This section deals with software. Descriptions along with some links are collected here for some of the best software. But of course not all the programs for each category are here, only those worth attention from my viewpoint. If you want more software, grab some links to software archives.
Clicking on a diskette icon (if present) next to a program name will trigger download of the program. Hovering your mouse over the diskette you might learn how large the download is and where it starts. But it is recommended to visit the author’s home page first. You should remember that when you download a program from the web site of the author, you obtain the latest version of the software, whereas FTP links may point to obsolete versions. If download links do not work, it makes sense to search through FTP servers by clicking the magnifying glass icon. Please bear in mind that you might find files with the same name that have nothing to do with the program that you look for, so consider the file size. The first magnifying glass takes you to Filesearch.Ru exact match search and the second triggers broader search using AllTheWeb.Com. The problem is that watching all the links and updating them is not possible, at least when it comes to a small project like mine.
If you wish to order a file that is not in my collection in this way, use this form:
The number of green/red dots on the right of the software name is like hotel stars; the more the better. Five dots mean that I am fascinated by the software and can hardly imagine my PC without it, that is it is one of the best software in all respects, no grumble and I strongly recommend to use it.
If the dots are red, it stands for shareware. And green dots present freeware.
The icon means that I have added a new program.
Unfortunately, many programs may be hard to download, others’ home pages do not exist or changed the URL, new versions of some can be bad or commercial. So I create my soft archives but you should use it if you cannot get what you want at the author’s site.
Just do not miss your antivirus check when you download something. Actually do not be in a hurry to download something because there can be viruses pretending to be useful software; and think, do you really need a program to waste your time and money downloading it. But, no pain — no gain. And it is better to be brave and courageous than timid and cowardly. Good luck!
Here are eight programs that ought to be in every computer, even to be included in Windows:
MyIE — If you agree that Internet Explorer is better than Netscape and Opera in many respects but are tired of the former’s stupidity (which is typical for many MICROS~1 products), you can now forget about Neoplanet, Creative Inspire and the likes. Here is software that encompasses the best of IE and other browsers and deprived of most of IE’s shortcomings, plus some features that other browsers may only dream of whereas this program is hardly inferior to them all, and it occupies about 850KB of disk space when installed at that (and 400KB when compressed), but set-up consists in simple unzipping. The only unclear thing is how can this great program developed by an individual rather than a company be free and show no ads?..
TextBoard — The best clipboard manager which has the most handy interface and some useful options too like quick case changing if you accidentally press CapsLock
Wonderful Icon — If you hate it when your hand is jerking between the mouse and keyboard, here is a gadget that can assign hot keys to anything: running applications, minimizing them to the system tray, emptying the Bin, ejecting the CD-ROM, making the current window stay on top, etc.
2xExplorer — Everything that was said about MyIE, which is an ideal substitute for IE, applies to 2xExplorer, which is an ideal substitute for Windows Explorer. Yes, you may have gotten too used to Total Commander, but this manager is better
Magic — You can automatically check mail at all of your POP3 mailboxes simultaneously, sort messages by headers, remove spam right from the server, download emails as EML or TXT files. It is cool! It is not a useless thing that stays in the tray and just tells you that you have new mail, it is much more than that. Absolutely free, stable and just 60KB in size
Atlantis — A great text processor that might as well take some of MS Word’s share at the market like Opera is more and more successful in fighting MS Internet Explorer. But, here MS Word is not part of Windows and is not found on every computer
XNView — If you have that monster called ACDSee, just throw it away…