AudacityAudacity is one of the best free tools available for audio editing and recording for several operating systems.You can record live audio, convert tapes into digital recordings, cut, copy, splice or mix sounds together and more.
Google DesktopIf you thought Google only worked online then you are in for a surprise. Google Desktop is one of the best indexing and desktop Search Tools for your PC with results as accurate as their web based search.With Google Desktop Search you can search your files, emails, chat Conversations and more. The handy sidebar also allows you to add gadgets so that you can access information quickly and easily.
Gimp is undoubtedly the best alternative available For photoshop. Edit your Images with ease without having to worry about paying a fortune for Photoshop. Gimp also can be used in conjunction with Plugins bringing a host of new features to the core software.
Free Download ManagerManaging your Downloads with browsers have never been that easy and download managers definitely allow you to download files in a much better way. free download manager allows you to download files from multiple sources, accelerating your download process, along with allowing you to pause and resume them.Free Download Manager makes your download management much better and also comes with inbuilt support to download torrent files.
7Zip is one of the best open source software which allows you to manage several types of archives with simplicity and ease. 7Zip supports all the popular archive formats such as zip, rar, gzip, tar and more.It is by far a much better alternative to the dominating WinZip and WinRar softwares that require you to purchase licenses.
Foxit PDF ReaderFoxit PDF Reader is no doubt one of the best alternative to the Adobe-PDF-Reader. It is much more faster and robust than the reader provided by Adobe.There are several features that you make you completely ditch Adobe PDF reader, if you have not already done that.
EclipseEclipse is one of the best development IDE available for building robust enterprise applications, embedded software development and more with support for several languages.The Eclipse project has been supported by several well know companies and also has a very large open source community to help develop and test the product.
DigsbyDigsby is much more than just a just a multi-protocol IM client. With Digsby you can communicate with your friends over AIM, Yahoo, MSN, GTalk and more without having to install separate clients, as well as check your emails from multiple providers.If that was not enough you can also use Digsby to update your social networking statues in Facebook,Twitter and MySpace.
DiaA good software is always conceptualized by defining the exact way in which it should work with process diagrams and flowcharts. If you have been paying out of your pocket for Microsoft Visio it is high time you switched to Dia a open source software that allows you to create structured diagrams and flowcharts for free.
CygwinEver wanted to emulate a Linux system on your Windows PC or just wanted to practice few skills before you actually installed Linux as you main system? Cygwin is one of the best Linux emulator you will ever find using which you can get your hands dirty without worrying about screwing up a actual operating system.
AVG Free Anti-virusSymantec no doubt has a huge market in the anti-virus industry with Norton, with support from computer manufacturers who bundle the trial version of Norton in factory shipped desktops and laptops, that obliviously does not mean it is the best.
Norton has had huge complaints of considerably slowing down PCs and using considerable system resources. AVG on the other hand is a real good alternative which is free and does not tax you system as much as Norton does. The latest version of AVG also comes with several new features such as Anti-spyware, Anti-rootkit and more.
Comodo Firewall ProWindows inbuilt Firewall is good but not really one of the best things around, there are several alternatives which you can definitely try out but our personal favorite is Comodo which packs in all the features of a professional version as a free software.
CDBurnerXP is a free application to burn CDs and DVDs, including Blu-Ray and HD-DVDs. It also includes the feature to burn and create ISOs, as well as a multilanguage interface.
Your PC accumulates several temporary files and traces that are not useful to you. These temporary files and traces slows down the PC along with taking up unwanted disk space.
CCleaner is a cleaning robot for your computer, which is smart enough to know which places to look for unwanted files and traces. CCleaner can also cleanup several applications along cleaning temporary and unwanted files created by Windows.
BlenderCreating 3D applications is not that easy but even more harder is spending thousands of dollars to get a software that allows you to create 3D animations.
Blender is a great application to work with 3D modeling with a great interface at a unmatchable price, Free.
xPlorer2 LiteWindows explorer is definitely not the best to manage files, with you have to open several windows just to perform a simple task of copying and pasting files.
xPlorer2 Lite is a very handy utility when it comes to managing files in Windows. The tabbed interface saves you lot of times and hassles simplifying the task of managing files.
WinSCPRemote file management is always a challenge and though there are several softwares out there our preferred one is WinSCP, a incredible and versatile software that makes file management quite a breeze.
WinSCP is not only allows you to transfer files but they do it by providing you a way to securely do them, using the SFTP protocol instead of the regular FTP protocol.
Windows Live WriterOne of the best tools to manage your blogs offline, Windows Live Writer has grown to become one of the most loved applications from Microsoft.
You can manage multiple weblogs and post to them with ease, save drafts online and offline, edit images, add watermarks to them and more.
VLC PlayerVLC Player is one of the best video softwares available to view different files and formats. VLC player supports multiple codecs out of the the box allowing you to play almost all kinds of file formats without having to install any additional softwares or codecs.
uTorrentIf you are looking to download files using torrents, look no farther than uTorrent, one of the Best Softwares to manage torrents. Not only is it lightweight it also can be managed using the browser by accessing the uTorrent site and the best part is it runs out of the box without requiring any installations.
ThunderbirdMaintaining several email accounts in a single place has always been a forte associated with microsoft outlook. Thunderbird on the other hand is a alternative which is as good as Outlook if not better, providing you with the many of the same features to manage multiple email accounts at no cost at all.
Thunderbird lets you manage your POP and IMAP accounts with ease. Thunderbird also allows you to extend the basic functionality by allowing you to add useful add-ons and extensions making it just too good to resist.
SunbirdThough not one of the most talked about product, Sunbird definitely is a great alternative to managing your Appointments and events without having to use Microsoft Outlook.
And if you would frown about having to use two different applications to manage emails and calendars you should definitely try out Lightning that combines Thunderbird with Sunbird to create a great productivity application.
Recuva‘Oops! I deleted that important file’ is a statement many users have right after using Shift + Delete option for a file.If you thought that you could never recover the Deleted File you are in for a surprise. There are several softwares that will allow you to recover deleted files.
Recuva is one of the best alternative that is available today, not only is it very reliable, you will not have to spend a penny for it as it is completely free.
PuttyEver wanted to manage linux servers from your Windows machine using shell. Putty is one of the best way to access shell environment. As far as we know there is not competition to Putty.
If you have been using Putty, don’t forget to check out how you can manage your putty sessions in a database and work in a tabbed interface or minimize it to a tray so that you are not overwhelmed with the number of open windows.
PicLensPicLens is a Firefox add-on that transforms your browser into full screen 3D browser allowing you to browse images and videos in full screen.
PicasaPicasa is definitely one of the best tools available for managing your photos. With Picasa you can import your pictures from your camera and edit them to change contrast, remove red eyes and more. You can also upload your pictures to your online album and share them with family and friends without having to upload each and every file individually.
One of the best alternatives available for Microsoft Office Suite, OpenOffice.org has not only received several awards and accolades, it is one of the best alternatives to managing your document, spreadsheets, presentations and more.
With Open Office you can do everything you can with Microsoft Office and with the software being open source you can expect 100s and 1000s of cool software engineers contributing to make it better.
Notepad++Notepad++ is not just a mere notepad replacement, it will allow you to modify several file types and has been getting better by the day with new features like auto complete and more.
If you are stuck with notepad this is definitely one software you should give a try.