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foobar2000 v1.6.3 Updated

billon on 18 Jan 2021
  • 9MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 18 Jan 2021
  • Suggested by Barrette

foobar2000 is an audio player with low memory footprint and native support for most popular audio formats. It includes CD ripping, format conversion, replay gain, audio normalization, equalization and more. Playlist display and keyboard shortcuts are both very customisable. Additional functionality available via a wide variety of plugins.

The program can edit song tags (album and song name, number, year etc.) based on the FreeDB Internet database and even rename the original songs based on these tags. A file format conversion tool is available, but must be enabled with external downloads. Can even fix some MP3s with corrupted file headers.

Windows 2000 users can download the last compatible version: 0.9.4.
Windows XP and Vista users, download last version from 1.5 series.

Category:
Runs on:Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: Yes
Path portability: Requires manual entry of relative path (eg. ..\..\personal\work.doc)
License: Freeware
How to extract:
  1. Download the installer and launch
  2. Select "Portable installation" and choose the destination folder
  3. Launch foobar2000.exe
Similar/alternative apps: 1by1, Boom, Winyl
What's new? See:
https://foobar2000.org/changelog
Latest comments
shnbwmn on 2016-07-22 12:25

Great player, especially with a few tweaks. I use Meier crossfeed[1] together with Dolby surround emulation[2]. What this does is it spreads the sound out, as if you're listening to a live performance, and greatly reduces ear strain when listening with headphones (which I do 99% of the time). Other pluses are that it uses my own music directory structure, is very fast (opens in a snap), and it uses windows native look instead of someone's idea of a great skin.

[1] http://www.foobar2000.org/components/view/foo_dsp_meiercf
[2]http://www.head-fi.org/t/447089/5-1-headphone-experience-foobar-configuration-for-all-stereo-music-files

Midas on 2016-07-22 15:49

@shnbwmn: FYI, Viper4Windows is a free general purpose Windows sound processor that includes similar tweaks, among many others... (V4W homepage appears to be having issues currently, but Softpedia has it: http://www.softpedia.com/get/Multimedia/Audio/Other-AUDIO-Tools/ViPER4Windows.shtml). Also available as Viper4Android.

Emka on 2019-09-21 07:29

v1.4.7 has been pulled down quickly due to bugs, v1.4.8 soon after that

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VLC v3.0.12 Updated

billon on 18 Jan 2021
  • 121MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 4 Jan 2021
  • Suggested by Andrew Lee

VLC is a skinnable, feature-rich media player that supports a wide variety of multimedia file and streaming formats. It can play files while they download, from inside RAR files, online radio stations, convert video formats and much more. The software can also behave as a streaming server for delivering video in unicast or multicast mode.

Category:
Runs on:WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? No. Creates dvdcss folder in %APPDATA% when playing DVD.
Unicode support: Yes
License: GPL
How to extract: Download the ZIP or 7Z package and extract to a folder of your choice. Create portable subfolder. Launch vlc.exe.

Optionally, delete unnecessary locales.
Similar/alternative apps: MPC-HC, SMPlayer, PotPlayer
What's new? See:
https://www.videolan.org/vlc/releases/
https://www.videolan.org/developers/vlc-branch/NEWS
Latest comments
gbrao on 2018-02-12 07:06

The file vlcrc in the 'portable' folder has this entry :

[skins2] # Skinnable Interface
# Skin to use (string)
skins2-last=vlc_deepdark.vlt

VLC seems to accept relative paths (here at least). I have vlc_deepdark.vlt in the same directory as vlc.exe and it works OK.

Also with 3.0.0, no files/dirs left anywhere else. But creates a QT reg key :
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\QtProject\OrganizationDefaults\FileDialog

I run vlc from a NSIS exe which deletes that key after VLC exits.

zorro on 2018-02-12 13:18

..at least with "native skin" there's no QT-Key left behind - I just checked it. When activating alternative skins, the Key appears but can be handled with a batch or portable starter like gbrao mentioned.

zorro on 2018-03-01 12:05

"Download the ZIP-Package" in description is a bit misleading: fuzzing around with the scripted download-button, you won't find a ZIP. At least I didn't find it.
Simpler: select "our FTP archive" under "older versions" (lefthand, underneath the small slideshow) - there you also find the newest versions as ZIP.

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Music Collection v3.3.5.0 Updated

billon on 14 Jan 2021
  • 10MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 14 Jan 2021
  • Suggested by lautrepay

Music Collection allows you to build a database of your audio files across drives, disks and elsewhere. The program can accept any music, recorded books, or other audio media that you own or intend to. Add, edit and search for any information in the database. Album info can be manually entered or pulled automatically from one of 3 Internet album search tools. After saving the albums, you can browse or filter by a variety of criteria. Includes a variety of views and print methods.

Utilizes the Microsoft Access Database (MDB) format.

Category:
Runs on:WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: Yes
License: Freeware
How to extract: Download the "Portable" self-extracting EXE to a folder of your choice. Launch Music Collection.exe.
What's new? See:
http://gsoft4u.com/
Latest comments
MIKLO on 2016-12-29 16:56

Hey I spelled my name wrong how could you guys allow this, now its wrong in my reg what am I gonna do?Fix your software :P jeez could that have been my fault? Hmmmm nah I'm never wrong lol.
MIKLO

MIKLO on 2016-12-29 16:59

Sorry for two post I forgot to mention the portable version worked fine 4me and I've found this a useful and easy to use program. Thanks.
MIKLO

majofa on 2020-12-28 17:56

Love this app. Has everything I ever wanted for my music collection, and yet, is very light and simple to use.

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CCleaner Free v5.76.8269 Updated Adware

billon on 14 Jan 2021
  • 22MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 13 Jan 2021
  • Suggested by Ennovy

NOTE: Recent press about CCleaner indicates it may represent a privacy concern.

CCleaner is a feature-rich system optimization and privacy tool. The program cleans unused, temporary and log files from your system, as well as traces of online activities such as Internet history and flash cookies. The program contains startup controls for Windows, major internet browsers and context menu entries. Includes a separate registry cleaner, duplicate search, system restore tool and can wipe both deleted files and drive free space for security.

A 64-bit version is available (within the folder). Monitoring functions are only available in the pro version.

Additional cleaner rules can be using an unofficial set of community-developed set. It should be noted that many of these rules are alpha and the developers will not provide support for these rules, a thread in the users forum is dedicated to supporting the add-on rules.

Alternatively, ccPortable is also available.

Category:
Runs on:Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: Application folder
Dependencies: Administrator rights
Unicode support: Yes
License: Free for personal use
How to extract:
  1. Download the "Portable" ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice
  2. Delete License.txt and unnecessary language files
  3. Launch CCleaner.exe or CCleaner64.exe (for 64-bit OS)

If the "Portable" ZIP package is not yet available:
  1. Download the installer and extract CCleaner.exe or CCleaner64.exe and necessary language files using 7-Zip to a folder of your choice
  2. Create a file named ccleaner.ini in the same folder
  3. Launch CCleaner.exe or CCleaner64.exe (for 64-bit OS)

Don't forget to disable usage data sharing in 'Options' - 'Privacy'.
Similar/alternative apps: BleachBit, PrivaZer
What's new? See:
https://www.ccleaner.com/knowledge?c=release-announcement
https://www.ccleaner.com/ccleaner/version-history
Latest comments
Special on 2018-08-04 15:43

5.45 was officially pulled and replaced back with 5.44, so yes.

camilasaunder89 on 2020-08-11 03:15

It is a nice tool. All I can say is that my system is relieved from extra files which were making my system slow.

Emka on 2020-10-19 05:50

No longer stealth, isn't it? Writes to my registry on Win10x64.

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WinScan2PDF v6.41 Updated

billon on 6 Jan 2021
  • 206KB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 6 Jan 2021
  • Suggested by Emka

WinScan2PDF is a very small program for scanning documents and saving them on your computer as a PDF by using any installed scanner.

Category:
Runs on:Win2K / WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: Yes
License: Freeware
How to extract: Download the "Portable" ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch WinScan2PDF_p.exe.
Similar/alternative apps: Not Another PDF Scanner 2
What's new? See:
https://softwareok.com/?seite=Microsoft/WinScan2PDF/History
Latest comments
opsimathic on 2017-08-12 08:51

@Emka - The first item under OPTIONS look like you can set the utility to delete the jpgs when you exit the program. I have never been very sure the program actually does what it says, so I simply use the second item in OPTIONS to check and delete as necessary. Periodically I use the jpg instead the pdf so I actually find this useful. Bottom line is that I wish the author would clean all this up a bit more, but I find the utility so useful (use it every day almost) that I am prepared to work around the idiosyncrasies.

MIKLO on 2017-08-26 14:06

@__philippe thanks for the help I appreciate very much.
MIKLO

Emka on 2019-07-30 01:11

@MIKLO & _philippe: It now seems possible to select a folder for temporary files, so you can change the default location in AppData to the app's folder for example.

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