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Indispensable applications - Freeware only

Postby spud » Sat Jan 06, 2007 11:59 am

Everyone has their list of applications that get installed after every format, share yours here. The idea is to post:

a link
a description

DO NOT post links to sites that are just a big list of apps, it must be a link to a download page.
The application must be FREE and have ongoing development and/or support.
You must be using it now or have used it in the past, this way we can avoid "I heard this app was pretty good" type recommendations which are mostly worthless.

The type od application is not limited, anything from graphic editors to firewalls, anti virus to P2P apps - anything you consider "must have".

There are apps like firefox, thunderbird, adaware, spybot, acrobat and so on which most people should be using anyway. If you can be bothered I'll leave adding a link for those apps to the thread to you! :)

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I'll start:

Irfanview - basic image editor; crop, resize, enhance, shift format and heaps more. Very easy to use. No where near as versatile as GIMP or PS or anything, but it will suit the vast majority of jobs you have for image editing.

K-Lite codec pack - more codecs than you can shake a stick at. Includes media player classic and well as quick alternative and real alternative for playing quicktime and real media files without having to install those invasive shiteating applications.

uTorrent - superb torrent client with tiny resource footprint. The only torrent client worth your time.

Filezilla - sweet little ftp client

Mailwasher - see what's sitting in your inbox before you download it. Delete mail from the mailserver and bounce unwanted mail back to the source. Includes white and black lists.

Rivatuner - tweak the living hell out of your nVidia card!

VLC Media player - this will play pretty much ANY media file (audio, video and DVD) without having to install a codec pack. IMO not as high quality as K-Lite + MPC but very good stand alone media player.

Torrentspy - check the status of a torrent before loading it into your client. Very useful for seeing whether a torrent has any seeds before your client goes to work.

Tagscanner - very nice mp3 tag editor, includes freedb connectivity.

mp3 Gain - change the gain of your mp3 files so they all play at the same volume. Yes, you have to do it manually (i.e. select files, analyse, make the change), but can do multiple files in one shot and you'll never have to worry about the volume control again.



Updated with apps from below.

The Gimp (Graphic Editor)
http://www.gimp.org/
windows installers -> http://gimp-win.sourceforge.net/
Free graphic manipulation app. Very powerful, the only downside is UI.
GIMP is the GNU Image Manipulation Program. tasks as photo retouching, image composition and image authoring.

SciTE (Text Editor / Syntax Highlighter)
Solid app. i use it for all my coding.
http://www.scintilla.org/SciTE.html
A lightweight free text editor/syntax highlighter. Very customizable syntax highlighting. Can also compile and run apps through the console.

NotePad++ (Text Editor / Syntax Highlighter)
http://notepad-plus.sourceforge.net/uk/site.htm
Under 1MB in size, but one of the best text editors I've used. Has very good syntax highlighting and language support. Absolutely no bloat and very customisable. - Disgracian

7-Zip (File compression)
http://www.7-zip.org/
Command-line and Windows shell utility for manipulating ZIP archives.
Supported formats:
Packing / unpacking: 7z, ZIP, GZIP, BZIP2 and TAR
Unpacking only: RAR, CAB, ISO, ARJ, LZH, CHM, Z, CPIO, RPM, DEB and NSIS

OpenOffice
http://www.openoffice.org/
OpenOffice.org is a multiplatform and multilingual office suite and an open-source project. Compatible with all other major office suites. Alot of core work is done by Sun as the codebase is StarOffice.

PDFCreator
http://www.pdfforge.org/products/pdfcreator
Virtual printer -> print files to PDF. Best ive found.


Virtual Dub: loads avis, tga sequences. Can crop, filter, compress/recompress, audio +/-.....and loads of other things. I use this a lot, very handy app indeed.
http://virtualdub.sourceforge.net/


GSpot: Got an avi or mpeg that is broken or don't what the codec is? Open it with this...sometimes it can even fix broken avis. Excellent little tool.
http://www.headbands.com/gspot/v26x/index.html


Free CD-DA Extractor: It's what I use to rip cds and convert wav to mp3s and back again. Connects to cddb as well. Not bloated with useless shite and the guy who made it is Finnish ;)
http://www.poikosoft.com/


2xExplorer: Dual pane explorer to replace the Windows one. Straight forward, and doesn't try and preload files, so good for going through loads of large files, if you're organising your pr0n collection or something ;) Only problem I've ever had is it won't display my mobile phone memory :P
http://www.tucows.com/get/195884_87061


Media Player Classic: Better than the Windows version, but with that old Win98 feel. I use it mainly for Xvid, because WindowsMP can do some funny things with gamma, but it's a good substitute for just general use.
http://www.free-codecs.com/download/Media_Player_Classic.htm


Avast!: Free, straight forward, good quality anti-virus. Updates daily.
http://www.avast.com/eng/download-avast-home.html


Super C: To get vids onto a mobile can be a pain in the ass, but this makes it very easy. Drag and drop avi/mov, select settings (audio, resolution, phone type, compression etc). Scroll down to the bottom for the mirrors.
http://www.erightsoft.com/S6Kg1.html


Ultimate Zip: Never tried 7Zip, but have used this for years. Works well :)
http://www.ultimatezip.com/download.htm


Dr Delete: Windows as you know sometimes just won't let you delete something, even if it's not in use. Kill it with this.
http://www.docsdownloads.com/dr-delete-1.htm

Showman: Ever wonder why the hell your HDD is full, but you can't see what all the files are? Showman lets you see all the files on your drive, including all the horrid temps, recycling etc. Mate of mine found 60GB of hidden data on a 200GB drive. Gotta thank Baldy for this one...he posted it up a long time ago and he knew his software :)
http://www.david-taylor.myby.co.uk/software/disk.html#ShowMan


Easy Cleaner: Invalid registry entries, duplicate files, temp files etc. Get rid of them. This works nicely.
http://personal.inet.fi/business/toniarts/ecleane.htm

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Postby disgracian » Sat Jan 06, 2007 12:38 pm

Notepad++ - Under 1MB in size, but one of the best text editors I've used. Has very good syntax highlighting and language support. Absolutely no bloat and very customisable.
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Postby GURU » Sat Jan 06, 2007 2:51 pm

i been using peer guardian 2 !

i really dunno how well it works but it hasnt caused me n e probs except that if u have http blocked it will stop some sites from loading at all and it will also make other sites load slower!

supposed to stop prying eyes from seeing what u r downloading on bit tottent !

download it from below. ther are a few diff versions for the diff operating systems!

http://phoenixlabs.org/pg2/
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Postby Kamikazee » Sat Jan 06, 2007 3:32 pm

The Gimp (Graphic Editor)
http://www.gimp.org/
windows installers -> http://gimp-win.sourceforge.net/
Free graphic manipulation app. Very powerful, the only downside is UI.
GIMP is the GNU Image Manipulation Program. tasks as photo retouching, image composition and image authoring.

SciTE (Text Editor / Syntax Highlighter)
Solid app. i use it for all my coding.
http://www.scintilla.org/SciTE.html
A lightweight free text editor/syntax highlighter. Very customizable syntax highlighting. Can also compile and run apps through the console.

NotePad++ (Text Editor / Syntax Highlighter)
http://notepad-plus.sourceforge.net/uk/site.htm
Under 1MB in size, but one of the best text editors I've used. Has very good syntax highlighting and language support. Absolutely no bloat and very customisable. - Disgracian

7-Zip (File compression)
http://www.7-zip.org/
Command-line and Windows shell utility for manipulating ZIP archives.
Supported formats:
Packing / unpacking: 7z, ZIP, GZIP, BZIP2 and TAR
Unpacking only: RAR, CAB, ISO, ARJ, LZH, CHM, Z, CPIO, RPM, DEB and NSIS

OpenOffice
http://www.openoffice.org/
OpenOffice.org is a multiplatform and multilingual office suite and an open-source project. Compatible with all other major office suites. Alot of core work is done by Sun as the codebase is StarOffice.

PDFCreator
http://www.pdfforge.org/products/pdfcreator
Virtual printer -> print files to PDF. Best ive found.
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Postby Leone » Fri Jan 19, 2007 4:03 pm

Virtual Dub: loads avis, tga sequences. Can crop, filter, compress/recompress, audio +/-.....and loads of other things. I use this a lot, very handy app indeed.

http://virtualdub.sourceforge.net/



GSpot: Got an avi or mpeg that is broken or don't what the codec is? Open it with this...sometimes it can even fix broken avis. Excellent little tool.

http://www.headbands.com/gspot/v26x/index.html



Free CD-DA Extractor: It's what I use to rip cds and convert wav to mp3s and back again. Connects to cddb as well. Not bloated with useless shite and the guy who made it is Finnish ;)


http://www.poikosoft.com/



2xExplorer: Dual pane explorer to replace the Windows one. Straight forward, and doesn't try and preload files, so good for going through loads of large files, if you're organising your pr0n collection or something ;) Only problem I've ever had is it won't display my mobile phone memory :P

http://www.tucows.com/get/195884_87061



Media Player Classic: Better than the Windows version, but with that old Win98 feel. I use it mainly for Xvid, because WindowsMP can do some funny things with gamma, but it's a good substitute for just general use.

http://www.free-codecs.com/download/Media_Player_Classic.htm



Avast!: Free, straight forward, good quality anti-virus. Updates daily.

http://www.avast.com/eng/download-avast-home.html



Super C: To get vids onto a mobile can be a pain in the ass, but this makes it very easy. Drag and drop avi/mov, select settings (audio, resolution, phone type, compression etc). Scroll down to the bottom for the mirrors.

http://www.erightsoft.com/S6Kg1.html



Ultimate Zip: Never tried 7Zip, but have used this for years. Works well :)

http://www.ultimatezip.com/download.htm



Dr Delete: Windows as you know sometimes just won't let you delete something, even if it's not in use. Kill it with this.

http://www.docsdownloads.com/dr-delete-1.htm



Showman: Ever wonder why the hell your HDD is full, but you can't see what all the files are? Showman lets you see all the files on your drive, including all the horrid temps, recycling etc. Mate of mine found 60GB of hidden data on a 200GB drive. Gotta thank Baldy for this one...he posted it up a long time ago and he knew his software :)

http://www.david-taylor.myby.co.uk/software/disk.html#ShowMan



Easy Cleaner: Invalid registry entries, duplicate files, temp files etc. Get rid of them. This works nicely.

http://personal.inet.fi/business/toniarts/ecleane.htm



I've got a lot of programs that I reinstall everytime, but these are the core freeware ones I do everytime.

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Postby GURU » Fri Jan 19, 2007 8:24 pm

killbox.exe . its the best program i have used to get rid of those stubborn files that just wont be deleted no matter what u try! it works !
long live the P U T E Y ! :)

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Postby Kamikazee » Sat Jan 27, 2007 3:51 am

File Copy'er
I've got a directory. Inside the directory I have a shitload of sub directories. Inside each sub directory is a number of files. I want to move all the files from all the sub directories into one folder - preferably renaming them if the same filename already exists.

Requires Microsoft .NET Framework.

Local thread
Direct Download
Source Code

Optusnet Mirror



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Postby Kamikazee » Sat Jan 27, 2007 1:07 pm

I guess you could call this freeware :P

Network Tools
Ping, whois, trace, lookup etc all online.
network-tools
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Postby GURU » Sat Jan 27, 2007 10:34 pm

hey if it is on the internet then it is free ware!

which pretty much equates to everything that is any good! ;)
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Postby ..ME.. » Tue Mar 27, 2007 4:46 pm

Kamikazee wrote:File Copy'er
Link


:P
good idea but i think something is broken :(, it copy's all the files on the c drive and not where the destination states
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Postby Kamikazee » Tue Mar 27, 2007 7:23 pm

lawl. Forgot to call a method when i added teh ui from the original hack i did for jof.


I'll upload the fixed source etc later
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Postby GURU » Sun Oct 30, 2011 8:37 am

crap cleaner - to remove all stuff from web pages recycle bin registry entries etc used it all the time for the last 5 yrs is updated constantly is free and works very well. never had any issues and its small too

http://www.filehippo.com/download_ccleaner

thought this would already be here somewhere?
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Postby Mr_Bombadil » Sun Oct 30, 2011 11:05 am

yeah i would've thought so to guru

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Postby spud » Sun Oct 30, 2011 12:20 pm

ccleaner gets a good rap and I'm sure it does what it's meant to do, but applications like this are largely unneeded these days. I know it's hard to believe but Windows has come a long way from Win98, and much of the stuff that used to be important no longer is. Registry cleaning is one good example. The only time I see any benefit in do "registry cleaning" is when you are updating AMD Video drivers. I wouldn't even bother using driver sweeper for nVidia these days.
If you take 5 minutes to configure your browser it doesn't need "cleaning" either. There are Windows tools for cleaning temp files, recycle bin, etc. So much of the stuff you had to do to keep a Win98 system running smooth are just no longer necessary - cleaning stuff up to maximise HDD space, tuning for performance, etc - the benefit on a system with a quadcore 3Ghz CPU and 6+GB RAM is trivially small.

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Postby blink » Sun Oct 30, 2011 3:09 pm

F.lux - dims your monitor when it's dark outside. It's one of the first things I install on a new machine these days :D
http://stereopsis.com/flux/
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