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    Re: QOTW: Which free PC software should everyone be using?

    For watching videos, I recommend people install Media Player Classic + madVR + SVP (Smooth Video Project) for the greatest experience. Installing K-Lite Codec Pack (Stamdard) gets you MPC and madVR together for convenience.

    And if any of you read digital comics or mangas, you should try ComicRack.

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    Re: QOTW: Which free PC software should everyone be using?

    Ccleaner and Baidu Cleaner for getting rid of junk files.

    Paint.net and Gimp for a free photo editor, its pretty good replacements for photoshop.

    Visipics for finding duplicate pictures, one of the best out there and really easy and fast to use.

    Handbrake for making big HQ video files into smaller files with a good video quality.

    Bitcomet for downloading torrent files, Utorrent is crap these days, Qbittorrent is still too weird and basic, Bitcomet has been a staple for the past few years!

    OOSU10 or O&O Shutup10(for win10), applies a huge array of options to protect your privacy in windows 10.

    Klite codec pack - I like the simple and highly customizable player it has, it also has every codec you may ever need and you can install icaros thumbnail handler as option and have thumbnails for every video.

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    Re: QOTW: Which free PC software should everyone be using?

    Libre office
    VLC
    CC cleaner
    Malwarebytes (free)
    ghostery plugin + Adblock for Firefox

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    Re: QOTW: Which free PC software should everyone be using?

    Lightworks
    Resolve
    FFmpeg
    REDCINE-X Pro
    Audacity
    MediaInfo
    Gimp
    Paint.net
    ImgBurn

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    Re: QOTW: Which free PC software should everyone be using?

    I'm a music fan so as well as a lot of the excellent suggestions so far I would go with MuseScore and of course the JACK audio connection kit.

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    Re: QOTW: Which free PC software should everyone be using?

    just adding my 2 cents for what the other have mentioned already.

    To OSX/Linux/Windows I install:

    Libre Office (I haven't seen compatibility problems with MS office for years, but I'm cautious when opening MS files)
    VLC
    Gimp
    7zip
    firefox
    winamp

    and if it is windows machine, Avast antivirus, ccleaner and auslogic disk defrag, but the last 2 mostly to clean up after the primary installations, I don't expect their users ever bother with them till they call me because their PC is slow

    also does steam and spotify qualify for this list? add them too

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    Re: QOTW: Which free PC software should everyone be using?

    Been listed previously but here goes:
    Video playback: VLC
    Music playback: XMPlay
    PDF Viewer: SumatraPDF
    Browser: Firefox

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    Re: QOTW: Which free PC software should everyone be using?

    Dopamine is a cool media player for Windows - looks a lot like the old Zune player if it was upgraded to fit into Windows 10's design.

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    Re: QOTW: Which free PC software should everyone be using?

    For MP3 tag editing and MP3 playlist creation:-

    AHD ID3 Tag Editor
    Playlist Creator

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    Re: QOTW: Which free PC software should everyone be using?

    Daum PotPlayer. It's like all the best bits of VLC & MPC:BE rolled into one then with a ton of quick shortcuts added (the cursor keys for instant FF/RW for example). It's superb for desktop video playback. The playlist works brilliantly too, whereas it feels like a poorly tagged-on extra on VLC & MPC:BE. It's just a shame about the silly name.

    Foobar. Nothing needs adding here. I never even bothered theming it as it's minimised most of the time - just added a lyrics plugin for those odd songs.

    Notepad++. Perhaps Sublime is better as a few have mentioned here, but it's not free and I'm not enough of a coder to warrant spending that sort of money on a text editor, irrespective of how good it is. This is plenty good enough for me to work on scripts, XML files and so on. Handy for quick notes too as you don't even need to save documents - it will just remember it when you reopen it.

    Faststone Image Viewer. It's just awesome, especially in full screen mode with the mouse zoom & drag. Just gutted I couldn't roll it out at our school as it automatically generates thumbnails for nearby images which kills the wifi when a class starts needing access to a folder full of photos. Got some nice basic editing tools too. Faststone Resizer is good too if you work with photos a lot.

    Paint.net I suppose. Obviously no Photoshop or even GIMP but for simple image editing it's hard to beat for simplicity. I don't tend to use it much as I have Photoshop, but it's still good.

    Lastpass. Free if you only use it on desktops (subscription if you add mobile support), but it's pretty great. Obviously Keepass with Dropbox is great too but it's just not as fluid even with it integrated into a browser.

    Teamviewer. Obviously.

    Avidemux. Nice and simple to trim videos ready for encoding with...

    Handbrake. About as good as video encoding gets. The default quality (20) is too high, but knock it down to 26 or 27 and it's remarkable how good it can make 1080p videos look at about 400mb per hour. Far better than working with bitrates.

    Macrium Reflect. No excuses for not doing backups when you've got free versions of reliable software this good. No incremental backups with the free version, but it does do differential backups which is enough. I have bought the paid version for home though.

    And finally, ASUS AI Suite if you have a semi-recent ASUS motherboard. When you see software like this it's hard to believe it was only a few years ago that you'd go out of your way not to install the software that came with hardware.

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    Re: QOTW: Which free PC software should everyone be using?

    Quote Originally Posted by Corky34 View Post
    Sumatra PDF is less bloated than the already mention Foxit (IMHO)
    Another vote for that here too. I switched to it a while back from Foxit Reader as Foxit had got too bloated and it kept installing (without asking) their unnecessary "Foxit Cloud" too.

    I also agree with the votes for 7-Zip, LibreOffice, Notepad++, Paint.NET (be sure to also check out the various plugins), VLC Player and WinSCP.

    I'd also add MyPhoneExplorer for those who wish to backup & restore/sync their Android phones (or a number of Sony Ericsson ones if you still have one of those).
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    Re: QOTW: Which free PC software should everyone be using?

    Quote Originally Posted by nitro912gr View Post
    just adding my 2 cents for what the other have mentioned already.

    To OSX/Linux/Windows I install:

    Libre Office (I haven't seen compatibility problems with MS office for years, but I'm cautious when opening MS files)
    VLC
    Gimp
    7zip
    firefox
    winamp

    and if it is windows machine, Avast antivirus, ccleaner and auslogic disk defrag, but the last 2 mostly to clean up after the primary installations, I don't expect their users ever bother with them till they call me because their PC is slow

    also does steam and spotify qualify for this list? add them too
    Good to see someone else recognise that PC != Windows
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    Re: QOTW: Which free PC software should everyone be using?

    Quote Originally Posted by peterb View Post
    Good to see someone else recognise that PC != Windows
    Not all distros of linux are 'free' though

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    Re: QOTW: Which free PC software should everyone be using?

    Windows Image resizer- right click for a Windows Explorer resize option
    Filezilla- easy to use FTP programme
    MalwareBytes- picks up stuff that anti virus doesn't
    Avast!- the free anti virus I tend to use, seems to fare well in a lot of group tests.
    Tree size free- finds large files easily, useful if you have a tablet etc you want to free space up on (and you're disorganised like me when it comes to storing files).
    O&O Shutup10- turns off all the stuff you want turned off in Windows 10; snooping, P2P distro of W10 etc. It's a run once job but very handy.

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    Noetpad++ - text editor.

    Paint.net - decent replacement for paint with some more advanced features.

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