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#1 .:Cyb3rGlitch:.

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Posted 23 June 2009 - 04:26 AM

Free. There's no other word which conveys the feeling of being disengaged from corporate constraint, and the constant wails of wilting wallets. Fortunately for us, freeware and open source software is in abundance, contained amongst the vast tubes of the Internet. Along with this great collection of applications and games is a question most enthusiasts keep on the tips of their tongues. What software is best for my situation? This is where this thread comes into play.

Below are several sections containing links to pieces of software as recommended by the Atomic community. Please report any broken links you may encounter.


Freeware/Open Source Websites
321download - Free (older) versions of commercial software
CodePlex - open source software host
Download.com - Also contains other licences such as shareware
eConsultant - comprehensive list of freeware software
FileHippo - Also contains other licences such as shareware
Giveaway of the Day - free commercial software, daily
OldVersion - older versions of current software
PortableApps - portable versions of common software
Softpedia - Also contains other licences such as shareware
SourceForge | Apps for Windows | Games for Windows
ToadSoft Server administration software


List of Individual Software

Anti-malware/Anti-spyware
Avast
Avira AntiVir
BitDefender
Comodo
Malwarebytes
PC Tools AntiVirus
Spybot Search & Destroy

Audio Editing/Tagging
Audacity
MP3Tag

Benchmarking
3DMark06 - GPU (free version is limited)
3DMark Vantage - GPU (free version is limited)
HD Tach - HDD
HD Tune - HDD
MaxiPI2 - CPU/Memory
Unigine - GPU

CAD
Kicad - circuit design
SketchUp

Calendars
Sunbird

CD/DVD Ripping
CDex - Audio
DVDShrink
Exact Audio Copy - Audio
FreeDVD
FreeRIP - Audio

CD/DVD Writing and Imaging
Ashampoo Burning Studio
Burrrn - audio CDs
Daemon Tools
Imgburn
InfraRecorder
IsoBuster
MagicISO

Codec Tools
CCCP
GraphStudio - Improved open source version of GraphEdit
GSpot
MediaInfo
Panasonic DV codec

Compression
7zip
IZarc

Debuggers
OllyDbg

Diagnostics/Repair
Sysinternals Suite

Dictionary/Thesaurus
WordWeb

Disc Management
Clonezilla - imaging
GParted - partitioner

Document Readers
Adobe Reader
Calibre (e-Books)
Evince
Foxit Reader
PowerPoint Viewer 2007
Sumatra

Download Managers
Flashget
Free Download Manager
Orbit

Encryption
KeyPass
TrueCrypt

File Management
TeraCopy

File Recovery
JFileRecovery
PC Inspector
Recuva

FTP Clients/Servers
Filezilla
Golden FTP Server

Games
Sauerbraten

Gaming Clients
Steam

Graphic Editors
GIMP
Inkscape
Paint.Net
SmillaEnlarger

Graphics Management
IrfanView
Picasa

Hardware Auditing
CPU-Z
GPU-Z
Speccy

Hex Editing
HxD
XVI32

Instant Messengers
aMSN
Digsby
Pidgin
Windows Live Messenger

IRC Clients
Chatzilla
mIRC

Mail Clients
Thunderbird
Windows Live Mail

Maintenance
Auslogics Disk Defrag
BleachBit
Ccleaner
Defraggler
Device Remover
JKDefrag
Power Defragmenter
WinDirStat

Media Center
MediaPortal
XBMC

Media Format Conversion
AutoGK
Free Studio Manager
SUPER
Ultimate Webshots Converter

Media Players
foobar2000
KMPlayer
MPCHC
MPlayer
Quicktime Alternative
Real Alternative
SMPlayer
VLC
Winamp
Zoom Player

Network Tools
Hamachi - zero configuration VPN
LogMeIn - remote desktop
NetMeter
RealVNC - remote desktop
TightVNC - remote desktop
UltraVNC - remote desktop

Office and Word Processors
AbiWord
OpenOffice
PDFCreator

Overclocking
RivaTuner - GPU
SetFSB - CPU/RAM

P2P/Torrents
Ares
µTorrent
Vuse

Programming/Markup IDEs
Bricx Command Center - NQC/NXC
Delphi Turbo - C++, Java, Ruby, Win32
Eclipse - Java
Netbeans - C, C++, Java, PHP, Python, Ruby
Notepad++ - editor with syntax highlighting
SharpDevelop - C#
Visual Studio Express Editions - Visual Basic, Visual C#, Visual C++

Security
Cain & Abel

Spam Filters
Mailwasher

Synchronisation
Allway Sync
FullSync

System Tools
DeskPins
Launchy - Keystroke launcher
MS PowerToys
Software Information for Windows

Stability Testing
FurMark
LinX
memtest86+ - RAM
OCCT - CPU/RAM and GPU
Prime95 - CPU/RAM

Temperature Monitoring
RealTemp - CPU
SpeedFan

UI Modification
JetToolBar
RocketDock
Vista Shortcut Overlay Remover - Vista/7
Webshots

Video Editing
AsfTools 3.1
Avidemux
AVIMux GUI
DelayCut
DrDivx2
FLVExtract
HandBrake
SolveigMM AVI Trimmer
TMPGEnc
VirtualDub

Virtualisation
VirtualBox
VMware ESXi

VOIP
Mumble
Skype
Teamspeak
Ventrilo

Virtual Machines
VirtualBox
Virtual PC
VMware Player

Web Browsers
Chrome
Firefox
Internet Explorer
Opera
Safari
UltraSurf

Web Filtering
K9

Widget/Gadgets
Weather Tracker


Feel free to recommend software!

Edited by .:Cyb3rGlitch:., 13 November 2010 - 03:51 PM.

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#2 SquallStrife

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Posted 23 June 2009 - 09:15 AM

For VMs:

Microsoft Virtual PC 2007 is still free.

http://www.microsoft...;displaylang=en

As is VMware Player.

http://www.vmware.com/products/player/

Both free but proprietary.


CD ripping:

There's Exact Audio Copy ( http://www.exactaudiocopy.de/ free, proprietary) and CDex ( http://cdexos.sourceforge.net/ free, open source)

#3 bastard

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Posted 23 June 2009 - 12:02 PM

I'll add XBMC http://xbmc.org/
Oh and Media portal http://www.team-mediaportal.com/

Edited by bastard, 23 June 2009 - 12:03 PM.

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#4 bowiee

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Posted 23 June 2009 - 12:12 PM

We had a list like this on the old site and it was well received, here are my recommendations :)

Ashampoo burning studio free An easy to use burning program that also rips cd does backups ect.

Malwarebytes Great malware/spyware removal program.

Auslogics disk defrag great and very fast defrag tool.

Ares P2P good solid program.

Free antivirus


Avast

BitDefender

Comodo

Avg

PC-Tools

Weatherzone A handy little weather station right on your desktop works way better than the Vista one ! And also works by your postcode linking to the nearest weather station.

Mail Washer free for one mail account does what it says filters your email, very easy to setup.

Frameworkx A little app that removes the GIANT shortcut arrow in vista and windows 7.

That will do me for now lol more will occur to me in time I am sure. All these programs work fine in vista.

EDIT: Don't forget to RTM and vote for this to be a sticky :)

Edited by bowiee, 23 June 2009 - 12:14 PM.


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Posted 23 June 2009 - 12:51 PM

Zoom Player is a decent media player

Smplayer, an alternative to Kmplayer

Utorrent, a fully featured bittorrent client.

The free System Internals tools for diagnosing and repairing

Golden FTP Server, a free FTP server for Windows.

IrfanView, free image manipulating and managing tool

Auto Gordian Knot - tool to convert DVD's to xvid files. Should only be used for Legal DVD's.

As a sidenote, avoid AVG at all costs. It is inefficient, unreliable, and untrustworthy. Use Avira or Avast instead.

edit:removed mIRC.

Edited by TheSecret, 23 June 2009 - 01:22 PM.

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Posted 23 June 2009 - 01:03 PM

There is also the classic Mirc IRC client

Zoom Player is a decent media player

Smplayer, an alternative to Kmplayer

Utorrent, a fully featured bittorrent client.

The free System Internals tools for diagnosing and repairing




As a sidenote, avoid AVG at all costs. It is inefficient, unreliable, and untrustworthy. Use Avira or Avast instead.

As a side note Avg is free and belongs on this list people will use it or not at their discretion. This is not a thread about your personal likes or dislikes so pull your head in. End hijack.

#7 SquallStrife

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Posted 23 June 2009 - 01:04 PM

mIRC isn't free.

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Posted 23 June 2009 - 01:11 PM

As a side note Avg is free and belongs on this list people will use it or not at their discretion. This is not a thread about your personal likes or dislikes so pull your head in. End hijack.


I was just letting people know that regardless of AVG being free, it is inefficient and unreliable due to not detecting an awful lot of stuff and having false positives, affecting performance. People can use what they like, but they should have information to make an informed choice where possible.

mIRC isn't free.


It is now?...it no longer requires registration or payment. That's what it stated when I installed it recently..

Edited by TheSecret, 23 June 2009 - 01:12 PM.

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Posted 23 June 2009 - 01:13 PM

mIRC isn't free.


It is now?...it no longer requires registration or payment. That's what it stated when I installed it recently..

http://www.mirc.com/register.html

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#10 TheSecret

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Posted 23 June 2009 - 01:15 PM

http://www.mirc.com/register.html

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Well done...

As I said, it stated it was not necessary to register when I installed it recently.

I'll be happy to remove the link if people think it doesn't belong however.
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Posted 23 June 2009 - 01:16 PM

As a side note Avg is free and belongs on this list people will use it or not at their discretion. This is not a thread about your personal likes or dislikes so pull your head in. End hijack.


I was just letting people know that regardless of AVG being free, it is inefficient and unreliable due to not detecting an awful lot of stuff and having false positives, affecting performance. People can use what they like, but they should have information to make an informed choice where possible.

mIRC isn't free.


It is now?...it no longer requires registration or payment. That's what it stated when I installed it recently..

I repeat this is not the thread to voice your likes or dislikes it's about freeware only. You seem to want to turn every thread into your own personal troll fest. Now you will try to justify to all that you can make comments like this here, knock your self out.

#12 TheSecret

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Posted 23 June 2009 - 01:18 PM

What? I included it because I had thought it was free, based on recently installing it. edit: it's not free, so I'll remove it..no problem.....

Edited by TheSecret, 23 June 2009 - 01:19 PM.

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Posted 23 June 2009 - 01:25 PM

Well done...

Thank you :)

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Posted 23 June 2009 - 01:27 PM

Thank you :)



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Posted 23 June 2009 - 01:36 PM

Thank you :)



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Aw shucks :)

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Posted 23 June 2009 - 05:13 PM

core ftp lite is a good one...
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Posted 23 June 2009 - 05:38 PM

Microsoft Virtual PC 2007 is still free.

[04:28] > Microsoft's Virtual PC is free, you should list that
[04:28] <Vito_Cassisi> it's also shit
[04:28] > eh
[04:28] * mr_a-bomb shrugs
[04:28] <Vito_Cassisi> compared to vitualbox anyway
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Posted 23 June 2009 - 05:39 PM

Microsoft Virtual PC 2007 is still free.

[04:28] > Microsoft's Virtual PC is free, you should list that
[04:28] <Vito_Cassisi> it's also shit
[04:28] > eh
[04:28] * mr_a-bomb shrugs
[04:28] <Vito_Cassisi> compared to vitualbox anyway

IRC stays in IRC! :P

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"I do not fear death. I had been dead for billions and billions of years before I was born, and had not suffered the slightest inconvenience from it.” - Mark Twain

 

An open mind is willing to consider new ideas, while provisionally accepting those backed by empirical evidence, and provisionally rejecting those without.


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Posted 23 June 2009 - 05:43 PM

http://filezilla-project.org/ - free ftp client and server

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Posted 23 June 2009 - 06:26 PM

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Cheers everyone.

"We are a way for the cosmos to know itself." - Carl Sagan

 

"I do not fear death. I had been dead for billions and billions of years before I was born, and had not suffered the slightest inconvenience from it.” - Mark Twain

 

An open mind is willing to consider new ideas, while provisionally accepting those backed by empirical evidence, and provisionally rejecting those without.





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