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50 Free Apps We're Most Thankful For - 2010

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50 Free Apps We're Most Thankful For

50 Free Apps We're Most Thankful For As we prepare to give thanks for our delicious Thanksgiving meals (and impending food comas), let's not forget to pay tribute to the wonderful developers who bring us our favorite free apps.

Earlier this week we asked you to share the free apps you're most thankful for, and you came through with thousands of votes for apps covering the desktop, mobile phone, and devices in between. With a little spreadsheet magic and a few choices of our own, we bring you the top 50 free apps we're all most thankful for. Whether you're celebrating the holiday or not, it's a great list of free software that ought to make for some gluttonous downloading. The popular apps are some of the more obvious, however, so be sure to look further down the list for new free software you may not yet know about. Happy Thanksgiving, everybody!

The 50 Free Apps We're Most Thankful For

  1. Dropbox

    See also: Dropbox Syncs and Backs Up Files Between Computers Instantaneously, The Cleverest Ways to Use Dropbox That You're Not Using, and Create a Highly Organized, Synchronized Home Folder with Dropbox

  2. VLC (Video Lan Client)

    See also: Master Your Digital Media with VLC, Set a Video as Your Wallpaper with VLC, and VLC 1.0 Records Video from DVDs

  3. Google Chrome

    See also: The Power User's Guide to Google Chrome, 2009 Edition, Create Your Own Google Chrome Themes, How and Why Chrome Is Overtaking Firefox Among Power Users, and Top 10 Must-Have Browser Extensions

  4. Firefox

    See also: Power User's Guide to Firefox 3, Top 10 Firefox 3.5 Features, and Top 10 Must-Have Browser Extensions

  5. Opera

    See also: Opera 11 Beta Introduces Tab Stacking for Customized Grouping, Opera 11 Alpha Brings Chrome-Like Extensions to the Speedy Browser, and Top 10 Must-Have Browser Extensions

  6. Google Apps

    See also: Trick Out Google Apps for Your Domain, Seven Easy Ways to Integrate Your Google AppsCollaborate with Co-Workers Using Google Apps Team Edition, A First Look at Google Voice,Top 10 Clever Google Voice Tricks, and Turn Gmail Into Your Ultimate GTD Inbox

  7. Simplenote and Notational Velocity

    See also: The Holy Grail of Ubiquitous Plain-Text Capture, Simplenote Offers Synchronized Notes on iPhones-And Now It's Free, and mNote Syncs Your Simplenote Notes with Android Phones

  8. CCleaner

    See also: CCleaner 2.0 Decrapifies Your PC, Run CCleaner on a Schedule to Keep Your PC Crap-Free, and CCleaner Enhancer Makes CCleaner Even Better, Now Cleans 270 New Apps

  9. uTorrent

    See also: uTorrent 3.0 Alpha Adds Web Interface Support for iPad, Android and How to Boost Your BitTorrent Speed and Privacy

  10. Transmission

    See also: Manage Your BitTorrent Downloads with Transmission and Transmission 2.0 Adds a Whole Lot of Stability to the Popular BitTorrent Client

  11. sabnzbd+

    See also: How to Get Started with Usenet in Three Simple Steps

  12. Open Office

    See also: A First Look at 3.0, 3.2 Improves Startup Times, Office 2007 Compatibility, and 3.1's Usability Tweaks

  13. Skype

    See also: our full Skype coverage

  14. Evernote

    See also: Expand Your Brain with Evernote and Clever Uses for Evernote

  15. GIMP

    See also: Is GIMP better than Photoshop?, Tweak GIMP to be More Like Photoshop, and Cartoonify Photos with the GIMP

  16. KeePass

    See also: Best Password Manager: KeePass and Eight Best KeePass Plug-Ins to Master Your Passwords

  17. LastPass

    See also: The Intermediate Guide to Mastering Passwords with LastPas

  18. 7zip

    See also: Hive Five Winner for Best File Compression Tool: 7-Zip

  19. ImgBurn

    See also: Download of the Day: ImgBurn (Windows), Hive Five Winner for Best CD and DVD Burning Tool: ImgBurn, and Turn Your PC into a DVD Ripping Monster

  20. Microsoft Security Essentials

    See also: Microsoft Security Essentials Ranks as Best-Performing Free Antivirus and Stop Paying for Windows Security; Microsoft's Security Tools Are Good Enough

  21. AutoHotkey

    See also: Automate Windows with AutoHotkey, Turn Any Action into a Keyboard Shortcut, and The Best Time-Saving AutoHotkey Tricks You Should Be Using

  22. Pandora

    See also: Best Music Discovery Service: Pandora, Discover new music with Pandora, and How to access Pandora from outside the U.S.

  23. FileZilla

    See also: Hive Five Winner for Best FTP Client: FileZilla, FTP File Transfer Across Platforms with Filezilla 3.0, and Build a Home FTP Server with FileZilla

  24. TrueCrypt

    See also: Best File Encryption Tool: TrueCrypt and Geek to Live: Encrypt your data

  25. Handbrake

    See also: Best DVD-Ripping Tool: Handbrake, Rip DVDs to Friendlier Formats with HandBrake, and Calculate the Perfect Handbrake Video Encoding Settings for Your Device

  26. VirtualBox

    See also: The Beginner's Guide to Creating Virtual Machines with VirtualBox and How to Run Mac OS X in VirtualBox on Windows

  27. Audacity

    See also: Digitize and Clean Your Analog Audio Collection with Audacity, Learn how to use Audacity for podcasting, and Remove Vocals from MP3s with Audacity

  28. Paint.NET

    See also: Download of the Day: Paint.NET 3 (Windows), Pinta Brings Paint.NET's Just-Enough Image Editing to Every Computer, and Basic image editing with Paint.NET

  29. iTunes

    See also: Geek to Live: iTunes power tips, Install iTunes Without the Extra Bloat, The 23 Best iTunes Add-ons, and our full iTunes coverage

  30. Thunderbird

    See also: our full Thunderbird coverage and Backing up Gmail with Thunderbird

  31. Foobar2000

    See also: Hack Attack: Roll your own killer audio player with foobar2000 and Screenshot Tour: The beautiful and varied world of foobar2000

  32. Pidgin

    See also: Chat Across IM Platforms with Pidgin 2.4, Ten Must-Have Plug-ins to Power Up Pidgin, and Use Dropbox to Sync Your Pidgin Profile Across Multiple PCs

  33. Adium

    See also: our full Adium coverage

  34. avast!

    See also: Avast Free Antivirus 5.0 Adds Behavior Monitor, Heuristics Engine, and Improved Performance and Free anti-virus roundup

  35. TeamViewer

    See also: Download of the Day: TeamViewer (Windows) and TeamViewer Arrives on Android for Small-Screen Remote Control and Tech Support

  36. TweetDeck

    See also: Best Twitter Client: TweetDeck, TweetDeck Offers Features Twitter Lacks, and Use Evernote with TweetDeck for Better Twitter Memory

  37. Launchy

    See also: Integrate Everything Search Tool and Launchy, Take Launchy beyond application launching, and Screenshot Tour: Tweaking Launchy

  38. Quicksilver

    See also: Hack Attack: A beginner's guide to Quicksilver and Top 10 Quicksilver Plug-ins

  39. Instapaper

    See also: Battle of the Bookmark-and-Read-Later Apps: Instapaper vs. Read It Later

  40. ReadItLater

    See also: Battle of the Bookmark-and-Read-Later Apps: Instapaper vs. Read It Later

  41. XBMC

    See also: Build a Silent, Standalone XBMC Media Center On the Cheap, Turbo Charge Your New XBMC Installation, Transform Your Classic Xbox into a Killer Media Center, and Turn Your XBMC Media Center into a Video Game Console

  42. PuTTY

    See also: Put PuTTY in the Tray with PuTTY Tray, Add Tabs to PuTTY with PuTTY Connection Manager, and KiTTY Adds Session Saving, Portability, and More to PuTTY

  43. Cyberduck

    See also: FTP for Free with Cyberduck and Cyberduck FTP Client Updates with Google Docs Support, New S3 Features

  44. Perian

    See also: Perian Makes Nearly Every Video Playable in QuickTime

  45. XAMPP

    See also: Run Your Personal Wikipedia from a USB Stick

  46. Windows Live Essentials

    See also: First Look at Windows Live Essentials Beta's New Social Features and Lifehacker Faceoff: iLife '11 vs. Live Essentials 2011

  47. Winamp

    See also: Manage your music with Winamp and Control Winamp Remotely from Any Browser

  48. TeraCopy

    See also: Speed up file copying with TeraCopy and Hive Five Winner for Best Alternative File Copier: TeraCopy

  49. Eclipse

    See also: Tips for Using Eclipse Effectively

  50. MediaMonkey

    See also: MediaMonkey 3.2 Syncs with More Devices, Adds Auto Folder Watching


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