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    :monster: Recommend a good bit of Freeware!

    Free software listing as of this moment



    File management:
    • Total Commander-- by far the best file-manager ever. Includes a great customisable interface, achievers (such as .zip and rar), FTP client and a large amount of other great nifties. It's NOT freeware, but shareware, which can however be used for an unlimited amount of time and only bugs you to press a couple of buttons at the start. I strongly recommend it. ~~ Discord

    • 7-Zip Archive Manager--Open source file archiver, a fantastic alternative to Winrar and Winzip. Mostly because it gives you the features that those two require you to pay to use, on top of supporting a better archive format. ~~ Hsu // 2nd'ed: crono_logical

    • WinDirStat--displays how big each of your computer's folders are. ~~ rubah

    • Foldersize--to show how big my folders are. It's up to you what program to use, since they're all small programs. ~~ Pureghetto

    • ZipGenius--a compression archiver that kills small kittens. ~~ bipper // Editorial note:

    • FTP Wanderer--It's like Windows Explorer, only it's an FTP client. Simply click and drag files from your Windows Explorer window into FTP Wanderer and it'll copy them to your server/webspace in a jiffy. Works the other way around, too. ~~ Loony BoB

    • PDF Creator-- When you install PDFCreator, it adds a printer to your computer (or a network printer), when you print to the printer, it opens the program and converts it to a pdf file, and you can save it wherever you want. You can auto-save documents you ‘print’ by using tags such as the date, time, your name or the computer name. There are also specific options for each save format. For example, with pdf you can set image compression, dpi and security, and with the image formats you can set the number of colours and dpi. Other Features include: Add passwords to documents; Send documents by email; Merge multiple files; Install as network printer; Supports other formats as well. ~~ Nominus Experse




    Networking:
    • Free Download Manager--definitively belongs here. Probably the best download manager I've seen in ages. Great speed boost, (more or less)high stability and a feedback system that warns about malicious downloads. ~~ Discord

    • Apache Server--a web server. Highly configurable. ~~ bipper

    • Hamachi--allows you to emulate a LAN network over the net. Encrypts the data for secure connections, works very well and is very user friendly. ~~ Discord


    Communication:
    • Trillian--advert-free instant multi-protocol messenger supporting AIM, Yahoo!, MSN, ICQ, IRC, Jabber and various other networks. ~~ ZeZipster // 2nd’ed: Discord

    • Ventrilo - Surround Sound Voice Communication Software--a popular VOIP client that is used extensively by the gaming comunity for clan matches and talking with friends and such. ~~ FatalImpurity

    • TeamSpeak--a popular VOIP client that is used extensively by the gaming comunity for clan matches and talking with friends and such. ~~ FatalImpurity // 2nd'ed: Discord

    • SKYPE-- Free long-distance calling via PC to other Skype users. Good video support, sound quality, ease of installation and use, and pretty much everything. The paid services aren't too bad, either, but that's not what this is about. ~~ Spuuky



    Graphics Editing:
    • Blender--a fantastic open source 3D modeling program. ~~ Omecle // 2nd'ed: Sagensyg

    • Ogre3D--possibly one of the best and most versatile open source graphics engine I have ever come across. ~~ Omecle

    • Gimp--I've been told it is a very good tool if you can't afford Photoshop. ~~ Omecle

    • PNG Crush--a command line utility to convert files to PNG or pngs to smaller pngs in batches. ~~ rubah

    • Paint.NET--a wondeful freeware graphics editor thing!xD It's like Photoshop ~~ Dynast-Kid

    • Irfanview-- Fast, lightweight image viewer; it doesn't let you draw (use a slow-loading program like the GIMP or even mspaint for that), but will let you sharpen, crop, resize/resample, or grayscale an image, convert between many formats, and even add transparency to GIFs just by clicking on the colour that you want to be interpreted as transparent. It loads faster than the splash screen on most image manipulation programs--on my PC, this means "instantly, before my finger has even left the mouse button" ~~ Citizen Bleys // 2nd’ed: Heath



    Video/Sound Editing:
    • VirtualDubMod--very good video converter. ~~ starseeker // 2nd’ed: Discord

    • cdex--you can record from a mic or convert wave to mp3/ogg/etc. ~~ rubah

    • DVD Flick--Converts video files into DVD format to be burned onto a disk. ~~ Odaisé Gaelach

    • ImgBurn--DVD Decrypter Replacement (even made by the same guy) with HD-DVD and BluRay burning support ~~ crono_logical // 2nd'ed: Loony BoB

    • Avisynth--NLE script. ~~ starseeker

    • Combined Community Codec Pack--the only audio/video playback codec pack worthwhile for Windows without all the bloat other packs (especially Kazaa) try to bundle onto your computer. ~~ crono_logical

    • InfraRecorder--great for making your own ISO images which you can then burn with ImgBurn if InfraRecorder can't burn it, and it's open source too ~~ crono_logical

    • ACE Mega CodecS Pack 6.03 - Professional Edition--an absolutely excellent codec pack that pretty much supports and video you throw at it and comes with packaged in software of equal quality such as BSplayer and Media player classic. ~~ Fatal Impurity

    • DivX free codec--a codec permitting high level compression of videos. ~~ KingdomHeartsKing and o_O // 2nd'ed: Discord

    • CamStudio - Free Screen Recording Software--neat screen capture thingy! ~~ Jessweeee♪

    • SampleCalc-- This tool calculates a given length in seconds of an audio sample into temp in BPM and reverse. You can also adjust Number of measures and beat resolution. Length can be read directly from wave files. Also included a calculator for time/tempo stretch rate calculation if you want to adjust tempo or time to a fixed value (e.g. matching to the tempo of a sequencer song). Length of a song can also be calculated from tempo and number of measures as well as length of single notes.

      Additionally the frequency of note lengths is calculated (e.g. for oscillator adjustment) An integrated beat counter allows DJs to measure the tempo of a running song. ~~ Nominus Experse




    Office:
    • Open Office--your typical office package (like Word, Excel, etc.). ~~ Omecle // 2nd'ed: Discord

    • Semagic--a utility to update one's Livejournal. ~~ rubah

    • yWriter-- This program is a writer that allows you, the author, to easily create and organize various types of written forms of media. Organise your novel using a 'project', add chapters to the project, add scenes, characters, items and locations. Display the word count for every file in the project, along with a total. Tracks your progress: it saves a log file every day, showing words per file and the total. Saves automatic backups at user-specified intervals. Allows multiple scenes within chapters. Viewpoint character, goal, conflict and outcome fields for each scene. Multiple characters per scene. Storyboard view, a visual layout of your work. Re-order scenes within chapters. Drag and drop of chapters, scenes, characters, items and locations. Automatic chapter renumbering. ~~ Nominus Experse

    • EDXOR-- EDXOR is a versatile, convenient and optimal text editor and file processor that far surpasses the capabilities of other Notepad-like applications. It offers innovative clipboard handling, cryptographic options and logic text conversions, great for education, fun, or privacy. EDXOR is small, self-contained, dependency-free and very fast. It provides over 90 menu items, including many unique functions and options, for diverse applications. This light, free application is quite useful when editing web pages and the like.

    • Win32Pad: Notepad replacement, very small in size, doesn't require any extra runtime dlls, very fast and powerful. Has a ton of features like MRUs, Find/Replace, Intellimouse support, shows current location, # of lines, file offset, file size, Goto Line #, Shows Insert/Overwrite editing mode, Can change Font Color/Size/Character set/etc. This is a more general notepad replacement, and I have found it to be incredibly useful when writing FAQS and/or Walkthroughs for various websites (mainly GameFAQS). ~~ Nominus Experse




    Security:
    • TrueCrypt--very powerful Disc/File encryption software which mounts the encrypted data as separate drives. Supports key-file encryptions, installation-free mode, 3 different algorithms (AES-256, Serpent and Twofish) as well as the possibility of encrypting with two or all three algorithms in series. Allows plausible deniability. In other words, if you want something to remain hidden on your drives, this is the way forward. ~~ Discord

    • AVG--Best virus detector I've ever used. ~~ ZeZipster

    • CCleaner--another brilliant program, which simply put, will clean all the cookies and other crap off your PC and helps with a very reliable registry cleaning function as well as a program boot manager. ~~ Fatal Impurity

    • PuTTY--a bog-standard SSH client for Windows, amongst other things. ~~ crono_logical

    • Spybot Search&Destroy--one of the best anti-spyware tools, which also appears to be free. ~~ Discord

    • Comodo Firewall--apparently the best personal firewall out there. Apparently even better than it's shareware competitors. ~~ Discord

    • Ad-Aware 2007 Free--It always seems to get stuff that other anti-spyware programs don't. Quick, effective, easy and user-friendly. ~~ Loony BoB

    • Dr.Web CureIt--an autonomous, free version of Discord's all-time-favourite Dr.Web Anti-Virus Scanner accompanied with the latest virus library. In other words, if you're uncertain of what's going on, you might well want to run a scan or two. ~~ Discord




    Media Players:
    • Democracy Player--Think of it like a version of TiVo for web-based video. That's a gross oversimplification, but y'know. It's great. Note that they're changing the name soon, with the release of 1.0. ~~ Hsu

    • VLC Player--media player capable of reading damaged and incomplete files as well as insert subtitles during the playback. ~~ Namelessfengir // 2nd’ed: Discord

    • Winamp--popular media player with playlist, visualisation and media library functions. ~~ ZeZipster // 2nd’ed: Discord

    • Sheep Friends - billy-- Billy, a small and unintrusive MP3 player that is basic, but has enough features to make it not suck. ~~ Bipper




    Entertainment:
    • Joost--Internet (stored) film, series and shows network-player. Reasonable selection of films and series. Legal. ~~ Discord

    • TVU-Player--Internet-television (streaming) player with a solid selection of channels. Legal. ~~ Discord




    Games:
    • Nexuiz--Open source FPS. ~~ Hsu

    • Urban Terror--A TC of Quake III Arena, now completely free to play for all using the recently GPL'd version of the Quake III engine. It's super fun. ~~ Hsu

    • Battle for Wesnoth--Open source tactical turn-based strategy game. ~~ Hsu

    • Return to Castle Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory--a 6-map stand-alone multiplayer WW2 shooter based on the famous RtCW game. Includes multiple classes with specific weaponry and skills as well as a temporarily promotion system unlocking additional abilities. ~~ Discord // 2nd'ed: Loony BoB

    • America's Army--a propagandistic tactical, multiplayer shooter released by the US Army in order to recruit more teenage boys into the armed forces, by displaying the enemies as terrorists and yourself as US troops. Apart from that, a very good and fun game with permanent (RP-)advancement system. You can even get sent to jail for war-crimes in this one. ~~ Discord

    • Anarchy Online--a ex-commercial huge MMORPG demo of the original game (no expansions), which the developer never gives a chance to expire. Pretty futuristic-cyberpunk environments, two opposing and one neutral fractions, large selection of cold-steel and firearm weaponry as well as an extensive collection of armour sets and clothes, cars/planes/boats, furnishable apartments. Despite having (IMHO) an incredibly dull combat system, AO has one of the most innovative and breathtaking sceneries I've seen in an MMO, e.g. a huge battle-cruiser passing slowly above you for about 10 minutes, from one to the other end of the horizon, with hundreds of little fighters escorting him. Definitely worth trying. ~~ Discord

    • Silkroad Online--a good FREE MMORPG with pretty graphics (compared with most FREE MMO's or even WoW) a evolving economy and neat setting. ~~ Fatal Impurity

    • Conquer Online--a great MMORPG where you can be either a taoist, a warrior, an archer, or a trojan. It's created with the ancient Chinese Kungfu and magic in mind, and in my opinion, a great play. There's something new for you to work on almost every new level-up, whether it be a new sword you can buy or the ability to mine. A game that can really keep you busy, and definitely worth a shot. ~~ ~*~Celes~*~

    • DOFUS--a really fun little french MMORPG, it's done with flash and the graphics are very nice. It's basically your standard MMO - quests, upgrades, monsters, character classes, all that jazz. You will get frequent updates sent to you by email and they might be classed as spam. ~~ scrumpleberry // 2nd'ed: Discord (Indeed a very good MMO. Very tactical and inovative. You do however spend quite a bit of your time just waiting for the opponent's/friend's move or trying to figure out what's going on providing you are not a French native speaker.)

    • Project Touhou-- Project Touhou is a game series mainly revolving around 'danmaku-style' shmups (vertical scrolling shooters with pretty but complex bullet patterns), but there is also 'The Highly Responsive to Prayers' which is more of an action puzzle game; 'Immaterial and Missing Power' is a Street Fighter-styled fighter. The games were created, programmed, written and composed by basically one guy. ~~ Momiji // 2nd'ed: crono_logical




    Utilities:
    • Process Explorer--extended version of task manger. ~~ Discord, 2nd'ed: Loony BoB (Very useful for figuring out what the hell "obscurefilename.exe" actually relates to.)

    • Daemon Tools--tool that mounts disc images saved on your HDD and displays them as CD/DVD drives. ~~ ZeZipster // 2nd’ed: Discord

    • Disk Defrag--nice lightweight and fast disk defrag that even tells you how much its improved your disks with a performance percentage. ~~ Fatal Impurity

    • ATITool--an overclocking tool that lets you overclock and fiddle with pretty much EVERY setting on your graphics card. Has support for Nvidia cards despite its misleading name. ~~ Fatal Impurity

    • VirtualBox--OS emulator. Very nice as an alternative to VMWare or MS Virtual PC for virtual PC stuff. ~~ crono_logical

    • Inno Setup-- Inno Setup is a free installer for Windows programs that rivals and even surpasses many commercial installers in feature set and stability. Support for all 32-bit Windows versions in use today, create a single EXE to install your program for easy distribution online or on disk (disk spanning is supported), standard wizard interface, including support for the latest Windows 2000/XP wizard style. Full source code is available, features include; Creation of shortcuts anywhere, including in the Start Menu and on the desktop. Creation of registry and .INI entries. Customizable setup types, e.g. Full, Minimal, Custom. Complete uninstall capabilities. Installation of files. Silent install and uninstall. ~~ Nominus Experse

    • WordWeb-- WordWeb is an English pop-up dictionary, thesaurus and word finder, free for personal use. It includes a comprehensive English thesaurus and dictionary, and can be used to look up words from within most programs. Features of the free version include: Definitions and synonyms, Proper nouns, Related words, Pronunciations, 140,000 root words, 115,000 synonym sets. Look up words in almost any program. I personally love this program, and find myself using it every single day. ~~ Nominus Experse

    • GraphCalc-- GraphCalc is an all-in-one solution to everything from everyday arithmetic to statistical analysis, from betas to Booleans, from cubes to calculus, from decimals to derivatives. GraphCalc combines all the features of a professional mathematics package with the simplicity of an easy to learn windows interface. It provides user-friendly help and tutorials to guide you through the easy and fun process of mastering GraphCalc. Although I am no longer in Calculus, I still fiddle with this application from time to time, simply because it's terribly fun to graph 6 equations at once and create some interesting designs from various functions. ~~ Nominus Experse

    • AllerCalc-- This is a calculator that allows you to directly enter an expression to be evaluated. It features a rolling display storing all your recent inputs and results. More than 40 functions are supported, including algebraic, transcendental, trigonometric, hyperbolic, and financial functions. Also included is a detailed help file containing syntax, usage, and examples for all supported functions. The calculator also provides a list of common physical constants, and it performs various conversions between English and metric units. It supports more than 100 built-in functions, as well as the ability to define your own constants, conversions, functions, and calculations in any numeric base from 2 to 36, and it has the ability to store results in an unlimited number of variables. ~~ Nominus Experse



    Misc:
    • Ubuntu Linux--Free operating system. No strings attached. Lots of free software pre-installed and the ability to install even more free programs. 99% unlikely to get you viruses, spyware, adware, or hacked. Won't steal your soul (unless you want it to). ~~ Hsu

    • WinRoll 2.0-- Make a window roll into its title bar, send it to the back or make it stay on top. Minimize, maximize or close all visible windows, including minimizing to the tray area. Make a window translucent on Windows 2000 or above. Likely has limited usage for most, but I have found it useful when I have around 15 or more windows open at once (which I strangely seem to have quite a bit). ~~ Nominus Experse

    • Cool PDF Reader-- Cool PDF Reader to view, print, and convert PDF files. Extract PDF to TXT; Support PDF files of all versions; Work with 68+ different languages; Zoom in/out and Rotate page displays; Slide show PDF document with full screen; and more. 3 download options - 1) Standalone Package; no installation required (just unzip & run) ; 2 ) All-in-One Installer; reader and its installer are made into one EXE. 3) Standard Installer; installer with wizard to setup Cool PDF Reader. ~~ Nominus Experse

    • NumericalChameleon-- The NumericalChameleon is a free, open source, platform-independent and localized software to convert units. It converts numbers with a precision of up to 1000 significant figures. It supports more than 3200 units in 82 categories, including not only all important physical units of categories like length, area, volume, electricity, magnetism, force, power, energy, pressure, mass, temperature, velocity, acceleration, radioactivity and time, but also exchange rates, timezones, spoken numbers (literally and by audio*), roman numbers, 35 radixes, bits&bytes, screen resolutions, colorcodes, unicodes, international dial codes, calendar and holiday calculations, phonetic alphabets and more. It provides a modern, dynamic and graphical user interface. You have unlimited access on all categories, units, icons, filters and themes. You can add, modify, hide or delete them. All configuration data are stored in flat files. You can update exchange rates from several webservices. ~~ Nominus Experse




    Macintosh-specific Applications and Programs
    • Quicksilver:-- application launcher and a searcher apparently, but application launching is sufficient reason to install it xD

    • Text Wrangler:
      -- Pretty awesome free text editor. Syntax highlighting, line numbers, and a convenient file drawer for editing multiple files. Plus, it has built-in functionality with another of my favorite osx apps. . .

    • Cyberduck!:-- Cyberduck is shareware, but it's such good shareware that you will always update it and always click 'uh remind me to donate next time' unless you are just ASTOUNDED and have to donate. It has a drawer to hold your ftp bookmarks (it's a ftp program btw!) and doesn't suck to use xD

    • Adium:-- Adium is the osx version of GAIM, in a nutshell. It's very pretty for being related to gaim. You might say it was the city cousin. The only disadvantage to using it over ichat is that since gaim doesn't support video and audio (YET) it doesn't either, but it sure does more protocols and better!

    • NeoOffice-- a java-fied version of open office (you don't have to run x11), it's a little behind, and is pretty bloaty, but man it has pretty buttons. And with a recent update, it can run most excel macros i wish that came earlier this semester when I was having to do a ton of VBA coding xD

    • Pixen-- This is a pixel program. Don't compare it to gimp, it's closer to MSPaint and it sucks about as hard to use, but if you don't know how to get x11 running and you don't want to donate to macgimp to get it easily, pixen can serve your needs, if you have a lot of patience. Since osx doesn't come with a paint program, you might as well download it until you get fed up and find something else out of desperation. Or maybe you just don't find it as irritating as I do xD but this is still a recommendation because sometimes you just NEED something, and it will definitely be something xD

    • KVIRC-- if you're like me and have to have IRC, it's a lot easier to get used to a new program than to figure out how to install x11, wine helper, and get mirc to kinda run (with 8 fonts, YAY). Therefore, kvirc will suit you fine! The "official" versions are horribly behind, and these SVN releases don't really crash that often (if they do, then I can give you the .app for older ones that were pretty stable for me) There's still things horribly broken since it's like one guy recompiling it for osx, but it's a hell of a lot better than all of those other 'irc' programs. Most of them are just IM over an irc protocol and are pathetic. Ircle is just dead. KVIRC is wonderful :]

    • Audacity-- If you use the beta version, it doesn't crash so much (such can be said for so much osx software xD) It records sounds just like in windows/linux!

    • Emulators-- Boycott Advance (gba), Nestopia (NES), SNES9x(snes),

    • Ez7zip-- extractor

    • Growltunes-- actually, if you see growl anything with an application you use, get it

    • iTunes helpers: ltjbpm moody

    • mplayer

    • Games-- quinn= tetris

    • util= smcspeedfan for your macbook pro

    • xjournal = livejournal


    ~Rubah has recommended all of the Macintosh specific applications, but she is also lazy, and has yet to include all the links.


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    Thumbs up Recomend a good bit of Freeware!

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    Let's play a game.

    There seems to be an awful lot of great free programs that we simply don't know about. Let's share our knowledge.

    Recommend one very good program, that is free (or has a version that's more or less usable while being free), which you really like and are totally happy with and describe it shortly. The program has to work under the Windows systems (as most of us are using a Win operating PC). Please use the template below.

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    EXAMPLE: Hamachi--allows you to emulate a LAN network over the net. Encrypts the data for secure connections, works very well and is very user friendly.

    You may also second programs that you've found to be particularly useful. Unclear entries might not be processes.


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    Free software listing as of this moment:

    File management:
    Total Commander-- by far the best file-manager ever. Includes a great customisable interface, achievers (such as .zip and rar), FTP client and a large amount of other great nifties. It's NOT freeware, but shareware, which can however be used for an unlimited amount of time and only bugs you to press a couple of buttons at the start. I strongly recommend it. ~~ Discord
    7-Zip Archive Manager--Open source file archiver, a fantastic alternative to Winrar and Winzip. Mostly because it gives you the features that those two require you to pay to use, on top of supporting a better archive format. ~~ Hsu // 2nd'ed: crono_logical
    WinDirStat--displays how big each of your computer's folders are. ~~ rubah
    Foldersize--to show how big my folders are. It's up to you what program to use, since they're all small programs. ~~ Pureghetto
    ZipGenius--a compression archiver that kills small kittens. ~~ bipper // Editorial note:
    FTP Wanderer--It's like Windows Explorer, only it's an FTP client. Simply click and drag files from your Windows Explorer window into FTP Wanderer and it'll copy them to your server/webspace in a jiffy. Works the other way around, too. ~~ Loony BoB

    Networking:
    Free Download Manager--definitively belongs here. Probably the best download manager I've seen in ages. Great speed boost, (more or less)high stability and a feedback system that warns about malicious downloads. ~~ Discord
    Apache Server--a web server. Highly configurable. ~~ bipper
    Hamachi--allows you to emulate a LAN network over the net. Encrypts the data for secure connections, works very well and is very user friendly. ~~ Discord

    Communication:
    Trillian--advert-free instant multi-protocol messenger supporting AIM, Yahoo!, MSN, ICQ, IRC, Jabber and various other networks. ~~ ZeZipster // 2nd’ed: Discord
    Ventrilo - Surround Sound Voice Communication Software--a popular VOIP client that is used extensively by the gaming comunity for clan matches and talking with friends and such. ~~ FatalImpurity
    TeamSpeak--a popular VOIP client that is used extensively by the gaming comunity for clan matches and talking with friends and such. ~~ FatalImpurity // 2nd'ed: Discord

    Graphics Editing:
    Blender--a fantastic open source 3D modeling program. ~~ Omecle // 2nd'ed: Sagensyg
    Ogre3D--possibly one of the best and most versatile open source graphics engine I have ever come across. ~~ Omecle
    Gimp--I've been told it is a very good tool if you can't afford Photoshop. ~~ Omecle
    PNG Crush--a command line utility to convert files to PNG or pngs to smaller pngs in batches. ~~ rubah
    Paint.NET--a wondeful freeware graphics editor thing!xD It's like Photoshop ~~ Dynast-Kid

    Video/Sound Editing:
    VirtualDubMod--very good video converter. ~~ starseeker // 2nd’ed: Discord
    cdex--you can record from a mic or convert wave to mp3/ogg/etc. ~~ rubah
    DVD Flick--Converts video files into DVD format to be burned onto a disk. ~~ Odaisé Gaelach
    ImgBurn--DVD Decrypter Replacement (even made by the same guy) with HD-DVD and BluRay burning support ~~ crono_logical // 2nd'ed: Loony BoB
    Avisynth--NLE script. ~~ starseeker
    Combined Community Codec Pack--the only audio/video playback codec pack worthwhile for Windows without all the bloat other packs (especially Kazaa) try to bundle onto your computer. ~~ crono_logical
    InfraRecorder--great for making your own ISO images which you can then burn with ImgBurn if InfraRecorder can't burn it, and it's open source too ~~ crono_logical
    ACE Mega CodecS Pack 6.03 - Professional Edition--an absolutely excellent codec pack that pretty much supports and video you throw at it and comes with packaged in software of equal quality such as BSplayer and Media player classic. ~~ Fatal Impurity
    DivX free codec--a codec permitting high level compression of videos. ~~ KingdomHeartsKing and o_O // 2nd'ed: Discord
    CamStudio - Free Screen Recording Software--neat screen capture thingy! ~~ Jessweeee♪

    Office
    Open Office--your typical office package (like Word, Excel, etc.). ~~ Omecle // 2nd'ed: Discord
    Semagic--a utility to update one's Livejournal. ~~ rubah

    Security:
    TrueCrypt--very powerful Disc/File encryption software which mounts the encrypted data as separate drives. Supports key-file encryptions, installation-free mode, 3 different algorithms (AES-256, Serpent and Twofish) as well as the possibility of encrypting with two or all three algorithms in series. Allows plausible deniability. In other words, if you want something to remain hidden on your drives, this is the way forward. ~~ Discord
    AVG--Best virus detector I've ever used. ~~ ZeZipster
    CCleaner--another brilliant program, which simply put, will clean all the cookies and other crap off your PC and helps with a very reliable registry cleaning function as well as a program boot manager. ~~ Fatal Impurity
    PuTTY--a bog-standard SSH client for Windows, amongst other things. ~~ crono_logical
    Spybot Search&Destroy--one of the best anti-spyware tools, which also appears to be free. ~~ Discord
    Comodo Firewall--apparently the best personal firewall out there. Apparently even better than it's shareware competitors. ~~ Discord
    Ad-Aware 2007 Free--It always seems to get stuff that other anti-spyware programs don't. Quick, effective, easy and user-friendly. ~~ Loony BoB
    Dr.Web CureIt--an autonomous, free version of Discord's all-time-favourite Dr.Web Anti-Virus Scanner accompanied with the latest virus library. In other words, if you're uncertain of what's going on, you might well want to run a scan or two. ~~ Discord

    Media Players:
    Democracy Player--Think of it like a version of TiVo for web-based video. That's a gross oversimplification, but y'know. It's great. Note that they're changing the name soon, with the release of 1.0. ~~ Hsu
    VLC Player--media player capable of reading damaged and incomplete files as well as insert subtitles during the playback. ~~ Namelessfengir // 2nd’ed: Discord
    Winamp--popular media player with playlist, visualisation and media library functions. ~~ ZeZipster // 2nd’ed: Discord

    Entertainment:
    Joost--Internet (stored) film, series and shows network-player. Reasonable selection of films and series. Legal. ~~ Discord
    TVU-Player--Internet-television (streaming) player with a solid selection of channels. Legal. ~~ Discord

    Games:
    Nexuiz--Open source FPS. ~~ Hsu
    Urban Terror--A TC of Quake III Arena, now completely free to play for all using the recently GPL'd version of the Quake III engine. It's super fun. ~~ Hsu
    Battle for Wesnoth--Open source tactical turn-based strategy game. ~~ Hsu
    Return to Castle Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory--a 6-map stand-alone multiplayer WW2 shooter based on the famous RtCW game. Includes multiple classes with specific weaponry and skills as well as a temporarily promotion system unlocking additional abilities. ~~ Discord // 2nd'ed: Loony BoB
    America's Army--a propagandistic tactical, multiplayer shooter released by the US Army in order to recruit more teenage boys into the armed forces, by displaying the enemies as terrorists and yourself as US troops. Apart from that, a very good and fun game with permanent (RP-)advancement system. You can even get sent to jail for war-crimes in this one. ~~ Discord
    Anarchy Online--a ex-commercial huge MMORPG demo of the original game (no expansions), which the developer never gives a chance to expire. Pretty futuristic-cyberpunk environments, two opposing and one neutral fractions, large selection of cold-steel and firearm weaponry as well as an extensive collection of armour sets and clothes, cars/planes/boats, furnishable apartments. Despite having (IMHO) an incredibly dull combat system, AO has one of the most innovative and breathtaking sceneries I've seen in an MMO, e.g. a huge battle-cruiser passing slowly above you for about 10 minutes, from one to the other end of the horizon, with hundreds of little fighters escorting him. Definitely worth trying. ~~ Discord
    Silkroad Online--a good FREE MMORPG with pretty graphics (compared with most FREE MMO's or even WoW) a evolving economy and neat setting. ~~ Fatal Impurity
    Conquer Online--a great MMORPG where you can be either a taoist, a warrior, an archer, or a trojan. It's created with the ancient Chinese Kungfu and magic in mind, and in my opinion, a great play. There's something new for you to work on almost every new level-up, whether it be a new sword you can buy or the ability to mine. A game that can really keep you busy, and definitely worth a shot. ~~ ~*~Celes~*~
    DOFUS--a really fun little french MMORPG, it's done with flash and the graphics are very nice. It's basically your standard MMO - quests, upgrades, monsters, character classes, all that jazz. You will get frequent updates sent to you by email and they might be classed as spam. ~~ scrumpleberry // 2nd'ed: Discord (Indeed a very good MMO. Very tactical and inovative. You do however spend quite a bit of your time just waiting for the opponent's/friend's move or trying to figure out what's going on providing you are not a French native speaker.)

    Utilities:
    Process Explorer--extended version of task manger. ~~ Discord, 2nd'ed: Loony BoB (Very useful for figuring out what the hell "obscurefilename.exe" actually relates to.)
    Daemon Tools--tool that mounts disc images saved on your HDD and displays them as CD/DVD drives. ~~ ZeZipster // 2nd’ed: Discord
    Disk Defrag--nice lightweight and fast disk defrag that even tells you how much its improved your disks with a performance percentage. ~~ Fatal Impurity
    ATITool--an overclocking tool that lets you overclock and fiddle with pretty much EVERY setting on your graphics card. Has support for Nvidia cards despite its misleading name. ~~ Fatal Impurity
    VirtualBox--OS emulator. Very nice as an alternative to VMWare or MS Virtual PC for virtual PC stuff. ~~ crono_logical

    Misc:
    Ubuntu Linux--Free operating system. No strings attached. Lots of free software pre-installed and the ability to install even more free programs. 99% unlikely to get you viruses, spyware, adware, or hacked. Won't steal your soul (unless you want it to). ~~ Hsu

    Not a bloody clue:

    Recommended sites:
    File Hippo ~~ Namelessfengir
    Anime Music Videos ~~ starseeker
    Mayang's Free Texture Library--ahuge range of high quality textures, royalty free. ~~ Omecle
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    I guess cdex was the last good free thing I used. You can record from a mic or convert wave to mp3/ogg/etc

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    Probably all the stuff that came with the AMV app from animemusicvideos.org:
    Besuite (DVD audio converter)
    Avisynth (NLE script)
    DGIndex
    ZarxGUI (h264 encoding)
    VirtualDubMod (very good video converter, designed to work with Avisynth)

    Everything you need to video edit bar an editing program.
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    Process Explorer - extended version of task manger.

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    Blender is a fantastic open source 3D modeling program.

    Also, Ogre3D is possibly one of the best and most versatile open source graphics engine I have ever come across.

    There's also Gimp. I've never used it, but I've been told it is a very good tool if you can't afford Photoshop.


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    Apache. Simply the best piece of free software out there. It is a webserver. Highly configurable.

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    i got loads of stuff on this pos.
    lesse.....
    utorrent
    tcmp4
    vlc player
    adobe reader 8
    divx
    pcdocpro
    comodo fire wall
    spybot search & destory
    google video player

    most of the other thing are just updates i got at filehippo

    ps is their a virus out that prevents your scanners from updating?
    cuz i think i got it
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    DVD Flick
    Converts video files into DVD format to be burned onto a disk.

    Quote Originally Posted by Namelessfengir View Post
    ps is their a virus out that prevents your scanners from updating?
    cuz i think i got it
    More than likely, yes.
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    Nexuiz - Open source FPS.
    7-Zip Archive Manager - Open source file archiver, a fantastic alternative to Winrar and Winzip. Mostly because it gives you the features that those two require you to pay to use, on top of supporting a better archive format.
    Democracy Player - Think of it like a version of TiVo for web-based video. That's a gross oversimplification, but y'know. It's great. Note that they're changing the name soon, with the release of 1.0.
    Urban Terror - A TC of Quake III Arena, now completely free to play for all using the recently GPL'd version of the Quake III engine. It's super fun.
    Battle for Wesnoth - Open source tactical turn-based strategy game.
    Ubuntu Linux - Free operating system. No strings attached. Lots of free software pre-installed and the ability to install even more free programs. 99% unlikely to get you viruses, spyware, adware, or hacked. Won't steal your soul (unless you want it to)



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    adobe reader 8
    You can't be serious. I'd use foxit reader over whatever incarnation of acrobat reader they've released now xD

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    The Core Media Player. I have been using it for over two years now and I love it. It is long between updates but I never had a problem with videos (at least not due to the program, more of my own lack of knowledge).


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    DivX isn't a free application. It's a format. Even more so, it's not even a free format. Xvid is free though, but I don't like it very much.(not many people use it)

    Psk... keep to the rules. Name + short description.

    Free Download Manager - definitively belongs here. Probably the best download manager I've seen in ages. Great speed boost, (more or less)high stability and a feedback system that warns about malicious downloads.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Discord View Post
    DivX isn't a free application. It's a format. Even more so, it's not even a free format.
    I believe they mean the DivX video player which comes with the DivX codec that is very much so free. Also, heaps of people use Xvid, it's an extremely popular format.


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