01-19-2012 01:12 PM - edited 03-22-2012 12:13 AM
I would like to open this thread regarding customization and how we get the best out of our computers for everyday use.
What themes for windows 7 do you use? What programs? Wallpapers? Can we share with each other opinions and suggestions?
I can start with some of my favorite programs, the first programs I install after installing windows:
Antivirus: AVIRA, free. IMO the best free antivirus. Light and very efficient. I feel very protected with it!
Video player: VLC. Plays almost every video codec and uses very well the resources of my x120e. First thing I do after installing VLC I go to: Tools/Preferences, than Input and codecs, and tick use GPU acceleration. This enable the capabilities of my laptop to play smoothly 1080p videos.
Audio player: iTunes. A bit heavy, but very good in organizing and playing my collection.
Dj Mix software: Mixxx. Free software, and works beautifully with a lot of controllers and possibilities. Mix like a pro
Internet browser: Google chrome. Light and fast. I prefer it more than firefox because it is light on the cpu and the fan is never overloaded.
Dock bar: Rocket dock. Very happy with it. It is fast, light and beautiful. Very handy to fast open your software.
Windows Explorer replacement: Total Commander. A powerful utility, two side browser, and a lot of integrated utilities.
Picture viewer: Picasa (from Google). Interesting way of managing photo albums. And attractive way of displaying photos.
Photo slides: Photo story. I fell in love with this software from windows since I installed for the first time windows XP. Now it works in windows 7 too. A very elegant way of preparing slideshows for fun or work.
This is only a small list, just to start. I intend update it little by little. If you would like, share something with us. We can make our experience with our TP more fascinating
Thanks to anyone
Torrent: µTorrent (micro torrent). It's really tiny, but does the work beautifully. Anyone should have this.
Codecs: k-lite_codec_pack. To make sure your windows 7 will play every kind of audio or video files you can install .
Tag editor: Tag&rename. To manage all your audio files, rename albums, add cover art to your songs you can use this program. Very powerful software, with a lot of tools to easily edit audio tags of your collection.
Audio player (2): Media monkey. Fast and full featured. You can browse your computer in a tree view, and play your files.
Picture viewer and light editing: FastStone Image Viewer. Very very fast and light.
Video player (2): KMPlayer. Highly customizable, plays a lot of video and audio format as well. Light on resources.
Office Suite: LibreOffice. A MS office replacement. A very good one... and it's Libre
MP3 Tag editor (free): Mp3tag. Mp3tag is a powerful and yet easy-to-use tool to edit metadata of common audio formats where it supports ID3v1, ID3v2.3, ID3v2.4, iTunes MP4, WMA, Vorbis Comments and APE Tags.
01-22-2012 01:04 AM
I like using Autohotkey for automation tasks on my ThinkPads.
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01-22-2012 06:39 AM
Antivirus: Microsoft Security Essentials,Eset
Video player: VLC
Audio player: WMP player for windows and Banshee in Linux
Dj Mix software: Aaudacity
Internet browser: Google chrome
Dock bar: Cairo dock in Linux
Windows Explorer replacement: None
Picture viewer: Picassa ,Fspot in Linux
Photo slides: None
01-22-2012 10:35 AM
Antivirus: ESET / Symantec
Video / Audio Player: Windows Media Player
Internet Browser: Google Chrome (Firefox for video downloading, flashgot as addon. IE for compatibility)
Torrent: utorrent (same as yours, abvasili)
Codec Pack: Combined Community Codec Pack
Cleanup Tool: CCleaner (free and solid)
Defrag: PerfectDisk (solid performer, does great job)
Others: Paragon Alignment Tools (for XP or older OS), Windows Vista auto-align partition for optimal performance
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01-22-2012 01:43 PM - edited 01-22-2012 01:45 PM
Video Player: DIVX > Best picture and sound on my system.
Both offline and in my browser.
Blows away Adobe flash.
01-22-2012 11:21 PM
03-21-2012 08:20 AM
Update number two. See the first post.
Have a great day.
03-22-2012 12:15 AM
Hi, Update three.
Now all the software names have their own link where you can read for more information and download.