Programs you can't do without...

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Programs you can't do without...

We all have programs that most people never heard of but are indespinsible to each of us. Here are a few of mine, how about yours?..

Thumber www.tawbaware.com This little program sucks pictures off my camera and puts them in a directory I specify. I have it move my pics to my picture directory with today's date. Then it will rename them from the cryptic DC100-3514 to whatever I want using the pic's exif info or whatever criteria I give it. For example, I can have it rename them year, month, day and time so have a pic named 2008, 11 05 1927.jpg or have it name them by shutter speed, aperture, zoom and so on. It also makes an instant thumbnail web page with clickable links to the full size pictures, all I have to do is upload the directory it creates. It does lots more like lossless rotating but that's just the highlights.

Clipmate www.thornsoft.com/ It's like your clipboard on steroids. I store hundreds of copies and can pick and choose what I want to paste. It lets you copy a bunch of items then walk up or down them, pasting each in order. You'll just have to try it to see what I mean. I can't do without it. I keep my CC number in it so when I need it all I have to do is highlight it and paste.

Faststone capture www.faststone.org/ It supercharges PrtScn and gives me lots of options and has it's own image editor.

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Oh, yeah. Xara's alive and

Oh, yeah. Xara's alive and well and getting better all the time. Can use it to do simple Flash animations, too, and output vector drawings to animate with Flash... That's why I originally bought it. But in terms of sheer value and the joy of having something where it's easy to learn new techniques... Awesome. And cheap. I still do their monthly tutorials once in a while just for grins, to learn even more cool tricks...

I mostly use torrents for fetching fansubbed anime. My daughter and I are both big anime buffs. My ISP has recently instituted an XXX Gb/month limit on downloads. (It's high - maybe 300 Gb/mo.)

Yeah, I only use IE for testing, or if I need two browsers open at the same time. Quite happy with Firefox.

Oh, and new kewl-tool - Amazon now has a "Universal Wish List", so wherever you're shopping/browsing across the net, you can add the item to your central Amazon wish list (it's a button that gets added to the Firefox toolbar). Very nice! Especially for stuff like seed and hydroponic gear shopping!

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Xara, one of my all time

Xara, one of my all time favorite programs. I've been a Corel Draw freak since v1.0 (don't buy even numbered versions, they suck for some reason). Xara made CD and Adobe look so bad that Corel bought it and promptly tried to kill it. It cane from the UK, Peat and was wonderful - small and powerful for vector graphics. I had no idea it was still around. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!

I used to be a big torrent user (Napster in the good ol' days) and still use Azureus now and then but I'm mostly a newsgroup person. I hate the time it takes to get a torrent when I can D/L files at 8gbs from a newsgroup. I use an old version of NewsBin Pro www.newsbin.com/ but have cut way back. One month I D/L'd almost 500gb and got a nasty letter from my ISP. 350 movies are more than plenty and we'll never watch 90% of them.

I'll have to look for a refresh plugin for FireFox, I won't touch IE with a 12 ft. pole.

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Ooh, cool topic. That

Ooh, cool topic. That Clipmate sounds helpful - I'm constantly juggling 2-3 things that I'm copy-pasting... Doing all the copies in order, then all the pastes in order, would be a real speedup... Having decent digital camera filenames would also be novel.

I use µtorrent.

Fave graphics program for photos: Google Picasa. It's easy, and I like their "fill light", and all the photo albums I've done this year have only used 1/4 of the free Gb online storage. They'll probably up the free amount long before I reach 1 Gb. And it works on my OSX Leopard MacBook as well as the Windows desktop system.

...for bitmaps: ImageReady 1.0. (Very old version I like better than the recent ones.)

...for vector drawing and anything else: Xara Xtreme. Wonderfully learnable, unlike all those other programs... And fast and powerful. Have a graphics tablet for doing vector drawing (manga) as well.

BeyondCompare : file/directory comparator.

Pandora.com - free online roll-your-own radio station, learns your tastes. (But usually listen to my own MP3 stable.)

Oh, and favorite desktop time-killing games: Zuma and Peggle.

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