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The 20+ Important Applications for New PC

 Applications for New PC

We publish a list of what we think are the very important PC applications. All these are all free programs that should be straight away installed after a reformat.

dropbox app for pcDropbox - The program creates a user folder that acts just like a folder on your hard drive. You can drag, drop, copy, and save up to 2GB worth of files to the cloud ($100/year for 50GB), while the service works its magic and syncs up your documents in the background.

asteam app pcSteam - we can't imagine gaming on our PCs without Steam!

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vmware app pcVMWare Server is our pick for a robust and easy-to-use virtualization option, and VMWare Server is the company's free product

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foxitreader app pcFoxit PDF Reader a free application that weights in only at 3MB. The program launches with the speediness of a roadrunner, and gives you access to welcome features like text extraction and comment annotation.

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anydvd app pcAnyDVDdecrypts, unlocks the region code, and even removes annoying ads and that pesky FBI warning on the fly. It's not free, but it's well worth the cost for anyone who wants to exercise his fair use rights on Blu-ray or DVD discs.

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WinDirStatWinDirStat is an application which analyzes the composition of your hard drive, allowing you to identify which files are eating up your disk space.

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GPU-Z GPU-Z - this utility will tell you the clocks, the card revision, the number of transistors on the card as well as the process technology used to build the card.

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CPU-Z  CPU-Z will tell you the model, code name, process, core voltage, stepping and revision number as well as the core speed, FSB and multiplier the PC is running. You can also find out what speed your DRAM is running at and check the SPDs on some machines too.

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FirefoxFirefox amazed us with its smart search bar and it still remains the most secure browser we've ever tested.
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Fraps Fraps is an app that lets you benchmark your games to monitor graphical performance. When running, Fraps hides in your system tray, but runs a tiny numerical overlay on top of any DirectX and OpenGL game to show you your current framerate.

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Skype-iconSkype offers high quality, peer-to-peer VOIP with a convenient client and a bevy of features. Skype also has video conferencing functionality, and allows for conference calls, a feature which we put to good use making our very own Maximum PC podcast.

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TrueCryptTrueCrypt is an open source app which lets you create and mount an encrypted virtual drive. You can store whatever you want in this drive.

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Copernic Desktop SearchCopernic Desktop Search quickly searches emails, office documents, and web pages -- it also is light on system resources and processor utilization. We like its ability to sort, group, and refine searches, which is particularly useful for navigating through densely packed network drives.

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Media Player ClassicMedia Player Classic & ffdshow-tryouts - while ffdshow-tryouts enables video playback in a wide variety of apps, our favorite is Media Player Classic. This clone of Windows Media Player 6 features support for soft subtitles, alternate audio tracks, and other power user features.

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Filezilla Filezilla is an open source FTP client. Filezilla lets us bookmark and maintain connections to multiple servers, drag and drop our files from the desktop, and deftly handles large files and large numbers of files.

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SyncBack FreeSyncBack Free lets you automatically archive copies of your files to any destination (though it won't perform incremental backups), and then restore those files after any unforeseen disaster.

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IsoBurnIsoBurn - Burning ISO files is a native feature in the upcoming Windows 7, but XP and Vista users are forced to use third party apps if they want to mount a disc image on a CD or DVD

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KeePassKeePass a program that maintains a list of your passwords, strongly encrypted, with a single master passphrase/keyfile.

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OpenOffice.orgOpenOffice.org doesn’t contain any unpleasantries in design and functionality that the idea of a “free office suite” might conjure up.

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SpeedfanSpeedfan gives you access to all of that information by tapping into the numerous digital temperature sensors of important parts like your CPU and GPU.

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HandbrakeHandbrake makes ripping DVDs a lead-pipe cinch, especially when paired with AnyDVD (or DVD43, a free, less awesome program that works similarly to AnyDVD.

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Notepad++Notepad++ makes parsing code easy with clear syntax highlighting and auto-completion intelligence. The program is compact, but has no-brainer features like tabbed documents and plug-in support. Think of it as the Firefox of text editors.

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DigsbyDigsby loses big points for trying to sneak a bunch of crappy search bars onto your computer when it installs.

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Avira AntiVirAvira AntiVir - you might be inclined to dismiss Avira’s AntiVir as nothing more than a run-of-the-mill virus scanner with a feature set that’s as meager as its price.

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Malwarebytes Anti-MalwareMalwarebytes Anti-Malware - A good antivirus program and firewall are important. It is all we need.

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uTorrentuTorrent is a 250K application that lets you oversee bandwidth allocation, file selection, and peer/seeder connections with ease. You don't even need to install the program because uTorrent runs right fine from its executable.

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foobar2000foobar2000 is our chosen alternative to the memory-intensive iTunes organizer. foobar2000 has won the hearts of savvy album collectors with its highly customizable interface, comprehensive audio format support, and gapless playback.

From the list I have only

From the list I have only used Filezilla, Firefox and Fraps. Also OpenOffice, a couple of times. But to be honest, the scope of these applications listed here and the huge amount of applications competing for the same market share makes it so difficult to pick up the best... There probably isn't a "best" one, but just a "most popular".

Cristian

YM and VLC

From the list, the most popular for me is Firefox. In fact I am currently using it as I write this comment. The next is Skype and the third is OpenOffice. But if I were to be asked what may be missing, I would recommend VLC Media Player and Yahoo Messenger. I use VLC everyday to playback audio and video materials of almost any format and I also use YM in alternate with Skype.

RE: An alternative to Avira free

Yes, AVG is a good option, it is what I also use, too bad it did not make its way to the list. Gone are the days when searching for cracked keys to allow further updates of Kasperky.. And AVG has recently impressed me by correctly sniffing and identifying the chess.exe trojan which passed unnoticed by OfficeScan. It both detected and remove it, so it is the way forward!

Cristian

Freemind

Just wanted to point to a nice piece of software that I have recently discovered: Freemind. As its name and description suggest it is a "mind mapping software". It is written in java and it is free. Apparently it has a broad range of applications. I did not think much of it first, but now I am using it for many things. Check it out:
http://freemind.sourceforge.net/wiki/index.php/Main_Page

OmniGraffle

I’m using OmniGraffle, running on MAC OS X Leopard, for mind mapping. Though it’s primarily a drawing software, it also has mind-mapping features. I use it for brain storming for new projects and in project management. But Freemind is worth trying and I’m going to check it out. The best thing about it is it’s open source.

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