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"... bomi is a multimedia player formerly known as CMPlayer, which is aimed for easy usage but also provides various powerful features and convenience functions ...:"
CCExtractor - a tool that analyzes video files and produces independent subtitle files from the closed captions data:
"... Textadept - a fast, minimalist, and remarkably extensible cross-platform text editor ...": DavMail is a POP/IMAP/SMTP/Caldav/Carddav/LDAP gateway allowing users to use any mail client with Exchange, even from the internet through Outlook Web Access on any platform: "... ArgyllCMS is an ICC compatible color management system, available as Open Source. It supports accurate ICC profile creation for scanners, cameras and film recorders, and calibration and profiling of displays and RGB&CMYK printers ...:" dispcalGUI is a graphical user interface developed for the display calibration and profiling tools of Argyll CMS:
Tried Textadept. It lacks some good features of Bluefish Editor though.
Bangarang Player: Trojitá - a Qt IMAP e-mail client: Curlew is an open source graphical application built around the well known FFmpeg/avconv and Mencoder command-line video/audio conversion utilities to provide users with an easy-to-use video conversion tool:
OmegaT is a free and open source multiplatform Computer Assisted Translation tool with fuzzy matching, translation memory, keyword search, glossaries, and translation leveraging into updated projects: 2... Skrooge allows you to manage your personal finances, powered by KDE 4.x. Thanks to its many features, it is one of the most powerful way to enter, follow, and analyze your expenses... :"
"... Baka MPlayer is a free and open source, cross-platform, libmpv based multimedia player. Its simple design reflects the idea for an uncluttered, simple, and enjoyable environment for watching tv shows ...:" Quanta Plus: DockbarX:
"... Rendera is an open-source painting package. It is useful for useful for photo-retouching, seamless tile production, and other painting tasks ...":
PyGTK lets you to easily create programs with a graphical user interface using the Python programming language: nvpy is a simplenote-syncing note-taking tool:
Qtractor is an Audio/MIDI multi-track sequencer application written in C++ around the Qt4 toolkit: EiskaltDC++ is a cross-platform program that uses the Direct Connect and ADC protocols: "... bpython is a fancy interface to the Python interpreter ...": "... TuxGuitar is a multitrack guitar tablature editor and player written in Java-SWT, It can open GuitarPro, PowerTab and TablEdit files ...:"
"... Strife is a competitive online game that features non-stop action and thrilling combat. Take control of powerful and versatile heroes, each capable of dominating in unique ways, and exert your will in an epic battle between two teams ...": Acme is a programmer's text editor, shell, and user interface:
Drukkar is a small blogging software program and CMS: rCSSmin is a CSS minifier written in python: gipfel helps to find the names of mountains or points of interest on a picture: flpsed is a WYSIWYG PostScript annotator: "... NightmareTris is a Tetris-like game with a particular feature: it always tries to choose the worst-fitting tetromino to make it as annoying to play as possible ...": "... Zatacka X is a modern, free remake of the classic Achtung, die Kurve!. In addition to all the features from the original game, Zatacka X includes special weapons, updated graphics, sound effects and AI controlled opponents ...":

Variety wallpaper changer has been updated to 0.5.0 beta (works pretty good though). It has a ton of features, but the new version features collaboration between users at . I haven't figured out how that's supposed to work, though. There doesn't seem to be a lot of "variety" among the wallpapers so far. I guess I'm a different kind of geek.

Buoh is a reader for online strips comics:
CmdLauncher - aimed at helping people use command line tools in a GUI way:
"... Lost Constellation is a Longest Night ghost story. Travel into the frozen woods in a folktale from the world of Night In The Woods ...":
dex is a small and easy to use text editor:

LIOS (Linux Intelligent OCR Solution) is a one-stop OCR solution. It interfaces with a scanner, camera, PDF or image file, runs an OCR using the Tesseract or Cuneiform OCR engines, and saves the text in multiple formats, including reading it aloud in a robot voice. It sounded good, and there's a .deb package (there's also rpm packages), so I installed easily it in my Mint 17.1 by clicking on the downloaded package.

The OCR engine worked fine on whatever I threw at it with few errors, except for a 30 year old dot matrix print. Unfortunately, the program itself tends to be a "work in progress"; I haven't been able to export to PDF or text, except by highlighting text and cut-and-paste. Some of the other buttons will simply crash it.

The version I tried, 1.9.2, was released December 8, 2014, and version 2 will be releaased "soon", so this bears watching because it shows promise.

"... Rust is a systems programming language that runs blazingly fast, prevents almost all crashes*, and eliminates data races ...": KeePassC is a curses-based password manager compatible to KeePass v.1.x and KeePassX:
Go For It! is a simple and stylish productivity app, featuring a to-do list, merged with a timer that keeps your focus on the current task:
"... Godot is an advanced, feature packed, multi-platform 2D and 3D game engine. It provides a huge set of common tools, so you can just focus on making your game without reinventing the wheel ...":
gPodder downloads and manages free audio and video content ("podcasts") for you: "... Newsbeuter is an open-source RSS/Atom feed reader for text terminals. It runs on Linux, FreeBSD, Mac OS X and other Unix-like operating systems. Newsbeuter's great configurability and vast number of features make it a perfect choice for people that need a slick and fast feed reader that can be completely controlled via keyboard ...":
"... w3m is a pager and/or text-based browser. It can handle table, cookies, authentication, and almost everything except JavaScript ...": "... Wyrd is a text-based front-end to Remind (, a sophisticated calendar and alarm program. Remind's power lies in its programmability, and Wyrd does not hide this capability behind flashy GUI dialogs. Rather, Wyrd is designed to make you more efficient at editing your reminder files directly. It also offers a scrollable timetable suitable for visualizing your schedule at a glance ...": Extcalc is a scientfic graphic calculator:
chkrootkit is a tool to locally check for signs of a rootkit: Rootkit Hunter - security monitoring and analyzing tool for POSIX compliant systems: "... hostsblock: Features: - System-wide blocking (all non-proxied connections use the HOSTS file) - Zip- and 7zip-capable (can download and process zip- and 7zip-compressed files) - Non-interactive (can be run as a periodic cronjob without needing user interaction) - Extensive configurability (allows for custom black and white listing, redirection, post-processing scripting, target HOSTS file, etc.) - Bandwith-efficient (only downloads blocklists that have been changed, uses compression when available) - Resource-efficient (only processes blocklists when changes are registered, uses minimal pipes) - High performance blocking (when using dns caching and pseudo-server daemons) - Extensive choice of blocklists included (allows user to customize how much or how little is blocked) - Redirection capability (combats DNS cache poisoning) ...":
"... Anjuta DevStudio is a versatile software development studio featuring a number of advanced programming facilities including project management, application wizard, interactive debugger, source editor, version control, GUI designer, profiler and many more tools. It focuses on providing simple and usable user interface, yet powerful for efficient development ...":
"... Telegram is a messaging app with a focus on speed and security, it’s superfast, simple and free. You can use Telegram on all your devices at the same time — your messages sync seamlessly across any of your phones, tablets or computers. With Telegram, you can send messages, photos, videos and files of any type (doc, zip, mp3, etc) to people who are in your phone contacts and have Telegram. You can also create groups for up to 200 people or send broadcasts to up to 100 contacts. As a result, Telegram is like SMS and email combined — and can take care of all your personal or business messaging needs ...": LinSSID - graphical wireless scanning for Linux: Fingerprint GUI - use fingerprint devices with Linux:
hledger is a computer program for easily tracking money, time, or other commodities:
"... NetworkManager is a set of co-operative tools that make networking simple and straightforward. Whether Wi-Fi, wired, bond, bridge, 3G, or Bluetooth, NetworkManager allows you to quickly move from one network to another: once a network has been configured and joined, it can be detected and re-joined automatically the next time its available ...":