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I recieved a new notebook computer for xmas and was wondering what are some of the best "can't-live-without-it" utilities I should be looking for. Anybody have any Suggestions? I already have Adaware, Spybot, and a full corporate edition of symantech anti-virus.
Thanx in advance...
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An image editor is always useful.
I use Irfanview a lot..free:
http://www.irfanview.com/

Have started using PhotoFiltre..free..but it's not as stable as it should be:
http://photofiltre.free.fr/download_en.htm

PaintShop Pro is very good and the next best thing to PhotoShop IMO
Not free, I use version 8 and like it for photo restorations
http://www.jasc.com/products/default.asp

Paint.net is out for win2k and winxp
Haven't tried it as I'm on 98se, but have heard it is excellent
free:
http://www.eecs.wsu.edu/paint.net/downloads.html

An RSS feed reader for quickly scanning news and info sites online
free:
http://www.rssreader.com/

File Compression tools:
WinZip is nice, not free.
WinRar is also good, not free
Tugzip, Iceows and 7-zip are free.
I don't use compression tools much. I 'own' WinZip and it works well.
I've used the free ones out of curiosity and they worked well, also.

Real Alternative to replace Real
free:
http://www.free-codecs.com/download/Real_Alternative.htm

MWSnap is a good free screen capture app:
http://www.tucows.com/preview/222629.html

A download manager .
I use an older version of GetRight.

ShortKeys is nice for hotkeying script into text documents
free version:
http://www.shortkeys.com/lite.htm
 

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PSP7 and Animation Shop, Free download

http://com-puterworks.com/Free_Downloads.htm

Heard this is a free working version.
Guees they are giving away there older version now but then again the newer version is now own by Corel.
 

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Cheeseball81 said:
Good advise Cheese :up: :up: :up: Tarn, this is a "must have". I am a fan of javacool software because it WORKS and with no problems.. This program should be used by all. Spyware guard by Javacool is another option you may want to consider. :) >f
 

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Stoner said:
Fantastic find hewee :up:
I know someone that needs something just like that and is short of funds.
I'll pass it along

Thanks :)
Yes and I heard back from someone that has had it a couple months now so it did not stop working.

To bad more software company's did not gave away older versions of there software.
Sure they would lose some money but then again if it is a older version that is years old then people could use it longer and then maybe learn some things and like it and then want to buy the newer version.

I started out with a free Ulead GIF Animator 2 from there own web site. Before that it was a morph program from Ulead that I got for $1.00 on a floppy and then on a CD back when it was all shareware.

He hee I wonder if I could use the ACDsee that I got on one of those shareware CD's where it cost only $10.00 to get the paid version and you got free upgrades for life.
 

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I know what you mean, hewee.
I bought a Zoom usb modem some time ago, and it came with PaintShop pro on the install disc. I think it was version 4. Liked it and bought version 7 and then got a nice upgrade rebate on version 8. I might have gone with somebody else's if I had never tried out the version that came free with the modem.
 

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Quite afew of my programs are free... I use AdAware SE - Spybot Search & Destroy - Aida 32 - Easy Cleaner - My Uninstaller - Zone Alarm - registry Mechanic - Hijack this............etc.

I also have some free imaging programs and some bought after I checked out the demo....Adobe Photoshop 7 - Photo Impact 10 - PSP7 - Anim8or - Caligari true space 3.2 & 6.6 - unfreeze - irfanview - Alice 3-D animator - Avery design pro - painter 23 - Morpheous - image majik - Storyboard viewer and visualizer - Convert 3D........there is even more LOL Many of those you can find on the web for free! :up:
 

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Yea it works great giving out older versions stoner. Like Wacom tablets gave out Paint Clasic so I am sure others pay to get the newer version. They just changed it so now after Corel took over Painter you get "Adobe Photoshop Elements 2, Corel Painter Essentials 2, nik Color Efex� Pro 2 IE from nik multimedia" with there tablet.

So it is good to have working older versions or limited in how they may work even. Where some limit the image size or gray out some things or have demo on any images you save. But if they keep working you have time to cheack them out to see if you can learn to use it and if your like it and then buy it.
Worse case on a demo I ever had was you could only use it for 10 days or 10 tries or something like that and it it was a hard program to learn and I open it and try it out and close it so it lasted me only one day before it stop working because I had opened the program the 10 times. :( That is not good because why would I want to by something that I could not use because I never got to learn anything it does.
 

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Here are some categorized free utilities I have found useful:

Audit (Installed Software) Tool:
Belarc Advisor: http://www.belarc.com

Atomic Clock Synchronisation Tool:
Atomic Clock Sync: http://www.isbister.com

Checksum Tools:
CRCFileChecker: http://www.createwindow.com
CRCTextChecker: http://www.createwindow.com
MD5 Checksum: http://come.to/hahn

Compression Tools:
7-Zip: http://www.7-zip.org
BZip: http://www.muraroa.demon.co.uk

CPU Id Tool:
CpuId: http://www.cpuid.com/cpuz.php

Encryption Tool (block cipher: Allows variable-length keys up to 448 bits):
BlowFish: http://www.schneier.com/blowfish.html

File Monitor Tool:
FileMon: http://www.sysinternals.com

FTP Tool:
FileZilla: http://sourceforge.net/projects/filezilla

Port Tools:
Port Blocker: http://www.analogx.com/
Port Monster: http://www.portmonster.com

Process Tools:
Process Explorer: http://www.sysinternals.com
KillBox.exe: http://www.thespykiller.co.uk/files/killbox.exe

Realtime Registry Monitor Tool:
RegMon: http://www.sysinternals.com

Realtime TCP/UDP Monitor Tool:
TDIMon: http://www.sysinternals.com

Secure (SSH) Telenet Client Tool:
PuTTY: http://www.chiark.greenend.org.uk/~sgtatham/putty

Spyware Tool (helps against hijacks and re-directions):
About Buster: http://www.majorgeeks.com/download4289.html

Startup List Tool (reveals obscure startup places in registry):
AutoRuns: http://www.sysinternals.com

Text Search Tool:
Grep32: http://www.wingrep.com

TCP Parameter setting Tool:
Cablenut: http://www.cablenut.com

Ultimate Boot Tool:
Ultimate Boot CD: http://www.ultimatebootcd.com
 
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