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Post by guilliam » Wed Aug 24, 2005 1:46 am


People always come up with questions such as "what software does this?" or "what software does that?". This thread is made available to help out with everyone's aching software questions. There are just a few rules that apply to this thread to make everything manageable.

1. Post only software that is FREE or can try out for FREE.

2. Post the software name, URL, and description.

3. Do not post direct links to software. Post links to their homepage.

4. Do not post/ask about pirated software, cracks, key generators or anything that is prohibited.

5. Forum rules apply. If in doubt ... don't.

6. Check through the thread and make sure there are no double posts.

7. No off-topic (OT) posts. They will be deleted with due notification to the poster. If you want to discuss a piece of software, start a new thread or talk about it in an existing thread.

8. Follow the format when posting software.

9. Do use text from the site as the description. Give us your own impressions.

this post is lifted from @vern of istorya dot net in which same rules stated above applies. thank you. again, NO PIRATED, CRACKS, or softwares of malicious intents and content/purpose such as virii, worms, or its source code or kernels.


- great CD burning software.. highly recommend it to everyone w/ a cd-writer.. great wizard interface.. makes cd buring for newbies VERY easy

Winamp 5
- should i say more ? one of the best MP3 players around.. the registerd version comes w/ a cd-burning tool

- another alternative for decompressing compressed files such as Zip,ACE,RAR and a lot more...

Flash Get
- So far the best download manager. Breaks download into five partition making it fast and efficient.

- Tabbed browsing, pop-up blocking, IE & gecko rendering, simple collector, skinning, support for Maxthon plugins and IE plugins.

- Those who are using the original client for BT should definitely switch. ABC is one of the best BT clients out there. It features a web interface although a host supporting PHP is required.

- A lot better than the original Edonkey client. There are also very many mods available for it.

- Not really a tool .. but it provides and replaces the services that would normally be wasting resources on my Windows XP machine including Apache, MySQL, PHP, Perl, etc. I exported one of the partitions as an NFS partition and I can see and use it just as any local drive.

- Makes your Windows desktop look prettier. Lets face it, the default Windows theme gets old fast. You can also use a modified uxtheme.dll to get the same effect of Style XP. Modified uxtheme.dll is free while Style XP is not. Style XP is just so much more convenient for me.

Spybot Search & Destroy
- I don't ever get Spyware, but some of you might find it useful. It has replaced AdAware for me and I use it occasionally.

- Free multi-format image viewer. I used it a lot. But I have currently been using ACDSee.

- My favorite text editor for anything that deals with code. It features syntax highlighting, unlimited file sizes, and many more.

- Multiformat compression program. The only one you will ever need.

- Virus scanner. It's free and you can download updates very often.

- virtual post-its

- Simple and powerful FTP Client

- for ripping music

Tag and Rename
- MP3 Tagger

- Identifies the codecs a movie file is using.

Sequoia View
- visualizes your hard drive so you can see which folders are taking up the most space (*cough cough..pr0n...cough*).

- Integrates most of the popular IM clients into one lightweight package

LaunchMate 3.0--freeware (848kb)
- A desktop icon organizer..well reccomended to those who have a lot of icons on their desktop.Stable and very costumizable.. ... index.html

Directory Size--freeware (1.5mb)
-A utility to know where all your Harddrive space went ...

System Mechanic 4.0--shareware (5mb)
- I would say the most complete windows utility software.It has startup folder costumizer, net booster,registry cleaner, file junker, memory defrager,spyware remover,blah..the list goes on.I have used this to repair damaged OS of three computers..

NotesPad FREE
- The best text editor for programmers and coders. Best for its functionality and memory management.... a replacement for win9x notepad

Explore2Fs Partly GPLed
- Useful if you want to view files in LINUX EXT2 file system... I recommend it for dual boot win/linux boxes

Mozilla 1.5/1.6 GPLed
- Tab browsing with built in popup blocker , junk mail filters and a lot more! best of all its free!

OpenOffice GPLed
- Alternative to Microsoft Office suite. It has more or less same capabilities and its cross platform well suited for multi invironment organization.

NOD32 Antivirus 2.0 (demo)
- the best antivirus IMO. highest rated in virus bulletin

TMPGEnc 2.5 (freeware)
- a freeware video converter. easy to use and can convert almost every video file to several formats. has a plus version which is kinda expensive. mostly used for additional effects and inverse telecine.

Opera 7.x (adware)
- a fast browser. been using it ever since version 5. it really shows a difference of load times especially if you're using dial up. i like the hotlist too.

Sony/Sonic Foundry VEGAS 4.0e (demo)
- rapidly becoming a major contender in the vast world of prosumer digital video editing, this is the fastest and most practical of doing video editing in current midrange PCs. no special hardware required. i like the way it does cuts too and workflow is pretty straightforward. ... family.asp

Crimson Editor
- all around text editor. supports code higlighting for html, php, c, python, css, etc.

Mozilla Firebird
- next generation web browser from mozilla. small, fast, and completely skinnable.

Eudora (freeware/adware/shareware)
- fast email client

Star Downloader (freeware)
- download manager/accelerator

Dev-cpp (freeware)
- full featured c/c++ ide for windows. has support for gcc-based compilers

Wordweb (freeware)
- quick and powerful english dictionary/thesaurus

YahooPOPs! (freeware)
- provide free pop3 and smtp access to your yahoo! mail accounts

- A good system ( vide.cpu.ram) test and a 3d benchmark tool
( you can also try PCmark04, same URL)

-mostly used by overclockers to test their system for stability under FSB/Mem settings overclocking..

-A freeware anti virus program

dBpowerAMP Music Converter (dMC)
- Often called a Swiss army knife of Audio. Rip digitally sound from Audio CDs and store in a multitude of formats, the Fastest CD Ripper and now AccurateRip Compatible. Convert from one format to another, just about every audio type is supported: mp3, mp4, Windows Media Audio (wma), Ogg Vorbis, AAC, Monkeys Audio, FLAC and many others, whilst preserving ID Tags, Volume Normalize audio files, Windows Explorer Integration right click Convert To & popup useful information on audio files (such as bitrate, length). ID tag editing [Power Pack Option], Record from LPs or anything [optional Auxiliary Input install], Fully compatible with Windows 95/98/ME NT4/2000, Windows XP and Linux (using Wine). 100% Free, No nags, popups, hidden spyware or bundleware.


- free handy snapshot tool with jpg, png, bmp and gif support.HoverSnap can take snapshots of the full screen, active window or a selected area. It can even capture layered windows (alphablended ones under 2K / XP). You can even FTP upload your screenshots! You can set up the capture folder / filename and format. You can reduce the capture size. Auto-generate filename option will add the time stamp (date/time) to your filename in order to be able to take several captures without having to change the filename. Optional sound when capture is done. FREE for personal use only!

- free implementation of Telnet and SSH for Win32 platforms, along with an xterm terminal emulator.

Electronic Cosmo MPEG Suite 2001
- encodes/decodes mp3s (freeware)

- Distribute large files by e-mail or floppy disk by breaking the file into smaller pieces. (freeware)

VCDCutter 4.12 (Win XP), VCDCutter 4.04 (Win 98, NT, Works also w/ Win XP)
- VCDCutter is a MPEG,VCD and Movie Player. This version can play MPG,VCD,or other movie files(such as MPG,DAT,AVI,MOV). Very friendly and menu driven with full featured control with movie file. VCDCutter can extract MPG,frame from VCD or MPG file, cutting your favourite part or whole MPG file to disk when playing(now can extract system stream,or video,audio stream only). (shareware)

- a free tool that examines your system boot process in order to optimize the prefetch parameters. It can drastically speed up the boot process. or

Memtest86 -
a thorough, stand alone memory test for x86 architecture computers. BIOS based memory tests are only a quick check and often miss many of the failures that are detected by Memtest86.

Trayit (Freeware)
- Allows you to put programs into the system tray to save taskbar space, i use it to place outlook express onto the system tray.

Quickgamma (Freeware)
- Adjust your gamma quickly through an icon on the system tray.

Powerstrip (Shareware)
- Alot of you probly know what this is already. Powerstrip provides a lot of controls over your display adapter/monitor. From color correction to custom resolutions to overclocking your VC, PS can handle it all. Personally i use it to brighten up and save color profiles for some games. I also set some hotkeys to adjust the gamma, brightness and contrast whenever a game gets too dark.

MV2Player - freeware
- Media player with multi-features- that WMP don't have..better than WMP. Interface needs some work though.

Time Up - shareware
- Utility to monitor your internet online time.

Avast antivirus - shareware
- Lighter than NAV or McAfee but does what's its suppose to do..Lots of customizable settings..Auto update, skins, etc..

CurosorXP - freeware
- Simply the best cursor suite for WinXP. Just in case some of you still don't have it..

App: Real VNC
- VNC stands for Virtual Network Computing. It is remote control software which allows you to view and interact with one computer (the "server") using a simple program (the "viewer") on another computer anywhere on the Internet. The two computers don't even have to be the same type, so for example you can use VNC to view an office Linux machine on your Windows PC at home. VNC is freely and publicly available and is in widespread active use by millions throughout industry, academia and privately. (taken from site)

Everest dictionary/translator (Freeware)
- Free dictionary/translator that covers a lot of languages (mostly european). You can download only the languages/modules that you want. Can be pretty useful.

Objectdock (freeware)
- Gives you OSX's awesome launch bar. There are also plenty of docklets and dock icons available on Can be resource hungry.

Y'z Dock (freeware)
- Similar to objectdock and reportedly less resource hungry. I prefer using OD though but that's just me. (just google y'z dock). BTW, development of this has been halted since Apple gave a cease and desist order to the dev. tsk tsk..

StyleXP (shareware)
- Skin your windows when the default Luna themes bore you. I used to prefer Windowblinds but after revisiting stylexp and checking the themes in deviantart (as well as finding out that it uses less resources than WB) i switched. Currently using Stefanka's Panther-Snow Theme.

iEx (freeware)
- Emulates OSX's Expose feature. Essentially a souped up Alt-Tab alternative. Press the appropriate button (or drag the mouse to any of the 4 configurable corners of your screen) and all your open windows are turned into thumbnails so you can choose which window you want maximized. It's great, too bad XP doesn't have this feature.

Zone Alarm(freeware)
- the same as sygate but much more popular

Y!tunnel pro
- protects you from being booted out in Yahoo messenger while in room or in chat room and also from receiving spam... webcam.. and a lot more cool features...

CodecPack all in 1 Freeware
- A collection of codecs for playing DivX movies. All you need to see DivX movies: DivX, XviD, AC3. ... l_in_1.htm

AM-DeadLink 2.0 Freeware
- AM-DeadLink detects dead links and duplicates in your Browser Bookmarks.

- Bit Torrent client.

- Java based. It provides a current implementation of the BT protocol. A good choice ... although a bit resource intensive on some systems.

- The Bit Torrent client I currently use. It provides great statistics as well as great control of upload/download bandwidth allocation. This client provides the greatest control of your torrents by far.

Quintessential Player
- If you can spell it, you are a better man than I. This has replaced Winamp for me. Great audio player. It doesn't use as much resources as Winamp 5 although I wish they put more work into a playlist/library manager aspect of the player. It feature great skin support, plugin support, visualizations, and built in encoding to/from different audio types.

- LeXpert is a software program designed to assist word game enthusiasts in expanding their knowledge of words. It offers more than 3500 word lists and different ways of viewing these lists. Customized lists can be created based on patterns, cryptograms, anagrams, number of vowels, etc.

- This is an update of 2x Explorer. It is a two paned file manager. You'll never go back to Windows Explorer once you've tried an alternative file manager. This is the best I've found so far. It even has replaced Powerdesk for me. I'm going to try out the new 6.0 Release of Powerdesk ... but for now this file manager has been great.

Bit Spirit (Freeware)
- Bit Torrent client

First get Firefox :

Then get 'em extensions :

All-in-one Gestures ... ns-en.html
Adds mouse gestures to firefox, and a lot of other nifty mouse related things (like scrolling through tabs). An essential extension IMO.

Web Developer ... developer/
Adds a toolbar with alot of web-developer related tools like viewing a site's CSS,  outlining elements, viewing image sizes, resizing a window to 800x600, generating size reports, and even CSS/page validation. It really is insanely useful (at least for me).

Bugmenot is an extension that enables the user to bypass compulsory web site registration, i.e. the New York Times. Really useful for those sites that bug you with registrations.  I read a lot so this is really useful for me.

Allows the current page or link to be opened into IE. So if a page is broke in Firefox then i just use this to open it in IE. Great for testing out pages/layouts/CSS.

Magpie is an add-on for Firefox that allows you to quickly save media (images, videos) and other documents that you find on the internet. It is designed to help you quickly bulk-download media linked from web pages, as well as numeric ranges of files from sites using the Bukster protocol. Useful for leeching those stock images so you can use them for yerself. Smiley

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Re: Open source/FREE/SHAREWARE Software Resources

Post by guilliam » Wed Aug 24, 2005 1:47 am

Copy Plain Text
Does what the name says. Copies text without all the formatting.
For Mac OS X users out there (10.3.x): Check out this great stuff:

Poisoned is a file sharing application for Mac OS X. Poisoned may look like your average file sharing application at first glance, but it is so much more. Unlike applications like Limewire or Kazaa that connect to only one file sharing network, Poisoned can connect to several seamlessly. Unlike Kazaa and several other file sharing applications, Poisoned contains no spyware and no adware. In addition, Poisoned, is, and always will be, free and open-source software.

Konfabulator is a JavaScript runtime engine for Mac OS X that lets you run little files called Widgets that can do pretty much whatever you want them to. Widgets can be alarm clocks, calculators, will fetch the latest stock quotes for your preferred symbols, and even give your current local weather.

BackLight provides a menu extra that allows you to turn your screensaver on and off as your desktop background . It can also change your screensaver and open the preferences. Having your screensaver on your desktop is quite a cool effect, but you should probably have a Quartz Extreme-capable machine if you want to handle the load. ... eeware.fss

Audion X is a single tool that bravely handles all your audio playing needs, now rebuilt from the ground up. Play your Audio CDs, your MP3s, and your streaming network audio, and now encode, edit, mix, sort and manage, visualize and hypnotize.
it gives a good read out on your current download / upload speed.. simple BANDWIDTH visual reader.
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Re: Open source/FREE/SHAREWARE Software Resources

Post by teng » Wed Aug 24, 2005 2:34 am

Wow! what a long list. Thanks anyway i know it helps.  ;D

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Re: Open source/FREE/SHAREWARE Software Resources

Post by maverick25 » Wed Aug 24, 2005 4:52 am

Eye candy for your WindowsXP

Makes your WinXP looks like MacOSX - complete from boot logon to screensaver up to the famous dock. Download the special edition and when installing, choose RK Launcher instead of ObjectDock - the latter is a CPU-resource hog compared to the former.
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Re: Open source/FREE/SHAREWARE Software Resources

Post by guilliam » Wed Aug 24, 2005 6:37 am

its not actually a software but a site that will convert your image into a ".ico" for your *ambo favicon.ico check the site.. all in there! no need to use powerful softwares for making ".ico" formats.
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Re: Open source/FREE/SHAREWARE Software Resources

Post by 653 » Tue Jan 24, 2006 8:17 pm

Great lists, but I can't believe no one mentioned HTML-Kit
Standards-compliant, full-featured and multi-purpose development environment for editing HTML and other Web-related file types.

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Link correction & some more

Post by LindsayWard » Wed Jan 25, 2006 2:51 am

Thanks for the list.

The Web Developer Firefox extension is now at:
(the link above is broken)

Here's some other free applications I find useful:

Skype - free Internet-based phone calls (now with video), or cheap calls from PC to phone

PrimoPDF - convert any document to PDF by printing it (virtual printer that produces PDF files)

Audacity - open-source audio editor/recorder - cross-platform

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Re: Open source/FREE/SHAREWARE Software Resources

Post by guilliam » Wed Jan 25, 2006 1:30 pm

thanks for the updates @lindsay. welcome to the Filipino(Philippines) little piece side of the Joomla Official SUpport Forums. :)

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Re: Open source/FREE/SHAREWARE Software Resources

Post by addmachina » Wed Mar 08, 2006 6:03 am

Very useful, thanks,  :D - Watch Online TV Broadcast 24/7 - Bible Exposition Online

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Re: Open source/FREE/SHAREWARE Software Resources

Post by wyzemoro » Thu Mar 09, 2006 5:28 am

tnx pareng guilliam . malaking tulong to. keep posting mga ganitong mga resources. maybe we could have like this at Joomla PH? parang archives or something. para mapadali ang paghahanap. nakakalito sa google eh.. sa daming binibigay na output ng search mo. daghang salamat! PADAYON Kaubang Guilliam! :)
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Re: Open source/FREE/SHAREWARE Software Resources

Post by jlilio » Sat Mar 18, 2006 7:24 am

Okey lang kung wala kang Dreamweaver... puwede na rin gamitin 'yung libre: Nvu (  8)

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Re: Open source/FREE/SHAREWARE Software Resources

Post by Astig » Mon Apr 24, 2006 2:50 pm

Advanced Notepad for Developers

GNU Image Manipulation Program

Colour Picker

File Sharing Program

Zone Alarm Personal Firewall
Free for non-business use ... US&lang=en

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