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Another set of noob freeware questions...


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NomDeKeyz

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So, I looked thru the freeware pinned topic and some things on other sites...
I still have some questions to figure what will work best for me. Advice?

Compression:
zipgenius and 7-zip are the usual recommendations among Oblivion mod users.
I expect my main use will be with Oblivion mods, usually unpacking RAR/Zip.
I may on rare occasion need to unpack something else, or to compress something.
I have used WinRAR, which did everything I needed, but I won't be renewing it.
I liked that WinRAR was simple, and didn't advertise at me or demand attention.
Also, seems 7-zip is a smaller program? I prefer small; my disk space is limited.
I was hoping that one of these options would behave similarly; being unfamiliar,
with these programs I thought I'd ask this forum before I DL/Install. Comments?

Media Player:
I was about to install the Windows Media Player that comes with Windows, but then
I remembered how the program would connect to the internet whenever I was online,
and then advertise at me *GrUmBlE* which irks me endlessly. I thought that perhaps
this forum might know of a free alternative? Or do all media players advertise at
you under the guise of being helpful? I mostly listen to music, usually from a CD.
I suppose I can set up a CD player, but then I couldn't hear music files sent me.
I might also like to watch a DVD in my computer; is there freeware that does that?

PDF Reader:
I have installed Adobe Acrobat, but have heard many recommendations for Foxit Reader.
Should I uninstall Adobe, and use Foxit instead? Why? I have never had issue, but I am
concerned if there are potential security issues with Adobe. Does Adobe put me at risk?

Disk Burner:
Lastly, I was wondering about burning CDs and DVDs. (Currently my computer won't burn
a thing, but that's because my DVD drive doesn't burn, and my CD drive is not attached)
When I have my DVD/CD drives sorted out (I may have to buy a new one/two?) I expect to
burn weekly copies of my work and my game files to prevent future grievances. Is there
any reason I should use something other than what Windows provides? Just wondering...
(I am not looking to burn movies or copy any copyrighted works or get into any trouble)

Thankyou in advance for hearing my needs/concerns and for any advice given on the matter.

Cheers ^_^
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rshaffer61

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7Zip
Foxit (smaller and less stressful on system resources)
Go HERE and scroll down to CD/DVD Burning Software for several choices. Suggestion CDBurnerXP
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Download free VLC Player
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Compression:Media Player:PDF Reader:Disk Burner:
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NomDeKeyz

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YaY, thanks for the up to date advice!
I'll give 'em a whirl! WheeeeeE! .^_^.

I tried ZipGenius, it's ok.
IZArc also looks promising.

Which 7-zip should I DL?
Download .exe 32-bit 1 MB
Download .msi x64 1 MB

Does GOM need anything additionally to run?
GOM is under 6 mb; VLC is almost 18 mb...
Makes me wonder if GOM is missing something?

I think Foxit is going to work best for me.

I DLed both burn recommendations; I will try
them out each when I have my drives working.
If BurnAware advertises at me to buy the full
version, then I will likely prefer CDBurnerXP.

Thanks again to you both, rschaffer61 and ARC.
I really appreciate the advice and info. Cheers.

Edited by NomDeKeyz, 21 October 2009 - 08:16 AM.

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Download .exe 32-bit 1 MB

Let us know how everything works out when you have decided. We always like to know good or bad what the final results are. :) :) :)
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