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Woebot
01-02-2010, 09:00 PM
any software you actually *love*?

i love this (http://www.hollowearth.org/blog/2010/02/commotion.html).

craner
01-02-2010, 09:04 PM
Bruce Lee on cassette for the ZX Spectrum +

Um, is that software? Don't know, but I do love it.

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connect_icut
01-02-2010, 09:35 PM
Well, Max/MSP, which I've discussed extensively in another thread (http://www.dissensus.com/showthread.php?10132-Weird-world-of-MaxMSP-PD-etc-geekary).

On the music/audio front, I've also been getting a lot of use out of SoundHack recently - a great free tool for combining sounds to create beautiful drones and atmospheres.

But retro-gaming, now that's another matter. I use - and though it shames me to admit it, love:

MacMAME - for playing vintage video game ROMs on the Mac
ZXSP - crazy Spectrum "simulator", which actually requires the user to load games from virtual tapes!
SMS Plus - Sega Master System emulator

massrock
02-02-2010, 03:35 PM
I sued to love Zeus Assembler for the ZX Spectrum. Beautiful minimal thing.

Also Sculpt-Animate 4D for the Amiga. Even with an accelerated Amiga it would take tens of hours to render a few seconds. But it was nice to use and just so fresh that you could even do that on a home computer.

Sometimes I love Ableton Live.

woops
02-02-2010, 03:59 PM
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mistersloane
02-02-2010, 04:17 PM
I'm very enamoured with IShowU

http://store.shinywhitebox.com/home/home.html

which is like SnapzPro but better and doesn't phone home to American Universities every 5 seconds.

It captures whatever you do onscreen, audio and video. The first time I used it I genuinely thought it was magic - you can capture video you're streaming and the audio. It felt like I was actually inside the computer at last, instead of just watching it; I was finally interacting with my use of the computer, rather than just using it.
Now if I just leave it on I get these moments where what I'm making/watching and what I'm listening to kindof symbolically slide against each other. I record what I do and watch it back, it's a hermetically sealed process. It's certainly my most used program. I don't know if I'm in love though. That would be cheating against the memory of my Amstrad word processor, and I was definitely in love with that; nothing beats green words and cursor on a black screen.

CHAOTROPIC
02-02-2010, 05:09 PM
Word processors aren't what they used to be. Have you tried Writeroom Sloane?? :cool: http://www.hogbaysoftware.com/products/writeroom

mistersloane
02-02-2010, 05:32 PM
Word processors aren't what they used to be. Have you tried Writeroom Sloane?? :cool: http://www.hogbaysoftware.com/products/writeroom

That's pretty good! I'll have to have a look around for fonts that are right but yeah, thanks! Retro heaven.

Dusty
02-02-2010, 10:47 PM
I love VRay - a render engine for use with most 3D apps. I like 3D modelling but I love only VRay with its simulation of light down to the ISO and F-Stop settings of your virtual camera, and physical sky.

sufi
08-02-2010, 09:09 PM
i ♥ http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/3/3e/Phed.pngMicrosoft Photo Editor (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Microsoft_Photo_Editor"Microsoft_Photo_Editor), sorry
very simple, free, and sadly no longer available image editor, appeals to the consumer primitive in me

i also have strong affection for other really basic kit like:
renamer fairy (http://www.olliholliday.co.uk/renamerfairy)
textpad (http://www.textpad.com)

and a somewhat twisted fascination with excel, which is certainly not love, but is not a normal working relationship either

Woebot
10-02-2010, 02:56 PM
I love VRay - a render engine for use with most 3D apps. I like 3D modelling but I love only VRay with its simulation of light down to the ISO and F-Stop settings of your virtual camera, and physical sky.

I'm sure I could google this but does VRay work with Maya? I use Mental Ray, and have been tempted to buy Renderman but have never looked at VRay. How does it compare?

m99188868
01-04-2010, 02:23 PM
Dropbox.

It's not really the kind of program you feel really passionate about, but makes life so much easier that you wonder how you ever managed without. The horror of lost usb keys! Last-minute mailing articles to yourself! Ne-ver a-gain :)

www.getdropbox.com

Dusty
01-04-2010, 03:00 PM
http://www.vray.com/vray_for_maya/

When you are up to the level of Vray and Mental Ray there is nothing between them, Both are as high end as you could realistically go when it comes to rendering software. The only real limitation is the skill of the user. If you have one and have learnt how to use it I wouldn't recommend forking out for another.

bob effect
01-04-2010, 03:28 PM
Dropbox.

It's not really the kind of program you feel really passionate about, but makes life so much easier that you wonder how you ever managed without. The horror of lost usb keys! Last-minute mailing articles to yourself! Ne-ver a-gain :)

www.getdropbox.com

This this and thrice this. The best realised online (though it doesn't seem like it's online) storage/ sharing solution by a mile imo.

grizzleb
01-04-2010, 04:33 PM
FL studio is probably responsible for 99% of the more interesting ghetto sheez that's been coming out of dance music, funky, juke, etc. A great program that has opened up electronic music making 2 da masses.

Foobar is amazing for its simplicity and high functionalism.

Dusty
01-04-2010, 10:03 PM
I miss foobar the most now I'm on mac. Badly needs a conversion.

Ness Rowlah
03-04-2010, 02:29 AM
Gmail and Google Reader for browsing. Tweetie/Byline for iphone.
Opera - for its overall smartness; Mouse Gestures+directory of photos on your HD = fastest way to browse through hundreds of photos.

But software has a long way to go - most people are still using IE, have no idea what RSS is and browsing the web using back and forward buttons like it was Netscape Navigator in 1997.

Bang Diddley
14-04-2010, 01:40 PM
Google Googles for Android phones.

Point your camera at an object and the app scans the image, connects to the internet and does a search based on the scanned image. The object can be a CD, bottle of wine, piece of artwork, location. Brilliant.

http://www.google.com/mobile/goggles/#landmark

Benny B
16-04-2010, 06:55 PM
After finally giving up on getting Audacity to record radio streams using Windows 7, I came across this nifty free toolbar that makes it a piece of piss: Freecorder 4 (http://www.applian.com/sound-recorder/).

Petchy's getting recorded tomorrow night for starters :)

Slothrop
11-11-2010, 05:18 PM
Bash. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bash_(Unix_shell))

pattycakes
11-11-2010, 07:26 PM
keep meaning to check foobar out...


xplorer˛ - total windows explorer shell replacement. but the reason i use it is for it's cut&copy queues. no more waiting for one copy job to finish before you start another. not really into having lots of copy jobs on at once. just select 'add to queue'

dbpoweramp - easily my favorite audio format converter. been using it for years. right click a file and select covert to... nice selection of codecs to choose from.

better file rename - all kinds of nifty single or batch file renaming. want to make everything lower or proper case? or add sequential numbers or a word to the beginning of a group of files? how about replacing every '_' with a space? what about removing any instance of a specific word from a load of files? boom.

agent ransack - advanced search program. what the hell have microsoft done to the new search in 7? this one is quicker than the old one tho and more configurable.

acronis true image - the number of times this thing has brought me back from all manner of effedness. backup your system, folks!

easyrecovery - same as above except for deleted files.

mipony - best rapidshare et al. download manager. does all the waiting, captchaing and even extracting of archives for you.

nutchord - tap in a chord or scale and it tells you what it is. also does the reverse and shows you all chords and scales on guitar, bass and piano.

soulseek - still amazing for things that you can't find anywhere else. just need a bit of patience.

usb safely remove - replaces windows 'remove hardware' thingy in the taskbar notification area. way more reliable than windows' built in one. if something cannot be stopped because it's in use, it tells you what processes are using it and gives you the option to close them. most of the time it just removes it tho.