Yes, it’s another “best of” 2009 article, but I think these are fun and useful to others who might discover a new app or game they haven’t heard of before. 20009 saw quite a few new and updated applications in all types of categories, including mobile.
This is my list of some of the most useful I found:
These are some of my favorites, so lets hear yours!
Tineye - TinEye is a reverse image search engine
Microsoft Security Essentials - it just works....and it doesn't bog down my system(s)
PDF-XChange Viewer - dumped Adobe Reader (security hole & bloatware)
Dropbox.......one of my favorites also
honorable mention....HydroCAD R9, Directory Opus R9.5 (x64), Rainmeter 1.1
OpenOffice, easily. No more plunking down $200 for Microsoft Office. The Java API hooks into it aren't as good as the Visual Basic macros in Excel, but it's all open source and you can plug in stuff to all of the applications--not just the spreadsheet.
Openoffice, Fences, Winstep, KIS 2010, Damn Small Linux, Ubericon
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One app I've been impressed with is Lunascape, a three engined browser that's fast and reliable... does all that Firefox can and more. It's skinnable, uses FF addons and plugins, is tabbed, etc, etc. Moreover, if a certain site doesn't happen to like the Gecko engine, you can switch to the IE one or Safari's.
Is it worth checking out? I think so... and WC loads really fast to boot.
I go with Dropbox too. It has really been of great help to me.
Auslogics Disk Defrag...much faster than the built-in Windows defrag. And, it is free!
CDBurnerXP...burns CD's and DVD's...gets the job done...and, it is free!
Microsoft Security Essentials....doesn't hog system resources, and it is free!
Ditto, I think.....still considering...
And Fences, of course....
Thanks, mate. Looks good so far.
Deskscapes and Object Desktop (of course). Opera Browser. MS Office 2010 Beta so far. And always Winstep...the new interface is excellent.
Acronis True Copr 2009
Fastone Image Resizer
Ashampoo Music Studio
DVD Profiler (catalogues DVD/video content)
AverMedia Media Centre
,,,, and of course, ObjectDesktop, ObjectDock Pro, CursorFX Pro
Faststone ImageViewer http://www.faststone.org/
And my staples are Windowblinds, IconPackager, CursorFX and ObjectDock
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CursorFX is a utility which allows you to have much more flexibility in the cursors
you use to interact with Windows. CursorFX users can create and use cursors that
look and feel far superior to anything you've ever seen before! Best of all, it's
really easy to create your own super-charged cursors!
DesktopX is a program that lets users build their own desktops. It does this by
giving users access to desktop objects. These objects can come in all sizes and
shapes. They can have scripts attached to them, they can be combined together to
form mini applications or turned into an entire desktop.
Stardock DeskScapes is a program that allows users to have animated wallpaper on
their Windows 8, Windows 7, XP or Vista desktop. It supports playing video as animated wallpaper,
dynamically generated content as animated wallpaper, and more.
IconPackager is a program that allows users to change nearly all of their Windows
icons at once by applying "packages" of icons. A package of icons contains
icons to replace most of the common icons on your Windows PC.
Icons for applications and folders.
LogonStudio is a free program that allows users to change their Windows 7, Vista
and XP logon screens. It comes with several logon screens to choose from, along
with thousands that are available online.
ObjectDock™ is a program that enables users to organize their shortcuts, programs
and running tasks into an attractive and fun animated Dock. By allowing users to
have more control over how they organize their desktop, users can take control of
their desktop icons and shortcuts to have them be available when where and how they
Rainmeter allows you to display customizable skins on your desktop, from hardware usage meters to fully functional audio visualizers.
You are only limited by your imagination and creativity.
Rainmeter is open source software distributed free of charge under the terms of the GNU GPL v2 license.
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Theme Manager is a program that changes the look and feel of the entire Windows
environment. It works by talking to existing desktop enhancement programs and then
applying a MyColors or Suite file. In short, Theme Manager is a front-end to other
desktop enhancement programs to simplify the user experience.
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WindowBlinds changes the look and feel of your Windows desktop by applying visual
styles to your entire Windows environment. When a visual style is applied, they
change nearly every elements of the Windows GUI such as title bars, push buttons,
the Start bar, menu and more.
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