5 Free Software that Everyone Should Have

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    From that list I use Audacity and Irfanview.

    1. I use Audacity to record from Line-In or Mic. Audacity has it's own format with WAV, MP3, and a few others for Import and Export options.
    2. I would consider using ImgBurn, if I wasn't attached to Nero.
    3. I use Irfanview for an image viewer plug-in to go with my File Manager.
    4. I would use OpenOffice, if I wasn't attached to MS Office. They are quite comparable with few differences.
    5. I have thought about using VLC Player. I've heard allot of good things about this media player.
     
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    Maurice Bloody good bloke VIP Member

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    They are all execllent applications.

    In the school where I work we use:
    VLC media player - it handles so many different formats & codecs.
    Audacity - used for editing educational audio files.

    Have occasionally used IrfanView - great picture viewer and can run a slide show of pics.

    OpenOffice is good but we use licensed Office 2010.
    not familiar with ImgBurn as we have Dell PCs that come with Roxio.
     
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    VLC has so many Codecs I have never tried to play a video or music file that didn't play (considering that the file was not corrupt in the 1st place). I hate using Windows Media Player because it is a roulette game of if the video will play and what codecs you need to download if it don't.

    Also I have gotten a virus a few times trying to download codecs so when I learned about VLC I jumped on it.

    I use Open Office because I feel like if I am dropping $300+ on an OS then it should have the capability to perform basic office functions without having to drop another $200 on a software package. I also have a couple of Linux machines so it makes it easier to transfer the files between platforms and still be able to work on them.
     
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    I don't like using Windows Media Player either. I find it has to many features for my liking. I use Media Player Classic that comes with K-lite Codec Pack. Some say they don't like the Codec Packs because there is so many codecs that will never be used. But like you say if you only install the codecs you need, then its a crap shoot as to whether or not your media file will play.

    I tell you what the next time I find a media file that will not play using K-lite, I will install VLC Player.
     
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    I've used Shark's codecs for a couple of years now and find integration with WMP is pretty seamless. Only thing I ever have to do is turn the subtitles on/off on some movie downloads.

    Never had a problem playing anything and his codecs are recommend for playback of HD channels on live TV in media center/centre.

    http://shark007.net/win7codecs.html
     
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    Maurice Bloody good bloke VIP Member

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    Useful link there my son, download in progress.
     
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    Great list of apps - especially VLC player, it's handled everything I've ever tried to play :).
     
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    I've been using VLC, Imgburn and Audacity for quite a while now, and I much prefer Imgburn to anything Nero has produced in the past few years.

    I love lightweight, freeware programmes, most mainly keeping the basics that you need and not trying to turn themselves into "OMGUMUSTDOEVERYTHINGWITHME" style programmes.

    I also use Media Player Classic in conjunction with VLC, and I still use WMP, mainly because I've used to it, and I have mainly .avi files which WMP has no trouble playing.

    I use Picasa 3 instead of Infraview, and MS office compared to OpenOffice.

    To be honest, if OO updated its interface to not look like it was developed in 1995, I might consider using it a bit more. Although I find it not as easy to use as I have MS Office 2007.

    As for Codec Packs, everyone should just get the Community Combined Codec Pack - http://www.cccp-project.net/

    You know, when the website is up :)
     
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    of course the best way to find your free apps IMHO is ....

    www.ninite.com

    all free, advertising/addins removed, auto install with one click. you'll wonder how you ever did without it! :thumb:
     
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    I use Audacity for countless things, it helps that when its recording its very very light on the CPU - which helps.

    I also use VLC, but tend to only use it when I have a video in a format WMP or QT doesnt like.
     
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    Good one. It is quick and easy. Used it to install a hand full of programs.
     
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    vlc = no issues ever again EVER.

    I hate Infranview, omg omg omg I HATE IT! WHY DOES IT EXIST?!?!?! WHAT PURPOSE DOES IT SERVE???????? /rant

    But no really, what is it good for? I have Windows Photo/Fax Viewer, what more could I want?

    Win7 = built in ISO burner and I refuse to deal with other iso formats.
     
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    I don't use Windows Explorer. I use another file manager and Irfanview is a plugin that allows me to view any picture format from within the file manager. [Rant]Windows Explorer sux when it comes to file management. The only way I could use Windows Explorer would be to open two instances. Even then there would be no way to compare contents of two files. etc...[/Rant]
     
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    Which is legit, but I don't use all the fancy bells and whistles of other managing utilities, Explorer displays all that I could ask for.
     
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    Nice addition to the list.
     
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