thedeadparrot (thedeadparrot) wrote,

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Miniapps Software pimpage

I'm so digging what I like to call "miniapps", open source applications designed to be small, lightweight and functional. Pulled a lot from the The Open CD, so they all work in Windows (obviously). It's so useful, because I'm still addicted to the Mozilla Suite, the big lumbering giant it is, because the mail integration is excellent, and I still use the composer when I edit my webpages. With the miniapps, I can have Mozilla, Photoshop, a music player, and a word processor open at the same time, with really losing too many resources.

The list:
Miranda-IM - a small, multi-protocol (AIM, MSN, ICQ, IRC, and Yahoo!) IM client. I usually don't like/need the bells and whistles of most clients, and this perfectly suits my needs (the download's only about 700kb, too). Like most other things on this list, it's extensible.

Foobar2000 - Music player. Much lighter than iTunes, but not a very good interface. I love the tabbed playlists, though. Yis. Useful when I just need a light player.

AbiWord - Microsoft compatable word processor. All I really need when I write are a) wrapped text, b) a word count, and c) a spellchecker, because my spelling suck smelly monkey bottoms. That's not all the program can do, but it's a far sight less bloated and resource eating than Word.

So, that's all I have right now. I like them a lot, but I know they're not for everyone.
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