Free Software you can Download

Various resources will be mounted on this website.
They will often be offered:

  • as Portable document files - in Adobe Acrobat format (.pdf)
  • as word processor files - in MS Word format (.doc)
  • as a spreadsheet - in MS excel format (.xls)
  • as Video Presentations - in MS Powerpoint format(.ppt)

But what do you do if you do not have a program capable of reading these files?
Answer: download (for free) one of these Viewers,
or even better,
use one the free LibreOffice suite below
(LibreOffice has generally replaced OpenOffice on which i was based.)

If you, or a nearby friend, have not yet got broadband, I can send you a CD.
For more information, contact me through the website with category = website.


Provided free by Microsoft, these let you see and print, but not edit MS Office Files.

Provided Free by Adobe, this allows you to read (but not edit) Adobe  Portable Document (.pdf) files

A smaller, faster .pdf viewer is available from Foxit

Foxit LogoFoxit Reader

Free Editors / Office Suites

LibeOffice LinkIf you would like an Office Suite
tht is capable ofcreating and editing
Word Documents,
Excel Spreadsheets 
and Powerpoint Presentations,
and more,
then have a look at LibreOffice

If you neeed to edit photos or create your own artwork,
then The GIMP may by the program you have been looking for.
This is a rival for Photoshop.

InkscapeInkscape will allow you to create line drawings and clip art .
A large amount of free clip art you can download and use
was made with this tool.

Kompozer Web EditorIf you want to have a go at creating your own webpages,
then try the wyswig editor at
(Although I would suggest using a free online web builder such as Wix)


Sharing your Documents

The best way to share your work is through an Adobe Portable Document or .pdf files
which are designed to look the same on every computer.

Most word processors (including OpenOffice and LibreOffice mentioned below)
can create .pdf files from your work - by "saving as" or "exporting to" .pdf format.

If your does not, then then you can download a 'PDF printer' 
which looks like a printer to all your software, but creates a .pdf file instead!
A quick search of the internet will reveal many free offerings.
I recommend PDFCreator a free and open-source offering
This will also create graphics files (.jpg) of your documents.

Sharing .doc fles (or similar)

Often, however, you will need to share your original editable documents.
For example, when you are submitting a report for synod or a newsletter,
or sending something to be put up on the website.

You will then usually be asked to send a .doc file.
You can make life a great deal easier for the person who has to copy  your text over
by reading the simple tips in "Sharing Documents Electronically" (.doc file) .

Compressed Files

Some large files may be offered in a compressed (.zip) format in order to reduce the size of the file you have to download.

Your operating system should allow you to open these just by double clicking on them in your file manager.
If not then it is time to upgrade your system - for security reasons!

In windows, they can appear as "compressed folders".

You can create your own 'zip' files by using the right mouse button over some white space in 'My Computer',
and choosing 'New > Compressed folder'. Then you can drag and drop files to and fro to your hearts content!

If you have older versions of Windows, then you will need to obtain a program to do this.
WinZip is a popular one, and often can be found on PC magazine cover disks.
A totally free opensource alternative is 7-ZIP.
This is also available for Mac and Linux operating systems.

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