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    Super by eRightSoft
    Basically, it's a video converting program that can even convert files like .flv etc
    http://www.erightsoft.com/SUPER.html

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    Picassa2 is a good one !

    Hijackthis is excellent !

    Cracknpirate is a rare one ?

    Eggsontoast is my favourite
    Time, is an effortless construction :)

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    this gotto be the lesser know freeware which I like to recommend

    Lhmelt - Japanese unzip tool supporting .lzh, .zip, .rar etc
    CutePDF writer - converts to PDF

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    VLC is the best multimedia player I know of. Does everything, plays every format. Even can act as a video streaming server. Amazing stuff.

    If only it works with Vista.. can't get videos to show during playback but the audio came through..


    Also, there's a whole bunch of free portable apps at www.portableapps.com
    This means that you can run it off a thumb drive which also means you can carry your free apps anywhere with you.
    I'm using Portable firefox and gimp

    Enjoy!
    Last edited by seankyh; 23rd February 2007 at 10:59 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul_Yeo View Post
    FireFox
    QuikSilver
    MacSword
    Just curious, just what is QuikSliver used for?

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    CCleaner (useful for clearing cache and bits of data windows has trouble removing)

    Foxit PDF Reader (faster load time sans the frequent updates)
    just tried the Foxit PDF reader...it's great! thx.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blurrblurr View Post
    WinZip
    WinRar
    Both are not freeware.

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    MSN messenger...
    or maybe i should say Windows Live Messenger

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    Windows Applications

    Opera - Browser
    POP Peeper - Checks webmail accounts such as Hotmail, Yahoo, Gmail, Mail.com at regular intervals
    Launchy - Application launcher for windows (similar to Quicksilver for OSX)
    Notepad++ - Text editor
    Float's Mobile Agent - Phone manager for Sony Ericsson phones

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    Firefox
    Free Ram XP Pro
    Faststone Image viewer
    Picasa 2
    7zip
    Media Player Classic with Real Alternative
    AVG
    WS_FTP

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    Thanks Zaren for starting this thread. I'm a great fan of freeware. Here are some of my favourites:

    Photography-related

    1. Noiseware (http://www.imagenomic.com) - My favourite noise reduction tool, since I shoot at ISO 1600 all the time. In fact I like it so much I've just upgraded to the Standard edition for the batch processing function. Everything fully auto, gives great results.

    2. Picasa2 (http://picasa.google.com/) - What I like is that it allows you to scroll through all the images on your hard disk without having to open individual folders. Useful if you're searching visually for one particular picture.

    3. Jalbum (http://jalbum.net/) - Allows you to build customised and very slick-looking online photo albums. If you don't have a web-hosting site, you can even allow the program to run your computer as a server, to share your photos online with your friends and family.

    4. Panorama tools (http://www.all-in-one.ee/~dersch/) - Photoshop plugin that allows you to add or subtract fisheye and other types of distortion, as well as stitch panoramas. Very powerful and versatile, takes some learning to use. Not as user friendly as, say, Canon Photostitch software. But fantastic for controlling distortion effects.

    Small but useful utilities

    1. Emeditor free (http://www.emeditor.com/modules/download2/) - I've been using this as a replacement to the standard Windows txt editor for umpteen years. A lot more powerful and customisable, yet small and compact. Not sure what the latest version looks like, I still have my original install from a very long time ago.

    2. Syncback freeware (http://www.2brightsparks.com/downloads.html#freeware) - Allows you to backup and/or synchronize files between two folders. You can choose exactly what action to take and schedule incremental backups to take place when the computer is not in use. I schedule it to backup all the data files which have been changed onto a second hard disk in my computer. Not the same as ghosting, but close. I also use it to sync data between portable storage and the hard disk when I am transferring data. Very fast.

    3. FPexpress (http://mde1.np.edu.sg/maths/downloads/download.htm) - Back when Microsoft still gave stuff away for free, they released Front Page Express, which is a basic WYSIWYG HTML editor. Very useful for small jobs, clean code, does not add chunks of rubbish like Word or OpenOffice does. For those who want to draw up web pages but don't want to learn HTML, this is the best! Works just like a word processor.

    4. Free download manager (http://www.freedownloadmanager.org/) - Very useful for downloading large files (eg freeware!). Works as advertised, you get your download very fast. Some sites don't like it, but works on most sites.

    5. Taskbar shuffle (http://www.freewebs.com/nerdcave/taskbarshuffle.htm) - Very nifty little utility that does exactly what it says. I work with at least 5-6 windows open all the time, and I like to keep my most commonly used task bar buttons on the left. This utility allows me to shift the task bar buttons anywhere I want - just drag them right or left. The Windows default is to make them appear in order of when the tasks were launched. Can't live without this utility.

    6. Google desktop (http://desktop.google.com/) - Just downloaded and installed this a couple of days ago, and it has already proven very useful. Indexes your hard disk, and allows you to search for any file. Now I don't have to rack my brain to remember which folder I kept which file in. I like the fact that a search box is available by pressing Ctrl key twice. No need to first launch a browser window. The gadgets are cute, but clutter the desktop - I've turned them off.

    7. Really slick screensavers (http://www.reallyslick.com/) - I got bored of the usual screensavers and found this free collection. Really cool. My favourite is Plasma - it's the default screensaver on all my computers.

    8. Wavepad (http://www.nch.com.au/wavepad/masters.html) - A sound editor that allows you to edit sound files visually. Very useful for chopping segments out of wav files or mp3 files. Can also do some adjustments to the sound to "clean it up". There's another software from the same authors called Recordpad that allows you to record music from audio sources. Very good also, but not freeware (trial period). I've used these two to digitally immortalise my old cassette tape collection.

    Bible software

    1. e-Sword (http://www.e-sword.net/) is a fantastic resource, allowing you to study the Bible alongside many powerful commentaries and dictionaries. The user interface is very friendly and intuitive, and there is a pop-up box when you hover over a word or verse reference, so you can read the verse without even clicking the mouse. They also have a version available for Pocket PC.

    2. The Online Bible (http://www.onlinebible.net/) is an older resource. I've been using it since the days of MS-DOS but they have now come up with a Windows version, of course. The interface is definitely showing its age, being based on old DOS way of doing things. It also does not have Mathew Henry's exhaustive commentary (only the concise version). Its strength, however, is that it has a Bible Theme Index, which is based on the Thompson Chain Reference Bible. It also has a built-in cross-referencing function, based on the Treasury of Scripture Knowledge, which is very easy to use, as all the verses appear on a separate plane, so you can easily browse through those verses.

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    Quote Originally Posted by StreetShooter View Post
    Thanks Zaren for starting this thread. I'm a great fan of freeware. Here are some of my favourites:

    Photography-related

    1. Noiseware (http://www.imagenomic.com) - My favourite noise reduction tool, since I shoot at ISO 1600 all the time. In fact I like it so much I've just upgraded to the Standard edition for the batch processing function. Everything fully auto, gives great results.

    2. Picasa2 (http://picasa.google.com/) - What I like is that it allows you to scroll through all the images on your hard disk without having to open individual folders. Useful if you're searching visually for one particular picture.

    3. Jalbum (http://jalbum.net/) - Allows you to build customised and very slick-looking online photo albums. If you don't have a web-hosting site, you can even allow the program to run your computer as a server, to share your photos online with your friends and family.

    4. Panorama tools (http://www.all-in-one.ee/~dersch/) - Photoshop plugin that allows you to add or subtract fisheye and other types of distortion, as well as stitch panoramas. Very powerful and versatile, takes some learning to use. Not as user friendly as, say, Canon Photostitch software. But fantastic for controlling distortion effects.

    Small but useful utilities

    1. Emeditor free (http://www.emeditor.com/modules/download2/) - I've been using this as a replacement to the standard Windows txt editor for umpteen years. A lot more powerful and customisable, yet small and compact. Not sure what the latest version looks like, I still have my original install from a very long time ago.

    2. Syncback freeware (http://www.2brightsparks.com/downloads.html#freeware) - Allows you to backup and/or synchronize files between two folders. You can choose exactly what action to take and schedule incremental backups to take place when the computer is not in use. I schedule it to backup all the data files which have been changed onto a second hard disk in my computer. Not the same as ghosting, but close. I also use it to sync data between portable storage and the hard disk when I am transferring data. Very fast.

    3. FPexpress (http://mde1.np.edu.sg/maths/downloads/download.htm) - Back when Microsoft still gave stuff away for free, they released Front Page Express, which is a basic WYSIWYG HTML editor. Very useful for small jobs, clean code, does not add chunks of rubbish like Word or OpenOffice does. For those who want to draw up web pages but don't want to learn HTML, this is the best! Works just like a word processor.

    4. Free download manager (http://www.freedownloadmanager.org/) - Very useful for downloading large files (eg freeware!). Works as advertised, you get your download very fast. Some sites don't like it, but works on most sites.

    5. Taskbar shuffle (http://www.freewebs.com/nerdcave/taskbarshuffle.htm) - Very nifty little utility that does exactly what it says. I work with at least 5-6 windows open all the time, and I like to keep my most commonly used task bar buttons on the left. This utility allows me to shift the task bar buttons anywhere I want - just drag them right or left. The Windows default is to make them appear in order of when the tasks were launched. Can't live without this utility.

    6. Google desktop (http://desktop.google.com/) - Just downloaded and installed this a couple of days ago, and it has already proven very useful. Indexes your hard disk, and allows you to search for any file. Now I don't have to rack my brain to remember which folder I kept which file in. I like the fact that a search box is available by pressing Ctrl key twice. No need to first launch a browser window. The gadgets are cute, but clutter the desktop - I've turned them off.

    7. Really slick screensavers (http://www.reallyslick.com/) - I got bored of the usual screensavers and found this free collection. Really cool. My favourite is Plasma - it's the default screensaver on all my computers.

    8. Wavepad (http://www.nch.com.au/wavepad/masters.html) - A sound editor that allows you to edit sound files visually. Very useful for chopping segments out of wav files or mp3 files. Can also do some adjustments to the sound to "clean it up". There's another software from the same authors called Recordpad that allows you to record music from audio sources. Very good also, but not freeware (trial period). I've used these two to digitally immortalise my old cassette tape collection.

    Bible software

    1. e-Sword (http://www.e-sword.net/) is a fantastic resource, allowing you to study the Bible alongside many powerful commentaries and dictionaries. The user interface is very friendly and intuitive, and there is a pop-up box when you hover over a word or verse reference, so you can read the verse without even clicking the mouse. They also have a version available for Pocket PC.

    2. The Online Bible (http://www.onlinebible.net/) is an older resource. I've been using it since the days of MS-DOS but they have now come up with a Windows version, of course. The interface is definitely showing its age, being based on old DOS way of doing things. It also does not have Mathew Henry's exhaustive commentary (only the concise version). Its strength, however, is that it has a Bible Theme Index, which is based on the Thompson Chain Reference Bible. It also has a built-in cross-referencing function, based on the Treasury of Scripture Knowledge, which is very easy to use, as all the verses appear on a separate plane, so you can easily browse through those verses.


    Hi StreetShooter,

    Have you tried Copernic as an alternative to Google Desktop ?

    It is rather good.

    Cheers
    Time, is an effortless construction :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by ST1100 View Post
    Both are not freeware.
    They used to be. anyway i use
    Rainlender.

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    is there a callwave for windows?

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    Quote Originally Posted by nikonrus View Post
    If you people REALLY want to share, then you need to do 2 additional things

    1) State what OS that application requires
    2) Put up a link for others to have quick access.
    Google is your friend. Don't be lazy.

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    This is a wonderful thread... it should be a sticky.

    My deepest thanks to all the contributors for their tips.

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    FileZilla - for your ftp needs (i prefer it to cuteftp or smartftp)
    Joomla - (opensource content management system)
    PDF995 - PDF995 acts as a printer port and whtever u send to pdf995(printer) gets created as a pdf file

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    Solid Edge V19 2D drafting by UGS.......free engineering 2D CAD software that can open, edit, modify autocad dwg, dxf microstation files and also solid edge default dft file format.....come with block and library for electrical, mechanical and pipping symbols

    For more info check: www.gim.com.sg

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    Microsoft's SyncToy is pretty good for keeping files/folders/drives in sync too.

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    XNView
    similar to first acdsee but not as bloated as today's acdsee. it's freeware and standalone which means you can run it off the thumb drive or any folder on your computer.

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