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Your favorite free software?

Posted: Wed Mar 08, 2017 3:56 am
by Neuro
There are tons of programs, but what's your favorite tried and tested freeware in any category?

I've had great use of similar OT threads elsewhere, so surely some nuggets will come up here too.

Re: Your favorite free software?

Posted: Wed Mar 08, 2017 5:59 am
by Magnus Johansson
Debian GNU/Linux, KDE, LibreOffice, VLC, Okular, Linphone, QSynth, VMPK, K3b, GIMP, Gwenview, Kruler, Firefox and Wine.

Re: Your favorite free software?

Posted: Wed Mar 08, 2017 4:30 pm
by Neuro
Cheers, some interesting stuff there. Okular I will check out more.

Do you find LibreOffice better than OpenOffice or not tried the latter?

Re: Your favorite free software?

Posted: Thu Mar 09, 2017 12:53 am
by Magnus Johansson
Neuro wrote:Cheers, some interesting stuff there. Okular I will check out more.

Do you find LibreOffice better than OpenOffice or not tried the latter?

I used it a lot. I was actually translation coordinator for the Swedish version of OpenOffice.org. When Oracle bought Sun Microsystems and LibreOffice forked from OpenOffice I switched to LibreOffice. As you can see from my previous post I prefer free and open source software. What free software do you use and like?

Re: Your favorite free software?

Posted: Thu Mar 09, 2017 6:57 am
by Neuro
I thought OpenOffice was open source too? Agree open-source is the best, but not a requirement per se.

One thing I found through threads similar to this is PotPlayer, a very nice, quick and customizable media player. My own recent discovery is CintaNotes. Quite nice to just press Ctrl-F12 on any text anywhere, and it's there as a note in the quick-to-access system tray program. Then like you, I also use Firefox. Other regular stuff: FreeCommander, Thunderbird, EditPadLite, IrfanView, Quick Acess Popup, ClipJump, AutoHotKey (for custom shortcuts), Foobar, Locate32, KeePass, SystemExplorer.

Re: Your favorite free software?

Posted: Thu Mar 09, 2017 8:33 am
by Magnus Johansson
Neuro wrote:I thought OpenOffice was open source too?

Yes, but there were some disagreement on how open it would stay so that is why LibreOffice was created.

Neuro wrote:One thing I found through threads similar to this is PotPlayer, a very nice, quick and customizable media player. My own recent discovery is CintaNotes. Quite nice to just press Ctrl-F12 on any text anywhere, and it's there as a note in the quick-to-access system tray program. Then like you, I also use Firefox. Other regular stuff: FreeCommander, Thunderbird, EditPadLite, IrfanView, Quick Acess Popup, ClipJump, AutoHotKey (for custom shortcuts), Foobar, Locate32, KeePass, SystemExplorer.

Thanks for the tips! What operating system do you use?

Re: Your favorite free software?

Posted: Thu Mar 09, 2017 9:45 am
by Neuro
Still on Win 7 (64) me.

Re: Your favorite free software?

Posted: Fri Mar 10, 2017 4:47 am
by skiffrace
Free sofware <> open source software.
Free software and open source software are intersecting sets.
There is a lot of free software that is not open source (ex. much of Google for personal use), and some open source software that is not free (ex. Jboss)
The reason for the latter is that people sometimes are willing to pay for the software builds and maintenance, even though they could do it themselves.
Since we are talking about free software, for me it's much of Google.
With Google Chrome/Translate, I can read (and even speak a little in 100 different languages.
With Google Maps/Street View, I can hike the trail to Machu Picchu without leaving my sofa.
https://tinyurl.com/j98zfzo
"Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic."
Arthur C. Clarke

Re: Your favorite free software?

Posted: Fri Mar 10, 2017 12:23 pm
by Neuro
Indeed, using Google's Gmail via a normal email program and POP / IMAP is fantastic. Google Maps, Drive etc etc like you say.

By the way, way cool to check out Machu Picchu like that. Didn't know they mapped sites now.

Re: Your favorite free software?

Posted: Sat Mar 11, 2017 3:20 am
by Magnus Johansson
I avoid software and services from Google, also known as The Grandmaster of Censorship. The company is notorious for its manipulation of internet searches and statistics and its enormous database with information on its users. Google is also an important member of the Bilderberg group. The kind of secrecy such a membership requires is -- borrowing the words of John F Kennedy -- "repugnant in a free and open society".

Re: Your favorite free software?

Posted: Tue Mar 14, 2017 2:53 pm
by Neuro
The Google tracking, reading of emails etc is really overstepping, but I'm already too entrenched now and Google maps too good to boycott but I believe it's anyway revealed we're all basically spied upon no matter what we do.

Re: Your favorite free software?

Posted: Wed Mar 15, 2017 1:30 am
by Magnus Johansson
Neuro wrote:The Google tracking, reading of emails etc is really overstepping, but I'm already too entrenched now and Google maps too good to boycott but I believe it's anyway revealed we're all basically spied upon no matter what we do.

I believe you can switch to a safer e-mail provider; there are a lot of them. Using a Virtual Private Network (VPN) is another good way to make it harder for the crazy cabal running this world to spy on you.

Re: Your favorite free software?

Posted: Thu Mar 16, 2017 11:38 am
by Neuro
I can add Xtreme Download Manager, quite useful to download videos from most sites, even Youtube. Works well.

Any others care to share their favs?

Re: Your favorite free software?

Posted: Wed Dec 06, 2017 2:38 pm
by Neuro
Finally found a good free program to easily fill out those pesky PDF forms:

PDFill PDF Editor https://www.pdfill.com/free_pdf_editor.html

Re: Your favorite free software?

Posted: Thu Dec 07, 2017 3:16 am
by Magnus Johansson
Neuro wrote:Finally found a good free program to easily fill out those pesky PDF forms:

PDFill PDF Editor https://www.pdfill.com/free_pdf_editor.html

Thanks for the tip! I use Master PDF Editor: https://code-industry.net/masterpdfeditor/