We are in the computer with internet era. With the features of artificial intelligence, high and efficient memory, computation of complex mechanisms with equivalent to speed of light, world has shrunk a lot. Technology has grown in such a way that even middle class people also can afford to have computers and manage their lifestyle through the freely available software and dominating in the world market.
In the internet era, people can share and get all the details by means of browsing. Firefox which is available for free download is not only the best open source browser but also an efficient browser by providing high speed and safer browsing experience.
Most efficient features include
1. a new plugin manager which helps to enable and disable third-party helpers like Flash, QuickTime etc., which ultimately helps to view the browsed content
2. Provides high security through stronger phishing and malware protection
3. No doubt about the improved performance, remembering password options, elegant native look for every system etc.
In the busy and modern era, people need to manage documents, presentations and spreadsheets a lot at an affordable cost. There comes openoffice with free of cost which is also a competitor to high priced Microsoft Office suite. It also has features for graphics and database as well. Most importantly it is available in many languages, stores data in international open standard format and works on all common computers.
It is an email client available under an open source development process. Thunderbird can easily manage POP and IMAP accounts. It has Phishing protection, automated update, add-ons manager etc., It is more efficient with its tabbed email and faster searches options.
In order to Telnet and SSH (connecting to Linux or UNIX servers from windows) for Windows and UNIX platforms, Putty is available as absolutely free and it is strange that there are no competitors to Putty yet in the market. Saving connection information and properties can be possible in an easy user interface. Its salient features are encrypted configuration option for secure connection, automatic login feature and export/import connections in XML format.
Effective exchanging of information through Remote file management is possible through WinSCP at free of cost and it allows transferring of files in safer and secured ways through SFTP protocol. It has Putty installed inside that which can also get additional advantages of Putty for those who installed Putty
To have lively effect, People need to share photos between one other and there comes Picasa as the best tool absolutely available for free. It helps to import pictures from camera and editing of pictures through its nice features (like removing red eyes) is possible. Its salient features are one can add places along with the pictures using Google Maps, can take print out of photos and can gift them as well as order them.
Those who develop Java projects, they cannot forget about Eclipse. It is one of the best ever known IDE available for free as it builds robust enterprise applications, embedded software development and more with support for several languages. Novice developers themselves can develop projects in an efficient way because of its high user friendly Intellisense feature. Eclipse projects are accepted worldwide and bundles and bundles of online support forums are available.
Notepad++ is an extension of notepad available at free of cost. It has several features like auto complete and available in many languages. It also plays role in making greener environment by reducing the world carbon dioxide emissions
Textpad is an efficient writing tool which also can be used as a search tool available at free of cost. Its salient features are its drag and drop mechanisms that is used for copying and pasting between documents, availability in multi languages, Viewing of binary files using a hexadecimal display format etc.
7Zip is an ultimate choice at free of cost for managing several types of archives with simple and easier mechanism. Archive formats like zip, rar, gzip, tar etc., can be supported and it is the main plus point.
11. Google Desktop
For best indexing and desktop search tools, Google Desktop is the favorite one as its results are as accurate as their web based search. It also helps to get news, weather and any kind of information from anywhere on desktop.
During the long run usage of computers, several temporary files and traces will get accumulated and that can be easily cleaned by using CCleaner which is absolutely available for free. It is the best cleaning robot and cleans temporary and unwanted files.
Defragmentation which helps the computer to run faster and better way is possible through Defraggler which is available as free. Its salient features are one can choose the files that need to undergo defragmentation.
Editing images absolutely free of cost can be possible from Glimp. It is best suitable for many operating systems and many languages.
Generally, after doing hard delete (by pressing shift+delete), files cannot be recovered back. But Recuva plays an important role in recovering that too. Its main motto is to eliminate paper concept and thus provides green environment.