1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.

Other Free software that you cannot live without?

Discussion in 'Software' started by Sendaii, 3 Jul 2010.

  1. Coltch

    Coltch Minimodder

    Joined:
    3 Jul 2009
    Posts:
    216
    Likes Received:
    5
    Open Office
    VLC
    Flash
    CCleaner
    Avast!
    Ubuntu
    Firefox

    Debian - everything on my laptop is via synaptic so free!
     
  2. Zoon

    Zoon Hunting Wabbits since the 80s

    Joined:
    12 Mar 2001
    Posts:
    5,507
    Likes Received:
    637
    Notepad++ is my number one free bit of software. It offers tabbed documents, code completion, automated backups in case you delete something you needed, and has a ton of plugins if it doesn't do something you need. The regex find and replace and the various conversion options are great!

    Except for Firefox, Paint.Net, FileZilla FTP, VMware Server 2.0 and CDBurnerXP there's no other free apps that I use as my home PC is for gaming only, and my work PC has bulk licensed software on it.
     
  3. gavomatic57

    gavomatic57 Minimodder

    Joined:
    23 Apr 2009
    Posts:
    5,091
    Likes Received:
    10
    Ubuntu...

    But seriously:

    Chromium
    Handbrake
    UFRaw
    Openoffice
    Picasa (mind most of my photo work is done in Aperture 3 these days)
    Axel (command-line download manager!)
    Synaptic package manager
    Pingus!
     
    Last edited: 6 Jul 2010
  4. barndoor101

    barndoor101 Bring back the demote thread!

    Joined:
    25 Oct 2009
    Posts:
    1,694
    Likes Received:
    110
    Handbrake
    Notepad++
    MSE
    MBAM
    Firefox
    VLC
    uTorrent
    All 3 Piriform apps
     
  5. Silver51

    Silver51 I cast flare!

    Joined:
    24 Jul 2006
    Posts:
    2,962
    Likes Received:
    287
  6. azrael-

    azrael- I'm special...

    Joined:
    18 May 2008
    Posts:
    3,852
    Likes Received:
    124
    Does my brain count?
     
  7. Zoon

    Zoon Hunting Wabbits since the 80s

    Joined:
    12 Mar 2001
    Posts:
    5,507
    Likes Received:
    637
    No because your parents had to pay a lot of money to develop you to where you are ;)
     
  8. Silver51

    Silver51 I cast flare!

    Joined:
    24 Jul 2006
    Posts:
    2,962
    Likes Received:
    287
    It's a product of the state and must be handed back when you are retired.
     
  9. Fizzban

    Fizzban Man of Many Typos

    Joined:
    10 Mar 2010
    Posts:
    3,644
    Likes Received:
    252
    It's not software; so no.
     
  10. Showerhead

    Showerhead What's a Dremel?

    Joined:
    11 Jan 2010
    Posts:
    1,110
    Likes Received:
    33
    I have
    Notepad++
    Open Office
    My defrag
    Irfanview
    7-Zip
    CCleaner
    Firefox
    Audacity
    HW monitor
    OCCTPT
    Rivatuner

    I don't suppose we count game mods here.
     
  11. stuartpb

    stuartpb Modder

    Joined:
    16 May 2008
    Posts:
    1,768
    Likes Received:
    149
    The only free apps I use daily are:

    FileZilla FTP client
    DOSbox
    Avast AV Free on a couple of rigs
    Safari, FF and Chrome, use them all for testing

    I'm a bit of a download junkie though, and am always trying new stuff out. For office stuff, I like to stick to MS Office, but that's more out of habit than not liking the free alternatives.
     
  12. Sloth

    Sloth #yolo #swag

    Joined:
    29 Nov 2006
    Posts:
    5,634
    Likes Received:
    208
    In order of importance:

    -Firefox. It makes my browsing much more enjoyable.
    -Steam. I play all my games with it and it's an excellent chat client.
    -Skype. I talk on Skype for literally 4+ hours a day. It really helps me keep in touch with friends. Obtw, if you'd like to chat send me a PM :D
    -Open Office. Because sometimes I actually do work on my PC.
    -Chrome. Because sometimes Firefox doesn't cut it.
     
  13. Podge4

    Podge4 Oi, whats your game?

    Joined:
    17 Nov 2009
    Posts:
    429
    Likes Received:
    5
    Opera
    Winamp
    Steam
    Crossloop
    Winrar
    Auto Gordian Knot
    Ashampoo (got a free serial no. from a mag offer)
    DVD Decrypter
    K-lite codec pack (i know its not a program but its still handy)
    TVersity
    MyDefrag

    there are more im sure of it
     
  14. steel_viking

    steel_viking What's a Dremel?

    Joined:
    6 Jun 2010
    Posts:
    12
    Likes Received:
    1
    I wouldn't be without TrueCrypt.
     
  15. Daedelus

    Daedelus What's a Dremel?

    Joined:
    7 May 2009
    Posts:
    253
    Likes Received:
    12
    A quick mention for Microsoft Visual C# 2010 Express Edition and ASP.NET Express.

    Fully functional development environments for free.

    It's not that I can't live without them but considering a) it's Microsoft and b) how fully-featured they are, it's amazing that they are free.
     
  16. Andersen

    Andersen Brain for hire

    Joined:
    25 Nov 2002
    Posts:
    1,081
    Likes Received:
    263
    Opera + Firefox - Need I say more?
    Launchy - Dump that start menu!
    7zip - Always good to have
    WhoCrashed - Good for deciphering BSODs locally
    WOL Magic Packet Sender - Wake up computers remotely
    SSH Secure Shell Client - As it says
    Pitaschio - Google it
    Synergy - IMing while gaming? Gogogogo!
    Everything - Finds things as fast as you type
    ImgBurn - Burn, burn, burn!
    Recuva - Undelete

    For the hardcore:
    VMWare Server / VMWare ESXi
     
  17. assssss

    assssss What's a Dremel?

    Joined:
    20 Jul 2010
    Posts:
    4
    Likes Received:
    0
    Firefox, Thunderbird, 7ZIP, Steam (I love the price reduction), Recuva, TrueCrypt too.
     
  18. Booga

    Booga Cuppa tea anyone?

    Joined:
    28 Sep 2009
    Posts:
    767
    Likes Received:
    30
    Posted this on another forum.

    As somebody who appreciates free, here is my list of Top 10 Free software.
    Remember this is my opinion, based on continued use and a little experience.

    No. 1 Open Office 3

    Completely M$ compatible word, spreadsheet, power point, data base, drawing and more...package.
    Better than Office 2007 in my opinion. It is actually better at opening old versions of word documents than MS Word is.

    No. 2 CCleaner

    Not just a crap cleaner but a registry cleaner, start menu tool, program uninstaller and general PC hero. The first of Piriforms excellent free tools on my list.

    No.3 Microsoft Security Essentials

    Yes I know I bet you thought you would never see a M$ program in a list of decent free stuff but here it is. This no add, no nag, small foot print anti-virus works well and is extremely simple to use. Regular definition updates and a good false positive record has made this one of the best free anti-virus programs out there.

    No. 4 Malewarebytes

    Backing up MSE with this just about does it for a complete security suit for your PC.

    No. 5 Defraggler

    The second Piriform program and one of the best defraggers I have found. Significantly better than the standard M$ defrag tool.

    No. 6 Password Safe

    An excellent password generator and safe for all your passwords. Allows you to; copy and paste passwords easily (prevents key logging), never worry about forgetting your password and create some of the most mind bogglingly complex passwords with the press of a button.

    No. 7 7 Zip
    Is a file archiver with a high compression ratio, creates 7z, ZIP, GZIP, BZIP, BZIP2 and TAR. Also allows you to unpack RAR files, as well as many others.

    No. 8 Bulk Rename Utility

    OK this may not be in everyones top 10 list but if you had as many photos to rename as I do, then it would. An 'at first glance' slightly confusing program that once mastered saves a lot of time.

    No. 9 Fastone Image Viewer

    A 5 star CNET rated image viewer with some extremely handy tools, too many to list.

    No. 10 Paint.NET

    A brilliant paint package.
     
    Pliqu3011 likes this.
  19. Parge

    Parge the worst Super Moderator

    Joined:
    16 Jul 2010
    Posts:
    12,997
    Likes Received:
    609
    An application that I can't live without that I do have to is freeware that can decode Blu Ray audio/video!

    God damn closed standards!
     
  20. wormy

    wormy Minimodder

    Joined:
    16 Oct 2009
    Posts:
    575
    Likes Received:
    20
    nice list and reasons Boogla, thanks :) I'm particularly interested in Fastone
     

Share This Page