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PCmag came out with a list of the best FREE software out on the market. I'll list the names of the software and the links to it. If you would like read more then click on the article below (they have a little blurp on each one of them).


The Best Free Software of 2009


App Launchers
1. Circle Dock
circledock.wikidot.com
Windows
2. ObjectDock
www.stardock.com
Windows
3. Launchy
www.launchy.net
Windows | Linux
4. Quicksilver
www.blacktree.com
Mac OS

Audio/Music
5. Audacity [HALL OF FAME]
audacity.sourceforge.net
Windows | Mac OS | Linux
6. Banshee
banshee-project.org
Linux
7. EphPod
www.ephpod.com
Windows
8. foobar2000
www.foobar2000.org
Windows
9. imeem (formerly Anywhere.FM)
www.imeem.com
Web
10. iTunes [HALL OF FAME]
www.apple.com/itunes
Windows | Mac OS
11. Mojo
www.deusty.com
Windows | Mac OS
12. Songbird
www.getsongbird.com
Windows | Mac OS | Linux
13. Screamer Radio
www.screamer-radio.com
Windows
14. WavePad Sound Editor
www.nch.com.au/wavepad
Windows | Mac OS | Linux
15. Winamp [HALL OF FAME]
www.winamp.com
Windows

Backup
16. DriveImage XML
www.runtime.org
Windows
17. MozBackup
mozbackup.jasnapaka.com
Windows
18. MozyHome Free
www.mozy.com
Windows | Mac OS
19. SpiderOak
www.spideroak.com
Windows | Mac OS | Linux
20. SyncToy v2.0
www.microsoft.com/downloads
Windows
21. SyncBack Freeware
www.2brightsparks.com/freeware
Windows

Blogging
22. ScribeFire
www.scribefire.com
Windows | Mac OS | Linux
23. TweetDeck
www.tweetdeck.com
Windows | Mac OS | Linux
24. Twitteriffic
www.iconfactory.com/software/twitterrific
Mac OS| Mobile
25. Zoundry Raven
www.zoundryraven.com
Windows
26. twhirl
www.twhirl.org
Windows | Mac OS
27. Ustream.tv
www.ustream.tv
Web
28. WordPress.com
www.wordpress.com
Web
29. Windows Live Writer
get.live.com/writer/overview
Windows

Browsers
30. Camino
caminobrowser.org
Mac OS
31. Flock 2
www.flock.com
Windows | Mac OS | Linux
32. Firefox [HALL OF FAME]
www.mozilla.com
Windows | Mac OS | Linux | Mobile
33. FoxReplace
code.google.com/p/foxreplace
Windows | Mac OS | Linux
34. Google Chrome
www.google.com/chrome
Windows
35. Internet Explorer 8 Beta [HALL OF FAME]
www.microsoft.com/windows/internet-explorer
Windows
36. Opera [HALL OF FAME]
www.opera.com
Windows | Mac OS | Linux | Mobile
37. OperaTor
archetwist.com/en/opera/operator
Windows
38. Safari
www.apple.com/safari
Windows | Mac OS

Calendar/PIMs
39. 30 Boxes
www.30boxes.com
www.30boxes.com
40. Calgoo Calendar
www.calgoo.com/calendar
Windows | Mac OS | Linux
41. Doomi
doominow.com
Windows
42. Google Calendar
www.google.com/calendar
Web | Mobile
43. Lightning
www.mozilla.org/projects/calendar/lightning
Windows | Mac OS | Linux | Solaris | OS2
44. Chandler
chandlerproject.org
Windows | Mac OS | Linux
45. Remember The Milk
www.rememberthemilk.com
Web | Mobile
46. Remember The Task
www.jashsayani.com/my-softwares
Windows | Mac OS | Linux
47. TaskFive
www.taskfive.com
Web
48. Yahoo Calendar
calendar.yahoo.com
Web

Communication/E-Mail
49. eM Client
www.emclient.com
Windows
50. Gmail
www.gmail.com
Web | Mobile
51. gAttach
www.gattach.net
Windows
52. Google Contacts
hogi.a.orn.jp/en/gmcont.html
Windows
53. iContact
www.dataload.com/icontact
Windows
54. Simple Mail
www.userlogos.org/extensions/simplemail
Windows | Mac OS | Linux
55. ThunderBird [HALL OF FAME]
www.mozilla.com/thunderbird
Windows | Mac OS | Linux
56. Windows Live Mail
get.live.co
Windows
57. Yahoo Mail
mail.yahoo.com
Web
58. Zenbe
www.zenbe.com
Web

Conferencing
59. Dabbleboard
www.dabbleboard.com
Web
60. SightSpeed
www.sightspeed.com
Windows | Mac OS
61. Skype
www.skype.com
Windows | Mac OS | Linux
62. Tokbox
www.tokbox.com
Web

File Transfer/Download
63. CrossFTP
www.crossftp.com
Windows | Mac OS | Linux
64. DownThemAll
www.downthemall.net
Windows | Mac OS | Linux
65. Filezilla
www.filezilla-project.org
Windows | Mac OS | Linux
66. FireFTP
fireftp.mozdev.org
Windows | Mac OS | Linux
67. Halite
www.binarynotions.com/halite-bittorrent-client
Windows
68. net2ftp
www.net2ftp.com
Web
69. Rightload
www.rightload.org
Windows
70. uTorrent
www.utorrent.com
Windows

File Viewers/Converters
71. Adobe Reader [HALL OF FAME]
www.adobe.com/reader
Windows | Mac OS | Linux | Mobile
72. Foxit Reader
www.foxitsoftware.com
Windows | Linux | Mobile
73. PeaZip
peazip.sourceforge.net
Windows | Linux
74. Sumatra PDF
blog.kowalczyk.info/software/sumatrapdf
Windows
75. Quick Media Converter (QMC)
www.cocoonsoftware.com
Windows
76. WinRAR
www.rarlab.com
Windows
77. YemuZip
www.yellowmug.com/yemuzip
Mac OS
78. Zamzar
www.zamzar.com
Web

Finance
79. Billeo
www.billeo.com
Windows
80. Buxfer
www.buxfer.com
Web | Mobile
81. Mint
www.mint.com
Web
82. Wesabe
www.wesabe.com
Windows | Mac OS | Web

Fun/Home
83. eBay Desktop
desktop.ebay.com
Windows | Mac OS
84. Geni.com
www.geni.com
Web
85. Google Earth
earth.google.com
Windows | Mac OS | Linux
86. Home Inventory
www.knowyourstuff.org
Windows | Mac OS
87. Penzu
www.penzu.com
Web
88. Springpad
www.springpadit.com
Web
89. Timetoast
www.timetoast.com
Web

Graphics
90. Artweaver
www.artweaver.de
Windows
91. DestroyFlickr
www.destroytoday.com/?p=Project&id=DestroyFlickr
Windows
92. flauntR
www.flauntr.com
Web
93. FastStone Image Viewer
www.faststone.org
Windows
94. GIMP [HALL OF FAME]
www.gimp.org
95. Google SketchUp
sketchup.google.com
Windows | Mac OS
96. IrfanView
www.irfanview.com
Windows
97. Paint.NET
www.getpaint.net
Windows
98. Pencil
www.les-stooges.org/pascal/pencil
Windows | Mac OS | Linux
99. Picasa
picasa.google.com
Windows | Linux
100. MobaPhoto
mobaphoto-en.mobatek.net
Windows
101. Photoshop Express
www.photoshop.com/express
Web
102. Photosynth
www.photosynth.com
Web
103. Picnik
www.picnik.com
Web
104. Pictomio
www.pictomio.com
Windows
105. Splashup
www.splashup.com
Web

106. SUMO Paint
www.sumo.fi/web
Web

IMs
107. AIM [HALL OF FAME]
www.aim.com
Windows | Mac OS | Linux | Web | Mobile
108. Dexrex
www.dexrex.com
Windows | Mac OS | Mobile
109. Digsby
www.digsby.com
Windows
110. Meebo
www.meebo.com
Web | Mobile

Interface Enhancers
111. AccelMan File Manager
www.flexigensoft.com/accelman
Windows
112. Desktops
technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/cc817881.aspx
Windows
113. DExposE2
devrexster.googlepages.com/dexpose2
Windows
114. Emerge Desktop
emergedesktop.org
Windows
115. GreenPrint
www.printgreener.com
Windows | Mac OS

116. muCommander
www.mucommander.com
Windows | Mac OS | Linux | Mobile
117. PlacesBar Tweaker
www.ioisland.com/placesbar
Windows
118. RBTray
moitah.net
Windows
119. StandaloneStack
www.chrisnsoft.com/standalonestack
Windows
120. Start++
www.brandontools.com/content/StartPlusPlus.aspx
Windows
121. TrayEverything
www.winapizone.net/software/trayeverything
Windows
122. UltraExplorer
www.mustangpeak.net/ultraexplorer.html
Windows
123. Yahoo Widgets
widgets.yahoo.com
Windows | Mac OS

Local Search
124. Google Desktop
desktop.google.com
Windows | Mac OS | Linux
125. Everything
www.voidtools.com
Windows
126. Locate32
www.locate32.net
Windows

Office
127. Adobe Buzzword
www.buzzword.com
Web
128. blist
www.blist.com
Web
129. EtherPad
etherpad.com
Web
130. Evernote
www.evernote.com
Windows | Mac OS | Mobile | Web
131. GMDesk
www.robertnyman.com/gmdesk/
Windows
132. Google Docs
docs.google.com
Web | Mobile
133. Incollector
www.incollector.devnull.pl
Windows | Linux
134. Jarte
www.jarte.com
Windows
135. KompoZer
www.kompozer.net
Windows | Mac OS | Linux
136. Lotus Symphony
symphony.lotus.com
Windows | Mac OS | Linux
138. NeoOffice
www.neooffice.com
Mac OS
139. Notepad++ [HALL OF FAME]
notepad-plus.sourceforge.net
Windows
140. OpenOffice [HALL OF FAME]
www.openoffice.org
Windows | Mac OS | Linux | Solaris

141. SlideRocket
www.sliderocket.com
Web
142. SoftMaker Office 2006
www.softmakeroffice.com
Windows
143. Springnote
www.springnote.com
Web | Mobile
144. Widgenie
www.widgenie.com
Web
145. Zoho
www.zoho.com
Web | Mobile

Operating Systems
146. gOS 3.0 Gadgets
www.thinkgos.com
Linux
147. pure:dyne
code.goto10.org/projects/puredyne
Linux
148. Ubuntu [HALL OF FAME]
www.ubuntu.com
Linux

Networking
149. AirSnare
home.comcast.net/~jay.deboer/airsnare
Windows
150. AirRadar
www.koingosw.com/products/airradar.php
Mac OS
151. Axence NetTools
www.axencesoftware.com
Windows
152. GBridge
www.gbridge.com
Windows
153. InSSIDer
www.metageek.net/products/inssider
Windows
154. LogMeIn Hamachi
secure.logmein.com
Windows | Mac OS | Linux
155. NetSetMan
www.netsetman.com
Windows
156. Network Notepad
www.networknotepad.com
Windows
157. PrinterAnywhere
www.printeranywhere.com
Windows | Mac OS | Linux

RSS Readers
158. Google Reader
reader.google.com
Web | Mobile
159. Netvibes
www.netvibes.com
Web
160. FeedDemon
www.newsgator.com/Individuals/FeedDemon
Windows

161. NetNewsWire
www.newsgator.com/individuals/netnewswire
Mac OS | Mobile
162. RSS Bandit
rssbandit.org
Windows
163. Snarfer
www.snarfware.com
Windows

Synchronization
164. Dropbox
www.getdropbox.com
Windows | Mac OS | Linux | Web
165. Windows Live Sync
sync.live.com
Windows | Mac OS | Web
166. Windows Live Mesh
www.mesh.com
Windows | Mac OS | Mobile | Web
167. Syncplicity
www.syncplicity.com
Windows | Mobile | Web
168. Mozilla Weave
services.mozilla.com
Windows | Mac OS | Linux

Video
169. CamStudio
www.camstudio.org
Windows
170. HandBrake
www.handbrake.fr
Windows | Mac OS | Linux
171. Miro
www.getmiro.com
Windows | Mac OS | Linux
172. TipCam
www.utipu.com/app
Windows
173. VLC media player
www.videolan.org/vlc
Windows | Mac OS | Linux

Again that is PCmag's top choices. If you see one your intrested in or a subject your intrested in then you should check out the article as they have a paragraph on each one. Where it says "Hall of Fame" that was a rating that PCmag gave it. To make it easier to find the different programs I hyperlinked each section above (since each section had their own page).

Do you see a FREE program that you use and love that is not listed here? If so then comment with a discription of the program and a link where someone can get it.

If you see a program that is listed here and you use it (or used it) then give us a review - the good, the bad and the ugly. Tell us your thoughts.

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Re: Lots and Lots of FREE Software

One program they did not mention under "File Viewers" is ALZIP I think that is a great and easy program to use - I use it all the time. It can open 36 different archive and compression file formats (and again easy to use).

For the Graphics they completely left off "photobucket". I'm guessing because its not a program you can download however you can do so much on photobucket to decorate, change and enhance a picture. Plus it gives you the ability to share it easy.

Fileden is also a great site for file storage or file storing - I use it love it (FREE)

For IMing I use and love "Windows Live Messenger" - its free and you can not only chat but exchange files and pictures on it.

I'll add more when I think of them Smile

OK I almost forgot...
# 70. uTorrent - I use that allllllllll the time and love it. Its easy to use. I even did a thread that has screen shots of utorrent and explains it a little better: How to download a Torrent (Bit Torrent)

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Re: Lots and Lots of FREE Software

Have you guys tried the ubuntu operating system out? I'm on windows vista, and am wondering if its worth the dl. Does it rum along side of
vista? After installing does your computer let you choose what os to boot to? I'm pretty curious bout trying it, but thought I'd ask you guys first(c:

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Re: Lots and Lots of FREE Software

Is your hard drive partitioned? I've never dual booted but if you go HERE it will show you step by step how to dual boot.

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Re: Lots and Lots of FREE Software

well its got the system restore partion, but nothing else.

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No you can't use that. You would need to partition your hard drive. I have two hard drives in my pc and both are partitioned into 2 so it looks like I have 4 hard drives. I use Partition Magic to split them.

You can get it here: http://www.symantec.com/Norton/partitionmagic

Before you do anything make sure you back up what you have - better safe then sorry.

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Re: Lots and Lots of FREE Software

Honestly, it sounds like its more trouble than it'd be worth. Thanks for the info, I may look into it again when I get more time.....

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Re: Lots and Lots of FREE Software

I just wanted to say the info you gave is false and misleading I know you were trying to help and this is a old topic but for people who dont know Ubuntu needs NO PARTIONING before installing and is by far the SIMPLEST OS to install by far.

Ubuntu 10.4 is by far better than Windows 7 and the features are getting better and better, to the point Dell is now supporting them on most of their Computers now !

I have installed ubuntu 10.4 on a AcerOne net book ($107 Special), Sony VIAO , Dell Studio 1737 , an old Dell inspirion with 256mb of RAM.

AND THEY ALL WORK FLAWLESSLY !

To step up any Ubuntu as a dual boot is very simple download Ubuntu live cd and click on Wubi icon from CD or
Download a Wubi installer file the install process does everything for you !

Setting up Dual Boot Ubuntu and windows in wayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy more simple than installing Vista,7 , XP, win98 or win95 for that matter ! Also Ubuntu 10.4 has 32bit & 64 bit versions and way better graphics!

Now if you install Ubuntu and cant figure it out message me! Most of the things Ubuntu has direct fixes for !

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