WOF: What software are you willing to pay for?

By Julio Franco
Dec 18, 2010
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  1. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,207   +74

    Games and more Games! :D

    All the other software you can get for free (And not by piracy).
  2. Leeky

    Leeky TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 4,378   +98

    I'm willing to purchase anything I need, but usually:

    OS
    MS Office (though I usually upgrade student versions every couple of cycles. e.g. Have 2007 now, and will wait for 2011 or whatever next one is)
    Games - pretty obvious though!

    I tend to wait for discounts if possible on all of them though. That said, I use a lot of open source software, as well as Linux, so if a linux alternative is better (with the exception of Office), I'll use that instead.

    Some of the open source software on my PC currently:

    FileZilla
    Firefox
    RSSOwl
    X Chat
    Tunniler
    Gimp
    OpenOffice
    VLC
    Notepad ++
  3. ET3D

    ET3D TechSpot Paladin Posts: 971   +30

    As an alternative for Windows users, Linux is IMO only suitable for undemanding users or those with a lot of time and patience. I tried several Linux distributions over the past year, and they're great for browsing the web out of the box and such, but they might fail to run or install because of hardware they don't like, stop booting because you installed a driver, install incorrectly if you try anything advanced in the installer, might not notify you of problems if you run something through the UI instead of the command line, ... Nothing is obvious. Installing a high performance 3D driver for my Radeon 5850 is something I never managed. I'm sure I could have with some patience and help from others, but I just don't have that patience. And that's just for native Linux. If you want to run any Windows software on Linux, then you can expect to fight even more compatibility problems.

    Don't get me wrong, I like the idea of Linux, that's why I keep trying it. I'm also sure it's very good for people who already know it, and who don't spend a lot of time on Windows centric software such as games. The problem is that it reminds me of using a beta of Vista. Well, maybe not that bad, maybe the first release version of Vista. And I'm still using Vista, which I think is a good OS (given enough resources), and I feel there's hope for Linux, too. It's just taking its time to get there.
  4. treeski

    treeski TechSpot Guru Posts: 870   +129

    Wow... Exactly where I stand, word for word :D
  5. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 6,041   +72

    @ET3D
    Exactly, having suffered similar issues with Linux, I believe that Linux isn't ready for prime time, an ordinary user doesn't need to go through this unwanted pain and agony; until Linux can become as easy to configure and use as Windows is, I don't see its future beyond geek's PC for a foreseeable time.
  6. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 10,588   +864

    Actually, if I can get something to do the job I need for free, that's the way to go. And, since my needs are rather simple, most times there's freeware available that suits the purpose.

    That being said, I do purchase imaging software from Adobe, since I'm involved with still photography, (but not video).

    Many paid programs have become bloated pigs, for example Adobe "Photoshop Elements", to name the most irritating to me.

    The program I bought once, "Nero 6", but will never buy another version of, is a prime example of how to alienate your customers.

    If you install the entire suite, it takes over any file type you allow to be associated with it, then changes the file extensions so that other programs have a great deal of difficulty dealing with them.

    The installer is sloppy, leaving in excess of 100 dead registry entries after it's finished.

    But most importantly, many of the programs, (notably "Nero Vision"), are some of the worst performing pointless junk I've run across. Well, there's Photo Snap also. That even rhymes with "crap".

    What we really need, is a good freeware Blu-Ray player. For me, it seems abundantly stupid to pay $90.00 for software to play Blu-Ray discs on the computer, when you can go out and spend the same $90.00 and get a free standing player for your home theater.
  7. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 6,041   +72

    @Captain
    Nero is not just an example of bloatware, but it is rather useless as well considering the resource hog it is; I mean I can pretty much do whatever I want with ImageBurn for free.

    Another good example where software leaves dead registry entries is Graphic Drivers (from almost every supplier) and subsequent instability they cause is just criminal in nature IMO.
  8. Tgard

    Tgard Newcomer, in training Posts: 41   +9

    Paid:
    I pay for the OS on all my systems. Love Windows 7 and now have that on all.
    Use MS Office Student (bought it)
    DVDFab (cause it just works and is frequently updated and I grew tired of trying to get around Encryption by using 3 or 4 other programs)
    Games
    Steam Games
    Paperport 9 (came with my scanner)
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    Free:
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    Security:
    Microsoft Security Essentials
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    Backups:
    Acronis True Image Western Digital Version (for main drive complete image)
    DriveImage XML (for regular backups of Win7 install)
    Bestsync Free Edition (for everything else) (with limitations but works for what I need)
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    Misc. Utilities
    Bulk Rename Utility
    Ccleaner
    Disk Monitor Free Edition
    Stardock Object Dock free
    7zip
    MyDefrag
    + a couple or three dozen more
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    Office:
    Notepad++
    OpenOffice with some good templates for some projects
    Bullzip with Ghostscript Lite for printing to PDF
    Foxit Reader
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    Media Music Movies Converting etc.:
    Sharepod (instead of iTunes = win)
    Audacity
    Mp3 gain
    Mp3 Tag
    VLC
    Media Player Classic Home Theater
    Iriverter
    Daemon Tools Lite
    CDBurnerXP
    DVDFlick
    Super
    Any Video Converter
    Iriverter (for shrinking that movie to the exact size for my wife's Zen player)
    Windows Media Center
    AOA audioextractor (the free part of it)
    Subtitle Workshop
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    Images:
    Irfanview
    Gimp
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    Internet:
    Firefox
    Download Helper for Firefox
    Pidgen
    Peerblock2
    Utorrent

    and countless others.
    I don't mind paying for software if it saves me major hassles (like DVDFab) or if it is a must have (like Windows OS)

    Tgard
  9. Tgard

    Tgard Newcomer, in training Posts: 41   +9

    Well I made a nice detailed post that was visible here for about 2 minutes. Don't know why it is no longer here? Did I list some software I maybe shouldn't have that clashed with sponsors or something?

    Tgard
  10. I recently had to purchase slysoft's Anyhddvdnow because my monitor wasn't hdcp ready in 2560x1600. It's weird because the site say the wfp8000 is hdcp ready but it will only work with 1920x1080 resolution.
  11. fpsgamerJR62

    fpsgamerJR62 Newcomer, in training Posts: 489

    I have lots of freeware utilities on my hard disk but I'm also willing for stuff that matters like Windows 7, my favored backup program Acronis True Image, occasionally when a good AV program is available on a good deal such as the Webroot Internet Essentials on my Windows 7 machine and of course, PC games especially those of the FPS variety.
     
  12. Games
    OS
    Office
    Security software
    Personal video and photography tools
  13. be_patient

    be_patient Newcomer, in training Posts: 105

    I buy all my games. I would buy more software if it generally wasn't so overpriced.

    I love free software, but if I use it for extended periods I generally drop a small donation. (If they accept)
  14. Didou

    Didou Bowtie extraordinair! Posts: 5,899

    I've paid for my operating system (98SE, XP Media Center, Windows 7 family pack & now 7 home premium), office applications (Office 2010 home edition) & a few others such as good FTP applications, IRC, etc. I also buy my games & even collector editions of very good ones (Bioshock, StarCraft etc.).

    Xcode can afford to be free on the Mac but Windows being a dominating platform Microsoft doesn't feel obliged to offer Visual Studio for free which is a shame.
  15. Where's the option for : If I've got money I'll buy it if and I have to absolutely use it, otherwise just use a free option [x]. The OS and backup utilities are only what come to mind.


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