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Clue Manager is a Windows program geared towards Search and Rescue. It is designed to keep track of the clues found during a search. Read the Clue Manager installation instructions.

Comm Manager is a Windows program geared towards Search and Rescue. It is designed to keep track of the communications that occur during a search.

GEOTRANS (Geographic Translator) is an application program which allows you to easily convert geographic coordinates among a wide variety of coordinate systems, map projections, and datums. GEOTRANS runs on Microsoft Windows (95, 98, NT, 2000, XP) and UNIX Motif environments.

ICS-SAR is a Windows program geared towards Search and Rescue. It is designed to assist in the understanding and implementation of the Incident Command System (ICS) before and during SAR incidents. Read the ICS-SAR installation instructions.

Missing Poster is a Windows program that uses NET 4.0. It is a tool designed to assist Search and Rescue, police, and other agencies to create and distribute missing person posters in a standardized format. It can export the poster to Word, Excel, PDF, PNG, JPG and other formats.

SAR T-Cards is a Windows program designed to help the unit responsible for tracking resources during an incident to do so in an organized and efficient manner. The program attempts to mimic the standard ICS physical T-Cards. Although SAR T-Cards is aimed at Search And Rescue incidents it can be used in any incident, large or small. Read the SAR T-Cards installation instructions.

Win CASIE III is a Windows program designed to help manage both small- and large-scale searches.

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7 Zip is a Windows utility that allows you to zip and unzip files.

ArsClip is a utility for the Windows clipboard. ArsClip monitors the clipboard and keeps track of the entries. Press a configurable hotkey and select an item (or items) to quickly paste into a program. See also Clipx.

Everything is a search engine that locates files and folders by name instantly for Windows. Unlike Windows search, Everything initially displays every file and folder on your computer. You type in a search filter to limit which files and folders are displayed.

This allows you to view Excel files.

FileZilla is an FTP program for file uploading and downloading to and from your FTP site, server, or host. (Windows, Linux, Mac OS X)

hjsplit is a multi-platform file splitter. If you want to attach a document to an email, then there are file-size restrictions. For example, with Gmail, you can send and receive messages up to 25 megabytes (MB) in size. This program allows you to split large documents into smaller ones, and then email them separately. The recipient can then reconstitute the original file from its parts using hjsplit.

LibreOffice is the power-packed free, libre and open source personal productivity suite for Windows, Macintosh and GNU/Linux, that gives you six feature-rich applications for all your document production and data processing needs: Writer, Calc, Impress, Draw, Math and Base.

Open Office is a leading office software suite for word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, graphics, databases and more. Although it offers a high degree of compatibility with commercial office software, this article points out some of the differences between Open Office and MS Office. (Windows, Linux, Mac OS X)

This Adobe Reader allows you to view PDF files. See also Foxit Reader and PDF-XChange Viewer.

This allows you to view PowerPoint files.

WinSCP is an open source free SFTP client, SCP client, FTPS client and FTP client for Windows. Its main function is file transfer between a local and a remote computer. Beyond this, WinSCP offers scripting and basic file manager functionality.

This is an efficient and portable alternative to Windows Explorer. The free version is for private (home) or academic (school & university) use.