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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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