Useful Software Guide 2011

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  • Dirtbox 3 Sep 2010 10:06:54 80,933 posts
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    Well, I think it's time for this to get a makeover. Rather than going through all the basics like anti virus, browsers and media players, of which we've already found our favourite flavours, this one's going to be more about adding functionality to make your life easier. The focus of this is for Windows, but a few of these apps are also available for OSX.
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    Because there's always room for improvement.

    [link=http://notepad-plus-plus.org/">Notepad++ (Win) is a great little alternative to the feature-light Notepad, it's also worth keeping an eye on
  • shamblemonkee 3 Sep 2010 16:35:37 15,139 posts
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    anyone know of a decent free video editing software?
  • DocX 3 Sep 2010 16:47:06 1,963 posts
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    Signed up for dropbox as your guides are always useful DB. Will install it when I get home.
  • HoriZon 3 Sep 2010 16:48:45 13,688 posts
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    uTorrent for getting legal file of course.

    VLC media player.
  • Murbs 3 Sep 2010 16:53:34 22,859 posts
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    DropBox also available as an iPhone app making it doubly useful.
  • Dirtbox 3 Sep 2010 16:55:29 80,933 posts
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    DocX wrote:
    Signed up for dropbox as your guides are always useful DB. Will install it when I get home.
    Woop! Thanks :)
  • Dirtbox 3 Sep 2010 16:58:21 80,933 posts
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    Sillothian wrote:
    Here a few bits of freebie software that I use-
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    I'm not keen on any of those really, but you have reminded me of a couple of great things.
  • Blaketown 5 Sep 2010 20:02:42 5,123 posts
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    Murbal wrote:
    DropBox also available as an iPhone app making it doubly useful.

    And 'Droid.

    Making it, erm, the same amount of useful but for different people.
  • whatthefu 5 Sep 2010 21:09:04 878 posts
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    Is there a program that would let me load a cue file of an album and allow me to remove the tracks I dont like and add tracks from another mp3 album that I do like?
    These are mix albums/single file so I need a cue editor to do it.
  • Hunkyjim 5 Sep 2010 21:09:21 178 posts
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    Dirtbox for mod
  • coastal 6 Sep 2010 00:38:44 5,393 posts
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    Movies/TV Shows media management.

    I'd recommend Ember Media Manager. It's loads better than the one I wrote. Takes a while to load all the data in but works a treat scraping info from imdb/tvdb, posters and fanart.

    Switching audio devices.

    My audio changer for Windows 7- horrendous plug I know
    Vista Audio Changer
    STADS for XP
  • DFawkes 6 Sep 2010 02:51:08 25,499 posts
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    Why no Norton Antivirus? I thought that was DBs favourite program, I bought 4 copies to cover all my computers thanks to his wise instruction. Well, he said it was shit, but as a coprophiliac that's a good thing.

    Only software I'm a big fan of is Paint.net. It's not great, but it does all my basic image editing needs and seems relatively light weight most of the time.
  • Dirtbox 12 Nov 2010 20:02:45 80,933 posts
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    Here's a cool productivity app for those few of you who don't till the fields or sweep roads for a living.

    Wunderlist
  • Lexx87 12 Nov 2010 20:04:59 20,853 posts
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    Cheers DB for these! Solutu is a new one for me def check that out.
  • Deleted user 12 November 2010 22:42:03
    Sugarsync is a pretty good alternative dropbox solution too.
  • FooAtari 13 Nov 2010 01:30:59 3,955 posts
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    DB, your Dropbox and Wunderlist links are back to front in first post.
  • Bloodloss 13 Nov 2010 01:50:02 4,497 posts
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  • iokthemonkey 13 Nov 2010 05:45:21 4,663 posts
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    DFawkes wrote:
    Why no Norton Antivirus? I thought that was DBs favourite program, I bought 4 copies to cover all my computers thanks to his wise instruction. Well, he said it was shit, but as a coprophiliac that's a good thing.

    Only software I'm a big fan of is Paint.net. It's not great, but it does all my basic image editing needs and seems relatively light weight most of the time.

    Cheers Fawksie - I was looking for a program I used to use years ago (i.e. Paint.net) but couldn't remember which one it was. So thanks for that!
  • Dirtbox 13 Nov 2010 07:20:41 80,933 posts
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    FooAtari wrote:
    DB, your Dropbox and Wunderlist links are back to front in first post.
    Cheers!
  • speedofthepuma 13 Nov 2010 07:56:02 13,346 posts
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    Another useful thread from DB, thanks.

    /marks interesting.
  • matrim83 13 Nov 2010 07:56:42 5,598 posts
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    Hmm Picasa sounds interesting. Gonna give it a try now. Thanks.
  • Dirtbox 13 Nov 2010 08:06:51 80,933 posts
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    I messed up the link for that as well somehow, sorted now though.
  • PearOfAnguish 13 Nov 2010 08:20:08 7,544 posts
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    Two of my favourites are [link=http://www.winpatrol.com/">WinPatrol, which sits there and watches your system, telling you when there are new startup programs, changes to browser homepages, file associations etc and
  • Deleted user 13 November 2010 09:35:19
    shamblemonkee wrote:
    anyone know of a decent free video editing software?
    There's a few around for Linux, but for Windows I guess that Blender would be one solution.

    (yes, it's a 3D application, but it also has a built-in non-linear editor and compositor)
  • Dirtbox 13 Nov 2010 10:31:21 80,933 posts
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    Windows has Windows Live Movie Maker which is alright. Not amazing by any stretch, but does most things adequately enough.
  • Lexx87 13 Nov 2010 10:37:41 20,853 posts
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    Solutu is a really nice bit of kit! I realise they have a long way to go but I love its simplicity.
  • Dirtbox 13 Nov 2010 10:40:26 80,933 posts
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    Yeah, it's quite good. As more people use it, more programs are added to the genome so it'll get better over time.
  • Syrok Designer, Tarsier Studios 13 Nov 2010 10:46:30 14,076 posts
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    Does this count?

    Sumo Paint - Browser based image editor. Very good if you don't have access to Photoshop, since it has all the basic photoshop option such as layers, etc. And it is of course free.
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