Freeware Software That Works

Discussion in 'Application Software' started by Suicide Solution, Dec 18, 2009.

  1. bachett

    bachett MDL Novice

    May 31, 2007
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    I'm in need of a program to resize and convert images, to work in Windows 10 Pro:
    - Change image size, in bulk, I use: FastStone Photo Resizer.
    - Change color depth, I use IrfanView 64. But it only converts one by one.
    I want:
    - A program to convert images in mass, that is, several images at the same time, from 32 bits to 8 bits, with color. Or 256 colors (8BPP) ..
    I thank you for your cooperation.
    Thank you.
  3. Tito

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  4. #226 Deleted member 1093989, Jul 8, 2018
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    Hi, Tito.
    I've already used XnView.
    I should convert to 8 bits and resize the image in bulk.
    Despite having the configuration well (I think), it only does the resizing. Does not convert from 32-bit color to 8-bit.
    I can not post the image (address) of the XnView configuration here.
    I appreciate your cooperation.
  5. bobkush

    bobkush MDL Novice

    May 22, 2017
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    Hi, "bobkush"
    Thanks and hugs.
  7. tomm5151

    tomm5151 MDL Novice

    Aug 17, 2017
    Kaspersky Cleaner Free. This was a great program. Can't seem to find it anymore. Originally, you downloaded the file which then downloaded the full program. Anyone have the full program from an .exe file. If you installed it previously, it works. BUT never updates. If you use your previous install file, it won't do anything. So looking for the Kaspersky Cleaner full install program.
  8. lolnothankyou

    lolnothankyou MDL Novice

    Jul 27, 2018
    KatMouse - The prime purpose of the KatMouse utility is to enhance the functionality of mice with a scroll wheel, offering "universal" scrolling: moving the mouse wheel will scroll the window directly beneath the mouse cursor (not the one with the keyboard focus, which is default on Windows). This is a major increase in the usefullness of the mouse wheel.
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    Ummy looks dodgy! Ooooof!
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  10. nonlin01

    nonlin01 MDL Novice

    Jun 3, 2017
    Great to hear about that freeware, but as a heads up I've been using an older version of ACDSee, v4 for ages and it too allows viewing pictures inside zip files, one or all and also has one of the best batch renaming for Jpg's when viewing, a very good quality re-compress that is virtually lossless view wise but often shrinks uploaded jpg's greatly (with lots of quality adjustments), etc. Be good to see how this freeware is.
  11. °ツ

    °ツ MDL Addicted

    Jun 8, 2014
    Than you @nonlin01 I downloaded ACDSee Photo Studio Standard 2018 and it does show thumbnails on zip files but it doesn't show the zip files in tree view when I expand the folder like 3D Browser does, also to test out ACDSee it is required to create account which is annoying, with 3D Browser I just had to click to start 30 days trial.
  12. Tiger-1

    Tiger-1 MDL Guru

    Oct 18, 2014
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  13. Instig8ter

    Instig8ter MDL Novice

    Feb 8, 2016
    #237 Instig8ter, Oct 4, 2018
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    Media Players:
    Ah, VLC player used to force you to load art for everything that played, compromizing privacy. They quit that, and it plays a lot of formats; and converts file formats. Anemic visualizations.
    You still need WinAmp for a decent Milkdrop 2 on Windows, though. Still the best, even after five years of neglect, with AOL and Radionomy forcibly shutting it down. You'll need a commercial version to play video, though - although it can no longer be bought.
    MPC-HC: No visualizations, and almost no audio DSP. Supports TONS of formats, both audio and video; and even more, if installed with the K-Lite Codec Pack. The K-Lite Codec people are encouraging movement away from the ffdshow plugins. They are more crash prone than the LAV ones; but they have a lot better plugins. Actually, the ffdshow audio processing DSP is somewhat mediocre. However, there is a WinAmp plugin wrapper, and there is a VST wrapper for that, so you can do anything you like to process the audio. ffdshow has video processing, too.

    Best text editor:
    Notepad ++: does wavy red underlines using Hunspell for misspelled words, Emmet for ZenCoding, can do projects where you add the files you want, or directory as project. Lots of other great plugins; actively developed.
    Honorable mention:
    Netbeans: While written in Java, it runs pretty quick. It too has spell-checking underlining, has a good Emmet plugin, comes with a built-in web server (though the docs don't talk much about it), a light-weight version control system, support for other CMS's, and lots of plugins. Has only directory as project-style projects. It appears Oracle is not butchering Java after taking it over. (After all, their flagship database is written in it.)

    Best programming environments:

    C++ (unmanaged=faster, powerful & well supported) under Qt Creator, now that it's LGPL. No good for VST plugins, though. Proprietary compilers can be subject to breaking old code at the whim of one corporation. Qt has required what were, in my experience, minor changes in code from time to time. MSVC has been exceptional at supporting backwards compatibility. Still, unlike MSVC, if Qt changed compatibility too much, it could be forked, like old versions of Firefox; since it is open-source. Being open-source is helpful if you are trying to track down difficult bugs, or hack the framework. It is cross-platform, supporting Windows, OSX, several flavors of Linux/Unix, and many embedded devices. The framework, while less regularly-named than Boost, has a great IDE (Qt Creator), and is more intuitive than Win32. A few Mac programmers complain about subtle differences between the Qt GUI's and native Mac apps; but many like it. While it doesn't use native Windows widgets, for virtually all practical purposes, they look and behave identically to Windows widgets. Unlike MSVC, you have a choice of using MSVC, gcc or others as the backend compiler.

    C++ (unmanaged=faster, powerful & well supported) under Visual Studio Community Edition 2017: Has a better debugger than Qt, but Win32 makes one's head hurt to program in - but is very powerful. It is Windows-dependent, meaning it normally is used only for developing software on Windows devices; although there is a Qt plugin for it, and it supports many devices now; but not easily OSX or Linux/Unix variants. There is a Qt plugin for it, however. Many Win32 (and 64-bit counterpart) programs run under Linux/Unix, using various technologies such as Wine or virtual machines. The Community Edition IDE has exemplary liberal licensing for individuals; but has an annoying habit of making you log in and renew your license code; maybe every 30 days (guessing). The upside, is if you are using Qt or a text editor as an IDE, the command-line compiler continues to work even if you haven't logged in to M$.

    Best C++ code review software:

    PVS-Studio: has a free community edition, and catches more bugs than its peers.

    Best CMS:
    Mercurial: CVS and SVN are really dated by now. Git is pretty non-intuitive, and might not do what you expect, until you ascend a pretty steep learning curve. While Mercurial is written in Python, and thus may run slowly (or it might be compiled Python), it is plenty enough fast for most CMS tasks. It's more lightweight than Git. Like Git, it tolerates a distributed, non-centralized server environment well.

    Best browsers:
    None. They all suck

    Firefox usually has degraded performance once it's left up for a day or more. They stabbed plugin devs in the back with their premature retirement of XUL-style plugins. As a consequence, it has no good Session Manager, or "Bookmark Here 2"; and FoxCast weather can't show up in the status bar anymore..
    Firefox's clones tend to crash, seize up, and not support WebExtensions, so you have to find old versions to use. SeaMonkey & Basilisk are relatively good examples of this category; but PaleMoon probably has a larger user base. These tend to be the fastest of the lot, and are memory efficient. They also haven't made up your mind for you; but allow you to use Java, Flash and Acrobat natively in your browser still. I recommend using any Firefox variants in Sandboxie (below).
    Chrome forces updates on you, that could and probably does compromise your privacy. Chrome and its variants are the most malware resistant of any browsers, except for Google privacy compromising.
    Chromium probably compromises privacy too, but you can control updates.
    Chromium variants, as with Chrome and Chromium, can't deal with a dozen or more open tabs well, and have underpowered WebExtensions plugins. The upside is that they are relatively malware resistant. Iron Browser gets an honorable mention in this category, for privacy.
    M$: IE and Edge have no good plug-in ecosystems, and are the most hackable, malware-prone browsers ever created.
    Safari: What can you say about the only browser that locks all its users into only Google searches (unless you edit its configuration file)?
    Opera: see Chromium variants.
    Vivaldi: Promising, but opens lots of tabs VERRRRYYYY SLLLLOOOOOWWWWLLLLYYY.

    Reaper: It's an inexpensive DAW, and they have a "non-expiring demo." If you don't like it, it has some fairly decent VST plugins: ReaPlugs. If you don't like them, there are a lot of fine scripts for the ReaPlug called ReaJS; where users have written and posted a lot of audio plugin scripts.
    Audacity: A pretty useful audio file editor and converter. It has Lua scripted audio plugins, and converts formats well. Lately, it has been making some noises about multi-track mixing.
    Audacity: A passable, but free version Linux DAW that has made it to Windows lately.

    ffmpeg command line: If you need audio and video channels processed in fairly basic ways, it's really powerful. Just sayin.

    Office Suites:
    The free ones all suck, unless you want to use Gnumeric for number crunching. OpenOffice and LibreOffice are still grossly underpowered and lack crucial Office compatibility, even though they are starting to catch up. Their database applications are really lagging. Even so, M$ Office has been getting worse, not better (no Chart Wizard, those damn ribbons, decreasing privacy). We're still stuck with M$ Office, for the time being. I imagine WordPerfect has gotten pretty good by now, but they expect you to buy the whole Corel office thing. Sorta like AOL wanting you to download AOL to get Winamp. Really.

    Qalculate: an amazingly good free calculator. It remembers its history, even when you quit and restart. TONS of functions, procedural functions, constants, units, matrices, imaginary numbers, virtually unlimited precision.

    PDF printing device:
    Foxit Reader: While they have a commercial PDF capture app, just get the reader. It itself is outstanding, if awfully yellow; but the PDF printing device which comes with it, although unadvertised, is probably among best-of-class. As freeware PDF devices go, most seem to be fairly bad crippleware, out-of-date, underpowered, or buggy; but not this one. Foxit is also available for OSX and Linux.

    CD/DVD/BR burning:
    ImgBurn: Comes with malware (OpenCandy), and if you uncheck it, it can reportedly install anyway. Hasn't been updated in years. I recommend unpacking the setup, removing all the plugins, and running as portable. It has a steep learning curve, but is worth it. Note that all its options aren't under options, but may also be found in the pages of the tab widget to the right of the burning screen.
    AnyBurn: I recently came across this, and it seems to have all the features one would require, even if the Open File dialog is dated. It continues to be updated.
    CDBurnerXP: NOT! It's pretty good if you are burning files, but the author is dead-set against verifying audio burns.

    CD/DVD Drive emulation:
    MagicDisk: It can compatibly play old mixed-mode CD games with audio tracks and data, that other's can't.

    Bible study software:
    Not that I'm a believer, but it is still a belief system that sways nations, and would be good to be apprised of.
    The Online Bible: A really old program, and it shows, it has TONS of great, free modules (Bibles, books, dictionaries, encyclopedias, lexicons, etc.), as well as some that have to be paid, due to copyright issues.
    eSword: Displays better if you can NOT run it on Windows. It too has strong module content.

    Desktop Wallpaper:
    Walmaster: A pretty old and dated program that can greet each boot with fresh desktop wallpaper. Each file can be set to how it is to fill the screen. The pro version is a little better, though; although both are good. More recent ones have cloud features, etc., that this one does not, but usually lack picture-by-picture screen-filling strategy choices.

    Sage: One of the few really great math packages that hasn't made it to Windows. It incorporates other math packages into a document/server format; and does really deep symbolic math and other calculations. Not really so much a mathematics Swiss army knife as the walls of tools Tim Allen wishes he had.
    There are tons of other great free Linux/Windows math applications, too; but lots of mediocre ones.

    File Management:
    WinDirStat: Displays used disk space in terms of directories, files, and visual blocks. Extremely helpful for slogging through really full hard drives.
    FreeFileSync: I ran into "adware" in older versions (I think, from when SourceForge was doing it), but it has since been removed. While it is crippleware, it's not crippled too bad. it is also essential for seeing what files are duplicated in other directories - very useful for backup. It lets you see which are newer, or missing from one or the other; and then choose what you want copied. Any donation at all gets you a portable version; and you can also get free portable versions of older versions.

    Assorted tools:
    HWInfo: great monitoring capabilities
    PCWizard: great info on what's on your computer
    Process Explorer
    Resource Hacker
    Wireshark: If you can figure out how to use it.

    Screw anti-virus products. They slow your computer down a lot, and many cost a lot, or compromise privacy.
    Sandboxie: Run any browser except Chrome and Chrome variants in Sandboxie, to prevent scripts and other hacks from hijacking your computer and installing malware. Also useful for installing questionable software, and seeing what it REALLY installs. If it seems like malware, just empty yer sandbox.
    HostsMan: Used for updating one's HOSTS file. In particular, use with the various HPHosts files, which are really great for blocking malware sites.
    WinPatrol: The free version tells after periodic scans, when something has added itself to your computer's startup, in one way or another. You can usually block it, but some apps pester you endlessly, by continually re-installing their startups, after you reject their modifications. These, I deal with by taking other measures. In general, never install a QuickStart for anything. That just loads part of some app that you may not even use this session; and lots of them can really choke your computer at startup.

    In general, always download freeware from an author's site, one they link to for their software, or from a trusted site, such as Gizmo's, Tucows, I think doesn't require a downloader, MajorGeeks, SoftwareInformer, & SourceForge seems trustworthy again. Get M$ software from M$ or eBay; Apple from Apple, etc., when you can. Read the reviews of the software, for reports of malware. Never download little-known utilities that promise to remove viruses, malware, update your drivers, or speed your PC up. These are notorious hotbeds of malware-installing apps. Never use a downloader app from a site you want software from, to download your software (excluding highly trusted apps like FileZilla, etc.) Always surf the Web on a user, not an administrator account. That eliminates ~60% of malware infections right there.

    This is nearly geek guru level s**t; although nowhere near a kernel coder. I hope you guys are getting this.
  14. Tiger-1

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