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Freeware I can’t live without December 8, 2008

Posted by oktyabr in personal.
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Looks like it’s time for my semi-annual reinstall of Windows and I wanted to post a short list of “must have” applications that will go on shortly after:

AIMP2 — Fast winamp replacement for audio playback with lots of neat features.
http://www.aimp2.us/

Ashampoo Burning Studio Free — A recent addition I haven’t really had a chance to play with yet.  Looks like it might have lots of nag-alerts but I’ll give it the benefit of the doubt.  http://www.snapfiles.com/get/burningstudiofree.html

Burrrn — Best freeware application I’ve found for burning audio CDs.
Fast and can handle several different audio formats at the same time!
http://www.burrrn.net/?page_id=4

Crimson Editor —  If I could only have one text editor this one would be it: http://www.crimsoneditor.com/

Fairstars CD Ripper — twice as fast as anything else I’ve used, easy
to configure, nice clean interface.  http://www.fairstars.com/

FLAC  —  audio tools for the Free Lossless Audio Codec, the ONLY way to store music on a PC!
http://flac.sourceforge.net/

Flock — My top notch web browser and so much more!  http://flock.com/

ImgBurn — very fast, very light .iso burner:  http://www.imgburn.com/

IZarc — My favorite archive manager.  http://www.izarc.org/

K-Lite Codec Pack — play everything.  http://www.codecguide.com/about_kl.htm

Rising Antivirus — A new kid on the block with low resources and lots of power.
http://www.rising-global.com/

The GIMP for windows — Top notch image editing software with most of the capabilities of Photoshop without the price.  http://www.gimp.org/windows/

Wega2  —  Image viewer.  Has excellent EXIF data abilities and batch processing, something I would normally use Irfanview for.  http://www.snapfiles.com/get/wegaviewer.html

Slimserver — The BEST free server software to get music from your hard drive to another PC, a networked music device (I have the Roku Soundbridge), or even a gaming console (Xbox 360 works great!):

http://www.slimdevices.com/su_downloads.html

Songbird — Mozilla based music manager and player.  http://getsongbird.com/

Syncback Free — Nice way to back up and synchronize drives.
http://www.2brightsparks.com/downloads.html#freeware

VLC media player — Simple, fast and mighty powerful playback (and server!) of just about all audio and video formats.  http://www.videolan.org/vlc/

I’m sure there are many, many more that should be on this list but I really need to get to work on this machine!

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