Now, I know this is a craft blog not a tech blog. Despite this I have blogged about some slightly techie topics before where it’s relevant to crafters, or at least to this crafter. This post falls into that category.

ninite_scrshtPreviously I’ve blogged about two programs that I use in my designing; Inkscape and The GIMP. (Incidentally, is it just me or does Inkscape and the Gimp sound like a 80’s TV show? Just me, then?). They’re both open-source programs; free and maintained by volunteers. If you’ve been thinking about checking out some open-source software, you could do a lot worse than looking at Ninite.

Ninite is a very simple way to install open-source and trial software without having to worry about finding the latest version, identifying the right version for your computer, and stepping through a complex installation script trying not to say yes to a stupid taskbar (“tick this box if you don’t not want to not un-add this toolbar”).

Ninite does all the tricky stuff for you; you just pick what you want off a list of the most popular free/trial software, and Ninite builds a custom installer that does the work without any messing. I highly recommend it.

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