Essential freeware 2013

On 15 January, 2013 by Carol

I’ve decided to start my essential freeware 2013 list and i have installed and tested each and everyone of them.
These are the best, sexiest, cleanest and must-have free apps of 2013 and if you don’t use them by now, give them a chance and you will love them. Many of them have been around for many years, some are still newborns but they’ve gained a good reputation and they’ve proved to do their job.
Note: I am using all the freeware listed below. Yes, all of them.

Note 2: It seems i had a bug on my original post and none of the links were being displayed. Apologies for that.

Essential freeware 2013

Evernote
The all-in-one notes organizer, is a must-have for every computer user. It’s the best notebook, the best note organizer i came across.
Keep track of notes, To-Do items, memos, sketches, website snippets, ideas and have them accessed from anywhere at any time.
It also has a “Clip Screenshot” option, making it easy to collect notes and info across the internet for later use.
Available as a web app, Win8/XP/Vista/7 app, phone app. It’s a must-have!

Evernote Essential freeware 2013

Another note taking freeware is CintaNotes, but is not as good or well equipped as Evernote…In case you want to keep things simple.

Notepad++
A free and beautiful source code editor and Notepad replacement that supports several languages. It’s a must-have!
notepad++ Essential freeware 2013

MetroTwit
MetroTwit is the sexiest Twitter app around and it works with Windows 8 Pro, Windows 7 & Vista.

metrotwit Essential freeware 2013

zeZebra file sharing

Zezebra helps you send and receive any type of digital media (documents, photographs, videos, etc.) at any size, to and from anywhere across the Internet, for free. Unlike YouSendIt Express, ZeZebra breaks the barriers of sharing because there is no file size or expiration. This is the sweetest app you’ll ever need to share your files.
Available for Windows, Mac and Android.
zezebra Essential freeware 2013

 

WunderList To Do list

A free, simple and beautiful To-Do list available for iPhone, Android, Windows, Mac and Web.
It’s such a clean and light app that it just makes you want to use it.
Wunderlist Essential freeware 2013

LastPass Password manager

The best password manager on the internet and it’s free. It’s easy, safe, secure and it works on almost all platforms: Windows, Mac, Linux, Mobile, Web: IE, Firefox, Opera and Chrome.
Simply let it remember your login info and you’ll never forget a password again. It’s a must-have!

lastpass Essential freeware 2013

 

WinMerge
An Open Source differencing and merging tool for Windows. WinMerge can compare both folders and files, presenting differences in a visual text format that is easy to understand and handle.
I find it very useful when working with css or js files and bump into problems because it just highlights what the difference between my files.
WinMerge Essential freeware 2013

 

HamsterZip
HamsterZip Archiver is a very powerful tool, it works with Zip, WinZip, 7zip, WinRAR and other archive formats.It’s available on Windows 2000, XP, Vista, 7 . It’s freeware, of course.
HamsterZip Essential freeware 2013
If you prefer other archivers, i have PeaZip and 7Zip for you, both free and both really good.

 

DuckCapture
A free freeware Screen Capture Tool with four capture modes: a window on your screen, region of your screen, or the contents of a tall web page that scrolls. You can easily edit, and share a screenshot. It’s available for Windows and Mac.
DuckCapture Essential freeware 2013

 

PicPick all-in-one screen capture

This is another screenshot freeware, a full-featured screen capture tool, an intuitive image editor, a color picker, a color palette, a pixel- ruler, a protractor, a crosshair and even a whiteboard.
picpick Essential freeware 2013

As screencast app, i am using Ashampoo Snap 5, but this is not a freeware. As an alternative to it, i recommend the free version of Jing. The videos are limited to 5 minutes and you can upload them on Facebook, Twitter and ScreenCast.com

Iobit Smart Defrag freeware

Is an extremely fast and efficient defragmentation tool.
With “install it and forget it” feature, it works quietly in the background, keeping your hard disk running at its top speed.
It runs on Windows 2000/Xp/Vista/7/8.
Smart Defrag 2 Essential freeware 2013

 

cCleaner

One of the best free all-in-one Windows cleanup tools today, cCleaner stands out like any other. It’s reliable, it doesn’t cause any problems or conflicts after cleaning junk or registry and it’s being constantly kept up to date.
It has a junk cleaner, regkey cleaner, uninstaller, startup manager and a drive wipe option.
Second to it, is Glary Utilities free which i highly recommend.
CCleaner Essential freeware 2013

Kingsoft Office
This free office suite provides friendly Word processing, Spreadsheets & Presentation software. It is available for Windows 2000/XP: Vista/ 7 and Android.
kingsoft office Essential freeware 2013
Another free office is LibreOffice, an open source office suite running on Windows, Macintosh and GNU/Linux with 6 applications: Writer, Calc, Impress, Draw, Math and Base.

Megacloud
Is a cloud service available as web app, but as desktop ass as well running on Windows, Mac, Linux and Mobile.
It offers a capacity of 8 GB to store your files online and you can share them on Facebook, Twitter or via email.
MegaCloud Essential freeware 2013

 

MediaFire Express
Is another cloud service with an installation app, offering free 50BG of storage. MediaFire offers not only the ability to share on social networks and e-mail, but it also the Embed codes for your files. Other features are: easy drad&drop, fast sharing and a screenshot capture.
MediaFire Essential freeware 2013

Other cloud apps you can choose from: DropBox, Skydrive (7GB), Google Drive (5GB), FileLocker (25 BG), Amazon Cloud Drive (5GB).

So that’s my essential freeware 2013 list and I hope you enjoy it.
If there is any other app you’d like to see on this list, one that i have missed from all the popular freeware going around, then please leave a comment or send me an e-mail.
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