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Windows Best of Breed (Freeware) Software

Best of breed software

Who said the best things in life come for free? They do, check out my favourite FREEWARE list.
The list is built of applications and tools that I am using or I have deployed. While many alternatives may exist, these are the ones that do the job for me.
There is no such thing as a free lunch, so you will need to tolerate some advertising or constraints in functionality. If you are willing to ‘pay that price’, you have a good deal.

Virus and Spam Protection
Browsers
  • apple Google Chrome is a FREE web browser that works well for Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7 to 10 as well as for MacOS.
  • Internet Explorer is a FREE web browser that works well for Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7 to 10.
  • apple Mozilla Firefox is a FREE web browser that works well for MacOS, Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7 to 10.

Note 1: the reason for using both Internet Explorer and Firefox is because of their different implementation of ‘standards’ which causes unsimilar display results when you design web pages – (check out my posts on Mozilla Firefox).

Note 2: Mozilla performs better than Safari when it comes to file downloads and display of some web pages at particular websites.

  • apple Safari is a FREE web browser that works well for MacOS, Windows XP, Vista 7 & Windows 10.

Mail and Internet Phone

  • Windows Live Mail is a FREE mail client that works well for Windows XP, Vista and 7.

Note: Outlook Express is end-of-life and was my initial prefered mail client – (check out my posts on Outlook Express).

  • appleSkype is a FREE Internet Phone client and service that works well for MacOS, Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7 to 10.

Media Players

  • appleVLC is a FREE mediaplayer with great video codec support that works well for MacOS, Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7 to 10.
  • appleiTunes is a FREE mediaplayer and library tool that works well for MacOS, Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7 to 10.

Note: check out my posts on iTunes support

  • IrfanView is a FREE image viewer that works well for Windows XP, Vista and 7.
  • Foxit Reader is a FREE PDF reader that works well for Windows XP, Vista and 7.

 

Media Library and Conversion Tools

Note: check out my posts on Videora support

  • DVDVideoSoft.com offers a FREE collection of tools to work with DVD, video and audio files.
  • DVD Profiler is a DVD Collection Database Manager that works well for Windows XP, Vista and 7.
  • calibre is an ebook management tool that works well for MacOS, Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7 to 10.
  • appleMixxx is free, open source DJ software that works well for MacOS, Windows XP, Vista and 7.
  • Audacity is a FREE audio recorder and editor that works well for Windows and MacOS.

Note: check out my post on recording with Audacity

  • iTunes Sync is a FREE iTunes MP3 Player Integration tool that works well for Windows XP, Vista and 7.

Note: check out my posts on iTunes Sync support

File and Print

  • Cute PDF is a FREE PDF creator that works well for Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7 to 10.
  • ZipGenius is a FREE file compression tool.
  • appleDr. Unarchiver is a FREE file compression tool that works well for MacOS.
  • appleFileZilla is a FREE file transfer client and server that works well for MacOS, Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7 to 10.

System Cleaning Tools

  • CCleaner is a FREE system optimization tool that works well for Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7 to 10.
  • appleDr. Cleaner is a FREE system optimization tool that works well for MacOS.
  • MyDefrag is a FREE system disk defragmenter and optimizer that works well for Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7 to 10.
  • EASEUS Partition Master is a FREE hard disk partition tool that works well for Windows XP.

Backup Tools

  • KeePass is a FREE password manager that works well for Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7 to 10.
  • appleKeePassX is a FREE password manager that works well for MacOS.
  • SyncBack is a FREE backup and file synchronisation tool that works well for Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7 to 10.
  • appleFreeFileSync is a FREE backup and file synchronisation tool that works well for MacOS.

Remote Assistance Tools

  • TeamViewer is a FREE Remote Assistance Client that works well for Windows XP, Vista and 7 to 10.
  • TightVNC and UltraVNC are FREE Remote Assistance Clients.

Note: check out my posts on Remote Assistance support

 

Enjoy the free ride!

Video on my iPod in three steps (EN)

Tutorial for video files converted with iStudio, Videora and iTunes to play on a 5G iPod:

Step 1: convert the video file to an iPod format


Video File Properties

Video File Properties


This step takes the most resources (CPU, disk space, etc.) and time to process (count at least one hour for a DivX movie). Run this task during your computer idle time (i.e. when you don’t use it for other tasks).

Although iTunes has some embedded conversion capabilities, I do not recommend it to use to convert your files to MPEG-4 format.

Videora iPod Converter is freeware and works fine for most of my files.

If the images are ‘stretched’ (i.e. taler than wide), then you will need to tweak the profile by manually adjusting the video setting: enter the image resolution values (height x width) from the file properties (‘Eigenschappen’ – see picture).

I recommend to instal the (default) English version because the Dutch one has some flaws.

iStudio (Easy Computing) is a basic commercial software and easy to use.

The 5G iPod’s resolution is fixed to 320×240. In iStudio, you may select ‘480 x 360’ resolution and ‘Best’ quality for for a crisper image.

Both tools create an MPEG-4 file in an iPod compatible format.

Step 2: add the file to my iTunes library

This step allows you to add additional information to the MPEG tags.

mpeg tags

The ‘display Video’ option in the iTunes preferences must be enabled:


iTunes Preferences

iTunes Preferences


Check also my other iTunes settings.

Select the Video’s library and add the MPEG-4 file (in an iPod compatible format – see step 1):

either through the ‘File’ menu with the ‘Add file to library’ option (Ctrl-O)

or by dragging the file from the its folder to the Video library.

iTunes will copy the file and add it to the library.

Now you can add additional information to better manage the file in iTunes and on your iPod.

Select the ‘Info tonen’ (Show Info) option from the ‘File’ menu (Ctrl-I):


Show Info - Ctrl-I

Show Info - Ctrl-I


The ‘Album’ name and the ‘Genre’ allows you to retrieve the video files on your iPod (when navigating through iTunes).

Enter the same ‘Album’ name for your movies and tagging the ‘Deel van verzameling‘ (Part of compilation) keeps the files in the same folder of your iTunes directory on your hard drive.


Video Type & Play position

Video Type & Play position


The ‘Soort video’ (Video type) determines in which video list this file will show on your iPod.

Tag the ‘Afspeelpositie onthouden’ (Play position) if you like to resume the playback on your iPod.

Step 3: copy the file to my iPod

This is the step to copy your file from the iTunes library to your iPod.


drag the file to your iPod

drag the file to your iPod


Make sure your iPod is docked and shows in the iTunes ‘Bron’ (Source) bar on the left.

Open the Video’s library in iTunes and drag the video file(s) to your iPod.

The file(s) will be copied and will show in the video list on your iPod.

Check also the Videora ‘Video File to Device Conversion‘ guide.

Video on my iPod in three steps (NL)

Handleiding om video files geconverteerd met iStudio (versie 1.0.6.316), Videora en iTunes af te spelen op een 5G iPod.

In deze stappen wordt een DivX bestand ‘Hi-Fidelity.avi’ geconverteerd naar een MPEG-4 bestand ‘Hi-Fidelity.mp4’.

De iTunes instructies refereren naar versie 6.0.4.2.



Video File Properties

Video File Properties



Stap 1:  converteer het video bestand naar een iPod formaat

Deze stap neemt veel tijd en energie (CPU, schijfruimte, etc.) in beslag om te verwerken (reken tenminste een uur voor een DivX film). Voer dit proces uit op je computer terwijl er geen andere taken worden verwerkt en geen andere programma’s aktief zijn (vb s’nachts).

iTunes beschikt over een ingebouwde conversie-functie voor MPEG-4 formaat die ik echter niet aanraad.


Videora iPod Converter is freeware en werkt goed voor de meeste bestanden.

Krijg je ‘uitgerokken’ beelden op het iPod bestand, wijzig dan het ‘profile’ in Videora: voer de Afbeelding resolutie (Breedte x Hoogte) in van de bestandseigenschappen (zie afbeelding).

Installeer de (standaard) Engelse versie van de software. In de Nederlandstalige versie zitten nog een aantal fouten.

iStudio (Easy Computing) is een commerciëel programma dat eenvoudig is in gebruik.

De 5G iPod resolutie is steeds 320×240. In iStudio, kies Schermresolutie ‘480 x 360’ en Kwaliteit ‘Beste’ voor een goed resultaat.

iStudio heeft een ingebouwde (DivX) player.

Beide programma’s maken een MPEG-4 bestand aan in an iPod compatibel formaat.

Stap 2: voeg het bestand toe aan de iTunes bibliotheek

Deze stap laat je toe om informatie toe te voegen aan de MPEG tags.

mpeg tags

Zorg ervoor dat ‘Video’s’ Weergave is aangstipt in de iTunes voorkeuren (in het ‘Bewerken’ menu – Ctrl-,):


iTunes Preferences

iTunes Preferences


Hou ook rekening met mijn andere iTunes settings.

Selecteer de ‘Video’s‘ bibliotheek en voeg het MPEG-4 bestand (in het iPod compatibele formaat – zie step 1) toe:

via het ‘Bestand’ menu met de ‘Bestand aan bibliotheek toevoegen’ keuze (Ctrl-O)

of door het bestand vanuit zijn folder naar het ‘Video’s’ venster in iTunes te slepen.

iTunes zal nu het bestand kopiëren en toevoegen aan de bibliotheek.

Nu kan je bijkomende informatie ingeven om het bestand beter in te delen in iTunes en op de iPod.

Kies ‘Info tonen’ in het ‘Bestand’ menu (Ctrl-I):



Show Info - Ctrl-I

Show Info - Ctrl-I


Met de ‘Album’ naam en het ‘Genre’ kan je de video-bestanden makkelijk (gesorteerd) terugvinden op de iPod (tijdens het bladeren met iTunes).


Aktiveer ‘Deel van verzameling‘ en kies dezelfde ‘Album’ naam om de video-bestanden in eenzelfde folder te behouden onder de iTunes directory van jouw harde schijf.

Kies ‘Bestand van nummer tonen’ in het ‘Bestand’ menu (Ctrl-R) om te kijken waar het bestand zich bevindt op de harde schijf.

In het ‘Opties’ gedeelte, kies ‘Soort video’ om te bepalen in welke video lijst het bestand zal verschijnen op de iPod:



Video Type & Play position

Video Type & Play position


De ‘Afspeelpositie onthouden’ aanvinken om te vermijden dat het afspelen telkens herstart vanaf het begin.


Stap 3: kopiëer het bestand naar de iPod

Met deze stap voeg je het bestand toe aan de inhoud op de iPod.



drag the file to your iPod

drag the file to your iPod


Deze stap is overbodig indien iTunes is ingesteld voor Automatisch bijwerken.


Deze stap moet uitgevoerd worden indien nummers en afspeellijsten op de iPod handmatig beheerd worden:


bijwerken

bijwerken


Zorg ervoor dat de iPod is aangekoppeld en verschijnt in de iTunes ‘Bron’ (aan de linkerzijde).

Open de ‘Video’s‘ bibliotheek in iTunes en sleep het video-bestand naar de iPod.

iTunes zal nu het bestand kopiëren en toevoegen aan de video afspeellijst op de iPod.

Multimedia Streaming Devices: Philips SLM5500

Philips SLM5500

Philips SLM5500
My remarks on the Philips SLM5500/00 product are:
1) make sure you register the product through the SLM5500 setup procedure first (and do not do this from your PC)
2) make sure you have a stable and strong wifi signal on your SLM5500 (unless it is using a wired connection)
3) disable stand-by energy saving features on the PC that runs the Philips Media Manager (PMM)
4) if you want to enjoy Internet Radio, then make sure you have a stable Internet connection: high bandwidth (broadband) offered by a reliable ISP
5) the Philips Media Manager (PMM) was eventually replaced by TwonkyManager to support iTunes playlists.

My PMM setup, WiFi and Internet gateway was:
PMM, WiFi and Internet setup
My Streamium and TV connection was:
SLM5500 and TV

   

 

Intel inside, Idiot outside?
Best of breed software

 

Who said the best things in life come for free? They do, check out my favourite FREEWARE list.
Other software links are on the SEARCH page.

 

Web Mail Chat Phone
IE
Internet Explorer = FREE Web browser
WindowsMac OS
firefox
Firefox = FREE Web browser
WindowsMac OS
Outlook Express
Outlook Express = FREE Mail client
WindowsMac OS
gaim
GAIM = FREE Multi-Instant Messenger
Windows
aMSN
aMSN = FREE Instant Messenger
WindowsMac OS
Skype
Skype = FREE Internet Phone
WindowsMac OS
Virus Spam Protection
Ad-aware
Windows
AVG Anti-Virus
Windows
Spybot Search & Destroy
Spybot S & D = FREE Spyware Scanner
Windows
ccleaner
CCleaner = FREE system optimization tool
Windows
Media Library and Video conversion Tools
iTunes
iTunes = FREE Media Player
WindowsMac OS
DVD Profiler
DVD Profiler = FREE DVD Collection Database Manager
Windows
Videora iPod Converter = FREE Video Convenverter for iPod
Windows
Free Fast Mpeg Cut = FREE basic MPEG video editor
Windows
Media Players
ZOOM Player
ZOOM = FREE DivX Codec and Media Player

 

Windows
WinAmp
WinAmp = FREE Media Player
WindowsMac OS
File and Printing Tools
IrfanView
IrfanView = FREE Image viewer
Windows
xplorer2
xplorer² = FREE enhanced File Exploring
Windows
PDF Creator
PDF Creator = FREE PDF Creator (XP)
Windows
Cute PDF = FREE PDF Creator (Vista)
Windows
ZipGenius
ZipGenius = FREE Compression tool
Windows
FileZilla
FileZilla = FREE FTP Client and Server
WindowsMac OS
Soulseek
Soulseek = FREE File Sharing Client
Windows
KeePass
KeePass = FREE Password Safe tool
Windows
Remote Assistance Tools
TeamViewer
TeamViewer = FREE Remote Assistance
WindowsMac OS
uVNC
UltraVNC = FREE Remote Assistance
Windows
tight VNC
WindowsMac OS
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Legacy Desktop

 

intel Celeron chip
Intel Celeron (400 Mhz) based system
256 Mb RAM (64/64/128) – 128 Kb Cache RAM
PhoenixBIOS 4.0 Release 6.0 (4S4EB2X0.86A.0024.P17)

 

ST340016A
Hard Disk
cd24
Hewlett -Packard
cd-writer
SD-M1612
Toshiba
DVD-rom
Riva TNT2
Graphics card
RTL8139/810xRTL8139/810x
PCI Fast Ethernet adapter
two LAN cards

 

Desktop storage description

 

The Desktop PC’s Hard Disk is configured with two partitions:
one 8 Mb partition for the Operating System (Windows 2000 Pro) and the Programme Files,
one 32 Mb partition for the Data Storage.

 

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Wintel Laptop

 

Toshiba Satellite 1800-514
Toshiba
Computermodel: S1800-514
BIOS-versie: TOSHIBA Version 2.10
Celeron 1 GHz
128MB + 256MB
15GB 14″TFT DVD
 

USR5411 Wireless MAXg PC Card

 

Windows XP
 

ARCHOS ZIP MiniDrive Plus
Archos Zip Drive
PC Card, IDE / EIDE
100 MB – 3.3 MBps
QuickCam Messenger

 

File and Print services over TCP/IP have been disabled for security reasons. The IPX/SPX protocols have been installed to communicate with the Desktop PC for File and Print sharing.

 

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Wintel Desktop

 

AOPEN
300W Case
Black Housing
Windows XP
Professional Edition
Service  Pack 2
iiyama Vision Master 1451
Vision Master 1451

 

Logitech®
QuickCam® Zoom
Logitech QuickCam Zoom
Logitech®
TrackMan Marble+
Logitech Trackman Marble Plus
INTEL PIV 2600
Intel Pentium 4
512KB Cache Socket 478 800FSB
Boxed with cooler Hyper-Threading

 

APACER Memory module
2 x DDR 256MB 400Mhz PC3200
Kingston KVR400X64C3A/512
2 x 512Mb PC3200 CL3 184-Pin DIMM

 

ASUS P4P800-VM
AI Bios ver. 08.00.09 PPVM1701
Intel 865GE, P4 478 800FSB, VGA, SATA, 4DDR Dual Channel PC3200, 3PCI, SOUND, LAN
Logitech® Media Keyboard
Western Digital 160GB (WD1600JD)
SN WMAES4588646
WD Caviar SE SATA 8.9ms
7200rpm 8M Hard Drive

 

Apacer USB 2.0 Card Reader
S/N 26541001901544
Black – CF Type I & II, Microdrive, SM, MMC, SD, MS, MS/PRO + USB 2.0
NEC-3520 (Black)
599960350 - Firmware 3.04
16x DVD re-writer

 

ZIP Plus
Iomega ZIP Plus

 

MSI Star Key 2.0 Bluetooth USB Dongle
MSI Star Key 2.0

 

ASUS WL-167g
Asus Wireless USB

 

Desktop storage description

 

The Desktop PC’s Hard Disk is configured with two partitions:
one 15 Gb partition for the Operating System (Windows XP Pro) and the Programme Files,
one 145 Gb partition for the Data Storage.
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WinAMD Desktop

 

AOPEN QF50A (Black)
300W Case
AOpen QF50A Black
Windows XP
Professional Edition
Service  Pack 3

 

Benq T720
Benq T720

 

QuickCam Messenger
Amarina KBS8700
AMD Sempron 2600+
S462 (Socket A) Boxed
SN E106332C51538
1.833 Ghz
256KB L2 Cache 266FSB
Boxed with cooler

 

OCZ Memory
OCZ4001024V3 1024MB 400MHZ DDR
2 x OCZ4001024V3
1024MB 400MHZ DDR PC-3200

 

MSI K7N2G
ATX Mainboard – Socket 462 – Socket A
Supports Athlon XP, Duron and Sempron
NVIDIA® nForce2 IGP Chipset
333FSB, VGA, 5 PCI, SOUND, LAN
WinTV-PVR-150  Model 01046

 

Western Digital 80Gb
SN WCAM94847819
EIDE 8Mb ATA100 7200RPM

 

Western Digital 160GbWD1600JB
WD 160 GB, 7200 RPM, 8 MB Cache
Firmware Rev. 1-01
NEC 4571
Bose MediaMate®
Bose Mediamate Speakers
Logitech®
TrackMan Marble+
Logitech Trackman Marble Plus

 

Desktop storage description

 

The Desktop PC’s Hard Disk is configured with three partitions:

 

(C:) System    one 20 Gb partition for the Operating System (Windows XP Pro) and the Programme Files,
(D:) Data        one 55 Gb partition for the Data Storage.
(M:) Media    one 150 Gb partition for the Multimedia Data Storage (music and video).

 

The system runs with Windows XP SP3 and is connected to a flatscreen Sony TV (Bravia).

 

Additionally, changes have been made for security and to optimize the disk space use:

 

– ‘My Documents’ has been moved to the D: drive
to make this change, right click on the folder, select properties
in the Target tab, select Move
– ‘Temporary Internet Files’ folder has been moved to the D: drive
to make this change, go to the control panel and open Internet Options
in the General tab, select Temporary Internet files Settings
– ‘Temp’ folders have been moved to the D: drive
to make use of these folders, you must change the Environment Variables of the System Properties
create the directories first, then go to the control panel and open System
select Advanced of the System Properties and edit the environment variables:
in User variables:
Temp  -> replace %USERPROFILE% by D:
TMP    -> replace %USERPROFILE% by D:
in System variables:
Temp  -> replace %SystemRoot% by D:
TMP    -> replace %SystemRoot% by D:

 

Additional Keyboard Lay-outs have been added manually:

 

see full instructions at http://mai9.net/wiki/index.php?title=Windows_XP_(Stripped_to_the_Bone)

 

1. Find a computer with Win XP that uses the keyboard layout you want to use.
2. Run “regedit” and navigate yourself to the branch “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Keyboard Layouts”
3. Once there, browse through the sub-branches looking for the keyboard you want (“Spanish” is in branch “0000040a”). Export that branch to a file in a USB drive. Also, remember the filename from the value “Layout File” (in my case “KBDSP.DLL”).
4. Open the Start Menu and choose the “Run” command, type “%SystemRoot%\system32\” and then press Enter.
5. In that folder look for the .dll file that was in the regedit branch value “Layout File” (in my case “KBDBE.DLL”). Copy that file to the USB drive.
6. Unplug the USB drive from the regular WinXP and plug it to the machine with the WinXP Stripped to the Bone Edition. Copy the .dll to “%SystemRoot%\system32\”, and import the .reg file you created on the 3rd step.
7. By now you have done all the ‘hacking’, this last step is to activate the installed language: Go to “Regional and Language Options” in the control panel, move to the tab “Language”, click the “Details” button, on that window click “Add” to add the keyboard you want, click ok, select the keyboard in the drop down menu, click ok a couple of times and reboot. That’s all.
Microsoft File and Print Sharing has been disabled. File are shared through ftp with the FileZilla Server.
This allows any system (including Linux and Vista) to access files on my shared folders.

 

Services optimization has been done based on the list provided by TweakHound’s super tweaks.

 

Display settings have been set for optimal performance.
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BENQ Joybook R23E

 

BENQ Joybook R23E
512 Mb RAM – 60 Gb Disk
Windows XP
Professional Edition
Home Edition Service Pack 3

 

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ACER Aspire 2920

 

ACER Aspire 2920
Vista Home Premium SP2

 

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ASUS M6B00N Notebook PC

 

ASUS M6B00N Notebook PC
Windows XP Home SP3

 

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HP Pavilion dv9000 (HP Pavilion dv9253ea notebook PC)

 

HP Pavilion dv9253ea notebook PC

 

Vista Home Premium SP2

 

HP Pavilion (HP Pavilion zd7010EA Notebook PC)
Windows XP Home SP3

 

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External Storage Media

 

WDG1U3200
ICY DOCK MB122AKGF
LaCie 320 Gb USB
OneTouch4 Mini 160 GB
LaCie Big Disk Quadra
WD 320 GB, 7200 RPM, 8 MB Cache
ICY DOCK MB122AKGF
WESTERN DIGITAL 320GB 8MB (7200/100) WD3200JB
LaCie 320GB, 7200 RPM, 8 MB Cache
OneTouch4 Mini, 160 GB
LaCie Big Disk Quadra
2Tb
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Multimedia Streaming Devices
Streamium Café
Philips SLM5500Philips SLM5500/00

 

My remarks on this product:
1) make sure you register the product through the SLM5500 setup procedure first (and do not do this from your PC)
2) make sure you have a stable and strong wifi signal on your SLM5500 (unless it is using a wired connection)
3) disable stand-by energy saving features on the PC that runs the Philips Media Manager (PMM)
4) if you want to enjoy Internet Radio, then make sure you have a stable Internet connection: high bandwidth (broadband) offered by a reliable ISP
Twonky Vision
My PMM setup, WiFi and Internet gateway:
PMM, WiFi and Internet setup

 

My Streamium and TV connection:
SLM5500 and TV