Your Favorite Computer Programs?


  • Jan 30, 2009 2:04 AM GMT
    Just trying to find some new programs that I would like...

    So I want to know:

    What you love to use...

    What it does...

    Where I can Find It... Etc...

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    I have a lot of programs I like... and love cnetdownloads
    to find some things...

    I really love PRINTSHOP... I know it is not
    sophisticated as a lot of other programs... but it is
    easy to use and I can do so many things...
    quick and easy...

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    I am looking forward to reading your favorites....
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    Jan 30, 2009 2:19 AM GMT
    Firefox, Thunderbird, Winamp, Sam Spade, Trillian, Zoom Player, Irfanview, uTorrent, Skype
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    Jan 30, 2009 2:23 AM GMT
    adium, airfoil, caffeine, smcFanControl, air utility (I'm always playing with settings) transmit, BBedit, photoshop, flash...

    All for the mac too icon_smile.gif
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    Jan 30, 2009 2:26 AM GMT
    DAZ Studio

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    Jan 30, 2009 2:36 AM GMT
    3d Studio Max - because it's my tool of choice of course. It's for 3d modeling and animation, obviously. Honestly, it's a love-hate relationship. I hate it sometimes, but then again, I can only use other 3d apps on a noob level so I stick to it.

    GIMP - GNU Image Manipulation Program. The opensource answer to Photoshop. It's what I use for texturing my models and in 2d work. I started simply because I hated Photoshop's bloatiness and have grown to like it.

    VLC universal media player - gawky but plays almost everything and is also open-source (very much free).

    Firefox - of course.

    Spybot Search & Destroy - the only antispyware software I really trust. Also free.

    Daemon Tools - virtual CD. Used for mounting CD (and DVD) images as if they were real CDs in real CD drives. Removes the need to put physical media in your disk drives. Also saves your disks from getting scratched through constant use. Free.

    mIRC - invaluable communication tool without the hassle of other messenger apps. Keeps me connected with our game dev team at all times with very minimal usage of bandwidth and processing power.

    7zip - archive and compression utility. Very useful when you need to move large files through a slow connection. Can open virtually any compressed archive, including .zip and .rar's. Way faster than WinZip and WinRAR too. Free and opensource.

    CCleaner - for that complete history and recycle bin wipeout every now and then. Also comes with registry editing, defragging, and startup management tools among others. Free.

    HijackThis - computer scanner. Quickly finds changed settings so you'll immediately find viruses and other malware. Doesn't really do removal that well, but good for pinpointing exactly what infection you have. Free.

    FoxIt reader - program for opening PDF files. Because I HATE Adobe Reader, it's fuckin huge and sloooow as well as requiring you to download updates every fucking hour - real bloatware! Foxit on the other hand is very tiny and opens pdf files quickly, also it's free and opensource.

    xNormal - again, in line with my work. Invaluable for creating normal maps which is used more and more nowadays for game art. As well as other maps, bump, ambient occlusion, parallax, texture transfer, etc.

    BitTorrent - no comment. Lulz. icon_razz.gif






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    Jan 30, 2009 2:53 AM GMT
    Foxit reader totally kicks ass! Adobe Reader is so bloatastically crappy that there should be a law against its very existence.
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    Jan 30, 2009 3:00 AM GMT
    paradox saidFoxit reader totally kicks ass! Adobe Reader is so bloatastically crappy that there should be a law against its very existence.


    Amen! I hate it so much. I mean... wtf are all those updates for? And what the heck do they cram into 75 MB (last time I checked) file that can't be handled by the 3.5MB Foxit Reader?
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    Jan 30, 2009 3:55 AM GMT
    Paint Shop Pro -- image editing program
    XnView -- quick image viewer
    Winamp -- for playing and managing MP3 library
    Exact Audio Copy -- CD ripper
    Tagscanner -- MP3 tag editor
    VLC Media Player -- plays video files
    Flexible Renamer -- file renamer
    Notepad++ -- notepad app for programming/scripting, and text editing
    Firefox -- web browser
    Google Earth -- helps me find/create/measure running routes
    VMware -- virtualization software
    utorrent -- torrent client
    Peer Guardian -- use this with utorrent
    Super -- audio/video transcoder
    AutoGK -- DVD to xvid ripper

    There's more. But these are the ones I use frequently or somewhat recently.

  • Jan 30, 2009 5:54 AM GMT
    ok... some I am going to check out... I do love trillian... but I do like the links and the reasons ya like to use the programs....icon_biggrin.gif