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RScogland 04-12-2002 10:51 AM

What are the top-5 free (100% legal) downloads of software for HTPC's? (Feel free to add inexpensive or "must-have" honorable mentions.)

ajira99 04-12-2002 11:35 AM

Here a 3 quick ones:

- Dscaler
- Winamp
- Zoomplayer

boykster 04-12-2002 11:36 AM


ajira99 04-12-2002 11:38 AM

Dohhh! Forgot about Girder! :p

dschmelzer 04-12-2002 11:41 AM

Top 5? I don't know about the others, but Sourceforge shows DScaler at about 3,000 downloads per day.

dkan24 04-12-2002 11:41 AM

if you have a Pronto then add supernudelist

Jonmx 04-12-2002 11:48 AM

Digital Theater is a nice user interface for HTPC.

DVD Lobby is a nice interface to page through your DVD collection. But it costs $15 if you want to really use it.

tixin 04-12-2002 11:56 AM

I can't believe PowerStrip is not mentioned! It's a must for me.


dkan24 04-12-2002 01:46 PM

powerstrip is not free

Namlemez 04-12-2002 01:55 PM

Check first line of my signature.

Reading this thread, looks like I'm missing some stuff...

tonypeps 04-12-2002 01:58 PM

Here's my input:

DScaler - vital
ZoomPlayer - vital for best picture and sound quality with out buying Theatertech
WinAmp - Great for music
YXY - Vital if you don't use TheaterTech or ZoomPlayer
SmartRipper - especially useful for keeping those unused Gigs of hard drive space warm.

Marcel J. Dumeny 04-12-2002 11:51 PM

DVD Profiler


Karnis 04-13-2002 06:41 AM

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Winamp- now has 24/96 playback
Girder - gives me a headache
YxY - aspect ratio control program (if your DVD player doesn't have it built-in)
Icon Hider - bye bye icons & taskbar
BZ hider - mouse hider

Namlemez: I've attached Icon Hider to add to your file store and when I fire up the HTPC I'll post BZ mouse hider as well.


iconhider.zip 33.78515625k . file

Karnis 04-13-2002 07:40 AM

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BZ mouse hide program attached


bzhider.zip 80.9619140625k . file

Mark Hunter 04-13-2002 08:14 AM


Is mouse hiding a biggie? If so, it wouldn't be too hard to put it right into IconHider. It mgith save a bit of hassle...


Karnis 04-13-2002 08:43 AM

big bigger biggest!

mitrepooc 04-13-2002 06:23 PM

Hi Mark,
Great little prog' please if you get the time add a mouse hider to iconhider.
I use a mouse hider prog now but it's a pain in the ars* to use.:D

windtrader 04-13-2002 10:30 PM


Give BZhider a try. It has been extremely benign on my system. Win98se, AMD, A7V mobo.


This was discussed before. I guess you now want us to beg. OK. Please! Please! Add the mouse hider option. It completes the goal of the function - make all signs of PC invisible. :D

If you are in the code anyway, it would be even better if during bootup you can disable the flashing of the icons. It's not a big deal but no harm in asking, right?

Terje 04-15-2002 02:30 AM

Daemon Tools
Since I've got ton of HD space, I normally create an image of my DVD files and use www.daemon-tools.com (D-Tools is freeware) to mount the DVD movies. It also supports ISO,Svcd's,Vcd's, and a whole lot of other formats.

PS: DVDIdle is also great, but it's shareware.


RScogland 04-18-2002 08:15 AM

This is the total list of recommendations I've seen so far. Now, out of these, are there any software programs that people recommend NOT using?

MicroSoft Windows XP
PowerStrip 3.15
MusicMatch JukeBox
Dscaler 3.1 (Dscaler 4 Alpha)
Digital Theater
DVD Lobby
Vidomi .442
VirtualDub 1.4
Nimo Codec Pack
ZoomPlayer 2.50 Final
ATI MMC DVD Player 7.5 (or 7.6)
DVD Genie 4.05
DVD Profiler
Icon Hider
BZ Hider
Sach's Serenescreen Marine Aquarium
ATi Multimedia Center 7.1
Daemon Tools

boykster 04-30-2003 01:19 PM

Note about IconHider (great program, by the way)...

If you're using ZoomPlayer (or any other sw player that allows the program to forcibly hide the taskbar), turn of this feature if you're using iconhider.

when playback stops, the program will "unhide" the taskbar...iconhider or not.

Took me a while to figure this one out :p


RDaneel 04-30-2003 01:51 PM

Another nifty utility for batch downloading of album and DVD covers is Gotcha Covered, which is still in beta - but is pretty functional. It isn't hard to figure out, and it got about 80% of my 200 albums in about 7 minutes (broadband is a must!). Works great if you use 4AM Music Console or something and need cover art...


Eiffel 04-30-2003 03:12 PM

Can't believe neither myHTPC (www.myHTPC.net) or Netremote (www.netremote.net) are on this list!

My favorites:
-Girder (and plugins)
-Deamon Tools
-MPEGtoTS (or rather TS to MPEG?)
-DVDProfiler (maybe not top 5, though)

There are so many great HTPC tools which are available free (or for a small donation)... wonder how they make do!

Karnis 06-09-2003 04:09 PM

bump for R. Wang

stgdz 06-09-2003 04:13 PM

Eiffel I can't believe that no one mentioned myHTPC either. Program is easy to use it isn't even funny.

mechou 06-09-2003 05:28 PM

For those of you linux (and PVR) inclined, I nominate MythTV. No personal experience with Freevo, but I 'd imagine similar functionality as MythTV.

And of course the above wouldn't be possible w/o XMLTV.

sargentsod 06-09-2003 10:14 PM

Since I saw that a codec-pack was mentioned on the first page, I want to add ReClock. If you want to get "a giant leap" near judder-free playback (if you have judder-problems at all) than this is the prog to go for.

hjackson 06-10-2003 02:01 AM

-myHTPC ->fanatastic and easy to use frontend
-Zoom Player->enough said
-Girder ->for total control
-DVDdecrypter->if you want ISO files, this is the program
-Daemon Tools ->no use having ISO files without it

Honourable Mentions
-Powerstrip ->didn't make top 5 because it's really shareware not free...
-Winamp ->didn't make top 5 because, well technically, it's not for hometheater, it's for home media!
-NetRemote -> not in top5 because the setup isn't that easy...


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