Internet, Database, and Software Tools
Tools you may need to view some of our files may be found at the sites
marked with a » . A
combination of tools most webmasters should have to develop and manage a web
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Web file development and management utilities
» Mozilla — Superior combination of
browser, email client, newsreader, chat client, address book, HTML editor, and
ftp uploader (publisher). The open-source freeware successor to Netscape
Communicator, without many the security vulnerabilities of MS tools. But the
ftp function and address books are a bit limited.
» BlackWidow — Spider to
analyze, browse and copy a web site, show structure and statistics, and
identify broken links. Now if it could only fix them. But could use some
— Copy entire web sites to your local drive, to be viewed offline or
preserved if the site goes down. Good user interface. May not retrieve some
» iOpus — Internet macro tool for
automatically accessing web pages and extracting information from them.
» InSync — Synchronize files and
directories within a machine or across a network. Good for making backups,
including of websites.
» 3D-FTP — Upload to and download
files from web and ftp sites. Has many advanced convenience features, and high
Netmanage — PC and Unix
connectivity tools that enable PCs to interoperate like Unix hosts.
» Ecco Pro
— Ultimate personal information manager for PCs.
— Best email client other than Mozilla, but has a lot of advanced
Hushmail — Secure
web-based email and document storage system, featuring transparent, end-to-end
2048 bit encryption.
CAcert — Free digital
certificates for email clients and servers. Supports secure transactions and
Thawte — Free digital
certificates for email clients. Encrypt and authenticate your messages.
» Tidy — Tool to clean bad HTML, such
as that produced by Microsoft Word and Frontpage, but can't handle all the
problems with that HTML, so may need to combine it with a good HTML editor like
HoTMetaL Pro. You may prefer the
TidyGUI version for MS
— Local search engine you can install on your web server. Free for small
or educational sites. Plugins for commercial versions can also index PDF and
word processor files.
— Another local search engine you can install on your web server, but not
free for nonprofits.
ht://Dig — Search engine you
can install on your site and use to search a finite number of sites and
— A utility for maintaining a searchable database of the contents of
computer disks, to keep track of where your files are and what is on each disk.
Useful for managing backup disks.
World Time Server
Atomic Clock Sync — Free utility to set your computer to Universal
Coordinated Time. Useful to keep all your computers synchronized so file time
stamps match, to facilitate file synchronization and backups.
Mail server for your PC that can merge data into each message to customize and
send directly, bypassing your ISP's mail server.
ArGoSoft Mail Server — Set
up mail server on your own local machine. Can be used to send email bypassing
your ISP's mail server and its restrictions. If you have a fixed IP you can
also use it to receive email to multiple accounts, and thereby avoid paying
extra for multiple email accounts provided by an ISP.
WebStar Mail Server — Set
up mail server on your own local machine. Also have other useful tools. For Mac
GhostMessage — Pushes
messages directly to ranges of IP addresses, hides sender's identity. Ultimate
spam tool, but may be justified for civic messages from reformers.
emailStripper — Allows cleaning up multiply-indented email messages,
restoring to original state.
VisualRoute — Allows
tracing of web accesses and emails along all the hops to their source or
destination, identifying bottlenecks and disabled servers, and network and
server performance. Combines ping and tracert functions. Allows tracking
sources of spam. Displays routes on a world map.
Page/site counter using Java to present near-real-time count as it
Wusage — Site visit
statistics software for Unix hosts.
PC Locator — Migrate
software and data from one PC to another, running Win 95 or higher, without
having to reinstall it on target system from original installation media.
Move2Mac — Migrate
software and data from one PC running Win 98 or higher to an Apple Mac running
OS 10.2 or higher.
Winamp — Free tool to
produce and play network audio and video streams.
Replay Radio —
Internet radio recorder can save and replay programs as MP3 files or save to
CD, for PCs.
RadioLover — Internet
radio recorder can save and replay programs as MP3 files or save to CD, for
OpenOffice — Free,
better than Microsoft Office, and runs on Linux and Mac as well as
Mizar Project — Language and
libraries for representing, finding and verifying mathematical proofs.
GraphCalc — Graphing
Calc98 — Downloadable
scientific calculator you can put on your desktop. Useful for doing some of the
calcuations involved in site management.
calculator and graphing tool, proprietary.
HylaFAX™ — Free
client software for fax sending and receiving.
— Shareware to detect and remove spyware that can lurk on your system and
report on your activities to remote sites.
Enliven your messages with special effects.
Converts data files from one format to another, and can be used to clean them
Progress — Ultimate
database management system that supports thin-client browser access.
MacroExpress — Allows
user to define complex macros across multiple applications on a Windows
platform, useful for repetitive activities.
Documentation and Digitization Tools and Services
» Finereader — The OCR software we use to
render books into web pages. Does a better job with rough originals such as old
» HotDog — Good HTML editor. Also have
other tools for web development.
HoTMetaL Pro — Our
favorite HTML editor. Validates that HTML is correct, and can convert to HTML
from other formats and correct bad HTML, such as that produced by MS tools. But
no longer sold or supported.
XMetaL — XML editor, from
the producers of HoTMetaL Pro, with which it can be used in combination.
XMLSPY — XML development
environment, including XML editor and HTML-to-XML conversion tool.
» UltraEdit — Excellent programming
editor. We use it to prepare the text versions of files.
— Provides multiple clipboards, useful for repetitive copying and
» WordPerfect — Use to convert files between
formats, and a better word processor than MS Word.
» Jafsoft — Have an excellent ASCII to
HTML file converter. We use it to convert text files to HTML.
» PDFtoAll — Has Adobe Acrobat plugin to
convert PDF-character files to HTML or text, PDF-image files to JPEG.
Utilities and plugins to convert PDF and other formats into each other.
» Adobe Acrobat — Use to produce and read
files in PDF format.
Online PDF to
HTML converter — Enter web URL and get HTML version of file, which you
can save to your local disk. But only works for character-PDF, not image-PDF,
and not on local PDF files.
PDF Factory Pro —
Convert files into PDF ready for printing.
Ebook viewer and author tools, to enable delivery of multimedia content online
and optionally capture payment for it.
— Print or save to image files your screen or any part of it.
Djvu — Superior image
compression and viewing tools.
- LizardTech —
Commercial versions of DjVu editors, browser plug-ins and other tools.
Express — Main DjVu compression and editing tool.
AfterScan — Advanced
spell-checker and automatic proofing and correction tool. Can use after OCR
WinZip — Compress files to
save space and speed transmission.
SC UniPad — Unicode editor.
We use it to prepare foreign language text within our HTML pages.
Doczilla — Offer a full
SGML/XML browser/publisher as an enhancement to Mozilla.
dia — Free
open-source software much like the commercial Windows program Visio. It can be
used to draw many different kinds of diagrams. It currently has special objects
to help draw entity relationship diagrams, UML diagrams, flowcharts, network
diagrams, and simple circuits.
Shareware to produce 2D and 3D graphs and charts in Java. Also offer
producing things like flowcharts, entity-relationship diagrams, etc.
Tools — Software for surveying, mapping & drawing terrains. Have
freeware for simpler applications.
from Eyecom — Scanners for microfilm and microfiche.
ImageMouse, from Mead
& Associates — Scanners for microfilm and microfiche.
Zytron — Scanners for microfilm and microfiche.
Offer a scanner with page-turning robot arms for high-speed unattended
Book Collector —
Database for maintaining catalog of books and other materials, can retrieve
information about them from Internet.
Eraser — Freeware
to thoroughly remove deleted files from storage media.
Digital Divide Data
— Digitization and rendering services, based in Cambodia.
Library Production Service (DLPS) — Digitization services for
scholars, at University of Michigan.
Web page display tools and fonts
» AlternaTIFF — TIFF viewer
plugin you may want to view some of our graphic image files. But you may need
QuickTime for TIFF files to prevent it from pre-empting AlternaTIFF.
» American Academy of Religion
(AAR) Fonts — Some of the best Hebrew, Greek and other fonts, for PCs
and Macs. We use the
(Hebrew), SPIonic (Polytonic
Greek), and SPEdessa Syriac
SHebrew — Shareware Greek font from
Silver Mountain Software
» Fonts for Freaks — This
is where we got the Old Gondor font we use in
some of our pages. They have versions for Mac as well.
» Old English Fonts
— This has the Junius Saxon font used in
» German True Type Fonts — This
is where we got the Fraktur Germanic font used
on our site.
Basic Unicode Greek — One of our favorites.
Unicode Polytonic Greek
for the Web — Solutions for editing and viewing polytonic (ancient)
Greek on web pages.
font Athenian — This is one place to get an Athenian Greek font used
by many scholars.
Hebrew and Yiddish Typefaces — Many fonts for various versions of
phonetic fonts — Used to represent the sounds of words in every
In Netscape — Plugins for Netscape on PC, Mac and Unix platforms to
display Hebrew characters.
English Fonts— Links to sites with free fonts.
Google Toolbar — At
time of this writing it only works in Internet Explorer but urge them to get it
to work with Mozilla and enable it to limit searches to subdirectories of a
site, defaulting to the subdirectory the browser is in at the moment.
JAWS — From Freedom
Scientific, Windows screen reader to enable the visually-impaired to read web
pages and other computer screens.
From GW Micro, Windows screen reader to enable the visually-impaired to read
web pages and other computer screens.
Freeware Central —
Executables, sources, and links to all kinds of useful software you don't have
to pay for.
Shareware and freeware site.
Download.com — Gateway
to free and try-and-buy software.
Dynamic Drive — Free
DHTML scripts, cross-browser.
Request Code — Free
Freewarejava — Free
java applets and tutorials.
W3C Link Checker
— Enter a web page and it will check the validity of all the links on it.
Use it to find dead links.
search engines — Directory to several local search engine
Google Groups — Read and
post to Usenet newsgroups. Searchable archive of newsgroup postings back to
1995. In case you want to get everything someone posted on every newsgroup, you
can find it here. They bought out dejanews.
Mail2News — Send
message with subject "help" for instructions on how to post email to
The Phone Company's Remote Printing
Service — Free service to send faxes via email to most parts of the
MIDS Internet Weather Report —
Maps show latency of various parts of the Internet. Should have MPEG viewer for
Internet Health Report —
Does not yet provide full coverage but a good start. Includes traceroute
OANDA Currency Converter —
Allows you to convert units of any national currency or precious metal into
units of any other, for any date back to 1990, one at a time.
Calculator — Online tool.
SnipURL — Add button to your
browser to convert long, complex URLs to shorter, simpler ones that go to the
Open-Source Operating Systems and Connectivity Products
Links to sites on the leading contender to replace Unix and MS Windows. Check
this page for products that compete with those listed above.
Plan 9 —
Small, efficient operating system used in embedded systems and distributed
Vita Nuova — Provider of
embedded systems and distributed applications based upon the unique and
revolutionary new operating systems Inferno and Plan 9.
unununium — Organic
operating engine, using no static code.
Anonymous file exchange and archiving system, similar but better than
Non-open-source Distributed and Connectivity Products
NetWin — All kinds of
server and client software to enhance your web site. They have a great
United Devices™ —
Distributed computing software and services.
Santronics Software —
Offer Wildcat! interactive net server, to host a web site on your home
Teleconferencing — Collection of links, but not updated since
How to render documents — Short manual
on scanning printed documents and converting them into web pages.
See also the Security and Privacy page.
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