Freeware Bonanza!

Discussion in 'Technical Reference Threads' started by Kyle, Aug 2, 2006.

  1. Kyle

    Kyle You will regret this!

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    Well, the old thread had died and the useful bits in it were all scattered about. Thus, I compiled them all into one quick reference for y'all. Enjoy!

    A/V-Related

    Disc Utilities
    • [​IMG] Daemon Tools - Mounts and runs CD images virtually from the hard drive.
    • [​IMG] DeepBurner - Disc burning tool.
    • [​IMG] ImgBurn - Image burning tool.
    • [​IMG] dvd+rw-tools - DVD burning tools.
    • [​IMG] DVDShrink - Back up DVDs onto a single DVD with negligible quality loss.
    • [​IMG] K3b - Drag and drop disc burning for Linux.

    File Sharing
    • [​IMG] FrostWire - Java-based BitTorrent client.
    • [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG] BitTornado - BitTorrent client.
    • [​IMG] DC++ - DirectConnect clone.
    • [​IMG] eMule - Accesses the eDonkey network.
    • [​IMG] FrostWire - Feature-filled file-sharing client, good for those concerned about LimeWire's propensity for spyware.
    • [​IMG] LimeWire - Feature-filled file-sharing client.
    • [​IMG] PeerGuardian - Provides security for P2P clients.
    • [​IMG] Shareaza - Gnutella/Gnutella2 client.
    • [​IMG] Soulseek - Good for obscure music and full albums.
    • [​IMG][​IMG] Transmission - BitTorrent client for Unix-based systems. Mac client is a Good Mac Citizen.
    • [​IMG] µTorrent - Small BitTorrent client.

    File Utilities
    • [​IMG] 7-Zip - Extracts ZIP, RAR, TAR, CAB, 7Z, and other popular compression formats.
    • [​IMG] QuickPar - Data recovery tool.
    • [​IMG] UnFREEz - Animated GIF creation tool.

    Gaming
    • [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG] Cube - High-quality FPS in a relatively small download footprint.
    • [​IMG] Home of the Underdogs - Archive of Abandonware - games no longer supported by or from no longer existant companies.
    • [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG] Sauerbraten (Cube 2) - High-quality FPS in a relatively small download footprint.
    • [​IMG] Soldat - A unique sidescrolling multiplayer shooter.

    Image Tools
    • [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG] GIMP - Fully-featured image editor; comparable to and supports formats from Adobe Photoshop.
    • [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG] GIMPShop - Fully-featured image editor; aims to closely match the Photoshop experience up to and including its image formats and plugins.
    • [​IMG] gphoto2 - Provides digital camera access.
    • [​IMG] GQview - Single-click image viewer.
    • [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG] Inkscape - Alternative to Macromedia FreeHand and Adobe Illustrator.
    • [​IMG] Irfanview - Image viewer, converter, editor.
    • [​IMG] Paint.NET - A stepping stone between Microsoft Paint and programs like Adobe Photoshop or Paint Shop Pro.
    • [​IMG] PhotoFiltre - Easy to use image retouching program.
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  2. Kyle

    Kyle You will regret this!

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    Internet Browsers & Tools
    • [​IMG] Adium - Multi-protocol chat client.
    • [​IMG] AM-Deadlink - Scans bookmarks for dead links.
    • [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG] JAP - Anonymizer. Requires Java.
    • [​IMG][​IMG] Pidgin - Multi-protocol chat client.
    • [​IMG] GetRight - File download manager.
    • [​IMG] httrack - Downloads whole domains according to file type.
    • [​IMG] Miranda IM - Multi-protocol chat client.
    • [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG] Mozilla Firefox - Next-generation web browser.
    • [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG] Mozilla Sunbird - Calendaring application.
    • [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG] Mozilla Thunderbird - E-Mail client.
    • [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG] NVU - Cross-platform web authoring tool similar to Dreamweaver and Frontpage.
    • [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG] Opera - Next-generation web browser.
    • [​IMG] RSS Bandit - RSS feed reader with a small memory footprint.
    • [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG] Skype - Internet-based phone software.
    • [​IMG] Xnews - Usenet Browser.

    Virtualization
    • [​IMG][​IMG] Bochs - Run x86/x64 OSes within your own.
    • [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG] SheepShaver - Multi-platform PowerPC emulator.
    • [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG] QEMU - Quickly and easily run x86/x64 OSes within your own.

    Security

    System Tools
    • [​IMG] CCleaner - Cleans up temporary and unused files, helps speed up older Windows installations.
    • [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG] DOSBox - MS-DOS emulator, allows DOS-based software and games to run on modern operating systems.
    • [​IMG] Fcron - Periodical command scheduler.
    • [​IMG][​IMG] FreeDOS - Installs DOS as well as provides a DOS boot CD.
    • [​IMG] MBProbe - MB/CPU temperature monitor.
    • [​IMG] PC Repair System - Collection of useful repair and recovery tools ready to be unzipped to a 32 MB Flash drive.
    • [​IMG] Spacemonger - Visually depicts hard drive utilization.
    • [​IMG][​IMG] Ultimate Boot CD - Boot disc with DOS and Linux boots and a huge number of utilities.
    • [​IMG] Unlocker - Unlocks "in use" files and shows what programs are supposedly using them.
    • [​IMG][​IMG] WCPUID - CPU/Chipset identifier.
    • [​IMG] WinDirStat - Visually depicts hard drive utilization.
    • [​IMG] X-Setup - System performance tweaker.

    Text Editing
    • [​IMG] nano - Console-based text editor.
    • [​IMG] NeoOffice - Good Mac Citizen port of Open Office.
    • [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG] Open Office - Fully-featured office suite compatible with MS Office formats.

    Other Tools

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    Special thanks to Ryan for starting the original thread! Also, thanks Aurora, Borgs, The Baba, dkehler, Ecky, FBI, Guffbox, jtkirk, Kevo, Liet, NAHTMMM, Powaqqatsi, Ramen, Reno Floyd, Rincewiend, Spider and Stewey for contributing the programs to this list. Please post more so that future WF denizens may partake in free software!

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    Changelog:
    15 October 2006 - Fixed Ad-Aware Personal link.
    6 November 2006 - Updated with thread suggestions through today's date.
    2 April 2008 - Updated with thread suggestions through today's date, removed dead links.
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  3. Robotech Master

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    Wow.

    Where to begin?

    7-Zip is a must have IMO.
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  4. Bailey

    Bailey It's always Christmas Eve Super Moderator

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    Just quoting this because it deserves publicity.

    Also Aard who makes it is a cool guy, he's one of the long term regulars in the channel I usually reside in.
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    Yahweh Folces Weard

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  6. foil1212

    foil1212 Jose "Mom Fan" Alvarez Staff Member Moderator

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    Soldat, anyone?
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  7. Pylades

    Pylades Louder & Prouder

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    shadowfast Guest

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  9. Zenow

    Zenow Treehugger

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    NVU ('new view'):

  10. Yahweh

    Yahweh Folces Weard

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    I was considering trying that, but this really turned me off:

    [​IMG]

    :marathon:
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  11. Rincewiend

    Rincewiend 21st Century Digital Boy

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    CM DiskCleaner - Freeware Disk Cleaner

    http://www.cmdiskcleaner.com/

    Removed close to 2GB of .TEMP files and a whole bunch of obsolete registry entries...
  12. Yahweh

    Yahweh Folces Weard

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    What if we put posts about individual pieces of software in the other freeware thread, so this one doesn't become as disassociated and badly organized as the other one?
  13. Kyle

    Kyle You will regret this!

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    I would agree, but I hate seeing old threads necroed. How about once a month, I go through and edit the original posts and add the new ones?
  14. Powaqqatsi

    Powaqqatsi Haters gonna hate.

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    Great tool, unlocker.

    If you ever get that annoying "cannot delete/rename file because it is already in use" error in windows, and you can't figure out what the fuck is using the file, this program lets you easily figure it out and regain control.

    Half the time the culprit is some hidden window of explorer.

    Theres a ton of other features in this program too, so you'll just have to check it out.
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  15. Powaqqatsi

    Powaqqatsi Haters gonna hate.

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    http://www.percussionking.com/ChangeVideoInfo/

    Let's you batch-process all those videos you have in iTunes and change their tags. Really annoying part of iTunes is it doesn't allow you to change your videos from "Movies" to Music Videos or TV Shows easily (To be correctly organized in your video ipod by Show->Season->Episode rather than 1 huge folder of movies). You have to do each one manually which is a pain in the ass.

    This allows you to change itunes video type of many files at once. It even changes show title, season, and episode #, and will increment them if you specify. So when you rip and encode 4 seasons of futurama for your ipod from DVDs, you can correctly tag them all in just 4 steps instead of manually setting all those fields for each episode.
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    Powaqqatsi Haters gonna hate.

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    Image editors.

    I'm sure by now everyone has heard of the GIMP. GIMP is free and powerful. However it is a pain in the ass to use. If you want something that has usability closer to Photoshop, but you don't want to pay, check out gimpshop.

    Another good alternative (windows only) is the free Paint.NET.
    I have attached a screenshot. It's got pretty solid features, although very little when it comes to filters. However, like everything else in this thread, the price is right.
  17. Reno Floyd

    Reno Floyd shameless bounder

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    I'd add imageburn to the list.
  18. Rincewiend

    Rincewiend 21st Century Digital Boy

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    USB PC Repair System

    http://www.dailycupoftech.com/usb-drive-systems/3

    More USB programmes:
    http://www.rewardprograms.org/thefr...sb_drive_into_a_digital_swiss_army_knife.html

    Not freeware but:
    Free Email Providers Guide
    http://www.fepg.net/
  19. Nova

    Nova livin on the edge of the ledge Writer

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    What is an FPS and why do I want one?

    Only thing that comes to mind is "first Person Shooter"...right?
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    Sherlock Holmes Resurrected

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    I think it's gamer speak for First Person Shooter.
  21. KIRK1ADM

    KIRK1ADM Bored Being

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    Kyle, a bit of a belated thanks for posting the links to the sites with freeware available.

    I recently discovered that I could update the firmware on my Sony Blu-Ray DVD player. Unfortunately because there is no port on the player itself I had to download the firmware to my computer and then burn the image onto a CD.

    Well wouldn't you know it. Dell being the cheap bastards that they are installed a basic version of Roxio. It is so limited that will not burn images. It can copy cd's, dvd's and create data discs. But, it will not burn images. In order to do that it wanted me to upgrade to a higher version of their software for $69.99.

    Fortunately I remembered the sticky here with freeware. I was able to track some software and download it to my computer and successfully burned the image to a CD-R and installed it on my Blu-Ray player.
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  22. Kyle

    Kyle You will regret this!

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    Well, in honor of my new abilities to edit posts that are a year and a half old, I've gone through and added the few suggestions from the thread since the last update and scrubbed out all the dead links. I've also added some new software in there as well. Enjoy, and post more if you come across 'em!
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  23. Aurora

    Aurora Vincerò!

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    KMPlayer. It's a Winamp clone without the annoyances or the bloat, but with lots of codecs already installed. I like it. Terribly slow server, tho (Korea).
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    Baba Rep Giver

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    Nautica Probably a Dual

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    Anyone know of any decent freeware programs to keep score and track stats for baseball games?
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    Nautica Probably a Dual

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    I am looking for Video editing s/w that will allow me to do time-sync'd split-screen videos using two different file sources--one for each side of the frame. Anyone got any recommendations?
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    Order2Chaos Ultimate... Immortal Administrator

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    for those with an iPhone or iPod Touch: Stanza (on the App store) an ebook reader with a couple thousand free ebooks for download (classic titles mostly) as well as some for-pay. Less than a week in and it's justified the cost of the phone for me.
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    snoopdog Fresh Meat

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    NAHTMMM Victory!

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    ImageJ - image analysis and processing