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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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Opera v73.0.3856.344 Updated Adware

billon on 14 Jan 2021
  • 137MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 14 Jan 2021
  • Suggested by Specular

Opera is a fast and secure web browser with tabbed, customizable interface. Features integrated searches, themes, device sync, mouse gestures, and built-in ad blocking. Also available is a service that includes a bookmarks and password sync along with an "off-road" mode that uses server-side compression to speed up browsing especially for low speed internet connections (account signup required). A variety of add-ons are available to extend functionality.

Based on Google Chrome, the program is available for Mac, Linux, Android and a variety of mobile phones and tablets. Opera v12 (Presto) is also available and includes many features not present in the newer version.

Alternative Portable versions:

Category:
Runs on:Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? No. HKCU\Software\Opera Software, HKCU\Software\MozillaPlugins, HKLM\Software\MozillaPlugins.
Unicode support: Yes
License: Adware (was initially freeware when added to the database)
How to extract:
  1. Download and launch Setup.exe
  2. Select Options and choose Stand-alone installation (USB)
  3. Set Install path to a folder of your choice and click Accept & Install
  4. Launch launcher.exe
Similar/alternative apps: Vivaldi, Google Chrome Portable
What's new? See:
https://www.opera.com/docs/changelogs/windows/
Latest comments
PAFuser on 2019-03-07 10:40

Like Opera, just wish it did not updates every week. Another today, never know what is updated, security, or unimportant.

PAFuser on 2019-04-09 11:04

Upgraded to 60, only 1 extension icon is visible. Does anyone know how to get them back? They can not be used when invisible.

PAFuser on 2019-04-10 17:44

Simple solution, download new installer, install to new location, add all extensions to Opera, change settings, import bookmarks. Easy upgrade, HA!

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OBS Studio v26.1.1 Updated

billon on 6 Jan 2021
  • 395MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 6 Jan 2021
  • Suggested by webfork

Open Broadcaster Software (OBS) Studio is a powerful and flexible screen recording and screencasting tool. The program includes real-time recording, broadcasting, and audio mixing and layouts. The "scene" system allows building custom input settings with numerous audio and video sources (multiple microphones, webcam, applications, screens etc.). Available filters allow for automatic, live filtering including crop, color correction, sharpen, chroma key, audio gain and more.

Cross-platform with versions available for Mac and Linux. Alternatively, PortableApps' OBS Portable is also available.

Category:
Runs on:Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: Application folder
Unicode support: Yes
License: GNU GPLv2
How to extract: Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch obs32.exe --portable or obs64.exe --portable (for 64-bit OS).
Similar/alternative apps: ShareX, Easy Screencast Recorder
What's new? See:
https://github.com/obsproject/obs-studio/releases
Latest comments
Specular on 2019-03-05 08:39

@vmars316 - I checked and OBS Studio is QT-based rather than Electron-based (though a different project called Streamlabs OBS is). I've updated the entry.

Yucca on 2019-06-12 11:35

As of June 12, OBS version 23.2.0 is a release candidate and not the current stable version. The current stable version is 23.1.0. If you post a release candidate, that should be stated in the description so users can know what they are downloading.

rb161 on 2020-12-16 23:25

My recently purchased webcam only works with one version of OBS so I'm unable to upgrade to use new features. I have always had problems playing any video except uncompressed and despite being able to play and edit just about any anything in other software on my PC. Other people have complained about the same issue (videos showing as a black screen) for years but the problem is never addressed by the developers. If you can work around issues such as these or are lucky enough not to be plagued by them, then OBS is nice, light software and recording and streaming work well.

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Wireless Network Watcher v2.23 Updated

billon on 29 Dec 2020
  • 421KB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 29 Dec 2020
  • Suggested by guinness

Wireless Network Watcher scans your wireless or small wired network and displays the list of all computers and devices that are currently connected to your network. For every computer or device that is connected to your network, IP & MAC addresses, the company that manufactured the network card and optionally the computer name are all listed.

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 ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch WNetWatcher.exe.

Optionally, download the latest MAC addresses file to the same folder.
What's new?
  • Updated the internal MAC addresses database.
Latest comments
smaragdus on 2014-09-01 10:09

Wireless Network Watcher 1.72 released.

Checker on 2014-09-01 14:57

@ smaragdus: Thanks ... and updated ;)

MIKLO on 2017-08-25 14:16

Nirsoft is the best, this software gives a great view of what's happening on wireless networks. The number of apps from Nirsoft I use on a daily basis makes my computing a whole lot faster and much easier. Keep up the great work Nirsoft.
MIKLO

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WordWeb Free v9.04 Updated

billon on 19 Dec 2020
  • 41MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 19 Dec 2020
  • Suggested by motormaroon

WordWeb is a one-click English thesaurus and dictionary that can look up words in almost any program. It works off-line, but can also look up words in web references such as the Wikipedia. It includes full dictionary and thesaurus for the various English variants including American, British, Canadian, Australian, Indian and global.

A pro version available with additional features.

Category:
Runs on:WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: Yes
License: Greenware - free if you only take one return flight in any 12 month period
How to extract:
  1. Download the installer and launch
  2. Enter a destination folder of your choice
  3. Click on the Advanced options... button, and ensure the Install as portable app check box is selected
  4. The program will automatically launch but in the future, run wweb32.exe

Optionally, delete uninst.exe and launch
Similar/alternative apps: TheSage
What's new? See:
https://wordweb.info/users.html
Latest comments
Happy.Camper2 on 2018-05-14 21:06

Hi to all of you who use WordWeb-
I've read the license 3 times now & I still don't get it. If you get it, please explain it to me & after you do, I'll probably be saying DUH to myself.
Link to the license if anyone wants to read it....
https://wordweb.info/free/licence5.html

I've read all of the above comments & I still don't get a clue.

I'm in hopes that one of you can explain it to me.

Thanks in advance.

Mixture on 2018-05-16 09:53

@Happy.Camper2
The license clearly says that if you fly aboard a commercial jet aircraft more than TWICE in a 12 month time period, you are not being 'green'. This company believes in environmentalism, and hates normal people like you and I who drive cars, flies aboard aircraft, and use gas-powered lawn mowers. That's why I don't use this weird software and use The Sage instead.

Happy.Camper2 on 2018-05-16 14:40

Hi Mixture-
[1]I've never flown on a jet or any other in the sky vehicles
[2]I don't have a car since a few years ago
[3]I don't have any gas-powered gizmos

Maybe I'm just 'green' enough to use WordWeb if need be.
I also keep The Sage on hand if I need it.

Thank you for explaining that strange license to me and the way
its written up does seem kinda weird to me.

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