18 best free tools for Windows

Now and then I find myself with a new laptop in my hands which I am to produce things with. At these times I always seem to install the same set of applications before I can feel at home with the new work-horse. I thought I’d be so bold to share this list of applications to you, if you know a better alternative to any of the mentioned applications do tell me! One thing very important here is that the list need to be free as far as possible, I do love open source.

To make this list as easy as possible to over-look I tried to categorize them for usage: Everyday tools, GTD, Graphical and Development.

Everyday tools

Launchy

Application launcher so that you don’t need to have manus organized or tidy. Hit a shortcut and write the name of the application you would likt to launch and press enter – done! Takes a litle time to get use to but when you have, you wont be able to work without it.

Miranda IM

Instant Messaging-client which can be used for ICQ, MSN, Yahoo etc.

Chrome / FireFox

Personally I use Chrome as my favourite browser nowadays but I would recomend both Chrome and Firefox, they do deliver so much more then Internet Explorer, Opera or Safari currently does to mention a few.

Related:
Chrome instead of Firefox

Spotify

For all countries where Spotify have been allowed to operate, the service has opened the door to music for the people.

Total Commander

Better controll over files and folders, integrated ftp-client etc.

Dropbox

A network-based service where you get 2GB of space for free at a remote server to store your files. Secure and swift!

TrueCrypt

For times you want to remotly store documents which are personal at places which can be in-secure you can encrypt them in a “vault” to increse security.

Putty

THE SSH and telnet client for windows.

Filezilla

Sftp and ftp client.

Open Office

Replacement for Microsft Office, free if course.

uTorrent

When it comes to torrents, this is the most minimalistic client I’ve found.

WriteMonkey

Zenware for writing which let you focus on the task of writing and nothing else.

GTD (Getting things done)

Remember the Milk

Task-manager which can remind you on the thing you should do.

Evernote

Take notes of everything! Text, photos, sound or files.

Graphical work

GIMP (GimPhoto)

GIMP is the open source alternative to the comercial Photoshop. By many said to be a complete alternative. Anapplication called GimPhoto also exist which is more specialized on photo editing (based on GIMP).

Inkscape

Vector-drawing and illustration-tool. This is a good alternative for Illustrator for the happy amateur.

Related:
Inkscape 0.47 released

Development

Notepad++

Minimalistic editor with syntax highlighting for multiple languages and support for addons.

Eclipse

A full development-studio with packages for almost all languages.

Cygwin

Get you favourite *nix-tools on the windows platform by using this console in a box.

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