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« on: July 29, 2006, 03:02:15 PM »
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.

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Nothing 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.


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AIM/ICQ protocol
MSN protocol
IRC
    mIRC

      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.)
      GAIM

        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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      Adium

         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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      Meebo

         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
        Skype

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

            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
            Audacity

              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
              Open Office

                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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              Roughtdraft

                  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
                HTML D20 SRD

                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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                The d20 NPCs Wiki

                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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                The RPG Graveyard

                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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                « Reply #1 on: July 29, 2006, 04:29:05 PM »
                Great idea! Care to add mIRC to the list?
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                « Reply #2 on: July 29, 2006, 04:44:53 PM »
                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. :))
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                « Reply #3 on: July 30, 2006, 11:14:14 AM »
                Mmmm... Firefox
                Mmmm... GIMP

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                « Reply #4 on: July 30, 2006, 11:35:31 AM »
                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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                « Reply #5 on: July 30, 2006, 11:55:48 AM »
                Quote from: Luminous Crayon

                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.


                well... after that first second or two, anyways. during then, they have no functionality whatsoever.
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                « Reply #6 on: July 30, 2006, 01:54:38 PM »
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                Mmmm... GIMP
                Someone else[/i] uses Gimp? And recommends it??
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                « Reply #7 on: July 30, 2006, 03:13:55 PM »
                GIMP is awesome, I highly reccomend it!
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                « Reply #8 on: July 30, 2006, 04:04:51 PM »
                It seems as though it has a bit higher learning curve than PSP or Photoshop; any good "First Time Gimpers" tutorials out there?
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                « Reply #9 on: July 30, 2006, 04:23:18 PM »


                also, the gimp help file

                What i've always done is google searched what i wanted to do, then done it. You can do things 50 ways in gimp, so, you know: learning curve?

                You definitely have to be willing to read help files and do google searches to use gimp. Or either spend a lot of time playing with it and going "hey, what does that[/] do?"

                I might need to add a tutorials section to the links i'm giving...
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                « Reply #10 on: July 30, 2006, 06:12:00 PM »
                I had recommended GIMP previously on this site... way to take my cookie, guys. :dry:

                I can't believe no one has recommended OpenOffice yet... for shame.  For those who don't know, OpenOffice is a completely free office suite, on the same level as, if not better than, Microsoft Office.

                Audacity may not be as generally useful for all people, but I would recommend it.  For Windows users, it is a non-standard install.  You'll also need to get LAME, an MP3 encoder, if you plan to use the files you make in other programs.

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                « Reply #11 on: July 30, 2006, 08:28:10 PM »
                yeah, i didn't recommend openoffice cuz i was going for "programs specifically useful for dnd".
                I can recommend a lot of generically useful programs. :)
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                « Reply #12 on: July 30, 2006, 09:49:25 PM »
                Can somebody dig up some more IRC clients?  Not everyone uses Windows y'know...
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                « Reply #13 on: July 30, 2006, 10:11:04 PM »
                wait, wait: admium does irc for the mac.

                wait, bar that: gaim does, but admium doesn't.
                admium recommends colloquy: http://colloquy.info/

                But as far as mac stuff in general goes, you're pretty much gonna have to ask people who use a mac, as far as i can tell. Even the gtk-stuff that ostensably has mac clients are gonna be... difficult on the mac, as far as i can tell.
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                « Reply #14 on: July 30, 2006, 10:13:00 PM »
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