Yesterday, a good friend called and asked me what Ã¢â‚¬Å“must have freeware appsÃ¢â‚¬Â should he know about for his brand new work laptop. After a good 4 or 5 years of full blown Windows power using dorkdom, I figured what better time to round up some of the apps that had a positive impact on my life. Many of these are covered in countless dig posts, and freeware lists around the web, but why not add to the confusion?
Picasa / IrfanView / XnView Ã¢â‚¬â€œ all three are good for different things, but all have helped me in some way or another. Picasa is good for managing large collections and doing simple editing.
Paint.NET Ã¢â‚¬â€œ great for simple graphics editing and drawing. Used this to create the wireframes for some websites too.
VLC Player - the only way to go. It plays anything, plays it fast, and doesnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t bring your machine to a crawl.
Bonjour - Zero-configuration networking software, from the Mac crew.
Folder Sync - a very simple way to sync the contents of folders across multiple computers that have an internet connection. OSX too! Great for keeping backup copies of important files.
Izarc - hardly knew it was there, thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a good thing.
WinDirStat Ã¢â‚¬â€œ great visual way to see that your hard drive is completely over run with bad music and large video files youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll never get around to watching.
Copernic Ã¢â‚¬â€œ I tried a few desktop searching engines, most sucked. Copernic didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t suck bad, and it found what I needed it to find a good 80% of the time. Its no spotlight or quicksilver on the mac.
Synergy and Launchy - i reviewed them here.