Software you cant live without

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  1. JoshuaML

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    I just wanted to see what software everyone here uses.

    Here is my Necessity software list

    Admuncer (www.admuncher.com)

    Removes all advertisements from any webpage and also the #1 popup blocker around.

    Roboform (www.roboform.com)

    Fill in any web form and remember logins and passwords. Top notch!

    PowerArchiver (www.powerarchiver.com)

    Best compression utility available for the windows platform. Supports almost every format available.

    Gaim (gaim.sourceforge.net)

    A free instant messenger client that supports any number of IM accounts on various IM networks.

    Please post your recommended software here, always interested in seeing what possible utilities are available to make the computing world easier and better!
     
  2. Ted Lee

    Ted Lee Lead Actor

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    for resizing your pics, nothing works better and easier then image resizer(http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/d...powertoys.mspx) power-toys in general is pretty awesome.

    instead of hassling with multiple media players (which i hate because most of them are so invasive), i use jet audio (http://www.jetaudio.com/products/jetaudio/)

    for burning my cd's my tool of choice is
    cdex (http://cdexos.sourceforge.net/)

    for cataloging my cd's, i'm all about music collector (http://www.collectorz.com/music/)

    for cataloging my dvd's, i use dvd profiler (do i really need to list the url for this one [​IMG] )

    for pc management, i use the usual suspects like spybot, ad-aware, etc.
     
  3. JoshuaML

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    Almost forgot that one! Thanks!

    I use movie collector (www.collectorz.com/movie) to catalog my dvds

    My dvd site is located at http://crosscut.whaddu.com/movies

    Not that large of a collection, but steadily growing.

    I also use symantec anti-virus corporate (only because the army provides it free of charge).
     
  4. Scott Merryfield

    Scott Merryfield Executive Producer

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    For PC security, I use Firefox browser, MacAfee anti-virus, ZoneAlarm personal firewall (also have an external firewall), and Adaware, Spybot and Spyware Blaster for spyware.

    CD/DVD burning and music editing with Nero.

    MP3 ripping with Exact Audio Copy.

    iTunes for managing music on my iPod

    Ulead Video Studio for editing home movies and converting to DVD

    DVD Audio Ripper to convert DVD-Video concerts to MP3 for my iPod.

    I also use Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook), as well as Quicken for managing our finances and paying bills.

    DVD Profiler works great for cataloging my DVD collection. I use Excel to keep track of my music collection.

    I keep track of my golf scores and handicap with an old Windows program called Golf Digest Scorecard (from Parsons Technology). Unfortunately, the program has not been supported in a long time and no upgrades are available.
     
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    MSN Messenger

    Mozilla Firefox

    Foobar2000
     
  6. Kimmo Jaskari

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    I use an alternative to the normal Windows Explorer for file management, called xplorer2. It adds a lot of cool features that really speed things up, especially after you learn a few hotkeys.

    http://www.zabkat.com/
     
  7. Stephen Orr

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    Programs I use practically everyday...

    Firefox 1.02
    Thunderbird Email client
    Ulead DVD Movie Factory 4
    Quicken 2003!
    Windows Movie Maker
    Integrade Pro (I'm a school teacher!)
    Word
    Adobe Acrobat
    Dreamweaver MX
    Roxio Easy Media Creator 7
    Photoshop CS
    Premiere Elements
    Beyond TV
    Expressit SE
     
  8. Greg*go

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    AVG free & the Microsoft AntiSpyware are the 2 programs I install on every computer I have to "fix."

    Nick, have you tinkered a lot with your foobar? I've been using it a lot the last month or so, and some of the initial settings on it seem too simplistic for my tastes (and their forums are kinda tricky for me to search for answers).

    For day-to-day use on my PC, I use:
    AVG pro (Grisoft.com) (this program is the only one I've had to pay for, and the feature I bought it for is now available in the free version!)
    Firefox & Thunderbird (Mozilla.org)
    I don't have any anti-spyware program currently on my system.

    And I use these programs instead of the default ones when the need arises:

    7-zip (7-zip.org) Great compressing tool, it's free, and does every type of decompressing I ever encountered (including rar).

    CDex (sourceforge.net) (updated with latest LAME (3.96) from (rarewares.org)) Great CD extracting tool.

    VLC media (videolan.org) for video files. It loads ultra fast and is also free. I had to do a couple different setting adjustments to get it to play all the video types, but it was well worth the small troubles (their forums were very friendly for finding stuff).

    ABC [Yet Another Bittorrent Client] (sourceforge.net) is the Torrent client I currently use. (and of course it's free...)

    OpenOffice.org. (OpenOffice.org) I use this istead of Microsoft Office. I'm very happy about the pending 2.0 release. It supposedly will open and save Microsoft doc files a lot better then its predecessor. And it can save files as PDFs! And once again.... it's free!

    Wow, since I made all those links, this post actually took some time to make!
     
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    Tinyspell. Checks your spelling on the fly in virtually any application! Spyware free.

    The Google Toolbar... makes "googling" even easier.

    MP3 Gain mass-normalizes your MP3's for even playback.

    Switch audio conversion software. You don't get much easier.
     
  11. Ian-Fl

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    Good to see someone who is actually running an htpc, Ian-FL.

    Essential programs for an HTPC

    xlobby (freeware customizable front-end)
    DVD shrink (to rip dvd collection onto hard drive)
    DVD profiler (to catalog and download cover art and write ups)
    foobar w/ kernel streaming (for bit-perfect audio)
    zoomplayer pro (software dvd player)
    ffdshow (scaling and post-processing, freeware)
    remote control software (I use an old Pinnacle PCTV deluxe remote)
    EAC (audio ripper)

    That, in a nutshell, is a HTPC setup. Start up xlobby, sit back, use the remote to browse the dvd collection by cover art, cd collection by cover art, weather, net radio. Click on a movie that catches my eye to read a write up. If I decide to watch it, hit the play button on the remote, Zoomplayer starts the movie, ffdshow resizes it to pixel-match the display and clean up any imperfections. Use the remote to pause, play, skip, FF, RW, just like a STB.

    The entire collection, 1000+ CDs and 200+ DVDs all available with the touch of a button on the remote, all at much better quality than an outboard video scaler or standalone cd player can produce. Plus it's upgradeable and expandable.

    That's why we build HTPC's.
     
  13. Joshua Clinard

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    Here's my list:

    Trillian

    DVD Profiler

    McAfee Viruscan 9

    Norton Ghost (I can completely restore my system to a Windows XP clean install with all apps in 5 mins)

    PowerDVD 6

    Invision

    Winrar
     
  14. Jim_F

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    Paint Shop Pro (too lazy to learn Photoshop)

    HotFax MessageCenter

    iTunes
     
  15. nolesrule

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    Joe Kauffman
    Trillian
    Firefox
    CuteFTP
    HomeSite
    CDex
    Snood
    WinAMP
    DVDProfiler
    Sam Spade
     
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    Thanks for the info on DVD Audio Ripper. I usually play the DVD and record using adobe audition. I like to do this for long waits in line, or plain trips and the like.....So this'll be a time saver. Plus it'll avoid the problem of having AIM and Internet Explorer sounds from popping up during recording [​IMG]
     
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    For the PC - Yes, I've been a Netscape guy from the beginning and still am.
    For the Mac, Safari.

    Photoshop - The BEST graphics application hands down!

    Definitely iTunes - mainly for spur of the moment purchases (and of course, managing my iPod).

    At work, Yahoo Messenger and AIM. [​IMG]

    and as trivial as it may be, Notepad is always a life saver.
     
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    Now that I have my entire home theater and moving into having my entire home automation stuff integrated into my computer, I install CQC - Charmed Quark on every machine in my house, and my PDA, ...

    I can turn on/source control/adjust the music/video/heat/soon lighting&security&irrigation&camera from any PC or PDA in my house, for any zone in my house.

    My kids may be young now, but I look forward to remotely turning the music down in their room if I think it's too loud w/o even asking. [or, perhaps setting a max vol setting on their bedroom zone, so they can't turn up that loud in the first place]
     
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    Photoshop CS2. Everything else can be substituted easily.
     
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    Possibly the single-most valuable program I use is SplashID
     

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