Here are some of the programs I use for different things... Sorry, no warranty express or implied, if ya like 'em, pay for 'em! 
First, you'll see the logo of the application, with a link to the site for each, then the official comments, and then my comments...

[Audio Apps] [Graphics Apps] [Misc. Apps] [Internet Apps]

My favorite graphics apps!
   The fastest picture viewer, browser, graphic converter, photo enhancer, manager and image sharing tool for home and professional use!
   ACDSee 3.1 (SR-1) is a powerful tool for digital imaging and multimedia file previewing. It displays your images and thumbnails very fast, so you can browse them quickly and view them in an instant. It gives you sharper image and enhancement functions like red-eye reduction, crop and color balance.
   Plus, it plays your sound and video files, gives you batch file functions like rename and convert, and plug-in features for everything from creating contact sheets to sharing images over the Internet.
Copyright © 1998 ACD Systems. All rights reserved. Protected by the copyright laws of the United States and Canada and by international treaties.
Simply the best image viewer I've ever seen! I use this exclusively!
Screen Paver is an easy to use make-your-own slideshow screen saver for Windows 95/98/NT4/2000/Me. The following features are available:
  • Support for JPEG, PNG, and bitmap image formats.
  • Use an unlimited number of images from local and/or network directories.
  • Adjustable image display time.
  • Display images in alphabetical or random order, or by file date.
  • Remember last image in alphabetical or by-date mode.
  • 32 user-selectable transition effects.
  • Adjustable transition speed.
  • Choose from a variety of different options for stretching/shrinking/tiling the images.
  • Preview images as thumbnails during directory selection.
  • Enable/Disable different image sets with a mouse click.
  • Automatically select all subdirectories.
  • Long filename captions with optional date can be displayed with the images.
  • Wallpaper can be easily created while previewing thumbnails.
  • Automatic wallpaper changer (last image displayed while running can be wallpapered).
  • Screen saver can be paused and continued during normal operation.
  • Screen saver can operate in manual slideshow mode.
  • Images can be advanced by hand in either normal or manual modes.
  • A user message can be placed over the images.
  • Selectable background color for images that do not fill the screen.
  • Password protection is supported.
  • Low $10 registration fee and online registration available.
This screen saver rocks! Choose any picture folders of your own, and it does a slide show of the contents! Totally awesome, and very solid! Who can pass up the $10 reg fee? Definitely worth a look!
Whether you’re a pro or a beginning artist, Bryce® 4 is an easy way to create, explore and animate extraordinary imagery. It’s perfect for multimedia, video and the Web.
A cool application for  creating some stunning pictures... Landscapes are it's specialty, but you can play a bit... Check out the link to my bryce images to see my dabbling with this cool program... 

Listed below are some of Xara X's key features - to see the full capabilities, take the feature tour.

See the full feature list

See what's new since CorelXARA

See what's on the Xara X CD

Very cool application... I have been playing with this at work lately, and it's very nice! Creates some really cool stuff!
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My favorite audio apps!

Winamp plays MPEG Layer 2 (MP2) and Layer 3 (MP3) audio streams and combines extensive functionality with an intuitive interface. It has a full-featured playlist editor and a 10-band graphic equalizer with user-definable presets that can automatically load specific files. It also features Windows Media Technology 4.0 input/output support and the industry-standard Fraunhofer MP3 decoder.
Winamp, put simply, kicks butt. When it includes every feature I need, why look elsewhere?
MP3 Strip_It! Digital merges your entertainment into your computer. With a single click of a mouse, you can convert your entire CD collection into small, high-fidelity sound files. Imagine having hundreds of Music CD's instantly accessible. Compress over 10 albums to mp3, burn them and take them wherever you go. Starting the first version in 1998, MP3 Strip_It! Digital has been on top of current technology with new releases every couple months. 
  • Digital Audio Extraction (DAE)
  • Support for BladeEnc.DLL and Fraunhofer Codec
  • Real-Time Encoder (No Intermediate WAV)
  • Disk-at-Once Encoding
  • Online Support Forum
  • Brand-new, easier to use Interface
  • New and Enhanced CDDB Support
  • Tons of Bug-Fixes
  • 80%% Rewritten Code
  • Analog Record (Guaranteed for all CD-ROM/Soundcards
MP3 Strip-It Digital works really well. The one feature I like that made me register this is that you can set up automatic filename filters. You can have it create directories for album name, artist name, etc. Very nice!
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My favorite miscellaneous apps!

NoteTab is a leading-edge text and HTML editor. Winner of top shareware industry awards in 1998, 1999, and 2000, this elegant application does it all: handle a stack of huge files with ease, format your text to your heart's content, use a spell-checker and thesaurus, and perform system-wide searches and multi-line global replacements. Build document templates, add bookmarks, convert text to HTML on the fly, and take charge of your code with a bunch of handy HTML tools. Use a simple, power-packed scripting language to create anything from a text macro to a mini-application.
NoteTab Pro totally rocks! This is absolutely a must-have utility. This is the 1st application I install whenever I'm setting up my system!
Iglyph Designs is the producer of Traymenu, a totally awesome little freeware app. It allows you to do the following:

Place shortcuts in system tray; organize shortcuts in pop up menus; expand folder shortcuts into cascaded menus. This is a very compact utility to explore your computer from the system tray.

Traymenu is a great tool, I use it all the time! Single click launch my favorite apps! Small, and totally easy to use!
WinZip Now WinZip brings the convenience of Windows to the use of Zip files and other compression formats. The optional wizard interface makes zipping and unzipping easier than ever. WinZip features built-in support for CAB files and for popular Internet file formats such as TAR, gzip, UUencode, BinHex, and MIME. ARJ, LZH, and ARC files are supported via external programs. WinZip interfaces to most virus scanners.
WinZip is another must-have... Most everything seems to come zipped, this undoes them! Another nice feature is auto-install of themes... Very nice...
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My favorite internet apps!
Download Internet Explorer 5.5 (SP1) and Internet Tools (Internet Explorer 5.5 (SP1) is only available via download). This is the newest version of Internet Explorer, with benefits for consumers and developers alike. Internet Explorer 5.5 SP1 provides the latest updates and security fixes to the Internet Explorer technology. Internet Explorer 5.5 SP1 can be installed as an upgrade to existing versions of Internet Explorer or on computers with no previous Internet Explorer installation. You'll enjoy the ability to apply Connection Manager as your default dialer when Dial-Up Networking is already installed, preview Web pages exactly as they'll appear when printed with Print Preview, and with improved support for DHTML and CSS, Web architects will appreciate the greater control over browser appearance and behavior. It's never been easier to get online, find the information you need, and just do stuff faster.
Internet Explorer is M$'s web browser. You don't like M$? You don't like the fact that the browser is automatically in your OS? You know what? TOO BAD! I LOVE IT! :) If you don't like it, don't use it!. This one is my personal preference, so I want it to stick around!
NewsBin is a tool to help you find cool stuff in Newsgroups which are located on Usenet. NewsBin will scan newsgroups that you specify for binary attachments and will download and decode these attachments for you.  You can then use a picture viewer or a multimedia player to view or play the content you downloaded.
NewsBin totally rocks... It works really well to fill up my HD with all the pix or music files I might want... The fact that I have DSL makes this app shine!
There were so many features listed on their site, that I had to just drop it down to the headers... Here is the real features page...
  • MultiWire™ multi-threaded transfer engine
  • Fully customizable look and feel
  • Non-stop File Transfers
  • Drag'n drop user interface
  • Transfer Queue
  • Scheduling
  • Net Speed Tester
  • Firewall Support
  • Advanced Features
  • System Support
  • PlugIn and API architecture
3D FTP is the best FTP client I've seen to date. Very solid, multi-threaded, not to mention some really kickass skins! :)
ICQ is a revolutionary, user-friendly Internet tool that informs you who's on-line at any time and enables you to contact them at will. No longer will you search in vain for friends or associates on the Net. ICQ does the searching for you, alerting you in real time when they log on. The need to conduct a directory search each time you want to communicate with a specific person is eliminated.

With ICQ, you can chat, send messages, files and URL's, play games, or just hang out with your fellow 'Netters' while still surfing the Net.
I know, there's a half-dozen decent programs out there to do the same thing. But, I don't want to run a half-dozen different programs all at once, when this one does all I need... :)
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