Members Support PagesPage updated 21 August 2015
This page is the starting point for Gerrards Cross Computer Club members who are looking for free/low cost programs or who are looking for help to sort out problems. There are links to several pages containing freeware or related topics. there are also links to other pages giving advice on other subjects. Note that other members are invited to submit links or pages and should advise me if any of the information is out of date.
John is already supporting some members using remote access software. If you are having problems with any Windows XP or later computer, and have a broadband connection. this may be a more convenient way of helping you than trying to sort out problems over the telephone. see below for a link to the page where you will find full instructions as to how to install the necessary software.
If you are not yet a member, but have found this page, please come and join us at one of our regular meetings. Click here to go to the Gerrards Cross Computer Club main page
This page, and the pages linked to it, contain programs that members of the Gerrards Cross Computer Club have discovered. It is intended to provide members with links to tried and tested software.
The initial aim was for all software on this site to be freeware. For PCs this has been largely been met (exceptions are noted.
We have recently added Smartphone App links related topics. In many cases these Apps are not free and where known the costs are shown. Links are/will be provided for Android and Apple smartphones and compatible tablets.
The new Smartphone page uses a new layout and over time the existing pages will migrate to the new format so please look at both lists.
If you are a member of the Computer Club please inform the contributor if the link provided does not work, or if you need any further information or assistance.
If you have any programs that you can recommend please email me by clicking on the link . Use the contact details in the bit image if the link does not work. Please give a brief summary of what the program does, the URL, and any notes that you want to add.
When looking for programs be aware that the term "Beta" software is used for programs that are still not fully released by the author. They are expecting YOU to test their code. It may or may not work correctly. Unless otherwise noted it is usually a good idea to avoid such software unless it does exactly what you want (you need the latest gizmos) or you are able to live with program crashes.
This section contains links to pages within this web site that provide descriptions of and links to programs, tutorial or other support information. This data is in the process of being restructured and is listed in two parts.
The first section contains links to major topics. Once the link is selected these will go to another page where there is a Hyperlinked index to the sub-topics supported within the page. Each of these sub-topics contains a description of the topic and a table containing individual items which may be to a program or App, tutorial information etc. Each of these has an icon which identifies the platform associated with the link. The icon list is extensible to enable support for PCs, MACs as well as a number of smart phone platforms. The list of major topics will grow as the older pages are migrated.
The second list contains the legacy pages with are primarily PC related.
The third list contains additional support documentation from members. This will be merged into the new format. In general the material here is relatively old and in need of revision.
In many cases a link is available to contact the contributor. If this is the case please use that to obtain further information. clinking on the contributor link should create a blank email message for you to complete with the Title and address fields already completed. Sorry - this does not work for Webmail users!
Note that all the link pages in the first two sections below are in XML format. If anyone has problems accessing them, or there are any broken links, please let me know by clicking this link .
This section will ultimately replace the section "Windows Programs below". When programs have been moved from the section below a placeholder will be placed in the appropriate page until all such items have been moved.
Each of these pages has a hyper-linked index which is organised by Categories. Click on the link to take you to the relevant category section.
A program or topic will be repeated if it is relevant to more than one category. The number of categories can increase with time and links to other platforms can be readily included.
In each case an icon indicates the relevant platform and this should be clicked to go to the relevant page.
This set of pages relies on new HTML 5 and CSS 3 features in the web standards which are not supported by the version of Internet Explorer in Windows XP.
The Windows applications have been classified under the following headings. Click on the link to go to the relevant page.
Note that links marked like this have been migrated to the new format PC Programs and related topics Page above and will eventually be removed. Links marked like this have been partially migrated.
Some of these links are now in DropBox (marked *) - let me know if this causes any problems
As I have been writing the advice and supplementary pages I have realised that there may be a need to take a printed copy of the information. With the thumbnail approach for screen shots this would not be easy. With my latest advice document I have therefore changed my approach -let me know what you think. This has been produced as a PDF file (Acrobat Reader or an equivalent e.g. Foxit will be required). This has the benefit that I can add a copyright notice more easily but it remains free for non commercial use.
It is my intention to add to this list as long as I have sufficient space on my ISP server.
Click on the link against each topic on the following pages to contact contributor. Note that some contributors have requested that their email addresses are not published on this web site. Refer to your membership list, or wait for the next meeting, if no address is shown!
For the pages that are held in XML the contributor's email address is not stored on the web site but is created dynamically by the local browser when it prepares the page for display. (Try view source to see what is transferred). It is hoped that this will deter the email harvesters!
This set of pages is maintained by John Steele of Soroban Systems. This page can be accessed directly at www.soroban.co.uk/gxcc. Please bookmark this link to return to this page.
The Soroban domain (www.soroban.co.uk) is hosted by Plusnet. You are invited to use sorobansystems as the referrer if you should decide to use Plusnet as your broadband supplier.