Software to install on new machine

Since I regularly change my computers I thought I’d keep a list of the must-have softs for any new machine. I’ll update it as needed

1. Secunia

To detect vulnerabilities and out-dated programs

2. Windirstats

To find space hogs on my low-capacity SSD drive

3. Cache Cleaner

To stay secure and keep my private data private

4. Imgburn

To burn CDs/DVDs

5. irfanview

To view graphic files

6. mp3tag

to handle my music collection tags, includes ability to automate renaming, retagging, cleaning hundreds of files at once

7. CopyTrans Manager

To get rid of itunes and still be able to synchronize music with ipods/iphones/ipads/i-things

8. Audacity

To work with audio files

9. Winamp

To get rid of itunes and still be able to listen/subscribe to podcasts

10. Calibre

To transfert ebooks to my Bookeen Orizon book reader

11. GPG4Win

To encrypt individual files and its companion product….

12. GPGShell

…because I don’t want to mess around with the command-line (and because Windows 64bits doesn’t support 32 bit Explorer shell extensions)

13. Rename

To quickly rename lots and lots of files very easily

14. Kolor Autopano Giga

Fantastic program that will scan folders for pictures and if it recognizes panorama-like shots it will stitch them together automagically. Previously had to rely on Canon’s Photostich but this was taking sooooo much time. Highly recommended.

15. Duplicate Files Finder

To find all the duped files. Very easy to use and super useful to delete a bunch of duplicates.

16. PDFSAM Split and Merge 

To combine several PDFs files without using Adobe Acrobat

17. ProcMon

A must-have for windows listing all the files/registry entries being launched by a particular process or software. This saved me countless number of times when trying to understand why a particular piece of software was not working as it should have.

18. Belvedere

To automate copying and moving of files downloaded or created from my scanner. You create rules based on the filenames and tells the program to autowatch a folder. Magic then happens…

19. ExtractNow

To automatically expand (and delete once done) multiple zip (or other archive format) files within a folder.

20. SRWare

The browser of choice with a focus on privacy protection… Based on Chromium and with lots of add-ins

21. Do not Track Plus

Add-on to prevent Web Sites from relaying information about my surfing

22. Ghostery

Add-on to see what information Web sites collect

23. Screamer-Radio

To record radio streams


One Response to Software to install on new machine

  1. […] mentionned here I use Belvedere to automate files operations. Recently I tried to add a new rule but the program […]

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