Friday, December 19, 2008

Freebie Friday: Google Pack

Sure, you just bought a new PC and it has everything that you could possibly need on it, including JUNKWARE. That's where the Google Pack comes in. I know, I know, it seems Google is invading everywhere, eventually, maybe even your bathroom; but, you will like what the pack has to offer.

So, what is Google Pack?
Google Pack features software selected by the Google Staffers that is totally free and contains no trial versions or spyware. It comes with this nifty updater that keeps the entire suite up to date.

Alright, what do I get from the Google Gods?

  • Google Chrome Web Browser -- Google's very own web browser that is supposed to make it's own web-applications sit up and do tricks that no other browser can do. It works outside the Googleplex, but it shines best while in it. Some who left Mozilla joined Google, and this is the child of that union. If it feels a little like Firefox, that's why. Tabs, tags, etc.
  • Mozilla Firefox with Google Toolbar --The only browser you'll ever need, With the use of addons, you can make Firefox YOUR personal browser. Of course, this one comes bundled with Google's Toolbar which lets you access most of Google's features with just a click or two. Firefox was the original tabbed browser and with tabs, you never have to open another browser again.
  • Picasa -- Catalogs your image collection and allows you to edit and share them with ease. With a vast array of sorting criteria, you'll find that missing pic of Uncle Bill in no time. If you are a blogger, Picasa allows you to post an image to your blog and write about it in one place, then it's published on your blog in no time.
  • Google Photos Screeensaver -- Google Photos Screensaver turns your computer into a digital picture frame that lets you:
    • display photos from your PC and photo sharing sites.
    • stay connected to friends and family with photo feeds.
    • watch cinematic slide shows with the new pan & zoom transitions.
    • You can also flip through photos with easy on-screen controls.
  • Google Earth -- Google Earth lets you fly anywhere on Earth to view satellite imagery, maps, terrain, 3D buildings and even explore galaxies in the Sky. You can explore rich geographical content, save your toured places and share with others.
  • Google Toolbar for IE -- Brings the power of Google to Internet Explorer in a convenient toolbar.
  • Google Desktop -- The software that started a panic at Microsoft. Google Desktop combines rich content from the web with the ability to search your computer for that lost recording of your wife's sister playing guitar.
  • Norton Security Scan -- included is a special edition of Norton Security Scan to help you evaluate your computer’s vulnerability to security risks. Norton™ Security Scan is a free, easy-to-use tool that scans your PC for viruses, spyware, and other threats.
  • Spyware Doctor -- Detects, removes and blocks all types of Spyware. Simple and easy to use. 
  •  Adobe Reader -- Adobe Reader software is the global standard for electronic document sharing. It is the only PDF file viewer that can open and interact with all PDF documents. Use Adobe Reader to view, search, digitally sign, verify, print, and collaborate on Adobe PDF files.
  • Google Talk -- The Google Talk downloadable application for Windows offers many features for communicating with your friends and family.
    • Instant messaging — Chat with all of your Google Talk and Gmail contacts in real time.
    • Free PC-to-PC voice calls — You can talk to anyone else for free who's online and has the Google Talk client.
    • Send and receive voicemails— If the person you're calling isn't available, you can leave a voicemail. Learn more
    • Unlimited file transfers — Send files to your contacts. There are no file size or bandwidth restrictions.
    • Gmail notifications on your desktop — When you're signed into Google Talk, you'll be notified of new messages in your Gmail inbox.
  • Skype -- Make calls from your computer — free to other people on Skype and cheap to landlines and cell phones around the world. You can also use it for video confrencing.
  • RealPlayer -- Whether your're downloading music, burning CDs or watching a ballgame, RealPlayer gives you greater control of your media than any player out there. Download, surf, boogie and burn with these incredible RealPlayer features.

Of course, lacking from this package is any Microsoft Office replacements. This is probably because Google wants you to use their on-line suit for that. 


It's a pretty good package, will get you going. In future will post about other software to replace the Microsoft pre-installs.

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