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Old 06-09-2009, 06:17 PM   #1
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List of favorite PC utilities


List of useful & (mostly) free utilities:

IrfanView - Image viewer, slide show, basic editing
Gimp - Image editor
Paint.net - Image editor
Cooliris - Image viewer, slide show
PDF Creator - Printer driver to create .pdf documents from files
Faststone Capture - Screen capture tool
Jet Screenshot - Share screen snaps online
Renamer (den4b) - File renaming via rules
Media Player Classic - Simple media player
VLC - Simple media player
Input Director - Software KVM to control multiple computers
Dropbox - Online storage and syncronization
TrueCrypt - Disk encryption
KeePass - Password management
Oubliette - Password management
WinDirStat - Graphical disc usage display
Steam - Gaming platform
WinRAR - File compression (not freeware)
Handbrake - Video converter
Daemon Tools - Disc and drive emulation
IsoBurn - Small tool to burn ISO images
WinISO - Edit ISO images
Audacity - Audio editing and recording
Grooveshark - Online music streaming
RocketDock - Make Windows look like OSX
AlienGUIse - Desktop theme
ObjectDock - Customize desktop
FastDial - FF add-on, Thumbnail display of favorite sites
Symbaloo - Home page with bookmarks and feeds
CoreTemp - Multi-core CPU temperature display
Convert - Unit of measure conversions
SyncToy - MS PowerToy to sync files between drives and sticks
Karen's Power Tools - Various utilities like Directory Printer
Simple Sticky Notes - Like Outlook notes

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Nowadays, many of us think of antivirus and antispyware programs when it comes to utilities. There is a whole lot of them trying to protect our computing experience, and pull a lot of green ones from our wallets.

But besides those, there are tools that actually help being productive, or simply make computing more enjoyable.

Here is my list of must-haves:

1) IrfanView - image viewer, slide show, some basic edititing. Fast, simple and free.

2) PDF Creator - printer driver, print anything as a pdf document. Save the paper, store and email receipts, fast, simple and free.

3) Faststone Capture - older versions are freeware, and do anything related to screenshots you would want. Save to clipboard, file, editor, printer, email. Essential for IT.

4) Renamer (den4b) - not everyone needs to rename files, but if you do, this is an amazing piece of freeware. I use it to rename the sequential files coming from digicams. Set up rules, save them as a preset, enjoy.

5) Media Player Classic - for some reason I dislike WMP... MPC is very small, and with the right codecs can play pretty much anything.

What are your favorite tools (apart from AV/tuning utilities)? Please no discussion of hacking/illegal things.

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CLCL - clipboard cut/copy & paste tool.
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winrar
daemon tools
isoburn
vlc (or mplayer)
flickr uploader
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Old 06-09-2009, 07:27 PM   #4
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Gimp - free photoshop replacement
Paint.net - free photoshop replacement
Audacity - Audio editing and recording capabilities
Grooveshark - Listen to music for free online
SuperAntiSpyware free addition

Not really utilities but I love these 2 Firefox addons
MeasureIt - Measures pixels in your web browser
ColorZilla - Get the exact color from a webpage
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I second VLC as a media player. Very small resource footprint compared to WMP, and the initial download has all the codecs I've ever run across.

Would add Spybot Search and Destroy as a very nice free spyware tool.

For firefox add-ons I highly recommend Time Tracker--Amazing to glance down and realize you've just spent 2 and a half hours on a single thread reading someone's tank journal. Yikes, maybe it's better to not know.

I like TrueCrypt for a free open-source encryption program, whether you're paranoid about government agents or just trying to hide pictures of old girlfriends from new girlfriends

I have *never* considered buying a Mac. But I definitely can appreciate certain asthetic aspects to the UI. I like to keep my PC desktop icon-free. Not even a recycling bin. There's a program called RocketDock for windows users that allows for all your commonly used programs to be scrollable at the bottom of the screen. It's a little cleaner than the windows task bar, IMO.

A free program that I find absolutely invaluable is DropBox. During the day I typically use 3-4 different computers. The one at home, the one in the lab, the one in the undergrad chem lab that I use when I'm teaching a class, my windows mobile PDA. If you put dropbox on each of these you can maintain an online storage copy of any file under 2gigs that is automatically updated across all your systems no matter which computer you're using. Ideal for updating spreadsheet data or doing collaborative word processing. And it tracks changes nicely.

Finally, you might look at Keepass, another free open-source program that uses one master password to store ALL your internet passwords. If you're like me, you probably have 40 or fifty different internet logins, banking pins, etc. I know web browsers have a similar password storage system, but Keepass has more options when it comes to exporting all your passwords to another computer or a flash backup, whatever. Plus, I like to occasionally wipe all my firefox user data. If you keep your keepass database in your dropbox, you have all your passwords available at any computer while still keeping them encrypted.
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Good stuff J, I need to check out some of your favorites!
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Winrar
CCleaner
Nero
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Far to many to list.

But will note my recent favorite utility. Cooliris
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-Winrar
-Nero
-Amadis Video Converter Suite (i use it for turning my dvds into iphone usable videos. works great)
-Core Temp (great little program for checking cpu temps on all cores and how much load is on each core)
-Intel Burn Test (nice little program for overclock stress test to see how stable your settings are)
-3d Mark Vantage (benchmarking tool)
-Fraps (take ingame video)
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- Firefox: best browser due to its ad blocking, and flash blocking plugin.
- Thunderbird: email program.
- Notetab light: great tabbed text editor with its own programming/macro language.
- PFE: old skool text editor (from win 3.1) with text clips to insert commonly used clips of text.
- Convert: convert one UOM to any other.
- Oubliette: store all your passwords in one place.
- Keynote: store a hundred notes all in one places. Hierarchical note storage.

Those are my most commonly used utils. Others are:
- Itunes: I use it to listen to podcasts.
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Almost forgot to add

Google chrome even with it's flaws still better than Internet explorer
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Old 06-10-2009, 05:33 PM   #12
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Hitman Pro. Antispyware/malware suite of all the best programs. Nothing can touch this. Seriously.
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Audacity- free, open source software for recording and editing sounds like creating ring tones the wife has to have her dang Christmas music. Frosty the snowman stuff like that.

WinISO- Great for opening, creating and adding to ISO.

Winrar- great file compressor.

IMGBurn-- Used to burn/creating .img files to DVD/CD.

Karens Power Tool-- Sweet little program that lets you print everything in a directory/folder includes file and folder sizes.
FOLDER C:\dell\drivers\R146832\ ------- 7 5 407,992 407,992 R146832
Type Attributes Date Created Size Name
FILE ---A---X 3/2/2009 09:46 1/3/2007 11:31 3/2/2009 09:46 103,304 AutoPrnt.exe
FILE ---A---X 3/2/2009 09:46 7/14/2006 11:41 3/2/2009 09:46 25 autorun.inf
FILE ---A---X 3/2/2009 09:46 11/3/2006 18:07 3/2/2009 09:46 304,008 Setup.exe
FILE ---A---- 3/2/2009 09:46 1/12/2007 12:57 3/2/2009 09:46 175 Setup.ini
FILE ---A---- 3/2/2009 09:46 1/31/2007 20:26 3/2/2009 09:46 480 Version.txt
FOLDER C:\dell\drivers\R146832\apps\ ------- 3 2 304,267 304,267 apps
FILE ---A---X 3/2/2009 09:46 11/3/2006 18:06 3/2/2009 09:46 304,008 Setup.exe
FILE ---A---- 3/2/2009 09:46 11/2/2006 08:22 3/2/2009 09:46 259 Setup.ini
FOLDER C:\dell\drivers\R146832\apps\AIOC\ ------- 1 134 18,474,680 18,474,680 AIOC
FILE ---A---- 3/2/2009 09:46 10/10/2006 10:39 3/2/2009 09:46 11,767 aioc_app.ini
FILE ---A---- 3/2/2009 09:46 11/2/2006 06:07 3/2/2009 09:46 182,910 DLCXactl.dl_
FILE ---A---- 3/2/2009 09:46 11/2/2006 06:03 3/2/2009 09:46 125,549 DLCXafcn.dl_
FILE ---A---- 3/2/2009 09:46 11/2/2006 06:14 3/2/2009 09:46 248,789 DLCXaiox.ex_

SyncToy-- Nice little program to sync your jump drive with a folder on your PC. If you lost your jump drive you still have all the files backed up on the PC

Steam- If you like gaming then this is sweet. All the latest games out Left 4 Dead / Call of Duty 5. Create account and buy games threw Steam. When updates come out it update/patch game automatic no searching for updates. Also account follows you. If you log on another PC Games download and install on that PC also to play. But need to log in with Steam account to play the games.
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Steam- If you like gaming then this is sweet. All the latest games out Left 4 Dead / Call of Duty 5. Create account and buy games threw Steam. When updates come out it update/patch game automatic no searching for updates. Also account follows you. If you log on another PC Games download and install on that PC also to play. But need to log in with Steam account to play the games.
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Firefox, of course. With the No Script add on. But that isn't a utility which the thread started on.

Karen's wares
Malwarebytes anti-malware
VIPRE Rescue
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