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Free Editor 2.0.3

View and/ or edit images, PDFs, ebooks, Office docs, more

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License: Freeware
Operating Systems: Windows 7 (32 bit), Windows 7 (64 bit), Windows 8, Windows Server, Windows Vista (32 bit), Windows Vista (64 bit), Windows XP
Languages: English
Software Cost: Free
Date Updated: 04 February 2015
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Developer: Blue Labs
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Free Editor
View and/ or edit images, PDFs, ebooks, Office docs, more

Free Editor is a free tool which can view many file types, and edit some.

The program opens Office documents, many image types (including RAW, ICO, PSD, TIFF), videos, audio files, archives, PDFs, RTF, ePubs, source code, binaries, plain text and more.

This wasn't always successful in our tests. Free Editor failed to open some large PDFs. It crashed with one test PSD, and we found complex Word documents were sometimes formatted incorrectly.

The program's editing abilities are limited, too. You can't edit PDFs; audio and video files are strictly for playing only; and the image editor is just about as basic as you'll get anywhere (there are rotate, resize and crop tools, grayscale/ blur/ sepia effects, brightness/ contrast adjustment and simple tag editing).

Free Editor is better at text-based documents. There are all the usual text formatting options, indents, paragraph settings, lists, tables, images and more. The spreadsheet is far more basic (no charts, not even a formula bar, although you can enter a formula directly in a cell), but you can still view, edit or create sheets, edit formatting, and edit/ enter data.

Another plus is that you're sometimes able to save your files as another type, although this didn't work as often as we'd like. PDFs can only be saved as PDFs, for instance. Image exports are restricted to BMP, GIF, JPG, PNG, TIFF and TGA. Word documents may be saved to DOC, DOCX, ODT, RTF and TXT.

Elsewhere, unexpected extras include a hex editor, a very simple resource editor for binary files, and a source code editor with syntax highlighting for a few languages.

Please note, Free Editor will by default change your browser home and search pages during installation. Pay attention during setup and make sure you only install what you need.


Free Editor crashed several times for us, and has some bizarre shortcomings. There's no File > New to create a new document, for example, although Ctrl+N works in some places. And if you modify a file and then close the program, it just shuts down without warning. Despite that, Free Editor does open some file types that you might not be able to access otherwise (some RAW images, PSDs, ePUBs), so it might be worth installing as a viewer of last resort.

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Windows 10 May 2019 Update ISO (build 1903)

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This is the latest version of Windows May 2019 Update. it's a media creation tool that can be used to upgrade an existing installation of Windows or create installation media for another PC. Just make your choice after launching the tool and it'll do the rest.

What was new in Windows 10, when it was released? The OS brought back the Start Menu, though with a twist: live tiles keep you up-to-date with the latest news while also providing an easy way to launch apps. (Don't worry if you prefer the Start Screen, it's still there and you can boot into it if you prefer.)

Apps now work much more like regular desktop programs. They have minimise, maximise, restore and close buttons, and can be resized (to a degree) and organised however you like.

If you've still lost track of a program in the mass of open windows, a new Task Spaces feature can help. Click its taskbar button and you'll see thumbnails for everything running now, a little like OS X's Mission Control - just click something to switch to it.

Better still, Task Spaces also supports virtual desktops. Add extra desktops as required and it'll display thumbnails of each one, making it easy to identify whatever you're after and switch to it.

There's also smarter snapping, new customisation options, and even a bunch of experimental additions to the command prompt.

May 2019 Update brings a whole host of new features for Windows 10. See the Microsoft Blog for more information.

The Windows 10 ISO will give you build 1903 which is the May 2019 Update.