Software: Requests and Suggestions
This thread is meant for discussing and spreading reliable and stable programs.
Some good programs can be hard to find either because they are not spoken of very often, the net has been overwhelmed with publicity for weaker programs from big corporations or people don't have enough expertise with the particular type of program to tell the difference between what's good and what's not so good.
This thread is meant to help point people to the good/excellent ones.
If you are having trouble finding programs, just don't know if you should buy a particular one or you're just curious what program is used to do some things post here so people may share their experience.
Maybe there's a program out there that does everything you wish for and is also FREE. :)
It never hurts to ask. :D
Guidelines for Requesting:
IMPORTANT RULE : In this thread and in the rest of the forum there will be NO Asking, NO Giving and NO Mentioning of information on where to find pirated software, how to crack/cheat/hack program licenses and software or any other piece of information that violates product copyrights, license etc.
This is a filtered list. More information is contained in the original software-list.xml (XSLT BBCode Transformation) file from which the following was generated.
OpenOffice.org aka OO.oAlternatives: ~Microsoft Office ~Abiword
7-ZipAlternatives: ~Winrar(pay) ~WinZIP(pay)
µTorrent aka µTAlternatives: ~Azureus ~BitTornado ~ABC
Audio - Player
Audio - Processor
AudicityAlternatives: ~SoundForge(pay) ~Adobe Audition(pay) ~Cakewalk(pay) ~Jazz++ ~Ableton Live(pay)
Media Player Classic aka MPCAlternatives: ~VideoLan Cross-Platform Media Player ~MPlayer
Mozzila FirefoxAlternatives: ~Opera
Graphics - Raster
GNU Image Manipulation Program aka GIMP
Paint.NETAlternatives: ~Photoshop Elements(pay) ~Adobe Photoshop(pay)
Graphics - Vector
InkscapeAlternatives: ~Adobe Illustrator(pay) ~Xara Xtreme(pay)
Graphics - Drawing/Painting
Open Canvas aka oCAlternatives: ~ArtWeaver
RSS/Atom/RDF Reader (Aggregator)
RSSOwlAlternatives: ~SharpReader ~GreatNews ~FeedDemon(pay) ~Akregator (linux)
mIRCAlternatives: ~konversation (Linux) ~Colloquy (Mac) ~IceChat (Win) ~Irssi ~KVIrc ~IceChat
Notepad++Alternatives: ~Komodo Edit
Darik's Boot and Nuke aka DBAN
Crap Cleaner aka cCleanerAlternatives: ~Registry Mechanic(pay) ~TuneUp Utilities(pay) ~Acronis TrueImage(pay) ~CrystalDiskMark ~Cobian Backup
RainMeter and Rainlendar 2
Created on: 2006-09-18. Last modified: 2008-04-07
Security related programs are listed here, as no finger can be pointed to any one of them as the best, thus I will just list them here and some details about them. Choose whichever you like. :)
FREE Security Programs
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Security settings :
Ok... That should be n00b friendly enough...
If you would like to add some other suggestion please post here... :D
Antivirus comparason sites : av-comparatives
Other Security Related Programs
Darik's Boot and Nuke - Hard Drive Wipe [100% FREE] [Floppy-Boot / USB-Boot / CD-Boot] [supports: IDE, SCSI and SATA]
Darik's Boot and Nuke (commonly known as DBAN) is an open source project hosted on Sourceforge. The program is designed to securely wipe a hard disk until data is no longer recoverable, by overwriting the data with random numbers generated by Mersenne twister (a PRNG). The Gutmann method is included with DBAN.
As an IRC client I use mIRC... I'll say it is better than Opera's IRC client, but not exceptional. mIRC is shareware; you get a free trial for 30 days before registering it for $20 so you might as well give it a try. If you don't think it is worth purchasing, then you can always use Opera for free.
Now, I've got a question: Can anyone recommend good Firewall and Anti-Virus programs for me? While I would prefer free or cheap programs, what I'm really interested in are programs that have minimal system overhead. Are there such programs that will do the job well, without slowing my system or eating up resources? It would be worth paying for such programs if they worked well. Unfortunately the market leaders have turned into bloatware and other programs seem to have other problems.
I mean to get to it I would have to hit F11 >> drag all the way to Feeds >> click it >> click on the AS rss feed (and then I'm faced with a ton of info I don't need... and apparently I can't squeeze the fields to 0)
I might as well go to the AS front page... (Shift+F2) + s
I'm looking for a program that can run outside the browser and has some friendly form of announcing stuff... like a pop-up or sound. (I only need it for AS)
I think I'll stick with good ol' Opera... IRC will probably disappear in a few years once Opera completes development on they're Event Streaming to Web Browsers thing... or not...
I think it's better to go by what anti-virus should I not use...
For example Not32 is a really low resource anti-virus, but I got infected with jeefo so black boll for it... :mad:
Right now I'm happy with Kaspersky... pretty much detects/deletes anything that's threatening. (it's not that famed for it's disinfecting properties)
Until now every time I accidentally got a file that was dangerous (trojan or so) I would see a little window pop up saying that the file had trojen, virus etc and Kaspersky waked it off of my hdd... :D
I know some of my friends are happy with Bitdefender and McAfee... :)
Haven heard any bad stories about them...
Firewall ?... Hmm... I use the windows one... I'm starting to feel some second thoughts about software by Microsoft... I would also like to know of a FREE alternative... I'm don't play video games so it's not that important to me if it's a resource hog or not...
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BTW can anyone advise me on Linux...
Heard about it... never seen one...
If I understand correctly it's FREE and there are several versions...
BTW were do I get it...
yes I'm a n00b... lol :D
This is probably going to be a lead in for a double post, one informational, one argumentative.
1) Sharpreader (Free) (Semi-active dev) (Secure) (Seems to be the preference of a few majors Developers too.)
2) Greatnews (Free) (Semi-active dev, secure?)
3) Feeddemon (30 day trial, then pay) (Fully Active dev) (Secure) ***
*Secure means that they have patched the internal RSS browser to run in the internet zone and not the local zone or similar to prevent rss attacks.
**I have a few feeds that I want to keep backups of and thus have 10000+ items. Feeddemon chokes HEAVILY on these. For things under 1000 or so, it works fine though.
***I used Feeddemon for the longest time and then wanted to upgrade. The problem is the new version REQUIRES integration with newsgator AND phones home. The program is still a really great RSS Program but these were two features that I definitely did not want. There is also a cap of 19999 items and it's memory usage shoots through the roof on anything over 5000 or so. There are also some very weird bugs.
If you can still find a copy of it, Kerio Personal Firewall 2.1.5 (aka 2.15) (The last one before it became bloatware.)
Upsides: Free license, low memory foot print, very advanced control over the firewall.
Downsides: There are a few security holes (DOS only, no remote), minor issues with some setups, and it is 5 years old and out of development.
Anti-virus: They all are basically the same amount of suck somewhere. The best three (IMTSO) (plus one) are basically:
AVG: It's free, it works, decent detection rates.
Kaspersky: You have to pay for this one but it has the highest wild detection rate I saw. On the few systems that I saw it, it was pretty small memory wise.
F-secure I am going to recommend this one based on a handful of experiences and based on what they are producing. Its pay, but the few systems I saw it on, it had a pretty low memory footprint, was decently fast, and got most things. The thing is, they are the ones with new heurestics and rootkit detection in their latest version which sounds like it will increase their wild detection rates by a lot.
+1: If you happen to go to a school that has Norton Corporate, that is one of the best engines out there but the detection rates can be sucky.
You also forgot to mention Mozilla Suite which has only 1/2 the vulns that are in Firefox (not based on the 1.5 code), is far more stable and reliable and its successor Mozilla Seamonkey which has the other 1/2 (based on the 1.5+ code).
For the former, use MIDI sequencer of some kind. Cakewalk comes out as the first pick program for me. It also has options to add wav audio to add any sound of your choice. It's been several years since I've touched any MIDI sequencers though. For the latter, check out Audacity (free) or CoolEdit (expensive).
RSS - I don't read very many feeds, but I'm using Thunderbird. After going through multiple stand-alone feed readers, I've decided I like this setting the best.
IRC - I've made my switch from mIRC to x-chat, and I've been very happy with it. The official version of x-chat for windows is a shareware. Because the source is still available for free under the GPL, there are other free versions available, such as the one by Silverex. It does have its own quirks that may bother some people. It does miss some features that mIRC supports (such as custom background images per window, etc). And not all configurable options are present in the preferences dialogue, so you need to configure them using /set command. Even with these drawbacks, I still like it better than mIRC.
Simple... and I don't have to do a thing... :D
I'll add the other 2 as alternatives...
I personally don't use OO.o... I'm very happy with MsO :p
However while FREE does not mean better... FREE is very important to most people... Even I like free stuff :D... It's Perfection Vs. Money...
The list isn't created by what I want... It just lists some of the information people might be intrested in.
I intend to add MsO (it's what I always use)... but like Photoshop I want to make sure I add all the info as best as I can... so it's going to take me a while... :cool: (it's hard to summarize it's functionality... and it's big...)
It's hard to summarize because I want to have a nice clean list with 4 lines (max) of description... of course it's impossible for these types of programs... but I try my best :D
What do you mean by "pre-mozilla-netscape syndrome".
Now that I think about it... I don't think there's any other free alternative then AVG.
I know I saw a thread about antivirus programs here somewhere... maybe I can put that to some use... hopefully xris didn't wack it :D
No I'm not a musician... I just want to make little ambient music from bits and pieces. I heard this type before and I feel it's good enough (actually some were really good) I know they used some program to make them... I just wanted to give it a try and didn't want to start off on the wrong foot....
The .au audio format is the one you can place on webpages. (I hope I didn't mess this up)
Then again you can use gifs for favicons now so I guess it might be a similar story for site background music :uhoh:
Oh well... thanks again for the help... :) *rep++*
Hasn't crashed on me, hasn't taken up too many resources (my system is somewhat dated as a 1.8 GHz, 1 GB of RAM PC).
I use Windows firewall, but keep hearing the name Zonealarm brought up as an excellent program.
IF you BT or any other custom internet use; Zone Alarm will be very annoying and detrimental. Personally due to me computer being a bit custom configured, ZA screwed up my settings with its driver. All IMO.
Regarding the audio related software...
For wave samples I suggest Adobe Audition (formerly known as Cooledit).
It has very good effect-filters (both realtime and pre-calculated), which on sidenote are not allowed in kcl822's karaoke competition :D
And you can align these samples in a multi track sequencer (even midi, but for midi only, I'ld suggest other sequencers - there are so many good ones, that it is basically your personal taste that decides which one is better... Cakewalk, Cubase - Steinberg, Logic Pro Audio -for Apple-, Magix, TR-XoX -for bass lines and other drum related work :D (free), Jazz++ (free, see sourceforge), lot more free ones at sourceforge).
If you like it more professional I'ld suggest Ableton Live, it has all the neat stuff that samplers usually have, but since it is meant for easy use in a live performance, the graphical user interface is really clean and tidy. Such that a fast and easy sequencing is possible without the cluttered/packed gui's some samplers have. (and again, it is personal taste that makes one sequencer better than another, you must decide for your own).
Ahh Jinto Lin beat me to it!!
On top of his/her comprehensive list I'll add:
Reason 3.0 - Very user friendly for amateurs. Programs like cubase are a bit hard to pick up.
Fruity Loops - If you havent made music before this ridiculously basic program well get you going.
Rebirth - A nice acid instrument + self contained sequencer, 303s & 808s etc.
None are free if you're planning to pay for them but can be acquired through the usual alternative methods quite easily.
The only RSS program I like is Akregator but thats only on *nix systems. For cross-platform I'd go with RSSOwl. Its java though.
For IRC, I use Irssi. I think there may be a windows version somewhere. When I installed it in Windows I did it in cygwin.
Some minor upgrades to the list...
Added the relatively unknown 7-Zip. (if I'm not mistaken the only FREE File Archiver)
Also added Photoshop (with lots of resources and stuff) and RSSOwl...
Compressed the layout a little...
Added a Security section with (hopefully) all the popular (since that's important for them) and trusted programs... The list is more or less a summary of all the programs that were suggested here (on Animesuki forum/Tech Support) over the years. I also added other programs I found on the sites of the programs suggested (under the premis that that if product x is trusted and is from company y then if product z is also from company y then it's also trustworthy) (most of them are FREE programs/services)
I also added a little n00by security guide.
If you find anything wrong then by al means shoot away :)
I have tons of other stuff on my "To Check/Add list" (all those audio, irc progys @_@ a couple of other ones.... ), I'll add them a little later...
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Ah yes before I forget, while searching the threads in the forum I found some interesting statements. I was thinking of adding them, but after browsing hundreds of antivirus homepages for hours :eyespin: the idea sort of went away. :heh:
Anyway... I'm curious just what here is true.
I think there was another... can't remember right now @_@.
Anyway any opinions on this ?(which is true/false)... My brain is fried ATM :), can't think straight.
know which settings to use,
keep it updated,
know which part of the registry to set readonly,
... than it is basically as safe as other browsers.
It has a considerably low preload compared to other browsers. It is easier to safely use browsers like Firefox instead.
Maybe I sound too harsh, but in general I like your idea and how much effort you put into this. Maybe you can try to find some reliable sources online, experts who have tested different tools (like FWs and AVs) and base your rating on such sources?
And you need to pay attention to not use (or even consider) phrases like
After reading through the software list again, even within the categories listed, there are softwares I want some considerations for additions.
Not everyone needs the power of photoshop. Heck, extremely limited number of people can really utilize the power of photoshop anyway. Seriously, it's a professional tool, not a casual home entertainment tool. I've never used this personally, but I think Photoshop Elements should be mentioned as well. Priced just below $90, it's much more affordable, and should pose less learning curve.
And for someone who doesn't care about Adobe product, I suggest Paint Shop Pro as a solid alternative to PS. Priced just under $100, it still is an extremely powerful image editor. The feature set should be pretty close to that of Photoshop. (I really can't testify myself, since I don't have Photoshop.) The version of PSP I own supports the plug-in system that's compatible with Photoshop's. In fact, I have Eye Candy plugin loaded on mine. (A tad old, I hardly use it, but... it's there.)
If someone is very very tight on budget, still want a powerful image editor, and don't mind a HUGE learning curve, GIMP should be a valid option too. It's originally made for unix/linux environment, so the user interface will look foreign to Windows users. It took me quite a while to feel even somewhat comfortable with this software. But to me, it's definitely worth it.
I really have to put my plug for foobar2000. It doesn't have as nice of a skinnable interface as winamp (it's somewhat skinnable - if the default interface look boring, check out http://pelit.koillismaa.fi/fb2k/. Or check out Columns UI plugin.). But I choose foobar over winamp for a few reasons. *I don't need a pretty interface for my audio player. Most of the time, this app would be hidden behind other apps anyway. If that's the case, I'd much rather use an app that take up less memory too. *A damn good set of audio filter comes with the standard installation, so you can play back almost any audio types out of the box. (There are still a few others, such as Monkey's Audio decoder which need to be downloaded separately.) *Pretty good audio converter interface. Not that I use this often, but it comes in handy from time to time. *Fair set of filters. The graphic EQ has finer control than that of standard winamp - which can be good and bad. *Damn good tag editor. I'm now in love with the tag editor interface as of 0.9.3. It's the best one I've ever used. *Licensing? Free, opensource. *Gapless playback of mp3 files work better than any gapless plugin for winamp I've tried. Important for live albums and classical albums.
If you list VLC, you may also want to list MPLayer. It's also a player that has a built-in, ffmpeg based decoder, just like VLC. By default, it does not have any type of GUI. But as of current, it has much better softsub support. (Only on the bleeding edge, non-official builds.)
Free Security software:
At least list Sygate Personal Firewall as one of the free alternatives.
Also, from the above... passphrases are the current "in" thing. Whole sentences that you remember and take selected words or even letters from to make passwords. Lastly, slicker sites arent safer. XSS code can be inserted anywhere.
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