Productivity and Creativity Software

  • Adobe
    Expansive selection of top-tier development and creativity applications.
    adobe.com
  • Audacity
    Free, easy-to-use audio editor with robust recording, editing, and conversion tools.
    audacity.sourceforge.net
  • FastStone
    Free image browser, converter, and editor with outstanding red-eye removal.
    faststone.org
  • GIMP
    Free open source software for drawing, photo retouching, and image authoring.
    gimp.org
  • Google Docs
    Create and share online documents, forms, presentations, and spreadsheets.
    docs.google.com - Also see: Google Drive, Forms, Sheets, Slides
  • Microsoft Office
    Leading, de facto standard productivity suite from Microsoft.
    office.microsoft.com - Also see: Office Live
  • Open Office
    Apache open-source productivity suite sponsored by Sun Microsystems.
    openoffice.org
  • TechSmith
    Inexpensive, easy-to-use screen capture and recording software.
    techsmith.com
  • ZOHO
    Provider of free online productivity and collaboration apps.
    zoho.com

Personal Organization

  • Evernote
    Index and search text, images, and media clipped from local documents and the Web.
    evernote.com
  • Zotero
    Firefox extension for collecting, managing, and citing resources.
    zotero.org

Web Browsers

  • Chrome
    Leading browser by Google with a minimalist design and many free extensions.
    google.com
  • Edge
    Clean web browser from Microsoft.
    microsoft.com
  • Firefix
    Popular browser with thousands of available add-ons. Developed by Mozilla.
    mozilla.com
  • Opera
    Feature-rich browser with tightly integrated web services.
    opera.com
  • Safari
    Default browser on Apple platforms with a very simple user interface.
    apple.com

Security

  • Ad-Aware
    Free anti-malware software from Lavasoft.
    adaware.com
  • avast! Antivirus
    Free antivirus and anti-malware program from Czech-based ALWIL Software.
    avast.com
  • AVG Free Anti-Virus
    Free antivirus and anti-spyware security software for Windows.
    free.avg.com
  • Malwarebytes Anti-Malware
    Outstanding, free anti-malware software with a very small installation footprint.
    malwarebytes.org
  • Norton Internet Security
    Best-in-class among subscription-based comprehensive security packages.
    symantec.com
  • Windows Defender
    Free, real-time security software for Microsoft Windows.
    microsoft.com