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The 40 best free software applications

Everything you could ever want... for free

When it comes to the web, there's a wealth of free software and applications available. We've rounded up the best free programs that won't bring down your system.

Photo editing


The GIMP has been a popular alternative for photo enthusiasts who couldn't afford to install Photoshop on their system. It has almost all the features that Photoshop provides. The only gripe is that it is difficult to use and transition from Photoshop is not easy. GIMPshop addresses these issues by providing an interface similar to Photoshop with all the powerful features of the Gimp included.

If you don't have a problem with the way GIMP works, you can carry on using it with all its powerful editing features. It may be confusing if you have been using GIMP before because of the changes. The tools have been renamed and re-organised, and the Options windows and Menus have been altered. Other than that there aren't many changes and it remains as powerful as ever.

It shares all GIMP's advantages, including a long feature list. Almost all the features one finds in Photoshop like filters, effects, masks, layers, etc are available here. It has the ability to expand with over 100 add-ons and extensions. This gives more functionality to the already impressive list of features.

Download GIMPshop here.


This one comes from the Google stable and is a very well constructed image organiser for transferring, finding, organising, editing, printing, and sharing images. It sports a simple interface that includes some clever animation and fade effects. Managing and organising photos is easy with features such as the initial image scan that helps you locate images and arrange them into albums by date. Retouch photos on the fly with its powerful editing tools. You can also create beautiful collages and audio-supported slideshows.

It is easy to publish photos to the web and you can email images via Outlook or Gmail. The star rating system helps you mark favourite images for further reference. There is even an option to backup to CDs/DVDs/Hard Drives.

Download Picasa here.

Adobe Photoshop Album Starter edition 3.2 is another remarkable image organiser that has lots of useful features.



No audio player has been as popular as Winamp. There seems to be no competition when it comes to listening and managing audio files. Winamp started out as very basic but has grown into a fully feature-packed media player. Its main feature is that it is simple to use with a skinnable interface and it is completely customisable with a vast number of plug-ins. The player supports a wide range of file formats and plays streamed video and audio content. It has a customisable media library, and allows you to rip and burn your music.

It has strong support for portable devices, including Apple iPods. There's also an Auto-Tag feature which lets you download metatags. The player gives access to thousands of free songs, videos and online radio stations.

Download Winamp here.

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