Since I recently built a new PC, I was very interested in this article, The First 10 Free Apps to Install on a New Windows PC (http://www.lifehack.org/articles/technology/the-first-10-free-apps-to-install-on-a-new-windows-pc.html).
I actually installed most of the software mentioned before reading the article. I would, however, add the following 6 free applications to the list:
- SyncBack (http://www.2brightsparks.com/freeware/freeware-hub.html) SyncBack is a freeware program that helps you easily backup and synchronize your files to: the same drive; a different drive or medium (CDRW, CompactFlash, etc); an FTP server; a Network; or a Zip archive.
- ScreenHunter (http://www.wisdom-soft.com/) An award-winning screen capture software solution to capture any part of screen image, print, edit screenshot with annotations, also with web capture, scanning and video screen capture. All Windows Vista compatible.
- Google Photo Screen Saver (
http://pack.google.com) Part of the Google Software Pack. This Photo screen saver displays your photos, web feeds and other sources with no issues. It also works on dual monitors and shows different images on each monitor, very cool! The pack was discountinued but you can get the screen saver here: http://download.cnet.com/s/google-photos-screensaver/
- Boinc and Seti@Home (http://boinc.berkeley.edu/ and http://setiathome.berkeley.edu/index.php) When you new computer is idle you can use it to search for life on other planets. You can also use Boinc to help solve other problems.
- Mozy (http://www.mozy.com) Backup your files to an online storage site. Syncback is great to create a local copy of your data, by Mozy will copy those files out where a fire or thief cannot touch them. Mozy offers 2 GB free, with unlimited storage for about $5 a month.
- PDF995 (http://www.pdf995.com/) Pdf995 makes it easy and affordable to create professional-quality documents in the popular PDF file format. Its easy-to-use interface helps you to create PDF files by simply selecting the “print” command from any application, creating documents which can be viewed on any computer with a PDF viewer.
Are there any other free applications that you use regularly? Let me know.