Monday, April 22, 2013

Maximum PC's Software Free for All

In the May issue of Maximum PC magazine, Alex Castle and Nathan Edwards have compiled short reviews of 65 software programs and apps that can enable you to do almost anything you need to do on your PC, except, perhaps, pay your taxes.

I recommend purchasing a copy if you can find it, or you can wait about 90 days, and go to their web site for a PDF version (past issues are usually archived about 90 days after the publication month. http://www.maximumpc.com/articles/pdf_archives )

For a quick reference, here is a list of the programs with links that they cover that should keep you browsing and evaluating for several months:

System Information:
CPU-Z & GPU-Z: www.cpuid.com www.techpowerup.com
HWMonitor: www.cpuid.com
Windirstat: www.windirstat.info
Intel Turbo Widget: http://intel.ly/17fUEU5
Speccy: www.piriform.com
GKRELLM: http://bit.ly/ZCjeds

File Management:
7-ZIP: www.7-zip.org
UTORRENT: www.utorrent.com
Dropbox: www.dropbox.com
WINMERGE: www.winmerge.org
Terracopy: http://bit.ly/rCXsWy
Filezilla: http://filezilla-project.org

Matinenance:
CCleaner: www.piriform.com
Revo Uninstaller: www.revouninstaller.com
Slimdrivers Free: www.slimwareutilities.com
Synchbackup Free: http://bit.ly8qX6a
File Hippo: www.filehippo.com

Benchmarking:
Unigine Heaven: www.unigine.com
Catzilla: www.allbenchmark.com
Furmark: www.geeks3D.com
Prime95: http://bit.ly/LnCXq
Crystal Diskmark: http://bit.ly/4lefV6
Sandra 2013: www.sisoftware.co.uk
FRAPS: www.fraps.com

Games:
Team Fortress 2: www.teamfortress.com
Tripes Ascend: http://bit.ly/Zcs82F
Quake Live: www.quakelive.com
Leage of Legends: www.leagueoflegends.com
Blacklight Retribution: http://blacklight.perfectworld.com
Dota 2: www.doa2.com
Planetside2: www.planetside2.com
Smite: http://bit.ly/YwHDye
DC Universe Oline: www.dcuniverseonline.com
Daggerfall: www.elderscrolls.com/daggerfall
Middle Manager of Justice: www.middlemanagerofjustice.com

Content Creation:
GIMP: www.gimp.org
Handbrake: www.handrake.fr
Andreamosaic: www.andreaplanet.com
Audacity: audacity.sourceforge.net
Rasterbator: http://arje.net/rasterbator
Blender: www.blender.org
Camstudio: camstudio.org
Videopad: http://bit.ly/glUz
Inkscape: inkscape.org
Open Broadcaster: obsproject.com

Security:
Avast: www.avast.com
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware: www.malwarebytes.org
Truecrypt: www.truecrypt.org
Keepass Password Safe: www.keepass.info

Documents:
Libre Office: www.libreoffice.org
Sumatra PDF: http://bit.ly/aHlCnC
Notepad ++: notepad-plus-plus.org
Abiword: www.abisource.com

Media Handling:
Image Resizer: www.codeplex.com
VLC Media Player: www.videolan.org
AIMP: www.aimp2.us
PLEX: www.plexapp.com
Picasa 3: picasa.google.com

Look & Feel:
Classic Shell: www.classicshell.net
F.LUX: stereopsis.com/flux
Display Fusion: www.displayfusion.com




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