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I have seen a few awesome programs list made like this on other forums and I think its about time we got one in here as well :drunkards:




Use this form when your recommending a program (just copy and paste whats inside here)

[B]Program title : [/B]
[B]Area of application : [/B]
[B]Recommended  because: [/B]
[B]Download from: [/B][URL]http://www.[/URL]
[B]Cost: [/B]
[B]Known drawbacks / limitation: [/B]

1 Only one program per post

2 If you want to recommend more then one program make a new post

3 NO discuss in this thread only post programs you recommend

4 Discuss things here and not in this thread

5 Dont recommend a program you have tested ones and dont really know

7 Its preferred that you add pictures of the program(s) you recommend (pref not to big ones) ;)

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Program title: GetRight

Area of application : Download Manager

Recommended because: Its a awesome download manager with sooo many possibilitys

Download from: www.getright.com

Cost: Free (TrialPay) or from $19,95 - $49,95 (Pro)

Known drawbacks / limitation: none that I can think of atm



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I'm sure everyone has this... but just a reminder to run it occasionally, and for those of you who don't have it, get some:


Program title: RegClean

Area of application : Registry Cleaner/JiffyLube for PCs

Recommended because: Its free and it works/helps with computer maintenance

Download from: www.regclean.com

Cost: Free

Known drawbacks / limitation: I've never seen it mess up, but, im sure it doesnt work 100% perfectly 100% of the time, but its good enough for me




I must say I am a big fan of this thread BHJ, nice work



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This first one is obvious!

Program title: Firefox

Area of application : Browser

Recommended because: it's the best out there!

Download from: http://www.firefox.com

Cost: Free

Known drawbacks / limitations: Can be slow sometimes




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I know everyone has different tastes for their music player but I found one that does more than just play music :)

Program title: JetAudio

Area of application : Music

Recommended because: it plays, it burns, it rips, has a nifty clock with alarm! skinable and sizable. Plays vids as well as converts them! Just perfect for me.

Download from: Cowon America

Cost: Free!

Known drawbacks / limitation: None that I know of!



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Because I use a few programs to make my life easier when setting up websites, I will list what I have found invaluable.


Program title: Filezilla

Area of application : FTP

Recommended because: ease of uploading files

Download from: http://filezilla-project.org/

Cost: Free

Known drawbacks / limitation: None that I am aware



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Program title: Winmerge

Area of application : Comparison of files

Recommended because: WinMerge is an Open Source visual text file differencing and merging tool for Win32 platforms. It is highly useful for determing what has changed between project versions, and then merging changes between versions. Essential particularily if a lot of mods are added, the upgrades can easily be made without destroying hours of work.

Download from:http://winmerge.org/

Cost: Free - Open Source

Known drawbacks / limitation: None that I am aware



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Program title: CutePDF

Area of application : Creates PDF files from Word, Excel etc

Recommended because: PDF is the de facto standard for electronic documents and forms exchange.

Download from: http://www.cutepdf.com/

Cost: Free

Known drawbacks / limitation: None that I am aware



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Program title: Notepad++

Area of application : Code editor

Recommended because: is a free source code editor and Notepad replacement, which supports several programming languages, running under the MS Windows environment.

Download from: http://notepad-plus.sourceforge.net/uk/site.htm

Cost: Free - Open Source

Known drawbacks / limitation: None that I am aware



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Program title: Nvu

Area of application : Web Authouring

Recommended because: Web Authoring System for Linux Desktop, Microsoft Windows and Macintosh users to rival programs like FrontPage and Dreamweaver.

Download from: http://nvudev.com/index.php

Cost: Free

Known drawbacks / limitation: None that I am aware



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Program title: Belarc Advisor

Area of application : PC Audit

Recommended because: The Belarc Advisor builds a detailed profile of your installed software and hardware, missing Microsoft hotfixes, anti-virus status, CIS (Center for Internet Security) benchmarks, and displays the results in your Web browser. All of your PC profile information is kept private on your PC and is not sent to any web server.

Download from: lhttp://www.belarc.com/index.html

Cost: Free for personal use

Known drawbacks / limitation: None that I am aware



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Wow Funkilicious....that's a nice swag of programs there :(


I also have a few but one that I really recommend is MailWasher

The free version has some limitations (none that cripple though), but I was so impressed I got the Pro version. ;)


Program title: MailWasher

Area of application: Email screening

Recommended because: It views your emails at your ISP server, rather than on your pc. Filter out spam email before they reach your pc. Reduces the possibility of viruses and trojans.

Download from:here

Cost: Free (free version has some limitations) Pro version is $38, but the free version works fine.

Known drawbacks / limitation: free version only allows one POP3 email account. However it works with all email programs such as Microsoft Outlook and Thunderbird. Requires some computer knowledge if you want to make the spam filters work at their best (though this is not a necessity to get the other benefits of the program)





here is a pic of my MailWasher without any incoming emails



The short version:

The top window will show all your emails currently on your ISP server.

The bottom window will show what the email contains.

If you don't like what you see you can delete the emails from your ISP server's computer rather than risking having them download on your pc :)

thus eliminating a lot of unnecessary hard drive space and potentially stopping a lot of virus and trojan programs coming to your pc.

And a great feature is the Blacklist option. That stops any known ratbag email sender from sending you any more rubbish ;)

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Program title: Winamp

Area of application : Music

Recommended because: It rips, burns, is highly customizable and has winamp remote :)

Download from: http://www.winamp.com

Cost: Free, Pro version avaliable though

Known drawbacks / limitation: None that I know of




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animation_shop_3_3d_en_com_128.jpg Guess I can show some of the programs I use :)

Program title: Animation Shop 3

Area of application : Graphic Design

Recommended because: It´s just a awesome tool :(

Download from: Trial Buy www.corel.com

Cost: $39.00 (full)

Known drawbacks / limitation: 30 day trial (full version: can sometimes be hard to get the quality you want on the .gif) (quite fussy iam) ;)





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Program title : Fraps

Area of application : Video Capturing Software

Recommended because: Convenient, easy to use in game video recording.

Download from: http://www.fraps.com

Cost: Free or Full @ $37.00 USD

Known drawbacks / limitation: Free version only allows recording of 30 seconds at a time and all recordings will have the Fraps logo on the video. Full version is flawless to my experience.

Requirements : * Requires DirectX 9.0c or DirectX 10 * Requires Administrator rights * Supports all modern CPU's(Pentium 3 and above) * Captures fastest with an NVIDIA GeForce or ATI Radeon graphics card


Well worth the purchase if you share 1 gaming video/month.

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Program title : RocketDock

Area of application : Shortcut Dock

Recommended because : Convenient, easy to use, looks good, high level of customization.

Download from : http://rocketdock.com/

Cost : Free

Known drawbacks / limitation : Cannot be allocated to a certain space like the Dock on OSX does. It can be used as "always on top" though.

Also, there is no 64 bit OS support.

Requirements : Very low:

  • Windows 2000/XP/Vista
    500Mhz or faster CPU
    10MB RAM free



My desktop with RocketDock

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Program title : IrfanView

Area of application : Graphic

Recommended because: Its free, able to view most picture files in a snap, also able to do common editing like resizing

Download from: http://www.irfanview.com/

Cost: Freeware

Known drawbacks / limitation: Can't think of any really



ps. Image copied from official site

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Program title : OpenOffice

Area of application : 'Replaces' the most common office programs (Word/Powerpoint/Excel)

Recommended because : it's free and it works, at least with what I use office progs for, exactly the same!

Download from : http://www.openoffice.org

Cost : Free

Known drawbacks / limitations : does not have an Acces/Outlook equivalent, 2 other supplied programs (Math & Draw) are quite basic.

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Program title : VLC media player aka videolan

Area of application : videoplayer

Recommended because: where media player fails because of a lack of plugins this one allways plays my vids/movies etc

Download from: http://www.videolan.org/

Cost: Free :D

Known drawbacks / limitation: none that I know off


it can also import Subtitles and it doesn't need any addtional codecs to play nearly all the formats known to the internet, it's my preferred video viewer as I loathe anything microsoft and Winamp is not up to scratch for video



using skins 2



the loading screen

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Program title : Password Corral

Area of application : password collection program

Recommended because: im slow and like to have different passwords for things: one master password and im in. I have used it for nearly 10yrs I think. I know browsers do keep some, but also works for things outside computers where u want to store information and is also portable for jumpdrive. 256-bit Blowfish or 128-bit Diamond2 encryption. got to be good if has the word corral in it due to my redneck tendencies.

Download from: http://www.cygnusproductions.com/

Cost: Free :D

Known drawbacks / limitation: me and my imagination

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Program title : TuneUp Utilities

Area of application : Toolbox for optimizing Windows

Recommended because: Easy-to-use program that helps you increase performance, effective defragmentation, registry reparation, startup managing, windows optimizaion and accelerating internet speeds, free up disk space, system maintenance including a 1-click maintenance scan, undeletion of files, secure deletes of files making sure nothing is left on the computer, customize windows appearance.

Download from: http://www.tune-up.com/products/tuneup-utilities/

Cost: Free trial - 49.95US Full version.

Known drawbacks / limitation:



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Program title: Ad-Aware

Area of application: Detects and removes Trojans, worms, spyware, and other malicious programs. Repairs damage left by malware, System restoration.

Recommended because: A well-written, easy-to-use good anti-spyware program.

Download from:http://www.lavasoftusa.com/

Cost: Ad-Aware 2007 is free for personal use.

Known drawbacks / limitation:



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Program title : spybot search and destroy (Spybot-S&D)

Area of application : Anti-Spyware Scanner

Recommended because: its a awesome tool for cleaning up you pc (you cant rely on only this tool but its still awesome) :4rofl:

Download from: http://www.safer-networking.org Direct Download version 1.5.2

Cost: Free

Known drawbacks / limitation: well I dont like the TeaTimer myself but then again you dont haveto use it either :twitch:



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program Title : Crapcleaner (Ccleaner)

Area of application : keeping your pc clean (no anti-virus though), it deletes the cookies, memory dumps, defragmentation leftovers, all kind of clutter that makes your pc run slow.

Recommended because : It's easy, it's fast and it works

Download from : http://www.filehippo.com/download_ccleaner/

cost: free

known drawbacks: It no longer deletes the hystory, favourites (if box is checked), and recently typed URL's of Firefox 3, but they are fixing it.

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