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 Post subject: Free software...
PostPosted: Sat Sep 04, 2010 10:18 pm 
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I've done this every few years, because I think its good you get the most out of your PC. 95% of the programs on my PC are freeware. There are a few that I have purchased, but most stuff is free, and better than a lot of the purchased products. Here's a list of my faves...

EditPad: text editor (makes Notepad look like rubbish) http://www.editpadlite.com/
Firefox: browser http://www.mozilla.com/firefox/
Thunderbird: email program http://www.mozilla.com/thunderbird/
Irfanview: graphics (excellent to use for quick photo viewing) http://www.irfanview.com/
Namexif: photography (batch rename photos) http://www.digicamsoft.com/softnamexif.html
Gimp: graphics editor http://www.gimp.org/
OpenOffice: free MS Office replacement (works great, too) http://www.openoffice.org/
Audacity: sound editor http://audacity.sourceforge.net/
ImgBurn: CD/DVD/iso burner http://www.imgburn.com/
Quintessential Player (QCD): sound/mp3/CD player/ripper http://www.quinnware.com/
SuperC: excellent video/sound converter, does all formats http://www.erightsoft.com/SUPER.html
VideoLAN (VLC): replacement for Windows Media Player http://www.videolan.org/vlc/
FileZilla: ftp client (also server available) http://filezilla-project.org/
Networx: bandwidth usage/speed monitor http://www.softperfect.com/products/networx/
Universal Extractor: extracts files from zips, rars, isos even installer exe files http://legroom.net/software/uniextract
Process Explorer: excellent tool shows (and kills) any process within windows, dll threads, etc http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysi ... 96653.aspx
TCPView: tells you what active network connections are on your machine http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysi ... 97437.aspx
Autoruns: tells you (and lets you stop) things that start up when the computer boots http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysi ... 63902.aspx
CDCheck: recovers data from damaged CDs/DVDs http://www.kvipu.com/CDCheck/
ADRC Data Recovery Tools: recovers data from bad drives, USB & flash cards http://www.adrc.com/software/data_recovery_tools/
Avast: anti-virus software, html blocking & auto update, http://www.avast.com/

If you all know of some, post them! I'll sticky this thread...

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 Post subject: Re: Free software...
PostPosted: Sun Sep 05, 2010 1:15 am 
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Paint.net - http://www.getpaint.net/ - The only times I use GIMP is to extract mask layers from templates and to plug finished skins back into them, partly because I find GIMP's controls to be very clunky in comparison to P.net.

CamStudio (2.0) - http://camstudio.org/ - Quite a simple program for what it does... Captures what's on the screen and records it flawlessly... Gotta keep the FPS above 55 or you may experience audio desync (dunno if the 2.6b software helps or not).

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 05, 2010 6:19 am 
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Here's PC Pit Stops top 100 free programs.

http://techtalk.pcpitstop.com/2009/11/0 ... ware-news/?

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 05, 2010 10:29 am 
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Here's a nifty little utility that will display info about your graphics card, including the GPU temperature so you know when it's time to blow out those pesky dust bunnies. :)

http://www.techpowerup.com/gpuz/


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 07, 2010 6:36 pm 
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Unlocker: http://ccollomb.free.fr/unlocker/ When you get the message that this file is being used by another application (mainly when you want to delete it).
FLV Player: http://martijndevisser.com/blog/flv-player/ Does what it says.
MediaInfo: http://mediainfo.sourceforge.net/en Gives technical and tag information on video and audio files.
Revo Uninstaller: http://www.revouninstaller.com/ Uninstalls programs as well as searches the registry and files system for left over files. < I use this one a lot.
Malwarebytes: http://www.malwarebytes.org/mbam.php A great secondary virus scan tool. I use this one as a passive compliment to Avast!

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DVD Styler - For making DVD videos. The title menu seems fairly flexible.


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 28, 2010 9:01 am 
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htmltool: http://www.htmlkit.com/It's what I use to design...
WildVoice Studio: http://www.wildvoice.com/ A tool I've been messing with on my podcast.
7-Zip: http://www.7-zip.org/ file compression.
For internet browsers...I use Google Chrome with the Porsche Theme...love it!
Oh, and I second using Unlocker...that tool is really helpful, and I also Use GIMP and Filezilla.

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I guess I'll mention Blender.

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 05, 2010 2:09 am 
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Lots of good programs there !!

Hi Jan - remember me ?

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http://portableapps.com/ has dozens of free open source applications designed to run from a jump drive. A portable version of Open Office and Gimp are available there. I am a high school teacher and several of my students cannot afford programs like MS Office. These portable applications have worked well for them.

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 10, 2010 6:38 pm 
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legends85 wrote:
http://portableapps.com/ has dozens of free open source applications designed to run from a jump drive. A portable version of Open Office and Gimp are available there. I am a high school teacher and several of my students cannot afford programs like MS Office. These portable applications have worked well for them.


Good for them, schools here in Norway, or at least here where I live, have chosen OpenOffice for that very reason.

That said, MS has slashed the price on MS Office by a huge amount, the "Home" version no longer cost and arm and a leg and will install (legally) on up to 3 computers

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 12, 2010 9:30 pm 
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woofgm wrote:
Lots of good programs there !!

Hi Jan - remember me ?


I do :phhht: Hope all is well with you these days Dave!

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Me too! Just a bit late in responding, that's all... :bg:

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I know a bit of time has passed on theis thread but here's a program I found and use a lot.

http://www.freemake.com/free_video_converter/

Convert video free to AVI, MP4, WMV, MKV, MPEG, SWF, 3GP, DVD, MP3, iPod, iPhone, PSP, Android, rip & burn DVD, convert FLV & online videos from 50+ sites, burn Blu-ray, and upload to YouTube with our free video converter!


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PostPosted: Sat Sep 10, 2011 6:22 pm 
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Nice catch! SuperC does a lot of that, but the latest version of SuperC has gotten rather annoying, they want you to download an "installer" that then goes out and picks the pieces it thinks you need to install. I find that a pain-in-the-rear, why not allow people to grab everything if they want and install it? So yes, I'll be checking this out!

Got a few new ones as well:
Quicktime Alternative - yay! Someone finally has an alternative to Apple's crappy bloatware (NOTE: some programs such as Adobe Premier still require the 'full version' :evil: )
Driver Sweeper - removes leftover/unused hardware drivers

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