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I use youtube-dl for downloading videos from YouTube. It's a free console program (public domain licence), written in Python. I've used it on Windows and Linux and it worked well. (According to the official site it should work on Mac OS X too.) By default it downloads the video in the best quality provided by YouTube. If it's not playable with VLC you can ...


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GIMP is probably one of the most commonly used free alternatives to Adobe Photoshop for Windows: free, open source crossplatform many features in Adobe Photoshop are also present in GIMP, but Adobe Photoshop definitely contains more features, so most professionals use Adobe Photoshop (disclaimer: I work for Adobe).


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Handbrake is one of the best free (and open-source) video converters around. It's fast, powerful, and simple. It's also quite good at converting audio. It's a good match for you because it's... Free (Zero Cost and FOSS) Very lightweight - it does nothing but convert stuff Extremely feature-filled - you can tweak every aspect of conversion Simple and ...


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I personally use and recommend LICEcap. Great interface: select a region of the screen and set the frame rate and destination for the gif. No time limit on length of gif. OS X and Windows (can use Wine for Linux). LICEcap also allows some further gif customisation, including adding title frame with custom duration to the gif, setting a pause hotkey and ...


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Paint.NET is a free (as in beer, not as in speech) image editor. While it was originally intended as a replacement for the minimalistic Microsoft Paint, it has grown into a full-fledged image editor with many advanced features. The feature palette still lacks behind GIMP and Photoshop, but depending on what you want to do it might be enough. System ...


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I've been using Cygwin for some time now and it seems to do the job. It was very easy to install and I could choose from many different packages to install like vim, wget, etc. Cygwin Get that Linux feeling - on Windows Cygwin is a Unix-like environment and command-line interface for Microsoft Windows. Cygwin provides native integration of Windows-based ...


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WinSCP matches all your requirements. Graphical: Yes – There are two alternative interfaces: Commander interface: Explorer interface: Feels like a Windows explorer window: Yes – One of the interfaces is explicitly designed after Windows File Explorer. Supports drag and drop: Yes – Both between file panels and between other applications.Uploading via ...


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Windows 8+ only Assuming you're using Windows 8 or above, and want a whole screen screenshot, simply hit + PrtSc. This works anywhere, and is about the only way to get a screenshot of Universal apps. You can find these under your Pictures/Screenshot folder in your user folder. Sadly, this doesn't work in older versions of windows


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cmder It combines ConEmu, a Windows console emulator augmented with bash-like capabilities by Clink and msysgit. Some notable features include: Bash shell, through msysGit GNU C Compiler & GNU Make Perl cURL In-built SSH agent Command auto-completion Aliases (with the same syntax as bash) Paste from keyboard with CTRLV If you're looking for a package ...


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I use WinSCP. It doesn't install adware, and it has a simpler interface than FileZilla. It is easy to use and supports FTP, SFTP, and SCP. It can also save as many profiles as you want.


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Yes, you should use git*. Now let me explain why. Given the current (rather nebulous) set of criteria in your question the answer seems fairly obvious. If you knew any more, you wouldn't even be asking this question. You have already brought yourself to the edge of the cliff, now you just need coaxing to make the jump. * Or Fossil, Mercurial, Darcs, Bazaar, ...


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ffmpeg would do this, and I've had excellent luck with the winff front end to it. It'll give you the commands should you want to do it manually, let you batch stuff out, or strip out the audio. It also has a sane set of common presets for things you want to do


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So I eventually wrote a small benchmark using the libraries Steve Barnes had pointed at. I had found the same when looking for it as I was writing the question so I guess that's the main ones. Some other ideas that haven't tried yet: HDF5 for Python, PyTables, IOPro (non-free). In short, pandas.io.parsers.read_csv beats everybody else, NumPy's loadtxt is ...


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My first thought was "ok you need something like Greenshot" so, after some search, I found Shutter which offers the features you need (more info in this blog post). You can download it from Launchpad. More details: Capture options like capture a specific area or whole desktop Share options like generating shared link and Ubuntu One(which has stopped I think)...


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Dropbox now has this option out of the box. Any screenshot you take with PrtSc (or Alt+PrtSc for the current Window) is automatically saved to a "Screenshots" subfolder inside your "Dropbox" folder. (And consequently it is automatically uploaded too.) If you are installing a recent version of Dropbox then you get prompted to enable this feature, otherwise, ...


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I'm a long-time user of Trac. It's a Python based client-server application, which means you run it on the server, and the "clients" need nothing but a web browser to access it: Example screenshot from one of my projects / Android clients (click images for larger variants) It certainly matches your requirements: Creation of tickets: Sure. That's its ...


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Krita While technically a 2D paint application, Krita also works as a great Photoshop replacement. It essentially can do all the same things even if its in a different way. completely free available for Windows, Macintosh, linux portable when ZIP download is chosen around 90 MB big Youtube tutorials and PDF instructions Features Layer and Color ...


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I personally recommend 7-zip using the 7z archive format and LZMA2 compression algorithm. Maintains a relative directory structure. It is designed to be fully functional with filesizes up to "16,000,000,000 GB" (you can read that as 16 exabytes for simplicity) fairly high quality encryption - AES-256 - so security is mainly dependent on password quality. ...


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Team viewer is a great remote desktop tool that works on mac windows and linux, it is also free for non-commercial use it is also very easy to set up just install it on both PCs and enter id and password of the PC you want to connect to. it also has a feature to connect to your pc that you are not near. you can also connect to a different platform then what ...


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MSconfig can do 4/6 things you asked and is built in. Simply press WinKeyR to open the run window and type msconfig. This works on all versions of windows and in Windows 8, this can be found in the Startup tab of the task manager. For a fully featured tool however, Autoruns fulfills all your requirements. It is free and portable. I've used it for a while ...


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I like Format Factory. It supports a very wide range of formats and media types. Its features include: Fast and light, it does nothing but convert software. Supports a wide range of formats and media types. Supports batch converting. Supports skins. Is free as in beer. I'm not sure if it supports FLAC, though...


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For a Mac (and Windows) solution, you can try LICEcap LICEcap can capture an area of your desktop and save it directly to .GIF (for viewing in web browsers, etc). Features: Move the screen capture frame while recording. Pause and restart recording, with optional inserted text messages. Global hotkey (shift+space) to toggle pausing while recording ...


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The command line editor MLT melt can function as a command line player; this is what I get in terminal: $ melt ./testvideo.mp4 +-----+ +-----+ +-----+ +-----+ +-----+ +-----+ +-----+ +-----+ +-----+ |1=-10| |2= -5| |3= -2| |4= -1| |5= 0| |6= 1| |7= 2| |8= 5| |9= 10| +-----+ +-----+ +-----+ +-----+ +-----+ +-----+ +-----+ +-----+ +-----+ +---------------...


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Another great alternative is: https://www.symbolab.com/ It has also got a premium area, but its step-by-step solutions are free. Example Screenshot:


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Cygwin, already listed is a good solution. However, there is another alternative: MSYS. MSYS is much lighter weight than Cygwin, however it might not have everything you need. Obviously, you will have to evaluate that yourself. It definitely does meet all 5 of your bullet points. It's free, is has a Bash shell, you can interact with your current ...


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Babun I'm surprised nobody mentioned Babun, "a windows shell you will love". It's a preconfigured Cygwin that "just works", generally quite awesome out of the box. For a long time I used Git Bash (prettified with Console2), but I felt it quite lacking. I wanted more, but I was quite intimidated by Cygwin: I was afraid, perhaps ...


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There's no single replacement for Matlab in Linux. Matlab is really huge software package, including quite large library ecosystem. Octave is one free alternative for Matlab. It's missing quite a few features, but all basics are there. I have used both, but it's rather hard to give good evaluation based on my own feelings. This page lists some minor ...


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I have successfully used Tesseract for Optical Character Recognition, on Ubuntu. It is free, open source and maintained by Google. While not bad with Latin characters and numbers, it struggles with Japanese characters for instance. You might have to first feed it training data depending on what you want to get recognized. It can read from a lot of ...


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A tool that lets you do that is PDF-XChange Viewer. The free version will allow you to OCR your document in a variety of languages (you can download additional language packs for free) and add the OCR'd text as an overlay text layer you can copy from and search with CTRL+F. fast PDF viewer with a lot of features fast OCR engine (unless you choose the best ...


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