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Ninite – A Jaw Dropping One Shot Multiple Application Installer

imageI’ve used, reviewed, and discarded, a mix of free “One Shot” installer applications – applications which download and install multiple user selected applications, in one pass. The only keeper from the 5 or 6 I’ve looked at is, Ninite .

Since I dedicated a machine to run with Windows 8, a few weeks ago (which has run flawlessly, BTW), I finally got to the point where it was time to install a few of my favorite applications and, of course, I turned to Ninite to get the job done.

I choose to download, and install, the following applications – Chrome, ThunderBird, Google Talk, Glary Utilities, Revo Uninstaller, Songbird and TrueCrypt.

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A small downloader (248 KB) – launched from my download folder, started the download and install process – as shown in the following screen capture.

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Within a very few minutes (less than 4 minutes), the applications were installed (as shown in Windows 8 Metro UI), and ready to run. And, that’s the “jaw dropping” part – 4 minutes to download and install 7!!!, applications. Wicked!

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Windows – Just a small sampling of what’s available.

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If you’re a Linux user (and, I’m a dual booter), you haven’t been  forgotten.

Linux – What’s available.

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Fast facts:

No Clicking Next – Ninite fully automates installers off-screen.

No Toolbars – Ninite automatically says “No” to toolbars and other junk.

Always Up-to-date – A Ninite installer always gets an app’s latest version no matter when you made it.

It Updates Too – Just run your Ninite installer again and it will update the apps to their latest versions.

No Signup – Ninite just works. No account, signup, or client needed.

32 and 64-bit – Ninite installs the best version of an app for your PC.

International – Ninite installs apps in your PC’s language.

If you’re the kind of geek who’s into helping less experienced users – this is a terrific way to help them install the freeware applications that you know, through experience, are a “must have”. Best of all, once the installer is activated Ninite does the rest – automatically and in the background.

System requirements: Windows XP, Vista, Win 7 (x64 support).

Go to: Ninite site

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Ninite – Use It To Automatically Install Selected Freeware On Family And Friends Computers

Time flies, for sure – it’s hard to believe that it’s been almost a year since I last looked at Ninite, a bulk downloaders services/application that downloads and installs multiple user selected applications, in one pass.

Just a small sampling of what’s available:

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The chances that a computer user will have to rebuild a system at some point is fairly high. There are multiple reasons why this might be necessary – an unrecoverable malware infection; system file corruption; system upgrade; and more.

As a “super geek”, the only reason you’ll rebuild is system upgrade time, hopefully. But, your friends and family … well, that’s a different story.

It’s probable that you (as the “on call” tech expert), have a specific list of freeware applications that you install on all machines on which you get the “help me” call. And, if you do, you can save yourself a “service” call by utilizing Ninite to your advantage.

Here’s an example:

I choose to download the following applications – Klitecodecs, Recuva, Skype, and Winamp. Ninite then created a specific URL – http://ninite.com/klitecodecs-recuva-skype-winamp/, in this case, from which the download was launched.

Should I then wish to share these applications (which will install automatically, without user intervention), with ……. – it’s as easy as sharing the URL.

How cool is that!

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Fast facts:

No Clicking Next – Ninite fully automates installers offscreen.

No Toolbars – Ninite automatically says “No” to toolbars and other junk.

Always Up-to-date – A Ninite installer always gets an app’s latest version no matter when you made it.

It Updates Too – Just run your Ninite installer again and it will update the apps to their latest versions.

No Signup – Ninite just works. No account, signup, or client needed.

32 and 64-bit – Ninite installs the best version of an app for your PC.

International – Ninite installs apps in your PC’s language.

This is a terrific way to help less experienced users install the freeware applications that you know, through experience, are “must have”. Best of all, once the installer is activated Ninite does the rest – automatically and in the background.

System requirements: Windows XP, Vista, Win 7 (x64 support).

Go to: Ninite site

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FreeApps Downloader Not Up To The Competition

imageThis year we’ve looked at a number of what I call ”bulk downloaders” – services/applications that download and install multiple user selected applications, in one pass.

So far this year we’ve looked at Ninite, which provides a generous listing of freeware applications, LiberKey which installs up to 180+portable applications, and ZeuAPP, which makes it easy to download a host of freeware programs.

Now, we have additional choice in this software arena with the release of FreeApps. I’ve heard some good things about this new entry, and decided to give it a try.

The basic premise with all these services/applications is, you choose your applications from a smorgasbord menu.

For example, the following FreeApps screen capture shows I choose – Smart Defrag, Open Office, CutePDF Writer, VLC Media Player, and DAEMON Tools Lite. (This screen shot shows only a partial list of the available applications)

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Once your selection is made, you then give permission for the installer to be download to your computer.

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When the setup file is executed from your download location, a three stage process is activated, as the following screen shots indicate.

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As it turned out, I choose to cancel CutePDF Writer and DAEMON Tools Lite, since they both contain a “hated” toolbar.

As well, I choose to cancel downloading OpenOffice since the download speed was far to slow at 32 kbit/s. Downloading directly from the developer’s site would have been dramatically faster.

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Overall impression:

I found this application needlessly complicated, slow to respond, and whereas Ninite does not install toolbars with the applications you choose, this application does. A major blunder in my view. For more on toolbar blunders, see – We Don’t Want No Stinkin’ Toolbar! here on this site.

If this application was the only application of its type, it would still be a long stretch to give it a lukewarm recommendation. Since it isn’t, I suggest you avoid this application altogether. The competition, especially Ninite, has it beaten hands down.

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Download ZeuAPP – A One Shot, 82 Freeware Applications Installer

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The chances that a computer user will have to rebuild a system at some point is fairly high. There are multiple reasons why this might be necessary – an unrecoverable malware infection; system file corruption; system upgrade; and more.

Earlier this month, I wrote about a system rebuild on one of my personal machines following the expiry of Windows 7 RC. A long boring reinstall of all the free applications I’m use to running on that machine, was made easier, and less time consuming, by running a very neat software solution, Ninite.

Ninite, allowed me to install selected applications, from a generous listing of freeware applications, in one single pass.

ZeuAPP is a relatively similar type of application installation tool (for the purists out there, yes, there are differences), which can make it much easier to download a host of freeware applications.

Following the installation of this portable application, you will be presented with the following screen from which you can choose a wide range of applications running from Archivers, through Graphic applications, to Utilities, and more.

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As the graphics illustrates, you have a choice of visiting the selected application’s Web Site or, downloading the application straightaway.

Following your successful download, the application’s installer package is automatically launched, given you a “no fuss”, “no muss”, installation.

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Applications included:

Archivers: 7-Zip, Peazip, TUGzip, IZarc, Universal Extractor.

Audio: Audacity, JetAudio, musikCube, Aimp

Video: Miro, VLC media player, Mplayer, GOM, Winamp

Chat-IM: Skype ,Windows Live Messenger, Google Talk, Pidgin, ICQ, aMSN, Miranda IM, Yahoo! Messenger 10

Internet: Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Opera, Safari, Maxthon, Avant Browser, Flock, Thunderbird3,

Download Manager: FlashGet download manager, YeahReader, RSSOwl, WinSCP, FileZilla

CD Burners: CDBurnerXP, ImgBurn

P2P-File Sharing: uTorrent, Gnucleus, Cabos, Vuze, BitComet, eMule, DC ++, Frostwire

Games: YoFrankie!, Cube 2, SuperTuxKart, Freeciv,  World of Padman

Graphic: Blender, Gimp, Paint.NET, IrfanView, PhotoFiltre, Picasa, XnView, Easy Thumbnails

Office: KomoZer, Freemind, Notepad++, Xe macs, OpenOffice, AbiWord, Adobe Reader, Bluefish

Security: ClamWin, Nmap, Eraser, TruCrypt, Wireshark, Avast! Home Edition, AVG Free, BitDefender Free Edition, Ad-Aware

Utility: CCleaner, FreeComander, ReNamer, Chaos MD5, Rainlendar, Launchy

System requirements: Windows

Download at: ZeuSoft

For that inevitable day, when you have to do a system rebuild, having this application installed on your USB drive will make the job much easier.

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Download and Install Selected Software in One Pass with Free Ninite

image Microsoft has pulled the plug on Windows 7 RC and the result is, systems running Windows 7 RC now shut down every two hours. Not a problem really, (or it shouldn’t be), since Beta testers were aware this was coming.

Since I had been running Win 7 RC on a test platform though, this revolving two hour shutdown was a bit of a pain – I won’t say where. This particular machine is never turned off; it’s always running an application, of one type or another. The last re-boot on this machine was 6+ months ago.

So Win 7 RC had to go and the solution, in this case, was to make a clean install of my old standby OS – XP Pro, which was both easy and fast. Having done that, then came crunch time – a long boring reinstall of all the applications I’m use to running on that machine. But, there’s always a solution to even the most annoying problems with technology. In this case the solution lay with a small free on line application – Ninite.

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I simply navigated to the Ninite site, chose the applications I wanted to install (CD Burner XP, IrfanView, Opera 10.5, WinAmp Lite), from a menu of applications, clicked “Get Installer”, and since Ninite installs the latest version of each application with default settings (no annoying browser toolbars), I was good to go.

Note: The graphic shown above, represents only a small portion of available application.

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The process is simple and highly intuitive as the following graphics illustrate.

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You can see from this graphic that the executable downloaded properly into my download folder.

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Running the install application is a very familiar step – no learning process involved here!

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After the install application had finished, clicking on “show details” confirmed that the individual applications had installed correctly

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To give you an idea of the time savings involved here; from the time I clicked on to the Ninite site, chose the applications I needed, through to the completed individual application install process – less than 6 minutes had elapsed. To tell you the truth, I found the whole experience “jaw dropping”.

I’m generally not at a loss for words, but this experience left me absolutely dumfounded. What a fabulous application! As one geek was quoted as saying, “it’s so simple even Grandma can pull it off”. I’m in total agreement.

System requirements: Windows XP, Vista, Win 7 (x64 support).

Go to: Ninite site

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