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Friday, 30 June 2006 21:53

Last Updated: 2006-07-01

The "Software A-List" is a short list of essential applications.  Some software categories have both free and commercial alternatives.  Commercial alternatives aren't listed if the free stuff is better.


7-Zip 4 Stars File archiver with high compression ratio. Only WinRAR beats it.

FastStone Image Viewer 4 Stars Powerful and intuitive photo viewer, editor, and batch converter.

FileZilla 4 Stars Fast and reliable FTP client and server with lots of useful features and an intuitive interface.

Free Download Manger 4 Stars A full-featured download accelerator and manager.

Miranda 4.5 Stars Multi protocol instant messenger client. Sort of plain out of the box but offers infinite customizability.

Mozilla Firefox 4.5 Stars A great alternative to IE with a vast amount of plug-ins.

OpenOffice 4 Stars A monumental achievement, a free cross platform alternative to Microsoft Office.

Opera 35s Although often disputed, this is the fastest browser on the planet. It's lack of plug-ins support keep me from using it.

PSPad 4.5 Stars One of the best text editors I have used.

PuTTY A free fully-featured SSH client.

UltraVNC 5 Stars Display the screen of another computer (via internet or network) on your own screen.

uTorrent  5 Stars Lightweight and efficient BitTorrent client.


Commercial / Shareware

ACDSee 4.5 Stars The fastest photo viewer on the market. If you work with picture much, it is worth the money.

NOD32 4.5 Stars The best virus scanner on the market. All others suck especially Norton and McAfee.

Object Dock 5 Stars Lets you organize your short-cuts and running tasks onto an extremely customizable dock that sits on your desktop.

ReGet Deluxe 5 Stars A powerful download manager aimed at advanced and professional users.

RoboForm 5 Stars The top-rated Password Manager and Web Form Filler that completely automates password entering and form filling. I highly recommond you purchase this program today!

SecureCRT 5 Stars The best SSH client I have found. Fast, flexible, and feature packed.  PuTTY is free alternative.

UltraEdit 5 Stars A fantasic text editor.  Combine it with UltraCompare and you have the best.

WinRAR 5 Stars Still the king, and it's faster, better interface, and offer more features than the free Z-Zip.

XChat 5 Stars IRC program for Windows and UNIX (Linux/BSD) operating systems. If you not sure what IRC is, then you probably don't want this.


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FTP Manager Lite is one of the best free FTP and SFTP client software. The clean interface is super easy to use. It will perform your files transfers quickly and efficiently. It also supports FXP for superfast server to server transfers.
ron , January 07, 2016

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