Ken Larsen's Web Site - My favorite free tools


Here's a list of my favorite tools that can be downloaded for free from the internet:


Google Earth

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Google Earth gives you awesome 3D high resolution aerial views of virtually any place on earth.  It's even got a measuring tool to measure distances between cities, a jogging route or distances on a golf course.

Google Language Translator
iSpring Screen recording and video editing software

I bought a Plantronics Audio DSP microphone/headset for $ 59 at Staples.  It provides excellent audio quality for the iSpring software.  After creating a video with ISpring, I edit it using MovieMaker ... adding a title page and creating an MP4 file.
Movie Maker Video editing software that is part of the Windows Essentials Program Suite which can be downloaded from

How I use Movie Maker


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Captures a screen image as a jpg file.  I used this with Snowie to produce backgammon flash cards.


Great tool to organize volunteers for an event.


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You can talk to anyone over the Internet for free with Skype.   All you need on your PC is a microphone (about $ 10 at BestBuy or Staples) and speakers.  Clarity is better than a phone!

Skype version 2 supports video!  (However:  you must have Windows XP as your operating system.)  On February 26, 2006 I bought a Logitech QuickCam Pro 4000 web camera for $ 85.59 (including tax) after learning that it scored high marks in some reviews I found on the web.


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