All the following tools and resources are accessible on the Web and available free of charge. Some of the programs and services also exist as paid-for versions with additional features.

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English-language writing tools
Terminology tools
File compression utilities
Microsoft Word Viewer
Currency converter
Payment systems


English-language writing tools

Merriam-Webster online English dictionary plus thesaurus

Merriam-Webster online

OneLook dictionary

This very useful metadictionary looks up your search term in up to 500 dictionaries at the same time and presents you with the resulting list of hits.

OneLook

Wordweb dictionary

This excellent utility includes a simple-to-use, comprehensive English dictionary and thesaurus, and can be used to look up words from within most programs using a customizable hot-key combination. Once it is downloaded and installed, no internet connection is required. (Circa 7.5 megabyte download.)

Wordweb dictionary/thesaurus

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Terminology tools

IATE multilingual terminology database

This is the official European Union terminology database (the successor to Eurodicautom), which can be used to verify the meaning of many scientific, technological, economic and political terms (including acronyms) and/or to find their equivalents in all of the EU’s official languages plus Latin. Anyone may use it. It also links to Eurovoc, which describes itself as “a multilingual thesaurus covering the fields in which the European Communities are active”.

IATE

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File compression utilities

PeaZip

This is a file compression utility which, unlike its better-known equivalent, WinZip, is freeware. It can be useful for making a large file small enough to send by email, as well as for bundling together several files as a single archive. It exists in both Windows and Linux versions.

PeaZip

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Microsoft Word Viewer

To quote Microsoft:

View, print and copy Word documents, even if you don't have Word installed. This download is a replacement for Word Viewer 2003 and all previous Word Viewer versions.

The Word Viewer, together with the Microsoft Office Compatibility Pack for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint File Formats, allows you open Word documents saved in the following formats:

• Rich Text Format (.rtf)

• Text (.txt)

• Web Page formats (.htm, .html, .mht, .mhtml)

• WordPerfect 5.x (.wpd)

• WordPerfect 6.x (.doc, .wpd)

• Works 6.0 (.wps)

• Works 7.0 (.wps)

• XML (.xml)

With Word Viewer and the Compatibility Pack, you can view, print, and copy document contents to another program. However, you cannot edit an open document, save a document, or create a new document.”

Microsoft Word Viewer

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Currency converter

Oanda

The Oanda currency conversion site enables you to quickly determine monetary equivalences across currencies.

Oanda

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Payment systems

Skrill

This is a third-party service for sending cash payments securely via the internet that is similar to PayPal. It costs nothing to set up an account.

I am not able to accept direct payment by credit card, although in most countries you can fund a Skrill account with a credit card and so still use it as a means of payment.

See the Skrill website for full details of the service.

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