Useful Windows software

I do sometimes use Windows, and I have found over time that there are some (free) Windows programs I really use a lot. Here is a list for me to remember and for other to help.

Google Pack
This is an easy way to install Firefox, Miranda, Picasa2, Acrobat Reader and many similar programs.

The following programs are usually small, usually free (as in beer), not bloated, and do the thing they are supposed to do well.

Open source Windows utility for manipulating archives. Formats 7z, ZIP, GZIP, BZIP2 and TAR are supported fully, other formats can be unpacked.
Media player with simple UI and low memory use.
Foxit Reader
Foxit Reader is a free PDF document viewer and printer, with incredible small size (only 2.1 M download size), breezing-fast launch speed and rich features.
K-Lite Codec Pack
K-Lite Codec Pack allows you to play almost every movie file that you can find on the Internet. Contains Media Player Classic.
A free source code editor which supports several programming languages running under the MS Windows environment.
PuTTY is a free implementation of Telnet and SSH for Win32 and Unix platforms, along with an xterm terminal emulator.
TeXnicCenter is a feature rich integrated development environment (IDE) for developing LaTeX-documents on Microsoft Windows.
TortoiseSVN is an easy to use SCM / source control software for Microsoft Windows and maybe the best Subversion client there is.
WinMerge is a Win32 tool for visual difference display and merging, for both files and directories.
Open source freeware SFTP client, FTP client and SCP client for Windows.

The following program is not free, but my employer has a company wide license. This is my favourite "Norton Commander".

Servant Salamander
A small and fast two-pane file manager with open plugin architecture.

Jan Obdržálek

Last modified: Monday, 28-Jan-2008 13:41:46 CET

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