Ive been meaning to post up a list of the great (completely) free apps out there…. and here it finally is…
http://ninite.com/ This site / tool is great! You just tick off all the FREE apps you want to install, then download the installation tool. This little program will download and install all of the software you ticked off, skipping unwanted toolbars, ads, and other annoying stuff. It will also automatically skip things that you have already installed. The programs in Ninite that I reccommend are:
Auslogics – Disk Defragmenter
CDBurnerXP – for burning CDs / DVDs
Classic Start – a Start Button for Windows 8 users
Skype – well, a lot of people seem to use it
VLC – video / audio player that doesn’t require any Codecs to be installed
Audacity – if you want a good sound file editor (MP3, Wav, etc)
Media Monkey – Music / Video organiser (like iTunes but with much more)
Java – Needed for some other apps eg. LibreOffice
.NET – Needed for some other apps (not necessarily in Ninite’s list)
WinRAR – great for creating / opening compressed files of many types
Inkscape – handy vector drawing program, similar to CorelDraw, Adobe Illustrator, etc.
Adobe Reader – lots of PDFs out there
LibreOffice – for editing / viewing word processing, spreadsheets, presentations etc (Similar to MS Office)
PDFCreator – for creating PDF documents (incase the title wasnt obvious 😛 )
Avast – Decent anti-virus software thats not too annoying. Just remember to turn off the sounds!
MalawareBytes – a different sort of malware detection / scanning software. I usually check things with both an anti-virus program and MalawareBytes
uTorrent – do you have to ask…. ?
Evernote – great tool for managing notes, recipes, information. It will sync to lots of different devices (Android, iPhone, PC)
Steam – Great platform for browsing / buying games. Lots of free games on there too.
DropBox – my preferred web storage too. Integrates very well into Windows 7 / 8
HTC Home: This is a stylish weather / clock for your Windows desktop