Useful programs and websites

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brainface:
I see a lot of mention of "Where do I download AIM??" etc, here. (like, at least twice.) So I'm starting a sticky thread specifically to list useful programs and or websites.
If you have any you want to add to the list, you know, reply to the thread, etc.

NoteNothing I link will ever have ads or a price. If it does, i'll specifically call it out. If I link to something purely for the macintosh, though, chances are i have no idea what it's like.


Communication: IRCish
AIM/ICQ protocol
MSN protocol
IRC


  Download site: http://www.mirc.com/get.html
  Platform: Windows
  Pricing: Shareware, will nag you to pay.
 



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Multiprotocol (AIM &/ Yahoo &/ IRC &/ google &/ etc.)


  Download site: http://gaim.sourceforge.net/downloads.php
  Platform: windows & linux clients
  Protocols supported: AIM/ICQ, Gadu-gadu, groupwise, irc, jabber, msn, napster, & yahoo.



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   Download site: http://www.adiumx.com/
   Platform: OS X
   Protocols supported: pretty much as gaim, but no irc support.
   Notes: similiar to Gaim but macintosh client



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   Download site: http://www.meebo.com
   Platform: runs in a webpage.
   Protocols supported: AIM/ICQ, Yahoo, jabber/Gtalk, and msn.
   Notes: Very convenient if you don't want to d/l a program.
   



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Communication: Voice chat


  Download site: http://www.skype.com
  Protocols supported: Skype or telephones only.
  Platform: Win (2000 or XP), Linux, OSX clients.
  Notes: good quality sound, 5 person limit. Specific pentium processors can support something like 11 people. Also gives you free phone calls to anywhere in the US.
  Pricing: basic package is free, may advertise for advanced features.
 



  *Teamspeak. need to figure this out b/f i can detail, but it sounds promising.
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Image editing


  Download site for windows: http://gimp-win.sourceforge.net/stable.html Gimp requires GTK.
  Download site for Max OSX: http://gimp.org/macintosh/ This DOES NOT look like an easy install on OSX
  Platform: Windows (98+), OS X, Linux (probably already installed on linux)
  Notes: Gimp is a full-featured image editing program, which means it can do about anything. The learning curve is significant: you're probably gonna have to follow some tutorials or something to figure it out.
 



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Multimedia editing


  Download site: http://audacity.sourceforge.net/
  Platform: Windows, Linux, Max OSX
  Features: The Free, Cross-Platform Sound Editor.
  Notes: windows install is somewhat complicated.
  Pricing: free
 



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Office/Word Processing


  Download site: http://www.skype.com
  Platform: Windows, Linux, Max OSX (requires X11)
  Features: Word processing, spreadsheet, database, presentation, math stuff, pdf export.
  Notes: pretty darn full featured, and mostly compatible with MS Office.
 



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    Download site: rough draft
    Platform: Windows only.
    Features: "best text editor ever"
    Notes: Geekling swore by it. Stargate provides a hopefully accurate link.
 



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Web browsers

DnD specific


Address: http://www.d20srd.org/
Features: entire fantasy SRD, Unearthed Arcana, those two creatures in the back of the MM2. Several tools: Monster & spell filter, some firefox goodies, etc.
Notes: Very convenient




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Address: http://d20npcs.wikia.com/wiki/Main_Page
Features:  If you are running D&D and don't want to spend too much time creating NPCs, this website has them in spades.
Notes: Project of Jürgen's. Additions welcome.




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Address: http://rpggraveyard.wikia.com/wiki/Main_Page
Features:  For telling the stories of all those player characters who died a particularly spectacular/gruesome/funny death.
Notes: Project of Jürgen's. Additions welcome.




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Lmns Crn:
Great idea! Care to add mIRC to the list?

brainface:
When suggesting other programs, try to add a blurb on clients, useful features, any drawbacks, etc. A sentence or so is good, there's no need for a dissertation.

(Also, if something has ads, a registration period, cost $10, etc., definitely mention that. :))

Raelifin:
Mmmm... Firefox
Mmmm... GIMP

Lmns Crn:
It should be noted that mIRC has a 30 day trial period, and a $20 registration cost. However, unregistered versions lose none of their functionality.

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