It is not often that such post can be made. It takes time for software to really prove itself. Something comes forward, something gets dumped.
Best of best in two years of this blog. Polished, streamlined and ridiculously useful stuff.
Dropbox – super efficient online sync and backup. It gets messy part out of process while leaving all tasty advantages in. It keeps backups. It syncs stuff between computers. It makes it easy to share files. It can host sites. It powers Appnews. New stuff! Up to 10GB free accounts from referrals, mobile apps, faster sync in LAN.
CCleaner – system cleanup that just works and doesn’t break system while at it. Thorough, customizable and portable it hits golden balance of maintenance tool. - - - - - -
Cobian Backup – backup utility that quietly hums as system service and reliably gets any data to anywhere in any form on very strict schedule. New stuff! Major version 10 was released – more features, more stability, more speed.
CureIt – compact, portable, useful and free antivirus scanner. I lost count to number of times it had saved a day and number of computers it brought back from dead. New stuff! Recently improved with desktop lockdown mode, which makes it even more resistant to malware.
Everything – redefines file search. Lightning speed and powerful filtering improve file managing as much as inventing file managers itself did in the past. - - - - - -
FeedDemon – RSS reader that makes skimming hundred or two of feeds easy. New stuff! Lost native online service integration, but gained even more impressive perk of being only official app to sync with Google Reader.
FlashFolder – tiny thing that is most major time saving interface extension I know. Turns interaction with standard open/save dialogs into fast and mindless process. - - - - - -
Ketarin – automates update checks and downloads of setup packages (or any file really). Major time saver and tool that makes it easy to maintain large collections of software. - - - - - -
MyDefrag (formerly JkDefrag) – ultimate defragmentation tool. New stuff! Now with graphical interface and advanced scripting system, including number of profiles for multiple defragmentation schemes out of the box.
NetBeans – IDE packed really full of features, with flexible and polished interface experience. Really grew on me for PHP editing – gets more done, gets it done faster, gets it done more bulletproof. - - - - - -
Opera – just a browser. Stable, wicked fast, packs so much under surface and can be customized so far that it if I had to name my main app that would be it. New stuff! During last year it went through major internals update and got even more fast and smooth both in interface and page loading.
Resnooze – reminders online service that made list of best software. Whatever note you want in email the minute you want to get it. - - - - - -
SpaceSniffer – disk space treemap. This app took old boring idea and got it polished into cutting edge tool for slicing space usage. - - - - - -
WinSCP – excellent FTP and SFTP client, with many advanced features from live editing of files to own scripting system and control of remote computers over SSH. - - - - - -
What is your favorite tool, picked from this blog? Share it in the comments or dig in this post if you don't have one yet.