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Best Free Software

Thought this is a good thread to start. It can be trading related, but it doesn't have to be.

I'll get the ball rolling:

Debut Video Capture - so far the best free video / screen capture software I have discovered. Easy and efficient.... did I mention it's free?

GNU Backgammon - so much fun...

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Downloads, Total Recorder - captures any audio from the Internet, records audio from CD, microphone, line-in, converts any sound formats to WAVE file. Phone recording system.

Paint.NET - Free Software for Digital Photo Editing

Free text to speech software with naturally sounding voices -- Free NaturalReader

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Here are my favourites

Software which has an added value for me:

7-zip File Manager: An alternative to IZArc


Apache Open Office: A free alternative to Microsoft Office

Apache OpenOffice Downloads

Avast Antivirus: Have it running on my PC

avast! Free Antivirus | Download Antivirus Protection Software

Avira Antivirus: Runs in parallel with Avast

Avira Download Center

CCleaner: Get rid of all the rubbish from past installations, clean you internet logs and more

CCleaner - Standard

CPUID CPU-Z: Have a look at the configuration of your CPU and RAM

CPUID - System & hardware benchmark, monitoring, reporting

CPUID HWMonitor: Check the temparature of all your hardware components

CPUID - System & hardware benchmark, monitoring, reporting

Dropbox: Get 2 GByte of free space and access it from all your PCs, share with your friends

Finale NotePad: Listen to Buena Vista Social Club and write down the trumpet solos

NotePad Free Download - Finale NotePad

FileZilla: Free FTP, FTPS andSFTP client

FileZilla - Client Download

Free PDF + Ghostscript: Install Ghostscript first, then FreePDF. Works better than PDF Creator
Print PDF files from all your installed software via the print menu

Google Earth: View the earth from above

Google Earth

Inkscape: Free vector drawing tool

Inkscape. Draw Freely.

IrfanView: Viewer supporting a huge number of file formats

IrfanView - Official Homepage - one of the most popular viewers worldwide

IZArc File Manager: I use it everyday for compressing and unzipping files

IZArc - Download

Process Explorer: Much better than the Windows Task Manager

Process Explorer

Sharp Develop: Editor for quick editing of C# or NinjaScript files

Downloads @ic#code

Spybot: Scanning for spyware, adware and hijackers

The home of Spybot-S&D!

Teamviewer: Free tool for screensharing, online presentations and remote control

TeamViewer Download

VLC Media Player: Video player developed by students from the Ecole Centrale de Paris

VideoLAN - Official page for VLC media player, the Open Source video framework!

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software i like.

Eureqa Formulize - datamining. Eureqa Formulize

R - statistics and more. The R Project for Statistical Computing

QTStalker - charting Qtstalker: Table of Contents

FANN - Neural Network library Fast Artificial Neural Network Library (FANN)

GCC - compiler GCC, the GNU Compiler Collection - GNU Project - Free Software Foundation (FSF)

QTCreator - QT-development IDE Qt Creator IDE and tools Qt - A cross-platform application and UI framework

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Anti virus


Do you run antivirus on your trading computer?


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Another free anti-virus:

Nice musicplayer:

If you want to make encrypted disk spaces / partitions:
TrueCrypt - Free Open-Source On-The-Fly Disk Encryption Software for Windows 7/Vista/XP, Mac OS X and Linux

Anti spy-ware / worms / trojans etc:
Home - SurfRight

Organize your desktop (windows):
ObjectDock - Animated Dock for your Shortcuts and Widgets

Nice registry cleaner:
Glary Utilities - Free Utilities to Clean Registry, Fix PC Errors, Clean Privacy

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Do you run antivirus on your trading computer?


Yes, I do. Do not know whether this is necessary though.

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QuantLib: a free/open-source library for quantitative finance

Monte Carlo Simulation - CodeProject® <-- Code only

Encog NinjaTrader Getting Started - Encog Machine Learning Framework


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I am a big fan of Evernote ( as a 2nd brain. It is especially useful with the Clipper extension for Chrome which allows you to clip articles or web pages and then store them to read later on your computer or devices. It's free but it also has a monthly paid option as well.

AutoHotKey ( is a very lightweight but powerful automation tool. You can remap keyboard strokes or mouse clicks to pretty much anything you want (Also great for playing practical jokes on unsuspecting users! :-). However it will require some programming ability.

Synergy ( is a fantastic utility when you have multiple computers but you want to use just 1 keyboard and one mouse for all of them. When you set it up and have it running, when you move your mouse to the edge of the screen, it automatically moves the mouse on to the screen of the other computer. Very handy and very responsive! I use this to have my chart on one computer and my DOM on another computer, but still just use 1 mouse and 1 keyboard.

Dexpot ( is virtual desktop software for Windows. This can be handy when you want to have separate workspaces on your computer such as your office desktop (Email, Word, etc), a programming workspace (Visual Studio, Eclipse, etc), a trading desktop (Charts, etc)... and you get the picture. Some people like this... others don't.

WinDirStat ( is a great utility to visualize your hard drive and find where the files are that are taking up the majority of space on your hard drive. A definite must when you need to free up some space.

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