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Free Software List

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Found 5th Jan 2014
Hope this List Helps Someone.
Video:
•VLC - Open source video player.

•Media Player Classic - Home Cinema - Light-weight media player for Windows. I personally like MPC-HC much better than VLC. Supports more codecs/formats and video looks better.

•Combined Community Codec Pack - A simple playback pack for Windows with the goal of supporting the majority of video formats in use today. Must have if you watch certain tv-shows or anime.

Audio:
•Foobar 2000 - Extremely lightweight and customizable free audio player for Windows. Supports a wide array of different audio formats.

•Audacity - Free, open source, cross-platform software for recording and editing sounds.

•Spotify - Listen to music for free.

•Grooveshark - Listen to music and radio stations for free.

•Songbird - Audio and browser software. For Windows and Mac. (Somewhat bloated)

Browsers:

•Firefox

•Chrome

•Pale Moon - Open Source, full-featured, speed optimized browser based on the popular Firefox browser.

•Chromium - Open source browser from which Google draws it's source code. Not sure which OS's this is for, but it was requested to be put on the list.

Extensions for browsers:
•Reddit Enhancement Suite - Make surfing Reddit so much more enjoyable. Highly customizable and easy to set up.

•Adblock - Blocks annoying ads on webpages and in videos. Surf faster and safer. (Better than Plus)

•Ghostery - Anti ad/tracking extension - Disables most scripts by default.

•ProxTube - Circumvent blocked Youtube videos.

•Speed Dial - Allows fast access to your most visited websites. Extremely useful if you visit or want to keep track off a lot of different websites.

•NoScript - Open source add-on (for Firefox) which allows JavaScript, Java, Flash and other plugins to be executed only by trusted web sites of your choice.

•ScriptNo - Similar to NoScript only for Chrome instead.

•Search by Image for Google (Firefox) - Fast way to reverse search an image. Very handy if you're looking for a source, more information or if anyone posts "original content".

•Search by Image for Google (Chrome)

•HTTPS everywhere (Chrome) - Automatically encrypts connections through HTTPS.

•Hoverfree (Chrome) - See full sized image just by hovering over thumbnail (Hoverzoom collects data.)

•Thumbnail Zoom (Firefox) - Like hoverzoom, but for firefox.

•Adblock Plus (Firefox) - Block ads, just like Adblock only for firefox.

•Media Hint - Access restricted websites outside of the US.

•PriceBlink (Chrome) - Automatically detects coupons and lower prices whilst you shop.

Security:
•Microsoft Security Essentials - Lightweight antivirus software.

•Avast! Free Antivirus - Antivirus software.

•Malwarebytes - Anti-malware software.

•TrueCrypt - Free open-source disk encryption software for Windows 7/Vista/XP, Mac OS X, and Linux.

•Keepass - Free, open source, light-weight and easy-to-use password manager.

•LastPass - Another password manager that makes web browsing easier and more secure.

System, cleaning and recovery:

•CCleaner - A freeware system optimization, privacy and cleaning tool. For Windows and Mac.

•Defraggler - Defragmentation software for Windows.

•Recuva - File recovery software for Windows.

•Speccy - Give you detailed statistics on every piece of hardware in your computer. For Windows.

•WinDirStat - Very useful drive visualiser, shows you all the folders that are taking up memory in a graphic. Available on Windows.

Communications:
•Skype - Call friends/family on their computers or phones. For Windows and Mac and Linux.

•Pidgin - Open source chat client which is compatible with several different chat networks.

•Trillian - A fully featured, stand-alone chat client that supports several different chat networks.

•HexChat - IRC chat client for both Linux and Windows.

Documents, images and graphics:

•Foxit Reader - Free PDF reader for Windows, Linux and smartphones.

•Sumatra PDF - Free PDF reader for Windows.

•Open Office - Open source personal productivity suite.

•Libre Office - Open source personal productivity suite for Windows, Mac and Linux.

•GIMP - Free image manipulation software.

Paint.net - A free image and photo editing software. For Windows.

•IrfanView - The best freeware image/graphic viewer for Windows. Extremely lightweight and supports a wide arrange of different formats.

•Inkscape - Open source svg graphics editor. For Linux, Windows, and OSX.

Compression:
•WinRAR - File archiver (You can still use the software after the trial period has run out).

•7-Zip - Open source file archiver.

File sharing:
•uTorrent 2.2.1 - uTorrent became extremely bloated after they released version 3.0 and on. Version 2.2.1 has everything you need without using many resources or having any ads.

•Transmission - Extremely lightweight BitTorrent client for Mac and Linux. There's an unofficial Windows version which you can get here: sourceforge.net/pro…tw/

•Deluge - Lightweight, cross-platform BitTorrent client.

•qBittorrent - Free, lightweight cross-platform BitTorrent client.
•Trixati - Free BitTorrent client for Windows and Linux.

CD/DVD-tools:
•ImgBurn - Good, lightweight burning application.

•CDburnerXP - Another good, lightweight burning application.

•Virtual Clonedrive - Free media emulation software.

•DAEMON Tools Lite - Free media emulation software. Monitors everything you mount

•PowerISO - Media emulation software.

•WinCDEmu - Lightweight media emulation software. For Windows.

Online Storage:
•Dropbox - Cloud storage. For Windows, Mac, Linux and smartphones.

•Google Drive - Google's cloud storage solution similar to Dropbox.

•Skydrive - Microsoft's cloud storage solution. Now also available on Xbox360.

•Mega - Offers a free 50GB of storage.

•Bittorrent Synch - Automatically sync files between devices.

Live streaming/recording:
•Open Broadcaster Software - Free and open source software for media streaming/recording.

•FFsplit - A free front-end application that allows you to capture and record what is happening on your desktop. For Windows.

•Removed DXStory (Wasn't free apparantly)

Other:
•Steam - PC-game client for PC, Mac and Linux

•f.lux - Makes the color of your computer's display adapt to the time of day, warm at night and like sunlight during the day. Must have if you have problems with going to sleep or have problems with eyes or headaches. For Windows, Linux and Mac.

•RedShift - Just like f.lux but for Linux (there exists an experimental Windows build though).

•Sublime Text 2 - A great text editor for code, markup and prose. For Windows, Mac and Linux.

•Notepad++ - Free source code editor and Notepad replacement that supports several languages. For Windows.

•Rainlendar - A lightweight customizable calendar.

•Hamachi - A hosted VPN service that lets you create LAN-like networks. Very useful if you want to play older pc-games with friends.
•Tunngle - A p2p VPN tool somewhat similar to Hamachi.

•Evolve - Social platform for gamers. For Windows only.

•Blender - 3D computer graphics software product used for animating and 3D models. For Linux, Mac and Windows.

•Origin - PC-game client for PC and Mac. Like Steam only for EA games.
•Metapad - Lightweight notepad replacement with several extra features. For Windows.

•Rainmeter - Great program for customizing your desktop with widgets and meters. For windows

Video & Audio

AVI cc changer: In case you need to alter the identifier in video files

AVI Mux: Utility for managing multiple audio streams in video files. For example, adding a commentary track from an mp3 file to an avi video.

CCCP: The Combined Community Codec Pack, which I've found immensely useful for installing on other people's systems so I'm not plagued by requests to troubleshoot+resolve every little codec issue they encounter.

DVDx: Rips video files from dvd source.

Exact Audio Copy: Once upon a time CD ripping and encoding wasn't available in every other program. Still seems to be used by many people.

Gspot: Tool for gathering information on video files and infinitely useful for troubleshooting codec issues

Media Player Classic Home Cinema: My own preference for video player, and immensely superior to WMP.

MP3tag: Probably the best and fully featured tag editor for media files around, far better than Winamp and iTunes.

Real Alternative: Play .rm files without having to install the worst player ever.

VCD Gear: Various functions for mpeg & vcd formats

VideoLAN media player: A decent player to install on other people's systems because I still hate getting phone calls over mundane issues like codecs.

VirtualDub: Great video processing utility for encoding and editing videos.

Winamp: Still my favorite audio player since the 90s, and has grown to continue supporting everything I need with plugins like ml_ipod and the new Bento interface.

Emulation

Daemon Tools: Even after going commercial they're still the optical drive emulation software of choice as far as I know.

DeSmuME: Seems to be the only major Nintendo DS emulator in development as of 2012. Not sure why anyone would want it when a NDS+flash card are so cheap though.

Dolphin: The only solution for Gamecube and Wii, because you haven't enjoyed New SMB until you've played it with a Sony controller.

DOSBox: DOS emulator for Windows, because Microsoft can't be arsed to provide real backwards compatibility for their own OS legacy.

ePSXe: Definitive PSX emulator.

KEGA Fusion: There are quite a few SEGA emulators out there. This one is best.

Hoxs64: Very faithful Commodore 64 emulator.

MameUI: Formally Mame32, Windows port of Mame.

NNNesterJ: Granted NES emulators are as abundant today as Tetris clones. But this one seems to be a little bit better than the others.

PCSX2: The foremost Playstation 2 emulator has developed enough to become playable for most games. A modern gaming system is absolutely required. Systems with integrated graphics adapters need not apply.

Project64: N64 emulator

Red Dragon: If you wanted to emulate VirtualBoy (for some reason)

ScummVM: PC adventure emulator for just about every known platform.

SSF: Fully functional emulator for SEGA Saturn. It does include an english language option within the program.

Stella: Atari 2600

Visualboy Advance: Emulates the entire line of Gameboy systems.

x360ce: Emulates the Xbox 360 controller Xinput.

ZSNES: SNES emulator for Windows.

53 Comments

Cheers OP!:)

Thanks for your time. Some useful info...

Proxtube is a new one on me, can see that coming in handy. Thanks

Ninite is a free program that will install and update lots of these programs in one go, I use it a lot when I reinstall windows on a machine.

Another note Exact Audio Copy is useful mainly for really high quality rips and for strange features like ripping the pre-gap songs on albums like the new Arcade Fire.

Thx man. I knew some of them. But not all. Good find

Great info mate keep up the good work much appreciated

Really useful info, thanks OP.
Most of these have been round for ages though so rated cold, sorry.

Thanks mate, really useful - heat added.

Thanks dude

useful post. have some heat

hot thanks a bunch

Another free Office program is Kingsoft Office, which is the one I use

Great list OP. Here's one that definitely needs adding to your list though imo:


Xrecode II - Pretty much the only audio converter you'll need. Supports 32bit/64 bit, parallel conversions, multi-core CPUs, metadata editor and a whole lot more. Too much to list here.

There's an installer version and portable version available on Windows and Linux (using WINE)

Available here

great post . thanks

I need a free version of windows 7 activated .. any1 can help ?

Thanks.

Here's a few I have used for many years:

Stand alone.
Damn NFO viewer - good for opening .nfo files
Quickpar - processes .PAR files
TIghtVNC - excellent VNC client and server, works with all Windows versions including 8.1
Clover - adds bookmarks and tabs to Windows Explorer
Shark007 - complete no nonsense video/audio codecs pack, there's also a 64bit extension package

Browser add ins (FireFox).
The Camelizer - CamelCamelCamel chart, tracker etc add-in for FireFox
XMarks - free cloud based bookmarks sync
1-Click YouTube Video downloader - what it says
X-notifier - Multiple email account notifier/manager
TinEye - reverse image lookup


IMPORTANT:
A lot of free stuff is available from a wide range of sites. Some of these will install spyware, adware, malware and/or irritating browser search bars etc. Always try to find the original developer website or use reliable hubs like Major Geek which install just the app you want and nothing else. Some of the big names such as CNET use installers which will fill your PC with adware/spyware etc (even though they say they don't!). If the hub you use has 'Download appname Installer' then there's a good chance you're in for a bad time.
Edited by: "repouk" 5th Jan 2014

Handbrake Video Encoder should be on the list surely?

repouk

Here's a few I have used for many years:Browser add ins (FireFox).The … Here's a few I have used for many years:Browser add ins (FireFox).The Camelizer - CamelCamelCamel chart, tracker etc add-in for FireFox


Downloaded this add-on for Chrome, had never seen before and seems handy, thanks.

Too many to list. Nope.

Another free software list?

Cheers OP.

Thanks found some new programs

another site which will save you time is Ninite.com

tick what you want installed, download and run the installer.. sitback, drink tea and all the latest versions of your selected programs will be installed for you.
Edited by: "kennylovesyou" 7th Mar 2014

Very useful, thanks for all that effort

repouk

Here's a few I have used for many years:Stand alone.Damn NFO viewer - … Here's a few I have used for many years:Stand alone.Damn NFO viewer - good for opening .nfo files ;)Quickpar - processes .PAR files ;)TIghtVNC - excellent VNC client and server, works with all Windows versions including 8.1Clover - adds bookmarks and tabs to Windows ExplorerShark007 - complete no nonsense video/audio codecs pack, there's also a 64bit extension packageBrowser add ins (FireFox).The Camelizer - CamelCamelCamel chart, tracker etc add-in for FireFoxXMarks - free cloud based bookmarks sync1-Click YouTube Video downloader - what it saysX-notifier - Multiple email account notifier/managerTinEye - reverse image lookupIMPORTANT:A lot of free stuff is available from a wide range of sites. Some of these will install spyware, adware, malware and/or irritating browser search bars etc. Always try to find the original developer website or use reliable hubs like Major Geek which install just the app you want and nothing else. Some of the big names such as CNET use installers which will fill your PC with adware/spyware etc (even though they say they don't!). If the hub you use has 'Download appname Installer' then there's a good chance you're in for a bad time.



You forgot SABnzbd!

What about SciTE (SCIntilla based Text Editor) - find SciTE here

It is a text editor - I have used it for years.

check out filehippo.com this has links to free stuff, together with an update checker...

Ruddy good list chap!

Thanks (_;)

Songbird is dead. Nightingale is what should be in the list instead
getnightingale.com/

good long list

Good list, personally, I always refer to Gizmo's free software list when looking for good freeware recommendations.

techsupportalert.com/bes…htm

Great list OP, most of the ones I knew were on there, thanks for taking the time.

Just a couple from me:

CAD: Google sketch up, some great tutorials and premium version if you want to go all encompassing

UltraVNC: another Remote Desktop program but client based instead of Windows RDP/RDC

There is a website that allows you to look up paid software and then it lists all your free alternatives, with major differences and is cross platform, just can not remember the blooming name of it.

Hot for the effort alone let alone the various bits of info.

Banned

nice post,some useful info.

Might wanna add WebMatrix on there

Cheers for this

Thanks OP. Heat Added

Just installed Adblock into chrome and boy its wonderful not seeing them annoying ads!
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