Free alternative to Adobe FLV Encoder
"Transcode your existing videofiles to the advanced Flash Video (FLV) format with this free Riva FLV Encoder."
Works great in XP. So far, it won't run for me in Vista.
Alternative to Photoshop Elements and other photo album/organizing software.
Picasa is a free software download from Google that helps you:
Free alternative to PowerDVD, WinDVD or any other media player.
Basically, this thing plays almost all formats of audio/video files without requiring additional codecs.
" VLC media player is a highly portable multimedia player for various audio and video formats (MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, DivX, mp3, ogg, ...) as well as DVDs, VCDs, and various streaming protocols. It can also be used as a server to stream in unicast or multicast in IPv4 or IPv6 on a high-bandwidth network."
Free alternative to Adobe Photoshop or Paint Shop Pro
"GIMP is an acronym for GNU Image Manipulation Program. It is a freely distributed program for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition and image authoring.
It has many capabilities. It can be used as a simple paint program, an expert quality photo retouching program, an online batch processing system, a mass production image renderer, an image format converter, etc."