All you do is scroll through Ninite’s list of 70-odd apps, check-marking the ones you want. The service offers the most current versions of nearly every popular mainstream program, including Firefox, Skype, OpenOffice, iTunes, Picasa, Steam, and Revo Uninstaller.
Once you’ve made your picks, click Get Installer to download a small executable file. When you’re ready, run that file and sit back while Ninite goes to work.
How long does it take? That depends on how many programs you’ve selected. I chose a baker’s dozen (including the trial version of Office 2007 Standard, which I already own–now I just have to type in the security key), and I’d swear Ninite was done in all of 10 minutes.
I’ll bet the service saved me a couple hours of manual labor. It worked flawlessly, and it installed 90 percent of the programs I use regularly. Awesome. Just awesome. And did I mention Ninite is free?