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23 October 2009, 14:37

Ninite installs multiple apps at once

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Zoom Ninite allows users to easily install a variety of open source applications at once.
Whether you're installing Windows 7 or simply re-installing XP or Vista, Ninite is a useful website that allows Windows users to easily install a variety of their favourite free and open source applications in one go. The site, created by Patrick Swieskowski and Sascha Kuzins of California-based Secure by Design Inc. and know as Volery or GetVolery during its private beta phase, lets users choose multiple applications to install at the same time and provides a customised installer to install them all. According to the site, the applications install using the default settings, without any additional "browser tool bars and other junk".

On the main page, users are given a long list of application categories, such as web browsers, messaging, media and imaging applications. Other categories include various utilities, run-times like Java, Flash and Silverlight, anti-virus applications and several developer tools, including Python, JDK and Eclipse. Each of the listed applications also displays the current version number. Ninite currently features a wide variety of Windows compatible software (much of it cross-platform) and users can also suggest applications to be included in the list.

Ninite is free for personal use and no sign up is required. Premium accounts for business are coming soon and will feature local download caching, network share download caching and a silent mode.


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