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Here’s a list of essential software you should have.

3ds max (3D Studio Max) 5
OS: Windows
License: Demo/Full

http://www.discreet.com/
There is a free version called gmax, which you can download here.


ACDSee 5.0
OS: Windows (all), Windows CE (version 1.0), Mac OS 8.6 (version 1.6), Palm OS 3.0 (version 1.0)
Windows 3.x version is still available (version 2.2)
License: Shareware
http://www.acdsystems.com/


Ad-aware 5.83 (download RefUpdate 2.0 as well)
OS: Windows (all)
License: Free

http://www.lavasoft.de/


Adobe Acrobat Reader 5.5
OS: Windows (all), Mac System 7.1 (version 5.05), Linux (version 5.0), Palm OS 3.0 (version 2.0), PocketPC (version 1.0)
Windows 3.x version is still available (version 3.01)
License: Free

http://www.adobe.com/


Adobe PhotoShop 7.0
OS: Windows
License: Demo/Full

http://www.adobe.com/


Alexa 6
OS: Windows 95/98/NT/2000/XP
License: Free

http://www.alexa.com/


CNET CatchUp 1.31 - CNET have discontinued this service until further notice
OS: Windows 95/98/NT/2000/XP
License: Free

http://catchup,cnet.com/


Cubase SL and SX
OS: Windows 95/98/Me/2000 & Mac
License: Demo/Full

http://www.steinberg.net/


CuteFTP 5.0
OS: Windows (all) & Mac
Windows 3.x version is still available (version 2.0)
License: Demo/Full

http://www.cuteftp.com/


CuteFTP Pro 3.0
OS: Windows (all)
License: Demo/Full

http://www.cuteftp.com/


Download Accelerator Plus 5.3
OS: Windows (all)
License: Free

http://www.speedbit.com/


Eudora 5.
OS: Windows 95/98/NT/2000, Mac OS 8.1, Mac System 7.1 (version 4.3.3), Mac OS X & Palm OS 3.0 (version 1.1)
License: Free

http://www.eudora.com/


ExpPrint 1.5
OS: Windows 95/98/Me/NT4/2000
License: Free

http://www.jddesign.co.uk/


FreeAgent 1.91
OS: Windows 95/98/Me/NT/2000
Windows 3.x version is still available (version 1.21)
License: Free
http://www.forteinc.com/


GameSpy 3D 2.54
OS: Windows 95/98/NT
License: Shareware

http://www.gamespy3d.com/


GameSpy Arcade 1.1c
OS: Windows 95/98/NT/2000/XP
License: Shareware

http://www.gamespyarcade.com/


GetRight 4.5e
OS: Windows (all)
Windows 3.x version is still available (version 1.3b)
License: Shareware

http://www.getright.com/


GoZilla Free 4.11
OS: Windows 95/98/Me/NT/2000
License: Free

http://www.gozilla.com/


Groove Workspace 2.1
OS: Windows 95/98/Me/NT/2000
License: Free/Full

http://www.groove.net/


ICQ 2002a
OS: Windows 95/98/NT/2000/XP, Mac System 7.1 (version 2.7b), Mac OS 9.x/OS 8.x/OS X (version 3.1a47), PalmOS 2.0/WindowsCE 2.0 (version 1 beta)/2.11 (version 0.99) & Linux/Unix (LICQ at http://www.licq.com/ (version 1.0.3))
There is also at light version called ICQ Lite
Windows 3.x version is still available (version 1.111 beta)
License: Free

http://www.icq.com/


Macromedia Dreamweaver MX
OS: Windows 98/NT/2000/XP, Mac OS 9.x/OS X
License: Demo/Full

http://www.macromedia.com/


Macromedia Fireworks MX
OS: Windows 98/NT/2000/XP, Mac OS 9.x/OS X
License: Demo/Full
http://www.macromedia.com/


Macromedia Flash MX 6.0
OS: 95/98/NT/2000, Mac OS 8.x
License: Demo/Full

http://www.macromedia.com/


Maya 4.5
OS: Windows NT/2000/XP
License: Demo/Full

http://www.aliaswavefront.com/
There is a free version available for Maya, please go here for more details.


McAfee VirusScan Online
OS: Windows 95/98/Me/2000/XP
License: Demo/Full

http://www.mcafee.com/


Microsoft DirectX 8.1
OS: Windows 95/98/Me/2000/XP
License: Free

http://www.microsoft.com/directx/


Microsoft Internet Explorer 6
OS: Windows 98/NT/2000 & Mac OS 7.61 (version 5.0)/System 7 (version 3.01)
Windows 3.x version is still available (version 5.0)
License: Free

http://www.microsoft.com/windows/ie/


Microsoft Visual Studio 6 SP5
OS: Windows 95/98/NT
License: Demo/Full

http://www.microsoft.com/


MSN Messenger 5.0
OS: Windows 95/98/NT/2000/XP, Mac OS X (version 3.0) & Mac OS 8.x/OS 9.x (version 2.0)
License: Free
http://messenger.msn.co.uk/


NetObjects Fusion MX
OS: Windows 95/98/NT, Mac System 7 (version 2.0.2) & Mac OS 7.6.1 (version 3.0)
License: Demo/Full

http://www.netobjects.com/


Netscape 7.01
OS: Windows 95/98/NT/2000/XP. Mac System 7.x (version 4.0.8), Mac OS 8.x/9.x, Mac 7.x (4.7.9), Mac OS X & Linux
Windows 3.x version is still available (version 4.0.8)
License: Free

http://www.netscape.com/


News Rover 7.0
OS: Windows 95/98/NT/2000
License: Shareware

http://www.newsrover.com/


Norton Anti-Virus 2003
OS: Windows 95/98/Me/NT/2000/XP & Mac (version 8.0)
License: Demo/Full

http://www.norton.com/


Odigo 3.1
OS: Windows (all) & Mac System 7.1 (version 1.2)
License: Free

http://www.odigo.com/


Opera 6.05
OS: Windows (all), Mac OS X (version 5.0b4), Mac System 7.x (version 5.0) & Linux (version 6.0 TP3), EPOC (Psion OS) (version 5.10 beta 2)
Windows 3.x version is still available (version 3.62)
License: Free/Shareware

http://www.opera.com/


Paint Shop Pro with Animation Shop 7.04
OS: Windows (all)
Windows 3.x version is still available (version 3.11)
License: Demo/Full

http://www.jasc.com/


Powertoys
OS: Windows (all), Windows CE 2.0 (version 2.0)
License: Free

http://www.microsoft.com/


QuickTime 6.0
OS: Windows 98/Me/NT/2000/XP & Mac OS 8.x/OS 9.x/OS X (version 6.02)
License: Free
http://www.apple.com/quicktime/


RealOne Player 2.0
OS: Windows (all) & Mac OX X (version 1.0)
License: Free

http://www.realplayer.com/


RegClean 4.1a
OS: Windows 95/98/NT
License: Free
http://www.microsoft.com/


SciTech Display Doctor 6.53
OS: Windows 3.x/95/98/Me/2000/XP & Linux (version 7.0 Beta)
License: Demo/Full
http://www.scitechsoft.com/


Sonique 1.96
OS: Windows (all)
License: Free

http://www.sonique.com/ or http://sonique.lycos.com/


Thumbs Plus 5.01
OS: Windows (all)
Windows 3.x version is still available (version 2.0e)
License: Shareware

http://www.cerious.com/


Trillian 0.74
OS: Windows (all)
License: Free

http://www.ceruleanstudios.com/


WebDog 2.7.4
OS: Windows
License: Free

http://www.webdog.org/


WindowBlinds 3.4
OS: Windows (all)
License: Shareware

http://www.stardock.com/


Windows Media Player 7.1/XP
OS: Windows 95/98/NT2000//XPCE2.11 (version 1.0), Mac OS 8.5 (version 7.0) & PocketPC
License: Free

http://www.microsoft.com/windows/mediaplayer/ or http://windowsmedia.com/download/


WinRAR 3.0
OS: Windows 95/98/NT/2000
License: Shareware

http://www.rarsoft.com/


WinTune 1.00 (might not be available now)
OS: Windows 95/98/NT2000
License: Free

http://wintune.winmag.com/


WinZip 8.1 SR-1
OS: Windows (all)
License: Shareware
http://www.winzip.com/


WS_FTP LE 5.08
OS: Windows 95/98/NT
Windows 3.x version is still available (version 5.06)
License: Free

http://www.wsftp.com/


WS_FTP Professional 7.5
OS: Windows (all)
Windows 3.x version is still available (version 5.05)
License: Demo/Full

http://www.wsftp.com/


X-Drive Express 2.11 (now X-Drive Plus)
OS: Windows 95/98
License: Free

http://www.xdrive.com/


ZoneAlarm 3.1.395
OS: Windows (all)
License: Free

http://www.zonelabs.com/


ZoneAlarm Pro 3.1.395
OS: Windows (all)
There is also a Plus version
License: Demo/Full

http://www.zonelabs.com/



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