Graphics - Photo-Image

Image Viewers/Browsers
PhotoProcessing
Painting
Image Effects
Panorama's

Image Tools

Image Duplicate Search
Image Renamer
EXIF-Tools

Image Animation

Animated GIF Creator
Animated Photo Effects

Graphics - Video

Video Processing
Video Editing
Video Tag Tools
Video Converters
Video/Audio Codecs

Audio - Sound - Music

Audio Tools
MP3 Tag Tools
Audio Converters
Sound Recording
Synthesizer
Music Notation/Composing
Voice Techno

Media Players

Media Players

CD/DVD/Blue-Ray

CD/DVD Burner
CD/DVD Authoring
Audio CD Ripper

Office Software

Office Suites
PDF Tools
OCR Software
Text Tools

DTP (Desktop Pub)

DTP-Software

CAD (Design)

CAD-Software

Scientific Software

Unit Conversion
Chemistry
Astronomy

Internet

URL Managers
Website Rippers

Security and Privacy

Security Suite
Anti-Spyware

File and Dir Tools

File Renaming
File Listing
File Archiving/Compression
File Synchronization/Backup
Hex Editor

System Utilities

Font Viewer
Icon Design
Screen Resolution

System Power Tools

Tweakers
Registry Tools
System Info
System Monitoring
Hard-Disk Tools
Software Un-Installers
System Cleanup

Network

Network Info
Network Monitor

Programming

Install Creator

Operating System

O/S


    
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A top-selection for everyone and everyday use : from simple utilities to powerful system-tools, the very best; you simply can't do without it, or -at least- these programs make computing a lot easier and more fun

 

ALL SOFTWARE ON THIS PAGE IS FREE (licenses: freeware/free for non-commercial use; see the specific program licenses)
In fact, you can get nearly all the software you need just for free.  -  Remember this before spending money on a program.

 

Remark: if the setup-procedure of a program gives you the choice between a 'standard' or 'common' setup and an 'advanced' setup, then preferably select the 'advanced' setup; this will give you the possibility to make further choices; always be carefull during install, read and understand the program info, and select only the options you want

if you first want some more info on software distribution methods, and how to install/un-install programs onto your computer,then click here to go to the info-pages (the info page overview will open in a new window, closing it brings you back here);

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Graphics - Photo-Image


Image Viewers - Browser/Managers - Editors



FastStone Image Viewer


A fast, stable, user-friendly image browser, converter and editor. It has a nice array of features that include image viewing, management, comparison, red-eye removal, emailing, resizing, cropping and color adjustments.
 
Its innovative but intuitive full-screen mode provides quick access to EXIF information, thumbnail browser and major functionalities via hidden toolbars that pop up when your mouse touches the four edges of the screen.
 
Other features include a high quality magnifier and a musical slideshow with 150+ transitional effects, as well as lossless JPEG transitions, drop shadow effects, image annotation, scanner support, histogram and much more.
 
It supports all major graphic formats and popular digital camera RAW formats.
 
Features:
 
- True Full Screen viewer with image zoom support and unique fly-out menu panels
- Crystal-clear and customizable one-click image magnifier
- Image modification tools: Resize/resample, rotate/flip, crop, sharpen/blur, brightness/contrast, etc.
- Eleven resampling algorithms to choose from when resizing images
- Image color effects: gray scale, sepia, negative, Red/Green/Blue adjustment
- Image special effects: watermark, annotation, drop shadow, framing, bump map, lens, morph, waves
- Draw texts, lines, highlights, rectangles, ovals and callout objects on images
- Multi-level Undo/Redo capability
- One-touch best fit/actual size image display support
- Image management, including tagging capability, with drag/drop and Copy To/Move To Folder support
- Histogram display with color counter feature
- Compare images side-by-side (up to 4 at a time) to easily cull those forgettable shots
- Image EXIF metadata support (plus comment editing for JPEGs)
- Configurable batch processing to convert/rename large or small collections of images
- Slideshow creation with 150+ transition effects and music support (MP3, WMA, WAV...)
- Create efficient image attachment(s) for emailing to family and friends
- Print images with full page-layout control
- Create fully configurable Contact Sheets - just like the pros (and save on ink)
- Create memorable artistic image montages from your photos for personalized desktop wallpapers
- Acquire images from a scanner
- Versatile screen capture capability
- Powerful Save As interface to compare image quality and control generated file size
- Run favorite programs with one keystroke from within Image Viewer
- A portable version of the program which can be run from a removable storage device
- Configurable mouse wheel support
- Support multiple program skins
- Support dual-monitor configurations
- And much more...
 
License : FREEWARE (free for non-commercial personal and home use)

WEBSITE : http://www.faststone.org
 

ShoView

 
A very basic image viewer-browser with build-in slideshow feature.
It can be used to automatically search for graphics sorted by image-type ; it displays windows icons and cursors as well.
 
License : FREEWARE

WEBSITE : The NightOwl's Home - Freeware


Photo Processing



PhotoFiltre

 
An easy to use photo processing and image retouching program with lots of features you normally only expect in expensive graphic software packages. The very intuitive interface makes photo-adjustments from simple to advanced done by a mouse click. Creating photo-frames, setting transparency, advanced text effects and more can de done in an easy way.
 
Features include an image browser, plug-in management, image scanning, input from digital photo camera or webcam, printing, transparency management, exporting to icons, advanced text effects, textures, image-assembling, and many more.
 
License : FREEWARE
 
WEBSITE : http://www.photofiltre.com


 

Paint.NET

 
Paint.NET started development as an undergraduate college senior design project mentored by Microsoft, and is currently being maintained by some of the alumni that originally worked on it.
Originally intended as a free replacement for the Microsoft Paint software that comes with Windows, it has grown into a powerful yet simple image and photo editor tool.
 
Features
 
Simple, intuitive, and innovative user interface
 
Every feature and user interface element was designed to be immediately intuitive and quickly learnable without assistance. In order to handle multiple images easily, Paint.NET uses a tabbed document interface. The tabs display a live thumbnail of the image instead of a text description. This makes navigation very simple and fast.
 
Layers
 
Usually only found on expensive or complicated professional software, layers form the basis for a rich image composition experience. You may think of them as a stack of transparency slides that, when viewed together at the same time, form one image.
 
Active Online Community
 
Paint.NET has an online forum with a friendly, passionate, and ever-expanding community.
Be sure to check out the constantly growing list of tutorials and plug-ins!
 
Special Effects
 
Many special effects are included for enhancing and perfecting your images. Everything from blurring, sharpening, red-eye removal, distortion, noise, and embossing are included. Also included is our unique 3D Rotate/Zoom effect that makes it very easy to add perspective and tilting.
 
Adjustments are also included which help you tweak an image's brightness, contrast, hue, saturation, curves, and levels. You can also convert an image to black and white, or sepia-toned.
 
Powerful Tools
 
Paint.NET includes simple tools for drawing shapes, including an easy-to-use curve tool for drawing splines or Bezier curves. The Gradient tool, new for 3.0, has been cited as an innovative improvement over similar tools provided by other software. The facilities for creating and working with selections is powerful, yet still simple enough to be picked up quickly. Other powerful tools include the Magic Wand
for selecting regions of similar color, and the Clone Stamp for copying or erasing portions of an image. There is also a simple text editor, a tool for zooming, and a Recolor tool.
 
Unlimited History
 
Everybody makes mistakes, and everybody changes their mind. To accommodate this, every action you perform on an image is recorded in the History window and may be undone. Once you've undone an action, you can also redo it. The length of the history is only limited by available disk space.
 
Open Source and Free
 
Paint.NET is provided free-of-charge, and the source code (all 140,000+ lines of it) is also available for free under generous licensing terms. The bulk of Paint.NET is written in C#, with only a small amount of code related to setup and shell-integration written in C++.
 
Paint.NET is a trademark of Rick Brewster. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. Paint.Net / Text is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 3.0 United States License. For more info see the Paint.NET website.
 
License : FREEWARE

WEBSITE : http://www.getpaint.net
 

Artweaver Free

 
A creative painting and photo-processing program.

Artweaver Free provides the tools for creative painting, together with all standard image editing tools. The program has an intuitive, user-friendly and adjustable interface, making it suitable for beginners, but also for more advanced users. It can record all creation or editing steps and replay them afterwards (e.g. to provide them to other users). There's also Pen Tablet support for a realistic feeling.

Artweaver Free offers a lot of artistic effects and a wide range of brushes. The brush simulations are nearly as realistic as possible (e.g. chalk, charcoal, pencils and many more). Besides the pre-defined brushes, it's also possible to configure each brush individually and to create new custom brushes.

The program includes the standard photo-processing and selection tools, besides effect filters such as sharpen, blur, emboss, and more. It supports transparency and layering.
The most common graphic file formats are supported and the program is expandable by plug-in modules.
 
License : FREEWARE
 
WEBSITE : http://www.artweaver.de
 

Gimp

 
A freely distributed complete digital imaging solution - maybe the very best you can get !
 
Extremely powerful functions and tools create nearly endless possibilities making it possible to do just about anything from simple image editing to the most complex photo processing and image authoring procedures.
 
GIMP is an acronym for GNU Image Manipulation Program. The GIMP is released under a GNU General Public License (see below).
 
License : FREEWARE
 
WEBSITE : http://www.gimp.org
 

Photivo

 
Photivo is an advanced photo processor to handle RAW files as well as bitmap files (TIFF, JPEG, BMP, PNG and other) in a non-destructive processing pipe.
The program tries to provide the best algorithms available; even if this implies some redundancy. It offers extremely flexible and powerful denoise, sharpen and local contrast (fake HDR) algorithms, together with many expert features.

Photivo is a developer, no photo-manager or processor for photo-montages. It is intended to be eventually used in a workflow together with other photo-software (Gimp workflow integration (import and export) is possible). The program has a quite steep learning curve and is not aimed at beginners.

Features

- 16-bit internal processing, color managed with LCMS2
- works with RAW's and bitmaps (8-bit bitmaps are transformed and processed with 16-bit, which usually gives better results)
- CA-correction, green equilibration, line denoise, bad pixel reduction, wavelet denoise, median filters on RAW data
- perspective correction (tilt and turn), distorsion and geometry (also defish) correction
- demosaicing: bilinear, VNG, VNG4, PPG, AHD, DCB, mod. AHD, VCD, LMMSE, and other
- RGB, R, G, B, L*, a*, b*, texture, detail, denoise, hue, saturation, L* by hue, base curve
- tone mapping (Reinhard 05 (RGB brighten), Fattal et al. (dynamic range compress))
- several local contrast filters (HiRaLoAm (local contrast), texture contrast, local contrast stretch)
- sharpen (edge avoiding wavlets, USM, highpass, inverse diffusion, Wiener filter, gradient sharpen)
- denoise, seperately on luminance and color (edge avoiding wavelets, masked bilateral, pyramid,...), and via a hue or luminance sensitive denoise curve
- adaptive saturation
- film grain simulation
- black and white conversion
- (split) toning
- cross processing
- gradual overlay (like Cokin(R) GND filters)
- vignetting
- softglow / Orton
- texture overlay (external texture)
- fake tilt/shift, toy effect
- batch mode

Photivo is released under a GNU General Public License (see below).
 
License : FREEWARE
 
WEBSITE : http://photivo.org
 


RawTherapee

 
RawTherapee is an excellent free RAW converter and digital photo processing program.
 
Main features:
 
- Selectable high performance demosaicing algorithms (EAHD and HPHD and VNG-4)
- Using DCRaw for decoding RAW images
- Exposure control in RGB space
- Auto-exposure with adjustable clipping point
- Exposure compensation / Shadow and highight compression
- Brighness / Contrast adjustment, curve editor
- White balance adjustment in RGB space / with in-camera, automatic and spot white balance options
- Temperature/Green tint fine tuning
- Highlight Recovery
- Shadows/Highlights control in RGB space
- Basic Luminance curve tool to modify the luminance channel in CIELab color space
- USM sharpening applied on the CIELab luminance channel
- Classical USM parameters (Radius, Amount, Threshold)
- Option to avoid noise amplification
- Sharpening halo control
- Optional RL Deconvolution based sharpening for even better sharpening results
- Color shift control in CIELab color space
- Allows color shift by shifting the CIELab "a" and "b" channels
- Color booster applied on the CIELab "a" and "b" channels
- Amplifies color channels "a" and "b" together or separately
- Avoids color overamplification in high chrominance areas
- Option to avoid clipping caused by too high color boosting
- Luminance denoising algorithm applied on the CIELab luminance channel
- Edge sensitive method to preserve as much details as possible
- Color denoising tool applied on the CIELab "a" and "b" channels
- Classical gaussian blur or edge sensitive bluring of the color channels
- Fast switching between different postprocessing profiles
- Image flipping horizontally or vertically, rotation by 90 degrees clockwise or counter clockwise
- Arbitrary image rotation (straightening tool) with fill function or automatic crop
- Simple lens distortion correction
- Crop tool
- Chromatic Aberration correction tool
- Channel Mixer for Red, Green and Blue channels
- Vignetting Correction
- ICC based color management
- Change History with bookmarks to support before/after checking
- Output options: Supported file formats: JPEG / PNG / TIFF
- Image ouput size could be set
- EXIF data is preserved in JPEG output (except crw files)
- Output directory and automatic file naming highly customizable
- File browsing with thumbnails
- Localization supported (many included languages)
 
License : FREEWARE
 
WEBSITE : http://www.rawtherapee.com


Painting



Greenfish Painter

 
A realistic painting program with many virtual painting tools such as brushes, a calligraphic pen, charcoal, chalk, and more.
Besides a wide range of ready-to-use painting tool presets, Greenfish Painter has the option to design your own tools.
 
License : FREEWARE
 
WEBSITE : http://greenfish.cixx6.com


Image Effects



Photo Black & Color

 
Photo Black & Color is an easy way to obtain fascinating color/grayscale effects.
 
The program makes it easy to create a partial de-saturation on an image by selecting the colors to keep. The rest of the image will be in grayscale, according to the different parameters selected.
 
License : FREEWARE

WEBSITE : http://www.photofiltre.com (look for "Photo Black & Color)


Panorama's



Microsoft ICE (Image Composite Editor) - Panorama Creator


Microsoft Image Composite Editor is an advanced panoramic image stitcher. Given a set of overlapping photographs of a scene shot from a single camera location, the application creates a high-resolution panorama that seamlessly combines the original images.
 
The stitched panorama can be saved in a wide variety of image formats, from common formats like JPEG and TIFF to the multi-resolution tiled format used by Silverlight's Deep Zoom and by the HD View and HD View SL panorama viewers.
 
Microsoft ICE has lots of advanced features:
 
- Accelerated stitching on multiple CPU cores
- Ability to publish, view, and share panoramas on the Photosynth web site
- Support for "structured panoramas" (panoramas consisting of hundreds of photos taken in a
  rectangular grid of rows and columns (usually by a robotic device like the GigaPan tripod heads))
- No image size limitation (stitch giga-pixel panoramas)
- Support for input images with 8 or 16 bits per component
- State-of-the-art stitching engine
- Automatic exposure blending
- Choice of planar, cylindrical, or spherical projection
- Orientation tool for adjusting panorama rotation
- Automatic cropping to maximum image area
- Native support for 64-bit operating systems (32-bit version also available)
- Wide range of output formats, including JPEG, TIFF, BMP, PNG, HD Photo, and Silverlight Deep Zoom
 
License : FREEWARE
 
WEBSITE :http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/um/redmond/groups/ivm/ice


Image Tools


Image Duplicate Search



SimilarImages

 
An advanced tool to scan image collections in order to find duplicate or similar images. The program can scan one or more folders and find pictures based on several search criteria and sensivity settings.
The results are displayed in a user-friendly side-by-side view of all similar images, along with their properties, making it safe and easy to delete the unwanted duplicates.
SimilarImages also offers some options for semi-automated deletion. Image information can be stored in a database, making later searches even faster.
 
License : FREEWARE
 
WEBSITE : https://tn123.org
 


DubDetector

 
Most large image collections often contain duplicate images under different names, or slightly modified versions of the same images.
DupDetector will find and delete those duplicate or near duplicate images from your image collections.
 
License : FREEWARE
 
WEBSITE : http://www.keronsoft.com
 


Image Renamer



PixRenamer

 
PixRenamer is a small file renaming utility for the most common renaming tasks. It's basic features include the automatic preselection of different graphic file-formats and numbering options.
A handy tool for renaming lots of photos imported from digital camera's, scanners or other sources. Although the program is merely intended for the renaming of large quantities of images, it can rename other kinds of files as well.
 
To make the -sometimes tricky- renaming process safer, by default the program will warn about double file-names, forbidden characters, and the possible renaming of system critical files. This build-in safety features and alerts, together with the simple, straightforward interface, make it very easy and safe to use for everyone.
 
PixRenamer comes in a version with installer and in a portable version to run it directly from an usb-drive.
 
License : FREEWARE (free for non-commercial personal and home use)

WEBSITE : The NightOwl's Home - Freeware
 


EXIF Tools



MetaEditor

 
MetaEditor is one of the very few (and free!) EXIF editing programs which will allow you to edit every EXIF and IPTC tag, and GPS information hidden within your digital photos.
 
Once you've taken a few moments to become familiar with the interface, MetaEditor is fast, easy and secure to use. Maybe it's the best photo exif-editor you can get.
 
The program can also create and remove tags and the metadata can be exported to and imported from a file. Besides other advanced features, batch processing is possible on a unlimited number of photos.
 
License : FREEWARE
 
WEBSITE : http://www.kiwiczech.net
 


ExifTool

 
ExifTool is a very powerful, platform-independent command-line application for reading, writing and editing meta-information in a wide variety of files. It shows more metadata tags than most other tools and it allows to edit almost any metadata tag, in a very secure way.

Supported metadata formats include EXIF, GPS, IPTC, XMP, JFIF, GeoTIFF, ICC Profile, Photoshop IRB, FlashPix, AFCP and ID3, as well as the maker notes of many digital cameras.

For Windows, ExifTool is available as a stand-alone Windows executable.

REMARK:

ExifTool is a command-line utility which means there's no Graphic User Interface (GUI) and all work must be done by typing commands inside a "Command Prompt" window.

To make the program more suitable and user-friendly for all users, a Graphic User Interface (GUI) for ExifTool can be installed (see below).
 
License : FREEWARE
 
WEBSITE : http://www.sno.phy.queensu.ca/~phil/exiftool


ExifToolGUI (Windows Graphic User Interface for ExifTool)

 
Although the command-line approach of ExifTool (see above) gives the application a great flexibility, the downside is that the program maybe somewhat difficult to use, especially for users who are not familiar with the old DOS workflow.

ExifToolGUI was created to make ExifTool easy to use for everyone. It shows all metadata recognized by ExifTool and is able to edit all most frequently used tags with batch capability (where appropriate).

REMARK:

see the download an install info on the program's websites
 
License : FREEWARE
 
WEBSITE : http://freeweb.siol.net/hrastni3/foto/exif/exiftoolgui.htm
 


Image Animation


Animated Gif Creator



UnFREEz

 
An incredibly tiny, super easy to use animated gif creation program. Just drag and drop, the program will take care of the rest. Maybe the most simple and easy anigif creator you can find.
 
License : FREEWARE
 
WEBSITE : http://www.whitsoftdev.com


Animated Photo Effects



Popims Animator

 
Popims Animator is a full-featured photo animation creator, designed for home and professional use. It can create all kinds of image animations, starting from a single image or from an image combination.
 
The results are many artistic effects, 3D animations, image-"warp's" and "morph's", and a lot more. Image "warping" consists in a progressively modification of the shape of an image. Image "morphing" is the process of mixing two or more images together in such a way that preset corresponding points will overflow into each other, resulting in a smoothly fading, moving image.
 
The animation can be exported in the (animated) GIF-format, or as an image-sequence, or as an AVI-video-file.
 
Besides this, Popims Animator has a lot of features to create other effects and to adjust the animation results.
 
License : FREEWARE (basic free version)
 
WEBSITE : http://www.popims.com
 


Reflet - Animated Water Reflections

 
Reflet is an easy to use program to generate water reflection effects.
Besides for creating water reflection photo effects, it can also be used to create animated logos, texts and web page decorations.
 
Various parameters are available to adjust the animation result. The animation can be exported in the (animated) GIF-format, or as an image-sequence, or as an AVI-video-file.
 
License : FREEWARE
 
WEBSITE :http://www.photofiltre.com (look for "Reflet")


Graphics - Video


Video Processing



Shotcut

 
A free, open source, full-featured video processor, supporting a wide range of video, image and audio formats.
Shotcut offers extensive video and audio monitoring and editing features and a fine selection of filters and effects.

No import is required which means native editing, plus multi-format time-lines, resolutions and frame-rates within a project.
Frame accurate seeking is supported for many video formats. Resolution support is up to 4K.
The program is cross-platform and codec independent.

The interface is well designed with multiple dockable panels, providing an intuitive workspace for basic and advanced processing.

Shotcut and program components are released under miscellaneous free/open-source licenses (see website and below)

License : FREEWARE (open source)
 
WEBSITE : https://www.shotcut.org



OpenShot Video Editor

 
A free, open-source, feature-rich video processor with extensive editing and composing features, designed as a practical tool for working with high-definition video.
The program helps to create the film you have always wanted from your videos, photos and music, combined with sub-titles, transitions and effects.

OpenShot Video Editor has an attractive and intuitive user interface, providing a perfect balance between features and complexity, making it easy to learn and to use.

Main features:

- cross-platform
- support for many video, audio, and image formats (based on FFmpeg)
- export to DVD, YouTube, Vimeo, Xbox 360, and many other common formats
- powerful curve-based key frame animations
- desktop integration (drag and drop support)
- unlimited tracks / layers
- clip resizing, scaling, trimming, snapping, rotation, and cutting
- video transitions with real-time previews
- compositing, image overlays, watermarks
- title templates, title creation, sub-titles
- 3D animated titles (and effects)
- SVG friendly, to create and include vector titles and credits
- scrolling motion picture credits
- solid color clips (including alpha compositing)
- support for rotoscoping / image sequences
- advanced timeline (including drag and drop, scrolling, panning, zooming, and snapping)
- frame stepping (key-mappings: J, K, and L keys)
- video encoding (based on FFmpeg)
- digital zooming of video clips
- time-mapping and speed changes on clips (slow/fast, forward/backward, etc...)
- custom transition lumas and masks
- audio mixing and editing
- presets for key frame animations and layout
- Ken Burns effect (artistic panning over an image)
- digital video effects, including brightness, gamma, hue, greyscale, chroma key (bluescreen / greenscreen) and many more

OpenShot Video Editor is released under a GNU GPL license (see below)

License : FREEWARE (open source)
 
WEBSITE : http://www.openshot.org


Video Editing



Avidemux

 
Avidemux is a free video editor designed for simple cutting, filtering and encoding tasks. It supports many file types, including AVI, DVD compatible MPEG files, MP4 and ASF, using a variety of codecs. Tasks can be automated using projects, job queue and powerful scripting capabilities.
 
Avidemux is released under a GNU GPL license (see below)
 
License : FREEWARE
 
WEBSITE : http://avidemux.org
 

AsfBinWin

 
An intuitive, fast and reliable tool for processing ASF and WMV files. AsfBinWin makes it easy to precisely join video-files or selected fragments, cut video-files, remove fragments, and more. It's also especially powerful when it comes to fixing damaged ASF/WMV files.
The easy to use user interface and preview capabilities make the editing of video files really simple.

Main features:

- fixing damaged and/or unseekable files
- cutting fragments out of all ASF files
- precise joining files or selected fragments into one ASF file
- single frame accuracy and loseless processing
- video preview with stream selection
- DMO and VCM codecs support
- creating loops
- removing selected streams
- editing scripts and markers
- optimizing packet size to reduce file size
- logging actions into a specified file
 
License : FREEWARE (free for non-commercial personal and home use)
 
WEBSITE : http://www.radioactivepages.com



Machete Video Editor Lite


Machete Video Editor Lite is designed for quick, simple and losslessly video editing/"slicing"; the intuitive interface makes it extraordinary easy to use without any specific knowledge or previous experience in video editing.

The program can delete unnecessary fragments (e.g. commercials), and copy, move, mix and save individual pieces. It can also be used to remove audio tracks from video files. The Lite edition supports AVI and WMV/ASF files. Most video and audio codecs are supported.

Features:

- cut, copy, delete and paste fragments of video files
- save video fragments as separate files
- insert one video file into another file of the same format
- extract and save video stream as a separate file
- edit file tags (metadata) for all supported media formats
- save a video frame as a bitmap (*.bmp) file

License : FREEWARE

WEBSITE : http://www.machetesoft.com



Video Edit Master


A Video Editor for AVI (Divx, Xvid,...) and MPEG video-files with an easy, user-friendly interface. Editing is fast and without re-encoding, with no quality loss; the final video will have the same quality as the original files.

Features:

- cutting and joining video files that have the same encoding, resolution and frame rate (e.g. to remove commercials very fast)
- capturing video frames as images

Licence : FREEWARE (free for non-commercial personal and home use)

WEBSITE : http://www.masterwareroom.com


Video Tag Tools



TigoTago

 
TigoTago ® is a spreadsheet-based tag-editor for media files, making it easy to set and/or modify media-tags and to rename a huge number of files.
The convenient multi-selection of files allows for flexible mass tagging and renaming.
 
Operations are safe, as all changes can be fully controlled and are visible before saving.
 
Tags can be imported from freedb or Discogs on-line databases.
 
Currently supported media-file formats: MP3 (ID3 v1.1 & v2.3.0), AVI, WAV, WMA, WMV, ASF
 
Features:
 
- tags from names
- tags from simple text
- files names from tags
- tagging user templates
- preview all changes before saving to disk
- ordering files
- numbering files
- editor like a spreadsheet with full multiselect and find & replace functionality
- import tags from freedb for unnamed files with count and times according to original CD
- search freedb.org for album
- search discogs.com for album
- http connection with proxy authorizaiton
- log window for monitoring all actions
- navigation in a commander's-like style
- two views: current directory and recursive directory
- user friendly context help with many screenshots and examples
- using of default system players for supported files
- integrating with windows system shell
- full info of supported files (all tag frames and technical info)
- playlist generation (M3U, PLS, TXT)
 
License : FREEWARE
 
WEBSITE : http://tigotago.com


Video Converters



XMedia Recode

 
An excellent, innovative, all-in-one multimedia (video and audio) converter program. XMedia Recode can handle virtually all media formats, including the conversion of DVD / Blu-Ray discs.

Besides conversion, the program offers different video and audio editing features such as video cutting, cropping and padding, lighting and color adjustments, and audio corrections.

XMedia Recode is suitable for both beginners and advanced users, offering lots of built-in conversion- profiles for an easy "one-click approach", besides the option to configure many advanced settings.
 
License : FREEWARE
 
WEBSITE : http://www.xmedia-recode.de



HandBrake

 
Excellent tool for converting video from nearly any format to a selection of modern, widely supported codecs.
HandBrake offers many built-in device presets optimised for different devices and universal profiles for standard or high quality conversions in a simple, easy and fast way.
For those who want more choice, many basic and advanced options can be tweaked to improve encoding.

Output formats

- file containers: .MP4(.M4V) and .MKV
- video encoders: H.265 (x265 and QuickSync), H.264(x264 and QuickSync), H.265 MPEG-4 and MPEG-2, VP8 and Theora
- audio encoders: AAC / HE-AAC, MP3, Flac, AC3, or Vorbis
- audio pass-thru: AC-3, E-AC3, DTS, DTS-HD, TrueHD, AAC and MP3 tracks

Features

- title / chapter and range selection
- batch scan and queueing of encodes
- chapter Markers
- subtitles (VobSub, Closed Captions CEA-608, SSA, SRT)
- constant quality or average bitrate video encoding
- support for VFR, CFR and VFR
- video filters: deinterlacing, decomb, denoise, detelecine, deblock, grayscale, cropping and scaling
- live video preview
- multi-platform

HandBrake is released under a GNU General Public License (see below). Portions are covered under BSD 3 Clause.

License : FREEWARE (open source)
 
WEBSITE : https://handbrake.fr



Moo0 Video Converter

 
Moo0 Video Converter is an easy-to-use video converter, supporting most video and audio formats suitable for nearly all computer devices. The program makes it easy to create videos for desktops, mobile phones, DVD burning, file sharing and so on.

Supported formats/codecs

Video formats: AVI, FLV, M4V, MKV, MOV, MP4, MPG, OGG, OGV, RM, SWF, TP, TS, WEBM, WMV and more
Video codecs: H.263, H.264 (x264), Mpeg2, Mpeg4 (DivX, XviD and its own), RV10, Theora, VP8, WMV (v7, v8) and more
Audio formats/codecs: 3G2, 3GP, AAC, AC3, ADPCM, AIFF, AMR (NB, WB), AU, FLAC, GSM, M4A, MP3, MP4, OGG, PCM, RA, VORBIS, WAVE, WMA and more

License : FREEWARE
 
WEBSITE : http://www.moo0.com


Video/Audio Codecs



info: codec stands for "compressor-decompressor" - it's a piece of software needed for the encoding and decoding (playback) of the different sorts (formats) of multimedia files (audio and video)
 
codecs are used in combination with a media player and will allow the player to open (play) the appropriate file format - codecs may come as a single codec or bundled in a "codec pack"
 
IMPORTANT:
 
check if you really need any extra codecs before downloading and installing a codec pack:
- the system's operating system itself may already contain many codecs
- some multimedia-players also contain all - or nearly all - the codecs you need



K-Lite Mega Codec Pack

 
The K-Lite Mega-Codec-Pack is a very complete codec and codec-related tools package, containing everything you need to play all the popular and even some rare media formats.
 
The package is always up-to-date with the latest versions of the codecs. It's very well tested, so that it doesn't contain any conflicting codecs, and it tries to avoid potential problems with existing codecs and even fixes some problems.
 
The user-friendly installation can be set to default or fully customizable for advanced users.
 
REMARK:
 
As there are different packages from small to extra-large, be sure to read the appropriate info about the included codecs and tools, then choose a package depending on your needs and preferences.
 
License : FREEWARE
 
WEBSITE : http://www.codecguide.com/index.html


Audio - Sound - Music


Audio Tools



MP3 Toolkit

 
MP3 Toolkit is a powerful "all-in-one" application, including a MP3-converter, CD-ripper, tag-editor, MP3-cutter, MP3-merger and MP3 recorder.

Besides the standard MP3-format, MP3 Toolkit supports most of the popular audio- and video-formats such as WMA, WMV, MP4, WAV, OGG, FLV, MOV, M4P, M4A and more. It also supports high quality audio like FLAC and APE.

Features

MP3 Converter
- converts audio-file formats between standard MP3 audio and WMA, WAV, OGG, AAC and more - extracts the audio stream from popular video formats like MP4, FLV, AVI, etc.

CD to MP3 Ripper
- audio CD's contain audio tracks which can't be copied and played directly; the CD to MP3 Ripper will help you to rip the audio-tracks from the CD to MP3, WMA, APE or WAV for common players

MP3 Tag Editor
- edits MP3-tag information in batch mode; it supports all ID3v1 and ID3v2 versions - edits album photos and lyrics

MP3 Merger
- merge and combine several FLAC, MP3, OGG and WAV audio tracks to a complete single audio file

MP3 Cutter
- cuts a specific time-section from an audio-track
- cuts a part of music from a video file, or a movie

MP3 Recorder
- records any sound from your micphone directly to the standard MP3 format, with no length limitation
- records the stream audio (with a sound-card supporting analog audio)
 
License : FREEWARE
 
WEBSITE : http://www.mp3toolkit.com


MP3 Tag Tools



info: besides the filename of an mp3-soundtrack, several other information is embedded into the music-file, such as the name of the artist, the music genre, the year and so on; this information is stored in several fields, known as the mp3 "tags", which can be edited, corrected, deleted and/or completed using an Mp3 tag utility program.
 


Mp3tag The Universal Tag Editor

 
Mp3tag is a powerful and yet easy-to-use tool to edit metadata (ID3, Vorbis Comments and APE) of common audio formats. It can rename files based on the tag information, replace characters or words from tags and filenames, import/export tag information, create playlists and more. The program supports online freedb database lookups for selected files, allowing you to automatically gather proper tag information for select files or CDs.
 
License : FREEWARE
 
WEBSITE : http://www.mp3tag.de/en


Audio Converters



Jodix Free WMA to Mp3 Converter

 
Free WMA to Mp3 Converter converts Windows Media Audio (wma) and Windows Media Video files (wmv, asf) files to Mp3 with just a few clicks. Files can be selected or dragged one by one or processed in batch.
 
License : FREEWARE
 
WEBSITE : http://www.Jodix.com


Sound Recording



Audacity ®

 
Cross-platform sound editor: Audacity is an easy-to-use audio editor and recorder for Windows, Mac OS X, GNU/Linux, and other operating systems.
 
Audacity can record and edit sounds, record live audio, convert tapes and records into digital recordings or CDs. It can edit Ogg Vorbis, MP3, and WAV sound files, cut, copy, splice, and mix sounds together, change the speed or pitch of a recording, and more.
 
Audacity is released under a GNU General Public License (see below).
 
License : FREEWARE (open source)
 
WEBSITE : http://audacity.sourceforge.net


Synthesizer



ZynAddSubFX

 
ZynAddSubFX is an open source software synthesizer capable of making a countless number of instruments, from some common heard from expensive hardware, to interesting sounds that you'll boost to an amazing universe of sounds.
 
It's impossible to describe all this program's possibilities in a short list; among the many features are:
 
- Realtime synth
- Polyphonic synth (allows playing more than one note at once)
- Mutlitimbral synth (allows playing more than one instrument at once)
- Microtonal capabilities with any scale, up to 128 notes per octave, and key mapping
 
- Three synthesizer engines:
 
"ADsynth" or "ADnote" is a complex engine which makes sounds by adding a number of voices. Each one has filters, envelopes, LFOs, morphing, modulation (Ring Modulation, Phase Modulation... the modulators can have any shape), resonance, etc. Each voice includes a very powerful waveform generator with up to 128 sine/non-sine harmonics. You can use Fourier synthesis or if you don't like it you can wave-
shaping/filtering of functions. This engine includes anti-aliasing.
 
"SUBsynth" or "SUBnote" is a simple engine which makes sounds through subtraction of harmonics from white noise
 
"PADsynth" or "PADnote" is engine that makes very beautiful pads and other instruments. (these instruments can be exported for use with other programs too) Legato, Poly, and Mono modes
 
- Instruments can be organized in kits, which allows you to make drum kits or layered (mixed) instruments; this makes possible to use more than one instrument for a single part. It is possible to choose what items from the kit should be processed by the Part's effects.
 
- Effects:
 
Reverb, Echo, Chorus/Flange, Phaser, AlienWah (it's a kind of vocal morpher), Distortion (Wave-shaping), EQ, DynamicFilter
 
The effects can behave as System Effects or as Insertion Effects; this allows to use many effects at the same time. You can put any insertion effect on any part (or more insertion effects to same parts, if you like so) or you can put the insertion effect to Master output (very useful if you use EQ effect). Also, you can have instrument's effect (which save with the instrument).
 
Filters up to 60dB/octave (or more..); filters can be analogic (LPF,HPF, BPF,etc.), formant(advanced formant filters) and state variable (SVF) Envelopes can have ADSR (or ASR, etc..) modes or can be free modes (with any shape).
 
Many settings have a "randomness" option, which you can make instruments that every time produces a subtle different sound; this produces a very pleasant effect (like analogue synths or natural instruments that can't produces exactly same sound twice). Because of this, even if it is digital synthesis, it sounds "warm". Listen the ogg vorbis demos from this page to hear this effect.
 
The specifications can be easily changed, so (for example) if you want to change the number of voices or parts to a higher value or to allow a higher number of effects at the same time, there is necessary to change only a single value from the source file (globals.h) and to recompile the program.
 
- Intuitive and easy to use user interface with clipboard and many objects has user presets
- Midi support (supports many controllers) and (if you want) JACK support
- A built-in Virtual Keyboard which let you to use it even if you don't have a real midi keyboard
- The graphical user interface can be completely disabled if the user need so
- LASH support
- DSSI audio output
- Over 300 high quality instruments included
 
ZynAddSubFX is released under a GNU General Public License (see below).
 
License : FREEWARE
 
WEBSITE : http://zynaddsubfx.sourceforge.net



LMMS (Linux MultiMedia Studio)

 
(also available for Windows)

Made by musicians, for musicians, this is a truly fantastic music creation program

create melodies and beats, synthesize and mix sounds, arrange samples, playback instruments, choose between an assortment of instrument and effect plugins, presets and samples, all from within a user-friendly and modern interface

core functionality

- sequence, compose, mix and automate songs in one simple interface
- note playback via MIDI or typing keyboard
- consolidate instrument tracks using beat and bassline editor
- fine tune patterns, notes, chords and melodies using piano roll editor
- full user-defined track-based automation and computer-controlled automation sources
- import of MIDI files, Hydrogen project files and FL Studio (tm) project files

effects mixing

- drop-in LADSPA plug-in support
- drop-in VST (tm) effect plug-in support (Linux and Windows)
- built-in compressor, limiter, delay, reverb, distortion, EQ, bass-enhancer
- bundled graphic and parametric equalizers
- built-in visualization/spectrum analyser

musical instruments

- built-in 32-bit VST instrument support
- built-in 64-bit VST instrument support with 32-bit VST bridge (64-bit Windows)
- Roland (tm) TB-303 style monophonic bass synthesizer
- embedded ZynAddSubFx: polyphonic, mutlitimbral, microtonal, multi-voice additive, subtractive and pad synthesis all in one powerful plugin
- native Commodore 64 (tm) SID microchip/instrument emulation
- native SoundFont (tm) support (SF2), the industry standard for high quality instrument patches and banks
- Nintendo (tm), GameBoy (tm) and game sound effect emulation
- 2 built-in oscillator-based synthesizers
- 2 built-in wavetable-based synthesizers
- Gravis UltraSound (tm) GUS Patch support

LMMS is released under a GNU General Public License (see below).
 
License : FREEWARE
 
WEBSITE : https://lmms.io


Music Notation / Composing



MuseScore

 
MuseScore is a full-featured, top-class music composition and notation program, offering a free alternative to professional commercial programs.
 
MusiScore is a WYSIWYG ("What You See Is What You Get") editor: notes are entered on a "virtual note sheet" in a fast an easy way with the keyboard, mouse, or MIDI keyboard.
 
The program has an integrated sequencer and FluidSynth software synthesizer and can import and export MusicXML and Standard MIDI Files.
 
Among the many features are:
 
- unlimited number of staves
- up to four voices per staff
- automatic note head positioning in chords
- cross staff beams
- drum notation
 
- unlimited number of lyrics verses
- picture embedding
 
- save as PDF or MIDI file
- printing as beautifully engraved sheet music
 
- multi-language
- cross-platform software: available for the Windows, Mac and Linux operating systems
 
MuseScore is released under a GNU General Public License (see below).
 
License : FREEWARE
 
WEBSITE : http://www.musescore.org


Voice Techno



DeskBot

 
Free multi-functional text and clipboard reader featuring animated talking characters.
 
License : FREEWARE
 
WEBSITE : http://www.bellcraft.com/deskbot


Media Players



Media Player Classic Home Cinema

 
Media Player Classic Home Cinema is an extremely light-weight and low resources-usage media player, yet, behind the rather "minimalistic" design, all necessary functions and many additional features are packed, making it a full featured player, capable to play nearly all music and video formats.
 
Remarks:
 
The Media Player Classic Home Cinema project is based on the original "Media Player Classic" and was created after Gabest, the original author, stopped working on it. Several new features have been integrated in this player.
 
Media Player Classic Home Cinema is released under a GNU General Public License (see below).
 
License : FREEWARE
 
WEBSITE : http://mpc-hc.sourceforge.net
 


MPlayer for Windows / SMPlayer (front-end) Package

 
MPlayer is the award-winning Open Source Media Player. It's an all-round, complete alternative for the standard Windows Media Player.
 
In most cases it's simply the only player you'll ever need.
 
SMPlayer intends to be a complete front-end for MPlayer, from basic features like playing videos, DVD's, and VCD's to more advanced features like support for MPlayer filters and more.
 
Thanks to the MPlayer engine, more than 192 video- and 85 audio-codecs are supported natively. For maximum performance the package includes optimized MPlayer binaries for various CPU types; furthermore the Full-Package includes the Binary Codec Package to enable even more media-formats.
 
This way you get a fantastic, full-featured media player package: everything you need to play virtually every media-file in one self-contained download !
 
Among the many features:
 
- configurable subtitles (font and size and even colors)
- playlist-function with auto-repeat and shuffle features
- video-seeking by mouse wheel
- SMPlayer remembers the settings of all played files
- audio-equalizer
- video-equalizer (allows adjusting brightness, contrast, hue, saturation and gamma of video image)
- multiple speed playback (play at 2X, 4X,... and even in slow motion)
- several filters (de-interlace, post-processing, de-noise,... and even a karaoke filter (voice removal)
- audio and subtitles delay adjustment (allows to sync audio and subtitles)
- possibility to search automatically for subtitles in opensubtitles.org
- advanced options, such as selecting a demuxer or video and audio codecs
- preferences dialog to configure every option
- translations: currently SMPlayer is translated into more than 20 languages
- multiplatform: binaries available for Windows and Linux
 
The MPlayer for Windows / SMPlayer (front-end) Package is released under a GNU General Public
License (see below).
 
License : FREEWARE
 
WEBSITE : http://smplayer.sourceforge.net
 


Daum PotPlayer

 
A fine multi-media player suitable for everyone: PotPlayer offers right "out-of-the-box" functionality, without the need to change any default settings, as well as an "expert approach", allowing to configure each function.

This way, PotPlayer allows easy modification of many common functions such as video speed, contrast, brightness and more, besides extensive personalisation and configuration options for advanced users.

The program supports GPU acceleration, it's fast and light on system resources. It has its own build-in codecs, so it does not interfere with the system and can be safely installed and/or un-installed.

Best of all, PotPlayer will be the only multi-media player you'll need: it supports almost all audio and video formats, it recognizes several playlists and can also be used to play online radio streams.

Together with all its extra functions, this make PotPlayer a complete multi-media player solution.
 
License : FREEWARE
 
WEBSITE : http://potplayer.daum.net


CD/DVD/Blu-ray


CD/DVD Burner



ImgBurn

 
ImgBurn is a complete, highly configurable top solution for all disk burning needs.
 
The program works in several modes to read, build image files, write, verify and more. It provides lots of expert features that are often lacking in other tools.
 
Although the program is designed to work perfectly straight out of the box, advanced users will appreciate how flexible and configurable the program is.
 
ImgBurn supports nearly all disk-image file formats, and it can burn audio CD's from nearly any music/sound file type.
It can be used to build DVD Video discs, HD DVD Video discs and Blu-ray Video discs with ease.
 
ImgBurn supports all the Windows OS's, including all the 64-bit versions. If you use Wine, it should also run on Linux and other x86-based Unix'es.
 
License : FREEWARE
 
WEBSITE : http://www.imgburn.com
 


CDBurnerXP

 
CDBurnerXP supports all common optical media types and offers a very clean user interface, making it easy to find all functions and options to create data, audio and video discs, and to work with iso-files.

Features:

- burn any data on CD-R, CD-RW, DVD+R, DVD-R, DVD+RW, DVD-RW, DVD-RAM, BD, HD-DVD, including double layer media
- burn mp3-CD's to store many audio files on one single disc
- create bootable discs
- disc spanning (spread data on multiple discs)
- verify written data automatically after burning process
- use either the internal browser to add your files or the intuitive Drop-Box to drag and drop files directly from any Windows Explorer window
- burn on-the-fly and with buffer-underrun protections
- import previous (ISO 9660) sessions and edit existing file structure on CD/DVD
- quick- and full-erase disc
- copy data discs (possible copy-protection is not bypassed)
- retrieve recorder and disc information

- create audio-CD's from the following formats: MP3, WAV, OGG, FLAC, WMA, APE, MPC and other
- add single or multiple tracks from existing audio-CDs directly to your new compilation without ripping tracks before (add cda-files)
- play audio-files with integrated audio player
- gapless audio-CD's supported (disc-at-once-mode)
- import playlists
- support for CD-Text
- import CUE sheets
- export audio compilations as M3U playlist and Cue sheet
- create mixed-mode discs

- burn ISO-files to CD
- create your own ISO-files
- convert BIN- and NRG-files to ISO
- save CD's/DVD's as ISO-file to disc

- simple cover printing feature for data- and audio-discs
- LightScribe integration

License : FREEWARE
 
WEBSITE : https://www.cdburnerxp.se
 


BurnAware Free

 
Full-featured, light-weight and easy-to-use burning software allowing to write all types of files such as digital photos, pictures, archives, images, documents, music, videos to CD's, DVD's and Blu-ray disks.
BurnAware Free can also create bootable and multi-session disks, high-quality Audio-CD's and Video DVD's, burn disk-images, copy and backup disks.

Key benefits are On-the-fly burning, small installation size, easy-to-use, low on system resources while burning and copying, supports all types of optical drives and disks, uses the most fastest and stable burning engine, supports all major audio and disk image formats.

Features:

- burn, backup or copy files to CD, DVD or Blu-ray Disks
- supports recording from command-line and BAT scripts for automating routine actions
- supports CD-R/RW, DVD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW, BD-R/RE and DVD-RAM media
(including high-capacity double-layer media)
- supports UDF, Bridge and ISO9660 (Level 1-3, Romeo), including Joliet Unicode extensions
- create bootable CD's or DVD's
- El Torito creation support with advanced options
(emulation type, sectors, platform, load segment and boot message)
- append or update multisession-disks
- create Audio CD's
(supports MP3, WAV, WMA, OGG, M4A, AAC and FLAC audio formats and M3U playlists)
- supports title and track CD-Text, including Unicode
- create DVD-Video disks and MP3 CD's/DVD's
- create and burn standard or boot-disk images
- supports ISO and CUE/BIN image-files
- copy disk to ISO-image
- erase re-writable CD's, DVD's or Blu-ray disks
 
License : FREEWARE (free for non-commercial personal and home use)
 
WEBSITE : http://www.burnaware.com



Ashampoo Burning Studio (Free Full Version of commercial software)

 
Ashampoo Burning Studio is a compact, powerful and easy to use disk burning program, optimized for fast and smooth performance and maximum compatibility. It contains all the necessary disk burning and authoring functions you would expect from a burning suite.
 
The clean install, and the straight-forward, stream-lined interface make it amazingly easy to find everything you need without any hassle. Just choose from a list of tasks and the software guides you through every step.
 
Features include:
 
- Burn data to discs and update previously burned discs by adding and removing files and folders.
- Data-back up and restore.
- Rip music from CD's and burn it to audio CD's and MP3 discs.
- Burn movies and photos to DVD's and data-discs.
- Author and burn video DVDs, Video CDs (VCD), Super Video CDs (SVCD) and data video discs.
- Copy CD's, DVD's and Blu-ray discs. Just insert a disc, select Copy and you’re ready to burn.
- Create and burn disc images.
- Quick and easy erase functions for reusing rewriteable discs.
- Easy to use "point-and-click" label-, cover- and booklets-designer.
 
License : FREE FULL VERSION OF COMMERCIAL SOFTWARE (Register to obtain a free license)
 
WEBSITE : http://www.ashampoo.com


CD/DVD Authoring



DVDFlick

 
A simple but powerful DVD Authoring tool.
 
It can take a number of video files stored on your computer and turn them into a DVD that will play back on your DVD player, Media Center or Home Cinema Set. You can add additional custom audio tracks and subtitles, as well as a menu for easier navigation.
 
Features:
 
- Burn near any video file to DVD
- Support for over 45 file formats
- Support for over 60 video codecs
- Support for over 40 audio codecs
- Easily add a menu
- Add your own subtitles
- Easy to use interface
- Burn your project to disc after encoding
 
License : FREEWARE
 
WEBSITE : http://www.dvdflick.net
 


DeVeDe (for Windows)

 
DeVeDe is a program to create video DVD's and CD's (VCD, SVCD or CVD), suitable for DVD players, from any number of video files.
Many different video-formats are supported, such as mpeg, mpeg4, avi, asf, youtube and flash-video, wmv, ogg, and more.

DeVeDe is distributed under a GNU General Public License (see below).
 
License : FREEWARE (open source)
 
WEBSITE (original program website) : http://www.rastersoft.com/programas/devede.html
 
WEBSITE (DOWNLOAD FROM HERE) : http://www.majorsilence.com/devede
 


WinX DVD Author

 
WinX DVD Author offers a fast and easy way to create home video-DVD's from different sources such as video-files, camcorders and webcams or YouTube videos. With the built-in step-by-step wizard, everyone can easily convert and burn the files to DVD and personalize it with a menu and subtitles.

Equipped with a fast and powerful decoder/encoder engine, the program works fast and reliable, delivering a high quality DVD with excellent audio and video effects.

Features:

- supports almost all video-formats
- download and burn YouTube videos to DVDs at one go
- batch conversion supported
- fully compatible with DVD+/-R, DVD+/-RW, DVD DL+R, DVD DL+/-RW
- support all types of burner devices in current market
- editing before burning DVD
- add background music and picture
- create DVD subtitle (*.srt)
- create DVD chapter menu and DVD menu
- burn video and save as VOB-files or DVD-folder on the hard-disk
- supports all current hardware interfaces (IDE/SCSI/USB/1394/SATA)
- supports 16:9 wide-screen TV and 4:3 standard TV
- high video quality and fast converting speed
 
License : FREEWARE
 
WEBSITE : http://www.winxdvd.com
 


DVD Styler

 
DVDStyler is a cross-platform free DVD authoring application for the creation of professional-looking DVDs. It allows not only to burn video files on DVD that can be played practically on any standalone DVD player, but also the creation of individually designed DVD menus.
DVDStyler is Open Source Software and it is completely free.
 
Features:
- creation and burning DVD video with interactive menus
- support of AVI, MOV, MP4, MPEG, OGG, WMV and other file formats
- support of MPEG-2, MPEG-4, DivX, Xvid, MP2, MP3, AC-3 and other audio and video formats
- support of multi-core processors
- allows using MPEG and VOB files without re-encoding
- allows putting files with different audio/video formats on one DVD (support of title-set)
- a user-friendly interface with support of drag & drop
- flexible menu-creation on the basis of scalable vector graphics
- import of image-files for background
- placing of buttons, text, images and other graphic objects anywhere on the menu-screen
- changing the font, color and other parameters of buttons and graphic objects
- scaling of buttons and graphic objects
- coping of any menu-object or whole menu
- dvd-scripting
 
License : FREEWARE
 
WEBSITE : http://www.dvdstyler.org


Audio-CD Ripper



CDex

 
Handy tool to do all sorts of things audio related - mainly focused on ripping and converting. Easily convert your home cd collection into a mp3 collection. Built-in support for many encoders.
 
License : FREEWARE
 
WEBSITE : http://sourceforge.net/projects/cdexos
 


FairStars CD Ripper

 
Powerful audio-cd ripping software with a well-designed, easy-to-use interface (skin support). Rips audio tracks to WMA, MP3, OGG, VQF, FLAC, APE and WAV format files on-the-fly.
Supports normalization (automatic volume adjustment) when ripping - supports ID3 tags. Playback with built-in player.
Supports multiple CD/DVD drivers. Free CDDB (querying/submitting cd disc info from/to the freedb (Internet CD Database).
 
License : FREEWARE
 
WEBSITE : http://www.fairstars.com
 


Audiograbber

 
Audiograbber grabs digital audio from cd's.
 
It copies the audio digitally -not through the soundcard- which enables you to make perfect copies of the originals. It can even perform a test to see that the copies really are perfect. Audiograbber can also automatically normalize the music, delete silence from the start and/or end of tracks, and send them to a variety or external MP3 encoders, such as Fraunhofers L3enc, or even use some MP3/WMA encoders internally for automatic creation of MP3's.
 
Audiograbber can download and upload disc info from freedb, an Internet compact disc database. You can even record your vinyl LP's or cassette tapes with Audiograbber and make wav's or MP3's of them. There are a lot more functions in the program, nearly anything one can wish.
 
All that comes with a nice and easy understandable user interface and a good help file with descriptions of all functions and settings. The program is very flexible and configurable and still easy to understand. It works with almost all CD-ROM drives that can read digital audio.
 
Another great thing with this software is that it does not put a single file in your windows directories! No DLL's, OCX's, device drivers, spyware, adware or whatever else that messes up the system. Not a single entry in the registry or win.ini. If you delete the Audiograbber directory it's all gone, that's it!
 
Audiograbber used to be shareware but is now released as freeware!
 
License : FREEWARE
 
WEBSITE : http://www.audiograbber.com-us.net


Office Software


Office Suites



LibreOffice


A free integrated office suite; its clean interface and powerful tools let you unleash your creativity and grow your productivity.
LibreOffice embeds several applications that make it one of the most powerful free and Open Source Office suite on the market.

short overview (for more specific info, latest details and updates, visit the website below)

- Writer : the word processor
- Calc : the spreadsheet application
- Impress : the presentation engine
- Draw : drawing and flowcharting application
- Base : database and database front-end
- Math : for editing mathematics

- runs on all major platforms
- available in many different languages
- compatible with other major office suites

License : FREEWARE (open source)

WEBSITE : http://www.libreoffice.org


PDF Tools



PDF-XChange Editor

 
PDF-XChange Editor will speed up and improve the viewing and editing of all PDF-file format documents.

In addition to the standard viewing options, the free version of PDF-XChange Editor offers an extended set of editing tools and advanced features.
Even more (creation and advanced) functionality is offered in the licensed version.
 
License : FREEWARE (limited version with some restrictions, see the website for more info)
 
WEBSITE : http://www.tracker-software.com



Sumatra PDF

 
Sumatra PDF is a small and very fast PDF viewer for Windows.
 
It has a minimalistic design: simplicity has a higher priority than a lot of features. As such, it's an extremely efficient and "no-nonsense" solution for viewing PDF-documents. Sumatra PDF is portable "out of the box": just one file to run from the system or from external media (such as an USB drive).
 
Sumatra PDF is open-source software distributed under the GPLv3 license (see below).
 
License : FREEWARE
 
WEBSITE : http://blog.kowalczyk.info/software/sumatrapdf/index.html


OCR Software (Optical Character Recognizing)



Simple OCR

 
OCR stands for Optical Character Recognition. When a document is scanned, the scanner sends an image to the computer. To make a scanned document editable in a word-processor, the text must be recognized by OCR software and converted to a normal text-document.
 
SimpleOCR has accurate character recognition capabilities without the complexity and expense of many other high-cost programs.
 
License : FREEWARE (machine-print recognition)
 
WEBSITE : http://www.simpleocr.com


Text Tools



TXTcollector

 
TXTcollector grabs all text-files (*.txt) files from the directory of your choice and combines them into a new (larger) text file. Handy to grab a cd full of readme's and read them all in one go, or for combining lots of info files, network log files and more.
 
License : FREEWARE
 
WEBSITE : http://bluefive.pair.com/txtcollector.htm


DTP (DeskTop Publishing)



Scribus

 
Scribus is an Open Source program that brings award-winning professional page layout to your desktop with a combination of "press-ready" output and a new approach to page layout.

Underneath the modern and user friendly interface, Scribus supports powerful professional publishing features, such as CMYK color, separations, Spot Colors, ICC color management and versatile PDF-creation.
 
Scribus is available for all major operating systems, and will help you to create great looking documents of all kinds. It also comes with a lot of support options to help you achieve the best results.
 
License : FREEWARE (open source)
 
WEBSITE : http://www.scribus.net


CAD (Computer Aided Design)



Creative Docs .NET

 
Creative Docs .NET is a fine vector-based graphic design tool with support for rich text, ideal to quickly write short documents, manuals, posters, illustrations, schemas, plans, flow charts, and much more.
 
The interface is tailored for high productivity: it does never get in your way. Creative Docs .NET tools are simple, yet powerful.
 
All styles and attributes can be modified interactively with a minimum number of mouse clicks. A color gradient, for instance, can be modified directly by dragging its handles in the document window. In short, Creative Docs .NET is free, full-featured, and fun to work with.
 
License : FREEWARE
 
WEBSITE : http://www.creativedocs.net
 
 

Inkscape

 
An excellent Open Source vector graphics editor, using the W3C standard Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) file format. Inkscape supports many advanced SVG features (markers, clones, alpha blending, etc.) and great care is taken in designing a streamlined interface.
It is very easy to edit nodes, perform complex path operations, trace bitmaps and much more.
 
License : FREEWARE
 
WEBSITE : http://inkscape.org
 

Blender

 
Blender is a free, open source 3D content creation suite.
 
As a full-featured suite, available for all major operating systems, it's a well-known"standard" in the world of 3D creation.
 
Blender is released under a GNU General Public License (see below).
 
License : FREEWARE (open source)
 
WEBSITE : http://www.blender.org
 
 

trueSpace (Caligari / Microsoft)

 
trueSpace is a complete, full-featured 3D authoring, modeling, texturing, animating, rendering, and 3D collaboration package, used by everyone from 3D enthusiasts to illustrators, researchers, architects, and professional design engineers.
 
The immersive real-time interface allows to intuitively and directly manipulate objects in a fully-rendered 3D-space, enhancing and accelerating the design process. As well as traditional images and movies, you can also make 3D content for online shared spaces (including Microsoft Virtual Earth), and webpages.
 
Microsoft Corporation acquired Caligari in early 2008, which allowed trueSpace to be released for free.
 
License : FREEWARE
 
WEBSITE : http://www.caligari.com


Scientific Software


Unit Conversion



Converber

 
A very handy unit conversion program, maybe the best you can get. Converber is a powerful software utility that will help make easy conversions between 1277 various units of measure. Units are sorted in 33 handy categories. Converber converts everything from length and force to flow and temperature.
 
Features include:
 
- immediate access to all categories or to a single category
- favorites menu to bookmark your frequently-used conversions
- currency rates (updated daily)
- an inline calculator
- shows either common units or all units
- converts as you type, so no convert button is required
- includes equation editor to add your own custom units
- options to select decimal-point precision and to select scientific notation only
- extensive number formatting
- comes with extensive help file
- supports transparency
- supports a multi-language user interface
- and many more...
 
License : FREEWARE
 
WEBSITE : http://www.xyntec.com


Chemistry



Periodic Table


The application contains all the elements of the Periodic Table along with images of the elements in their natural state, as well as lots of other information and interactive displays.

Features

- detailed information on each element, its isotopes, allotropes, compounds and images (over 300 in total)
- information on each elements reactions with water, air, halogens and acids
- glossary of terms
- graphs of important element properties and trends
- biographies for the important scientists and element discoverers
- view the states of the elements at any temperature (from 0 - 6000k)
- electron shell diagrams of each element (including orbital images)
- atomic width diagram
- toolbox, 330 physical constants and over 6400 formulae
- powerful and comprehensive searching

License : FREEWARE

WEBSITE : http://www.freshney.org



Earth's Core


Earth's Core provides a wealth of information for those people interested in rocks, gems and minerals. it contains detailed information on hundreds of gems and minerals as well as a detail glossary of terms.

Features

- detailed descriptions and images on 600 minerals
- detailed descriptions and images on 300 gems
- detailed descriptions and images on 200 rocks
- 900 glossary items
- 2100 pictures
- fully searchable content
- detailed information on each element, its allotropes, compounds, reactions and images
- biographies for the important scientists and element discoverers

- plus, it also contains most of the features of the Periodic Table software (see above)

License : FREEWARE

WEBSITE : http://www.freshney.org


Astronomy



Stellarium

 
Wonderful program to view, explore and search the skies above. Stellarium renders 3D-photo- realistic skies in real time. It displays stars, constellations, planets, nebulas and others things like ground, landscape, atmosphere, etc. The nice and intuitive interface makes Stellarium easy to learn. Maybe the best choice if you're looking for a fine astronomy program.
 
Stellarium is distributed under a GNU General Public License (see below).
 
License : FREEWARE
 
WEBSITE : http://sourceforge.net/projects/stellarium


Internet


URL Managers



AM-DeadLink

 
Detects dead links and duplicates in your browser bookmarks or favorites. Works with Internet Explorer, Opera, Mozilla and Netscape.
Additionally you can download FavIcons for Internet Explorer and Opera.
 
License : FREEWARE
 
WEBSITE : http://www.aignes.com


Website Rippers



HTTrack

 
Easy to use offline browser utility. It allows you to download a website to a local directory, building recursively all directories, getting HTML, images, and other files from the server to your computer. HTTrack arranges the original site's relative link-structure.
Simply open a page of the "mirrored" website in your browser, and you can browse the site from link to link, as if you were viewing it online. HTTrack can also update an existing mirrored site, and resume interrupted downloads. HTTrack is fully configurable, and has an integrated help system.
 
License : FREEWARE
 
WEBSITE : http://www.httrack.com


Security and Privacy


Security Suite


 

Comodo Internet Security Premium

 
A complete threat protection suite with lots of components, tools and features, all organized in a clean and well designed interface.
Although the program has lots of advanced features, it can be used by novice users, right "out-of-the-box", using the default settings and configurations.
Advanced users may unlock the full power of the suite and system tools included, getting security and system-behaviour control at expert level.
In short, Comodo Internet Security is one of the best complete security solutions you can get.

Features

- proactive firewall
- strong HIPS (host intrusion protection system)
- virus-scanner - anti-spyware - anti-malware
- website and network traffic filtering
- system and file/folder protection
- sandbox (virtual environment for untrusted files)
- option to use Comodo Secure DNS servers
- option to use "Cloud Based Behavior Analysis"
- many extra security, monitoring and analysis tools for advanced users
- clear and extensive online help
 
License : FREEWARE
 
WEBSITE : https://www.comodo.com
 
 

Roboscan Internet Security Free

 
Roboscan Internet Security is a complete integrated anti-malware solution. The program uses a Dual Engine security system that provides Multi-Layer filtration for more thorough detection and deletion of online threats. It catches even unknown threats with Proactive Detection Technology. It includes a Firewall and Self Protection Mode for shielding of the system.

Advantages

Multi-layered protection with award-winning dual engines: Roboscan uses two award-winning engines, the BitDefender Engine and Roboscan’s Tera Engine, to defend your computer. These two layers of protection identify and block malware (such as spyware, trojans, adware, worm, viruses and so on) and hacking tools.

Increased Scan Speed with Smart Scan Technology: Roboscan's Smart Scan technology keeps your scan process fast and efficient. When Roboscan scans your computer, it stores a record of safe files in an internal WhiteList database which it uses for reference in future scans. This WhiteList database is updated after each scan, reducing the time it takes to complete each successive scan.

Prevents normal files from being detected as a virus: Roboscan prevents any normal file from being detected as a virus by using a unique false positive recognition system.

Features

- Different Modes of Scanning and Cleaning: Quick Scan, Basic Scan, Advanced Scan.
- Real-time Scan scans all accessed files, web pages, email-files and instant messaging software files.
- Proactive Detection Technology blocks even unknown threats; suspicious files are analyzed in an isolated virtual environment.
- Roboscan protects itself from malicious threats designed to neutralize Roboscan security features.
- The Firewall protects your PC from unauthorized connection attempts.
- File Shredder to permanently delete files and folders.
- After analyzing a threat, suspicious files are quarantained in a secure environment.
- Frequent updates against threats.

License : FREEWARE

WEBSITE : http://www.roboscan.com


Anti-Spyware



SpyBot - Search & Destroy

 
Detects and removes spyware of different kinds from your computer. The program comes also with some very useful extra system-check tools.
 
License : FREEWARE
 
WEBSITE : http://www.safer-networking.org/index.php?page=spybotsd
 

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free (MBAM)


A top notch and reputable product with a first class detection rate. Scans are extremely fast and accurate. MBAM is lightweight, can be simply installed and has a clean and clear interface. It is able to run even on severely infected systems, scanning and removing threats effectively.

MBAM can run along with other anti-malware products without problem, thus contributing to increased overall system protection.
It also features all necessary settings, and it includes a locked file removal tool.

License : FREEWARE (free for non-commercial personal and home use)

WEBSITE : http://www.malwarebytes.org
 
 

Malware Defender


A very effective and advanced Host Intrusion Prevention System (HIPS) to protect the system from all forms of malware (viruses, worms, trojans, adware, spyware, keyloggers, rootkits, etc.), providing many tools that allow to detect and remove installed malware. Malware Defender works fast and is low on system resources.

Although the program has very advanced features,mostly intended for the power user, it's -whether you're an expert or not- one of the best choices to protect your system.

Features

general:

- real-time protection system
- monitors processes, file and registry activity for suspicious behavior
- supports learning mode and silent mode
- high performance and low resource usage

- autostart application manager
- scans all known autostart locations
- undo and redo deletion of autostart entries

- file explorer
- process-manager
- fully functional registry editor
- kernel module manager

- shows and deletes NTFS Alternate Data Streams (ADS)
- deletes in-use files

- kills processes and threads using advanced methods
- suspends/resumes processes and threads
- unloads process-modules
- closes process-handles

- kills, suspends and resumes kernel threads
- kills kernel DPC (Deferred Procedure Call) timers

detection and potential removal:

- all forms of malware, whether known or unknown
- hidden kernel modules and kernel threads
- unsigned kernel modules
- hidden processes and threads
- unsigned processes and modules
- system service table hooks (SSDT hooks)
- Win32k service table hooks (shadow SSDT hooks)
- interrupt descriptor table hooks (IDT hooks)
- sysenter handler hooks
- kernel object hooks
- kernel notify routines
- kernel mode code hooks
- user mode code hooks
- global message hooks
- attached devices
- hooked driver dispatch routines (IRP hooks)
- hidden files and folders
- hidden autostart entries
- newly added autostart entries
- hidden registry entries
 
License : FREEWARE
 
WEBSITE : http://labs.360.cn/malwaredefender/index.html
 

HijackThis

 
Advanced malware scanner, designed for expert users.

HijackThis can detect browser hijackers (trojans) changing your homepage, start page, search page or search assistant and/or redirecting you to unwanted sites or search engines, creating pop-up ad's and more.

The program generates an in-depth report of registry- and file-settings, giving the possibility to selectively remove unwanted entries. Automatic backup's can be created before deleting reg-entries.

In addition, HijackThis comes with several power tools, useful to manually remove malware from the system. Tools include a start-up list log, process manager, hosts-file editor, delete a file on reboot, delete an NT-service, open ADS spy and un-install manager.

Remark: HijackThis does not determine which files should or shouldn't be deleted; the decision has to be made by the user, based on computing expertise and eventually on help provided in one of the forums.

HijackThis is distributed under a GNU General Public License (see below).
 
License : FREEWARE (open source)
 
WEBSITE : (program website) : http://www.trendmicro.com
WEBSITE : DOWNLOAD : http://sourceforge.net/projects/hjt


File and Dir Tools


File Renaming



ReNamer

 
A very powerful and flexible file renaming tool, which offers all the standard renaming procedures, including prefixes, suffixes, replacements, case changes, as well as removing contents of brackets, adding number sequences, changing file extensions, etc. For advanced users, there is a PascalScript rule, which let users program their very own renaming rule.
 
ReNamer allows to combine multiple renaming actions as a rule set, applying each action in a logical sequence, which can be saved, loaded, and managed within the program. In addition, it has an ability to rename folders, process regular expressions, Unicode capable, and supports a variety of meta tags, such as ID3v1, ID3v2, EXIF, OLE, AVI, MD5, CRC32, and SHA1.
 
ReNamer is released under a Creative Commons License (see below).
 
License : FREEWARE (free for non-commercial personal and home use)
 
WEBSITE : http://www.den4b.com
 


Bulk Rename Utility

 
Outstanding and probably the most complete program for file and folder renaming based upon extremely flexible criteria.
 
Features include:
 
- add/change file creation and modification date and time stamps
- replace numbers and add/replace/insert text into file names
- convert case
- add auto-numbers
- remove or change file extensions
- rename photos using EXIF meta data
- rename MP3 files using ID3 tags
- and more
 
It works fast, reliable and safe, and it presents a detailed preview before renaming.
 
License : FREEWARE
 
WEBSITE : http://www.bulkrenameutility.co.uk


File Listing



Nirsoft FoldersReport

 
Fine utility to scan a drive or a base folder and display essential information for each folder, such as the size of all files inside the folder, the real files size on the disk, the number of files inside the folder, the numbers of hidden files, compressed files, and subfolders. The program can scan for folders on local drives, optical media and network resources.

Nirsoft FoldersReport is also very handy to create, save and print folder listings in text- or html-format. Furthermore, both the output formats can be set to different layouts.
 
License : FREEWARE
 
WEBSITE : http://www.nirsoft.net
 


Filelist Creator


Full featured tool to create folder and file listings providing lots of options to select files, include specific information, set output format and design.

License : FREEWARE

WEBSITE : http://www.sttmedia.com



MiTeC DirList


Handy tool to create folder and file listings with options to select and filter the results.
Listings can be previewed and saved in CSV or HTML format with defined layouts.

License : FREEWARE

WEBSITE : http://www.mitec.cz


File Archiving/Compression



7-Zip

 
A good and easy file unpacking/packing tool, suitable for the most common archiving tasks.
 
Supported archive-formats:
Packing / unpacking: 7z, ZIP, GZIP, BZIP2 and TAR
Unpacking only: RAR, CAB, ISO, ARJ, LZH, CHM, MSI, WIM, Z, CPIO, RPM, DEB and NSIS
 
High compression ratio in the new 7z format with LZMA compression
 
Strong AES-256 encryption in 7z and ZIP formats
Self-extracting capability for 7z format
Integration with Windows Shell
Powerful File Manager
Powerful command line version
 
7-Zip is open source software. Most of the source code is under a GNU LGPL license (see below).
The unRAR code is under a mixed license: GNU LGPL + unRAR restrictions. License information can be found at the 7-Zip website.
 
License : FREEWARE (open source)
 
WEBSITE : http://www.7-zip.org


File Synchronization/Backup



SyncBack Free

 
An excellent backup and synchronization program; easy to use, safe and rock-solid. It combines the ease of use with a multitude of features for expert users.
SyncBack free will help you to easily backup/synchronize your files to the same drive, a different drive or medium (CDRW, CompactFlash, etc.), an FTP server, a network, or a zip-archive.

License : FREEWARE
 
WEBSITE : http://www.2brightsparks.com
 

Synchredible

 
Easy to use data synchronization: "one click" folder and drive synchronization approach.

Synchredible synchronizes your data/folders the easy way: several assistants support you on defining scheduled jobs for data synchronisation and data backup. Network support is integrated for data synchronisation between local area networks (LAN). Synchredible supports both synchronisations in one and two directions. The software recognizes any changes automatically and creates protocols of new and changed data.
You can use Synchredible not only for data synchronization of files and/or folders, but also for data backup operations onto internal or external drives.
 
License : FREEWARE (free for non-commercial personal and home use)
 
WEBSITE : http://www.synchredible.com
 

FreeFileSync

 
FreeFileSync is a folder comparison and synchronization tool providing highly optimized performance and usability without needless user interface complexity.

Features

- detect moved and renamed files and folders
- copy locked files (Volume Shadow Copy Service)
- detect conflicts and propagate deletions
- binary comparison
- full support for Symbolic Links
- automate sync as a batch job
- multiple folder pairs
- copy NTFS extended attributes (compressed, encrypted, sparse)
- copy NTFS security permissions
- support long path names (> 260 characters)
- fail-safe file copy
- cross-platform: Windows/Linux
- expand environment variables like %USERPROFILE%
- access variable drive letters by volume name (USB-sticks)
- native 32 and 64-bit builds
- keep versions of deleted/updated files
- optimal sync sequence prevents disc space bottlenecks
- full unicode support
- highly optimized performance
- include/exclude files via filter
- local and portable installation
- handle daylight saving time changes on FAT/FAT32
- use macros %time%, %date%, et al. for recurring backups
- case sensitive synchronization
- built-in locking serializes multiple jobs running against the same network share

FreeFileSync is distributed under a GNU General Public License (see below).
 
License : FREEWARE
 
WEBSITE : http://freefilesync.sourceforge.net


Hex Editor



Hexplorer

 
A good binary (hex) file editor for Windows with an innovative visualisation and interpretation of the binary file-data. If you know what this is all about, then download it!
 
If you want some info, read this: a hex-editor is a program to view and edit the raw file data. Contrary to a text editor or a graphic editor, it doesn't format the file content, but it displays it as it is; that's simply as binary data, allowing you to edit it hexadecimally. So it gives you low level access to each kind of file, providing tools to operate on the data.
 
Hexplorer is distributed under a GNU General Public License (see below).
 
License : FREEWARE
 
WEBSITE : http://artemis.wszib.edu.pl/~mdudek or : https://sourceforge.net/projects/hexplorer


System Utilities


Font Viewer



NexusFont

 
A very good font viewer and manager. NexusFont makes font comparision, installing and removing fast, safe and simple. Besides this, the program has many useful functions to manage font files, such as Duplicate Font Search, Print, Export as Image, Anti-Aliasing, Rename, and more. TrueType, OpenType, Adobe Type1 fonts are supported.
 
License : FREEWARE
 
WEBSITE : http://xiles.net


Icon Design



Greenfish Icon Editor Pro

 
Greenfish Icon Editor Pro (GFIE Pro) is a powerful icon, cursor, animation, icon library and image editor.

Layer support with advanced selection handling makes it a really professional and unique tool for designing pixelgraphic images. GFIE offers high-quality filters like bevel, drop, shadow and glow; it supports editing animated cursors and managing icon libraries.

GFIE is a fast and lightweight application with a clean, customizable, multi-language user interface, making it easy to learn and to use.
 
License : FREEWARE
 
WEBSITE : http://greenfish.cixx6.com


Screen Resolution



XP QuickRes

 
Many websites are designed for optimal viewing in a certain screen resolution (such as 800x600 or 1024x768 or other), which may be different to the one set on your system.
 
XP QuickRes is a fine system tray tool which will allow you to quickly and easily switch between resolutions, simply by right-clicking its icon in the system tray. Also very usefull for web-designers.
 
License : FREEWARE
 
WEBSITE : http://www.dougknox.com (note: once on the site, use the search function to find XP QuickRes)


System Power Tools



A selection of fine system power tools and advanced utilities... intended for the power user and everyone who likes to become one... Don't let the system control you anymore, take over the controls so it's you who runs the machine...
 
Warning: These programs may contain extremely powerful features and are not intended to be used by the novice user. Remember, "don't change a winning team": if your system is running fine by now, don't try anything just for fun or without the need to modify your system, unless you know exactly what you're doing and which may be the results of your actions.


Tweakers



Ultimate Windows Tweaker

 
A fine Windows TweakUI utility for tweaking and optimizing the system to meet your requirements. With judicious tweaking, it can make your system faster, more stable, and more secure with just a few mouse clicks.
The program is low on system resources and works in a safe way; settings can be reset to default at any time.

The user interface is plain and simple, giving access to all options on personalization, user accounts, system performance, security settings, network tweaks, Internet Explorer tweaks, and many more.

Some tweaks and features:

- welcome-screen tweaks
- change options in User Account Control
- adjust waiting time to end services at shutdown process and kill (non-responding) applications
- system performance tweaks; service optimizations
- tweak restrictions (administrative-, Windows Explorer-, Windows application-restrictions)
- tweak Windows Update settings
- tweak network security settings
- bandwidth optimization
- advanced configuration in Internet Explorer
- disable hibernation
- set Windows registration information
- and more
 
License : FREEWARE
 
WEBSITE : http://www.thewindowsclub.com/ultimate-windows-tweaker-v2-a-tweak-ui-for-windows-7-vista
 

Ultimate Windows Customizer

 
One of the best Windows multiple customization tools, offering almost every possible and useful customization tweak, without the need to manually edit the Windows Registry or System files.

Tweaks are classified into several sections, such as Explorer, Context Menus, Libraries, Logon Screen, Start Orb, Taskbar, Windows Media Player, and more. Each section offers lots of related customization tweaks.

Ultimate Windows Customizer is very powerfull and has extensive functions, but yet, it's simple and safe to use. The program is tested over and over for compatibility between various customizations; it backs-up system files and registry settings that it deals with, and creates a system restore point before any customizations are done.

Ultimate Windows Customizer also includes the following extra power-tools which can be usefull before, during or after the customization process: RegOwnIt (take ownership of a Windows Registry key); Replace It (replace system files easily); Restart Explorer; Screenshot Tool; System File Checker; System Restore Creator
 
License : FREEWARE
 
WEBSITE : http://www.thewindowsclub.com/ultimate-windows-customizer
 

WinBubble

 
An easy registry tweaker for everyone, just "click, check and apply".
 
Featuring lots of handy customization, security and optimization tweaks, WinBubble will help you to customize and tweak your Windows system.
 
WinBubble is bridging the gap between beginners and advanced computing levels:
 
Beginners who have great difficulty in applying registry tweaks can customize and optimize the system, without knowledge of the registry, all in just some clicks. Intermediate users may learn registry tips and tricks, without the need to memorize them. Advanced users can create their own tweaks, using the commands inside the application
 
License : FREEWARE
 
WEBSITE : http://www.unlockforus.blogspot.com
 

X-Setup Pro

 
X-Setup Pro is the ultimate system configuration or tweaking tool. It's not just another Windows Hacker; it's the ultimate tool for black belt system tuning and tweaking.
 
From simple boot options up to server settings and hardware settings, internet settings or Office options, X-Setup Pro allows you to change nearly 1800 (!) settings with some simple button clicks. This makes X-Setup Pro the most complete hacker/tweaking utility available.
 
X-Setup Pro logs every action and, no matter how many changes you have made the Restore Log can restore them all to their original settings. This feature works completely independently from the Windows Restore Points and can therefore be used on any Windows system.
 
X-Setup Pro can record all modifications and generate a *.reg-file on the fly that can be deployed on any other system without installing X-Setup Pro.
 
Although the program offers a lot of features, it's Explorer-like look make it easy to use. In addition, X-Setup Pro offers wizards that can assist you when changing the configuration.
 
License : FREEWARE
 
WEBSITE (original program website) : http://www.x-setup.net
WEBSITE (DOWNLOAD FROM HERE) : http://www.majorgeeks.com/download4083.html


Registry Tools



RegSeeker

 
A powerfull, yet safe to use registry cleaner (changes are restorable).
 
The program displays various information like startup entries, several histories, installed applications and much more.
 
Search for any item inside your registry, export/delete the results, open them in the registry. RegSeeker also includes a tweaks panel to optimize your OS, and a file tool to search for duplicate files, bad shortcuts and more.
 
License : FREEWARE
 
WEBSITE : http://www.hoverdesk.net/freeware.htm
 

Nirsoft FileTypesMan

 
FileTypesMan displays the list of all file extensions and types registered on the computer. For each file type, the following information is displayed: Type Name, Description, MIME Type, Perceived Type, Flags, Browser Flags, and more.
FileTypesMan also allows you to easily edit the properties and flags of each file type, as well as it allows you to add, edit, and remove actions in a file type.
 
License : FREEWARE
 
WEBSITE : http://www.nirsoft.net
 

Default Programs Editor

 
Default Programs Editor is a powerful but simple file association utility for Windows.
 
It is a context menu editor, an autoplay editor, and default programs association editor; essentially, the settings in the "Default Programs" Control Panel page. It's a replacement for the "File Types" dialog in Windows XP, and brings some key features of TweakUI to Windows Vista/7.
 
Features
 
File Type Settings:
 
- add, edit, and delete context menu items
- edit file type information (such as icon and description)
- change an extension's associated file type
 
Autoplay Settings:
 
- add, edit, and delete autoplay handler programs
- change which autoplay options are available for any media type
- change the default autoplay handler
 
Default Programs Settings:
 
- add or remove default associations (possible to check, but not un-check, in Windows)
 
Additional Features:
 
- disable the "Search web for unknown extension" dialog
- standalone utility, or install as a Control Panel applet
- make direct changes to the system registry, or export edits as *.reg files
- designed to work with UAC support
 
License : FREEWARE
 
WEBSITE : http://defaultprogramseditor.com
 

Unassoc - Ramesh Srinivasan

 
Unassoc for Windows 7 and Vista
 
Windows 7 & Vista do not provide a GUI-option to unassociate file types. This utility will un-associate a file type quickly in Windows Vista or Windows 7.
 
License : FREEWARE
 
WEBSITE : http://www.winhelponline.com
 

Nirsoft RegFromApp

 
RegFromApp monitors the Registry changes made by a selected application, and creates a standard RegEdit registration file (.reg) containing all the Registry changes made by the application. The generated .reg file can be used to import these changes with RegEdit when it's needed.
 
License : FREEWARE
 
WEBSITE : http://www.nirsoft.net
 

SpyMe Tools

 
SpyMe Tools detects Registry and File changes by creating and comparing snapshots. If any application installs spyware, adware, dlls, programs, files, or any other type of file, picture, or program, etc. or when it makes any changes to the Registry's content, you will be able to see exactly where the modification occurred so you can take measures. Other features are the possibility to run in real-time modus and to create/restore registry backups.
 
License : FREEWARE
 
WEBSITE : http://www.lcibrossolutions.com


System Info



Ms Sysinternals - BgInfo

 
A very handy tool for everyone who manages multiple computers. BgInfo automatically displays relevant information about a Windows computer on the desktop's background, such as the computer name, IP address, service pack version, and more. You can edit any field as well as the font and background colors, and can place it in your startup folder so that it runs every boot, or even configure it to display
as the background for the logon screen.
 
Because BGInfo simply writes a new desktop bitmap and exits, it does not consume the system resources, neither does it interfere with other applications.
 
License : FREEWARE
 
WEBSITE : http://www.sysinternals.com


System Monitoring



Ms Sysinternals - Autoruns

 
This utility shows you what programs are configured to run during system bootup or login, and shows you the entries in the order Windows processes them. These programs include the ones in the StartUp folder and the ones in the Run, RunOnce, and other Registry keys. Autoruns has the most comprehensive knowledge of auto-starting locations of any startup monitor (a starting list of auto-run locations was obtained from David Solomon's "Windows Internals" seminar). A "Hide Signed Microsoft Entries" option helps you to zoom in on third-party auto-starting images that have been added to your system.
 
An undispensable utility to get accurate and complete start-up system info and also a fine tool to detect any malware starting up and running on the system.
 
License : FREEWARE
 
WEBSITE : http://www.sysinternals.com
 

Ms Sysinternals - Process Explorer

 
Process Explorer shows information about which handles and DLLs processes have opened or loaded. The Process Explorer display consists of two sub-windows. The top window always shows a list of the currently active processes, including the names of their owning accounts, whereas the information displayed in the bottom window depends on the mode that Process Explorer is in: if it is in handle mode you'll see the handles that the process selected in the top window has opened; if Process Explorer is in DLL mode you'll see the DLLs and memory-mapped files that the process has loaded. Process Explorer also has a powerful search capability that will quickly show you which processes have particular handles opened or DLLs loaded.
 
The unique capabilities of Process Explorer make it useful for tracking down DLL-version problems or handle leaks, and provide insight into the way Windows and applications work.
 
License : FREEWARE
 
WEBSITE : http://www.sysinternals.com
 

Ms Sysinternals - Process Monitor

 
Process Monitor is an advanced monitoring tool for Windows that shows real-time file system, Registry and process/thread activity. Its uniquely powerful features will make it a core utility in your system troubleshooting and malware hunting toolkit.
 
License : FREEWARE
 
WEBSITE : http://www.sysinternals.com


Hard-Disk Tools



Paragon Partition Manager Free

 
Rock-solid, safe and reliable disk partitioning software with a user-friendly interface and a handy task-launcher.
Paragon Partition Manager Free provides all common partitioning tasks such as format, delete, hide/unhide, set active/inactive; change/remove drive letter; change label, and more. It also offers system integrity and surface tests.

License : FREEWARE (free for non-commercial personal and home use)
 
WEBSITE : http://www.paragon-software.com



PartitionGuru Free

 
Powerfull and safe partitioning software offering all basic tasks, together with a lot of more advanced features.

Some key features:

create, delete, hide, set active, format, edit detail parameters, resize, split partitions
primary/logical conversion
delete all partitions
quick partition (one step partition and format)
create integral sized partition

partition table backup and restore
check partition table errors
drive letter assignment
set volume label

rebuild MBR (Master Boot Record)
erase sectors
clear reserved sectors
verify and repair bad tracks

build USB bootable disk

License : FREEWARE (free for non-commercial personal and home use)
 
WEBSITE : http://www.eassos.com
 

HD Tune

 
Hard Disk utility including benchmark test, detailed disk information, disk health check, temperature display, error scan. HD Tune may also work with other storage devices such as memory cards, USB-sticks, etc.
 
License : FREEWARE
 
WEBSITE : http://www.hdtune.com
 

HDD Health

 
Full featured hard-disk failure prediction agent. HDD Health installs in the system tray and monitors hard-disk(s) activity. It will send alerts in case of possible hard-disk troubles.
 
License : FREEWARE
 
WEBSITE : http://www.panterasoft.com


Software Un-Installers



Revo Uninstaller


An innovative uninstall utility, complete with a set of handy powerful cleanup tools.
 
With its advanced and fast algorithm, Revo Uninstaller analyzes an application's data before uninstall and scans after you uninstall an application. After the program's regular uninstaller runs, you can remove additional unnecessary files, folders and registry keys that usually are left over on your computer. Even if you have a broken installation, Revo Uninstaller scans for an application's data on your hard disk drives and in the Windows registry and shows all found files, folders and registry items so you can delete them.
 
With its unique "Hunter mode", Revo Uninstaller offers you some simple, easy to use, but effective and powerful approaches to manage (uninstall, stop, delete, disable from auto starting) and to get information about your installed and/or running applications.
 
Revo Uninstaller also comes with a set of handy and powerful tools to clean up your system. Included are an Auto Start and Windows Tools Manager, a Junk Files Cleaner, several Cleaners for Browser, Office and Windows history files and more.
 
The Unrecoverable Delete Tool and the Evidence Remover are secure delete tools which will erase files and folders without the possibility of recovering them.
 
License : FREEWARE
 
WEBSITE : http://www.revouninstaller.com



ZSoft Uninstaller

 
ZSoft Uninstaller can be used as an extended Add/Remove applet replacement, showing more information about the software installed on the system, but it's much more than that:
 
The program can take snapshots before and after a software installation and analyze the installation, so it can be completely uninstalled afterwards (it also supports reboots of the computer).
 
It will automatically find and delete temporary files and entries from programs that are most likely already uninstalled. It will also find entries that are considered as "crap-ware".
 
It can hide Windows Updates and hide entries from the list that you are never going to uninstall (such as drivers, etc.), making the installed programs list smaller, safer and easier to manage.
 
License : FREEWARE
 
WEBSITE : http://www.zsoft.dk


System Cleanup



Cleanersoft ACleaner

 
A safe and easy-to-use system cleanup and privacy protection tool, that allows to erase common Internet and computing tracks, including browser-cache, cookies, visited websites, typed URL's, recent documents, index.dat files and more. It can also erase the tracks of up to 100 popular applications. It also includes an option to overwrite deleted data multiple times, so they cannot be easily recovered.

In addition, the program comes with a registry scanner to optimize the system registry by finding and removing errors and invalid entries, making the system run more stable and faster. For maximum safety, ACleaner will make a backup of the repaired entries, making it possible to restore any registry changes.
 
License : FREEWARE
 
WEBSITE : http://www.cleanersoft.com


Network


Network Info



Nirsoft WhoisThisDomain

 
A domain registration lookup utility allowing to easily get information about a registered domain. It automatically connects to the right WHOIS server, according to the top-level domain name, and retrieves the WHOIS record of the domain.It supports both generic and country code domains.
 
License : FREEWARE
 
WEBSITE : http://www.nirsoft.net
 


Nirsoft IPNetInfo

 
A small utility that allows you to easily find all available information about an IP-address: the owner of the IP-address, the country/state name, IP-addresses range, contact information (address, phone, fax, e-mail), and more.

This utility can be very useful to find the origin of unsolicited mail. You can simply copy the message-headers from the e-mail and paste them into the IPNetInfo utility. IPNetInfo automatically extracts all IP-addresses from the message headers, and displays the information about these IP-addresses.
 
License : FREEWARE
 
WEBSITE : http://www.nirsoft.net
 


Nirsoft FastResolver

 
A small utility that resolves multiple host names into IP-addresses and vice-versa. You can simply type the list of IP-addresses or host-names that you want to resolve, or -alternatively- you can specify an IP-addresses range to scan. FastResolver is a multi-threaded application, so it can resolve lots of addresses within a fewseconds.
 
License : FREEWARE
 
WEBSITE : http://www.nirsoft.net


Network Monitor



Microsoft Network Monitor

 
An advanced tool to allow capturing and protocol analysis of network traffic. It enables capturing, viewing, and analyzing network data and deciphering network protocols. It can be used to troubleshoot network problems and applications on the network.
 
Some key features:
 
- process-tracking
- grouping by network conversation
- support for over 300 public and Microsoft proprietary protocols
- simultaneous capture sessions
- wireless monitor mode with supported wireless NIC's
- real-time capture and display of frames
- re-assembly of fragmented data
- sniffing of promiscuous mode traffic
- can read libpcap capture files
- API to access capture and parsing engine
 
License : FREEWARE
 
WEBSITE : http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?id=4865



Nirsoft CurrPorts

 
A network monitor displaying the list of all currently opened TCP/IP and UDP ports on a local computer. For each port in the list, information about the process that opened the port is displayed, including the process name, full path of the process, version information (product name, file description, and so on), the time that the process was created, and the user that created it.
 
In addition, CurrPorts allows to close unwanted TCP-connections, kill the process that opened the ports and save the TCP/UDP ports information to an HTML file , a XML file, or to a tab-delimited text file.
 
CurrPorts also automatically marks with pink colors, suspicious TCP/UDP ports owned by unidentified applications (without version information and icons).
 
License : FREEWARE
 
WEBSITE : http://www.nirsoft.net



Nirsoft HTTPNetworkSniffer

 

A packet sniffer tool that captures all HTTP requests/responses sent between the web browser and the Web server and displays them in a simple table. For every HTTP request, the following information is displayed: Host Name, HTTP method (GET, POST, HEAD), URL Path, User Agent, Response Code, Response String, Content Type, Referer, Content Encoding, Transfer Encoding, Server Name, Content Length, Cookie String, and more...
 
You can easily select one or more HTTP information lines, and then export them to text/html/xml/csv-file or copy them to the clipboard.
 
License : FREEWARE
 
WEBSITE : http://www.nirsoft.net
 


Programming


Install Creator



Inno Setup

 
Maybe the best free installer creator you can get; the program rivals and even surpasses many commercial installers in feature set and stability - amongst its many features are:
 
- supports all versions of Windows in use today; support for install of 64-bit applications
- single .exe creation for easy online distribution, support for disk spanning
- standard Windows 2000/XP-style wizard interface; customizable setup types
- complete uninstall capabilities
- integrated support for "deflate", bzip2, and 7-Zip LZMA file compression
- ability to compare file version info, replace in-use files,...
- register DLL/OCX's and type libraries; install fonts; creation of registry and .ini entries
- creation of shortcuts anywhere, including in the Start Menu and on the desktop
- support for multilingual installs
- support for passworded and encrypted installs
- support for silent install and uninstall
- integrated Pascal scripting engine (full source code is available (Borland Delphi 2.0-5.0))
 
License : FREEWARE
 
WEBSITE : http://www.jrsoftware.org


Operating System



The Linux Operating System


The operating system that is causing a revolution in the world of computing.

Linux is a free Unix-type operating system originally created by Linus Torvalds with the assistance of developers around the world. Developed under a GNU General Public License (see below), the source code for Linux is freely available to everyone.

License : FREEWARE (open source)

WEBSITE : http://www.linux.org



Tails - The Amnesic Incognito Live System


Tails is a complete free live operating system that aims to preserve privacy and anonymity.
It runs independently of the computer's original O/S, leaving no traces behind.

Tails comes with several built-in applications, including a web browser, instant messaging client, e-mail client, office suite, image- and sound editor, etc.
Tails is pre-configured with security in mind, so it runs straight "out-of-the-box", although many advanced settings can be modified.

All connections to the internet are forced to go through the Tor network and state-of-the-art cryptographic tools are used to encrypt files, emails and messages.

Remark:

although using Tails and the included programs is no more complicated as using any other Windows program, the initial creation of the Tails Live System medium
requires some more advanced computer knowledge: in order to use Tails, the downloaded iso-file must be used to create a bootable dvd or bootable usb-stick,
and the system must be set to boot up from the Tails medium (if you need help to do this, there's complete and very clear info on the Tails website)

Tails is distributed under a GNU General Public License (see below).

License : FREEWARE (open source)
 
WEBSITE : https://tails.boum.org





Remark: click the license to read more about free software distributed under a GNU General Public License or a Creative Commons License
 

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