I'd make some suggestions March 18, 2012
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While most of the products here I already use and recommend, I'd update the list to include the the Open Office variation of Libre Office. I'd also include HTML Kit on the list of free HTML editors (personally I use Notepad++, Komodo, or NetBeans for my HTML editing, but I'm a geek). I'd still recommend this book to anyone just setting up their computer. The regular price excellent for the amount of savings the user gets by following the suggestions. I'd also sign up with the writers regular email list. As a computer professional I don't always agree with him on all points, but his advice is usually "spot on".
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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Having been in desktop support since the DOS days (pre-Windows for you youngins) and a fan of Open Source operating systems and software, this is an excellent resource for those just getting their feet wet. As with all programs, RTFM - you seriously need to put some effort into learning how to use these tools. - g^2
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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Bob Rankin has earned my trust over the years as a source I can go to when I need help in the computer realm. This collection of super software has something for everyone and is worth way more than the asking price.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bob Rankin Is the Best February 9, 2013
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2/9/2013 Bob Rankin must be one of the premier tech translators today for the technology impaired. He applies his considerable knowledge and experience to determining which free software out there is actually useful, and he tells you what capabilities are offered by the software he recommends. This book is an invaluable quick resource for people who want freebies but don't have the hours needed to sift through the internet to find the good stuff. Bob (a former computer programmer with IBM) never steers you wrong, and your overloaded brain will thank him for sifting through all the mumbo-jumbo for you with laser precision. You want clarity in 20 minutes? This is the book for you.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
it's ok if your a windows user but if you use linux its pointless.
Published 1 month ago by rainbowman101010
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
same stories as everyone else. kinda the same as the generic blah blah fraud protection everyone clones
Published 3 months ago by DODY
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
I've been reading Bob Rankin's books and emails for years.
Published 4 months ago by Paul
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love it. Great Value!
Published 4 months ago by Kevin Bowie
5.0 out of 5 stars Free Software
Lots of good stuff. Audacity and Gimp are as good as commercial software.
Published 5 months ago by jski
1.0 out of 5 stars Out-of-date, hard to use, lower quality
Several of the packages mentioned are no longer free, hard to use, or don't live up to the same quality as their paid counterparts.
Published 9 months ago by brownhouse
5.0 out of 5 stars Good
Bob is a brillant Computer Guru - and I always read his newsletters - he is very Knowledgable - smart - and he does his research
Published 10 months ago by L. T.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great free alternatives
This was wonderful. Bob Rankin lists lots of alternatives to pricey popular software. Lots of alternative software that doesn't cost anything. Can't be beat.
Published 11 months ago by Deborah Larkin Maze
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good Way to Save Allot!
Great Way to save money, been receiving Bob's messages and putting them into practice his recommendations for years. Don't regret buying this book its saved be allot of money!
Published 11 months ago by Missionary Frank
5.0 out of 5 stars Been a Bob Rankin fan for decades
Since my first computer ( 1990 ) I've followed the "pros" and Bob Rankin's recommendations and such were always 1st class. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Mom in FL
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More About the Author

Hi, I'm Bob Rankin. I'm a geek, a computer programmer, a writer, a publisher, and an online entrepreneur who enjoys exploring the Internet and explaining technology in plain English. My degree in Computer Science (RPI 1984) got me a job at IBM, but after spending 15 years there, the Internet literally sucked me out. I've been called a "Translator for the Technology Impaired" and I think that fits pretty well.

Over the years, my work has appeared in Yahoo! Internet Life, Boardwatch Magazine, ComputerWorld, NetGuide, NY Newsday and other publications. In 1995, I began publishing The Internet TOURBUS, which was one of the first sponsored email newsletters. I have written several computer books, including "Doctor Bob's Painless Guide to the Internet", "JUNO: Free Email and More", and "The No B.S. Guide To Linux". I am also creator of the Lowfat Linux tutorial.

My work has a very diverse audience, with people from all over the world, and every level of computer knowledge. I try to present Internet tools and technology in a way that appeals to both gurus and grandmas. My goal is to help you solve your computer problems by yourself.

Everyone Has a "First Computer" Story

Ahh, my first computer... it was actually a TI-58 programmable calculator, which I taught to bark, sit, and play yahtzee, circa 1977. I also found that by making it flash "8888888888" near my old stereo console, it would interfere with the audio signal and generate a buzzing sound. So I programmed it to act as an alarm clock. My high school had a Model 33 Teletype, which was the first computer terminal I used. It was connected to a nearby university mainframe computer with a 110-baud modem (about 50,000 times slower than broadband today) and could save and load programs with paper punch tapes. There was an "OP" command to communicate with the system operator, but none of my messages ever got a reply. However, one day I logged in to find that my programs had been deleted. I sent a string of profanties to the operator, certain that nobody would ever read it. But the next morning, sitting in the assistant principal's office with my father, I learned that someone did. Oops.

Later, I had access to a Radio Shack TRS-80 with 16KB of RAM, a monochrome monitor, and a cassette deck for storage. More than 30 years later, I can still remember my teletype login (HEL-N703,MTH), coding the Fibonacci sequence generator in Fortran, and writing my own games in BASIC, or machine language on the TI-58. "Decrement and Skip on Zero..." that was hardcore!

"Sucked Out By the Internet..."

After college, I spent 15 years at IBM as a computer programmer. An ever-growing sense that the Internet held the key to my future, coupled with an entrepreneurial streak, motivated me to walk away from my IBM career in February 1997. It also helped me understand that I was pretty good at explaining technology to non-technical people. For three years prior, I had been doing freelance writing for newspapers and computer magazines. I became more and more fascinated with the Internet, both as an information resource and as a means of conducting business.

In 1994 I wrote the "Accessing The Internet By E-Mail" guide which explained how to access almost anything on the Net using simple e-mail commands, and gave it away for free. I took a little heat for having Delrina as a commercial sponsor in my FAQ, but it was hugely popular, eventually being translated into 30 languages. I then sold $5 guides explaining Internet tools for personal and business users. In 1995, I began publishing the Internet Tourbus newsletter, and got my first book published in 1996. I was confident that things would work, so I made the leap to being "gainfully unemployed" and have never regretted it.

In July 2005, I began publishing Ask Bob Rankin, a free tech support blog where I answer your burning questions about computers, the Internet, gadgets and technology in general. I operate on the premise that in order to succeed online, you need to offer a high-quality resource for free, build a reputation as a contributor to the Internet community, and be committed to a long-term view.

That's my story, and I'm sticking to it! -- Bob

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