Essential Apps


  • QuickLook

    Free Windows Website

    Background :
    One of the few features I missed from Mac OS X is Quick Look. It allows user peek into a file content in a lightening speed by just pressing the Space key. Windows, on the other hand, does not has this handy feature ... until now.

    I am aware that several alternatives are already available on the Internet (e.g. WinQuickLook and Seer). Despite these options, I still decide to craft another one by myself, because they are either not being actively developed, lacks of variety, or asks for a amount of $$$.

    Highlights :
    Tons of supported file types (full list here)
    Fluent design (new in version 0.3)
    Touchscreen friendly
    HiDPI support
    Preview from Open and Save File Dialog
    Preview from 3rd-party file managers (see a list here)
    Easy extended by plugins
    Strict GPL license to keep it free forever

     

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  • Signal

    Free Mac Windows Linux Android iPhone ... Android Tablet iPad Ubuntu Touch Website

    Using Signal, you can communicate instantly while avoiding SMS fees, create groups so that you can chat in real time with all your friends at once, and share media or attachments all with complete privacy. The server never has access to any of your communication and never stores any of your data.

    • Say Anything - Send high-quality group, text, picture, and video messages, all without SMS and MMS fees.
    • Speak Freely - Make crystal-clear phone calls to people who live across town, or across the ocean, with no long-distance charges.
    • Be Yourself - Signal uses your existing phone number and address book. There are no separate logins, usernames, passwords, or PINs to manage or lose.
    • Stay Secure - We cannot hear your conversations or see your messages, and no one else can either. No exceptions. You can even tap and hold on a contact's name to see advanced identity verification options. Everything in Signal is always end-to-end encrypted and painstakingly engineered in order to keep your communication safe.
    • Go Fast - Signal is optimized for speed without compromise. Our state-of-the-art Axolotl protocol is unmatched in its performance, strength, and reliability.
    • Remain Connected - Push notifications let you know when new messages have arrived, and they'll be waiting for you even if your battery dies or you temporarily lose service.
    • Get Organized - Unique archive functionality makes it easy to keep track of the conversations that matter to you right now.
    • Pay Nothing - Signal is supported by a team of dedicated developers, community donations, and grants. There are no advertisements, and it doesn't cost anything to use.
    • View Source - All of our code is free, open, and available on GitHub (https://github.com/signalapp ).
    • Join Movements - Technology developed by Open Whisper Systems is trusted and used by millions of people around the world every day.

     

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  • Telegram

    Free Mac Windows Linux Web Android ... iPhone Android Tablet Windows Phone iPad Apple Watch Linux Mobile Android Wear PortableApps.com FreeBSD Website

    Telegram is a messaging app with a focus on speed and security. It’s superfast, simple, and free. It is like SMS, but more powerful.

     

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  • Shutter Encoder

    Free Mac Windows Linux Website

    Open source software without any restriction - converter all formats video|audio|image professionnals codecs and standards - swiss knife tool Windows and OSX.

     

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  • ProtonMail

    Freemium Web Android iPhone iPad Website

    Secure email with absolutely no compromises, brought to you by MIT and CERN scientists.

    Swiss Based
    ProtonMail is incorporated in Switzerland and our servers are located in Switzerland. We are outside of US and EU jurisdiction and all user data is protected by strict Swiss privacy laws.

    Zero Access
    Because of our end-to-end encryption, your data is already encrypted by the time it reaches our servers. We have no access to your messages, and since we cannot decrypt them, we cannot share them with third parties.

    Backwards Compatible
    ProtonMail works out of any modern web browser, there is nothing to install. We are also backwards compatible with other email providers so you can continue sending and receiving emails from friends who are not using ProtonMail.

    Forever Free
    We believe privacy is a fundamental human right and should be available for everyone. That's why we offer multi-tiered pricing including a free version that anyone can use. Let's bring privacy back to the people!

    Fully Anonymous
    We do not log IP addresses or require any personal information to sign up. We accept bitcoin and cash payments for paid accounts to ensure even paid account users have complete privacy.

    Cross Platform
    ProtonMail works on all devices, including desktops, laptops, tablets, and smartphones. It's as simple as visiting our site and logging in. There are no plugins or apps to install - simply use your favorite web browser.

     

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  • MEGA

    Freemium Mac Windows Linux Web Android ... iPhone Chrome OS Windows S Android Tablet Windows Phone iPad Chrome Firefox Website

    MEGA, the successor of Small MegaUpload iconMegaUpload , is a cloud storage and file hosting service produced by Mega Limited. This cloud-storage solution claims to protect your privacy with end-to-end encryption and offers a "Secure Collaboration" feature.

     

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  • AlternativeTo

    Free Web Website

    AlternativeTo is a website which lists alternatives to web-based software, desktop computer software, and mobile apps.

     

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  • NameChanger

    Free Mac Website

    NameChanger is designed for the sole purpose of renaming a list of files.

    Add the files through the GUI or drag and drop files directly onto the App. These original filenames show up in the Original Filename column. Grayed out rows indicate files that you do not have permissions to change.

    Next select how to change the file names:
    •Replace First Occurrence
    •Replace Last Occurrence
    •Replace All Occurrences
    •Wildcard
    •Append
    •Prepend
    •Date
    •Sequence
    •Character Removal

     

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  • dupeGuru

    Free Mac Windows Linux Website

    dupeGuru is a free and open source tool to find duplicate files on your computer. It can scan either filenames or contents. The filename scan features a fuzzy matching algorithm that can find duplicate filenames even when they are not exactly the same. dupeGuru runs on Mac OS X, Linux, & Windows.

     

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  • Disk Inventory X

    Free Mac Website

    Disk Inventory X is a disk usage utility for Mac OS X. It shows the sizes of files and folders in a special graphical way called "treemaps". .

     

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  • WinDirStat

    Free Windows Website

    WinDirStat is a disk usage statistics viewer and cleanup tool, inspired by KDirStat.

     

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  • File Converter

    Free Windows Windows Explorer Website

    File Converter is a very simple tool which allows you to convert and compress one or several file(s) using the context menu in Windows Explorer.

    It supports a lot of different file formats:

    Audio
    From: 3gp, aiff, ape, avi, bik, cda, flac, flv, m4a, mkv, mov, mp3, mp4, oga, ogg, wav, webm, wma, wmv
    To: flac, aac, ogg, mp3, wav

    Video:
    From: 3gp, avi, bik, flv, gif, m4v, mkv, mp4, mpeg, mov, ogv, webm, wmv
    To: webm, mkv, mp4, avi, gif

    Image & Document:
    From: bmp, exr, ico, jpg, jpeg, png, psd, svg, tiff, tga, pdf
    To: png, jpg, ico, gif

    Document:
    From: bmp, exr, ico, jpg, jpeg, png, psd, svg, tiff, tga
    To: pdf

     

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  • SumatraPDF

    Free Windows PortableApps.com Website

    Sumatra PDF is a slim, free, open-source PDF/DjVu/EPUB/XPS/CHM/CBR/CBZ/MOBI/FB2 viewer for Windows.
    Why another PDF reader?

    Sumatra has a minimalistic design. Simplicity has a higher priority than a lot of features.

    Its small and starts up very fast.

    Its designed for portable use: its just one file with no external dependencies so you can easily run it from external USB drive.

     

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  • nomacs

    Free Windows Linux Website

    nomacs is a small, fast image viewer able to handle the most common image formats including RAW images. Additionally it is possible to synchronize multiple viewers. A synchronization of viewers running on the same computer or via LAN is possible. It allows to compare images and spot the differences (e.g. schemes of architects to show the progress).

     

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  • ExifTool

    Free Mac Windows Linux Website

    ExifTool is a platform-independent Perl library plus a command-line application for reading, writing and editing meta information in a wide variety of files.

     

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  • FrostWire

    Free Mac Windows Linux Android Android Tablet ... Kindle Fire Website

    Easy to use BitTorrent Client and YouTube Downloader in one, with built-in search and music library.

     

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  • LibreOffice

    Free Mac Windows Linux BSD PortableApps.com Website

    LibreOffice is a powerful office suite – its clean interface and feature-rich tools help you unleash your creativity and enhance your productivity.

     

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  • FreeFileSync

    Free Mac Windows Linux openSUSE Linux Mint ... CentOS Ubuntu Debian Website

    FreeFileSync is a folder comparison and synchronization software that creates and manages backup copies of all your important files.

     

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  • Brackets

    Free Mac Windows Linux Electron / Atom Shell Website

    Brackets is an open-source editor for web design and development built on top of web technologies such as HTML, CSS and JavaScript. The project was created and is maintained by Adobe, and is released under an MIT License.

    With focused visual tools and preprocessor support, Brackets is a modern text editor that makes it easy to design in the browser. It's crafted from the ground up for web designers and front-end developers.

    Brackets is a lightweight, yet powerful, modern text editor. We blend visual tools into the editor so you get the right amount of help when you want it without getting in the way of your creative process. You'll enjoy writing code in Brackets.

    Made with Love (and JavaScript)
    Brackets is an open-source project, supported by an active and passionate community. It's made by other web developers like you!

    Inline Editors
    Instead of jumping between file tabs, Brackets lets you open a window into the code you care about most. Want to work on the CSS that applies to a specific ID? Put your mouse cursor on that ID, push Command / Ctrl+E and Brackets will show you all the CSS selectors with that ID in an inline window so you can work on your code side-by-side without any popups.

    Live Preview
    Get a real-time connection to your browser. Make changes to CSS and HTML and you'll instantly see those changes on screen. Also see where your CSS selector is being applied in the browser by simply putting your cursor on it. It's the power of a code editor with the convenience of in-browser dev tools.

    Preprocessor Support
    Work with preprocessors in a whole new way. We know how important preprocessors are to your workflow. That’s why we want to make Brackets the best code editor for preprocessors out there. With Brackets you can use Quick Edit and Live Highlight with your LESS and SCSS files which will make working with them easier than ever.

     

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  • Double Commander

    Free Mac Windows Linux BSD Website

    Total Commander-inspired file manager that features two side-by-side panels for navigation.

     

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  • WinSCP

    Free Windows PortableApps.com Wine Website

    WinSCP, a popular free SFTP and FTP client for Windows, copies files between a local and remote computer. It supports also FTPS, SCP and WebDAV. It offers easy to use GUI for all common file operations and a powerfull automation with .NET assembly.

     

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  • Brave

    Free Mac Windows Linux Android iPhone ... Android Tablet iPad Electron / Atom Shell Website

    Brave Web Browser is a fast, free, secure web browser with a built-in ad blocker*, tracking and security protection, and optimized data and battery experience.

    *What is Brave Ad Replacement?

    Brave’s goal is to speed up the web, stop bad ads and pay publishers. One of the ways we plan to accomplish this is with ad replacements. We will also invite users to fund their wallets and to use those funds to pay the publishers of their favorite websites.

     

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  • Mozilla Firefox

    Free Mac Windows Linux Android iPhone ... Android Tablet BSD iPad Snapcraft PortableApps.com Haiku Fire TV Gecko Website

    A free and open source web browser descended from the Mozilla Application Suite. Firefox is highly extensible, with thousands of third-party add-ons available.

    Firefox version 60+ (Quantum) is presently faster than Google Chrome and use less memory than Chrome. Compare to previous versions of Firefox, the Quantum version is twice as fast, promote parallelism, and has more intuitive user interface.

     

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  • Thunderbird

    Free Mac Windows Linux BSD PortableApps.com ... Haiku Website

    Free email application that’s easy to set up and customize - and it’s loaded with great features!.

     

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