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« Reply #50 on: September 28, 2006, 06:49:50 AM »

My favourite ones are:

- xplorer² (I always wonder how could I live without it so much time. Indispensable)
- Opera (THE Browser. A perfect example of a good software design. It really helps on the Internet)
- foobar2000 (Hard to learn, hard to master. But no other can match its features)
- XMPlay (Or how Winamp should be. An small program with big features)
- WinRAR (The perfect compression tool. I don't think anyone could do better than this)
- jv16 PowerTools (Not only registry cleaning, but a lot of other tools who do their work better than separate programs. It's also very compact for its features)
- EDXOR (The perfect Notepad replacement)
- Wallpaper Master (Invaluable. The only thing I care about it now is how to download more wallpapers)
- Total Uninstall (The first program I install after formatting the HDD. It saves my computer life so many times than I more than thankful)
- CCleaner (Custom cleaning. That's its power)
- PSPad (Much better than Free Pascal IDE Grin)

I think that covers all.
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« Reply #51 on: September 28, 2006, 09:45:44 AM »

My list

HTML Editor: HTML Kit
Text Editor: PSPAD or TextPad
Antivirus: ESET
Screenshot Capture: Screenshot Captor (not only easy, but lots of cool features, great for beginners)
WIndows Cleaner: CCleaner
Firewall: Sunbelt Kerio
Defrag: PerfectDisk (though they screwed up the user interface in version 8, version 7 was far more beginner friendly)
Web Analytics: Stuffed Tracker
Digital Photo Editor: Paint Shop Pro (the new learning center is great for beginners, plus the one button photo touchup)
FTP: Filezilla (doesnt burp on errors, it actually retries, novel idea)
Zip: 7-zip - havent found anything it can't unzip

Im sure there are a slew of others, but I'm writing this from memory.
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« Reply #52 on: October 08, 2006, 09:27:19 PM »

I couldn't live without the following:
     Find and Run Robot
     Process Tamer
     RoboForm (auto-logon and form filler)
     PopFile (powerful FREE spam filtering, but not easy to setup)
     MozyBackup (FREE automatic online backup)
     FolderShare (FREE file syncing between PC's - across the net)
     Cathy (FREE media cataloging tool)
     Push The Freakin' Button (automates the pushing of buttons for given windows - last FREE version)

And just recently, because of the discount software listing here at DonationCoder, I found a new must have app called Surfulater.  It's hard to explain exactly what it is, so please just check it out. Thank you to DonationCoder for introducing me to this incredible software!  Thmbsup
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« Reply #53 on: October 09, 2006, 12:43:26 AM »

welcome, ijunk.

nice list.

surfulater already has a strong fanbase here on DC (including myself) but, i agree, anyone that hasn't seen it should check it out.
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« Reply #54 on: October 09, 2006, 10:30:20 AM »

Launchy  Thmbsup
Evernote  Thmbsup
Wallpaper Master

Xplorer 2  Thmbsup
PSPad (or Ultra-Edit)
The Bat! (together with Freepops)
Foobar
VideoLan Player  Thmbsup
ScreenshotCaptor (yay)
µtorrent

ShellOn(v2) (Shellchanger)
BBLean (Shell, Windowmanager)  Thmbsup
ShellExView

Armagetron Advanced (Tron Game)

Scrapbook (FF Extension)

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These I love

Really  tellme, check out Launchy & Evernote. I was surprised nobody mentioned them here
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« Reply #55 on: October 09, 2006, 10:32:23 AM »

Oh, and I forgot to add: Here's also a great list of 'lean' programs (low on resources)
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« Reply #56 on: October 09, 2006, 05:14:20 PM »

I can't believe that no one uses the fantastic DM2 (http://dm2.sourceforge.net/)

I also use some of the ones ppl said.
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« Reply #57 on: October 09, 2006, 05:19:35 PM »

I'll wade in...
File Explorer: Dopus 8
Web Browser: Maxthon (1.57 - beta for 2 is fantastic though but not ready for prime time)

There are lots of others, but I live in the 2 above!

edit: how could I have forgotten Roboform and Clipmate!
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« Reply #58 on: October 10, 2006, 02:49:07 PM »

File Manager: Directory Opus - best file management application i've come across! [Tangent: Though I am on the hunt for a new Tag based file manager, because i like to download and archive software i want to be able to store its related information in a database like format so i can quickly search my laptop when not on the net to give friends the files they need.]

Text Manager(editor): Ultraedit - does everything i ever need to do with text, rarely do i need its powers, but it is good to have it!

Productivity: ATNotes - awesome FREE utility for desktop sticky notes.

Productivity: Find&RunRobot - absolutely awesome and exactly what i wished for! Thank you! smiley

Internet Browser: Firefox - love the extensibility! Though opera was ahead in terms of feature set, and the smallest neatest package.

Besides these though i use a lot of apps, and like true software connoisseurs i am always on the hunt for the right tool for the right job...
i have used and use occasionally others like strokeit, mozy, ...etc.
I prefere small footprint apps, so that i can have more of them running at the same time! hehe smiley. Thats why dc's one-trick ponies are fabulous! I loved the whole gridmove discussion though i've resisted using it for some odd reason...
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« Reply #59 on: October 10, 2006, 07:28:45 PM »

1. Mac OS X
2. Total Commander

Too bad OS X is missing a Total Commander version of its own ...
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« Reply #60 on: October 10, 2006, 08:13:18 PM »

Favorite Software:

1 windows professional (2000 or higher)
2 visual studio 2005 (also available as free version) -> http://msdn.microsoft.com/vstudio/express/
3 reflector (free dotnet decompiler) -> http://www.aisto.com/roeder/dotnet/
4 ollydbg (free win32 x86 debugger/disassembler) -> http://www.ollydbg.de/
5 sql server 2005 (also available as free version) -> http://msdn.microsoft.com/vstudio/express/

as you can see i am fully development & reverse engineering minded Wink

p.s. visual studio would be at nr1 if i didn't need windows to install it, lol.
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« Reply #61 on: October 10, 2006, 11:09:01 PM »

My favorite software:

- DM2 (http://dm2.sourceforge.net/) - Launcher, windows enhancer, virtual desktops, hotkeys, etc.
- Screen Calipers 1.0 (http://www.iconico.com/caliper/) - Tool to get size of stuff in screen. Version 1.0 is free and better IMO.
- CPick (http://home.hccnet.nl/s.j...cke/software/software.htm) - Color Picker.
- Media Player Classic (http://gabest.org/) - Name says all.
- SuperMouse (http://www.skrol29.com/supermouse.php) - Mouse macro programmer.
- Foobar2000 (http://www.foobar2000.org/) - As my first player.
- SysTrayPlay (http://systrayplay.tripod.com/) - As the small and hidden player.
- Evil Player (http://www.hakeem.gigahost.dk/) - As the fast, small, quick, great music player.
- Uninstall Tool (http://www.crystalidea.co...=show_page&name=utool) - Smallest and portable uninstall tool.
- Xplorer² (http://www.zabkat.com/) - Everyone knows this guy.
- SuperCopier2 (http://supercopier.sfxtea...ndex.php?sel_lang=english) - Awesome tool to copy files, it replaces the windows one. Fast and reliable. Special for LAN copies (your downloads?). Wink
- ACiDView (http://sourceforge.net/projects/acidview6-win32/) - For the nfo's.
- Console (http://sourceforge.net/projects/console) - Cmd replacement for win.
- CPU-Z (http://www.cpuid.org/cpuz.php) - For hardware info.
- Crystal Player (http://www.crystalplayer.com/) - Enjoying movies.
- HydraIRC (http://www.hydrairc.com/) - Great IRC Client.
- MediaTagger (http://www.mediatagger.zde.cz/) - Custom MP3 Tagging.
- MusicBrainz Picard (http://www.musicbrainz.com/) - Greeeat automated MP3 tagger.
- Notepad2 (http://www.flos-freeware.ch/notepad2.html) - My windows notepad replacement, with code syntax highlight and mo'.
- nPOP (http://www.nakka.com/) - Extreme smallest mail client, for other custom emails but gmail.
- OdoPlus (http://www.fridgesoft.de/) - Know where do you click most in your everyday and how much kilometers you move the mouse. Just for fun.
- PabloDraw (http://pablo.etoxn.ca/) - Awesome multiplayer ANSI editor, for fun with friends.
- PowerISO (http://www.poweriso.com/) - To play with ISO images Wink.
- ProcX (http://www.ghostsecurity.com/procx/) - Full control of your box processes.
- PuTTY (http://www.chiark.greenend.org.uk/~sgtatham/putty/) - Access to my servers through SSH.
- Screamer Radio (http://www.screamer-radio.com/) - Excellent. All online radios in a small program (less than 1mb, believe).
- StartupList (http://www.merijn.org/index.php) - Full control of your startup programs.
- TightVNC (http://www.tightvnc.org) - VNC Client/Server.
- uTorrent (http://www.utorrent.com/) - Because every machine needs to be friend of Bit Torrent protocol.
- WinDjView (http://windjview.sourceforge.net/) - To read books.
- XMPlay (http://www.un4seen.com/) - Old School media formats player (MOD, XM, etc).
- XnView (http://www.xnview.com/) - Best image viewer for windows.
- WIN2VNC (http://sourceforge.net/projects/win2vnc/) - To use mi side computer as an extension of my mouse/keyboard.

And others that I use for work and/or fun:
- EditPlus (http://www.editplus.com/) - My day to day text editor.
- Macromedia/Adobe Flash/Dreamweaver
- TuneUp Utilities
- Alcohol 120%
- and other... but no mo time..
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« Reply #62 on: October 11, 2006, 05:35:45 AM »

- OdoPlus (http://www.fridgesoft.de/) - Know where do you click most in your everyday and how much kilometers you move the mouse. Just for fun.

That's what the blue banner in my signature is about.  Click that and you will see how we are doing on the DC Whatpulse team....how many keys we have typed, how many mouse clicks, and each user's individual page will also show how many miles they have moved their mouse.

And if you are not listed there and want to be...please join!

It doesn't log what you type or click...it just counts the number of keystrokes and mouse clicks and distance the mouse has moved.
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« Reply #63 on: October 11, 2006, 07:56:10 AM »

That's what the blue banner in my signature is about.  Click that and you will see how we are doing on the DC Whatpulse team....how many keys we have typed, how many mouse clicks, and each user's individual page will also show how many miles they have moved their mouse.

Really nice, dude. Let me join.
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« Reply #64 on: October 12, 2006, 01:34:22 PM »

JC&MB Quicknote http://www.quicknote.de/
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« Reply #65 on: November 04, 2006, 02:04:15 AM »

on system startup:
TaskBarShuffle
ProcessTamer
FindNRun Robot
TClockEx
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AVGfree
SygatePersonalFirewall

daily use:
firefox (may switch to Opera. I saw many thumbs-up for that one)
Evernot
PSPad
FileZilla
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« Reply #66 on: November 04, 2006, 10:07:01 AM »

Miranda: http://www.donationcoder....um/index.php?topic=1201.0
Locate: http://www.donationcoder....um/index.php?topic=1385.0
AHK: http://www.donationcoder....um/index.php?topic=1167.0
Winamp and additional stuff: http://www.donationcoder....um/index.php?topic=3198.0

And RememberTheMilk: http://www.donationcoder....um/index.php?topic=5584.0
The best thing about it: you don't even have to install it! cheesy
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« Reply #67 on: November 09, 2006, 03:49:45 AM »

Here are mine :
- Total Commander
- Drive snapshot for Drive Imaging
- Backup4all 3 Standard for file backup
- Tune Up 2006 (especially for the Registry Editor)
- FlashFXP (so powerful)
- CCleaner
- CDCheck
- Winrar
- Cryptainer
- Password (password generator made by a colleague, specialist in cryptography)
- TMPGEnc DVD Author 2
- Nero Suite version 6
- PowerDVD (never a crash)
- X1 Enterprise Search (free now)
- Ad-Aware SE Plus
- CA Internet Security Suite Version 2 (not the 2007 release, which has many still many problems)
- PerfectDisk 6
- Sysinternals basics (Process Explorer, FileMon, Contig, PageDefrag, Autoruns especially)
- BartCD
- DLA (Drive Letter Access ?), a CD/DVD packet writing software (provided with my Dell Desktop but now produced by Sonic/Roxio)
- Opera 9
- CloneDVD 2 + AnyDVD
- VideoRedoPlus (an advanced and quick non linear MPEG2 editor)
- Sygate Personal Firewall
and many more...
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« Reply #68 on: November 09, 2006, 07:00:51 AM »

Here goes:

LICENSED:

Bookmark Buddy | EmEditor | AdMuncher | WebsiteWatcher | Calendarscope | mIRC | Total Recorder | FTPRush | Newsleecher | TrueLaunchBar | AI Roboform | WinOrganizer (reluctantly)

FREEWARE:

SlickRun | Locate32 | foobar2000 | XNView | Miranda | KeePass Password Safe | Autoruns, Process Explorer | uTorrent | Screenshot Captor | Unlocker | Eraser | KeyNote | OpenPandora | Flash Renamer 4.6 | Exact Audio Copy | LAME Mp3, FLAC, WavPack | TrueCrypt (soon)
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« Reply #69 on: November 11, 2006, 10:46:36 AM »

At the risk of sounding like a boot lick, I only have 1 indispensable program:

Find and Run Robot

Others I love:

Gyula's Navigator : I use this file manager at work and I have never found one that has a great combination of features that I need:  It is freeware, is completely portable so I can run it off a USB stick, and (this is the biggie) uses its own built in copy/move code and not explorers.  I use it to transfer data from failing drives and such so when explorer encounters an error copying, for whatever reason (in use, etc) it just STOPS.  This is infuriating.  This program gives an error then moves on to the next file.  I use the next program to answer that dialog.

RTVReco : Used to automate dialog clicks, works really well.

OpenOffice.org 2.0 :  I actually prefer this to MS Office.

PStart : I use this program for autorun menus on my CDs, USB drives and my 2 external tech drives that have about 2 gigs of tools, programs, etc loaded on it.  LOVE this program. 

BartPE with Reatogo : This combination allows you to make a boot CD that is just amazingly powerful for working on broken XP systems. 

Notepad++ : This is my text editor of choice, I use it for everything including my ASP scripting.  Fast and furious, great great program.

MP3Tag : My favorite MP3 tag manager.  Works really well.

Doppler : My favorite, and in my opinion, THE best Podcast client out there.  It has a few minor bugs, but it more than makes up for it in functionality.

There are more, oh yes there are more.  I just don't have the time! I may make a list and make another response.


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« Reply #70 on: November 11, 2006, 04:18:01 PM »

Software I could not live without:

FARR : I find myself trying to bring it up on other peoples computers and forgetting that it's not part of windows.

Notepad++ : Very fast, very integrated, very powerful.  Haven't touched notepad or wordpad in months.

UltraVNC : lots of features, free, maintained regularly

Ableton Live : makes music production a hell of a lot of fun. 

Audacity : FREE! great for quick audio projects when I don't feel like using the massive, messy ProTools

Firefox : haven't used IE in years, don't think I ever will again.

IZarc : I've yet to find a better-made archive tool.

VLC Media Player : ugly, but extremely powerful and reliable

MAX/MSP : I hate coding, but somehow, even though this it's basically coding, I enjoy dragging lines around to boxes.  Makes it more like a logic puzzle, and a game, rather than a chore.  Mostly used for art installations, or other media-related coding needs.
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« Reply #71 on: November 13, 2006, 10:26:09 PM »

The first FAVORITE, Total Commander, THE BEST file manager ever. I cannot live without it.
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« Reply #72 on: November 13, 2006, 10:55:42 PM »

My favorite piece of software would have to be...
well, I can't pick just 1 cause there are way too many on my PC...so probobly a 3-way tie between Process Tamer, Internet Explorer 7, and a little program called CleanUp!
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« Reply #73 on: November 15, 2006, 02:07:30 PM »

Courier (email)
I'm glad to see someone mentioned the Courier 3.5 e-mail client.  What makes Courier really good is not the client itself (although it's very good), but that it integrates with the Time & Chaos 6.0 PIM.  T&C is an excellent PIM.  There are many user definable fields, it syncs to your PDA (either Palm or Pocket PC), and it even exports its database in XML format.

Courier can add e-mail addresses to T&C and vice versa.  Chaos Software is currently selling Time & Chaos 7.0, but currently only the T&C version 6 database is compatible with Courier 3.5.

Courier 3.5 is an excellent e-mail client in its own right, but users that get lots of spam and know how to write strong regexp's will like it best with its powerful filtering capacity.  You can even have its filters color code your e-mail titles.

Courier's down side is its (1) poor handling of default and foreign fonts, (2) poor IMAP4 support, (3) poor template support, and (4) it won't reflow quoted text in replies.  Many other e-mail clients aren't much better.  TheBat! doesn't suffer from these four flaws, but it won't integrate with a powerful PIM either as Courier can.
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« Reply #74 on: November 15, 2006, 11:22:26 PM »

Wetware, for the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Posthuman in you: read a multiply awarded book http://www.accelerando.org/ free online. Advanced use only. Strict minimum consciousness and knowledge level requirements apply.

For exocortical use:

VirtuaWin

It's in constant use. Thousands of times per day. The OS, I feel, sucks without it almost as bad as it does without FARR. I use it by mousing to left and right screen edge. Set it up with about 150 ms delay and 20 pixel jump. I usually use only horizontal screens, cause even a 3 by 3 grid makes my puny primate brain hurt.

1 or 2 file managing
1 search
1 text editor
1 info managing
1 audio player
1 video player
1 browsing
1 remote desktop

The machines on Remote Desktop or VNC use vertical mouse switching.

Absolutely, positively, indispensable.
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