Essential Software: The yeah, yeah.. heard it all before index.

This is a list that I am almost embarrassed to place on my site, as there are 1000001 others sites that include these particular items…

This is meant to be a conveniently brief and succinctly described list of essential software.  This is based only on consensus, regarding the venerability of the products.  While I have actually used a large number of these programs, I think that there is really no value I can add (so far) with regards to my personal experience in a review of each.

This list will be appended to over time:

Graduate Description Supported OS
7-Zip, 7-Zip (Portable) High ratio file compression – also does better job of zip file compression than others 98, ME, NT, 2K, XP Vista (incl. 64)
AbiWord, AbiWord (Portable) Lite word processor – compatible with MS Word documents Multi-platform
Audacity, Audacity (Portable) Sound editing software 98, ME, 2000, XP, Vista
ArtWeaver Simple, creative painting program – supports layers, many image formats & tablet 2K, XP, Vista
ArtRage Easy to use paint program with with realistic brushes – tablet support 2K, XP, Vista, Mac OS X
AntiVir AV Software 2K, XP, Vista
AVG AV software 2000, XP (incl. Pro 64), Vista (incl. 64)
ClamWin, ClamWin (Portable) AV software 98, Me, 2K, XP, 2003, Vista
DeepBurner Burning software packed with features 98, 98SE, XP,2003, XP, Vista
DVDShrink DVD ripping and backup tool 9x, 2K, XP
Filezilla, FileZilla (Portable) FTP client – there is also a server version available Multi-platform
FireFox, Mozilla Firefox (Portable) Popular web browser Multi-platform
FlashGet (For IE), FlashGot (for FireFox) Download manager – works with torrents Win9x, NT, 2K, XP, 2003, (works in my Vista 64)
Fraps DirectX & OpenGL game benchmarking tool and in-game screen-shot and video recorder 2K, XP,2003 Vista(incl. 64)
IrfanView Supports a myriad of image file formats – can even build screen-savers from it’s slide-show.  Tiff multi-page support, batch conversion & lot more.. 9x, ME, NT, 2000, XP, 2003, Vista
K-Lite Codec Pack A comprehensive CODEC pack 2K, XP, 2003, Vista
Keepas, KeePass Password Safe (Portable) Password management Multi-platform, incl. Vista 64
Maxthon A great web browser 2K, XP, Vista
MemTest86 Test your memory for damage Any system
Miranda, Miranda IM (Portable) IM that supports AOL, MSN and Yahoo users. Win9x, NT, 2K, XP, Vista
OpenOffice, OpenOffice.org (Portable) An alternative to Microsoft Office -compatibility between equivalent  applications (2K – SP or higher) Multi-platform
Paint.NET Image and photo editing software with professional features XP(SP2), 2003, Vista (also, 64-bit support) – program requires Net Framework 2.0 minimum
PDFCreator PDF creation from within any Windows program 95, 98, NT, 2K, XP
Picasa Excellent digital image management & image retouching software Windows XP, Vista, Linux, Mac OS X
PhotoFiltre Perform image retouching – supports many filters
Pidgin, Pidgin (Portable) IM that supports many account types – clean interface Multi-platform
PortableApps.com (Check out my other article: PortableApps) Multi-platform
PuTTY, PuTTY (Portable) Client for SSH and Telnet 95, 98, ME, NT, 2000, XP, Vista
Sketchup An easy to master 3D architectural drawing program XP, Vista, Mac OS X
Sudoku (Portable) The highly addictive numbers game Multi-platform
Sunbird, Mozilla Sunbird, (Portable) Calendar and task management software Multi-platform
The GIMP, GIMP (Portable) Drawing tool packed with features (Photoshop equivalent) Multi-platform
Thunderbird, Mozilla Thunderbird (Portable) Popular email client Multi-platform
TrueCrypt Encrypted volume creation and access 2K, XP, Vista, Linux, Mac OS X
VirtualDub, VirtualDub (Portable) Video processing tool with a large number of features 95, 98, ME, NT4, 2000, XP
VLC, VLC Media Player (Portable) Compatible with many video formats & streaming protocols used as a unicast or multicast server to stream over IPv4 or 6 (earlier version available for Win9x), 2K, XP, XP, Vista, multi-platform
WireShark A comprehensive network protocol analyzer Multi-platform


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One Response to “Essential Software: The yeah, yeah.. heard it all before index.”

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