It has been about 4 years since I asked this
question. Now that we are in 2013, I am curious what people think now.
In brief, what is your favorite shareware (over freeware alternatives)? That is to say, what direct download applications between the price of $5 and $50 do you swear by?
Four years ago, my few examples included Reqall Pro (no longer use), Ultramon (still use), and WifiHopper (no longer use). I was also back then considering Evernote Premium (which I now use heavily).
Added bonus points for comments concerning the customer support of your favorite shareware titles. Freeware, Android and apple apps need not apply, unless they're supplementing a desktop/laptop based application.
posted by teg4rvn
on May 29, 2013 -
When I was in college in the mid-90s, I had a "game" (broadly defined) for my Macintosh Quadra 650 (aw yiss!) that was labeled ITA Choco. Here's
what seems to be a site by the creators (partially in Japanese, partially in 404 errors). What was the point of it? And what does the site say? [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock
on Feb 13, 2013 -
Your job requires you to do multimedia work from time to time but gives you only a standard Windows install with Office and MS Paint to do it with. Installing anything new requires a call to IT. Your nonprofit employer currently has no budget to buy you the software you need. What cheap or free utilities, plug-ins or browser extensions do you install while waiting for the clouds to open and copies of, say, Adobe CS Master Collection and Final Cut Pro to fall from the sky? [more inside]
posted by embrangled
on Jan 9, 2013 -
I can't justify the cost of photoshop. What freeware/shareware/open-source image editor for Windows comes closest in terms of capabilities and/or interface? [more inside]
posted by werkzeuger
on Feb 20, 2012 -
I need a computer program that can take the text of my novel and scroll it across the laptop screen like one of those LED ticker scrolling signs in Times Square. [more inside]
posted by Sully
on Jan 6, 2011 -
Can anyone recommend a very user friendly (preferably free or shareware) CAD program for MAC (10.5.8, non intel)? [more inside]
posted by getupandgo
on Dec 23, 2010 -
Can you help me remember the name of an old Macintosh game where you played as a pre-historic Homo Sapien? [more inside]
posted by yellowlightman
on Oct 1, 2010 -
I'm interested in a random sampling of opinions regarding software. What titles do you swear by shareware over freeware alternatives? [more inside]
posted by teg4rvn
on Jul 1, 2009 -
I need to find a game I've played so many years ago in the old Windows 3.11. [more inside]
posted by Leech
on May 1, 2009 -
I'm trying to remember the title of a space combat and exploration shareware game for the PC from the early 1990s. [more inside]
posted by greycap
on Jan 12, 2009 -
Are there any freeware or affordable shareware (under $50) programs for Windows I can use to track multiple escrow accounts? [more inside]
posted by Jenesta
on Jun 10, 2008 -
Is there a program that is free or shareware that works like Paint....except for Macintosh? [more inside]
posted by macgenius
on Mar 18, 2008 -
My job is boring and frustrating. I worry I'm wasting my life. I want to quit and write shareware for a living. Is this a sane idea? [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Feb 9, 2008 -
I would like to find a screensaver an artist friend can load his artwork into and sell, for PC's and Macs. [more inside]
posted by diode
on Oct 22, 2007 -
Can you recommend a free/shareware application for saving .jpgs of the active window with a hotkey? No nags/spyware preferred. [more inside]
posted by Roger Dodger
on Sep 10, 2007 -
What was this fascinating shareware video game? It involved writing LOGO or BASIC-like code to guide a ladybug on a tree branch past obstacles to a goal. [more inside]
posted by ostranenie
on Jun 3, 2007 -
Is there an easy, preferably open source way of editing MySQL table contents? I was hoping for something which would let me use Excel (or OO Calc) to edit the live database. I need to search/replace many items in a poorly imported database. [more inside]
posted by Yavsy
on Feb 6, 2007 -
Is the Mac Heist
bundle worthwhile? I'd really like to get TextMate
but they're still short $37,000 and I'd hate to pay $49 for everything but the product I want most. Is there any speculation of whether they might just throw it in after all?
posted by furtive
on Dec 14, 2006 -
My 19-year-old step-nephew is going back to community college to study graphic design this fall and he just saved up and bought his first Mac (a MacBook). What are the best shareware/freeware tools for OS X that he should get? [more inside]
posted by persona non grata
on Aug 18, 2006 -
Is there anywhere I can download software shareware and cost-free software with the assurance that it's spyware free? [more inside]
posted by delmoi
on May 19, 2006 -
Did you play first person shooters in the early 90s? Help me figure out the name of this obscure and relatively mediocre WWII game based on the incredibly limited amount of information I remember about it! [more inside]
posted by hypocritical ross
on Mar 30, 2006 -
Does anyone have experience with a good, lightweight shareware/freeware timer program that runs under WinXP? I just want to be able to set a timer on my desktop that will sound an audible alarm after an interval of my choosing. [more inside]
posted by Artifice_Eternity
on Nov 28, 2005 -
I am looking for a fault-tolerant file copying freeware/shareware (WinXP) for copying very large directories (> 100GB) from volume A to volume B. By "fault tolerant", I mean that the process won't die if a particular subdir or file won't copy, it will just keep on chugging and log the problem.
This kinda sounds like is a prettified, Windows equivalent of rsync. Anyone?
posted by everichon
on Aug 9, 2005 -
I am working on an academic project in which a significant question has come up -- why do people distribute software as freeware (not open source) or shareware in situations where it is just as easy to distribute it commercially, using systems like Palmgear or Handango? Is it because developers don't think these projects are as valuable, or are there other reasons? Does anyone have either written evidence or personal experiences to share?
posted by blahblahblah
on May 31, 2005 -
Howdy! Mac OSX folks: What's your favourite source for finding good Macintosh shareware/freeware? [more inside]
posted by NewGear
on Apr 15, 2005 -
I'm trying to find information on and/or a copy of an early/mid 80s shareware game called (I think) Flight. Does anyone remember it? [more inside]
posted by alan
on Apr 1, 2005 -
I've made a website for a relative; she wants to be able to add photos to it. I'm get her using WordPress to update the site, and she's got no problem with its upload procedure.
The problem is that she hasn't got good image editing software. None of the various options avialble to her (she's running Windows XP) allow her to crop an image to an aspect ratio; most don't even let her crop an image to a particualr pixel size. She shouldn't have to spring the big bucks for Photoshop. So my question is, what freeware/shareware is out ther for Windows users that allows users to crop to aspect ratio and pixel size?
posted by eustacescrubb
on Feb 14, 2005 -
I'm looking for shareware/freeware or Matlab .m files that will do Target Factor Analysis or Evolving Factor Analysis or some other chemometric technique that will allow me to analyze some titration data. The first few spectra are of a pure component and the later spectra are a mixture of components that I don't basis spectra for.
posted by 445supermag
on Jan 2, 2005 -
I'm looking for a good turbo listing program for ebay (I know I know) that works with Macintosh (OS 10.3). I have found one called GarageSale. Does anyone have experience with this or any other turbolister? I would prefer a shareware/free program, but am willing to pay if the program is highly recommended.
posted by getupandgo
on Dec 14, 2004 -
Are there any decent freeware/shareware DVD burning programs for win XP or should I bite the bullet and buy Nero?
posted by 445supermag
on Nov 27, 2004 -
I'm looking for simple GIF animation freeware/cheapware. What are your faves/dogs?
posted by ZenMasterThis
on Nov 24, 2004 -
I'm giving away an old tray-loading iMac (256MB, either 266 or 333Mhz, I really can't recall right now) to a friend and have loaded it up with productivity-related stuff. Now I'm looking for games I can download. Freeware and shareware, preferably, as opposed to warez (although if you care to recommend a NES/SNES/etc. emulator ...). In particular, is there a decent FPS I can download for this machine? [more inside]
posted by blueshammer
on Nov 5, 2004 -
Does anyone know of a freeware or shareware database program that can read and edit .fp5 files? I know they're proprietary to filemaker. [more inside]
posted by Metametadata
on Sep 15, 2004 -
A Mac OS X shareware app to catalog my home-taped video collection (on actual tape, not stored digitally) is surprisingly hard to find...
...there are classic apps, there are apps to catalog a collection of pre-recorded tapes/DVDs etc. but I want something that will help me keep track of what programme, what time code & on what tape all of the random stuff I've recorded over the years is.
posted by i_cola
on Aug 20, 2004 -
Abandonware filter: I'm a user of shareware called Cool Edit 2000. The instance of Windows where I have it installed went insane. I can't just re-register it, 'cause it needs to connect to syntrillium.com, which doesn't exist anymore: Adobe bought it, and no longer supports Cool Edit 2000 per se.
Is there any hope of my being able to replicate registry entries appropriately to make it work again? [more inside]
posted by Zed_Lopez
on Jul 28, 2004 -
This is kind of an embarassing question. Is there any decent cheap or shareware software for building basic websites? I know how to edit HTML pretty well, and even tinker with CSS to get it to do what I want, but I don't know how page structure/architecture really works. I want to build a very basic website where I can have an inaccessible image/media folder (to serve to my Blogger-hosted blog, which I'll eventually migrate to a subdomain) and just a few pages of text. All I get from the controls where my domain name is hosted (GoDaddy) is an IP address and a login. After that it's up to me, evidently.
posted by _sirmissalot_
on Jul 13, 2004 -
I am trying to download Processing
, but after I put in my Email it gives me a server error message. Does anybody know of an alternate download location (or would be nice enough to send me the installer)?
posted by signal
on Jun 10, 2004 -
I need to convert a scanned pdf to searchable text, without printing it out and scanning it back in using OCR. Also, I'd like a cheap or free solution since I'm not likely to use it
posted by nomis
on May 6, 2004 -
Any sound artists or signal processing engineers out there know of any good PC based software (ideally shareware) to convert FFT spectra into soundfiles? I can Fourier Transform waveforms to get frequency analysis easier than I can fall off a log, but doing it the other way round is not so straightforward for me. I'd ideally like to be able to import spectra as text files (or Excel or whatever) and then output them as continuous waveforms.
posted by nylon
on Mar 3, 2004 -
I'd like to use a font very similar to Adobe's Rockwell Roman
, but in trying to find a freeware/shareware version I'm hindered by the facts that I don't know what else it would be called, and that 90% of font sites are junk. Any recommendations on how I could go about finding such a font?
posted by oissubke
on Jan 30, 2004 -