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Download Recuva 1.42.544. The 32 Totally Essential (and Free) Apps for Every New PC. You have to admit, Windows is a pretty barebones operating system, feature-wise.

The 32 Totally Essential (and Free) Apps for Every New PC

After a fresh install of XP or Vista (perhaps following a Clean Start), you're faced with a barren Start Menu and an empty desktop that's beaming with limitless potential. The problem is that it's up to you to hunt and download those applications that you really need in your day-to-day computing experience. And chances are, it's often difficult to find good software that's also free. That's where this guide comes in. We've put together a list of what we think are the most essential PC apps for every Maximum PC reader. And at the end of the feature, we'll even show you how to install these apps in one fell swoop with a special configuration file we've created. WinDirStat Have you ever sorted a folder by file size, hoping to track down a hard disk hog, only to be frustrated by the fact that Windows doesn’t let you see the size of nested folders’ contents?

AnyDVD Foxit PDF Reader VMWare Server Steam. PDF Editing & Creation: 50+ open source/free alternatives to Adobe Acrobat. Posted by nitzan on Wednesday, December 19th, 2007 Adobe Acrobat is expensive, but that doesn’t mean you have to live a life without portable documents.

PDF Editing & Creation: 50+ open source/free alternatives to Adobe Acrobat

What many people don’t realize is that PDF is a Federal Information Processing Standard, which means the specifications behind the format are widely published. Numerous developers take advantage of this fact and create programs that offer effective alternatives to Acrobat. Check out our list of these programs and take advantage of these tools that are full of some of the best PDF features and functions. Downloadable/Online PDF Creators These simply and emminently usable programs will allow you to quickly create your own PDFs.

CutePDF: Create a PDF file from almost any printable document. Online and Desktop PDF Editors PDF manipulation is easy and free with these tools. PDFescape: This online PDF solution is a reader, editor, form filler, and form designer. PDFUnlock! - Unlock secured PDF files online for free. - Download Free Software - StumbleUpon. Top 15 free tools for every Windows desktop. Welcome » The Document Foundation. Microsoft Substitutes. Don't expect new programs with improved usability from the upcoming version of the World's favorite OS Windows XP.

Microsoft Substitutes

Why? Because its the same old Microsoft operating system with added eye candy. Stick to XP, along with all your devices that are not compatible with Windows Vista, and run your favorite non-Microsoft software! We all heard about the new Vista and I think its not an upgrade most of us will make anytime soon. Microsoft loaded it with immature features that people will switch off after they use it for a while.

Likewise, Windows XP also came loaded with many useless built-in programs that you ended up dumping for a better alternative. Internet Explorer = Mozilla FirefoxFirst thing I install on a fresh Windows XP. Windows Explorer = ExplorerXPTabs, groups and a toolbar with only the useful things. Windows Messenger = IMVUChat using 3d digital personalities. Windows Media Player = VLC PlayerPlays almost everything. The Top 50 Proprietary Programs that Drive You Crazy — and Their Open Source Alternatives.

Update January 22, 2013: This article was originally posted February 7, 2008.

The Top 50 Proprietary Programs that Drive You Crazy — and Their Open Source Alternatives

Since then, it has been one of our most popular articles here at In light of this, we have decided to give this article an update for 2013: we cleaned out some obsolete links and added a New for 2013 section. Enjoy! Not every proprietary program can drive a person crazy, right? Some, like Adobe Photoshop, are superb tools for anyone to use. The following fifty sixty proprietary programs are listed in no particular order within broad categories along with their open source alternatives. 10+ Best Free or Open Source Photoshop Alternative Software. Most designers on a tight budget can get an uncontrolled rapid heartbeat by considering what an investment in a Photoshop license will do to their economy.

10+ Best Free or Open Source Photoshop Alternative Software

While it is difficult to argue against Photoshop being the top pick for nearly any photo manipulation, non vector design job etc. there are actually some pretty OK alternatives you can use without spending a single dollar. Question is of course which alternative to use and to help you out I have collected a set of Open Source Photoshop Alternatives you need to be aware of. One of the serious disadvantages you face when not using Photoshop is that you can’t learn and self study using the huge number of excellent free tutorials you can find for Photoshop online.

Depending on what alternative you pick there may be some tutorials available, but it will never really match Photoshop. Another thing to be aware of is file formats. Advertisement Gimp GIMPshop Pixlr Editor. Home. 5 FREE Programs to make your computer (slightly) easier to use and look cool(ish)

This is a neat little gizmo that sits on any side of the screen.

5 FREE Programs to make your computer (slightly) easier to use and look cool(ish)

In its original format, I found it slightly obtrusive (it covered up the tool bars). I used these solutions. Make it too small to obstruct the toolbars (I did this) Put it at the left of the screen (the right has the scroll bar)