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[Companion CD's]

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The G.I.F.T. Booklets each come with a companion CD containing an electronic version of the booklet in Microsoft Compressed Hypertext Markup (chm) format, G.I.F.T. software and data relevant to the subject matter from the book, and a selection of 3rd party / open source software and data.

The table below lists which software packages are included with each book. All CD's also include the latest versions of all major open source software applications, as well as an electronic version of the booklet that it is included with. All booklets retail for AU$19.95.
See Also: Acquiring Booklets

Companion CD

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There are four classes of content included on the companion CD's.

  • Electronic Booklet: A version of the booklet (same as the hard copy) in Microsoft Compressed Hypertext Markup (chm) format and extra information (tables and graphics) related to the content.
  • 3rd Party: A selection of freely distributable, high quality software downloaded from the Internet. Many of these applications contain more features than their commercial counterparts. All links to the developers home page are included.
  • Open Source: A selection of high quality open source software which is freely available from the Internet and legally able to be distributed with the booklets. There is over 300 MB of this software which would take a considerable time to download even via a high speed Internet connection.
  • G.I.F.T. Software: A selection of G.I.F.T. software related to the content of the booklet. See below list.
    See Also: G.I.F.T. Software Index.

G.I.F.T. Software

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The G.I.F.T. Software included on the companion CD is fully licensed, as opposed to the unlicensed versions available from the web site.

Other booklets will have their Companion CD content made available at the time of release.

Third Party Software

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The software on the companion CD's is the latest version available at the time of the CD creation.
Some of the third party / open source software includes.



Web Site


Audio file editor



3D CAD / Animator



Screen capture



Internet Browser / HTML Editor



High end graphics software



Internet data miner



Archive / Compression Tool


Open Office 2..3

Fully featured office suite.


PDF Creator

Portable Document Format creator.


Resources *

Fonts, Javascripts, and Images.

Various locations (see Content.htm on CD)

* = Additional software / resources which are included if there is space available on the CD.