Many blog readers have very likely come across a list of somebody’s favourite applications. I’ve learnt a of a one or two new ones this way, but mostly these I have found in my own searches. Some are open source, and some aren’t but they are still free.
Over the years these applications have made my top 10 list because they are slick and get the job done without any frills.
|Name (click on links below)||Description||Screen Shot / URL|
|Firefox||Internet Explorer no longer dominates the Internet browser space purely because it cannot keep up with the innovations an speed of the other modern browsers. Firefox is my browser of choice because of the many plug-ins that make the browser even more powerful. More about plugi-n’s later.|
|Pidgin||The 3 most compelling reasons for using Pidgin over windows Live Messenger is:
2) It free and also advert free
1) It works on Linux too, so you’ll be familiar with it when you use a system with Linux (not common, but its a nice-to-have in my case)
|Winamp||Winamp is probably the oldest application on this list. Its the mother and father of all media players.|
|AT Notes||Electronic Post-it Notes. It has many features additional features, including alarms, sending to remote users.|
|My Phone Explorer||My Phone Explorer is an amazing light weight application that allows you to control you Sony Ericsson phone from your PC. No other Sony Ericsson software is needed. It competes with Sony Ericsson’s PC Suite. You can sync you calendar, send SMS’s download/upload content to/from your phone and much much more.|
|Free Commander||Free Commander a much easier to use alternative to Windows Explorer. For those of you that remember Norton Commander, this will bring a smile to your face. A dual panel is so much more practical than a single one!|
|Open Office||OpenOffice.org 3 is the leading open-source office software suite for word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, graphics, databases and more. It is available in many languages and works on all common computers. It stores all your data in an international open standard format and can also read and write files from other common office software packages. It can be downloaded and used completely free of charge for any purpose.|
|PDF Creator||PDFCreator is a free tool to create PDF files from nearly any Windows application.|
|Paint.NET||Paint.NET is free image and photo editing software for computers that run Windows. It features an intuitive and innovative user interface with support for layers, unlimited undo, special effects, and a wide variety of useful and powerful tools. An active and growing online community provides friendly help, tutorials, and plugins. Its not PhotoShop, but it comes close.|
|VLC||VLC media player is a highly portable multimedia player supporting most audio and video formats. It plays DVD’s, CD’s and just about any file format without having to download codecs|
|Free Download Manager||FDM accelerates downloads by splitting files into sections and then downloading them simultaneously. As a result download speed increases up to 600%, or even more! It can also download YouTube videos and BitTorrents|