Software Alternatives & Reviews

What’s an extremely useful website most people probably don’t know about?

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  1. Ninite is the easiest way to install software.

    I spent all this time writing a powershell script at my one job to completely automate the process of a new install, using Choco to automatically install whatever apps you chose. Get a new job and one of the first things they tell me about is ninite.com and now my script is pointless. :).
  2. Internet Archive is a non-profit digital library offering free universal access to books, movies...

    Entertainment: Project Gutenberg - Free books The Internet Archive - A non-profit library of millions of free books, movies, software, music, websites, and more OpenLibrary - download out-of-copyright books, borrow in-copyright books LibriVox - Free audio books Podiobooks.com - free audiobooks mostly from self-published authors. Documentary Heaven - Free documentaries TopDocumentaryFilms.com and...
  3. ZLibraryPart of Z-Library project. The world's largest ebook library.

    To add: https://z-lib.org/ same pool of files (supposedly) as Library Genesis, different front-end, some prefer it.
  4. Easily monitor Amazon product prices and get alerts when they drop.

    Http://twoyoutubevideosandamotherfuckingcrossfader.com/ - does what it says Https://camelcamelcamel.com/ - You can watch price changes on Amazon and activate alerts on price drops.
  5. Check if your account has been compromised in a data breach

    Online checker for breach in personal information(not sure how secure): https://haveibeenpwned.com/.
  6. AlternativeTo lets you find apps and software for Windows, Mac, Linux, iPhone, iPad, Android, Android Tablets, Web Apps, Online, Windows Tablets and more by recommending alternatives to apps you already know.

    There's https://alternativeto.net Which give you alternative for a given software. For example you're not rich enough too pay for adobe photoshop than you will be able to see gymp or crita. All the software are also categories with operating system or the cost.
  7. Browse through over 150 billion web pages archived from 1996 to a few months ago.

    Http://web.archive.org/ AKA The way back machine. Ever wonder what a website looked like on a specific date up to decades ago? It is probably cached there and you can view some really cool stuff.
  8. An interactive map of live radio stations across the globe.

    Already been mentioned but I LOVE radio.garden to hear stations from almost anywhere in the world.
  9. JustBeamIt is a beta service that makes transferring files easy with drag and drop file transfers.

    How is this a downside? It's just apt-get install wormhole and it's a one-time-only operation. Saying that this is a downside is equivalent to saying that typing https://justbeamit.com into the URL box is a downside. If you need large scale deployment of servers with wormhole, just make a custom distro or docker image with it preinstalled.
  10. Every Noise At Once is a web app that lists every single music genre in an explorable, listenable...

    Https://everynoise.com/ Just typ in the artist and this website shows you the distinct music-gerne of that artist.
  11. Sleepyti.me is a bedtime calculator that can help you calculate when to fall asleep.

    Sleepyti.me! It’s a sleep cycle calculator. Tells you when to fall asleep to get the most rest out of your night. Also useful for those nights you can’t sleep and need to know when it will be easiest to wake up.
  12. "When the price is right, you will play all night."

    I scrolled for a while and didn't see this one but ITAD! The compare prices from game stores basically. Search for almost any game and they can tell you where the best price is.
  13. convert anything to anything - more than 200 different audio, video, document, ebook, archive, image, spreadsheet and presentation formats supported.

    Http://cloudconvert.com - convert documents and images between formats. (I wouldn't use it to convert anything private though).
  14. Bypass Paywalls is a web browser extension to help bypass paywalls for selected sites.

    If you're using Firefox or Chrome, there's a great extension called Bypass Paywalls that works for NYT and a lot of other sites.
  15. The ultimate goal of the Open Library is to make all the published works of humankind available to...

    Entertainment: Project Gutenberg - Free books The Internet Archive - A non-profit library of millions of free books, movies, software, music, websites, and more OpenLibrary - download out-of-copyright books, borrow in-copyright books LibriVox - Free audio books Podiobooks.com - free audiobooks mostly from self-published authors. Documentary Heaven - Free documentaries TopDocumentaryFilms.com and...
  16. A simple service to tell you whether a website is down.

    Https://downdetector.com/ Let's you know if you're internet is on the fritz or if the website you're trying to connect to is not running correctly.
  17. Reddit gives you the best of the internet in one place. Get a constantly updating feed of breaking news, fun stories, pics, memes, and videos just for you.

  18. Custom shaped online noise machines. Many Many generic sounds

    Rain.Today and MyNoise They offer high quality white and pink noise, without any advertisement, the effect when using headphones is similar to active noise cancellation technology, although with its shortcomings it is a great alternative in noisy places.
  19. The sane way to manage software on Windows.

    On a similar note, Chocolatey provides a command line package manager similar to what you find on Linux.
  20. It provides mass and public access to tens of millions of research papers

    Https://sci-hub.se - All scientific articles, published in full for free.
  21. free public domain audiobooks

    Entertainment: Project Gutenberg - Free books The Internet Archive - A non-profit library of millions of free books, movies, software, music, websites, and more OpenLibrary - download out-of-copyright books, borrow in-copyright books LibriVox - Free audio books Podiobooks.com - free audiobooks mostly from self-published authors. Documentary Heaven - Free documentaries TopDocumentaryFilms.com and...
  22. Temporary disposable e-mail service to beat spam. Avoid spam with a free secure e-mail address.

    Https://10minutemail.com is amazing for when you need a temporary email but don’t feel like taking 5 minutes. No sign up or anything. Literally just load into the website and you can make all the alt accounts you want with as many emails you can generate.
  23. A collection of documentaries available for streaming

  24. Remove the background of any image 100% automatically

    Remove.bg makes in incredibly easy to remove the background for almost any pic.
  25. Computer generated people. Refresh to get a new one.

    Generates a new ‘person’ every time you refresh, but it’s just an AI generating fake pictures of people who don’t exist: https://thispersondoesnotexist.com/.
  26. WeTransfer is a free service to send big or small files from A to B.

  27. Online photo editor, which can work with PSD, XCF and Sketch files (Photoshop, Gimp and Sketch App).

    Photopea.com is free & online photoshop, exact the same.
  28. RANDOM.ORG offers true random numbers to anyone on the Internet.

    Every time this comes up, I always say random.org. Best random numbers on the internet. Extremely useful any time you need to choose between things in a way that's fair.
  29. Reverse Image Search to help find an image's source, duplicates or altered versions.

    For video producers, I use Tineye for finding high quality images.
  30. Creating, Sharing and Celebrating the World's Visual Language

    I just found the noun project a couple weeks ago. It's a site dedicated to free icons.
  31. The super fast color schemes generator! Create, save and share perfect palettes in seconds!

    Coolors allows you to generate a custom color palette. You can "lock" in a color you like, then have it continue to randomize the other colors in the palette and it will only provide ones that are complimentary to the locked color. Additionally, you can just have it randomize all colors until you see anything you like. The best part? It provides the color in almost every color code formula. I've used this website...
  32. Quillbot is a free paraphrasing tool that will rewrite any sentence or paraphraph you give it. The article rewriter can rewrite essays or articles and is excellent as a grammar and fluency corrector.

    freemium $14.95 / Monthly (Pro)

  33. Wind and weather forecast for kiters, surfers, pilots, sailors and anyone else.

    Http://windy.com for weather. There's so many layers...
  34. Direct and secure way of transferring files via your browser

  35. Forvo: the largest word pronunciation dictionary in the world, now with translations.

    Also forvo.com. It has pronunciations for all sorts of words, including proper nouns.
  36. Hemingway App makes your writing bold and clear.

    Hemingwayapp.com. Paste writing in their and it’ll tell you ways to improve it. Definitely helped me write essays.
  37. Secure email with absolutely no compromises. Get your free encrypted email account today.

    freemium €5.0 / Monthly (user - 5 GB)

    Https://protonmail.com/ should get a mention for a free and private email service.
  38. LearnXinYminutes isn’t a good way to learn your first programming language, but it’s a great way to...

    Https://learnxinyminutes.com/ For all things programming, learn how to write and read programming for 20+ languages.
  39. Web radiooooo offering users a brand new and amazing musical experience: select a country on a...

    Https://radiooooo.com/ This is kinda like "radio graden" but you can go back in time and listen to various radio music selections over the years.
  40. Geocoding system for the simple communication of locations with a resolution of 3 m

    What3words.com It divides the entire globe into 10-foot or 3-meter squares, then assigns three random words to each square. Search up a specific location, then get directions to that location easily. I think it also accommodates for different transportations like on foot or bike.
  41. A nonpartisan, nonprofit “consumer advocate” for voters.

    Factcheck.org . It made me realize the previous President of the U.S.A. Is not an honest person.
  42. Unsplash is a website with high-quality free HD images. It has a catalog of more than three hundred thousand striking images that are neatly organized with tags. Read more about Unsplash.

    Unsplash : Tons of free-to-use images of damn near everything.
  43. Also known by the name of NOAA, The National Weather Service is an official weather forecasting service working under the supervision of the Federal Government of the United States.

  44. Live CO2 emissions of electricity consumption

  45. Pointer Pointer is an entertainment and fun site that allows users to have fun with their cursor.

    Pointer Pointer when you don't know where your mousecursor is.
  46. Turn anything into a vaporwave

  47. All crypto events that help crypto traders at one place

    Https://coinmarketcal.com/en/ Crypto calendar that let's you know about upcoming crypto events which could help you make better decisions in trading.
  48. Find nearly any book: new, used, rare and textbooks.

    Bookfinder.com to find used physical books. It aggregates results from sites like alibris.com, biblio.com, etc, and returns the price in your local currency, which includes delivery price to your country.
  49. Biblio offers nearly 100 million used books and rare books for sale from professional antiquarian booksellers around the world. Uncommonly good books found here.

    Bookfinder.com to find used physical books. It aggregates results from sites like alibris.com, biblio.com, etc, and returns the price in your local currency, which includes delivery price to your country.
  50. Shop over 150 million new & used books, used textbooks, rare, out-of-print books, plus music & movies from independent sellers worldwide.

    Bookfinder.com to find used physical books. It aggregates results from sites like alibris.com, biblio.com, etc, and returns the price in your local currency, which includes delivery price to your country.
  51. Copy special characters to your clipboard

    CopyChar lets you click on a special character (such as Greek letters) and copies it to your clipboard, so you can just ctrl-V to paste it into your text.
  52. TPE is a tool to help you plan outdoor photography in natural light, especially landscape and urban scenes. It is a map-centric sun, moon and milky way calculator: see how the light will fall on the land, day or night, for any location on earth.

    Photoephemeris.com you can schedule sunset/moonrise photoshoots with it.
  53. Convert news/articles to a podcast using machine learning

  54. Interactive periodic table with dynamic layouts showing names, electrons, oxidation, trend visualization, orbitals, isotopes, and compound search. Full descriptions from write-up sources.

  55. Make your website faster and save bandwidth. TinyPNG optimizes your PNG images by 50-80% while preserving full transparency!

  56. Powerful and easy-to-use online Japanese-English dictionary with words, kanji and example...

    Jisho.org: Japanese Dictionary - This site is the best Japanese dictionary ever with kanji strokes TOO ^^.
  57. Find customer service numbers fast

    WWW. gethuman.com It is for those times when you're tired of wading through an impenetrable menu and just need to talk to a person. Will give you phone numbers and which buttons to push to wend your way to an actual, live human being.
  58. Any Inbox. Any Time.

  59. Wormhole lets you share files with end-to-end encryption and a link that automatically expires.

  60. Check music for copyright

  61. LittleSis (the opposite of Big Brother) is a free wiki database detailing the connections between powerful people and organizations.

  62. See what's hot near you. Powered by Instagram.

  63. Live Flight Tracking

    I haven't used the others but https://flightaware.com/ has been good for me.
  64. A better way to watch together online

    freemium $4.99 / Monthly

  65. Computer generated cats. Refresh to get a new one.

  66. Virus-Free Cracked Programs.

  67. Draw.io is a free and open source web based diagramming and mind mapping software.

    Draw.io can help you make really nice diagrams.
  68. Compress and compare images with different codecs, right in your browser

  69. The quick and simple editor for cron schedule expressions by Cronitor

  70. Online library of downloadable e-books that focuses on quality and modern standards in typography.

    Standard Ebooks makes Gutenberg books look good: Https://standardebooks.org.
  71. Your source for the best high quality wallpapers on the Net!

    Panzoid - create intro or outro for videos faster using web app Dribbble - get inspired from other creators designs Loading.io - customizable free loading SVGs (animated and static both) Extract.pics - extract pictures from a web URL Imgops.com - reverse search/ edit/ effects/ hidden data/ convert images Codelf - help developers to set variable names Wallhaven - cool anime or normal wallpapers Vimscript -...
  72. Panzoid is a sumptuous platform that provides you with the tools that help you to create beautiful custom content.

    Panzoid - create intro or outro for videos faster using web app Dribbble - get inspired from other creators designs Loading.io - customizable free loading SVGs (animated and static both) Extract.pics - extract pictures from a web URL Imgops.com - reverse search/ edit/ effects/ hidden data/ convert images Codelf - help developers to set variable names Wallhaven - cool anime or normal wallpapers Vimscript -...
  73. Discover and animate icons, images, backgrounds, and more

    Panzoid - create intro or outro for videos faster using web app Dribbble - get inspired from other creators designs Loading.io - customizable free loading SVGs (animated and static both) Extract.pics - extract pictures from a web URL Imgops.com - reverse search/ edit/ effects/ hidden data/ convert images Codelf - help developers to set variable names Wallhaven - cool anime or normal wallpapers Vimscript -...
  74. Useful collection of online image tools that you can launch directly for any web image.

    Panzoid - create intro or outro for videos faster using web app Dribbble - get inspired from other creators designs Loading.io - customizable free loading SVGs (animated and static both) Extract.pics - extract pictures from a web URL Imgops.com - reverse search/ edit/ effects/ hidden data/ convert images Codelf - help developers to set variable names Wallhaven - cool anime or normal wallpapers Vimscript -...
  75. Shots from popular and up and coming designers in the Dribbble community, your best resource to discover and connect with designers worldwide.

    Panzoid - create intro or outro for videos faster using web app Dribbble - get inspired from other creators designs Loading.io - customizable free loading SVGs (animated and static both) Extract.pics - extract pictures from a web URL Imgops.com - reverse search/ edit/ effects/ hidden data/ convert images Codelf - help developers to set variable names Wallhaven - cool anime or normal wallpapers Vimscript -...
  76. Web-based shell for browsing reddit (pretend you're working)

  77. Our mission is to give everyone a voice and show them the world.

  78. SauceNAO is a reverse image search engine.

  79. Quickly retouch any image from a browser, for free.

    Https://cleanup.pictures/ is great for removing backgrounds.
  80. Share text and files with anyone on the same WiFi network

    Hey, https://ssavr.com is something similar.
  81. One of the oldest and fastest 'lorem ipsum' (random text) generators.

    Lipsum.com Generates random text with a single click. Not many options but it is super fast to use. For the same thing offline, use =lorem() in any MS office product.
  82. Rainy Mood is the world's most popular rain simulator. Sleep, study, and relax with the sound of rain.

  83. Platform to host multiple email domains.

    You can always buy your own domain and sign up for migadu.com. It does require some technical knowledge, but migadu has a walkthrough to help you through the process. Also their customer support will also help you set up your domain properly too if you need them (supposedly - the walkthroughs were good enough for me, so I never tried out their customer support myself).
  84. Open source application used to transfer file via WebRTC and WebTorrent.

    An alternative to this could be file.pizza.
  85. Gravit is a browser-based pixel design and collaboration platform.

    Gravit.io - its a vector art site, with in-site purchases, the free version is as good as illustrator, while the payed version is much,much,much cheaper.
  86. Zero knowledge, collaborative, real time editing of WYSIWYG and text documents, and now polls, with...

  87. Keep your email safe from hackers and trackers

    Https://relay.firefox.com is an email proxy where you can generate an email address that will forward to your real email. Handy if you need to supply an email address during a new account registration but you're worried about getting spam.
  88. "Is It Down Right Now" monitors the status of your favorite web sites and checks whether they are down or not.

    A website that tells you if 'isitdownrightnow.com' is down right now.
  89. Chrome extension making food blogs easier to use

  90. Create, play and share text adventure games.

  91. Find out what what questions people are asking Google and more.

  92. Simple cryptocurrency converter

    If you use any major cryptocurrencies, http://preev.com/ is amazing to quickly convert prices.
  93. BCE Premium TV is a streaming service that bundles live sport channels.

    paid $20.0 / Monthly

    BCE Premium TV: https://premium.b-c-e.us It's the best undiscovered place to stream 100+ Live Sports channels.
  94. Google Scholar is a freely accessible web search engine that indexes the full text of scholarly...

    Based on the amount of ignorance spouted about stuff online: https://scholar.google.com.
  95. A beautiful, innovative, and modern online graphing calculator.

  96. Extensive regex tester and debugger with highlighting for PHP, PCRE, Python and JavaScript.

  97. Geotastic is one of the top sites that offer multiplayer geo quiz apps, all free of cost.

    If you’re still interested this is a free and imo very nice alternative https://geotastic.de/home.
  98. Jottis malware scan is a free online service that enables you to scan suspicious files with several...

  99. Make and edit modern images, GIFs, and videos online. For free.

    freemium $204.0 / Annually

    Kapwing is good for creating memes, editing videos, downloading videos (from twitter and such), and removed a water mark for free by just having an account.
  100. Temp Mail is the provider of fake and temporary email ID.