My laptop is approaching a level of instability that only a truly borked Windows installation can match, so I think it’s time to make a list of my essential software so when I format and start over I don’t forget anything important and have to install it in a pinch later. So here is software I use on a daily basis and find important enough to reinstall:
- Firefox .8
- Mozilla 1.6
- Thunderbird .5
- Dreamweaver MX 2004
- Photoshop CS
- Photoshop 7 (long story)
- Topstyle 3
- Color Schemer
- CuteFTP Pro
- Bluetooth stack
- WireKeys 1.7.2
- Winamp 5
- TweakXP Pro
- AllNetic Working Time Tracker
- Audiocatalyst (No longer available.)
- Tortoise CVS
- Norton Antivirus
- Easy CD Creator
- Nero Burning ROM
Fin! Now if I can just find the restore CDs for my laptop, I’m good to go. Wish me luck.
27 thoughts on “Essential Software”
My big use list:
-IE6 (Not quite managed to cleanse it yet)
-Windows Media Player
-Dreamweaver MX (creation of files, majority of programming)
-SCiTE (quick file edits)
You should really add <ul> to your list of allowed HTML tags. I just had to be horribly unsemantic.
Hmmmm … I’d have to take stock on my laptop.
I’m also wishing that I’d archived downloaded executables to CD. I will be doing that in the future. I had to do a reinstall back in January, and when I get another computer running happily at home, I’m going to dump all the data to it and do a complete wipe and reinstall on the laptop.
– Photoshop CS
– Safari 1.2
– Salling Clicker
That’s about it really…
wow! that’s a lot of aps!!! i bet it takes forever to put them all back on and customize your pc the way you like it again.
Adobe Acrobat 6
Adobe Photoshop CS
Kazaa Lite K++ Edition
Microsoft Office 2003
Nero Burning ROM
Symantec Antivirus Corporate Edition
Spybot Search & Destroy
I updated the list to be links in case you’re interested in any of the programs. I might add descriptions later, but then I’d really have to change it to a
<dl>and I don’t have time for that at the moment. Thanks everyone for posting your lists, I’m always looking for great software.
My can’t live without:
– Paintshop Pro
– POPfile and Outclass
– J River Media Center
Dang, if there’s one thing I hope for in blog software for the future, it’s a comment-edit button ;). It should be able to throw a cookie my way that says, yes, that was you who posted that, now you can edit it. Blah.
Well, you don’t really need StyleXP to apply custom themes or visual styles – do a search for “UXTHEME.DLL patch”. Applying that patch allows you to use custom themes/visual styles using Windows’ basic Display Properties applet.
Anyway, heh it’s a good idea you know, to keep a list of essential software that is – I have a list of that myself which is very useful for the (too-frequent) times when I reformat my harddisk, usually because things start to get unstable or just too plain slow.
I just do a run-through my dragthing toolbar. Don’t forget all your license numbers!
Well, I use these pieces of software everyday (yes, they’re Linux based):
the rest of that list gets waaay too long to post here 🙂
That Rainlendar is very useful, thank you for sharing the link!
No Opera! Now I know why I suffer the wrath of the merciless dictator.
Substitutions on your list:
1. AIM -> Trillian: there are no popups and you can use multiple services, not to mention all those silly AIM viruses have no effect on it.
2. Norton Anti-Virus -> AntiVir: Doesn’t come with all the b.s. norton throws on top of you, and updates more often. I’m virus free for the past year, it hasn’t missed a thing.
3. StyleXP -> format.exe: at least format.exe doesn’t use up memory like it’s a second career. Hah 🙂
“No Opera! Now I know why I suffer the wrath of the merciless dictator.” – Sushu said it best, but I won’t stop there. Every try browsing a page that had more than say, 4 or more animated gif’s running at once? Firebird will slam down your system resources, chugging everything. Better yet, even with the window minimized, it’ll continue to render the images. Opera handles gif’s much better, and the coolest part is that it doesn’t render ANYTHING while it’s not active … including tabbed windows. There’s a ton of other nifty features, but that’s just one example.
Oh yea and make the comment box bigger so I can rant longer! =D
Nice site, I’ll be back.
how do you like OpenOffice?
Am I the only one who wishes Matt Good Luck then? 🙂
Andrew, it’s come a long way. It has a long way to go.
Good luck on your reinstall adventure! I hope it won’t be one of those one-day things that end up “lacking” after a week!
I agree with you about OO.org, Matt. A bit of a ways to go.
Chuckg, I found an alternate for StyleXP that looks pretty good. I can’t stand Trillian, never known why. The antivirus program you suggested, though butt-ugly, seems to work pretty well so I’m going to use that instead.
It has that “cute fat baby” appeal, doesn’t it? Trillian takes some getting used to, but I must admit, unless you break down and purchase the $20 pro version of Trillian, you really can’t tell what the application is capable of. What alternative are you using for StyleXP now? How’s the hit to CPU cycles/memory?
I have to say thank a million for the reference to MM-Exporter. I’ve been wanting something like that for a long time!! I have a feeling that the Time Tracker app is going to be perfect too.
Have you ever tried TortoiseSVN instead of TortoiseCVS. Seem great interface and features built on top of the Subversion system. I find it is many, many times easier than CVS.
Konsole: Tabbed, versatile terminal.
Quanta Plus: General purpose Web development environment. Strengths: PHP
Kontact: PIM. Mail, address book, etc.
akregator: RSS and Atom feed parser.
KWord: Word Processor. Save as PDF is the bomb.
K3b: burn CD’s baby, burn!
KSig: Signature manager.
Konqueror: Browser. Tabbing, fast, and comes with developer tools.
Umbrello: UML modeler
irssi: IRC client
bitlbee: IM (AIM, yahoo, MSN) to IRC gateway.
elinks: console browser
Take a look below… this would also be useful.
Acrobat Reader 5
Josef Ratzsch Essential Software List (WinXP):
Windows XP SP2
Office 2003 + FrontPage + Visio
Nero 6.6 Ultra
K-Lite Codec Pack Full
CloneDVD2 + AnyDVD
PhotoShop + Illustrator
DreamWeaver + Flash
Microsoft Anti-Spyware beta1
Adobe Reader v7
Media Player 10
ObjectDock Plus v1.15
Hoyle Casino 2004
yup, thats the killer setup!