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GBIC >> Software >> All Software
All Software Recommendations
Sometimes it's just nice to see all the software titles in a single list, so here are the all the titles - a column for freeware, one for PC Magazine utilities, and one for shareware/commercial applications.

In a few cases I recommend more than one application for a particular computing task. The detailed explanations are given on the corresponding pages for freeware, PC Mag utilities, and shareware/commercial applications.

An asterisk by a PC Mag or shareware/commercial title means that I recommend its use over the corresponding free application. If there's no application with an asterisk, then I recommend use of the freeware application.

Computing tasks are listed within a category by the frequency with which I perform the computing task (most-used at the top). Change history and explanation of why there are multiple entries in a category are provided in the respective Freeware, PCMag and Shareware recommendations pages.

Revised 23 October, 2004.
General Purpose    Programmer    WebMaster   
Graphics    Internet    Security   
System    Games Music           Change History

If you have a software title or computing task category that you think deserves to be on the list, feel free to let me know.

General Purpose
RankComputing TaskFreewarePC MagShareware/Commercial
1 folder navigation WCD    
2 text editor NoteTab Light   *NoteTab Pro
3 dictionary WordWeb    
4 local weather WeatherWatcher    
5 calendar AMP Calendar *DaysEase  
6 folder size TreeSize DiskPie Pro *TreeSize
7 folder comparison Comparator, Files Comparer WMatch 2 *Beyond Compare
8 text file comparison ExamDiff   *Beyond Compare
9 duplicate filesDuplicate File Finder Dupeless *Duplic8
10 print folder content Print Folder TreePrint  
11 compression JustZipIt   *WinZip
12 clipboard CLCL ClipTrak  
13 rename files Renamer Fairy MultiRen  
14 reminder MiniReminder NoteWhen  
15 keyboard controller CapsLockOff, KeyTweak *TradeKeys  
16 text find & replace< .. in work .. >    
17 change file attributesAttribute Changer *FileTouch 2  
18 clock Chimer, World Time Clock ClockRack, Rouser 2  
19 timer < .. in work .. >    
20 unit conversion Convert    
21 filename case recase    

Graphics
RankComputing TaskFreewarePC MagShareware/Commercial
1 graphics viewerXnView   *ACDSee
2 screen capture MWSnap ScreenSeize  
3 image resizerImage Resizer, picTray    
4 graphics editorIrfanView   *Paint Shop Pro
5 color pickerColor Cop  
6 icon editorSnIco IconEdit32 *MicroAngelo
7 icon extractorIcon Snatcher IconJack32 *MicroAngelo
8 print controlPrimoPDF PCBook2 *FinePrint, *pdf995
9 3D textX-Fonter   *Xara3D
10 font viewerX-Fonter *FontViewer2  
11 3D graphicsBlender    

System
RankComputing TaskFreewarePC MagShareware/Commercial
1 system infoEverest Home Edition   Systemworks
2 registry tweakX-Setup Pro Registry Detective, Registry Robot  
3 startupStartup Control Panel *Startup Cop Pro  
4 uninstallAdd/Remove Pro   UnClean2
5 context menuFast Explorer *ContextEdit, *ContextMenuPlus  
6 registry cleanEasy Cleaner    
7 file association- *AppLauncher  
8 process monitorProcess Explorer *Task Power  
9 remote PC control TightVNC   *PCAnywhere

Programmer
RankComputing TaskFreewarePC MagShareware/Commercial
1 code librariangbCodeLib    
2 hex editorFrhed, HexMad *FileSnoop 2  
3 installationInnoSetup   *Install Creator
4 programmer's editorCrimson Editor    
5 resource filesPE Resource Explorer    
6 dependenciesDependency Walker    

Internet
RankComputing TaskFreewarePC MagShareware/Commercial
1 browser tool Google Toolbar    
2 email checkerPoppy, ePrompter MailCall  
3 email clientPegasus   *MS Outlook
4 news reader Free Agent   *Agent
5 webcam (viewer) Web Cam Viewer,
Webcam Watcher
   
6 web site downloadWinHTTrack Web Historian *Offline Explorer

Games/Kids
RankComputing TaskFreewarePC MagShareware/Commercial
1 bridgeEZBridge   *Bridge Baron

WebMaster
RankComputing TaskFreewarePC MagShareware/Commercial
1 HTML editorNotepad, NoteTab Light, 1st Page 2000   *NoteTab Pro
2 FTP clientSendtoFTP, FileZilla   WS_FTP Pro
3 webcam (uploader) gbFreeCam, WebCam Publisher   WebCam32
4 link checkerLinkProver, Xenu Link Sleuth    
5 server log analyzer Analog    
6 web serverAbyss Web Server    
7 search positionFree Monitor for Google    

Security
RankComputing TaskFreewarePC MagShareware/Commercial
1 anti-virusAVG   *Norton Anti-Virus
2 firewallZone Alarm    
3 backupKaren's Replicator    
4 spyware locatorSpybot, Ad-Aware    
5 cookiesIECookiesView Cookie Cop 3  
6 encryptionMince *Filewarden  
7 secure eraseEraser *Filewarden  

Music
RankComputing TaskFreewarePC MagShareware/Commercial
1 mp3 player Cool Player    
2 music ripper CDEX    
3 music creationObliviion