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Wed May 24, 2006 10:07 am Reply and quote this post
This is what I consider the best free software:

Media : Windows Mediaplayer 11  (cool stuff, good looking aswell)
Windows themes: StyleXP 3.18 (its only 40 days shareware for the generic user)
Chat: MSN Messenger Live Mail 8.0 Beta (great new features)
Chat with game support: Xfire www.xfire.com (best tool to join friends on the server they play on, and aswell to chat from Ingame)
Antivirus: Avira antivir classic (Daily updates, totaly free for private users)
CD Emulator: VirtualCD 7.0 (Best emulation software ever)


Most hated program: ICQ

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Wed May 24, 2006 5:46 pm Reply and quote this post
I live Windows Media Player 11... Download here...
http://download.microsoft.com/download/e/e/e/eeeb2d1e-8000-4f23-b770-ddb34a9c8f45/wmp11-windowsxp-x86-enu.exe

I use MSN 8.0 Live, you can get the new MSN Live 8.0 Plus! Pack here:
(Pre-release)

You can also get Windows Vista Beta 2 from MSDN or TechNet, but there opening the version for IT Professionals and Developers who are not MSDN or TechNet Subscribers in the coming weeks. I have Windows Vista Beta 2  and i can safely say Mac OSX 10.5 will be 10 steps ahead (See Operating Systems catagory on this forum)

I also use Trillian (for AOL, .mac, MSN, ICQ, Yahoo! on Windows or iChat for Mac.

On Mac, I find AppZapper invaluable...
AppZapper is a drag and drop app remover.   It deletes the app, .plist files, caches, etc.   Also been improved recently to remove preference panes, widgets and screensavers.
http://appzapper.com/  

I also use Opera as my main web browser.

Antivirus (for Windows!!) AVG Free
Most hated program: IE6

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Sun May 28, 2006 2:47 pm Reply and quote this post
admin wrote:
I live Windows Media Player 11... Download here...
http://download.microsoft.com/download/e/e/e/eeeb2d1e-8000-4f23-b770-ddb34a9c8f45/wmp11-windowsxp-x86-enu.exe

I use MSN 8.0 Live, you can get the new MSN Live 8.0 Plus! Pack here:
(Pre-release)

You can also get Windows Vista Beta 2 from MSDN or TechNet, but there opening the version for IT Professionals and Developers who are not MSDN or TechNet Subscribers in the coming weeks. I have Windows Vista Beta 2  and i can safely say Mac OSX 10.5 will be 10 steps ahead (See Operating Systems catagory on this forum)

I also use Trillian (for AOL, .mac, MSN, ICQ, Yahoo! on Windows or iChat for Mac.

On Mac, I find AppZapper invaluable...
AppZapper is a drag and drop app remover.   It deletes the app, .plist files, caches, etc.   Also been improved recently to remove preference panes, widgets and screensavers.
http://appzapper.com/  

I also use Opera as my main web browser.

Antivirus (for Windows!!) AVG Free
Most hated program: IE6


Eh link to msn 8 plus please?
And where can I get the Vista beta?

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Sun May 28, 2006 5:10 pm Reply and quote this post
Vista beta on MSDN or Technet subscription only, although a Public Beta is set to be released in the coming weeks.

Windows Live Messenger (MSN 8.0) is now in Beta 2, so thats more stable, and you have to sign up to be a Beta Live member at http://www.live.com to get your account enabled for Messenger Live (and Windows Live Mail for that matter) so even if you download it from, say, here: http://download.microsoft.com/downloa...essenger_Beta.exe you wot be able to log in until you have enabled your account for Beta 8.0. I got mine after signing up on http://www.live.com which i'd reccomend, its free  

Sam

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Sun May 28, 2006 5:13 pm Reply and quote this post
The Best Free Software:

Skype
MSN Messanger
Mecury Messanger (good for anyone who uses msn messanger and wants more features such as the ability to see people on video cameras). This is for MAC only.
AppZapper
iTunes
Opera
Fetch (not really free but its extended free trail dont mean I have to buy it!
Audacity
JAP
Quick Time
Stuffit Expander

All for Macintosh!

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Sun May 28, 2006 5:36 pm Reply and quote this post
admin wrote:
Vista beta on MSDN or Technet subscription only, although a Public Beta is set to be released in the coming weeks.

Windows Live Messenger (MSN 8.0) is now in Beta 2, so thats more stable, and you have to sign up to be a Beta Live member at http://www.live.com to get your account enabled for Messenger Live (and Windows Live Mail for that matter) so even if you download it from, say, here: http://download.microsoft.com/downloa...essenger_Beta.exe you wot be able to log in until you have enabled your account for Beta 8.0. I got mine after signing up on http://www.live.com which i'd reccomend, its free  

Sam


Please inform me once the public beta is released.
I have msn 8.0 already, I just wondered about the "msn 8.0 plus" thing you said...

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Sun May 28, 2006 6:22 pm Reply and quote this post
Ah Yes, MSN Messenger Plus has always been available from http://www.msgplus.net/features.php and is the most popular non-microsoft addon pack, but has not let been released even in beta on the official site as a Public Beta, but a download Softpedia is working, and not all features work on it. However, heres the link...
Direct Download Link: http://download.softpedia.com/softwar...live_4_00_226.exe

http://www.softpedia.com/progDownload/Messenger-Plus-Extension--Beta-Download-6765.html


And check on the Microsoft site for details on Windows Vista (http://www.microsoft.com/vista).

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Sun May 28, 2006 9:42 pm Reply and quote this post
By the way dudes nothing is ever really free it just doesn't simply exist. Everything you get is being payed for in a sense even though they may say something is free when in reality it really isn't. I hate to burst your bubble but thats the way life is.
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Sun May 28, 2006 10:30 pm Reply and quote this post
Well I think we all know that =P.  But, they mean it's free for us to use =P.

Anyway... One of the best freeware graphic programs out there is GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program). It's basically a freeware PhotoShop.  It's pretty good, IMO.  And if you don't want to be a pirate, or pay for somethin like PS, then go down to Gimp.org and download it =P.  There's like 4 different things you have to download to get it all, which are:

GNU Environment (install this first)
The actual GIMP program
Help files
and the animation add on, to make anims with it.

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Mon May 29, 2006 7:53 am Reply and quote this post
I simply cannot compare the GIMP with Photoshop CS2, I mean I dont like the interface, and its so awkward, the filters arn't as suttle and the complex combinatios with Vector Masks and Filters, and layer Effects simply can't be achiaves, it's also not industry standard, ut I suppose it is free. I'm just wanderiing what percentage of Adobe Creative Suite users actually payed for the Software

Atomic77 is actually right, the Bandwith in downloading bg programs with things like 8mb Broadband "Unlimited" broadband its not so much an issue.

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Mon May 29, 2006 8:31 am Reply and quote this post
GIMP is very competent software, it was just designed to run on one desktop on Linux. There's also a photoshop plugin, which creates a mother window so  it doesn't clutter the taskbar. Industry standard doesn't always mean that the certain piece of software is the top of the line, or otherwise DOS wouldn't have ever gotten popular.

Or windows for that matter.

I personally stick to free software, I have Blender3D, Inkscape, OpenCanvas (the beta), OpenOffice, Xchat, Gaim, blaa blaa installed on my computer. I even tend to stick to freeware games, since I don't like shelling out 60€ for couple of hours of fun. I wouldn't use MSN, but GAIM doesn't support audio/video conversations so I kind of have to, in order to see those pesky israelians.

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Mon May 29, 2006 1:01 pm Reply and quote this post
InScapes ok, ut very basic... Adobe Illustrator CS2 anyone? haha
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Mecury Messanger (good for anyone who uses msn messanger and wants more features such as the ability to see people on video cameras). This is for MAC only.

As Microsoft stopped Windows Media Player at version 9 and MSN Messenger at version , and IE for Mac (Who cares!) Mercury messenger allows support for udges, Custom Emoticons, Nudges, Winks and Webcam Support which were in MSN messenger since version 7, in version 7.5 and now 8.0 there are loads of features we can't get on mac, although I run both, you can ring contacts, have shared folders, Video and Audio Conferences, Personalised Status, Automessage, What I'm listening to, Skins, Winks, Themes, Animated DP's , Modbile Phone Support, handwriting Features, Games (shared so play with your contacts), Remote Assistance and Activities.

I think MSN 8.0 is the most fullly featured IM, its a shame Microsoft have done this for Mac Users, In comes Bootcamp  
Mercury Messenger is really slow, but at leat we can get Webcam on Macs.

As for no support for Windows media Player, well you've got iTunes which is in my view far superior to WMP 11, but if you download a .wma or .wmv theres a plugin for Quicktime availabe from the Microsoft Site here:
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=915d874d-d747-4180-a400-5f06b1b5e559&DisplayLang=en
Quote:
With Windows Media® Components for QuickTime, by Flip4Mac™, you can play Windows Media files (.wma and .wmv) directly in QuickTime Player and view Windows Media content on the Internet using a Web browser.



The Mercury Messenger has one great feature... You can send nudges unlimited!! (Constant Nudges) So thats no limit on the amount of nudges you can send!![/quote]

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Mon May 29, 2006 2:07 pm Reply and quote this post
I guess everyones point hear is valid but I do know there are some pretty cool games for free over at something called nstorm.
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Tue May 30, 2006 11:04 am Reply and quote this post
I prefer to stick to Media Player classic, not only because it's small and free, but also because it actually tells you what codecs it needs. And even hands out links, think about that, how groovy.

And yeah, InkScape is basic. I don't really use it, just got it out of curiosity.

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Sat Jun 03, 2006 9:52 am Reply and quote this post
Free software that I like:

-Winamp
-Spybot: Search and Destroy
-Windows Antispyware
-Ad-Aware
-Free mods for games (e.g. Desert Combat, Forgotten Hope)
-Download Accelerator Plus (it does clog up your PC with some crap and apparently has spyware - according to the above antispyware software, but it does work)
-WinRAR

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