One of the more annoying parts of rebuilding your home or even small office PC is tracking down the installers for all those downloadable apps that have become an essential part of your workspace – browsers, FTP clients and the like.
Ninite is a neat little web tool that appeared on my radar this weekend (thanks Lifehacker!) that allows you to easily create a custom all-in-one installer from a variety of the best free apps the web has to offer, saving you the time of tracking down and downloading individual installers for all those little apps that often go forgotten after a rebuild.
Simply pick your software from a list, click the ‘Get Installer’ button and you’ll be handed a neat little package with all your favourites ready to go.
Ninite supports a wide range software including:
- Browsers (Chrome/Safari/Opera/Firefox)
- Messaging (Skype/Live Messenger/Pidgin/Digsby/Google Talk/Thunderbird)
- Media (iTunes/Songbird/VLC/Audacity and others like Hulu that are largely useless to Australian users!)
- Imaging (Paint .NET/Picasa/GIMP/IrfanView/XnView)
- Documents (OFfice 2007 Trial/OpenOffice/Adobe Reader/Foxit Reader/CutePDF)
- Anti-Virus (MS Security Essentials/Avast/AVG)
- Runtimes (Flash/Java/Silverlight/.NET)
- File Sharing (uTorrent/eMule)
- Utilities (CDBurnerXP/Recuva/Defraggler/RealVNC/Launchy/CCleaner/ImgBurn/Revo Uninstaller)
- Compression (7-Zip/WinRAR)
- Developer Tools (Python/FileZilla/JDK/WinSCP/PuTTy/Notepad++/Eclipse)
- Other (Dropbox/Evernote/BumpTop/Google Earth)
You can get started building your own custom installer at the Ninite website.