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Weekend Open Forum: What are your software essentials?

By Jos
Oct 14, 2011
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  1. Let's revisit an old topic for this installment of the Weekend Open Forum. Three years ago we asked about your software 'essentials', those that you rely on everyday and usually…

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  2. SammyJames

    SammyJames TS Enthusiast Posts: 168

    Cubase, Kontakt, FM8, Korg ALC, and ASIO4ALL.
     
  3. dustin_ds3000

    dustin_ds3000 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,128

    After a clean install of windows the first things i install are Avast, FireFox, Steam.
     
  4. Julio Franco

    Julio Franco TechSpot Editor Posts: 6,565   +332

    Nice one, Jose.

    Today vs. three years ago (in parenthesis): Lastpass (Roboform), Firefox/Chrome (Firefox).
    Same as before but newer versions: Office, Trillian, Fireworks, WinSCP, Ultraedit, VLC.
    New: Droplr, Filezilla (mac), Textwrangler (mac)
    Don't use anymore: SecureCRT, Popfile

    Web-based: Gmail, Google Calendar + Chartbeat, Backpack
    Other apps for specific uses: uTorrent/Transmission, Notepad, Frontpage, IE, OpenVPN, WinMerge.

    All in all, the apps I use daily have changed very little.
     
  5. Free Download manager, uTorrent, Ccleaner, Defraggler, VLC media player, Shark007 codecs, Firefox, Chrome, Google talk, MS office, Openoffice, Avast, Teamviewer, Teracopy, 7-zip, Adobe reader, Audacity, X-lite, LastPass.

    Yes, I have a long list.
     
  6. psp100travis

    psp100travis TS Rookie

    After I install windows 7 or XP I usually download and install avast, firefox, ccleaner, itunes, and flash player. All my computers have to have these. Plus a few addons for firefox.
     
  7. psp100travis

    psp100travis TS Rookie

    Thats just the main ones i download first but i get alot more! Including photoshop and filezilla.
     
  8. Clrabbit

    Clrabbit TS Rookie Posts: 90

    Basic essentials:

    Art: Illuststudio + Faststone Maxview

    Media: Foobar 2000 + Audacity + Media player classic HC + AviSynth

    Internet: Opera + Palmoon + Aurora + Iron + Privoxy + Windows firewall control + Miranda + PuTTY + FileZilla

    Office: Libra office + *Palmoon (Custom portable CMS) + Evince + WordWeb

    Tools: X-Mouse + Auto Hot Key + Unlocker + Hash Tabs + 7-zip + CDisplayEx + virtual Box

    Games: Dolphin + PCSX2 + Minesweeper Pro
     
  9. mario

    mario Ex-TS Developer Posts: 399   +17

    All OS X:

    Sparrow, Quicksilver, Coda, Textmate, Transmission, TV Shows.
     
  10. Opera
    Firefox
    Comodo AV
    Sandboxie
    Virtualbox
    Copernic Dektop Search
    Picasa
    K-Lite Mega Codec Pack with Media Player Classic
    Daemon tools
    Utorrent
    Shareaza
    notepad++
    audacity
    avidemux
    C(rap)Cleaner
    PDFCreator
    Foxit reader
    7zip
    Unlocker
    ... and that's all
     
  11. Wendig0

    Wendig0 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,078   +76

    Firefox
    VMware Workstation
    iTunes
    Spotify
    The entire MS Office 2010 suite
    Utorrent
    VLC Media Player
    Photoshop CS5
    Avast Internet Security
     
     
  12. TeamworkGuy2

    TeamworkGuy2 TS Enthusiast Posts: 195

    I like to keep my programs to a minimum, although I am not sure if this benefits or hiders me more.
    *Firefox Beta
    *Java (32 and 64 bit and 64 bit JDK)
    *eclipse (for Java programming)
    *PDF X-Change (fast, has a firefox plugin)
    *open office (saved me 100 bucks)
    *PSPad Editor (got it a while ago for hexadecimal editing and have never switched over to something more feature rich like notepad++)
    *gimp (so many features once you figure out how to use them)
    *VLC media player (when windows media player can't open a file, I like how it does not have to install, you just unzip the download folder and place it where ever you want)
     
  13. rvnwlfdroid

    rvnwlfdroid TS Rookie Posts: 82   +6

    After a clean install of windows.

    Office Suite
    Daemon Tools
    winrar
    XBMC
    Adobe X Suite
    DVDFab
    Misc DVD/Bluray Software (BDInfo,eac3to,EAC3toGUI,Ripbot,tsMuxer,VDubMod)
    Nero
    Android SDK Tools
    WBFS Manager
    Calibre

    That covers just about everything that I would use on a semi regular basis. Although I should add Ghost to that as well since I use that to create/restore an image with the (core) software.
     
  14. rvnwlfdroid

    rvnwlfdroid TS Rookie Posts: 82   +6

    opps, forgot vlc player on that list.
     
  15. Ccleaner, Perfect Disk 12, Avast! 6.0, Catalyst,
     
  16. ramonsterns

    ramonsterns TS Enthusiast Posts: 752   +12

    uTorrent, CCleaner, Chrome, Media Player Classic, Skype, Steam, and Photoshop.
     
  17. Media:
    VLC
    DivX
    PowerDVD9 (for Blu-Ray playback)

    Social:
    Windows Live Messenger
    Skype

    Other stuff:
    Ccleaner
    WinRAR
    CPUID's CPU-Z
    CPUID's HWMonitor
    Adobe Flash
    Adobe Acrobat Reader

    I like to keep it light.
     
  18. firefox & lots of addons
    utorrent
    kaspersky anti-virus
    comodo firewall
    malware bytes
    ccleaner
    rainmeter
    codex pack for windows media player
    deamon tools
    word / excel / pp
    paint.net
    autocad
    sketchup
     
  19. darkzelda

    darkzelda TS Rookie Posts: 84   +9

    Opera of course
    Ccleaner
    Steam
    AIMP Player
    K-Lite Codec Pack
    MatLab
    Microsoft Office
    Rdesc
    Trillian
    Avira
    CD Burner XP
    Fraps
    Core Temp
    PDF-Viewer
    7-Zip
    MP3 Tag
    Catalyst
    And many more actually
     
  20. Jibberish18

    Jibberish18 TS Maniac Posts: 431   +8

    Windows:
    Auslogics Disk Defrag
    CC Cleaner
    Flash
    Browsers (Depends on type of computer and user but Firefox for me)
    If XP then Taskbar Shuffle is a must
    Microsoft Security Essentials
    VLC Player or K-Lite Codecs For WinMPlayer
    Paint.net
    Java
    Foxit or Sumatra PDF Reader

    OSX:
    Transmission
    Handbrake
    Just Looking
    Sophos Anti Virus
    The UnArchiver
    Flip4Mac
    Perian
    iZip or Keka
    Burn Or SimplyBurns
     
  21. windows 7 home premium x64:
    vlc mediaplayer
    k-lite megacodec pack
    paint.net
    microsoft security essentials
    libreoffice
    mozilla firefox 7.0.1
    ie9
    ccleaner
    7zip
    cyberlink photodirector 2011 (beta tester, given with retail key by cyberlink :))
    dap free
    orbit (secondary download manager)
    imageburn
     
  22. -chrome
    -ccleaner
    -malwarebytes antimalware
    -comodo (firewall only)
    -cdburnerxp
    -daemon tools lite
    -imgburn
    -notepad++
    -utorrent
    -sabnzbd
    -nitro pdf reader (or foxit)
    -7zip
    -everything
    -cccp
    -sharepod
    -winamp
    -checksums
     
  23. macazart

    macazart TS Rookie

    -Firefox
    -CCleaner
    -AutoRuns
    -Process Explorer
    -Notepad++
    -7zip
    -foobar2000
    -CPUID Hardware Monitor
    -Internet Download Manager
    -Paint.NET
    -uTorrent
    -K-Lite Mega Codec Pack
    -Dataram RAMDisk
    -Daemon Tools Lite
    -Yahoo! Messenger
     
  24. spydercanopus

    spydercanopus TS Guru Posts: 802   +87

    Alcohol 120, AnyDVDHD, Bullzip, CCleaner, ClownBD, Corel Paint Shop Pro, Handbrake, Karen's Directory Printer, Media Player Classic, Nero suite, Notepad ++, RAMDisk, Skype, Steam, TeamViewer, WinRAR
     
  25. gwailo247

    gwailo247 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,105   +18

    Windows Update for 1 hour =P
    First security: MSE, Spybot S&D, Adaware
    Internet: Chrome and Firefox
    Then stuff to install other stuff: 7-zip, Quickpar, Daemon Tools
    Media: VLC, Media Player Classic
    The rest: Newsbin Pro, Skype, Adobe Reader, CC Cleaner, CPUID, CoreTemp, LibreOffice, MixMeister, Steam, CD Burner XP
     


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