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Old 06-04-2007, 07:03 AM   #1
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Post your favorite freeware and OSS programs.

Photo and Image Editing
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http://www.getpaint.net/download.htmlpaint.NET</A> - a freeware .NET-based image manipulation and paint program
http://gimpshop.blogspot.com/GIMPshop</A> - hack of GIMP to look and feel more like Photoshop

Sound and Audio
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http://audacity.sourceforge.net/Audacity</A> - free open source sound editor with loads of features
http://www.foobar2000.org/foobar2000</A> - no frills, low memory footprint audio player for common formats

Downloading
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http://www.utorrent.com/uTorrent</A> - lightweight, easy to use torrent client.
http://www.orbitdownloader.com/Orbit Downloader</A> - free, slick and easy to use download manager / multithreader


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Old 06-04-2007, 04:06 PM   #2
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Image
IrfanView

Shell Enhacement
Windows Powerpro - Most bizarre shell enhacement (configuration is kind of messy/daunting), yet one of the most powerful I have seen.

Filer browsing
xplorer^2
Filesync

Media
rulesPlayer

Editors
Crimson Editor

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Old 06-04-2007, 08:51 PM   #3
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> Post your favorite freeware and OSS programs.

Not sure if it is freeware but I use EditPad Lite as a Notebook replacement.

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Old 06-05-2007, 01:42 AM   #4
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Operating System
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Ubuntu

Office/publication
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openoffice.org
abiWord
scribus

file archiver
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7zip

media player
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totem
banshee
rthymbox

photo
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gimpshop
F-spot
inkscape

Instant messenger
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kopete
pidgin

that about covers it... for now. all the other categories are a hard choice or not good enough
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Old 06-05-2007, 02:54 AM   #5
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you guys have pretty much covered everything, so I've only got a couple to add that I use extensively.

PDF reader: Foxit reader. Fast, lightweight, and free. This is what Acrobat reader SHOULD be.

Music: iTunes. I swear by iTunes. It's the best music player/music library management program I have ever used, bar none. The only other thing I think comes close is amaroK, which actually comes pretty damn close.

Video: VLC Media player. This no-nonsense player has played back everything I've thrown at it, which seems to be pretty much everything under the fucking sun, with no problems. Lightweight, fast, maybe not as nice looking or user friendly as some of the others, but still one of the best.
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Old 06-05-2007, 06:45 PM   #6
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> GIMPshop - hack of GIMP to look and feel more like Photoshop
> Orbit Downloader - free, slick and easy to use download
> manager / multithreader

Thanks for those two !

ImgBurn Burned every images I've told him.
Burrrn To create audio CDs. Simple, lightweight, and replay gain included.
Mp3Gain Put all your mp3s at the same volume (Normalize)
Miranda IM Multi-protocol IM. Small, fast, doesn't eat a lot of ressources.


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Old 06-05-2007, 08:48 PM   #7
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Notepad++ is superior.
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Old 06-05-2007, 08:59 PM   #8
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http://www.flos-freeware.ch/notepad2.htmlNotepad2</A> is my favorite.

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Old 06-07-2007, 05:32 AM   #9
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GAIM....I mean.... - Personal favorite audio player, especially with http://yuo.be/columns.phpColumns UI. Supports ReplayGain natively on many formats.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/volumouse.htmlVolumouse</a> - A handy util that turns your mouse's scrollwheel into a volume knob!
http://www.kceasy.com/KCEasy</a>- Excellent multi-P2P client. Supports Gnutella, Ares, and OpenFT.
http://sourceforge.net/project/showf...ckage_id=84358Media Player Classic</a> - Awesome no-frills video player. Especially with codecs for SWF, FLV, and other video formats!
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Old 06-07-2007, 06:37 AM   #10
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Wow, loads of great picks. I forgot to mention Media Player Classic and VLC.

Here's some more:

PC Utilities
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http://www.almico.com/speedfan.phpSpeedFan</A> - adjust fan speed on the fly. also read various sensors.
http://www.cpuid.com/pcwizard.phpPC Wizard 2007</A> - diagnostic and benchmarking suite
http://www.mlin.net/SMPSeesaw.shtmlSMP Seesaw</A> - load balancing tool for multiple cores/CPUs.
http://www.mlin.net/StartupCPL.shtmlStartup Control Panel & Startup Monitor</A> - first, change and remove which programs start with your computer. second, monitor which programs are trying to register themselves to startup.
http://www.ccleaner.com/CCleaner</A> - free system & registry scrubber

Audio File Tools
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http://www.xdlab.ru/en/index.htmTagScanner</A> - MP3/OGG renamer/retagger/organizer with loads of features.
http://www.germanixsoft.de/GermaniX Transcoder & GX::Transcoder</A> - free tools for mass music recompression.

Animated GIFs
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http://software.benetonfilms.com/Beneton_Movie_GIF.phpBeneton Movie GIF</A> - free animated GIF timeline editor with support for transitions.
http://www.freeware-guide.com/rarewa...4Animator.htmlgr44 Animator</A> - animation layerer and optimizer.
http://chemware.co.nz/tgo.htmGIF Optimizer</A> - crushes GIFs.

Video Compression Related
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http://www.free-codecs.com/download/FFDShow.htmffdshow</A> - awesome merged codec system.
http://www.virtualdub.org/VirtualDub</A> - video trimmer / filterer / recompressor
http://avisynth.org/mediawiki/Main_PageAviSynth</A> - powerful video editing scripter

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