Big and Powerful but Free



  • My contribution will not suit perfectly here because it is small but powerful and free. For playing Webradio as e.g. carefully collected by our member @Ryszard I recommend XMPlay (Win). The little program has everything one needs with a light footprint.

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    "XMPlay is an audio player, supporting the OGG / MP3 / MP2 / MP1 / WMA / AAC / MP4 / WAV / AIFF / CDA / MO3 / IT / XM / S3M / MTM / MOD / UMX audio formats, PLS / M3U / ASX / WAX / CUE playlists, and ZIP archives. A load more audio and archive file formats are also supported via plugins."

    Source: XMPlay



  • Sumatra PDF is a free PDF, eBook (ePub, Mobi), XPS, DjVu, CHM, Comic Book (CBZ and CBR) reader for Windows.
    Sumatra PDF is powerful, small, portable and starts up very fast.
    Simplicity of the user interface has a high priority.

    Source: Sumatra PDF
    Source: Sumatra PDF



  • @kahukura It also has an ASIO plugin so you can play audio out of your pro audio interface.


  • Moderator

    Nice Topic!

    Win
    Launchy: App Launcher.
    Light and fast App Launcher.
    Just Alt+Space.

    PangoBright: Bright regulation.
    To use under the lowest or for Live Win PE.

    ClipX: Clipboard manager.
    Light and customizable, even with Stickies.

    All they are free and works fine on a Portable environment.


  • Vivaldi Translator

    Pretty much most of the software posted in this thread fails to meet some of the criteria.
    Free and useful seems to be a more suitable title, but then why not use the rest of the software section ?

    My contribution based on the original title is Hitfilm Express
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    "Free video editing software with VFX and all the power you need to make something awesome. Take your first step towards becoming a pro filmmaker with HitFilm Express. Perfect for beginners, film students, gamers, YouTubers, or those working on a budget.


  • Moderator

    Irfanview just released v4.54. And only now, many, many years later, does it properly support multiple "undo" steps. party Proof that even the best software takes time to fully mature.


  • Ambassador

    In Windows there are many services, which we do not need and that can significantly slow down the system, especially on PCs with few resources.
    In Windows 10 there are also some functions that can put our privacy in doubt.
    Hellzerg allows us to deactivate them, not only from the list of services, but also from the registry, to clean the unnecessary files of the system, remove startup programs, Windows Telemetry and speed up the network, safely and intuitively.
    Windows 7-10, 32-64 bits, OpenSource, GPL 3.0 https://github.com/hellzerg/optimizer/releases




  • @Catweazle Your screenshot shows version 3.8, but the current version is 4.9.

    P.S. Note that the download is not an installer, but the program executable. I moved it to my Utilities folder.


  • Ambassador

    @Pesala, yes, but the UI is practically the same, that's why I used the images of the page.


  • Vivaldi Translator

    I see nobody took the hint.
    This is a thread for BIG but powerful, and there is a different thread for small but powerful.

    A minor issue currently maybe, but think ahead as the thread ends up with more and more things in it, and makes the thread title become misleading.
    eg. I use Irfanview because it is not big, so why would I look in this thread for it or something like it ?

    If we continue, can I please request a thread name change to just "Free and Powerful"


  • Ambassador

    @Dr-Flay said in Big and Powerful but Free:

    I see nobody took the hint.
    This is a thread for BIG but powerful, and there is a different thread for small but powerful.

    A minor issue currently maybe, but think ahead as the thread ends up with more and more things in it, and makes the thread title become misleading.
    eg. I use Irfanview because it is not big, so why would I look in this thread for it or something like it ?

    If we continue, can I please request a thread name change to just "Free and Powerful"

    " Big" can also refer to functionality or utility, not just the size in bytes.
    But yes, the title can lead to a misunderstanding. Anyway, the utilities presented in this thread do not stand out for a significant size.


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  • Vivaldi Translator

    @Catweazle Yes I understand that, but that is covered by the word powerful being in the sentence.
    You are proposing that all we need is the word big and no context.
    In which case the thread is for any software no matter how big.
    Thus the only important word is actually powerful, not big.
    Powerful being accurate without extra context, and big being somewhat misleading because it needs extra context.


  • Ambassador

    @Dr-Flay , I already said that the title is certainly ambiguous, although big (great) and powerfull are not synonymous, not all great apps are because they are especially powerful, they can supply for example a simple but practical function.

    But yes, perhaps it is convenient to change the title, although after so many posts so far, no one has noticed this detail.

    Maybe some mod have compassion


  • Ambassador

    In Windows there are endless possibilities to configure it to our preferences, but many of them hidden and only accessible by looking through many menus and submenus.
    That is why I have thought of adding to this thread a Windows function, that perhaps not everyone knows and is easy to activate, the so-called God Mode, which offers us all the possible functions and configurations of Windows in an ordered list in a file, where it is much easier to find the configuration we were looking for.
    To activate it, just create a folder on the desktop or in any directory where we want and call it

    GodMode. {ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}

    (You can give any other name, if you don't like GodMode, for example JediHack, GeekMode, etc., but you can't change the code in the brackets)

    Having done this, we observe how the folder changes the icon, similar to one of the control panel and when we click on it, we see this list mentioned.
    Works from Windows 7 to 10


  • Ambassador

    If we are already in the hidden functions of Windows, we can also mention another, a small editor, which allows us to edit our own typography and add it to existing Windows fonts.
    Just write eudcedit in the Search field of the Start menu.

    Select the code for the letter

    Design the letter


  • Ambassador

    Raise your hand who knew that Windows 10 has a multi clipboard (Winkey + V) 😏



  • @Catweazle Raised my thumb 😉


  • Moderator

    @Catweazle said in Big and Powerful but Free:

    Windows 10 has a multi clipboard (Winkey + V)

    I do not use it as this Windows 10 feature is violating my privacy and security in office.


  • Ambassador

    In an office any multi clipboard is a security breach, but not for an individual whose PC does not leave home, same as the function of multiple virtual desktops that includes Windows 10 by default at last (Linux always had this function).


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