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Five Free Applications That Every PC User Should Use

Please note that this article was written on April 2014 and it will not be updated on a regular basis. These applications are free to use for home users. Please check the web site for licenses if you want to use them at work.

Notepad++ (notepad-plus-plus.org)

Notepad++ logoAn improved copy of the classic Windows’s Notepad. Why do we want to use that? For a lot of things like: spell check, character count, auto-completion etc..

This should be the primary tool of any web programmer, and not only that, has support for a lot of programming languages. And if that doesn’t work, then you can define your own set of rules while writing code. And if you will configure it, this app will have automatic back-up like Microsoft Word.

Compatibility (according to Notepad++ manufacturer): Works only Microsoft Windows (all versions) environment. Sorry Mac users, you are missing a great application!

Meisio’s Rating:
Stability: 5/5
Usage for common users: 3/5 (occasional use)
Usage for professionals: 5/5 (daily use, I am writing my article with Notepad++)
 

Faststone Image Viewer (faststone.org)

FastStone Image Viewer logoEveryone uses an Image Viewer, right? You will want to use Faststone because it has support for all major graphic formats used. And you can resize / resample, rotate / flip, crop, sharpen / blur, adjust lighting / colors / curves / levels and many many other things you can do with images :) I am using it for batch processing: changing resolution, renaming files, adding a fixed size to all images. Sometimes I prefer Faststone instead of a graphic editor because it is faster to operate.

Compatibility (according to Faststone Image Viewer manufacturer): Microsoft Windows (all versions).

Meisio’s Rating:
Stability: 4/5
Usage for common users: 5/5 (daily use)
Usage for professionals: 4/5 (daily use)
 

Jing (techsmith.com/jing.html)

Techsmith Jing logoThis application saves a lot of time and it is easy to use. You can capture your screen and make your own video demo in a matter of seconds. You will get a flash file which you can share quick and easy with ScreenCast.

Compatibility (according to Jing’s manufacturer): Microsoft Windows (XP, Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8) and Mac (OS X 10.6.8 or later)

Meisio’s Rating:
Stability: 4/5
Usage for common users: 3/5 (occasional use)
Usage for professionals: 3/5 (occasional use)
 

TeamViewer (teamviewer.com)

TeamViewer logoTalking about life saving applications, TeamViewer saved me a lot of times. I am using it in personal purposes, to assist my family and my friends with small computer issues (Yes, my mother is one of those persons that owns a computer and often gets in trouble). But this application can do so much more, it is very useful for professional users to remote control other computers or for on-line meetings and presentations.

Compatibility (according to TeamViewer manufacturer): Windows, Mac, Linux and mobile (Android and iOS (iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch))

Meisio’s Rating:
Stability: 4/5
Usage for common users: 2/5 (occasional use)
Usage for professionals: 5/5 (daily use)
 

Dropbox (dropbox.com)

Dropbox logo This application is already well known by a lot of people. With Dropbox you can back-up, share, sync your files in cloud (2 GB). This application provides a lot of utility and you can get even more free space until 16 GB if you refer it to your friends. And it is totally secured!

Compatibility (according to Dropbox manufacturer): Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, and mobile (Blackberry, Android, iOS and Windows Phone)

Meisio’s Rating:
Stability: 4/5
Usage for common users: 3/5 (occasional use)
Usage for professionals: 5/5 (daily use)
 

Bonus application: Prey Project (preyproject.com)

Prey Project logoThis anti-theft application is useful especially for laptops or mobile devices (phone, tablet etc.). Can help you recover the data from it or you can play with the thief’s mind, I will let you discover for your own the features :). Better safe than sorry, right? Get it while it’s hot!

Compatibility (according to Prey manufacturer): Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, Ubuntu and mobile (Android and iOS)

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