SourceForge is an incredible and possibly the ultimate source for Open Source (which means free) software. The main reason SourceForge is so great is that they are a centralized resource for hosting Open Source projects… According to the website they are now over 100,000 projects.
Below are some of my favorites which I use on a semi-daily basis. Of course, since MakeUseOf is a free applications directory there have been several projects already discussed. These will be linked accordingly.
- Azureus – Torrent application that is multi-platform that is light on memory and heavy on functionality. Frequent updates keep Azureus fast, secure and highly functional.
- GIMP Installers – Why pay the high price for Photoshop when you can just use GIMP, same features, none of the price (Windows only). To replicate Photoshop for GIMP see previously reviewed GIMPShop.
- 7-Zip – Similar to Universal Extractor that Mark reviewed earlier, but this is just as great and heavily supported file archiver with the high compression ratio. Supports 15 formats (despite the name 7-Zip)
- Audacity – Multi-format, multi-track and multi-platform audio editor and recorder with all the bells and whistles. Previous review by Mark…
- FileZilla – The best FTP client for Windows. Trust me, I’ve tried everything else, including paid versions, now this is the only FTP client to use. Once again, see Mark’s FileZilla review.
- PDFCreator – Another great example of “Why pay the high price…” application. Simple Windows print to PDF with a few extra functions. Simple and light-weight. Be sure to read Aibek’s Cool PDF Tools post.
- Pidgin – Windows and Unix instant-messaging unifying application that supports 15 instant messaging platforms.
- Notepad++ – Windows only application that is Notepad but with tens , if not hundreds more features (with plugins) and it integrates with your shell. Must use for generic editor editing any code (HTML, PHP, CSS, etc). Also, ever open up a README file and have it all jumbled and word-wrap doesn’t help… this is the answer.
- Mozilla Firefox, Portable Edition – Firefox that’s portable, simple as that. If you like Portable Apps, also check out “How to Turn USB Device into Almost Full-Scale PC“.
- TightVNC – Bandwidth-friendly, multi-platform remote desktop application.
- PortableApps.com – While not a utility, it is SourceForge’s collection of Open Source Portable (smaller file-size versions that fits on a USB Drive) Applications. Aibek did an amazing post awhile back with a great Collection of 100 Portable Apps. So check that out too.
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