Essential Tools for Traders

Here are some essential tools that traders might find useful.

Multimedia Players:

VLC Media Player
This nifty piece of software will pretty much play any kind of video or audio file you load without any additional codecs. Great for playing DVD’s, especially ones that aren’t properly authored and may have problems.
http://www.videolan.org

Media Player Classic
Alternative to VLC, plays pretty much any media file. Might require a codec pack for more exotic file formats.
http://mpc-hc.sourceforge.net/

Foobar2000
Popular music player with lot’s of features and almost endless customization.
http://www.foobar2000.org/


File Compressors:

7-Zip
One of the best file compressors in the world, supports all popular compressing formats as well as it’s own 7z format which is highly superior to anything else at the moment.
http://www.7-zip.org

WinRAR
Popular file compressor, best used for rar files. It also supports other formats.
http://www.rarlab.com

WinZip
Popular file compressor, best used for zip files. It also supports other formats.
http://www.winzip.com


Audio Tools:

MP3Gain
Can be used to normalize MP3 files without altering the actual sound quality.
http://mp3gain.sourceforge.net/

MP3 Validator
Fixes common errors in MP3 files.
http://mp3val.sourceforge.net/

HJSplit
Common file splitter used to split up large files in parts.
http://www.freebyte.com/hjsplit/

Exact Audio Copy
The standard in audio ripping. It’s really for advanced users but you’ll get the best results.
http://www.exactaudiocopy.de/

Trader’s Little Helper
Encode/decode audio, test and verify files, displays audio information and more.
http://tlh.easytree.org/

Audacity
Best free open source audio editor available today.
http://audacity.sourceforge.net/

Medieval CUE Splitter
This little app will split your FLAC files, or generate a cue sheet.
http://www.medieval.it/cuesplitter-pc/menu-id-71.html