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Hey everyone, thought I'd create a thread where we can exchange information on our favourite software programs we use.

CCleaner - DOWNLOAD

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Site's Blurb:

CCleaner is a freeware system optimization, privacy and cleaning tool. It removes unused files from your system - allowing Windows to run faster and freeing up valuable hard disk space. It also cleans traces of your online activities such as your Internet history. Additionally it contains a fully featured registry cleaner. But the best part is that it's fast (normally taking less than a second to run) and contains NO Spyware or Adware!

My Thoughts:

This is a great free program that purges your system, getting rid of all the temporary files that are no longer required.

It also comes with a Registry Cleaner which removes entries that can be left behind when you uninstall a program.

Try it out - the first scan will take upto 5 minutes (as it maps out your drive) subsequent scans take a matter of seconds.

You won't regret it.

Paint.NET - DOWNLOAD

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Paint.NET is free image and photo editing software for computers that run Windows. It features an intuitive and innovative user interface with support for layers, unlimited undo, special effects, and a wide variety of useful and powerful tools. An active and growing online community provides friendly help, tutorials, and plugins.

My Thoughts:

Paint.NET is simple to use and has a well designed user interface. I'd say you can pick up the tools fairly quickly and there are plenty of youtube tutorial videos to help you on your way.

This probably wouldn't suit hardcore graphic designers that feel they need every last function included in Adobe's Photoshop but it has 80%+ of that functionality (perhaps even 90%+ with add-ons) which is really mind-blowing considering this is a free program.


Foxit Reader - DOWNLOAD

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The Portable Document Format (PDF) offers a faster, cheaper and simpler method for viewing, manipulating, saving and printing electronic documents. Foxit PDF technologies provide a powerful framework for organizations and corporations to implement PDF solutions to reach their business goals.

My Thoughts:

Put simply, it's not as big a target for hackers to aim for and it's a fifth of the size of Adobe's PDF Reader.


Ok, that'll do for now - hope you enjoy, I look forwarding to reading about your software finds Very Happy
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@ Calvin - Should the programs all be freeware?
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No, knock yourself out - it just happened to be the case in my examples Smile
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I myself am too lazy to look for codecs to play certain media therefore
I recommend the VLC Player by The VideoLAN Project!

The VideoLAN project is lead and composed by a team of volunteers,
that believes in the power of open source when dealing with multimedia.

http://www.videolan.org

(plays almost everything!)




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VLC is an awesome program! Great choice Gameface Very Happy
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Fraps for ingame Very Happy

i need a new screen recorder =(
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For anti virus i recommend Avast.
Download Avast Free

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Prague-based ALWIL Software has offered "Free antivirus for everyone" for what seems like forever. The company was founded in 1991 and their core product dates back to 1988. With around 100 million users they protect a substantial fraction of all consumer PCs worldwide. Due to a blip in the release schedule, I wound up previewing the beta last November. Now available for all, avast! Free Antivirus 5.0 (free, direct) has a totally new appearance and offers significantly enhanced protection against malware.

Bottom Line
The new user interface of avast! free antivirus makes it easier to use, and its new technology eliminates more malware. This tool offers more control over settings and more detail in reporting than some of its free competitors.

Pros
Improved user interface. New heuristic anti-malware engine. New code emulator technology. Powerful boot-time scan. Good malware removal. Effective malware blocking.

Cons
Full scan and boot scan both take a long time. Some threats still present after supposed removal. Boot scan requires user interaction if threats found.

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My Opinion:

Avast is a great free anti virus, it has protected my computer from multiple attacks since i have installed it, updates on a daily bases so its always able to detect the newest viruses and spy-ware. It also has web protection that will detect if a web site has a virus on it before you go to it, (this has helped with some torrents that i was looking at). If your looking for a free anti virus that gets the job done then look no further.


You can use cam studio for on screen recordings.
Download Cam Studio

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Too large to paste, read it here.

My Opinion:

It's a decent on screen recorder, although it requires some editing of the default settings to make it record just the way you want it too, For example when i was recording a piece of my game, i had to edit the capture rate to match the FPS of the program. What i thought was nifty was that it records directly from your audio card "if supported", this can give you decent sound quality with out having to hold a mic to the speakers to get some game SFX.
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lotsa my software are pirated or illegal so I can't share them (just go to asia and find some guy who'll do it for you)
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ok here's another software recommendation
this one is specifically for all of us working on games.
convert your MP3's into Ogg for freEEEEeeee!!!!

Zwunzi's Free Mp3/Wma/Ogg Converter

http://download.cnet.com/Free-Mp3-Wma-Ogg-Converter/3000-2140_4-10793572.html

talk about a space saver for those who want to use
"real" songs and sound effects in their games
instead of just midi data.
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Ok, heres another sound converter. I've been using this one for ages.

http://www.nch.com.au/switch/switchsetup.exe

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EDIT: GIMP (GNU manipulation program)is like a free photoshop.

http://downloads.sourceforge.net/gimp-win/gimp-2.6.8-i686-setup.exe
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A great audio editor, is Audacity.

View their site here.
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Here's a great site:

AlternativeTo is a new approach to finding good software. Tell us what application you want to replace and we give you great alternatives, based on user recommendations.

The active community has the ability to "like" a certain program so you always have a good indication of what's hot and what's not.

alternativeto.net

Go try it out Very Happy
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IcoFX - its an icon creating freeware program.

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@Ken:
i need a new screen recorder =(
You could try Camtasia. I haven't used it in a while and I'm pretty sure it's free. I would say Hyper Cam but that has an annoying tag on the video unless you buy a license for it. x|
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