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Offline Willabong

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Links to useful FREE programs?
« on: September 11, 2007, 05:31:14 PM »
This subject is always a useful one, as there are many different utilities/programs, covering the many and varied needs of us all.
So I thought a list of programs with links for downloading would be a handy addition to this site. If you think as I do, then please list your recomendations below. Programs of any type acceptable. If we all contribute, we could end up with a list that will be a treasure for all of us!

PS:  All of these programs on this page have been tested by me, and the Web Sites are clean with no spyware in the downloads.

My list:

FastStone Capture: (Useful screen capture utility)   

TeeChartOffice:    (Complete chart and diagram maker)       

AWicons:    (Excellent Icon maker (Lite version is FREE))       

CDex:    (Audio CD extractor/converter)           

WordWeb:    (Dictionary/Thesaurus, Sits in system tray, free version has all you need)     
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Offline Nick Peers

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Re: 5 most useful FREE programs?
« Reply #1 on: September 12, 2007, 09:12:37 AM »
Great idea. Here are my top five suggestions:

PopTray (preview your email before downloading it)

VLC Media Player (play DVDs on your PC for free - bypasses software region coding too)

Google Picasa 2 (fabulous image-cataloguing tool with loads of extras)

Audacity (sound-editing tool - perfect for recording anything, including old analogue tapes and LPs)

EditPad Lite (kicks Notepad into touch)
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Offline Dave

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Re: 5 most useful FREE programs?
« Reply #2 on: September 12, 2007, 11:41:03 AM »
ok i'll have a go

agree with nick on poptray and editpad lite

Filezilla - FTP/SFTP client and/or server

UltraVNC - remote desktop control and file transfer application (+ loads of other stuff) over LAN or WAN

Firefox - alternative browser to internet explorer

Openoffice - free alternative to MS Office

Opanda IEXIF - lets you view all image EXIF (image data) both on online images or your own. Although it doesn't mention vista it works with all editions.
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Offline Willabong

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Re: 5 most useful FREE programs?
« Reply #3 on: September 12, 2007, 03:33:47 PM »
I'm in a generous mood, so here is another 10:

ATNotes (Sticky notes at it's best)

AMP Font Viewer (Very good font manager)

DeepBurner (As good as NERO, and just as easy to use)

The Wonderful Icon (Sits in system tray, and allows you to do wonderful things with Windows)

Aodix  (full Audio Tracker/Sequencer, was very expensive, now free)

NotePad 2  (Features not easily found on other word pads)

I had to add this last (NotePad2) program, (Recommended by Nick) because it saved me doing weeks of extra work! (Thanks again Nick!)

Startup Control Panel  (This program is added because I can't find it anywhere else on the forum, and it is almost essential software!)

Folder Size  (Great little program for finding out what is using up all your Megabytes!)

World Clock  (This is the best! nothing you use will beat this little gem......Trust me! (Download the 5.5 version not the Betta 6.0))

Web Assist   (Directory of useful Web Sites in a nice easy to access program (Updated regularly), and you can add your own)
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Re: 5 most useful FREE programs?
« Reply #4 on: November 16, 2008, 11:19:27 PM »
Here is another 11 useful programs:

Paint Net:  (Is one of the best and easiest to use, Photo Editing/Paint programs available, and it is totally FREE!) .

7zip:  (Useful ZIP archiver) Speaks for itself.

Wallmaster:  (Useful Wallpaper changer.....Change your background on your PC every time you reboot your computer.)

Rainlender:  (Excellent Calendar/To Do List/Reminder program, that only takes up a small part of your screen.)

Do It Again:  (A small and easy to use Macro program for automating screen activity.)

Amp WinOFF:   (Small program to switch your computer off at a given time.) Link provided by Nick!

Calibre:  Great program to convert almost any  book reader file to another book reader format, including text and PDF.

Dolphin Menu:  This is an essential little program for anyone who works with text regularly.

Unlocker:  Very useful program for removing files that refuse to be deleted.

Probably the best screen capture program ever made.

A professional quality FREE font manager (Not to be missed!).
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