Bob Bowman's Free Educational Technologies: Invention Links
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  1. Beginner Tips - Learn how to use new technologies
  2. Free portable tinySpell™ - interactive spelling checker
  3. Artha Portable: thesaurus with hotkey lookups - See More great free programs at
  4. PDF Creator - Convert text files to PDF (Open Source)
  5. Sumatra PDF Portable - PDF, Comic Book, and E-book Reader - See More great free programs at
  6. Check Free Educational Technologies Home Page - See important additional links and messages
  7. Tech Tips & Tools Section - See useful choices
  8. Balabolka - Free Text-to-Speech (TTS) reader - reads any text even in browser (can save sound file)
  9. Alternatives for QuotePad - Many choices for note-taking and to do lists
  10. Use Bob Bowman's Reference Page - Find list of dictionaries to replace discontinued Voycabulary Link
  11. See Free Education Section - Take college-level courses at your convenience - via your computer etc.
  12. See extensive list of Free Software below - See selections from many open source and freeware categories


    1. Inventing 101 - The first steps by®
    2. Kids Inventor Resources: K-12 - See links at InventorEd
    3. Handbook for Inventors - See other resources from Invention Dimension (MIT)
    4. Easy invention ideas: find your own with tips and creative methods - Via
    5. Lemelson Center: For the Study of Invention and Innovation - See resource pages
    6. Ideation Tips: Find Inventing Tips For Great Ideas - Provided by ideaLOCKER™ (archived)
    7. 12 Steps to Invent | Cool Invention Ideas | Invention Tips| Patent an Idea |Get Invention Help - Invention Addict
    8. Inventing Tips - Via Got Inventions?™
    9. Invention ideas - Tips from Invention Help
    10. Invention Facts and Information for Kids - From KidsKonnect
    11. Invention - Details at Wikipedia
    12. Ideas vs. Inventions - Article by Ed Zimmer
    13. How to Patent An Idea - Information from®
    14. How to Find Out if Your Invention Idea is Already Patented - Free - See related articles at eHow™
    15. Kids Pages - USPTO
    16. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office - See databases of issued patents and applications
    17. Success Tips for Inventors - See more information at Idea4Invention
    18. Lessons on Turning a New Invention Idea Into Money - More information from®
    19. Inventors and Inventions - (ipo patentcafe)
    20. Inventors Home Page - By About.Com®
    21. The Invention Dimension - See Inventor Handbook (under resources) at MIT
    22. How Everyday Things Are Made - See how things are manufactured by AIM at Stanford
    23. Mad Scientist Network - See inventive resources
    24. HowStuffWorks - Learn how everything works!
    25. The Way Things Work - Details at Wikipedia
    26. How [Automotive] Things Work Plus Automotive Dictionary - See diagrams at Meineke®
    27. Chemistry of How Things Work - See links at®
    28. How Everything Works Home Page - Physics focus
    29. How Does It Work??? - Energy items from EQ
    30. Inventors and Inventions: Index via
    31. Technology Timeline
    32. Tech References by
    33. Inventor Links from Houston Inventors Assoc.
    34. Electronic Design, Engineers References, etc. - See other tools at®
    35. A Patent Glossary - Courtesy of JOM
    36. Patent Glossary - Courtesy of USPTO
    37. Compare:Patent Search System - Also see glossary - courtesy of Intellogist
    38. The FreePatentsOnline search engine - See other features also
    39. Moving from Idea to Patent - See important articles at IPWatchdog™
    40. Great New Invention Ideas To Inspire You
    41. From Idea to Market - Tips from Entrepreneur
    42. All About Inventions - See topics at Live Science™
    43. The Great Idea Finder - Resource Center - See great coverage of entrepreneurs, inventors, etc.
    44. Inventor's Technical Reference Page
    45. Helpful Websites For Inventors
    46. Inventor links - Includes robotics from®
    47. Information on Patents for Researchers - From the University of Penn.
    48. Kids and Inventions: Invention Tips - See more at LifeTips™
    49. Invention Central- See resources including Invention Competitions - National Museum of Education
    50. Getting an Invention Prototype Built - Also see business tips from StartupNation
    51. ProtoTYPING: Top 5 Tools to Make Prototypes - EdisonNation®
    52. 3D printers and rapid prototyping - Castle Island Company
    53. 3D Printing FAQ - University of Michigan 3D Lab
    54. Invention first steps | Inventor Basics | How to Start
    55. Invention Help - Tips from Experienced Inventors
    56. Inventor Tips, Help and Advice | Free Invention Help
    57. Lessons in Electric Circuits - Huge free book on electronics
    58. What is an Electric Circuit? - See other chapters at The Physics Classroom
    59. The Logic of Scientific Discovery - See summary of book on modern science topics

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    60. Electronic software sources - Many programs are free from ePanorama electronics
    61. Electronic Hobbyist: Index - See electricity/electronic education, free software, robotics, etc.
    62. Freeware CAD Program 'CadStd'
    63. Electronic Resources: Region Specific
    64. Artifice DesignWorkshop Lite - Design house layouts and more
    65. PhotoModeler Lite Freeware Home Page - Free 3D home design, walkthrough, and rendering software
    66. Visit Ian Purdie electronic's Downloads Page -
    67. Digital Design Resources Page - Central Connecticut State University
    68. Brad's Math Physics Engineering Freeware - Shareware
    69. Freeware Home - Education Science and Engineering items
    70. WinSQL Lite - Database from Synametrics Technologies (must register free copy)
    71. Spread Spectrum Scene - FREE Software/Shareware, Part I (electronic software)
    72. Robert's Online Spreadsheet - - Can be modified
    73. See CAD programs, electronics, etc. - Courtesy of FreeByte
    74. QV: the graphic viewer/converter for JPEG, BMP, GIF &TIFF files - Softpedia®
    75. Ultimate Paint - A full-featured 32-bit Windows graphics program (freeware version available)
    76. Crimson: Free Programming editor fits on disk - many advanced features
    77. TightVNC: Remote access computing software - See more files at SnapFiles
    78. The Free Software Directory - See categories which might be useful in student and professional endeavors
    79. PDFCreator - Create PDF files from any Windows program - Free software
    80. 14 Free & Open Source Alternatives For Paid Software - Courtesy of makeuseof
    81. Find open source software alternatives to well-known commercial software - Read more at Osalt .com
    82. AlternativeTo - Social Software Recommendations - Find substitutes easily
    83. The Free Software Directory - See categories which might be useful in student and professional endeavors
    84. FreewareTop Reviewed Free Software
    85. heart/diskBob Bowman's FREEWARE & OPEN SOURCE SOFTWARE
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      - For home, office, and school


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    86. LibGuides Community Site - Use Menu Symbol to find libguides' subjects at over 4700 libraries worldwide!
    88. Search the Internet using various engines and strategies listed in INDEX
      under HOW-TO GUIDES, and WEBTOOLS (for SAFE SEARCHING), etc.
    89. Search the Internet using various engines and strategies listed in INDEX
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