Something Free For Everybody(Technical Stuff)


A couple of GIMP plugins which provide not-too-bad alternatives to a couple of Photoshop plugins if you can’t afford Photoshop:

Texturizer for those longing to use imageSynth (also available through Synaptic for Ubuntu users, others may want to check their install sources).

NormalMap for those missing the features of nVidia’s version.


thanks a lot for your time!


wow, greatest thread I’ve ever found. Thank you


I recommend The KMPlayer - KMP in short - as a default video player. It has long since replaced VLC for me. Opens more formats, is very flexible, and for those so inclined, pretty skinnable. It supports Winamp plugins. Doesn’t register its codecs with the system, hence no interference. You can customize the filters (like an external codec…etc) to be applied.


CrapCleaner is my app of choice

great for clearing out my startup list, fixing some issues, uninstalling, clearing out the recent files and stuff before the missus comes round. Free, Fast and very efficeint. Yuo can even set it to delete things just the once or NSA style (7 times) or even more (like 89 times) for ultimate security that things you delete are really gone.


Love this thread, bookmarked it !
Thnx a lot !!


Need to access Mac-formatted disks in Windows environment, but don’t want to pay for applications like Macdrive? Try Eric Larssen’s HFSExplorer. Supports HFS (Mac OS Standard), HFS+ (Mac OS Extended) and HFSX (Mac OS Extended with case sensitive file names) file systems. Works like a charm.


Thanks a lot Sephirothv7. Very helpful links.


Works great and its free! Not a free nerfed version either

Microsoft Security Essentials


Thanks for taking your time to compile and update this list Sephirothv7! It’s very neat and handy with all the classifications been done up. :slight_smile:

I'm using KMP too and it's the only media player on my desktop now. It's free and light-weight. FYI, KMP was actually developed by a Korea company.

By the way, Storm Codec Player is pretty good as well.:)


Nice thread!
Anyone know of an image viewer (preferably lightweight and free) that will show CMYK files with their correct colours like the Adobe applications do?
Actually, apart from Bridge which is not an option, I have yet to find any image viewer that recognizes CMYK colourspace. Not Acdsee, Irfan or Directory Opus that is supposed to have a CMYK viewer plugin…


I’m not in the office to test it but maybe Xnview will do it for you . . .


Dont think these are mentioned yet, but i work on several computers during the day (work computer, laptop, another desktop, etc) and wanted an easy way to synchronize all my folders. What I did was carry a USB key, and installed Windows SyncToy on all the computers.

So I plug in the USB key, run SyncToy and start the sync task.

Another thing I use is Cobian backup, which is self explanatory. Have an external hard drive, run Cobian and make an exact copy of your current Windows files and folders. So if ever the worse happens to your computer, you can always restore your files onto a new hard drive, and return to working as if nothing happened.


Gotta add Programmer’s Notepad.


Thanks you very much :beer:


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