Useful Software

Music Software

  • AnalogWhole
    Can convert DRM protected WMA files into MP3 files by using the certificate.
  • Applian Freecorder
    Can record from the soundcard, but without using special soundcard driver (Works with Vista).
  • BonkEnc
    Free and opensource CD ripper, audio encoder and converter
  • CDex
    Freeware utility for extracting / ripping music cds.
  • dBpowerAMP
    Music Converter can be used to convert WAV, MP3, OGG, WMA, ASF, APE, RAM and many more.
  • Exact Audio Copy
    Freeware utility for extracting / ripping music cds.
  • Foobar2000
    Light weight quality audio player.
  • JetAudio
    Good quality audio player.
  • Monkey’s Audio
    Official site of the APE format, and provides APE plugin for WinAmp.
  • Total Recorder
    Records audio directly from the soundcard, the final solution for ripping audio.
  • Winamp
    My favorite audio player.
  • Winamp Plugin – Disk/File Writer
    This functionality is not included in the minimal version of Winamp.
  • XMPlay
    Light weight quality audio player.

Data Compression

  • 7-Zip
    Creator of the 7z format. My favorite compression utility (Doesn’t support ACE).
  • Filzip
    Allround freeware archive utility.
  • IZArc
    Allround freeware archive utility (Probably the best).
  • MaximumCompression.com
    Benchmark of the different compression formats.
  • PicoZip Recovery Tool
    Program that can help you recover lost or forgotten passwords from password protected Zip files.
  • TUGZip
    Allround freeware archive utility.
  • UltimateZip
    Allround freeware archive utility.
  • WinACE
    Creator of the ACE format.
  • WinRAR
    Creator of the RAR format.
  • WinZip
    Once lean and mean, now bloated beyond repair.
  • ZipGenius
    Allround freeware archive utility.

Image Handling

Instant Messaging

  • eBuddy
    Web-based IM client able to access MSN, AIM and Yahoo.
  • Gaim
    Opensource IM which supports ICQ, MSN, Yahoo, Jabber, IRC etc. (Good plugin support).
  • ICQ
    Creator of the ICQ IM protocol.
  • ICQ to Go
    Web based version of the ICQ IM client.
  • IM2
    Free IM which supports ICQ, MSN, Yahoo, IRC etc.
  • Kopete
    Opensource IM which supports ICQ, MSN, Yahoo, Jabber, IRC etc.
  • Miranda IM
    Opensource IM which supports ICQ, MSN, Yahoo, Jabber, IRC etc. (Good plugin support).
  • MSN Messenger
    Creator of the MSN IM protocol.
  • MSN Messenger Plus
    Extends the functionality of MSN Messenger (Bundled with optional sponsor).
  • MSN Web Messenger
    Web based version of the MSN IM client.
  • Trillian
    My favorite IM application.

Text Editors

  • Context
    Similar to Notepad++ but a little slower to start (Works well with large files).
  • EditPad Lite
    Similar to Notepad++ but a little slower to start (Works well with large files).
  • Multi Edit
    My favorite text editor, when I have to search and replace in many files.
  • Notepad++
    My favorite text editor, when I have to make some small changes to a file.
  • Programmer’s Notepad
    Opensource text editor with project support.

Computer Monitoring

  • BitMeter
    Network bandwidth monitor similar to DU meter and NetMeter (.NET)
  • Motherboard Monitor
    Gives a nice little systray icon to monitor the temperature of your motherboard and CPU.
  • NetMeter
    A free network traffic/bandwidth monitor, which works just like DU Meter but uses less resources.

Computer Protection

Computer Testing

  • ATTO – Disk Benchmark 2.02
    Test the speed of your storage solution.
  • CPU Burn-in
    CPU Temperature Test software. (Useful for testing stability after overclocking)
  • CPU-Z
    CPU Identification software. (Useful for seeing CPU- and RAM-type before overclocking).
  • Futuremark – 3DMark
    Graphics Speed Test software.
  • memtest86
    RAM Test software. (Useful for testing stability after overclocking)
  • Rightmark.org
    Provides a range of tools for testing CPU and RAM. (Useful for testing stability after overclocking).
  • SiSoftware – Sandra
    Benchmarks almost everything in the computer (HDD test partition should have 1 GB unfragmented free space).
  • Steel bytes – HD Speed
    Test the speed of your storage solution.
  • TCD Labs – HD Tach 2.61
    Test the speed of your storage solution (Jagged curve means retransmissions because of bad cables).

File Manager

FTP Software

  • FileZilla
    Opensource FTP server and client, and the FTP server have become my favorite (Replacing an aging Gene6 FTP server).
  • SmartFTP
    My favorite FTP client, even though free it has a nag.

Web Browser

Website Tools

  • HTTrack
    A free multithreaded site grapper/napper/spider for downloading entire website for offline browsing.
  • Tidybot
    Performs offline batch validation of an entire web-site using TidyLib (Doesn’t use W3C DTD). Use it together with HTTrack on dynamic sites.
  • Validator
    Performs offline batch validation of an entire web-site using SGML parser with W3C DTD. Use it together with HTTrack on dynamic sites.
  • Xenu’s Link Sleuth
    Free link validator that quickly can check whether all the links on your website are working.

Movie Software

  • DivX Movies
    Articles about encoding and decoding.
  • DivX-Digest.com
    Articles about encoding and decoding.
  • Doom9.net
    Articles about encoding and decoding.
  • DVD-Guides.com
    Articles about encoding and decoding.
  • FlasKMPEG
    Tool for movie format conversion that can re-encode or edit movies.
  • HandBrake
    HandBrake can rip DVD’s and convert them to your favorite movie format (Use it together with DVD43)
  • nanDub
    Tool for movie format conversion that can re-encode or edit movies.
  • RipHelp.com
    Articles about encoding and decoding.
  • TMPGEnc
    Tool for movie format conversion that can re-encode or edit movies.
  • VideoHelp.com
    Articles about encoding and decoding.
  • VirtualDub
    Tool for movie format conversion that can re-encode or edit movies.

Movie Codecs

  • AC3 Codec
    AC3 is the standard DVD audio codec but also used for different AVI movies.
  • AC3 Filter
    Opensource AC3 decoder.
  • DivX
    One of the first MPEG4 codecs used by the scene, but have now become bloated.
  • DivX 3 Codec
    DivX 3 is a hacked Windows MPEG4 Codec (Mostly used by early DivX movies)
  • DivX WMA Codec
    DivX WMA Codec is a hacked Windows Media Audio Codec (Mostly used by early DivX movies)
  • ffdshow-tryouts
    Branch of the official ffdshow, and includes support for x264, h264, HD, VP62.
  • GSpot Codec Information
    Movie format detection tools, that can tell you what codec you need to play the movie.
  • Media Player Classic
    My favorite player that supports subtitles, multiple audio streams, audio stream delay and much more.
  • Morgan Stream Switcher
    Play movies with multiple audio streams, by giving the ability to specify which audio stream (language) to play.
  • MPEG2 Codec
    MPEG2 is a licensed codec used to play DVD’s and other MPEG/MPG movies.
  • Ogg Vorbis Codec
    OGG Direct Show Filter.
  • QuickTime Alternative
    QuickTime Alternative will allow you to play Quicktime files without having to install the official Apple Quicktime Player.
  • Real Alternative
    Real Alternative will allow you to play RealMedia files without having to install the official RealPlayer
  • VSFilter
    Subtitle codec that can merge/combine subtitles (vobsub, ssa, srt, sub+idx, …) into movies being played (Must have same filename).
  • Xvid.org
    Favorite movie codec of the scene.
  • Xvid.org – Koepi’s XviD
    Direct Show Filter
  • Xvid.org – Nic’s XviD
    Direct Show Filter

Movie Subtitles

SFV Checkers

  • Cruzer SFV
    The SFV file can be used to check the CRC of the accompanying files.
  • hkSFV
    The SFV file can be used to check the CRC of the accompanying files.
  • pdSFV 1.2
    The SFV file can be used to check the CRC of the accompanying files.
  • QuickSFV
    The SFV file can be used to check the CRC of the accompanying files.
  • SFV32W 1.1a
    The SFV file can be used to check the CRC of the accompanying files.

CD/DVD Image Software

  • Daemon Tools
    My favorite CD-ROM emulator, as it creates a virtual CD-ROM drive in Windows, which you an insert CD-images (ISO, BIN+CUE, CCD, NRG, etc.).
  • ISO Buster
    ISO Buster, allows you to view and extract the contents of a CD image file.
  • VCD Control
    Microsoft’s Virtual CD-ROM Control Panel for Windows XP.
  • Virtual CloneDrive
    Slysoft the creator of CloneCD have created a freeware CD-ROM emulator, that enables one to mount ISO, BIN, CCD images as CD-ROM drives.
  • WinBIN
    WinBIN, can convert an BIN file (sector size 2352) into an ISO file (sector size 2048).
  • WinImage
    WinImage, allows you to view, extract and change the contents of a CD image file.

CD/DVD Burning Software

  • CDBurnerXP Pro
    CDBurnerXP Pro is a freeware CD/DVD-burner software.
  • DeepBurner
    DeepBurner is a freeware CD/DVD-burner software.
  • FinalBurner
    FinalBurner is a freeware CD/DVD-burner software.
  • ImgBurn
    ImgBurn is a freeware CD/DVD-burner software, but can only burn ready made images.
  • InfraRecorder
    InfraRecorder is a free and open source CD/DVD burning solution.
  • Nero
    Nero is usually bundled with your CD/DVD-burner, so it is a good idea to check for an updated version.

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