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Sveen
03-23-2009, 08:20 AM
Made a smaller presentation of each software. Much faster to get them all out there that way.

7-Zip 4.65 (instead of WinRAR)
http://www.7-zip.org/
7-Zip is an open source file archiver designed originally for Microsoft Windows. 7-Zip operates primarily with the 7z archive format, as well as being able to read and write to several other archive formats.

AntiVir Personal 9.0.0.386 (instead of Norton AntiVirus)
http://www.free-av.com/
Avira security software refers to a range of antivirus and internet security software for the Windows, Linux, FreeBSD, OpenBSD, and Solaris computing platforms by Avira. These applications are based on the AntiVir antivirus engine also known as "Luke Filewalker", first launched in 1988.

Audacity 1.2.6
http://audacity.sourceforge.net/
Audacity is a digital audio editor and recording application. Audacity is cross-platform and is available for Windows, Mac OS X, Linux and BSD.

Cabos 0.8.1 (instead of LimeWire)
http://cabos.sourceforge.jp/
Cabos is a free Gnutella file sharing program. It is based on LimeWire's source code, and has a similar feel in terms of interface. It lacks the chat and library features found in LimeWire.

CCleaner 2.17.853
http://www.ccleaner.com/
CCleaner is a freeware utility used to optimize a user's computer and clean its registry. It is developed by Piriform and is designed for Microsoft Windows. CCleaner is freeware, though Piriform accepts donations for the program.

Dropbox 0.6.402
http://www.getdropbox.com/
Dropbox is a storage application and service operated by Evenflow, Inc. The service enables users to store and sync files online and between computers. Dropbox has a cross-platform client (Windows, Mac and Linux) that enables users to drop any file into a Dropbox folder that is then synced to the web and the users' other computers with the Dropbox client.

FeedDemon 2.7
http://www.newsgator.com/Individuals/FeedDemon/Default.aspx
FeedDemon is a free RSS Feed reader for Windows.

FileZilla 3.2.3 (instead of FlashFXP)
http://filezilla-project.org/
FileZilla is a free, open source, cross-platform FTP client. Binaries are available for Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X. It supports FTP, SFTP, and FTPS (FTP over SSL/TLS).

Foobar2000 0.9.6.3 (instead of Winamp)
http://www.foobar2000.org/
foobar2000 is a freeware audio player for Windows developed by Peter Pawlowski, a former freelance contractor for Nullsoft. It is known for its highly customizable interface.

A great skin can be found here (http://compater.deviantart.com/art/fooStriped-for-Columns-UI-116301216).

Foxit Reader 3.0.1506 (instead of Adobe Acrobat Reader)
http://www.foxitsoftware.com/pdf/rd_intro.php
Foxit Reader is a multilingual PDF reader. The basic reader can be downloaded for free, while advanced plugins are available for a cost. Foxit Reader is notable for its short load time and small filesize, which are sometimes very favorable when compared to Adobe Reader.

InfraRecorder 0.46.2 (instead of Nero Burning ROM)
http://infrarecorder.org/
InfraRecorder is a graphical CD and DVD writing program for Microsoft Windows.

Mozilla Firefox 3.0.7 (instead of Internet Explorer)
http://www.mozilla.com/firefox/
Mozilla Firefox is a web browser descended from the Mozilla Application Suite and managed by Mozilla Corporation. Firefox had 21.73% of the recorded usage share of web browsers as of February 2009, making it the second-most popular browser in current use worldwide, after Internet Explorer.

Mozilla Thunderbird 2.0.0.21 (instead of Microsoft Outlook)
http://www.mozilla.com/thunderbird/
Mozilla Thunderbird is a free, open source, cross-platform e-mail and news client developed by the Mozilla Foundation. The project strategy is modeled after Mozilla Firefox, a project aimed at creating a web browser.

My Lockbox 1.3
http://www.fspro.net/folder-lock-box/
My Lockbox is a security software enabling you to password protect any folder on your computer. The protected folder is hidden from any user and application of your system, including Administrator and System itself. It is impossible to access the lockbox not only from the local computer, but also from the net.

MyPhoneExplorer 1.7.2
http://www.fjsoft.at/
MyPhoneExplorer is a proprietary freeware desktop application allowing management of Sony Ericsson mobile phones.

Notepad++ 5.2
http://notepad-plus.sourceforge.net/
Notepad++ is a source code editor for Windows. It is distributed as free software. The project is hosted on SourceForge.net, from where it has been downloaded over thirteen million times.

Pidgin 2.5.5 (instead of Windows Live Messenger)
http://www.pidgin.im/
Pidgin is a multi-platform instant messaging client. The software has support for many commonly used instant messaging protocols, allowing the user to log into various different services from one application.

QuickTime Alternative 2.8.0 (instead of QuickTime)
http://www.free-codecs.com/download/quicktime_alternative.htm
QuickTime Alternative is a codec package for Microsoft Windows for playing .MOV files, otherwise only decodable using Apple Inc.'s proprietary QuickTime software. To play .MOV files, QuickTime Alternative uses codecs taken from QuickTime 7.

Rainlendar Lite 2.5
http://www.rainlendar.net/
Rainlendar is a feature rich calendar application that is easy to use and doesn't take much space on your desktop. The application is platform independent so you can run it on all major operating systems: Windows, Linux and Mac OS X.

Revo Uninstaller 1.80
http://www.revouninstaller.com/
Revo Uninstaller, developed by the VS Revo Group, is a freeware utility, designed to help uninstall software.

Smart Defrag 1.11
http://www.iobit.com/iobitsmartdefrag.html
Defragmenter that supports automatic defragmentation when the computer is idle.

Songbird 1.1.1 (instead of iTunes)
http://www.getsongbird.com/
Songbird is a free and open source software media player and web browser developed by Pioneers of the Inevitable, with a stated mission "to incubate Songbird, the first Web player, to catalyze and champion a diverse, open Media Web."

Spotify 0.3.11
http://www.spotify.com/
Spotify is a proprietary music streaming program, which allows instant listening to specific tracks or albums with almost no buffering delay. Music can be browsed by artists, albums or created playlists as well as by direct searches. Although it is not possible to save the streamed music for use outside the application, a link is provided to allow the listener to directly purchase the material via partner retailers.

Get an invite here (http://spotify.mikromann.net/).

SpywareBlaster 4.1
http://www.javacoolsoftware.com/spywareblaster.html
SpywareBlaster is a killbit program for Microsoft Windows designed to block the installation of ActiveX malware.

SUPERAntiSpyware 4.25.1012
http://www.superantispyware.com/
AntiSpyware application that can detect and remove over 1,000,000 threats.

SyncBack 3.2.19
http://www.2brightsparks.com/syncback/syncback-hub.html
SyncBack is a freeware and shareware backup and synchronization program that allows backing up and synchronizing files to the same or different drives, to different media (CD, DVD, Flash, zip), or to a remote server.

Unlocker 1.8.7
http://ccollomb.free.fr/unlocker/
Removes files when your operating system can't handle it.

VLC Media Player 0.9.8a (instead of Windows Media Player)
http://www.videolan.org/vlc/
VLC media player is an open source, free software media player written by the VideoLAN project. VLC is a portable multimedia player, encoder, and streamer supporting many audio and video codecs and file formats as well as DVDs, VCDs, and various streaming protocols. It is able to stream over networks and to transcode multimedia files and save them into various formats.

XnView 1.96 (instead of ACDSee)
http://www.xnview.com/
XnView is a free cross-platform image viewer used for viewing, converting, organising and editing graphical & video files.

Sveen
03-23-2009, 09:01 AM
lol. a thread for suggesting good software on a board where, i'd guess, about 95% of the posters think itunes is about the best media player software ever.
That's what I thought as well, so we need a thread to get people to realize that everything you need is free (like this site) :)

Brent
03-23-2009, 09:15 AM
Peer Guardian: http://phoenixlabs.org/pg2/

I guess I have to describe it to get it on that list:

Peer Guardian is capable of blocking incoming and outgoing connections based on IP blocklists. The system is also capable of blocking custom ranges, depending upon user preferences. Great for security/privacy fans and also p2p users.

CashmoneyDrew
03-23-2009, 10:30 AM
I've got a computer savvy friend who really likes Ubuntu a lot. I never did get to use it though. Might check that out.

Damix
03-23-2009, 11:20 AM
I suggest splitting these into categories instead of straight alphabetical order. Office Software, Graphical programs (2d and 3d,) Audio recording and editing, Multimedia players, CD/DVD software, Video editing software, web browsers, etc.

These are good threads, I've seen them on most forums I frequent.

I'll add a few things later.

ElectricEye
03-23-2009, 11:20 AM
MediaMonkey is probably my favorite media library program right now. Doesn't have the video capabilities of winamp, but it's absolutely money for music. I haven't tried SongBird out yet though and I'm thinking of doing that if I ever have to go back to playing music off my laptop.

bantx
03-23-2009, 11:25 AM
I use WMP11, i like the black skin.

Also another good program thats like adobe and free is Gimp.

http://www.gimp.org/

j05son
03-23-2009, 02:48 PM
winamp - http://www.winamp.com/

absolutely better than itunes, and it's far from the best music player/organizer.

I will second this....

awfullyquiet
03-23-2009, 03:44 PM
um. foobar > winamp.

still.

secondly, i prefer textpad. by far the greatest text pad besides opening eclipse.

Halsey
03-23-2009, 04:26 PM
Skype. It's great. I get the impression everyone knows about it by now. If you don't, look into it.

bantx
03-23-2009, 05:09 PM
Forgot to add this to my other post, Daemon Tools is another good program. Runs CD/DVDs off images. I run a few games with Daemon Tools, no need to use a cd or wait for any load time, runs fast and smooth.

http://www.daemon-tools.cc/downloads

Daemon Tools lite is the free one.

Tampa 2 4 life
03-23-2009, 07:38 PM
Forgot to add this to my other post, Daemon Tools is another good program. Runs CD/DVDs off images. I run a few games with Daemon Tools, no need to use a cd or wait for any load time, runs fast and smooth.

http://www.daemon-tools.cc/downloads

Daemon Tools lite is the free one.

What the hell is the point of buying a program used to help play pirated programs.

Tampa 2 4 life
03-23-2009, 07:49 PM
By The Way:

I'LL DO EVERYONE A FAVOR AND GO READ THE RULES NOW.

Speedfan: http://www.almico.com/speedfan.php Very good if you have fan issues

dbpower amp converter: http://www.dbpoweramp.com/ FLAC converting FTW!

bantx
03-23-2009, 08:24 PM
How about go to the site and read it. Its more than just games, and the game I use is Starcraft and Ive had the copy since 1998 the CD is all scratched up now so me having the image on my computer it can now run without the CD.

Dr. Gonzo
03-23-2009, 08:39 PM
Because going to the site would require me to read. Come on now Bantx, we both now I would rather post without having checked to see if my view on the program is at all right :(

someone447
03-23-2009, 09:04 PM
OpenOffice is absolutely amazing.

Gimp instead of photoshop.

Avast or AVG for antivirus
Hell, I use almost no proprietary software(even dual boot Ubuntu.) But I still like Itunes, I have tried a bunch of different music playing software, but I haven't liked any of them.

Beans
03-23-2009, 09:10 PM
VLC is great

Tampa 2 4 life
03-23-2009, 09:14 PM
VLC is great

Occasionally I've had some problems with .mkv files, but otherwise its amazing.

Dr. Gonzo
03-23-2009, 09:18 PM
VLC is great

Agreed. I have had it for a year and a half now and it is wonderful. Not once have I ever had a problem playing any file I wish to. It also looks nice and the video image is sharp (I know that has to do with what files I am playing but still).

Brent
03-23-2009, 09:46 PM
Want to keep using Windows Media Player but cant with random ass file types?

http://www.cccp-project.net/

Best codec pack on Earth.

brat316
03-23-2009, 09:57 PM
Best.

Thread.

Ever.

brat316
03-23-2009, 10:00 PM
http://download.cnet.com/Simple-File-Shredder/3000-2092_4-10301332.html

File Shredder...way better than recycling bin, deletes up to 7 times, so can't ever be found, unlike recycling bin where when you empty it its still somewhere on your hard drive taking up space. And also gives option of deleting i think 20 times if your really afraid.

iowatreat54
03-23-2009, 10:04 PM
How about go to the site and read it. Its more than just games, and the game I use is Starcraft and Ive had the copy since 1998 the CD is all scratched up now so me having the image on my computer it can now run without the CD.

Wait, sorry if I seem dumb, but just trying to clarify. So if you have a game CD, but it's scratched so it doesn't run, you can use the program to run the game without the CD, but it has to have been previously installed?

Because there is a game I've wanted to play for years, but the CD is scratched so I can't load it on my computer and am too lazy to buy a new. But if it had to be installed first, then nevermind.

Brent
03-23-2009, 10:05 PM
Wait, sorry if I seem dumb, but just trying to clarify. So if you have a game CD, but it's scratched so it doesn't run, you can use the program to run the game without the CD, but it has to have been previously installed?

Because there is a game I've wanted to play for years, but the CD is scratched so I can't load it on my computer and am too lazy to buy a new. But if it had to be installed first, then nevermind.
No, it saves an image of the disc to your computer so you dont have to put the CD in the drive. Instead, it's like having the CD on your hard drive.

iowatreat54
03-23-2009, 10:24 PM
No, it saves an image of the disc to your computer so you dont have to put the CD in the drive. Instead, it's like having the CD on your hard drive.

So like for a game, if I hadn't installed the game, but use this program, would it then allow me to install the game using the image of the CD or would I need to actually use the CD to install? Because that's my problem, that the CD is scratched and I can't install.

someone447
03-23-2009, 11:04 PM
ugh. it's shocking that you don't like any of the hundreds of options that do everything itunes does (minus connecting to the store, but then, there are so many better options) and instead prefer software bloat, a crappy interface and a program that hogs memory more than vista, on a "per capita" basis.



in reality, i don't really care what you personally use and i'm only passionate about the argument because of the prevalence of "apple is the bestest" debate among people who don't have any idea what they're talking about.


BladeEnc - http://www.free-codecs.com/download/BladeEnc.htm
fastest mp3 encoder i've found (from .wav files). there are better rip packages that do everything, but this is by far the fastest.

Handbrake - http://handbrake.fr/
there may well be better dvd rip software, but it's worked well for pulling a few movies off DVDs i own when i have a lot of back to back transcontinental flights.

mp3tag - http://www.mp3tag.de/en/
use it to batch tag mp3s, when another program messes them up, or you need to alter the way the information was pulled from CDDB.

phpMyAdmin - http://www.phpmyadmin.net/home_page/index.php
mySQL - http://www.mysql.com/
Apache - http://www.apache.org/
easy, free way to build your own applications web server on a windows box. i used this to build a website on my college ethernet that allowed people to easily share documents (in a sort of early but nowhere near as cool or functional version of google docs) and other information across campus. worked with one of the lead programmers for purevolume on an apache webserver.

I'm far from one of those people who say apple is the best. In fact, I would say, objectively, it obviously isn't the best. I think a lot of the reason is is that I am able to play music off any person on the networks playlist, and when you are on a college network that is a lot of ******* playlists(was even better my freshman year, when there was a program that allowed you to dl songs directly off other peoples itunes libraries 20k songs at 5 seconds a song? Sign me up.)

jballa838
03-23-2009, 11:06 PM
thanks for the ccleaner thing. cleared up a lot of "things"

bantx
03-24-2009, 03:55 PM
Ive had this problem for a long time with WMP11 and I couldnt add any files or delete files. Found this to fix it and the problem was I had a corrupt library, heres the fix if anyone else has the problem.

LM5sUTcA6zw

Sveen
03-24-2009, 06:27 PM
Two more from me...

Launchy 4.65
http://www.launchy.net/
Launchy is a free open source application launcher for GNU/Linux and Windows. It indexes shortcuts in the start menu, and files in specific folders to allow quicker access to programs without opening the start menu itself, or browsing to the relevant folder.

Fences 0.96
http://www.stardock.com/products/fences/
Fences is a program that helps you organize your desktop, and can hide your icons when they're not in use. Say goodbye to all that desktop mess.

Hollywood
03-24-2009, 08:57 PM
This thread is great; much thanks to the OP, Sveen. So far I have DLed the Auto-Defrager, the CCleaner and the superantispyware. My computer feels so fresh and clean right now, I feel like I just went thru spring cleaning.

Any other you strongly recommend for cleaning or maybe freeing up memory?

Sveen
03-25-2009, 05:34 AM
Advanced SystemCare and Revo Uninstaller are very good combined with CCleaner and Smart Defrag. Revo Uninstaller has some features along with outstandig removal of applications. It not only completely removes the software (nothing gets left behind if you choose advanced mode), but also have the option to search your computer for junk files etc.

Also you should try SpywareBlaster if you have a problem with spyware. It stops new spyware from even reaching your hard-drive.

ironman4579
03-25-2009, 08:28 AM
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ironman4579
03-25-2009, 09:08 AM
i don't really understand why people see "free software" and think "ZOMG, license to pirate stuff?!?!11"

i've edited the original post.

Sorry njx. I actually wasn't really thinking of pirating music. I was thinking there might be a site out there that you payed for the download, plus like a monthly fee that was a legal site (ie, the artists are still getting paid) but the downloads were free. Or possibly even something that was just cheaper than a dollar a download like itunes. My fault though, thanks for editting the post.

someone447
03-25-2009, 09:24 AM
Sorry njx. I actually wasn't really thinking of pirating music. I was thinking there might be a site out there that you payed for the download, plus like a monthly fee that was a legal site (ie, the artists are still getting paid) but the downloads were free. Or possibly even something that was just cheaper than a dollar a download like itunes. My fault though, thanks for editting the post.

The penny or so an artist gets paid is hardly worth buying it. The big corporations get all the money. It is absolutely ridiculous. That might be the coolest thing about the internet right now. It is transferring the control of art away from the big corporations who don't produce any of it, and giving it back to the actual artists.

It's hard for me to not condone pirating music, as long as you support the artist in other ways(merchandise and especially going to shows.)

Hollywood
03-25-2009, 12:32 PM
Question: I have two users on my desktop computer, so I have two sets of different programs etc., the other user never uses this computer anymore, is there a way or any free software to combine both users so they are not splitting the memory and I can run one of these software programs and it goes through my entire computer instead of just the user I am running it on? I am using Microsoft Windows XP.

Sorry if that doesn't make much sense, not the most computer savy guy...

Sveen
03-25-2009, 02:53 PM
The specific files for each user can be found here: C:\Documents and Settings

If the other user never uses the computer anymore my solution would just be to delete that user. Do that from "User Accounts" in the control panel. (You have to be logged in as a administrator to do that)

To be honest I don't really know if the software I've recommended scans all users' files and settings. I would think they do, but I'm not sure. Best solution is to just delete the user though.

Hollywood
03-31-2009, 10:16 PM
Bump for that conficker ish.

SugarSean
04-04-2009, 01:17 PM
I'm havin some serious problems with AVG. Can any of you guys help me out?

I downloaded it and everything but it won't scan my computer. Everytime it get to the scheduled scan time it just skips it. What the problem?

brat316
04-18-2009, 11:20 PM
Any thing anyone recommend other than InfraRecorder, I need to make a copy of this dvd, of my parents party.

bantx
04-18-2009, 11:27 PM
Nero 7 is what I use.

WMD
04-19-2009, 12:47 AM
Free Programs that I use, which I don't think have been mentioned yet:

Ad Aware
Spybot
Comodo Firewall
OpenOffice

Get your own damn links.

Tampa 2 4 life
04-19-2009, 12:49 AM
Speedfan - Controls fan speed, checks hard drive, temperature, etc.
http://www.almico.com/speedfan.php

Paul
04-19-2009, 12:43 PM
Doesn't really fall under software, but Definr is a quick online dictionary for anytime you have a vocab fail.

http://definr.com/

steelersfan43
04-19-2009, 04:11 PM
because you don't just use it to play pirated games. but i appreciate the sincere effort to get the thread closed for no reason.

for instance, i may want to rip a CD i've bought to my computer because it can make it substantially faster to use the program on it (or to install from it).

I cant get it to work. Im trying to make one for age of mythology gold edition but it says error everytime. What setting should I put it on? Ive tried data disk and the new security thing but it doesnt work..