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I'm looking for some free alternatives to these commercial software titles. I realize half of them have trials, but they either expire in 30 days or have nags. I'm mainly looking for similar functionality, but a similar interface is also a plus. Any help would be appreciated. Thank you.

Commercial Applications

01. ABBYY FineReader

02. Adobe Photoshop CS

03. Beyond Compare 2

04. Cyberlink PowerDVD

05. Executive Software Diskeeper

06. Hex Workshop

07. Jasc Paint Shop Pro 8

08. Macromedia Flash MX 2004

09. Macromedia Dreamweaver MX 2004

10. Microsoft Office 2003

11. Microsoft Visual Basic 6.0

12. Microsoft Visual C++ 6.0

13. Microsoft Virtual PC

14. mIRC

15. Nero 6

16. PowerQuest PartitionMagic 8

17. Resource Tuner

18. Tracks Eraser Pro

19. Trillian Pro 2.0

20. WinISO

21. WinRAR

22. WS_FTP Pro

Alternatives List

01.

02. The GIMP

03.

04.

05. Use DEFRAG at the command line in XP.

06. Hex Editor v2.0 by HDD Software

07.

08.

09. Nvu

10. OpenOffice

11.

12.

13.

14.

15. MKISOFS & CDRECORD (Reason: need single integrated GUI)

16.

17. Resource Hacker

18.

19. Integrity Messenger, Trillian .74

20. ISOBuster

21. 7-ZIP

22. WS_FTP LE

Color code key:

Green - Same as or better than commercial

Purple - Reduced functionality, but usable

Red - trial/nags/expires/etc

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02. The GIMP

05. Use DEFRAG at the command line in XP.

15. MKISOFS & CDRECORD, BCD uses these and works great.

20. ISOBuster

22. 7-ZIP

Everything above is either open source, freeware or already included with XP.

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Out of subject, but related:

When I use often a program, I buy it (generaly, it is not so expensive).

That's especially the case with:

03. Beyond Compare 2 (great :))

15. Nero 6 (upgraded from free OEM version to v6)

21. WinRAR

??. UltraEdit

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Yep, The MaximusDVD link does appear to be out of action...well, it's still a great proggie! :) I just checked and you can find active links to it through google.

Well, scrap that anyways...I cannot believe I forgot VLC Media Player! It will happily play DVD's (and near anything else you throw at it). :rolleyes:

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