Got yourself a new PC? Maybe you just want to find some awesome apps/programs for your current one. Whatever the case may be, sometimes we all need a little help finding awesome applications for our devices. We thought it would be helpful to give you some recommendations on programs for work, play and everything in between.
By the way, this is aside from all the other services and apps we all download. So you won’t find things like Skype, iTunes and Spotify in this list.
Out of every other video player out there, I always say VLC has been, is and will continue to be the best. At least for a long time. What makes it so great? VLC can virtually handle every video format you can throw at it. It is known for its very extensive list of supported formats. I have never ran across any format it can’t play.
We can hate on Mac OS X computers all we want, but we can’t deny those computers have an awesome dock, with great shortcuts and cool animations that stock Windows software simply can’t match. If you want something similar to Apple’s solution, you will want to try RocketDock.
It works almost the same way. You can put app shortcuts in it, and there are indicators that show you which apps are currently open. In addition, the user can minimize windows to it, making for an easier multi-tasking experience. And yes, you even get the cool animations.
The best part? It’s completely free!
Launchy offers a good tool for those who want a cleaner desktop. It’s pretty much a floating tool that helps you find applications and files quickly. It’s like a search function, to say the least.
Just start typing the name of a program… say, Skype. Launchy will the suggest the found results and you can open the program directly. In addition, you can even do things like type in Chrome, press tab and then put in a website. Launchy will open a new tab with the typed in results. Pretty neat, right?
It works by indexing everything in your Start menu, which means it won’t always catch everything. You can index those actions the program doesn’t automatically register, though. The program is also free do download, but the developer asks for donations from those who find the tool useful.
Instant messaging can get messy. Especially considering the plethora of messaging services we all use. Should you use Facebook Messenger? Skype, Hangouts, AIM, Yahoo Messenger, MSN Messenger (I know…) or what? How about you put them all together in one program?
Trillian does exactly that. It may be a bit old, but Trillian takes care of business without too many complications. It can be your go-to messaging program for all services. It’s also cool that it keeps all your devices in sync.
The program is free to download, but you can get the PRO version for $20 a year. This subscription removes ads, supports cloud history and adds “hundreds of other features”. They also have plans for business users.
There is a reason why most who work with computers use multiple monitors. It just makes your workflow much better, and helps you keep windows, programs and other content organized. Those who use a single screen for working will know how annoying it is to have a bunch of clutter in your desktop.
Of course, not everyone has the need, money or space to have a bunch of monitors. I like recommending Dexpot to those who still want a certain level of multi-screen features. You guys have seen those linux geeks with their multiple desktop home pages, right? That is much like what Dexpot does.
It helps you organize your content by creating different home pages. You can then easily switch between them with the provided tools. And yes, it is also free.
Adobe Creative Cloud
OK, so this one is not for everyone, but those who use Photoshop, Lightroom, Premiere or any other Adobe programs will love it. Adobe Creative Cloud offers all major Adobe apps for a monthly price, effectively making it cheaper than buying all these programs separately.
In addition, users will always get updated to the latest versions and will get cloud features and mobile app support. The complete bundle costs $39.99 a month, but there are student discounts, as well as smaller plans for those who don’t need too many apps. For example, I am a big fan of their Photography offer, which includes Photoshop and Lightroom for only $9.99.
Time to stop working and start having fun! How about some awesome games? After all, that is what Windows PCs are known for – the huge list of available games. Steam has become the unofficial center for all games on the internet. You can go through the library discover, purchase and save all the games you want.