What Free Apps Are You Grateful For?

We're a cheap lot around Lifehacker HQ, which is why we have a serious love affair with free software. Christmas and the new year is almost upon us, so let's have a look at the apps you've found and can't live without.

Photo by stevevoght.

Sound off in the comments about the free apps you're most thankful for — whether they be mobile apps, web apps or downloaded apps — and why they're must-haves.


Comments

    That's easy - I use Skitch multiple times every day and would be more than happy to pay for it. That said, Im delighted that it remains free!

    Firefox
    Thunderbird
    OpenOffice

    DVD Shrink
    Handbrake
    I bought a 'WDTV Live' last week, so these two programs have become essentials.

      [Using Reply, as Connect with Facebook directly doesn't work in FF today]

      Picasa
      ImgBurn
      Windows Live Writer
      Live Messenger
      VLC Media Player
      Firefox - esp Lazarus Form recovery
      Google Translate
      MP3Tag
      Google Calendar/Contacts sync

    Ubuntu! I work from home as a website developer, and other than a backup laptop with windows and portable browsers installed, Ubuntu is my exclusive OS.

    Winmerge

    Rainmeter to make my desktop pretty
    Rocketdock to go with rainmeter
    Google chrome for home use
    Mozilla for fixing computers
    Hirens boot disk for fixing friends computers
    Skype always
    Ventrillo when im gaming
    Team viewer for games

    What apps do I use that arnt free?

    VLC
    uTorrent
    Mencoder

    Firefox (and the many add ons)
    Windows Live Messenger
    utorrent
    spybot
    adaware
    ccleaner
    AVG
    defraggler
    foobar
    Windows Live Mail
    IMGBurn
    7zip
    Foxit Reader
    Hubb Investor
    K-Lite Mega
    Media Player Classic (from above)
    OpenOffice
    Audacity
    RocketDock

    And Warsow.

    Opera mini is my must have. Saved me a fortune in data charges! Use it on any phone that doesn't have an 'i' @ the start of its name!

    firefox, objectdock, rainmeter

    Firefox
    GIMP
    VLC
    Evernote (Does it count?)
    Panda Clound Antivirus
    Notepad ++
    OpenOffice

    Definitely Firefox, Open Office, Virtual Box, Skitch and Bean.

    AutoHotKey, AVG Free, Windows Live Messenger, VLC, Firefox/Chrome.
    Im also very grateful for this free version of Windows 7 Profession I managed to get cos im studying electrical engineering...IEEE Academic Alliance ftw!

    yup, Firefox, AdAware & SpyBot are gimmies but I'm most grateful for

    7Zip and WinMerge

    Daemon Tools
    Firefox
    Thunderbird
    AVG
    Open Office
    realvnc
    skype
    gimp
    utorrent
    virtualdub

    Great idea guys, i love my free apps!

    Firefox - with echofon, ZEBE & firebug
    uTorrent
    RK Launcher - Litte known dock but has all the features!
    CutePDF
    Notepad++
    Gios PDF Splitter & Merger - Great at merging PDF's
    VLC
    7Zip
    Google Calendar Sync - Keeps my work Outlook calendar synced to view online on the go!
    The Godfather - the best mp3 renamer and organiser!

    Faststone photo resizer
    GIMP
    Network stumbler
    Firefox
    Thunderbird
    Spybot
    malwarebytes anti-malware

    Firefox
    Transmission
    Plex
    VLC
    Quicksilver
    Adium
    Skype
    NetNewsWire
    Daemon Tools
    Handbrake
    VisualHub
    Growl

    Firefox with Noscript, AdZBlock Plus and video download helper.
    KM Player
    Foxit reader
    Rocket Dock
    Utorrent
    AVG Free
    CC Cleaner
    Daemon Tools
    Paint.Net
    Smart Defrag

    Firefox w Download them all, xmarks and session manager. I don't know how I survived without xmarks
    UltraVNC
    Tweetdeck
    Notepad++
    ImgBrn
    DropBox (Does this count)
    WinSCP / Filezille (take your pick really)
    SysInternals - Mostly psservice, processexplorer, and procmon
    robocopy
    Synergy (for working with a PC and Mac on the same desk at work)
    MP3tag (but The Godfather looks pretty good after someone mentioned it above)

    I keep a list of tools I suggest for general users (and some for somewhat more advanced users) here:

    http://prescottcomputerguy.com/tools.html

    All are completely free and none are made by me... I just often use them and suggest them for others.

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