Software for Students

Here you can find free software recommended to students by the school's ICT Team:

Here is a facility for Patana staff and students to obtain certain Microsoft software to use for their school work at home. In order to take part in this scheme you need to register:

Register Here then sign-in here.



WriterWriter A word processor similar in look and feel to Microsoft Word or WordPerfect and offering a comparable range of functions and tools. It also includes the ability to export Portable Document Format (PDF) files with no additional software, and can also function as a basic WYSIWYG editor for creating and editing web pages. Available from
calcCalc A spreadsheet similar to Microsoft Excel or Lotus 1-2-3 with a roughly equivalent range of features. Calc provides a number of features not present in Excel, including a system which automatically defines series for graphing, based on the layout of the user’s data. Calc is also capable of writing spreadsheets directly as a PDF file. Available from
ImpressImpress A presentation program similar to Microsoft PowerPoint. It can export presentations to Adobe Flash (SWF) files, allowing them to be played on any computer with the Flash player installed. It also includes the ability to create PDF files, and the ability to read Microsoft PowerPoint's .ppt format. Impress suffers from a lack of ready-made presentation designs. However, templates are readily available on the Internet. Available from
BaseBase A database program similar to Microsoft Access. Base allows the creation and manipulation of databases, and the building of forms and reports to provide easy access to data for end-users. Available from
AudacityAudacity: is a super sound editing tool. It is the program we recommend for editing podcasts and PowerPoint soundtracks. Very easy to use. Saves to WAV or MP3 format.
 CutePDF maker: Portable Document Format (PDF) is the de facto standard for the secure and reliable distribution and exchange of electronic documents and forms around the world. CutePDF Writer (formerly CutePDF Printer) is the free version of commercial PDF creation software.

PDF 995 is an alternative to the above with many extra features. You can read about it here.

Smartboard Notebook:  There is now a student version to Download of the software the teachers use with their Smartboards. You could also Download the version teachers use in the classroom. It initially comes as a 30 Day Free Trial but can be activated permanently by using the serial number of one of the Smartboards in school.
The GIMPThe GIMP: This open source software can be used to process digital graphics and photographs. Typical uses include creating graphics and logos, resizing and cropping photos, changing colors, combining images using a layer paradigm, removing unwanted image features, and converting between different image formats. GIMP can also be used to create animated images using an improved layers method. The full capabilities of the GIMP extend much further, however, and include advanced image editing, manipulation, and professional graphics creation. It is used as a free software replacement for Adobe Photoshop, which is the dominant bitmap editor in the printing and graphics industries.
Firefox: This is a free, open source rival to Microsoft's Internet Explorer. Some web pages will appear differently on the two browsers. There are points for and against both programs.

CAM StudioCamStudio  This free download is able to record all screen and audio activity on your computer and create industry-standard AVI video files and using its built-in SWF Producer can turn those AVIs into lean, mean, bandwidth-friendly Streaming Flash videos (SWFs)

Photo Story

PhotoStory  Bring your digital photos to life with Photo Story 3 for Windows. Create slideshows using your digital photos. With a single click, you can touch-up, crop, or rotate pictures. Add stunning special effects, soundtracks, and your own voice narration to your photo stories. (Download).
DVD Flick
DVD Flick for burning DVDs. Freeware
Blender is the free open source 3D content creation suite, available for all major operating systems under the GNU General Public License.
Anti Virus
AVG provides you with basic antivirus and antispyware protection for Windows and is available to download for free.

It is so important that your computer is protected against the malware which can so easily make your computer unusable.

Microsoft Security Essentials is a free download from Microsoft which  provides real-time protection for your home PC that guards against viruses, spyware, and other malicious software. More information here.

Portable Applications
Portable Apps lets you carry your favorite computer programs along with all of your bookmarks, settings, email and more with you. Use them on any Windows computer. All without leaving any personal data behind.
Paint.NET a free painting application for simple stuff. A fantastic online image manipulator is . Perfect for resizing too.
SmoothDraw another free painting application.
 InkScapeInkscape is a more professional vector graphic program similar to Illustrator.
GeoGebra a free Mathematics (Geometry and Algebra) application.
Freemake a video conversion program that is totally free. Convert videos from MP4 to AVI or WMV plus lots of other features.
NiNite the best way to install a number of free utilities on your computer, all in one go, without lots of questions.





And finally here is a list of great web 2.0 software.  


Alternative software

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