Legacy Freeware Software Thread [Updated 22/10/2016]

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Following the Free Software Archive Thread by @illage2, who didn't have the time to update his one, and attempting to resurrect our old post of free software and the ones on the blog, here is an extensive list of free software.

Update: We're now working on getting some of these in the Official Freebies Area

These are free as in beer, but may contain some open source programs. Trials are not permitted here. We want free software with no restrictions so feel free to report any that add limitations / upgrade nagging screens.

This list is primarily for Windows, but we'll indicate which platforms are which in the future. Feel free to respond to this thread if you'd like to find an alternative to something here and we'll see what we can do.


BIG WARNING TEXT: These programs are shown as untested, although recommended by users, we are not responsible if anything happens to your computer, or if the software is not compatible. You chose to install it, don't blame us!


AUDIO

Audio Editors
Ardour
Audacity - [ Review ]
Ecawave
Eisenkraut
ExpStudio Audio Editor
Free Audio Editor 2009
Jokosher
Music Editor Free
Power Sound Editor
Rosegarden
Sound Engine Free
Sweep
Traverso DAW
Wavepad Sound Editor
Wavesurfer
Wavosaur

Audio Players
1by1
AIC Audio Player
Alpha 2 Player
Ashampoo Media Player+
aTunes
Billy
CoolPlayer
CrystalWolf Audio Player
Evil Player
Exaile
Foobar2000 [ Review ]
Gom
Hamster Audio Player
iTunes - Recommended
jlGui
Jay Brain
Juke
Media Monkey
Mercury Audio Player
MP3CoolPlay-X
Mpxplay
MyPlayer
QuuxPlayer
Solid Player
SongBird
Spider Player
Suamp
TheAwsmPlayer
VLC Media Player
Voize
VUPlayer
Winamp - Recommended
Winyl
WV Player
wxMusik
Xion Audio Player
XMPlay
Zinf

Audio Producers
LMMS
Famitracker

Audio Recorders
Audacity
Audio Recorder for Free
Free Sound Recorder

Audio Streaming
Spotify


CD/DVD

CD/DVD Backup Tools
DVD Decrypter
DVDshrink

CD/DVD Burning Tools
[email protected] ISO Burner
Burn4free
Burnaware Free
CDBurnerXP [ Review ]
DVDFlick
ImgBurn
DeepBurner Free
InfraRecorder

CD/DVD Emulators
Daemon Tools Lite
MagicDisc
Virtual Clone Drive
WinCDEmu

CD/DVD Rippers
CDex
ExactAudioCopy


DESKTOP

Desktop Organisation Tools
Fences
SortItOut - (Shameless plug, created by Xen042 for me)
Vista & XP Virtual Desktop

Desktop Sidebars
Google Desktop
Desktop Sidebar
Thoosje's Sidebar

Desktop Launchers
RocketDock [ Review ]

Desktop Start Menu Tools
ViStart

Desktop Utilities
Zoom It

Desktop Widget Tools
Google Desktop
Yahoo Widgets
Klipfolio Personal Dashboard
Rainmeter

Desktop Window Enhancements
Matodate
Nimi Visuals
True Transparency
ViSplore
Y's Shadow

Virtual Desktop Tools
Dexpot


GRAPHICS

Graphics Editors
GIMP
Inkscape
Paint.net

Graphics Viewers
Faststone Image Viewer
Irfanview
Photoscape

Screenshot Tools
PickPick
Shotty
GreenShot
Puush
Light Screen


INTERNET

Download Managers
FlashGet
Orbit Downloader

Internet Messaging Clients
Adium
aMSN
Beenut
Digsby
Miranda IM
Pidgin
Trillian Astra

Mail Clients
GeeMail
Thunderbird

Peer-To-Peer Clients
BitChe
BitComet
BitTorrent
Cabos
Emule
Frostwire
Transmission
uTorrent
Vuze

Social Clients
Digsby
Twhirl
TweetDeck

Web Browsers
Avant
Blackbird
CometBird
Firefox
Flock
Google Chrome [ Review ]
K-Meleon
Maxthon
Opera
Safari
Seamonkey
Tor
Wyzo

Web Development
Coffee Cup (HTML editor)


OFFICE

Document Readers
Foxit PDF Reader
PDF-XChange Viewer

Office Packages
OpenOffice
Kingsoft Office


SECURITY

Adware/Spyware Removal
AdAware
HijackThis
Malwarebytes
SpyBot Search & Destroy
Spyware Terminator
SuperAntiSpyware
Threatfire

Antivirus
A-Squared Free
AVG Free
Antivir Classic
Avast! Home Edition
Comodo AV Free
Microsoft Security Essentials
Panda Cloud
PC Tools Free Antivirus

Firewall
Comodo Firewall
PC Tools Firewall
Outpost Firewall Free
ZoneAlarm Free Firewall

IP Blocker
PeerGuardian


SYSTEM

Defragment Tools
Auslogics Disk Defrag
Defraggler
JKDefrag
MyDefrag
Smart Defrag

Optimization Tools
Advanced SystemCare
Glary Utilities

Registry Cleaners
CCleaner
Eusing Free Registry Cleaner
TweakNow RegCleaner
Wise Registry Cleaner

Recovery Tools
Recuva [ Review ]
PhotoRec

Remote Access Tools
Teamviewer [ Review ]

Tweaking Tools
TweakNow PowerPack 2009
Windows XP Power Toys


VIDEO

Screen / Game Recorders
OBS
CamStudio
BandiCam

Video Editors
Blender (Can also be used for 3D modeling for games)
Avidemux
OpenShot

Media Players
VLC
WinAmp
iTunes
Media Player Classic
GOM Player


GAMING

Game Development
Game Maker Studio
Unity
UDK (UE3)



BONUS: OPERATING SYSTEMS

Damn Small Linux - [ http://damnsmalllinux.org/ ]
Ubuntu - [ http://www.ubuntu.com/ ]
Xubuntu - [ http://xubuntu.org/ ]
Kubuntu - [ http://www.kubuntu.org/ ]
Elementary OS - [ http://elementary.io/ ]
Steam OS - [ http://store.steampowered.com/steamos/ ]
Fedora - [ https://getfedora.org/ ]


Are we missing anything?

Please help out by posting links to freely available software below or report any dead links or updates so we can keep this list in check!
 
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Wow, I actually have had to retype quite a lot of this as I hit my 10,000 character limit!
 

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Web Browsers
FireFox - [ https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/all/ ]
Google Chrome - [ http://www.google.com/chrome/ ]
Opera - [ http://www.opera.com/ ]

Screen / Game Recorders
OBS - [ https://obsproject.com/ ]
CamStudio - [ http://camstudio.org/ ]
BandiCam - [ http://www.bandicam.com/downloads/ ] (Only allows ten mins per file)

Office Suites
KingSoft Office - [ http://www.kingsoftstore.com/ ]
OpenOffice - [ https://www.openoffice.org/ ]
LibreOffice - [ http://www.libreoffice.org ]

Video Editors
Blender - [ http://www.blender.org/ ] (Can also be used for 3D modeling for games)
Avidemux - [ http://sourceforge.net/projects/avidemux/ ]
OpenShot - [ http://www.openshot.org/ ]

Photo / Image Editing & Viewing
GIMP - [ http://www.gimp.org/ ]
Paint.Net - [ http://www.getpaint.net/ ]
IrFan View - [ http://www.irfanview.com/ ]

Coding
NotePad++ - [ http://notepad-plus-plus.org/ ]
PyCharm - [ https://www.jetbrains.com/pycharm/ ]
Atom - [ https://atom.io/ ]
Sublime Text - [ http://www.sublimetext.com/ ]


Media Players
VLC - [ http://www.videolan.org/vlc/index.en_GB.html ]
WinAmp - [ http://www.winamp.com/ ]
iTunes - [ http://www.apple.com/uk/itunes/download/ ]
Media Player Classic - [ http://mpc-hc.org/ ]
GOM Player - [ http://www.gomlab.com/eng/ ]

Docks
RocketDock - [ http://rocketdock.com/ ] (Hasn't been updated in years)
Nexus Dock - [ http://www.winstep.net/nexus.asp ]
XWindows Dock - [ http://xwdock.aqua-soft.org/ ]
Slider Dock - [ http://sliderdock.wikidot.com/start ]
Cricle Dock - [ http://sourceforge.net/projects/circledock/ ]

Desktop Customisation / Skinning
Rain Meter - [ http://rainmeter.net/ ]
CustoPack Tools - [ http://www.custopack.com/ ]

Operating Systems
Ubuntu - [ http://www.ubuntu.com/ ]
Xubuntu - [ http://xubuntu.org/ ]
Kubuntu - [ http://www.kubuntu.org/ ]
Elementary OS - [ http://elementary.io/ ]
Steam OS - [ http://store.steampowered.com/steamos/ ]
Fedora - [ https://getfedora.org/ ]

Antivirus / Security
Avast - [ https://www.avast.com/en-gb/index ]
AVG - [ http://free.avg.com/gb-en/homepage ]
Avira - [ http://www.avira.com/en/avira-free-antivirus ]
KeePass - [ http://keepass.info/ ]

File Archiving / Extracting
7ZIp - [ http://www.7-zip.org/ ]
PeaZip - [ http://peazip.sourceforge.net/ ]
 
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Web Browsers
FireFox - [ https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/all/ ]
Google Chrome - [ http://www.google.com/chrome/ ]
Opera - [ http://www.opera.com/ ]

Screen / Game Recorders
OBS - [ https://obsproject.com/ ]
CamStudio - [ http://camstudio.org/ ]
BandiCam - [ http://www.bandicam.com/downloads/ ] (Only allows ten mins per file)

Office Suites
KingSoft Office - [ http://www.kingsoftstore.com/ ]
OpenOffice - [ https://www.openoffice.org/ ]
LibreOffice - [ http://www.libreoffice.org ]

Video Editors
Blender - [ http://www.blender.org/ ] (Can also be used for 3D modeling for games)
Avidemux - [ http://sourceforge.net/projects/avidemux/ ]
OpenShot - [ http://www.openshot.org/ ]

Photo / Image Editing & Viewing
GIMP - [ http://www.gimp.org/ ]
Paint.Net - [ http://www.getpaint.net/ ]
IrFan View - [ http://www.irfanview.com/ ]

Coding
NotePad++ - [ http://notepad-plus-plus.org/ ]
PyCharm - [ https://www.jetbrains.com/pycharm/ ]
Atom - [ https://atom.io/ ]
Sublime Text - [ http://www.sublimetext.com/ ]


Media Players
VLC - [ http://www.videolan.org/vlc/index.en_GB.html ]
WinAmp - [ http://www.winamp.com/ ]
iTunes - [ http://www.apple.com/uk/itunes/download/ ]
Media Player Classic - [ http://mpc-hc.org/ ]
GOM Player - [ http://www.gomlab.com/eng/ ]

Docks
RocketDock - [ http://rocketdock.com/ ] (Hasn't been updated in years)
Nexus Dock - [ http://www.winstep.net/nexus.asp ]
XWindows Dock - [ http://xwdock.aqua-soft.org/ ]
Slider Dock - [ http://sliderdock.wikidot.com/start ]
Cricle Dock - [ http://sourceforge.net/projects/circledock/ ]

Desktop Customisation / Skinning
Rain Meter - [ http://rainmeter.net/ ]
CustoPack Tools - [ http://www.custopack.com/ ]

Operating Systems
Ubuntu - [ http://www.ubuntu.com/ ]
Xubuntu - [ http://xubuntu.org/ ]
Kubuntu - [ http://www.kubuntu.org/ ]
Elementary OS - [ http://elementary.io/ ]
Steam OS - [ http://store.steampowered.com/steamos/ ]
Fedora - [ https://getfedora.org/ ]

Antivirus / Security
Avast - [ https://www.avast.com/en-gb/index ]
AVG - [ http://free.avg.com/gb-en/homepage ]
Avira - [ http://www.avira.com/en/avira-free-antivirus ]
KeePass - [ http://keepass.info/ ]

File Archiving / Extracting
7ZIp - [ http://www.7-zip.org/ ]
PeaZip - [ http://peazip.sourceforge.net/ ]
Excellent list! Thanks :relaxed:
 
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This list looks so much more awesome now I've added favicons to links

Does increase the load time though
 

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Favicons are looking pretty cool.
Hasn't affected my loading times.
 

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Is it okay if I can make a Txti version of this for easier use? I feel it would be nice if we had a clean webpage to share our free software.

EDIT: or maybe a Google Doc will be better because people can suggest programs. Hm.
 
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Is it okay if I can make a Txti version of this for easier use? I feel it would be nice if we had a clean webpage to share our free software.

EDIT: or maybe a Google Doc will be better because people can suggest programs. Hm.
Yeah I think a google doc would be a better idea for this.
 
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Is it okay if I can make a Txti version of this for easier use? I feel it would be nice if we had a clean webpage to share our free software.

EDIT: or maybe a Google Doc will be better because people can suggest programs. Hm.
Having a seperate web page or a Google Doc takes away the uniqueness of the list to this community
 

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Having a seperate web page or a Google Doc takes away the uniqueness of the list to this community
That might be true, but at the same time I feel it would be nice to have users suggest apps in one single place. Plus, more than one authorized editor can edit it at a time. I dunno. I like having these kind of giant program lists on external websites, I guess.
 
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That might be true, but at the same time I feel it would be nice to have users suggest apps in one single place. I dunno. I like having these kind of giant program lists on external websites, I guess.
You could always have an external site that I could link in the original thread for easier reading, giving the option
 

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You could always have an external site that I could link in the original thread for easier reading, giving the option
I'd be completely fine with that. If people prefer to use the doc, then we could always move there instead. But for now, this is an okay solution.

EDIT #2: Eh, I feel that a Google Doc would be a bit redundant plus I feel that I would have too much control over a document that should be maintained by the community. So I've scrapped the doc idea for now.
 
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OMG YES - GIMP is literally bae. I have used it countless times over the years and never had an issue with functionality. It does freakin' everything and I love it to pieces :smiley:
 

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Screenshot Tools

Sharex

NOTE:
(Sharex can upload to imgur, among other sites/destinations, and can use your imgur account to upload to albums (I have a private screenshot album))


IRC Clients

Hexchat
 
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