Freeware Fun: A Virtual Telescope, System Cleaner, Calendar Maker

The absolute best thing about the Windows platform is its unmatched selection of software. Apps are fine, but the real fun still lies with traditional programs. And this is set to grow even more with the advent of full Windows 8.1 Pro powered tablets, hybrids and other such devices.

Here is a selection, then, of some of the best freeware downloads:

WorldWide Telescope 5

What better way to kick off this column with Microsoft’s very own freeware! This virtual telescope is your ticket to explore the universe from your PC. Along with the ability to zoom from outer space to ground level, you also get access to photos and recorded tours from astronomers.
Website: www.worldwidetelescope.org
Works on: Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1
File size: 77.1MB

Collbee

This is the program you need if you own a large (and disorganized) collection of digital media. Collbee is the bringer of order to the library of films and TV shows that you have on your PC by allowing you to scan and automatically rename the files by downloading information and artwork from the Internet.
Website: www.collbee.com
Works on: Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1
File size: 24.9MB

Pically

In the software that just works column we have a simple and straightforward calendar maker that lets you create and print calendars using your own collection of photos. Select the images, input what events you want, and you will have a printable calendar in PDF format in seconds. Software that just works.
Website: www.petrosit.de
Works on: Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1
File size: 5.3MB

Wipe 2014

This is a system cleaner that gets straight to the point. Launch it and it will check how much disk space you can free up, in bytes, at that. You can select which files you want safely deleted, and it will remove them. The interface is basic, though you get a bunch of settings and options.
Website: www.privacyroot.com
Works on: Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1
File size: 477KB (installer)

Heroine’s Quest: The Herald of Ragnarok

Those of you that enjoyed playing point-and-click games in the good old days (like Sierra’s Hero’s Quest) will enjoy taking this homage adventure for a spin. It offers plenty of quests, sprinkled with some RPG elements, and even the pixel graphics have a classic touch to them.
Website: www.crystalshard.net/hq.htm
Works on: Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1
File size: 396MB

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