Software: All U Need “Windows”
I will present here the most essential software that you need inside your computer. They are all free of charge, either genuine freeware or opensource. I thought it would be good to offer some really good software to our readers here on The Awakezone. The first program I always install after a format if I’m using useless Windows, is Multi Commander.
Multi Commander is a multi-tabbed file manager that is an alternative to the standard Windows Explorer which is practically useless. After all these years Microsoft hasn’t of yet produced a file manager worth the name. Multi Commander uses the very popular and efficient dual-panel layout. Multi Commander has everything you need in your daily works with files to make your work fast and efficient.
It has all the standard features like a file manager has like copy, move, rename, view. But Multi Commanders big strength is the special features that allow you to do advanced task with ease. Like Auto-unpacking , Auto-sorting , Browse inside archives, registry and FTP, Search for file, View files and pictures and the Scripting support let you automate many task. And it allows you to do everything from the keyboard using shortcut so you can work fast and efficient.
I use Comodo Ice Dragon as my default browser. Its secure and extremely fast. Its Mozilla based same as Firefox, Waterfox etc. Ice Dragon is also a versatile Internet browser, based on Mozilla Firefox which features several security fixes, performance and feature enhancements over the core build. Fully compatible with Firefox plug-ins and extensions, Ice Dragon combines the freedom and functionality of Firefox with the unparalleled security and privacy of Comodo. This is the best browser on the market today.
FastStone Image Viewer
This is the best viewer for images of all kind. It’s an image browser, converter and editor that supports all major graphic formats including BMP, JPEG, JPEG 2000, GIF, PNG, PCX, TIFF, WMF, ICO, TGA and camera raw files. It has a nice array of features such as image viewing, management, comparison, red-eye removal, emailing, resizing, cropping, color adjustments, musical slideshow and much more. Superb!
If you need to edit images this is the tool to use. Forget about Photoshop which is slow and expensive. PhotoFiltre 7 is a complete image retouching program. It allows you to do simple or advanced adjustments to an image and apply a vast range of filters on it. It is simple and intuitive to use, and has an easy learning curve. The toolbar, giving you access to the standard filters with just a few clicks, gives PhotoFiltre 7 a robust look. PhotoFiltre 7 also has layer manager (with Alpha channel), advanced brushes, batch module and lot of other powerful tools. Photofiltre works very well together with FastStone Image Viewer. You can even make FastStone Image viewer start Photofiltre from its GUI.
The most stable media player you’ll ever going to use. Say goodbye to hang ups or that certain streams wont play. SMplayer can play them all. SMplayer is a free media player for Windows and Linux with built-in codecs that can play virtually all video and audio formats. It doesn’t need any external codecs. Just install SMplayer and you’ll be able to play all formats without the hassle to find and install codec packs.
One of the most interesting features of SMplayer: it remembers the settings of all files you play. So you start to watch a movie but you have to leave… don’t worry, when you open that movie again it will be resumed at the same point you left it, and with the same settings: audio track, subtitles, volume..
SMplayer is a graphical user interface (GUI) for the award-winning SMplayer, which is capable of playing almost all known video and audio formats. But apart from providing access for the most common and useful options of SMplayer, SMplayer adds other interesting features like the possibility to play Youtube videos or download subtitles.
If you want a burning software that is free from “Open Candy” for example? This is it. Totally free and burns everything when you need it. BurnAware is a family of full-featured and free burning software to create CD, DVD and Blu-ray discs of all types. Home users can easily burn bootable discs, multisession discs, high-quality audio CDs and video DVDs, make, copy and burn disc images. Power users will benefit from BurnAware’s advanced options, including control of boot settings, UDF partition and versions, ISO levels and restrictions, session selection, CD text for tracks and discs, data recovering, disc spanning and direct copying.
LibreOffice is a powerful office suite and far better than the bloated slow Open Office from Apache. LibreOffice with its clean interface and feature-rich tools help you unleash your creativity and enhance your productivity. LibreOffice includes several applications that make it the most powerful Free and Open Source office suite on the market: Writer (word processing), Calc (spreadsheets), Impress (presentations), Draw (vector graphics and flowcharts), Base (databases), and Math (formula editing).
Software: All U Need “Linux”
Ubuntu 16.04.1 LTS
Ubuntu is the leading OS for PC, tablet, phone and cloud. It’s really all you need. Download it to a USB stick and install it. Make yourself free from Windows..
Linux Mint 18.1 Serena
Also consider the superb Linux Mint. I’ve been using Linux desktops since the leading desktop front-end was a mess. But I can tell you, things have changed in those 25 years. Today, the best Linux desktop is the latest version of Linux Mint: Linux Mint 18.1 Serena with the dark Cinnamon 3.0 interface. It doesn’t get more stable or reliable than this. Built on the Ubuntu core, so no worries either for games or any other media experience.
Why you should choose Linux over Windows!