DonationCoder.com (Tech Sites We Love)
DonationCoder.com is a long standing community site of software authors and users that is entirely donation based.
We have a long standing history with the guys that run DonationCoder.com. Our first mention of the site dates back to the year 2006; we reviewed Screenshot Captor, an excellent screen capturing tool for Windows back then.
What followed were plenty of reviews of programs developed by DonationCoder members, as well as coverage of the site's annual NANY challenge.
DonationCoder.com is as clean as a site as it gets. The site does not have any advertisement, most of the software comes without installer, and all programs are free of adware, spyware, third-party offers, and other unwanted additions.
The site's two main parts are the user forum, and the software section. There are other parts, a reviews and features section, or a blog for instance.
The main entry point as far as software is concerned is the Software hub. There you find listed links to the site's three most prolific authors Mouser, SKWire and Skrommel, as well as links to the Coding Snacks download page, and other links.
It would go too far to list all of the programs, but here is a short selection of awesome software:
- Clipboard Help and Spell -- A clipboard manager for Windows that features all kinds of nice to have features such as a history, hotkeys, organization features, spellchecking, powerful search, and more. (see Quick Action feature review)
- DimScreen -- A lightweight program to change the screen brightness.
- Find and Run Robot -- A keyboard launcher that you can customize to your liking, that supports plugins, is fully portable, and lightweight at the same time. (our review of Find and Run Robot)
- Screenshot Captor -- A powerful screen capturing program for Windows that supports capturing, editing, annotating, and sharing of screenshots. (our review of Screenshot Captor)
- Toddler Trap -- locks the keyboard and mouse actions. (our review of Toddler Trap)
There is a lot to explore when it comes to software, and one of the issues that you may run into is that there is no central index. While you do get some starting pages, the Coding Snacks page for instance that lists applications, you will spend time on dozens of pages to get an overview of all programs available on the site.
The forum is the heart of the community. It brings developers and interested users together. While that is something that many forums on the Internet do, DonationCoder is special as it offers more than just friendly interaction between developers and non-developers.
One of the coolest features of the site is the Coding Snacks section. Anyone may request the creation of programs in the forum. While it is up to developers to pick up the project and deliver, Coding Snacks was the birthplace of a lot of programs.
There is more to the forum than that place. You find forums dedicated to particular programs for instance where you can get support, reviews by members, or discussion about general software topics.
The community is very friendly, which is not always the case when you interact with others on the Internet.
What is up with the donation part of DonationCoder?
I mentioned earlier that the DonationCoder site is maintained solely by donations. You are free to donate at any time, and there is a donation drive as well sometimes.
Users who donate receive a number of beneits including exclusive software access, guaranteed lifetime access to site content, opportunities to enter monthly shareware giveaways, and more. You can find out more about the benefits here. You may donate to specific authors as well on the site.
DonationCoder.com is an excellent software resource, and community. Its approach to things has been unique since the beginning, and it seems to work well for them so far.
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