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Applications and Utilities

LAN Party and Tournament Management

Simplify managing your events and tournament brackets.

IRC Clients

Oldschool and highly effective group instant messaging.

Voice Communication

Talk to your people.
  • Mumble - Windows, Linux, Mac. Open source.

Text to Speech

Get your computer to read to you while you do something else!

Text Editors

  • Dark Room - Distraction-free writing. Windows only.
  • JDark Room - Distraction-free writing. Windows, Linux, Mac.

BitTorrent Clients

Highly effective peer to peer file sharing.

Streaming Software

Multimedia Players

  • VLC - The best multimedia player on planet Earth. Windows, Linux, and Mac.
  • WinAMP - Windows and Android.
  • GOM Player - Based on VLC. For watching Starcraft on Korean TV.

Multimedia Conversion

  • FFMPEG - The defacto cross platform standard. Command line.
  • WinFF - FFMPEG GUI for Windows.

Code Editors

  • Notepad++ - One of the best. Windows only.
  • gEdit - Good cross platform alternative to Notepad++.
  • SciTE - The editor based on the original component pretty much everyone uses.
  • Sublime Text - Commercial but great. Code map feature.

FTP Clients

Web Browsers

  • Google Chrome - Fast. Comes with Flash built-in, so you will not need to install Adobe.
  • Firefox - Mozilla's flagship browser.


  • bsnes - SNES and NES.
  • DOSBox - Run DOS games and applications. Windows, Linux, Mac.
  • Virtual Box - Run an OS in your OS.
  • zsnes - SNES. Windows, Linux, Mac.

Other Software

  • LibreOffice - Community fork of Open Office. The new standard since the Oracle takeover of Open Office.
  • WinMerge - The utility for doing code or text document merges on Windows.