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 PostPosted: Mon Sep 08, 2014 7:16 am    Post subject: Suggestions for useful programs for Windows Reply with quote Back to top

I was asked to recommend a couple of programs (which happens enough to make me wish I had a fiver for every time!), and I didn't know offhand either type of program, but since work is slow ATM, I've tried a few, and UK's Kalender and Free Youtube Download seem to do what was asked for. So I thought that since we've not had a "Useful Windows programs" thread in a while, that I'd create one now.

Please post any Windows programs (not games, but anything else that you find interesting, please), preferably free, but also shareware or professional if they're worth the cash. And if you post something that you think is better than a similar program in someone else's post, then please post why you think it's better.

Here are some programs that I use (except for the first two listed, I'm new to those), and that I put on new/fixed PCs that go through my hands, if needed. All of these are either free or have free versions that contain the functions that you need. Just google for them.

UK's Kalender - displays a calander on boot up (and whenever you want to see it, of course) and can be used to set reminders, even in the form of an event that's every x days (or weeks).

Free Youtube Download - allows you to queue up Youtube videos to download, and then to automatically convert them to different formats.

7Zip - archiver/dearchiver (uses the usual formats, such as zip, 7z, rar, etc).

VLC - Movie player.

WinAMP - Music player (yes, it's ancient, but it does what I want it to, so whay change?).

Irfanview - image viewer.

Format Factory - movie/music converter.

Calibre - ebook viewer and converter.

FileLocator Lite - searches for files on your discs, a better file finder than Windows' own.

Treesize - shows you how much space different folders and files take up on your hard drive.

Unlocker - deletes or moves files that Windows refuses to.

Avast! - anti-virus and anti-malware software.

Malwarebytes Anti-malware - use this with Avast! (they don't clash, don't worry) so you have two great products protecting your PC from infection.

Zone Alarm - firewall.

CCleaner - clears unwanted data from your PC, to speed up your PC and save hard drive space.

Foxit - PDF reader.

Internet Download Accelerator - for queueing up and downloading files.

DoubleKiller - Duplicate file finder.

Folder Sort - alters the order of files on a drive, which I use to order songs alphabetically on my mp3 player.

SmartDisk Fat32 Format Utility - allows you to format USB sticks/external drives to FAT32 for media players etc that need FAT32. Windows does this, but has severe limitations on the size of the drives it will format, so use this program instead.


You're probably aware of this already, but some programs (including some above) have the nasty modern habbit of installing stuff that you don't want, such as a new search bar, or changing your home page, etc. All of the programs in my list (if they do that) allow you to select an option NOT to do that, but they might be set to install them by default, so when you run the installer, ALWAYS click custom install if it is an option, and ALWAYS read what the installer says (well, maybe not the long text itself (I never do), but always the click-able options) and make sure there is no tick inside the box of any option that you son't want.
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 PostPosted: Mon Sep 08, 2014 12:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

Hmm... You really covered some great ones. I'll view my desktop and see which applications I can throw in.

HexEdit - Simple fast hex editor

Fraps - Probably the best program for recording anything, whether it be desktop or games, but not the best for file output size, so further compression is imperative.

VMware Workstation - Handy dandy for virtual machines

Clover - Creates Google Chrome-like tabs for Windows Explorer. For many this would be a hard adjustment but you get used to it.

WinSCP - FTP handling work. FileZilla is a good alternative!

Microsoft Office Suite 2013 - Many things encompassed here: SQL server, Word processor, Email application, SkyDrive, PowerPoint, Excel spreadsheets, note taking etc. Generally all interconnected by your Microsoft Account.

Notepad++ - Great text editor with syntax highlighting.

Gyazo - Instant desktop screenshot/.gif creator. Handy for those who don't want to have to go to a website manually and upload their photo.

Eclipse - Simple Java IDE

Visual Studio CT 14 - Perhaps the best C/C++/C#/D IDE known, although a matter of opinion.

Audacity - Solid music editing application/recorder.

Adobe Dreamweaver - Webpage creation application

Adobe Photoshop - Arguably the best photo editing application out there (maybe hardware intensive.)
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 PostPosted: Mon Sep 08, 2014 7:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

I only got one, that is video pad editor.
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 PostPosted: Tue Sep 09, 2014 3:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

Bandicam! It's what I use to record my level reviews. Smile
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 PostPosted: Mon Sep 15, 2014 8:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

Here quite a few for those who want a "Personal" touch to there windows computers.

Classic Shell: Entirely free and very well useful for any operation system from Windows 7 to Windows 8/8.1. Fantastic for those who want the good old Windows 95 feel or to bring back the start menu from Windows 95 style straight up to Windows 7 style along with an option to change there start button orb.

MiniTool Partition Wizard: This program is design to help ease the pain for those who likes to make many partitions within Windows itself. Windows really does not handle partition making really well. Well in other words, it can be horribly dreadful to work with Windows Partition maker. So with this tool I use it to help making dual Operation booting way easier.

Now to just throw in a opinion, Avast Virus protector is by far not any good at all. I've lost many files from it needing to delete it to save my system from having issues. I would personally choose any other Virus protector over Avast any day. I consider Microsoft Windows Defender to be quite impressive and very well updated, because it can save my files from ever needing to delete anything but the Virus itself. So it's quite fantastic. Even though Kaspersky is consider the best virus protector around though.

Another useful program would be Teamviewer, this program is fantastic for those who likes to help others who are very far away or to help and share some helpful computer tech guiding with ease.
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 PostPosted: Thu Sep 18, 2014 3:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

My computer runs Windows 2000 so I have some pretty old stuff on here (stuff which I'm not even sure is still available out there).

Here's some of what I still use today:

CoffeeCup FreeFTP (an older version, I think 2.something)

Zoom Player - a free media player with a nice user interface

JPEG Optimizer 3.15 - a free jpg converter which allows you to convert a bmp, jpg, or tif file to a jpg file. You can set a compression setting between 1 and 100 and do things like greyscale, extra color, and extra compression for just certain parts of your bmp file. The preview screen is constantly updated with every change you make.

VLC Media Player - Easily the best "modern" media player out there. Version 2 is still the best

WinLame Light - great little .wav to .mp3 converter

GoldWave 4.26 - I prefer this to Audacity for audio editing

ImgBurn - simple utility for creating .iso files from CDs and writing .iso files to blank CDs

ISO to USB - simple little utility for making bootable USB flash drives out of bootable ISOs.

TomComm Unzip - obviously unnecessary with any modern version of Windows, but Windows 2000 can't natively read zip files, this is a simple utility for extracting zip files

DVDStyler - my favorite DVD authoring program

FreeRAR Extract Frog - freeware for extracting RAR files

Phatsoft JoyMouse - for mapping mouse controls to a Game pad.

ScummVM - plays a lot of the older Adventure/Point and click games
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Anim8or - Free 3D modeler I use for GE Modeling

Pixleformer - free Texture/Icon paint program I use for GE Modeling

Lithunwrap - free UV Unwrapper for 3D models I use for GE Modeling

Obj2An8 - Subs tool for importing obj files to an8 with lots of customising options.

PerfectGold - need I say anything else hahaha, an absolute must for GE/PD developers

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