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SAS~CirX

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Freeware: Our own Grapevine of the Best there is
« on: February 27, 2012, 10:15:29 AM »

This sticky topic is not directly related to IL2, but it is directly relevant to us all. Most of the tools I use for modding are freeware, and over the years I have switched most of the things on my computers over to freeware versions, which are free, often a hell of a lot better, and legal ;D

I have been meaning for a while to post a sticky, where we can all share and vouch for our favorite freeware sites and creators and apps. So go for it. When posting a link, please try to post a link to the developer's own site , not one of the myriad of mass media download sites where everything is available with a little spy ware added.

And also include a short description or endorsement of whatever it is from yourself.

A very cool thing to check out right away is for guys looking for apps that are freestanding, or portable (iow, that do not require installation into windows to work)
and many of my favourite applications is available for it, inlcusing trusty old winmerge:
http://portableapps.com/
I have just discovered it, but storebror vouced and that carries a lot of weigth.

I will add more here as we, but for now also of course, the daddy of all freeware:
http://www.openoffice.org/   ....get it and never even look at MS office ever again. Also available as portable.

And then a very trusted helper of mine (what makes me able to download the big files, even though I have the worst connection of everyone):
http://www.freedownloadmanager.org/ ...also with it you can easily download flash video and convert it if required, without the need for firefox-plus-a million add-ons.

I also want to share this guy's site, he is the original creator of the famous freeware "stickies", which gives you 3M type yellow stick-on reminders on your screen. He has some raly cool stuff apart from that too, but stickies is one of my wife's favourite apps, and something I also use a lot. http://www.zhornsoftware.co.uk/stickies/ (I think some of his apps are going to be ell liked: Caffiene will keep your PC awake during those loooong downloads or uploads, and the Soundboard app...I think some of our sound gurus are going to be instantly in love with itand also have a test run of the BART back-up app . Very cool.

All the best
CirX
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Re: Freeware: Our own Grapevine of the Best there is
« Reply #1 on: February 27, 2012, 10:19:11 AM »

Notepad++

A much more versatile text editor than Windows' own notepad.exe, excellent for all types of config file edits.
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Re: Freeware: Our own Grapevine of the Best there is
« Reply #2 on: February 27, 2012, 10:31:01 AM »

ninite.com is another great site
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Re: Freeware: Our own Grapevine of the Best there is
« Reply #3 on: February 27, 2012, 10:56:52 AM »

Here some of my favorite freeware programs.

Blue Griffon, a free and easy to use Web Editor.
http://bluegriffon.org/

GIMP, a raster graphic editor.
http://www.gimp.org/

Inkscape, an open source vector graphics editor.
http://inkscape.org/

IrfanView, popular image viewer.
http://www.irfanview.net/

LibreOffice, similar to OpenOffice.
http://www.libreoffice.org/

PDFCreator, application to create pdf-files.
http://www.pdfforge.org/pdfcreator
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Re: Freeware: Our own Grapevine of the Best there is
« Reply #4 on: February 27, 2012, 11:20:10 AM »

My favorite routine maintenance tool: Ccleaner

Defragging: Smart Defrag 2

File archiver: 7-Zip
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Re: Freeware: Our own Grapevine of the Best there is
« Reply #5 on: February 27, 2012, 11:21:16 AM »

http://www.ghisler.com/    => Total Commander,
a much, much better 'windows explorer'
freeware and payware (32 and 64 bit).

http://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Freeware/Q-Dir => Qdir, a 4-panel 'explorer'variant.

No. I don't have stock......   :D
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Re: Freeware: Our own Grapevine of the Best there is
« Reply #6 on: February 27, 2012, 12:08:53 PM »

JDownloader - Download manager
http://jdownloader.org/

Blender
http://www.blender.org/

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Re: Freeware: Our own Grapevine of the Best there is
« Reply #7 on: February 27, 2012, 12:51:44 PM »

Game Booster helps you make your game faster by switching unused programs off.
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Re: Freeware: Our own Grapevine of the Best there is
« Reply #8 on: February 27, 2012, 08:14:50 PM »

I like these:

Blender: a freeware 3d graphics package.

www.blender.org/

Agent Ransack: A Windows 7 search utility that actually searches. It's a much better product than the crappy default Windoze application.

  http://mythicsoft.com/page.aspx?type=agentransack&page=home
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Re: Freeware: Our own Grapevine of the Best there is
« Reply #9 on: February 28, 2012, 05:50:59 AM »

FastStone Image Viewer - browse, view and basic image-editing, + batch functions for convert, rename, resize. Similar to IrfanView, but IMO, a better image browser interface.
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Re: Freeware: Our own Grapevine of the Best there is
« Reply #10 on: March 01, 2012, 12:15:43 PM »


XnView
http://www.xnview.com/en/download.html
XnView installed with its shell extension (XnShell) allows through a right click on a photo to have a preview but also to make a quick conversion in other formats.  Animated gifs opened with XnView can be zoomed.





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Re: Freeware: Our own Grapevine of the Best there is
« Reply #11 on: March 03, 2012, 06:02:21 AM »

these guys have everything, from torrent clients to their own (better) version of 7z.
https://www.download-free.com/
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