It’s Totally Life Recommended Computer Software Setup By It's Totally Life - November 24, 2017

The founder of ITL prides himself on being a security and open source software nerd so has compiled a list of some of the best programs that ITL would recommend to everyone as alternatives to most major software.

What is Ninite?

Ninite is a package management system offering that lets users automatically install popular applications for their Windows operating system.

Most Links in this post are “Ninite” links where possible for the sake of safe and secure downloads Ninite will do the following:

  • start working as soon as you run it
  • not bother you with any choices or options
  • install apps in their default location
  • say no to toolbars or extra junk
  • install 64-bit apps on 64-bit machines
  • install apps in your PC’s language or one you choose
  • do all its work in the background
  • install the latest stable version of an app
  • skip up-to-date apps
  • skip any reboot requests from installers
  • use your proxy settings from Internet Explorer
  • download apps from each publisher’s official site
  • verify digital signatures or hashes before running anything

 

Start Menu

Classic Shell™ is free software that improves your productivity, enhances the usability of Windows and empowers you to use the computer the way you like it. The main features are: Highly customizable start menu with multiple styles and skins. Quick access to recent, frequently-used, or pinned programs. in this case we only want  the classic start component of this package which ninite has made easy via the link below

Why do we need this?

lets be honest windows 10 is a great move forward for the OS but the to be blunt the start menu in windows 8 and 10 are horrifically bad and a giant leap backwards so  if you miss the start menu this is for you.

https://ninite.com/classicstart/

 

Video Player And Codec Package

Combined Community Codec Pack

The Combined Community Codec Pack is a simple playback pack for Windows with the goal of supporting the majority of video formats in use today.

http://www.cccp-project.net

Instructions

-Install CCP with media player classic checked

after install set file associations by

Going to MPC-HC Options, from “View” menu >> Options From the Options menu click on “Format” and then click on “Run as administrator”

Click on associate with video format only (V), check “Use the format-specific icon”

click apply and OK

Office Suite

LibreOffice

https://ninite.com/libreoffice/

LibreOffice is a free and open source office suite, a project of The Document Foundation. It was forked from OpenOffice.org in 2010, It is commonly used in Linux but has a windows version as well

PDF Reader

Sumatra PDF

Sumatra PDF is a free and open-source document viewer, it supports many document formats including: Portable Document Format, Microsoft Compiled HTML Help, DjVu, EPUB, FictionBook, MOBI, PRC, Open XML Paper Specification, Comic Book Archive file.

https://ninite.com/sumatrapdf/

File Archives

PeaZip

PeaZip is a free and open-source file manager and file archiver for Microsoft Windows, Linux and BSD made by Giorgio Tani. It supports its native PEA archive format and other mainstream formats, with special focus on handling open formats. I find it has a newer and more modern gui then 7zip and is a fork so handles 7zip files just fine

https://ninite.com/peazip/

Audio Player

Foobar2000

foobar2000 is a freeware audio player for Microsoft Windows, iOS and Android developed by Peter Pawłowski. It is known for its highly modular design, breadth of features, and extensive user flexibility in configuration.

see  below for setup guide

Listen To Music Like A True Audiophile!

 

Audio Editor

Audacity

Audacity is a free, easy-to-use, multi-track audio editor and recorder for Windows, Mac OS X, GNU/Linux and other operating systems.
https://ninite.com/audacity/

Image Viewer

XnView is an image organizer and general-purpose file manager used for viewing, converting, organizing and editing raster images, as well as general purpose file management.

https://ninite.com/xnview/

Image Editor

GIMP is a free and open-source raster graphics editor used for image retouching and editing, free-form drawing, converting between different image formats, and more specialized tasks.

https://ninite.com/gimp/

Graphic Design

Inkscape is a free and open-source vector graphics editor; it can be used to create or edit vector graphics such as illustrations, diagrams, line arts, charts, logos and complex paintings. Inkscape’s primary vector graphics format is Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG), however many other formats can be imported and exported.

https://ninite.com/inkscape/

Video Production

DaVinci Resolve

originally designed for Hollywood’s elite colorists, DaVinci Resolve has been used on more feature films and TV shows than anything else because it lets you create images that are simply impossible with other tools. DaVinci is also the world’s fastest growing and most advanced editing software!

Register and download

DaVinci Resolve (studio version is the paid version and just that made for studio productions)

https://www.blackmagicdesign.com/ca/products/davinciresolve/

Recommended AV (paid)

https://www.emsisoft.com/en/software/antimalware/

No-bloat dual-scanner protection for your Windows PC

Live a Secure Life: Emsisoft Anti-Malware

Password Manager(both free & paid $40/year)

Dashlane is a password manager app and secure digital wallet. The app is available on Mac, PC, iOS and Android. The app’s premium feature enables users to securely sync their data between an unlimited number of devices on all platforms. Dashlane is more modern and easier to mange then lastpass the leave of security measures and encryption is better too

https://www.dashlane.com

 

Computer Backup (paid $50 1-Time Purchase per device )

Acronis True Image is a software product produced by Acronis that provides data protection for personal users including, backup, archive, access and recovery for Microsoft, OSX, iOS and Android operating systems.

https://www.acronis.com/en-us/personal/computer-backup

 

FTP Client

WinSCP is a free and open-source SFTP, FTP, WebDAV and SCP client for Microsoft Windows. Its main function is secure file transfer between a local and a remote computer. I find it more stable and user friendly than Filezilla

https://ninite.com/winscp/

Web Browser

Vivaldi is a freeware, cross-platform web browser developed by Vivaldi Technologies, a company founded by Opera Software co-founder and former CEO Jon Stephenson von Tetzchner and Tatsuki Tomita. and truly seeks to be a browser for people who want to take control of their user experience its also great for power users

https://vivaldi.com/?lang=en

Uninstaller and leftover cleaner

Revo Uninstaller is an uninstaller for Microsoft Windows. It uninstalls programs and additionally removes any files and Windows registry entries left behind by the program’s uninstaller or by the Windows uninstall function.

https://ninite.com/revo/

Video encoding

HandBrake is a free and open-source transcoder for digital video files, originally developed in 2003 by Eric Petit to make ripping a film from a DVD to a data storage device easier. Since then, it has undergone many changes and revisions. and now is a full fledged encoder

https://ninite.com/handbrake/

CD/DVD creation and management

ImgBurn is an optical disc authoring program that allows the recording of many types of CD, DVD and Blu-Ray images to recordable media. Starting with version 2.0.0.0, ImgBurn can also burn files and data directly to CD or DVD. It is written in C++.

https://ninite.com/imgburn/

ALL IN ONE DOWNLOAD FOR NINITE LINKS

https://ninite.com/audacity-classicstart-foobar-gimp-handbrake-imgburn-inkscape-libreoffice-peazip-revo-sumatrapdf-winscp-xnview/

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