The best Pocket PC Freeware (and non-free software
This is a continuation
Idea – Outliner
This is an outliner that is more than an outliner. It has a tree view that
allows you to place text notes, voice recordings, sketches, file attachments
and to-dos that link to Pocket Outlook. Excellent software.
|gsplayer – mp3
Simple interface, but all the features you could possibly want. A full equalizer,
surround sound and 3d effect, reverb and echo control, bass boost and presets.
It can play local files or stream them. I like this much better than its non-free competition.
|icBar – Start Bar Replacement
/ Program Launcher
Icbar is an indispensable startbar replacement. It
allows you to quickly access open programs (and close them completely)
with fully customizable buttons to execute other often used commands. Powerful
and lightweight. There are several wisbar forks out there, this one is
|NetUse – Network Neighborhood Browser
If you have a wireless access that is indispensable. It allows you to freely browse
your local network on your Pocket PC. Basically it does the same thing
Resco viewer does, but for free. Their site is down so I’m making it available
for download here (ARM cab file).
Atelier – Painting Program
The most powerful painting program I’ve found for the Pocket PC. The interface
threw me off at first, but the more I got used to it, the more I like
Pencil – Drawing Program
The most powerful pencil drawing program for the Pocket PC.
|NoteM – MP3 recorder
This program does an excellent job
of recording great quality mp3’s. I’ve recorded up to an hour with no
problem whatsoever. This program deserves much more attention.
|PocketTV – mpeg player
Plays mpegs with a fullscreen mode. You have to go through a strange registration
process but it’s free and very useful. I use it to play mpegs recorded
off my digital camera.
Requires Magazine subscription
|Total Commander – File Browser
A very powerful file browser. It
has built in unzipping and a built in notepad. It also has a very fast
find files function. Desktop version available.
|uBook / µBook – e-book Reader
This is quite possibly the only ebook reader you’ll ever need (for free
ebooks that is). It supports a wide variety of filetypes with an interesting,
skinnable interface. Desktop version available.
|Viewer – Image Viewer
This photo viewer from PDA Mill is very basic, but I love the interface and
it’s super fast. Supports image viewing and slideshows.
|XnView – Image Viewer
A powerful picture viewer that supports many popular filetypes, basic image editing
and manipulation functionality. Ability to view and create exe slideshows and
take screen captures / screenshots.
|YanCEyWare Reader – Scripture Reader
LDS oriented scripture reader. Very powerful and simple to use.
|Non-Free – Apps that couldn’t be replaced with freeware…|
|Text Maker – Word Processor
Full featured Word Processor. Full support for native Microsoft Word documents.
This blows Pocket Word out of the water.
(around $50 USD)
There are several wallet programs available, this one seems like the simplest
to use and works fine. Free desktop version (even if you don’t buy the PocketPC
version). Customizable templates and icons.
|About $20 USD|
|PocketInformant – Outlook Replacement
If you use the built in PIM applications a lot (calendar, contacts, tasks,
notes) you don’t know what you’re missing out on. Pocket Informant provides
a better and more efficient way of viewing, organizing and entering data.
It also offers many new features such as pictures attached to contacts
and icons attached to events and tasks. Maintains Outlook and ActiveSync
|About $35 USD|
|Freeware Resources – FreewarePPC and
the two best resources for Pocket PC Freeware. Both are updated daily.
The disadvantage is that they haven’t filtered through everything and
placed it in a nice list like you have here :).
Other Freeware Notables:
PocketExplorer – File explorer with tree view.
Winampaq – Mp3 player.
VadeMecum – Plucker
[NEW] Crosswords – Freeware Scrabble clone for the Pocket PC. Gameplay is great and you can use the excellent dictionaries provided or create your own. I’ve noticed occasional crashes when using this program but I have not been able to conclusively decide if this it is Crosswords that is causing it.
[NEW] PocketNotepad – Just like windows notepad. Sometimes Pocket Word or any other program is an overkill. PocketNoetpad is great for quick, simple notes.
[NEW] Agile Messenger – I’ll admit I haven’t had a ton of experience with this one, but I can verify that it connects to AIM, MSN and Jabber and chat seems to work fine. Could be an excellent replacement for memory hungry AOL AIM and MSN – especially when they’re running at the same time.
I think this is the best Freeware available for the Pocket PC. If you
can prove me wrong, I’d be happy to credit you with notifiying me of any
applications I’ve missed. Email me at marcus |at| vorwaller |dot| net.