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    Not to long ago I posted a query regarding the need to find a software based program to recieve and edit faxes and a compatible modem. Unfortunately, it did not garner any responses.

    Regardless, I did manage to solve my issue and I thought it would take the opportunity to post it here.

    If you ever require a voice/fax program, you should consider "VentaFax". The program lets you send and receive black-and-white or color faxes and turns your PC's fax modem into a versatile answering machine. it also supports Caller ID. If you are looking to go paperless, this is one way to do so. The program is also able to forward the files to an email address of your choice in order to "review" (as in the case of a fax) or "listen" to (in the case of a phone message). This comes in handy if you are away from your home or office and need to check for important faxes/calls.

    Since the fax is retained as an image file, you can easily edit it and either fax or email it to a recipient. Although most people email documents, alot of people still fax information since it is convenient.

    Admittedly I still have not found a compatible USB modem (rather than a internal modem since my computer lacks the necessary PCI port) that will allow me to use voice/answering machine portion of the software but hopefully I'll locate one in the near future.
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    Geek Uninstaller - The best uninstaller ever made.
    PeaZip - 7zip with a good interface
    Nitro Reader - I like it more than Foxit for reading PDFs
    Paint.NET - Best alternative to the regular paint
    Game Ranger - To play all the old PC games in multiplayer properly
    Clementine - Best music player
    Digsby - Best messenger program for windows, note that it's dead, and the incompatibilities are appearing
    Notepad2 - If you're not a programmer this is a much better option than Notepad++
    Kingsoft Office - For those that like me can't stand libreoffice
    Markdown Pad - For writing markdown text
    XP Codec Pac - All the Codecs
    Google Chrome - Still the best browser, though it's getting worse. The extension library is unbeatable.
    VirtualBox - For virtualization
    Process Explorer - The best task manager
    XBMC - Best media center
    Blender - 3D modeling
    WizTree - Best space analyzer
    This thread needs more... ENGINEERS

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    Long overdue for a bump!

    - Speccy: Ultimate system stats program. Lists and monitors everything on your system. https://www.ccleaner.com/speccy
    - QBittorrent: The best torrent program imo - free, open source + ad free. https://www.qbittorrent.org/
    - Simplewall: Superior firewall to the default Windows one - lives up to it's name. https://www.henrypp.org/product/simplewall
    - Youtube DL GUI: Download vids off Youtube in practically any format. Works on other sites as well, despite the name. https://mrs0m30n3.github.io/youtube-dl-gui/
    - Internet Off: Allows you to disable your internet connection with a simple key press. Handy. http://crystalrich.com/internetoff/
    - Simple IP Config: More powerful/faster way to change your IP settings, namely DNS, etc. https://github.com/KurtisLiggett/Simple-IP-Config
    - DisplayFusion: Adore this program. Allows you to customize your desktop to your liking, including on multiple monitors. Not free tho sadly. https://www.displayfusion.com/
    - WinEject: Eject/close your disc tray from the system tray area. https://wineject.com/
    - SuperF4: Alt+F4 doesn't work with every program, but this allows you to kill ANY program regardless. https://stefansundin.github.io/superf4/
    - ShareX: Fantastic alternative to "Print". Allows you to make screenshots with ease. https://getsharex.com/
    - Winaero Tweaker: Allows you to make adjustments to your Windows install. Super handy. https://winaero.com/comment.php?comment.news.1836
    - ClipDiary: The best clipboard program imo. http://clipdiary.com/
    - 7+ Taskbar Tweaker: Name says it all. Works on Windows 8 + 10 despite what the name implies. https://rammichael.com/7-taskbar-tweaker
    - Rainmeter: Add gadgets + skins to your desktop. https://www.rainmeter.net/
    - T-Clock: Clock supplement. Improves + allows you to fully customise the taskbar clock. https://github.com/White-Tiger/T-Clock
    - Volume2: Skinnable volume control. https://github.com/irzyxa/Volume2
    - Ear Trumpet: Advanced individual program volume control. https://github.com/File-New-Project/EarTrumpet/releases
    - Everything: Lightning fast "search". Powerful + accurate too. https://www.voidtools.com/
    - Winamp: Old, but gold, audio player. http://www.winamp.com/index.html
    - Foobr2000: Like Winamp, but still being updated. https://www.foobar2000.org/
    - PotPlayer - more modern alternative to VLC. https://potplayer.daum.net/
    - Kodi: What XBMC is today - the ultimate media centre program. https://kodi.tv/
    - XNConvert: Image conversion suite. https://www.xnview.com/en/xnconvert/
    - Fre:ac: Audio conversion suite. https://www.freac.org/
    - Fairstars CD Ripper: Best CD audio ripper. http://www.fairstars.com/cd_ripper/
    - CheatEngine: Action Replay for PC games, basically. https://www.cheatengine.org/
    - LaunchBox: Game launcher program. Limited free version available. https://www.launchbox-app.com/
    - Playnite: Open source alternative to LaunchBox. Completely free. https://playnite.link/
    - DS4Windows: Tricks Xbox controller only games to work with the DS4. http://ds4windows.com/
    - Borderless Gaming: Run PC games that only work in full screen, instead in borderless full screen. https://github.com/Codeusa/Borderless-Gaming/releases
    - C Display Ex: Comic book reader. http://www.cdisplayex.com/
    - Epub File Reader: E-book reader. http://www.epubfilereader.com/
    - Atlantis Nova: Best freeware word processor imo. https://www.atlantiswordprocessor.com/en/nova.htm
    - FasStone Image Viewer: Nice alternative to Irfraview. http://www.faststone.org/FSViewerDetail.htm

    Phew, that was a lot to go through.
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    Emacs modes:
    • org-mode Note-taking, to-do list, project planning
    • evil Provides Vim keybindings
    • dired File manager
    • mu4e Email client
    • ERC IRC client (will switch to it soon from irssi)
    • elfeed Feed reader
    • Mingus MPD client (see below)


    Everything else:
    • i3 Window manager
    • st Terminal emulator
    • tmux Terminal multiplexer
    • bash Shell
    • htop System monitor
    • Firefox ESR Web browser (used because I hate it the least)
    • KeePassX Password manager
    • feh Image viewer
    • mpv Media player
    • MPD Music player
    • The GIMP Image editor
    • QEMU For virtualisation

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Jackal View Post
    I thought this might be an okay idea for a thread; users post what programs they use, give links to that program and say why they like said program/s. Could be a good way to find out about programs you'd otherwise not know about.

    I'll start:

    Avidemux http://fixounet.free.fr/avidemux/ (Windows & Linux)
    Awesome light weight video editor. Allows you to easily merge movie files in seconds with no hassle. Also freeware.

    XBMC http://xbmc.org/ (Windows & Linux)
    Been using this ever since I got my first modded Xbox, now I'm running it on my desktop PC. The ultimate media centre app with tons of add-ons and features. Also freeware.

    VLC http://www.videolan.org/vlc/index.html (Windows and Linux)
    The best media player out there (excluding XBMC of course...). Plays nearly all files and can also be used to playback footage from your capture card. Also freeware.

    VirtualBox https://www.virtualbox.org/ (Windows and Linux)
    Allows you to install a full OS in a virtual shell. Is free and also supports Windows 8. What's not to like about that?

    GIMP http://www.gimp.org/ (Windows & Linux)
    I don't do much image editing, but when I do, I use GIMP. Free and easy to use, can't grumble with that.

    AnyDVD HD
    http://www.slysoft.com/en/anydvdhd.html (Windows only)
    If you import DVDs or Blu-Ray discs, you'll understand the annoyance of regional lockout. I tried to get around it myself with a firmware update for my drive, but no dice - it didn't work. This little baby though, fixed that. It scans the disc and bypasses the regional crap, allowing you to watch your movie. Program's not free, but still, it's essential for any movie fan.

    VirtualCloneDrive http://www.slysoft.com/en/virtual-clonedrive.html (Windows only)
    Allows you to mount an iso/image file to a virtual drive. You could use other programs that do the same job, but this one is free and is just as good.

    CrystalDiskInfo http://crystalmark.info/software/Cry...o/index-e.html (Windows only)
    Want absolute control of your HDD? Well this should do that. Also absolutely free.

    Audacity http://audacity.sourceforge.net/ (Windows and Linux)
    THE audio editor. Also freeware.

    DVD Shrink http://www.dvdshrink.org/ (Windows only)
    Allows you to rip your DVDs. Freeware.

    Handbrake http://handbrake.fr/ (Windows and Linux)
    Allows you to encode movie files to another format. Useful for ripping DVD movies into files, for say, watching in XBMC? Freeware.

    XPadder http://www.xpadder.com/ (Windows only)
    Allows you to map keyboard keys and mouse buttons to any controller button; useful for games with no or crap joypad support. You have to pay for it, but it's worth it.
    Don't quite agree with all those but some of those I do. For example, joytokey seems better than xpadder unless it glitches. Also prefer SMplayer over VLC. Good recommendations either way.


    Recommend for Windows x86 users:


    FFMpeg

    FFDshow (only way to use Dscaler's filters such as "old game de-interlacer" and "Tcomb" which are tried and true for 240p content and others from knowledgeable authors)

    Dscaler Filters

    AVIsynth

    VirtualDub (be careful to only use fast re-compress mode)

    Xvid (still arguably the best video codec. Very fast decoding with low system requirements (similar to mpeg2) but quality at higher bitrate almost the same as h264. Don't use built-in version of AVIDEMUX 2.6 and newer unless it has interlace option available or you don't care about interlacing.)

    MPC-HC (media player classic. Best performance on Windows. Can properly de-interlace xvid-divx interlaced video when wrongly encoded as progressive without avisynth.)

    SMplayer (similar advantages to MPC-HC)

    Exact Audio Copy

    Ruby Ripper

    Truman's CD tool

    VMware Player

    Winrar

    FreeArc

    FLAC

    Alcohol 120% (be careful dumping mixed mode audio/data cds to MDF-MDS and/or CCD-SUB. Both Alcohol 120% and CloneCD have unfixed bug which corrupts audio tracks and TOC. Mixed mode audio/data cds must be dumped in BIN/CUE mode, and there's still a two second offset bug which user must manually fix in resulting CUE file. Despite these problems, they work and they're the only programs to dump bad sectors and alcohol 120% supports the hardest security like latest securom CDs with DPM analysis)

    "TAR" and "XZ" (fastest settings still amazing compression. Works great when combining FLAC+ISO image)

    "PS3 ISO Patcher by BlackDaemon and 13xforever", "3k3y ISO Tools" and XDelta3 (saves lots of storage when dumping and archiving Playstation 3 discs. Can reverse filesystem patch and restore disc to original un-patched state with checksum too, using XDelta3.)

    Connectix Virtual Game Station (still the best for playing games IMO. Very high compatibility and full speed on a 266MHZ pentium. Only emulator that can play straight from CD and CD-drive without audio artifacts or cutouts.)

    Bleem! (very high compatibility when using safe mode software renderer and even faster sometimes vs Connectix Virtual
    Game Station. Also supports hardware 3D accelerators for enhanced definition and filtering beyond what the playstation games were intended.)

    EPSXE with eternal SPU lite and CDRMooby plugins (the only free software setup to reproduce Playstation sounds+reverb accurately on a Pentium 3 class machine without audio artifacts and cut-outs. Enhances definition and has 3d filters beyond original capacity; newer versions provide zbuffer and perspective correction hack which partially work on high end 64bit PCs. Also some of the best compatibility.)

    Zsnes

    Snes9x

    Connectix Virtual PC

    GenPlusGX from retroarch

    Genecyst

    dgvoodoo 2 (Solves big issues in addition to being a glide wrapper. Can also enable vsync for ddraw games which normally don't vsync. Still might have problems on some games ( like forcing bilinear filter on Street Fighter Aplha 2 causes corruption) but still in development and better than nothing.)

    CRU monitor utility (can make custom edid monitor file and screen modes. Only way to force custom refresh rates like 75hz 70hz and below 60hz on windows and helps linux users.)

    makemkv


    Recommend Windows 7 as newest Windows with VirtualPC2007. If using newer Windows you'll have to use third party virtualization software for compatibility since built-in hyper-visor isn't consistent and is heavily oriented towards networking.
    You'll also need dgvoodoo 2 to solve directdraw and other directx issues on windows 8 and newer due to the new desktop technology. Since when was Windows ever good since NT anyway?...
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    My must-haves:

    Winamp - Still by far the BEST music player. Fast, lightweight, easy to use. A must-have.

    WinCDEmu - A Free, Open-Source mounting tool. Great to use when you have ISOs of old software on your Windows computer. Runs like a charm.

    Pale Moon - Your browser, your way. A fork of Firefox that retains compatability with legacy add-ons and uses the Firefox user interface from 28 and before. I use it with great add-on themes like Moonscape, and apps like uBlock Origin, HTTPS Always, uMatrix, and the like. Very lightweight and very fast.

    Foxit Reader - As TmEE mentioned in this thread, a fast, easy, and free PDF reader. Closed source unfortunately, but much much better than Adobe.

    HexChat - An Open-Source and easily useable IRC Client.

    KeePass - A password storage program that encrypts all of your passwords, as well as generates passwords for you, and stores them locally on your computer. Also has add-ons for Chrome and Firefox that automatically fills in your password. A easy way to keep a lot of passwords and not forget them, and generate strong enough ones so that your accounts won't get brute force hacked into.

    WinAero Tweaker - A Second to the program Jackal mentioned...this program gives little fixes to everything Windows 10 has managed to muck up, including restoring old Windows settings and removing things that you don't like from Windows. A must have if you're going to use Windows 10 every day.

    Classic Start - An open-source, highly customizable start menu that reclaims the original Windows look pre Windows 8.

    DOSBOX - An Operating System in a shell. Allows you to easily run DOS programs as if you were running DOS on a real computer. Files can be easily accessed by the emulator from Windows. Cool to tinker around with, now that Microsoft has released Word 5.5 free for anyone to have, or if you want to run old DOS games.

    MEDNAFEN - An all-in-one emulator that is by far the best Sega Saturn and PS1 emulator that I have used. No GUI, which makes the learning curve for the program a bit steeper to use, but it is well worth it. Can run about 15 different systems, including Genesis, Sega CD, 32x, Master System, Game Gear, Game Boy, Neo Geo, SNES, NES, Saturn, PS1, VirtualBoy, and PC Engine/Turbografx-16 and CD.

    7-Zip - Blows WinRAR out of the water.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Baloo View Post
    7-Zip - Blows WinRAR out of the water.
    RAR has had better compression than 7z for a few years now (and also, much faster too).

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    Quote Originally Posted by zyrobs View Post
    RAR has had better compression than 7z for a few years now (and also, much faster too).
    Are you sure? plus rar is proprietary
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    Quote Originally Posted by chilled View Post
    Are you sure? plus rar is proprietary
    Yeah, they introduced a new compression a few years back, version 5. From what I recall, it had a little bit better compression than 7z, while being significantly faster. It also bumped up the encryption and dictionary support.

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    Well no, man, it's right in their front page:
    https://www.7-zip.org/
    and this is comparing with rar5. Rar is way faster, though. I notice the difference when compressing a lot of roms for backup purposes as it saves a lot of MBs. Dictionary size is the key, but not only. Using ultra + custom settings provides a compression which can be double than a regular .zip, and better than rar4 or rar5. Is this age of powerful cpus, who care how much compression will take, as it will be a few minutes at most?
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    Quote Originally Posted by chilled View Post
    Well no, man, it's right in their front page:
    https://www.7-zip.org/
    and this is comparing with rar5. Rar is way faster, though. I notice the difference when compressing a lot of roms for backup purposes as it saves a lot of MBs. Dictionary size is the key, but not only. Using ultra + custom settings provides a compression which can be double than a regular .zip, and better than rar4 or rar5. Is this age of powerful cpus, who care how much compression will take, as it will be a few minutes at most?
    A comparison on the 7z site will of course show 7z as the better archiver. Likewise one posted on the RAR site would should RAR better.
    In fact it is largely dependent on what kind of data you compress, for cd isos with a lot of audio, RAR4 ends up significantly better than both RAR5 and 7z, even beating some lossless audio codecs...

    If you think compression time always "will be a few minutes at most", and that compression size is all that matters, then clearly you have never worked with large data sets.

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    well yes I'm not a professional user that's for sure... but I have been compressing lots of files for a long time now. I entirely agree on the fact that the kind of data is what matters most. Still, I like that 7z lets you choose advanced settings when compressing, like largest solid block, etc etc. and winrar is, well, not free, in both meanings of the word. Any desktop i3 compresses quite fast nowadays imho, even on 7z ultra ++ settings... if you have lots of ram that is (I have 16gb but 32 or 64 would be even better for some operations...)
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    More Windows x86 programs:



    Magic Engine (full speed PCEngine emulator in D.O.S. on Pentium MMX class PC with older version. CD support and Windows NT support on newer versions. Probably around 98% compatible or more. Supports Mac OS.)

    Magic Engine FX (don't know much about it, but probably the best one for PC-FX games and content).

    Mencoder (only way to transcode hauppauge HM12 to other formats)

    PicoDrive (Good 32X-CD support)

    Meka (One of the best Sega 8-bit emulators while supporting couple others. Supports 3D glasses and lots of other stuff while being free with very high compatibility. Fast enough and works on Linux and Windows; older versions on D.O.S.)

    GiriGiri aka Cassini (only Sega Saturn emulator to work full speed on a Pentium 3 class machine and plays quite a few catalogued games)

    SSF (good compatibility Sega Saturn emulator but requires at least a 3+ghz Pentium 4. Unfortunately Sega Saturn emulation is poor in existence.)

    Mednafen (probably the most accurate Sega-Saturn and Playstation emulator in existence. Supports many other consoles with similar accuracy. It's free too. If you have a fast 64-bit machine it might be worth using, but it's really slow and might require more electricity than the real thing.)

    Kawaks (reasonably fast and probably the best compatibility for CPS1/2 and NEO-GEO)

    Fly 2000 TV with saa713x capture hardware (Ironic Russian program you can't be without. Ironic because it has major problems while solving major problems; and it's a major problem to not have the solved problems. Can disable AGC so video game capture doesn't corrupt without frame drop. Unfortunately user must disable audio capture while setting master stream to "none" or "video" without locking audio clock to field rate, or resulting video framerate will be corrupt with falce decimation and/or skipped frames which aren't logged. Worse yet, there's no option to output detailed log to text file nor does it keep track of what time frame drop occurred. Muxing doesn't work well and usually results in frame drops. It's also missing user adjustable buffer underrun protection so program relies entirely on Windows write buffering. Despite these issues it's worth having and there are workarounds (capture audio in Audacity or similar and mux later, and use autoscreengrab program to log capture)).
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    Screenpresso - excellent screenshot and video recorder

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