Freeware is a great way to build a library of applications using
high-quality programs which can perform just about any function that is available from commercial
applications - at no cost! Of the approximately 100 applications I use regularly, about 30 of
them are purchased and 70 of them are freeware.
I break the world of freeware down into about 3 categories.
gbFreeware would be my own freeware releases, listed below. I welcome suggestions/comments
from my users.
PC Magazine has released about 150 utilities, roughly one per month. I find them
to be some of the most useful and well-written software anywhere. Of the approximately 100
applications I use regularly, about 10 of them are PC Magazine utilities. Note: even though
the utilities are free, there is a $20 per year cost to access the online library.
Other Freeware covers the 10,000+ free applications available on the web. I've evaluated
over 1,000 of them to come up with up my recommendations. Of the approximately 100
applications I use regularly, about 50 of them are from this group of freeware.
In my pages on freeware, PC Mag Utilities, and
shareware, I use the same format - 9 categories
of software, broken down into 71 different categories. This common structure will help
you compare what each of the software groups have to offer.
Here are my freeware programs:
These freeware applications require the VB6 runtime files.
The 3D apps also need the VB5 runtime files. If you
have XP you already have the required files.