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Si    11

Updated by Simon, 27th November 2005

Originally compiled by sanctified, thanks to Neowin members.

Items marked in bold are new additions.

3D Graphics:

3Delight Free -

Anim8or -

Aqsis -

Blender -

Houdini (Free Edition) -

Maya Personal Learning Ed. -

Now3D -

OpenFX -

POV-Ray -


Terragen -

Toxic -

Wings 3D -


a-squared -

AntiVir -

Avast -


BitDefender -

ClamWin -

Anti Spyware:

Ad-aware -

Bazooka -

CWShredder -

Hijackthis -

Microsoft AntiSpyware -

SpyBot Search & Destroy -

SpywareBlaster -

SpywareGuard -

WinPatrol -

Audio Creation

Gungirl Sequencer -

HammerHead -

Jesusonic -

KRISTAL Audio Engine -

orDrumbox -

Tu2 -

Audio Players:

1by1 -

Billy -

CoolPlayer -

DeejaySystem MK1 -


Foobar 2000 -

iTunes -

Jet Audio Basic -

Mixere -

Mixxx -

monoRAVEik -

MoreAmp -

Musik -

musikCube -

QCD Player -

Sonique -

Winamp -

XMPlay -

Zinf -

Audio Tools:

Audacity -

AudioShell -

BeSweet -

CDex -

dBpowerAMP Music Converter -


Encounter 2003 -

GermaniXEncoder -

K-MP3 -

KraMixer -

MP3 Book Helper -

MP3 Tag -

Mp3 Tag Tools -

mp3DirectCut -

MP3Gain -

mp3Trim -

MusicBrainz -

Rarewares -

SoundEngine Free -

TagScanner -

The GodFather -

TigoTago -

CD/DVD Burning:

Burn4Free -

Burnatonce -

Burrrn -

CDBurnerXP -


CDR Tools Frontend -

Deepburner -

DVD Decrypter:

Easy Burning, DropCD & Audio CD -

ImgBurn -

Compression / Decompression:

7-zip -

bzip2 -

ExtractNow -

FilZip -

Info-Zip -

IZArc -

QuickZip -

TUGZip -


Zip&Go -

Zipgenius -

Defrag Software:

DIRMS & Buzzsaw -

OpenVMS -

Desktop Enhancements:

AveDesk -

CursorXP -

Desktop Sidebar -

Filehand -

Glass2k -

Kapsules -

Konfabulator -

Lost Goggles -

MobyDock -

Panorama -

Rainlendar -

RunFast -

Samurize -

SlickRun -

Snippy -

TaskSwitchXP Pro -

tclock2 -

Trip -

Weather Watcher -

WinRoll -

Download managers:

Free Download Manager -

Fresh Download -

LeechGet -

Retriever -

Star Downloader -

Sun Download Manager -

wackget -

wget -

WellGet -

Encryption and data security:

Axcrypt -

Blowfish Advanced CS-

Eraser -

File Shredder -

KeePass -

GnuPG -

PGP Freeware -

PicoCrypt -

TrueCrypt -

WindowsCleaner -

File Managers:

2xExplorer -

A43 -

ExplorerXP -

freeCommander -

Gyula's Navigator -

JExplorer -

MeeSoft Commander -

File repair and recovery:

PC Inspector File Recovery -


Jetico Personal Firewall -

Kerio (Kerio Personal Firewall is FREE for home and personal use) -

NetVida Safetynet -

Outpost Firewall (version 1 is free) -

SoftPerfect Personal Firewall -

Sygate -

Wyvern Firewall 2004 -

Zonealarm Basic firewall -

FTP Clients:

CoreFTP -

Filezilla -

miFiles -

SmartFTP -

FTP Servers:

Cerberus -

FileZilla -

Golden FTP Server -

GuildFTPD -

Quick 'n Easy FTP Server -

SlimFTPd -

TYPSoft FTP Server -


HTML Editors:

1st page 2000 -


Aracnophilia -

FoxEditor -

HTML-Kit -


Selida -

Trellian webPAGE -

TSW WebCoder -

WYSIWYG Web Builder -

Image viewers:

Ahaview -

FastStone Image Viewer -

Irfanview -

Picasa -

Shell Extension -

SlowView -

XNView -

Instant Messengers:


Gaim -

Google Talk -


Mercury Messenger -

Miranda IM -

Pandion -


qip -

Skype -


TerraIM -

Trillian Basic -

Internet Explorer Front-Ends:

AM Browser -

AOL Browser -

Avantbrowser -

Maxthon -

SlimBrowser -

IRC Clients:

BersIRC -

BitchX -

HydraIRC -

NodeIRC -

TinyIRC -

XChat -

Mail programs:

Foxmail -

i.Scribe -

Mahogany Mail -

Pegasus Mail -

PopTray -

Thunderbird -

Anti-spam programs:

K9 -


POPFile -

SpamBayes -

SpamPal -

Network Tools:

CMDTime NTP Utility -

Ethereal Protocol Analyzer -

Gencontrol -

hamachi -

NetMeter -

NetProfiles -

NMap -

Ntop -

PingPlotter -


RAS Graph & Stats -

RealVNC -

TightVNC -

Ultr@VNC -

WinSCP -

Office Suite:

602PC Suite free edition -

AbiWord - -

qjot -

TreeDBNotes -

Partition Managers:

Partition Resizer -

Ranish Partition Manager -

SwissKnife -

TestDisk -

PDF Utilities:

CutePDF -

Foxit PDF Reader -

Free PDF -

Ghostscript/GSView -

PDF 995 -

PDFCreator -

PrimoPDF -

Photo manipulation and image design:

ArtRage -

Artweaver -

ColorPic -

Deep Paint -

Delineate -

iIco -

Inkscape -

JPEGCrops -

Paint .NET -

Pixia -

Pixie -

PhotoFiltre -

Sodipodi -

The Gimp -

Tuxpaint -

Wax -

Wink -

WinMorph -


ActivePerl -

BlueJ -

Crimson Editor -

Code::Blocks -

Context -

Dev C++ -

Dev Pascal -

Digital Mars C++ -

Eclipse -

ExamDiff -

Freepascal -

JCreator LE -

jEdit -

Metapad -

Notepad++ -

Notepad2 -

Open Watcom -

Pelles C -

PHP Hypertext Parser -

Programmer's Notepad -

PSPad -

Python -

Ruby -

SharpDevelop -

WebMatrix -

WinMerge -

Pop-up Blockers:

Google Toolbar -

NoAds -

PopUp Stopper -

Privoxy -

Proxomitron -

RSS Readers:

Ablion -

BlogExpress -

Feedreader -

FireANT -

GreatNews -

RssBandit -

RSSOwl -

RssReader -

RSS Xpress -

SharpReader -

System Information and monitoring:

AIDA32 -

ATITool -

ATI Tray Tools -


Everest -

Gkrellm -

K1 -

Motherboard monitor -

SpeedFan -

Sysmetrix -


WhatsRunning -

Video codecs:

DivX Codec -


XviD -

Video players :

AC3Filter -

BsPlayer -

Crystal Player -

Cygwin MPlayer -

DivX Player -

MaximusDVD -

Media Player Classic -

VideoLan -

Video tools:

DScaler -


GSpot -


VCDEasy -

VirtualDub -

VirtualDubMod -

Zwei-Stein Video Editor -

Web browsers:

Firefox -

K-Meleon -

Mozilla -

Netscape -

Opera -

Web servers:

Abyss -

Apache -

Apache2Triad -

HTTP File Server -

Sambar -

Savant -

SimpleServer:WWW -

Smart Cache -

TinyWeb -

Xitami -

Webcam Software:

booruWebCam -

Dorgem -

grabMotion -

Pryme -

Checksum Utilities:

fsum -

HashCalc -

hksfv -


md5sum -

md5summer -

MooSFV -

QuickPar -

QuickSFV -

General Utilities And Other Applications:

AdShield -

AnalogX -

AppRocket -

AutoIt -


Celestia -

CCleaner -

ClipX -

Contact -

Cygwin -

Dir2HTML -

Dirkey -

EasyCleaner -

EditPad Lite -

EssentialPIM -

Excessive-software -

File Transfer Expert -

Folder Size Extension -

Hamsin Clipboard -

HTTrack -

Inno Setup -

KeyNote -

Language Identifier -

Link Checker -

Memtest-86 -

Money Manager -

Multi Install -

MWSnap -

NetTime -

Nullsoft Installer -

Open Subfolder -

Peerguardian -

Process Explorer (aka ProcessXP) -

png2ico -

RegSeeker -

Restoration -

Startup Control Panel -

Stickies -

StrokeIt -

Syncback -

Sysinternals -

Toolbox -

TreeSize -

TuneXP -

Turbo Pad -

Unlocker -

URLSnooper -

Vim -

WeathAlert -

WordWeb -

XP AntiSpy -

YourDir -

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Si    11

List updated, thanks for the contributions :)

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CoolCatBad    0

Video Tools

AviTricks classic, non-linear, non-destructive AVI video editor with real-time preview.

AviSplit classic, Split, rejoint and clip avi files.

AviScreen Classic, capture screen activity in the form of AVI video or bitmap images.

CombiMovie classic, Combine two or more mpg/mpeg files into a single continuous mpg file.

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Vykranth    527

General Utilities And Other Applications:

Space Monger -

SpaceMonger is a tool for keeping track of the free space on your computer. Each file or folder on a given drive is displayed in a box in the main window whose size

is a relative comparison to all the other files in your system.

Version 1.4 will be available free even if the future version 2.1 is shareware.

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A handy utility that reads files and copies the information you want, based on a list of text strings you specify. You can keep certain lines of data while skipping others. (for example remove lines in text files containing a string)

FastStone 4in1 Browser

Has built in webserver which you can use to easily share a folder with password protection so you can serve a web page or share your files to friends over http://youripaddress/ try ports for example 8080 (http://youripaddress:8080/) or 8090 if port 80 doesn't work)

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General Utilities

Outlook Linker

Outlook Linker? provides the ability to generate links to other items in Outlook. It is a system tray applet that automatically generates a hyperlink for the current folder or item (message) and places it on the clipboard. The hyperlink can then be pasted into any MS Office document, Web page, e-mail message, etc This is fundamental to the efficient and productive use of shared items in a Exchange public folder system. Unfortunately, Microsoft has not provided a convenient way to get access to these links.

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Compression / Decompression


Zipfocus is a small, standalone, zip reader /viewer /extractor.

* It is suitable for all versions of Windows (95,98,ME, NT4,2000,XP).

* The download package below includes an installation program to add context menus and shortcuts but Zipfocus can operate without installation e.g. on a floppy disk.

* The executable program is only 60KB in size.

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Whitney Defrag

Command line and a bit slower than most, but ruthlessly efficient.

The zip contains Defrag.exe, DefragPS.dll- put these in a new folder anywhere

and bootdrg.exe which you put in System32.

For common defragging tasks, create a desktop shortcut of Defrag.exe and add the switch

Defrag.exe -d c

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HTML Editors

PHP Designer 2005 and HTMLGate FREE

Both incredible packages with features galore.

Perhaps members and guests should be reminded, while perusing this list, that the developers of these fine products should be actively encouraged....that is, where they ask for PayPal donations or such, be generous.

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mgleason007    0

You can't get DVD Decryptor anymore, at least not from there.

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Kamael    0

Photo manipulation and image design:

Recolored ( )

Recolored is a software application that helps you with the otherwise difficult and time consuming task of colorizing black and white photos. Based on the latest developments in computer assisted image colorization, Recolored makes it possible for anyone to achieve professional looking results.

To add color to a photo, all you have to do is add markings to the different regions of the image, indicating how it should be colorized. Then click the Colorize button and let the software do the rest.

Currently in its BETA stage, Recolored is available for download free of charge for non-commercial use. A commercial version will be released in early 2006.

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DMilner    0

Someone "found" all this freeware on the web and contributed "his" list in this forum post:,287.0.html

No referral to this long running thread whatsoever...

I posted a reply on that thread saying that he shoud have given credit to his source and it was deleted by the administrator.

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jquindlen    0

I have found a new tool that helps people quickly review many websites. In addition it helps prevent you from going to sites with spyware, adware, viruses, or even just poor content. The tool is the ReviewToolbar which allows users to rate sites, so that legitimate sites with good content are easily distinguishable from malicious or poorly designed sites. The program embeds site ratings directly in the search results of the web's most popular search engines. The best thing is that like all good tools, it is free. It is available for free at

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Anti Spyware


Only 500 kb, takes a snapshot of curent setup and alerts you when changes are made to Start Ups, suspicious processes run or new directories are created.

Alert categories can be customized.

No cleaning provided, but the Alerts will offer a web search for the particular intruder.

Could be useful in conjunction with AdAware or Spybot, as a real-time spyware monitoring agent.

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family guy    0

Any suggestions for a good alarm clock program for when my cellphone dies?

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Synfig is a powerful, industrial-strength vector-based 2D animation software package, designed from the ground-up for producing feature-film quality animation with fewer people and resources. While there are many other programs currently on the market to aid with the efficient production of 2D animation, we are currently unaware of any other software that can do what our software can.

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Audio and Video tools

OUTI live audio loops player. It allows you to record and loop audio and use VST plug-ins.

CHACHACHA multi video loops editor.

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jnr    0

Well, he finally gave credit to the Neowin forum!


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Si    11

Well, he finally gave credit to the Neowin forum!



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CoolCatBad    0

Maybe a new category needed, seeing as how there are so many requests

Video Converters

STOIK Video Converter

Convert AVI, WMV, DV files in all possible combinations. Pick up one or multiple source video files, select output audio and video settings using preinstalled or custom profiles, and convert to single or multiple output video files.

PSP Video 9

It can convert regular PC video files (avi, mpeg, etc) into PSP video files, as well as manage/copy these PSP video files between your PC and PSP.

Video DVD Maker

Video DVD Maker allows ordinary users to get high quality outputs, even if they don't know the subtleties of recording technology.

The program enables you to capture video from various video devices, including TV tuners, web cameras, DVs, as well as imported video from any video files, including AVI, DIVX, XVID, MP4, MPG, WMV, ASF, MOV.


This program converts HDTV MPEG2 tansport stream files to standard MPEG2 video files playable (mostly) by media player.

Videora iPod Converter

Convert your regular PC video files (avi, mpeg, etc) into the proper video format that your iPod understands

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