Recommendations for software or applications — Important: It's often better to ask how to solve a specific problem rather than what software can be used for a given task.

learn more… | top users | synonyms

168
votes
14answers
304k views

How can I download an entire website?

How can I download all pages from a website? Any platform is fine.
33
votes
10answers
6k views

How can I keep folders synchronized between several machines over my home network?

Like many people I take quite a few photos, and also like quite a few people I don't back up as frequently as I should. What I'd like to be able to do is automatically synchronize my "to be backed ...
25
votes
4answers
8k views

Is there a product key finder for a PC?

How can I find the product keys for my Windows operating system and software installed, like Office, Adobe Creative Suite, and other software which requires an activation key?
27
votes
11answers
4k views

Visio alternatives [closed]

I need an alternative to Visio for making diagrams (particularly signal processing block diagrams) that includes some kind of custom stencils + connection points. I just spent 2 hours learning bits ...
8
votes
10answers
5k views

Backup software for Mac OS X [closed]

Which backup software do you recommend for Mac OS X? As you probably know, Leopard comes with an integrated backup tool called Time Machine. It works pretty well despite it misses some advanced ...
125
votes
16answers
208k views

How to compare the differences between two PDF files on Windows?

Do you know a good Windows software to compare PDF files side-by-side and show the modifications between the two? It would be great if you can post both free and not-free products.
56
votes
17answers
140k views

How do I find the largest files and folders on a drive? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I visualize the file system usage on Windows? I am looking for a tool to tell me which files and folders are the largest as I need to do some cleanup.
14
votes
9answers
1k views

DVD ripper for Windows

I am looking for a good DVD ripper software for Windows. Looking for something that will easily rip the raw bits DVD to hard drive without any loss of quality. Looking for something that will easily ...
10
votes
7answers
53k views

What subtitle file editor for '.srt' files supports synchronization?

I downloaded .srt files for watching a French movie. But unfortunately, it is out of sync. Is there any tool in Windows using which I could manually sync it specifying the start time?
5
votes
5answers
613 views

Free remote desktop app good for working with someone computer illiterate? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Remote connection to a PC over internet I'm looking for something that would allow me to control their computer and that wouldn't be very hard to configure. I think I'll ...
34
votes
5answers
111k views

How do I get the Windows 7 taskbar with the Start Menu to display on dual monitors?

I am looking for an application with features as follows:- It will give me a dual monitor set up with a Windows 7 taskbar with Aero peek and the Start Menu on each monitor. The taskbar should ...
10
votes
4answers
4k views

Good Alternatives to Windows Task Manager [closed]

Does anyone know of any good free alternatives to the standard Windows Task Manager besides the Resource Monitor? I'm looking for a lightweight program that displays detailed info about my CPU, RAM, ...
0
votes
7answers
2k views

Camtasia replacement for the Mac [closed]

On the PC, I use Camtasia to record various screencasts. Is there something similar for the Mac?
29
votes
19answers
15k views

What search utilities can search by file name in Windows 7?

I've just installed Windows 7 64-bit and have found that it's file search really really sucks. What is a good alternative that I can load on my system to do file searching? Note: I don't care about ...
5
votes
7answers
10k views

Restrict programs from accessing the Internet

I have a 256 kbit/s Internet connection. Most often, I find that the browsing speed is too slow. I have to use TCPView (SysInternals) to find out which program is accessing the Internet without my ...
5
votes
4answers
1k views

What is a simple, small, yet nice RSI watcher for Windows? [closed]

I would like to know a tool to enforce regular breaks from typing to avoid wrist pain. I have a preference for simplicity, unobtrusiveness (at least until break time comes), a small resource ...
9
votes
3answers
3k views

Search and replace tool that can handle multiple files and subfolders [closed]

I'm looking for a tool which can search/replace within file contents for a broad range of file types (i.e. it should, if possible, process the maximum possible number of file types like .txt, .sql, ...
4
votes
2answers
449 views

Inexpensive, simple screen recording application for mac

I am more and more consistently running into the need to create screencasts (record my screen) for clients to show them how to use programs or websites. Up until now I've been using Jing and it's been ...
3
votes
6answers
2k views

How can I configure my ADSL modem and Home PC to be able to access from external?

I tried to do it some years ago without success. If I remember well there were more software involved, maybe now the process is easier. Practically I have an ADSL connection with dynamic IP and I ...
9
votes
5answers
10k views

Mac VNC client (for controlling Mac Mini remotely)?

I recently got a Mac mini as both a media centre and a desktop computer. I'd like control it remotely, over wifi, using my MacBook. I have the impression that what's basically needed is to enable ...
20
votes
3answers
991 views

Music player for linux

I need to choose a music player to use under linux after having fallen out with Banshee*. What would you recommend based on these requirements: Ability to import/export ratings Automatically picks ...
4
votes
5answers
714 views

Which is an easy to use Document Management System given my requirements [closed]

Original question on SO. I looked up a lot of threads on a good document management system on SO. So, given all that knowledge, here is my question: What is a very intuitive, open source (preferably ...
7
votes
6answers
27k views

Secure video chat program as an alternative to Skype [closed]

I'm looking for something similar to skype but basically just for me to video chat with my girlfriend. Skype has been kind of buggy lately with its recent iterations and doesn't seem to be progressing ...
7
votes
6answers
2k views

Is there a free way to compress a PDF? [duplicate]

I have several PDFs that are quite large (one is 80+ MB). Is there a free way to compress that PDF to a smaller size?
10
votes
9answers
852 views

Convert mp4 to mp3

I would like to convert mp4 (video included) to mp3 (without video). what is the best way of doing this apart from using audacity (or similar software) and performing manual conversion (recording as ...
5
votes
5answers
5k views

How to join MP3 files? [duplicate]

Motivation I'm looking for a program that allows me to join a lot of mp3 files (an audio book) to a single large mp3 file. My mp3 player is able to remember the position inside a track, but it takes ...
3
votes
3answers
6k views

Bit-for-bit copy of hard drive in Windows? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Clone a Hard Disk Content to Another Hard Disk What's the equivalent of SuperDuper on Windows? I want to replace my current hard drive with a new one so I imagine that I ...
6
votes
1answer
4k views

Software to monitor a CPU usage and RAM usage of a process? [closed]

Software to monitor the CPU usage and RAM usage of a process (e.g. chrome.exe)? Windows operating system.
18
votes
5answers
17k views

Best Mac OS X DVD Ripper [closed]

I want to rip a DVD on OS X, but don't know what software to use. Is there free open source software? What is the best software for ripping on OS X?
13
votes
9answers
10k views

Free visual similarity image for a local hard drive search? [closed]

I'm looking for a desktop search engine for finding images on my local hard drive with high visual similarity. I've only found paid for ones so far. It could be Linux or windows one, either would be ...
9
votes
1answer
277 views

Alternatives to Altaris/Symantec SVS

I use an old copy of Altaris SVS (link to lifehacker - Symantec gutted the old Altaris website) for testing applications - it lets me capture the changes one executable makes, or changes to a whole ...
8
votes
3answers
20k views

Best program to trim silence beginning and end of mp3 files?

I have a bunch of mp3 files that have silence at the beginnings and ends, is there any program to trim this automatically? I would prefer that I can just give it a list of files to trim as opposed to ...
7
votes
5answers
590 views

Mac OS DVD Burning Software

There is a question I see popping on and on at forums but with no "good" answer. I've copied a DVD to my hard drive and it is about 6.6 GB. Is there any software that will help me to burn it into a ...
2
votes
2answers
8k views

Windows FAT/NTFS Low-Level Disk Viewer (Norton DiskEdit alternative)

One of my most valuable software tools has always been Norton DiskEdit from Norton Utilities/Symantec Systemworks. I have used it for years for so many things, including, but not limited to learning ...
2
votes
5answers
103 views

FontExplorer like application for Windows [closed]

Has anybody found a font browser solution as great as FontExplorer on Mac, for Windows?
5
votes
7answers
305 views

What is a simple home backup software which works with a variety of OSes?

Vista came with a backup solution that should work for me, but of course it doesn't. It doesn't play nice with Samba unfortunately. What are my alternatives? It should be simple, back up on a ...
3
votes
7answers
770 views

Text editor for Mac OS X [closed]

Does anyone know of a good text editor for Mac OS X which will organize HTML tags?
44
votes
9answers
68k views

How can I use my small SSD as a cache for a larger hard disk?

I would like to use a (small) SSD disk as a cache for a large hard disk. I realize there are hardware-based products that do this: HighPoint RocketHybrid HBA, Intel SmartResponse and others. There is ...
15
votes
8answers
25k views

How can I convert scanned images as PDF to a searchable PDF file? [closed]

I have a PDF of a scanned book. I'm looking for a free software that will perform OCR and then provide an option to save it as a PDF or document again. Is there one?
10
votes
7answers
28k views

What to do if a window is bigger than the screen resolution?

I'm using Windows 7 on a 8.9' monitor with 1280x768 screen resolution. Using the might of arithmetics, I'm able to determine that my dpi (actually ppi) should be 167. Win7 is really helpful in that it ...
5
votes
4answers
6k views

Any alternatives to deepfreeze?

Do you know of any alternatives to deepfreeze, shadow user, windows steady state?To protect my pc from viruses and other malware without the use of any antivirus which takes up system resources.
10
votes
4answers
6k views

Software to read PDFs with inverted colors (Windows)

I sometimes want to read a long PDF file in a computer, but because white background I can read only a few pages until my eyes weep. Is there any software to invert colors of a PDF (PDF converter, ...
5
votes
7answers
544 views

Intranet Messaging

Are there any, preferably free (as this is for a Not for Profit Organization) software for Intranet Messaging? If the software is serverless, it would be better.
7
votes
5answers
2k views

Internet addicted, need software to control my usage and block access

I found I have problem to be a little addictive with surfing on internet. I am trying to find a free ware, (or software), that can help me for exemple to be just 2 hours per day on internet. Like it ...
3
votes
4answers
3k views

Transform a trapezium into a rectangle

I used my iPhone to capture a painting. However, the angle was not perfect, so instead of getting a straight rectangle, I get a trapezium. I want to transform this trapezium back into a rectangle ...
3
votes
3answers
6k views

What stuff can safely be deleted/uninstalled from a fresh Windows 7 install?

My Windows 7 install is a bit portly - using well over 6GB. I've tried my usual favourite CCleaner and that didn't come up with much at all. It removed only a couple of megabytes. Any ideas on what ...
3
votes
7answers
2k views

LAN messenger for Windows with features like Google Talk [closed]

Currently we are using Google Talk as messenger at our work place. Now we are supposed to replace it with some LAN based messenger. It should have at least following features chatting ( if logs are ...
6
votes
1answer
13k views

Windows 7 tool to capture keyboard scan codes [closed]

To test a theory for another question I have open, I need a tool that will capture, and display all the scancodes being received by Windows. I need to see if Windows is receiving some kind of signal ...
3
votes
4answers
26k views

Free network monitor show download/upload speed on system tray [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Monitor all and any internet traffic from my home PC - what should I use? I'm looking for a free software show download/upload speed on system tray. I found DU Meter, ...
3
votes
2answers
795 views

How can I view what percentage of my hard drive bandwidth is currently being used?

Can anyone recommend a disk access utility, preferably free, that will allow me to see what percentage of my hard drive access bandwidth is being used? Windows Task Manager shows CPU usage. That was ...