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Free Flash Effect Generator

Monday, April 12th, 2010

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Everywhere you go on the web today you run across sites that feature—or are built around—Flash movies. Have you ever built one? If you're curious to find out how to do that, well, the cost of entry just got a lot lower.

Effect Generator is a free online service that lets you build animated movies. While it doesn't exactly mimic the official tools used to create these guys, it's close enough to get the job done. Experienced users can build new movies from scratch, but if you prefer training wheels, they've got a bunch of examples you can remix and adapt to your purposes. All the goodies are drag and drop, so it shouldn't take too long to put your masterpiece—or at least you first attempt—together.

You'll need the Flash plugin installed your web browser to access this tool. And of course, a bit of artistic talent wouldn't hurt either.

Download Effect Generator

Free Laptop Sticker

Sunday, April 20th, 2008

free_download.jpg The good folks at have created some dandy laptop stickers for (A laptop sticker is a sticker to, uh, stick on your laptop… but is easily removable or relocatable.) Want one for free? Just tell us your snail-mail address in the form here. U.S. addresses only (sorry, rest of the world.) Available while supplies last.

Follow FreeDownloadADay on Twitter

Wednesday, March 26th, 2008

If the RSS feed and e-mail newsletter just aren't enough ways for you to keep up with, the squirrels now have a Twitter account! Just follow FreeDownload in your Twitter account for daily updates when the squirrels post a new article.

New This Week at

Monday, October 22nd, 2007

Do you have a web site? Then you'll want to check out the latest articles at our sister-site


Monday, September 10th, 2007

The squirrels at Free Download A Day are thrilled to announce a new site: is just like Free Download A Day, only different! Free For Your Site is devoted to discovering great, free software for webmasters. Whether you're just dabbling with a personal web site or run dozens of them, the squirrels are sure to find software that's useful for you. CSS editors! Form field validators! Scripting tools! Traffic analyzers! And more.

Check it out at! (FFYS has its own newsletter and RSS feed, too. Subscribe!)

Free Printable Valentines

Thursday, February 1st, 2007


Valentine's Day is coming soon. Remember gradeschool, when you got to make Valentine's cards for everyone in your class (and even had to give one to the kid that you really didn't like?) Giving Valentine's cards isn't just for kids — just about everyone appreciates getting a silly, cute, fun card on Valentine's Day. makes giving Valentines easy. The site offers 50 Valentine's Day card designs in PDF format, which you can download and print for free. The site includes cards for sweethearts, friends, children, and even (who knew there was a need for this?) Valentines for robots.

So you can print out 40 copies of your favorite card and give one to everyone in your workplace. Even the folks that you don't like that much.

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Send a Fax Free

Tuesday, October 3rd, 2006

Need to send a fax from your PC? FaxZero lets you send faxes from your computer to any fax machine in the U.S., Canada, or Puerto Rico, for free. The free service is cool, but there's also a $1.99 "premium" service that's worth considering.

The free service lets you send up to two faxes per day, of up to 3 pages each (plus the FaxZero cover sheet.) The cover sheet of free faxes includes a 1/2-page advertisement. You can fax a Microsoft Word (.DOC) file, Adobe Acrobat (.PDF) file, or plain text.

The $1.99 service eliminates the cover page ad, which makes it a better choice for business communications, faxing a resume, etc. The maximum page count increases to 15 pages, and there's no two-fax-per-day limit. You can pay with your PayPal account or a credit card.

Either way, there are no subscription fees, and no need to sign up or subscribe — it's just a very fast way to send faxes from your computer, without the hassle of printing it out and driving to use the copy shop's overpriced fax machine.

Go to FaxZero

Users’ Questions & Answers

Thursday, June 8th, 2006

Are these downloads legal?
Yes, all of the software mentioned on this site is legal to download for free.

Can I use these software packages professionally, or can I only use them for home?
Most of the time, but it depends on the program: read the license that is included with the software. Some software is free for personal use but not for business use.

Do I have to pay to download them?

Do I get a registration code?
Most of the time, free software doen't require a registration code. You can simply download it, install it, and use it right away.

Hurricane Katrina: Red Cross

Monday, August 29th, 2005

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Hurricane Katrina: Donate to the Red Cross

We at Free Download A Day hope that our readers, your loved ones and everyone else in the Gulf Coast region are all right during this extraordinarily severe storm. Our thoughts are with you.

Second, if you'd like to help the displaced, please donate cash to the Red Cross. Cash — as opposed to canned goods and other tangible items — is the most efficient resource for the Red Cross at the moment, and every bit helps. Even $5 can buy someone a meal or two. You can donate cash online via the Red Cross web site, or by phone at 1-800-HELP-NOW (1-800-435-7669).