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Post by Rem on Wed Oct 08, 2008 2:05 pm

Credits to Nev from DarkDemon for this review.

Freeware = Free Software.

We do not support pirated software or torrents on this board. We support purchasing the software. Low on cash? Try some of these free programs out, free to download and use.

If you think we need to add something, just tell me.



Anti-Virus
Program name: AVG free
Site: http://free.grisoft.com/
Description: There is a paid version, but unlike others, AVG free doesn't run on a trial. It is updated daily, and it gets the job done.

Program Name: Avast! Anti-Virus
Site: http://www.avast.com/
Description: Many features, and strong detection of viruses.
File Size: 14.1MB

Program name: Avira AntiVir
Site: http://www.free-av.com/
Description: Very strong detection for viruses, and a pleasing interface.

Modeling / Rendering
Program Name: Blender
Site: http://www.blender.org/
Description: Used to make models and render them.
File Size: 7.95MB

Image Viewer
Program name: IrfanView
Site: http://www.irfanview.com/
Description: Very easy, and fast image viewer. There are several editing options, including transparency for .gif and .png, converting files, etc.

System Tweak
Program name: TuneXP
Site: http://www.download.com/TuneXP/3000-2086_4-10290928.html
Description: Fast boot. Will make your Windows installation run faster than ever before, as well as Windows Service configuration. Allows the user to control a few of the most common performance annoyances.

Download Accelerator/Manager
Program name: FlashGet
Site: http://www.flashget.com/en/download.htm
Description: A download accelerator and manager, simple as that. The quality is kind of sporadic if you try and use it with professional upload sites, but I find that if you download directly over http (Even faster over ftp) the speeds can sometimes triple that of downloading it via browser.

Keystroke Launcher
Program name: Launchy
Site: http://www.launchy.net/
Description: Who needs a start bar or desktop, when just a few key strokes can get your program opened!

Program name: Skylight
Site: http://www.candylabs.com/skylight/
Description: Very good program for finding what you want in an easier manner. Looks awesome, and you'll love it.

Program name: Trip
Site: http://trip.glenmurphy.com/
Definition: Can load a web page or run a command in just a few key strokes.

Media Player
Program name: iTunes
Site: http://www.apple.com/itunes/
Description: Many features are included with iTunes, such as the ability to control from your task bar, play lists, and more.

Program name: VLC
Site: http://www.videolan.org/vlc/
Description: Some aspects of this player can be a little more annoying. However, VLC is compatible with almost all media types, included FLVs, and it's skinnable.

Program name: Winamp
Site: http://www.winamp.com/
Description: Fully skinnable player. There are many features included, such as CD burning, play lists, and an equalizer.

Program name: GOM Player
Site: http://www.gomplayer.com/main.html
Description: GOM Player plays all types of media files, and is virtually glitch free.

Program name: X-SOFT Media Player
Site: http://rbytes.net/software/x-soft-media-player-review/
Description: Extremely light weight and fast media player, with limited features, but most necessities, and compatible with all major audio types.

Program name: XPlayer
Site: http://www.download.com/XPlayer/3000-2139_4-10500710.html
Description: Very fast and light weight. Works with most files, and simple interface. Simple play list system.

Spyware Removal
Program name: Ad-aware
Site: http://www.lavasoftusa.com/
Description: A pleasing looking, and easy use cleaner. Constant updates, and it doesn't pester you to buy the paid version.

Program name: Spybot Search and Destroy
Site: http://www.safer-networking.org/
Description: This program has a very good database for spy ware, but make sure you create a backup, because it can screw up your whole registry.

Audio Tools
Program name: Audacity
Site: http://audacity.sourceforge.net/
Description: Edits music in a very simple way. You can cut off parts / mix multiple songs, record music with this.

Program Name: ModPlug
Site: http://www.modplug.com
Description: Various audio editors, players, and tools.

File Compression
Program name: 7-zip
Site: http://www.7-zip.org/
Description: Fast compression and extraction. Compresses smaller file sizes than most other programs. Small space taken on computer, and less clutter on right click menu.

Instant Messenger
Program name: Trillian Basic
Site: http://trillian.cc/downloads/
Description: Works with all major messengers, with many features. Some bugs and issues though.

Program name: Miranda IM
Site: http://www.miranda-im.org/
Description: Works with all major messengers, with few features including file transfer, and group conversations. Faster and less buggy than Trillian.

Program name: Pidgin
Site: http://www.pidgin.im/
Description: Attractive messenger, compatible with all major messengers. Very feature rich.

Web Browsers
Program name: Avant Browser
Site: http://www.avantbrowser.com/
Description: Very low file size, and very feature rich, with built in skins.

Program name: Mozilla Firefox
Site: http://www.mozilla.org
Description: Very customizable browser, with fast page loads.

Program name: Opera browser
Site: http://www.opera.com/
Description: Opera has some unique features including Speed dial and widgets. It is known to be the best browser there is, but lacks a vast customization.

Program name: Flock
Site: http://www.flock.com/
Description: Very similar to Firefox. Uses the source code of 2.0, and adds tonnes of features. Mainly for major media accounts like Piczo and Youtube.

Program name: Maxthon
Site: http://www.maxthon.com/
Description: One of the best browsers there is. Very easy to remove tools you don't want. Easy on the eyes, and very fast.

Office Suite
Program name: OpenOffice.org
Site: http://www.openoffice.org/
Description: Compatible with other major office suites, with tonnes of tools.

Photo Manipulation / Image Design
Program name: Paint.NET
Site: http://www.getpaint.net/index.html
Description: Provides you with a all the basic tools photoshop has to offer, and several of the more advanced. However, this program takes up far less space on your hard drive, and it loads faster too.

Program name: The Gimp
Site: http://www.gimp.org
Description: Almost all the tools of photoshop.

Registry Cleaner
Program name: CCleaner
Site: http://www.ccleaner.com/
Description: Not only is it a registry cleaner, but you can delete tonnes of useless files on your computer, to save hundreds of megabytes of space.

Screen recording
Program name: Wink
Site: http://www.debugmode.com/wink/
Description: Captures screen shots, adds explanations boxes, buttons, titles etc to generate a highly effective tutorial.

SVN Client
Program Name: TortiseSVN
Site: http://tortoisesvn.tigris.org/
Description: SVN client, for quick updating. Used by many BETA testers
File Size: 8.78MB

PDF viewer
Program name: Foxit Reader
Site: http://www.foxitsoftware.com/pdf/rd_intro.php
Description: Lightweight, bug free software that allows you to view files, in a more attractive way than Adobe reader.

Programming
Program Name: NotePad ++
Site: http://notepad-plus.sourceforge.net/uk/site.htm
Description: One of the best program for coders, go beyond the notepad, use NotePad ++

Disk Defragmentation
Program name: Auslogics Disk Defrag
Site: http://www.auslogics.com/disk-defrag/index.php
Definition: Very good program, for a faster and more precise defragmentation than the one built into Windows.

Icon Docks
Program name: RocketDock
Site: http://www.rocketdock.com/
Definition: An object dock (floating shortcut icon bar), similar to Stardock (Mac's icon dock), but make for Windows. Very useful and stylish with many skins and icon replacements from sites such as iconarchive.com.

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Re: Freeware Reviews

Post by AsaeliaJayn on Wed Dec 31, 2008 6:25 am

OpenOffice is good - I use that.

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Post by Rem on Wed Dec 31, 2008 7:17 am

AsaeliaJayn wrote:OpenOffice is good - I use that.

It's a good program, yet sometimes a bitch to convert to Microsoft Office when needed.

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Post by AsaeliaJayn on Wed Dec 31, 2008 7:18 am

Oh yeah? I haven't ever tried converting it ... I mainly use it for my fanfics. Otherwise I just use Word ...

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Post by Rem on Wed Dec 31, 2008 11:13 am

AsaeliaJayn wrote:Oh yeah? I haven't ever tried converting it ... I mainly use it for my fanfics. Otherwise I just use Word ...

OpenOffice is a clone of Microsoft Office Word, it for people who can't afford Word. -_-

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