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  1. digibucc

    digibucc

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    looking for any recommendations, of windows software that is lesser known but in your opinion must have.

    i'm not talking about windows or adobe suite here. I'm talking about things like:

    yes i am adding contributions to the list, give me time.

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    2 Productivity
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    4 TeraCopy Free /$22USD
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    6 Notepad++ Free
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    9 astrogrep Free
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    11 ClipMagic Trial /$15USD
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    13 Microsoft Visual Studio Express Editions Free
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    15 EditPlus Trial/$35USD
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    17 Hex Workshop Trial/$90USD
    .
    name price description
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    2 Customization
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    4 DisplayFusion Free /$25USD
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    6 Fences Free
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    8 Windowblinds Trial /$20USD
    name price description
    1 Graphics
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    3 GreenFish Icon Editor Pro Free
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    5 Paint.NET Free
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    7 Gimp for Windows Free
    name price description
    1 Media
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    3 MediaMonkey Free /$25USD
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    5 Media jukebox Free /$40USD
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    7 MP3Gain Free
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    9 handbrake Free
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    11 virtualdub Free
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    13 Free MP3 WMA Converter Free
    name price description
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    2 Internet
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    4 Netlimiter Free /$30USD
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    6 IDA Free /$30USD
    7 w/Flashgot Firefox Plugin Free
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    9 HTTrack (Free)
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    11 FileZilla (Free)
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    13 Simple Port Forwarding (Free)
    name price description
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    2 Archiving / Burning / Mounting
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    4 7zip Free
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    6 Virtual Clone Drive Free
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    8 imgBurn Free
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    10 CDBurnerXP Free
    name price description
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    2 System Tools
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    4 Yet Another Duplicate File Remover Free
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    6 process explorer Free
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    8 BlueScreenView (Free)
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    10 CrystalDiskInfo (Free)
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    12 CutePDF Printer / GPL Postscript Converter (Free)
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    14 doPDF (Free)
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    16 VMWare Free /Paid
    17
    18 CreateFlashCD (Free)

    mostly i'm looking for the type of software you don't know you're missing until you find it,
    then you think "wow how did i not know this existed!"

    Thank you to everyone who has and will reply, special thanks to: Static~Charge | remixedcat | El Mayo | mlee49 | newtekie | twilyth | FordGT90 | Scaminatrix | Derek12
    :)
     
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  2. newtekie1

    newtekie1 Semi-Retired Folder

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    Well you said WinRAR, so I have to say 7zip because it is better.:D

    Richcopy is another one.

    Ultramon is essential if you have multiple monitors.
     
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  3. digibucc

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    at first i was going to ask for paid software, to reflect the free list that's stickied, but i don't want to limit it and i'm asking for lesser know software either way.
    agreed though, i bought a winrar license before i found 7zip. now as much as it pains me winrar isn't even installed :(

    I use displayfusion instead of ultramon. it gives me multi-monitor taskbars and rotating per monitor backgrounds ... what else does ultra-mon do?
     
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    It puts an extra button at the top of every window that when clicked moves the window to the next screen. It also adds a button at the top of every window that lets you maximize the window fill all the screens.

    But really I only use it for the same functions you use Displayfusion for.:toast:
     
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    CreateFlashCD

    Lets you flash the BIOS on a motherboard where flashing by floppy is the only other means. I've needed this program for about the last 10 years! Only really useful if you're working on a lot of customer's old/oem rigs but useful nonetheless.

    Simple Port Forwarding

    This one was always a massive help when setting up a customer's PC "to their requirements". Update it, tell it the make + model of your router and your i.p. etc. and it forwards the requested ports on your router for you. I've always d/l'ed from majorgeeks as I didn't trust the look of any other sites that hosted it. Haven't used it for about a year though.


    Both tools are free.
     
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    Dexpot, ZBar, PangoBright, Taskbar Shuffle, AeroSnap, Sizer, Speedfan, 1-Click Answers, Link Shell Extension, DVD Shrink, Irfanview, Notepad++, Pixel Ruler, Flux, Air Mouse, Unlocker, Say the Time, VirtualDub, ffdshow, MagicDisc, KchmViewer, Pixeur.

    Also, there are some good PowerToys if on XP.
     
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    Suhidu's picked up on a lot of really good apps there, but I thought I'd just emphasize, this is a truly brilliant little application with a justifiably extensive following. If anybody here doesn't use this as their general text editor, do grab it and give it a whirl!
     
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    for sure. my general text and exclusive php editor. brilliant app.
     
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    IZArc - nice shell integrated menus like winrar's and seems to handle the different compression schemes I've thrown at it so far - free.

    getFolderSize - free

    bulk rename utility - free

    fast duplicate file finder - free

    m8 - tiny clipboard extender that is mostly bare bones but has some nice features and beats flipping windows - free.

    Autoruns for Windows v10.07 - small, free program that I think used to be part of the sysinternals bundle. It finds more startup spam than any other utility I've ever seen.
     
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    Malwarebytes, Ms Security Essentails, AVAST free, WIndows XP OR Vista or 7 Fire wall(not the built in one)VLC,Steam, Google Earth.SmartDefrag(by Iobits), Yahoo Messenger. CCleaner,Google drive.Fraps, Handbrake,
     
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    Heck yeah, Autoruns is a definite must! Process Explorer v15 too! I use both of those almost daily when confronted with a "slow" machine.
     
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    Emacs. just sayin...
     
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    oh, what about VMWare Player? I don't see that mentioned a lot in these types of threads, but I used it all the time when I'm testing things that I'm not quite sure how they wil work, or I just want to play around with an OS that I don't feel like loading onto a real machine. Plus it is free, and probably one of the easiest to use virtualization programs I've seen.
     
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    My favorite lesser known software has to be Real Temp. I use it the most and have it installed on every build I can.

    Great support and a great programmer.
     
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    Free...

    CDBurnerXP ; to burn CD/DVD
    Link: http://cdburnerxp.se/

    FLV to AVI ; convert FLV video (Youtube) into AVI , Mpeg , MP3 , DivX , etc..
    Link: http://flvtoavi.com/

    Winx free DVD Ripper ; rip DVD's in to AVI , DivX , Mpeg4 ,etc...
    Link: http://www.winxdvd.com/dvd-ripper/

    Realplayer ; let you play music & video's also let you download video's on most site
    Link: http://www.real.com/

    Core Temp ; let you monitor CPU temp AMD\Intel & also can be add in to gadget bar (Vista/Win7)
    Link: http://www.alcpu.com/CoreTemp/
     
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    nvm
     
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    keep it coming! I am going to format this all into a link list soon.

    a great program i forgot is FlashFXP. my personal ftp client of choice, before the free (and good) filezilla.
     
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    People still use winzip and windowsblinds?
     
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    Winzip... what's that? :laugh: :rolleyes:

    Last time i used Winzip was back in days of Win98se...
     
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    I thought about it long and hard (for the last 3.5 minutes :D) and the only thing I can recommend that I haven't seen mentioned much on this forum is: cygwin.

    I know there are a lot of ways to integrate more linux features into Windows but I've found that cygwin has almost everything I need, plus a friendly package manager, and it makes porting apps a nearly trivial matter. It also has a very decent X server, extensive documentation, and a large community.

    It's not for everyone obviously, and I still have an Ubuntu VM running perpetually, but it does add a huge amount of tools and capability to Windows.

    The only other things I can think of are pretty well known:
    Deskpins - For making windows "Always On Top"
    VMware workstation - So much win
    WinSCP - SSH/SFTP file manager client
    I also wrote a blurb about accessing EXT3/EXT4 from Windows, which is something that I need to do from time to time.
    The file description for notepad++ should read: God's gift to Windows.

    A lot of people don't know but gedit (the classic customizable gnome text editor) is availabe on windows. Just FYI. :)
     
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    7zip
    imgburn
    Virtual Clone Drive
    CCleaner
    CCCP Codecs
    Open Office
    Combofix + Malwarebytes will nuke just about any infection.
     
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    The most powerful editor I've ever seen is the ISPF editor. It was originally written for the IBM mainframe environment but there is a PC version called SPFSE. There's no point in even looking at it unless you're familiar with ISPF.

    It's structured so that you issue commands to manipulate the text from a command line above the text and the text is addressed via row and column position. By using pointers to the row an column in your commands, you can treat any block of text of any size like a matrix where each individual element can be accessed independently.

    This sort of off topic in the sense that no one who hasn't worked with ISPF would ever use this, but it's certainly "lesser" known and is the most powerful editing software I've ever used.
     
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    what's a good alternative? i have not had luck with uxtheme patcher. i use rainmeter but that can't skin native windows, can it?
     
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    Just wanted to say Great thread idea, and Thanks for putting it all together! Nicely done everybody.

    Plus wanted to give a bump in case anybody missed this and knew of any other cool programs!
     

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