The Great PC Software Inventory Experiment - How much crap can one computer handle?

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For the purposes of my own sanity, I decided to do a software inventory of both of my active systems, one an HP TouchSmart PC that is my main computer at home, and the other a Sager laptop, that I use as my primary PC gaming system. I had previously only been keeping track of what I've been installing on the Sager laptop because I wanted to keep track of what games I had installed at any one time (since PC gaming likes to make itself difficult with putting this and that in various folders and being available via various services and what-not) so I had a fighting chance of actually remembering to play them. Anyway, I decided that that same concept should apply to my main computer, since I was burying myself under a sea of apps that I would surely forget I had over time and would therefore never get to use. The results of my inventory were rather sobering in that it's remarkable the amount of junk and redundancy that is accrued over time.

It is with the above in mind that I provide the inventory below not as something to boast about or specifically discuss, but as a sobering testament to how easy it is to overwhelm yourself with software, even on a computer that's not especially old (in fact, as of this writing, only about 14 months into my ownership). [By all means, though, use the comments to this blog post to relate your own stories, because I'd love to hear them.] The list below - along with the accompanying data - represents about 186GB of information on my hard drive:

  • Adobe Master Collection CS4
    • Acrobat Distiller 9
    • Adobe Acrobat 9 Pro
    • Adobe After Effects CS4
    • Adobe Bridge CS4
    • Adobe Contribute CS4
    • Adobe Device Central CS4
    • Adobe Dreamweaver CS4
    • Adobe Drive CS4
    • Adobe Encore CS4
    • Adobe ExtendScript Toolkit CS4
    • Adobe Extension Manager CS4
    • Adobe Fireworks CS4
    • Adobe Flash CS4 Professional
    • Adobe Illustrator CS4
    • Adobe InDesign CS4
    • Adobe LiveCycle Designer ES 8.2
    • Adobe Media Encoder CS4
    • Adobe OnLocation CS4
    • Adobe Photoshop CS4 (64-bit)
    • Adobe Photoshop CS4
    • Adobe Pixel Bender Toolkit
    • Adobe Premiere Pro CS4
    • Adobe Soundbooth CS4
    • Mocha for After Effects CS4
  • Adobe Photoshop Elements 7.0
  • Adobe Premiere Elements 7.0
  • Anime Studio Debut 6
  • Arcsoft TotalMedia Extreme 2
    • MediaConverter
    • TotalMedia Studio MW
    • TotalMedia Theatre
  • Audacity 1.3 Beta (Unicode)
  • Celtx
  • Claymation Studio 3.0 Deluxe
  • Comic Book Creator
  • Corel Painter Essentials 4
  • Corel PaintShop Photo Pro X3
  • H&R Block 2009
  • H&R Block 2010
  • Manga Studio Debut 4.0
  • Microsoft Money Plus
  • Microsoft Office
    • Microsoft Office Access 2007
    • Microsoft Office Excel 2007
    • Microsoft Office FrontPage 2003
    • Microsoft Office Groove 2007
    • Microsoft Office InfoPath 2007
    • Microsoft Office OneNote 2007
    • Microsoft Office Outlook 2007
    • Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2007
    • Microsoft Office Publisher 2007
    • Microsoft Office Word 2007
    • Microsoft Office Tools
  • Muvee
  • ScanSoft OmniPage 16
  • ScanSoft PaperPort 11
  • ScanSoft PDF Create! 4
  • Windows Live Movie Maker
  • Quicken WillMaker Plus 2010


  • Acronis True Image Home
  • Adobe Media Player
  • Adobe Reader 9
  • Amazon MP3 Downloader
  • APC PowerChute Personal Edition
  • Atarimax Atari 5200 USB Multi-Cart Studio
  • Audible Download Manager
  • AVG 2011
  • Brother HL-2170W (Driver, Status Monitor)
  • Camtasia Studio 6
    • Camtasia MenuMaker
    • Camtasia Player
    • Camtasia Recorder
    • Camtasia Theater
  • Comodo System Cleaner
  • Cucusoft Ultimate DVD + Video Converter
  • Cyberlink DVD Suite Deluxe
  • DivX Plus
  • Dropbox
  • Essential Codec Pack and Media Player Classic
  • Evernote
  • Flickr Uploader
  • Google Apps Migration for Microsoft Outlook
  • Google Calendar Sync
  • Google Chrome
  • HFSExplorer
  • HP Advisor
  • HP Support Assistant
  • HP MediaSmart
  • Hulu Desktop
  • ImgBurn
  • Internet Explorer (64-bit)
  • Internet Explorer
  • iTunes
  • Lexmark 7600 Series (driver and utilities)
  • LogMeIn
  • Logitech Harmony Remote
  • Logitech Mouse and Keyboard
  • Logitech Unifying Software
  • Microsoft Office Live Add-in
  • Microsoft Office PowerPoint Viewer 2007
  • Microsoft Silverlight
  • Mozilla Firefox
  • Pagis File Converter
  • pdfedit995
  • PlayOn
  • QuickTime
  • Raptr
  • Reader Library (Sony)
  • Revo Uninstaller
  • Skype
  • SlingPlayer
  • Snagit 9
  • Soundcrank Loader
  • SoundMax Control Panel
  • Steam
  • TeraCopy
  • TomTom HOME 2
  • uTorrent
  • VDownloader
  • VideoLAN
    • VLC Media Player
  • Windows DVD Maker
  • Windows Fax and Scan
  • Windows Journal
  • Windows Live Messenger
  • Windows Live Photo Gallery
  • Windows Live Writer
  • Windows Media Center
  • Windows Media Encoder and Utilities
  • Windows Media Player
  • Windows PowerShell
  • Windows Virtual PC (with Windows XP mode and
    applications (Dragon NaturallySpeaking 10.0))
  • WinZip 14.5
  • XPS Viewer


  • Games
    • Chess Titans
    • FreeCell
    • (Games Explorer)
    • Hearts
    • Internet Backgammon
    • Internet Checkers
    • Internet Spades
    • Mahjong Titans
    • Microsoft Blackboard (touch)
    • Microsoft Garden Pond (touch)
    • Microsoft Rebound (touch)
    • Minesweeper
    • Purple Place
    • Solitaire
    • Spider Solitaire


  • Bing Maps 3D
  • Desktop Gadget Gallery
  • HP TouchSmart
  • Microsoft Touch Pack for Windows 7
    • Microsoft Blackboard (second listing)
    • Microsoft Garden Pond (second listing)
    • Microsoft Rebound (second listing)
    • Microsoft Surface Collage
    • Microsoft Surface Globe
    • Microsoft Surface Lagoon


Joined: 01/21/2009
Manga Studio Debut - You

Manga Studio Debut - You doing comics? I sometimes wanna try my hand at that again, I have a wonderfull Wacom tablet that makes its easy now, yet i seldom use it for drawing, more for game level editing. Would love to see something donw with that program if you are using it at all.

Bill Loguidice
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Joined: 12/31/1969
clok1966 wrote:

Manga Studio Debut - You doing comics? I sometimes wanna try my hand at that again, I have a wonderfull Wacom tablet that makes its easy now, yet i seldom use it for drawing, more for game level editing. Would love to see something donw with that program if you are using it at all.

Comic Book Creator, Manga Studio Debut, Claymation Studio and Anime Studio Debut are all intended for experimentation and projects, yes. That's the problem, though, I get these things and never get around to using them. For instance, Anime Studio Debut was meant for inserting animations into my videos, but I still haven't blocked out time to do the next episode of Armchair Arcade TV, which has been sitting on my hard drive since I think last APRIL for goodness sake, ready to be edited. This week up through at least Monday is shot to hell as well time-wise, since I have documentary stuff to do. I'm also trying to push for another book, so who knows what happens with that. I'm a glutton for punishment who has grand designs on being creative, playing games, messing with my vintage collection, etc., and never allocating any time to actually do it.

I'm going to try and use Claymation Studio with my girls soon, though, as I primarily got it for them (though I certainly want to use it myself). It even came with a camera. It was the Amazon Deal of the Day a few days back and it was too good of a deal to pass up at under $30 at the time.

Matt Barton
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Joined: 01/16/2006
I never even thought about

I never even thought about adding animations to my videos. That's a good idea! I bet it'd be fun tinkering with that.

I assume you've seen this: Xtranormal. A lot of academics were doing these a few weeks back.

Bill Loguidice
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Joined: 12/31/1969
Plug and play animation software
Matt Barton wrote:

I assume you've seen this: Xtranormal. A lot of academics were doing these a few weeks back.

You bet. I've wanted to experiment with that as well. It's on the "list". So that means I"ll probably never get a chance to play with it.

Joined: 01/21/2009
YOu and comic and then Matt

YOu and comic and then Matt and his talk of Unity and games had me fire up Gamemaker again and I pushed out a quick shooter ( a few weeks ago when he wsa working on his ideas )... amazing how long it takes even when you make it quick and dirty. Just wanted to get a little feel for scripting and such again in a very simple envroment. I looked at Unity a long time ago, so redownloaded it too. I must admit I didnt rember it being quite so nice, I was rembering it being a bit more like Torque and such.. All this cretive stuff I may just get into trying ti fire up some simple stuff with Unity...

you guys and all your ideas has me doing it too.. I doubt I will get anything much done, but who knows. I have all the time in the world in teh evenings (most of the time) yet I get nothing done.

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