We all love free. All of us. Especially if its good software. Here I have compiled a list of MY top 5 free programs & services that are both useful but fun too. Post your favorite free programs below. All software will have links to download them and all are 100% safe to use. IN NO PARTICULAR ORDER!

 

1. Google Chrome.

A Great web browser that's clean, fast and has great security.

Download Chrome

 

2. GIMP (GNU Image manipulation program)

A Great Open Source, image editor for both beginner and advanced users. A great alternative to Adobe Photoshop.

Download GIMP

 

3. Notepad ++

A Great HTML Editor and can also be used to edit regular text files. Advanced version of windows' Notepad.

Download Notepad ++

 

4. CamStudio

 A Great screen recording utility for windows. Lots of options and a great alternative to TechSmith's suite.

Download CamStudio

 

5. RoboForm

A Nice utility to have that saves passwords (10 for the basic version) has a clean interface and works well.

Download RoboForm

 

My first blog post. Tell me what you think.

 

-Joel

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Comment by JT on February 11, 2011 at 10:09am
Thank you Greg. I completely forgot about SIW.
Comment by Lovely Sneha on February 11, 2011 at 7:46am
It's very nice.. thanks
Comment by Greg De Santis on February 10, 2011 at 12:40pm
I agree with your top five picks for free programs.
Google Chrome and GIMP are definitely within in my top five.
So without repeating any of the programs you have already mentioned, today my top five picks are:

1. OpenOffice 3.3.0
http://download.openoffice.org/index.html

2. Firefox
http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/firefox/

3. PicPick 2.3.8 (The best screen capture utility that I have used, and it has image editing incorporated - better than MS paint, not quite as good as GIMP.)
http://www.picpick.org/

4. Audacity 1.3.12
http://audacity.sourceforge.net/

5. Process Explorer 14.01
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb896653

Okay and now for some more.

6. Pidgin 2.7.10 (it's the only program that combines all my IM accounts well.)
http://www.pidgin.im/

7. VLC Media Player 1.1.7
http://www.videolan.org/

8. Boxee Beta 0.9.23.15885
http://www.boxee.tv/download

9. BB FlashBack Express 2 Recorder 2.8.1.1761 (Which is similar to CamStudio, but works better for me.)
Oh by the way, there are three versions: express, standard, and pro. The express version is the free version.
http://www.bbsoftware.co.uk/bbflashback/compareeditions.aspx

10. SIW - System Information for Windows (Since I've been in IT for over 20 years, I like this best all-in-one utility for cataloging and computer's entire hardware and software inventory along with all of its network information, while incorporating tech tools and real-time monitors.
http://www.gtopala.com/

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