My free software
BECAUSE BEST THINGS IN LIFE ARE FREE
Welcome into this site section exclusively focusing on my free software, without any limitation of time or features, for the individuals and the organizations, either commercial or not (companies, associations...): this is FREEWARE software. For more information, have a look at their license below, as well as the article I wrote about freeware concepts.
Because I develop software for my own pleasure and of course you, all the programs you'll find here are FREE: they are freeware.
It means that you can use them:
- as long as you wish (no time limit)
- on an unlimited number of machines, network or not
- anywhere: at home, at work, in an association...
You are also allowed (and even encouraged) to distribute them around you, under these conditions:
- any software must be distributed in its ORIGINAL and UNMODIFIED form (as you can download it on this website)
- any distribution must be done FOR FREE (or in exchange of a little fee aimed to pay the support on which you distribute the software, ie. a floppy disk, USB Flash disk CD-ROM, etc.);
- if you want to include this software on a "public" support (magazine CD-ROM, website...), in your own productions or into a software compilation, you must IMPERATIVELY ask for an authorization.
You are STRICTLY forbidden to sell or modify them, in any form, without my written consent.
Also notice that work on my software is done during my freetime, which means that I don't always have the necessary time to update them, answer questions about them, etc.
Be also aware that they are distributed "as-is" without any warranty. In any case, I can't be held as responsible for any modifications, either serious or not, done to your system by my software, indirectly or not, voluntarily or not. It includes, without limits: system settings changes, data losses, etc.
Thanks for your comprehension.
More information about the "Arachnosoft" name and logo
All my software products are identified with the "Arachnosoft" name and the logo on the left side.
This name and logo are used to identify my whole software but not their author's name. Their author (and publisher) is me, Maxime Abbey.
"Arachnosoft" does not refer to any particular trademark or enterprise, it's only a name I use to help you identifying my software among others.
Hardware and operating systems compatible with my software
My software has been created and tested under Windows 98 Second Edition for the oldest versions, and under Windows XP Home Edition for the most recent versions.
As of today, my applications only work under a Windows 9x or newer environment. Some older versions will also work under MS-DOS ou Windows 3.x. I'm progressively discovering Linux, so a port of some of my software under this environment may not be excluded. MacOS ports will not be considered until I get a Mac computer.
About the hardware requirements, unless otherwise noted, my software do not require any particular stuff, apart for a minimum of global performances (processor, RAM... the minimal hardware requirements for a particular software are given in its documentation). So, whatever is your processor's or graphics card's brand (Intel, AMD, NVIDIA, ATI...), my software should run on any PC system. In any case, I never heard yet of any major problems encountered with a given brand of hardware.
Actually, the way my software works with your machine mostly relies on its software configuration, and more particularly on its operating system. You'll find below what you need to do or check on your system to use my software in the best conditions.
For my 32-bit software programmed under Delphi (Rapid'Autorun, Gloups, Sys-Btn, ResChanger, Display Driver Configurator aka. Configuration du Gestionnaire Graphique):
Windows Vista 32-bit: all my Delphi software work under Vista (all 32-bit versions) without compatibility mode, but some of my software working on system files or directories (such as Rapid'Autorun or Sys-Btn) may require to be run as administrator to work in best conditions, even from a non-limited user account. To run a program in administrator mode under Vista, right-click on the program's executable file or shortcut, and select quot;Run as administrator" (or tick the corresponding checkbox under the Compatibility tab of the Properties window).
Windows 9x and 32-bit XP: all my Delphi software also work under Windows 9x and XP (Home or Professional Edition, with or without Service Pack) without compatibility mode. However, under XP just like under Vista, software requiring access to system parameters or files may not work properly from a limited user account, and thus, may need to be run from an administrator account, or as an administrator.
Windows Me, 2000, Server 2003 32 bits: although this has not been tested my myself, my Delphi software should also work flawlessly under these systems.
64-bit Windows versions (Server 2003 64-bit, XP Professional 64-bit, Vista 64-bit...): if your 64-bit system still supports 32-bit software, my Delphi software should also work, but, same as above, this has not been tested by myself.
Old 32-bit Windows versions (95, NT 4...): these systems may need an update of their system files to be able to run my Delphi software properly; an update which can usually be done from Windows Update or by installing a newer version of Internet Explorer, for example.
Old 16-bit Windows versions (3.x and older) as well as MS-DOS: unless otherwise noted, these systems are unable to run my 32-bit Delphi software. They may work using software such as WIN32S, which can run 32-bit code under a 16-bit system, but it has not been tested my myself.
For my 32-bit software programmed under The Games Factory (Heedeu's Travel, latest versions of Precise Age Calculator aka. Savoir son Age Précis, Bill Kong King, The Thief aka. Le Voleur, Voit'casse):
Windows Vista 32-bit: all my The Games Factory software work under Vista (all 32-bit versions) without compatibility mode, but some of my software (like Heedeu's Travel) may require to be configured with Windows 95/98 compatibility mode to work. To do that, right-click on the program's executable file or shortcut, select Properties, and under the Compatibility tab, tick the "Run this program in compatibility mode..." checkbox and select "Windows 95/98" in the drop-down list. Some software may also require to be run as administrator to work in best conditions, even from a non-limited user account.
Windows 9x and 32-bit XP: all my The Games Factory software also work under Windows 9x and XP (Home or Professional Edition, with or without Service Pack) without compatibility mode. However, under XP just like under Vista, some software may need to be configured with Windows 95/98 compatibility mode to work. To do that, right-click on the program's executable file or shortcut, select Properties, and under the Compatibility tab, tick the "Run this program in compatibility mode..." checkbox and select "Windows 95" or "Windows 98" in the drop-down list. And, also like under Vista, some software may not work properly from a limited user account, and thus, may need to be run from an administrator account, or as an administrator.
Windows Me, 2000, Server 2003 32 bits: although this has not been tested my myself, my TGF software should also work flawlessly under Windows Me. However, it seems that software made with TGF aren't compatible with professional NT versions of Windows (NT 4, 2000, 2003 Server) which don't offer a compatibility mode like XP or Vista.
64-bit Windows versions (Server 2003 64-bit, XP Professional 64-bit, Vista 64-bit...): I don't know anything about the way my The Games Factory software work under 64-bit versions of Windows; I haven't tested it myself.
Old 32-bit Windows versions (like 95 but not NT 4, see above): these systems should be able to run my The Games Factory software without requiring any system updates.
Old 16-bit Windows versions (3.x and older) as well as MS-DOS: unless otherwise noted, these systems are unable to run my 32-bit The Games Factory software. They may work using software such as WIN32S, which can run 32-bit code under a 16-bit system, but it has not been tested my myself.
For my 16-bit software programmed under Klik and Play (Calories & Menus, older versions of Precise Age Calculator aka. Savoir son Age Précis, Bill Kong King, The Thief aka. Le Voleur, Voit'casse):
Windows 9x, XP and Vista 32-bit: all my Klik and Play software work under Vista (all 32-bit versions) without compatibility mode, but, strangely, to work properly on relatively recent systems, these software may require you to setup your system to use a 32-bit color depth. Some software may also require to be run as administrator to work in best conditions, even from a non-limited user account.
Windows Me, 2000, Server 2003 32 bits: although this has not been tested my myself, my Klik and Play software should also work flawlessly under Windows Me, as well as under professional versions of Windows (NT 4, 2000, 2003) if they support 16-bit applications.
64-bit Windows versions (Server 2003 64-bit, XP Professional 64-bit, Vista 64-bit...): in theory, and according to some sources such as Microsoft, 64-bit versions of Windows don't support 16-bit applications, such as those made with Klik and Play, even in Compatibility mode.
Old 32-bit Windows versions (like 95 but not NT 4, see above): these systems should be able to run my Klik and Play software without requiring any system updates.
Old 16-bit Windows versions (3.x and older) as well as MS-DOS: the latest 16-bit versions of Windows should perfectly be able to run my 16-bit Klik and Play applications. However, I couldn't perform complete tests on Windows versions prior to Windows 3.1. And, although being 16-bit software, my Klik and Play applications require a Windows environment and will not work under another environment like MS-DOS.
For my 16-bit software programmed with QuickBasic, running under MS-DOS (some versions of Display Driver Configurator aka. Configuration du Gestionnaire Graphique):
These applications work flawlessly under any system which supports 16-bit MS-DOS programs (including all 16-bit and 32-bit versions of Windows). A Windows environment isn't required to run these applications, which only need a MS-DOS compatible environment. However, I've not tested these applications under other environments than those from Microsoft, like FreeDOS, for example.
Tips and advice to efficiently use all the files available on this website
Some programs are available in several versions, you must then choose one which should better suit your needs: supported operating systems, features, size....
If you're a webmaster or a webmistress, and if you would like to offer to your visitors some files to download from this website, please use the following syntax for your links: http://www.arachnosoft.com/main/download.php?id=file, the file parameter (indicated after the equal sign in the URL) corresponding to the ID of the file to download. You can find this ID on the links given by the download center main page.
Some files offered on this website are relatively big and may require a certain tine to be downloaded completely with a "narrowband" connection. In that case, I strongly recommend you to use a dedicated download software which allows you to download a file in several parts. Some web browsers, like Mozilla Firefox, also offer this feature.
About viruses and other malevolent software: I checked myself all files presented on this website with an antivirus software, using the latest virus definitions available at the time I uploaded them. However, I strongly recommend you to test by yourself, before any use, any file downloaded from this website using an up-to-date antivirus software, we're never careful enough! Also, I did not insert any spyware, malware or any other ware susceptible to collect personal data without your consent, into my own software.
In any case, I remember you that, according to my software's license, I can't be held as responsible of any eventual damage that could be done on your computer by using a file or software offered on this website.
ZIP files and other compressed formats: how to use them?
Most of the files available for download on this website are distributed as a compressed file in ZIP format, in order to reduce their download size. So, to open a ZIP file, you must use software able to uncompress this file format. There are plenty of them, free and commercial ones, among them: WinZip, UltimateZip, IZArc, PowerArchiver...
To uncompress a ZIP file, you have to open the wanted file into the software with the File - Open Archive menu, then, the contents of the file being displayed, use the Extract command, generally in a menu named Actions, select a folder on your hard drive where you want to place the file. The software uncompresses the ZIP file, and the files will be then available in the folder you've selected.
These instructions are also valid for most other compressed file formats (like RAR files, for example).
Savoir son Age Précis (Precise Age Calculator)
Do you know how old are you in months, weeks, days, hours, minutes, seconds and milliseconds?
A utility which allows you to convert an age (like yours, for example!) in months, weeks, days, seconds, minutes, seconds and even milliseconds. It's very easy to use, you only have to select an age (between 1 and 130) to directly view the conversion. An extended module can also calculate this but by starting with a birth date and hour, and using the PC's internal calendar, hence offering precise conversions in real time! It is possible to export the results into a text file. More details...
Create auto-running CD interfaces with ease
The first utility I've developed in Delphi, which will enable you to create AutoRun.inf files for your CDs. These files allow you to run an application as soon as the CD is inserted in the drive, can identify the disk using a particular icon, or even customize its contextual menu using your own commands. It's easy to use, bundled with documentation in HLP and HTML formats, 570 icons, and two sample applications (with their source code in Delphi 5) which could be useful to help you creating launch interfaces for your CDs. More details...
Bill Kong King
Have you already played a breakout game with gorillas and bananas?
Bill Kong King is a quite special breakout game, as it replaces the traditional pad by a gorilla, the classic ball by a banana, and the oldschool bricks by bees! But outside of this innovative concept, it of course retains the classical stuff from this game genre: bonuses, maluses, scores, fully customizable difficulty levels, keyboard, joystick or mouse-controlled game... fifteen action levels which will play with your nerves. More details...
Calories et Menus
Calculate the amount of calories you eat with each meal
If you are watching your weight or following a diet, this software can help you with your meals. Indeed, it can calculate the number of calories contained in a menu you indicate, using food from its internal database. More details...
Configuration du Gestionnaire Graphique (Display Driver Configurator)
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The ideal companion for your KNP and TGF applications
Are you tired by having to go through a The Games Factory (TGF) or Klik and Play (KNP) application's setup program to configure its display driver? Then this software is for you. It offers an universal interface (running under DOS or 32-bit Windows depending on the version) which will allow you to configure this famous display driver in a few mouse clicks. And you can freely include it in your own applications. More details...
A 3D adaptation of the famous snake game
Here is a 3D OpenGL adaptation of the famous snake game, nowadays popular on cellular phones, in which you must guide a snake on a gaming area and eat the bonuses without hitting the walls or getting stuck in its own rings... The game offers 3D real-time and high-color graphics, as well as an high-score table, customizable difficulty level, textures and music, and supports any screen resolution, DirectSound and A3D sound engines, and more. More details...
A platform game inspired from Donkey Kong Country and Super Mario Bros
Heedeu's Travel is a two-dimensional platform game directly inspired from two famous games from Nintendo, Super Mario Bros and Donkey Kong Country. You are Heedeu, a warrior who must find and take back the sacred jewels which were robbed to his tribe. Like in Donkey Kong Country and Super Mario Bros, Heedeu evolves on a map containing several level where he will have to face enemies and obstacles at any daytime or weather. The game offers 32,768 color graphics and selected stereo music, as well as a savegame system. More details...
Offer fullscreen support to your software
ResChanger is a small application which can modify the screen resolution, then run a given application, which can thus be viewed in the desired screen resolution. It's an ideal complement, for instance, to applications created with The Games Factory, which can't directly be run in fullscreen resolution without several manipulations. Of course, the software can restore the original settings in case of problems, or when the launched application is being closed. ResChanger comes with its sourcecode in Delphi 5, so that you can modify it to suit your application's needs. More details...
Automatic and easy creation of system and file backups
Sys-Btn is a backup software which can save, in the desired directory, the most important files from your computer. It has been designed to make quick backups and restore them as quickly, thanks to its wizard-type interface and its compact restore program running under DOS. It was initially suited to backup Windows 9x's backup files, but nothing prevents you to use it as a small backup utility for your personal files, as the list of files which must be saved can be customized. It also supports to be runned through command-line options, which enables you, with a simple shortcut for example, to automatically save your files without requiring user interaction. More details...
Do you like Micromachines-like games?
If you liked Micromachines, then you should appreciate Voit'Casse. It's a car racing game where you'll have to attempt everything to hit the finish line at the first place. And, to reach this goal, everything is allowed: you can even fire ammo on your opponents! You can play from 1 up to 4 players on the same computer, you'll then be able to race against the computer or play real challenges with your friends! Voit'Casse offers four game modes (Grand Prix, Arcade, Battle and Practice) and ten different tracks. You can also choose the number of laps you want to race each time. More details...
Le Voleur, les Bourses et le Policier (The Thief, the Moneybags and the Policeman)
It couldn't be simpler.
Here is a two-dimensional platform game based of a very simple concept reminiscent of those used in some old computer or console games. You must help a thief to grab moneybags full of gold coins without being caught by the policeman running around him. During the ten levels offered by the game, you'll have to jump, run, climb, step down the platforms to collect all the moneybags while avoiding the policeman. If you like very simple games, this one is for you. More details...