Every day I come across all kinds of really cool apps. Unfortunately, I come across way too many to list on here. However, ever so often, I come across an app that is worth mentioning. The app I want to introduce you to now is one of those amazing apps. The application I want to tell you about is called “Ninite” (http://www.ninite.com). Ninite is an application aggregator. Ok? So, what does that mean? Well, have you ever had a harddrive crash or bought a new computer and had to go through the tedious task of locating the websites for all of the programs you had on your computer before the crash or new purchase? Or, what about the times when you can’t remember which applications you had installed before your crash or new computer?
Well, those days are over. Ninite is a free, easy to use application that allows you to gather all of your former applications in one simple installer. You do that by checking the applications from a list on the Ninite website and clicking the big green “Get Installer” button at the bottom of the page. Once you have selected all of the apps you want, Ninite will go out and grab the latest versions of each of those programs and consolidate them into one easy to use application. When you run the consolidated installer, Ninite will install all of the applications you selected from the list on their website. What about applications that ask you to install toolbars or other crapware during installation? Don’t worry about those either. Ninite will automagically select “No” to all of those questions for you so that none of that extra junk gets installed.
Another cool thing about Ninite is that once you have built the installer for your chosen applications, the Ninite installer also acts as an updater. That means, after you run the Ninite installer and all of your apps have been installed, you can re-run the same Ninite installer and it will go out and check for updates to all of the apps it originally installed and will install those updates if they’re available. Once you’ve built your Ninite installer, I would recommend that you copy it onto a thumbdrive or burn it to a CD so that you’ll have it for later in the event that something happens to your computer and you need to re-install all of your previous applications again.
As I’ve already mentioned, Ninite is completely free for personal use, but they do offer a Pro version for commercial use. The only downside to Ninite is that depending on how many apps you choose to include in your installer, the file can become extremely large and take a long time to download. But, there’s no difference in that and downloading each of the app installers manually. So, I believe that Ninite is one of those “must have” applications that everyone should know about and more importantly …. “use”! Even though Ninite doesn’t support all applications, it still provides a list of some of the more commonly used applications. Below is a list of the applications that Ninite currently supports. Anyways, head on over to http://www.ninite.com and try it for yourself.
Chrome, Safari, Opera, Firefox
Skype, Messenger, Pidgin, Digsby, Google Talk, Thunderbird, Trillian, AIM, Yahoo!
iTunes, Songbird, Hulu, VLC, KMPlayer, AIMP, foobar2000, Winamp, Audacity, K-Lite Codes, GOM, Spotify, CCCP, MediaMonkey, QuickTime
Flash, Flash (IE), Java, .NET, Silverlight, Air, Shockwave
Paint.NET, Picasa, GIMP, Irfan View, XnView, Inkscape, FastStone
Office, OpenOffice, Reader, SumatraPDF, Foxit Reader, CutePDF, LibreOffice, PDFCreator
Essentials, Avast, AVG, Malwarebytes, Ad-Aware, Spybot, Super
Dropbox, Evernote, Google Earth, Steam, KeePass, Everything, Google Drive, Mozy
TeamViewer, ImgBurn, Auslogics, RealVNC, TeraCopy, CDBurnerXP, TrueCrypt, Revo, Launchy, Glary, InfraRecorder
7-Zip, PeaZip, WinRAR
Python, FileZilla, Notepad++, JDK, WinSCP, PuTTY, WinMerge, Eclipse
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