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Sound / video

Netscape audio/video plugins

MacromediaFlash- Pulsing musical tracks, sound effects

Partners in Rhyme - free audio midi "loops"

Quicktime (by Apple - for MAC and PC) - basic version FREE - streaming audio/video technology 
  RealPlayer -   hear real sound and play real video.

Shockwave player - experience interactive content on Web sites

MP3  - software, hardware, music

MusicMatch Jukebox - audio player, recorder, database software - basic version FREE 

WINAMP -  MP3 player (shareware - small fee)

Web authoring

Macromedia - HomeSite

Macromedia DreamWeaver- download trial version. Web authorware - PC and MAC

Macromedia Flash- Pulsing musical tracks, sound effects, animations,  interfaces - PC and MAC

Microsoft Front Page

Netscape Communicator comes with a FREE Web composing program.
Latest version of Netscape Communicator.
Archived 4.7 version of Netscape.

Web Developers Virtual Library - software reviews,  Perl, JAVA, tutorials, etc.

XML Spy - Web editing program for XML - advertised  as including all major aspects of XML "in one powerful and easy-to-use product"

Web browsing

Internet Explorer - Microsoft's Web browser

Lynx ( - non graphical Web browser. Great for people who use non a "windows"-type Internet interface.[You can access this program at the mason/osf1> prompt by typing lynx.  If you know the Web address you want, you can also do this, for ex.: lynx]

Mozilla - for web browsing, email, HTML editing, IRC chat, and more

Netscape 4.x (GMU download):

Netscape Communicator (Netscape Corp.) |  Netscape archived 4.x version [In my opinion, a better browser and Web composing program than later versions of Netscape]

The Netscape Unofficial FAQ

Opera  -  advertised as having "great speed, high security, flexible pop-up blocker, effective spam filter, available in 20 languages

  Computer-mediated Communication Courseware (CMC) 

Computer-mediated communication software (primarily Web-based)

  Telnet / FTP

Absolute Telnet - Windows 95, 98, ME, NT, 2000, and XP, vt100 emulation, secure shell

Cuteftp - a file transfer program with a connection wizard to walk you through connecting to an FTP site. User-friendly interface to publish Web pages, download files

EWAN - a telnet program that lets you print to your LOCAL PRINTER

Fetch - Fetch Softworks -MAC ftp - (file transfer protocol program) 

PuTTY - FREE Telnet and SSH for Win32 platforms, written and maintained primarily by Simon Tatham

SSH Secure Shell - FREE for non-commercial and university use, as defined in the license agreement. 

WS_FTP - a File Transfer Protocol (ftp) for Windows with point and click capabilities(can transfer documents/graphics from your computer to your mason account and vice versa - handy way to send files to your Web site on the server.) 

Directions to set up WS-ftp for your mason account | non-graphics version of directions - Virginia Montecino

  Download WS_FTP FREE for users in education settings.

  MOOs / MUDs / IRC

MOO - resemble "chat rooms." Participants communicate in real time and can also building virtual rooms and other objects.

 MOO clients

IRC - Internet relay Chat - a method to broadcast live, synchronous, messages to everyone "listening." 

Ircle  - MAC 

Adobe Photoshop ® - Win, MAC

GIMP - freely distributed piece of software suitable for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition and image authoring. 

IDS (Image Display System)- "a CGI written in Perl that interactively generates a photo album website. All you need to provide are the images and (optionally) text descriptions. As you add new pictures, they will appear automatically."

Lview- image editing shareware - much less expensive than Paint Shop Pro or Adobe Photoshop and has many more features that the image editing program that comes with Windows. Can try out the trial version for 21 days.

Paintshop Pro - much less expensive than Adobe Photoshop.  Windows

  Software Sites

CNet DOWNLOAD.COM - drivers, internet, utilities, and more... 

Computer Products for Education - sells Academic Edition versions (exactly the same as the full-retail versions) of the most popular software for students, faculty, staff and schools. - software, drivers, hardware, HTML - deep discounts on software for qualified students or staff/faculty members

MAC software

Tucows - Internet Software Site (includes top 10 downloads of the week)

ZDNet downloads -  downloads for freeware, shareware (not free, but cheap), and "buy ware." Many vendors will let you have a limited free trial period - often as long as 30 days.


Virus protection software from Norton -  FREE to download or buy in bookstore cheap - site license for faculty, students, staff of GMU.  If you don't update at least weekly your protection will be out of date.

Dr. Solomon Anti-Virus - for PCs and MACs

Firewalls - Shields UP! - Gibson Research Corporation -  reviews and links to software companies

F-Prot AntiVirus

Norton/Symantec - anti-virus and security programs

PGP - Pretty Good Privacy Encryption for secure e-mail

Zone Alarm firewall security software- easy to install firewall protection software. Lets you add  more  than just "local" and "Internet"  zones.You an set different levels of access to the Internet and engage an internet lockout. FREE non-Pro version for individual home use.


Adobe Acrobat - converts any document into an Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) file, with its original appearance so you can distribute it for viewing and printing on any system.

Adobe Acrobat Reader - Free for personal use - lets you view and print files on all major computer platforms.

EndNote - software to search bibliographic databases on the Internet, organize references in a database, create bibliographies automatically in your word processor || Download trial version.

Free Agent (a windows-based newsreader - also has file transfer, etc.)

PowerPoint Animation Player for Active X- works with ppt 97

SnagIt - captures anything you see (including video clips) to a graphic file or send to a printer (Caution: posting captured information on your Web site or distributing it without permission can be a violation of copyright law.)
  WINZIP- unzip executable files that are in compressed formats

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