Lifehacker Awards 2011: Best Desktop Software Nominations

Throughout this week, we're collecting nominations for the Lifehacker Awards 2011. The first of our categories today: desktop software.

Desktop software covers a wide range, from office suites to design software to file syncing to browsers. (The one area we would exclude is operating systems, since that's an entirely separate discussion.) Despite the proliferation of mobile devices and the rise of browser-based apps, most of us still rely on desktop software to get through our daily workload. But what stands out as the best of the best?

Whatever your most useful piece of desktop software is, tell us and tell us why in the comments. And don't forget you can also offer nominations in our best domestic airline category.

All week, we'll be asking for nominations in additional categories relating to technology, organisation and productivity — so keep tuning in to see when you can nominate your favourites. And make sure you're back when online voting proper starts next Monday.


    mozilla thunderbird is a lifesaver. plus its opensource (it deserves some points for that)


    I can'tlive without the following freeware (or donationware) on my Windows PC:


    'TVersity' for Windows.

    It's a great app for letting you stream media from your PC to any UPnP enabled device, i.e. Xbox 360, PS3, etc, with on-the-fly transcoding if necessary.

    It's does everything you need it to do and it's free!

    I tried finding program to do the same thing for my Mac and it was a nightmare. Plenty of the Mac alternatives claimed to do what I needed, but none of them even came close to offering the same reliability and features as TVersity.

    Google Chrome, which just keeps getting even more awesome, and I'm unlikely to ever find a new browser now.. :P

    Sickbeard saved my life and my marriage... kidding; I'm not married.
    But truly, Sickbeard is an amazing piece of programming. There are other great tools out there and others that increase my productivity (e.g. UltraMon) or make my daily computer usage easier (e.g. Chrome, LastPass).
    But Sickbeard is mind-blowingly, awesomely, incredibly capable!

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