• Sputnik

    I agree with you on many of the “bests”.

    Concerning the RSS readers, I have tried about 40 of them and if FeedDemon is one of the bests, RSSOwl is my best.

    I must also say that I didn’t found yet a RSS reader which satisfy me completely…

  • @Sputnik

    RSSOwl is interesting, but (as far as I remember) doesn’t yet sync with Google Reader completely.

    Seamless Google Reader sync is very strong feature of FeedDemon. It both greatly improves speed of fetching feeds and is very useful when hopping between multiple computers.

  • Sputnik


    Well, in fact all depends on what you do exactly with your RSS reader : I personally dont make any use of Google Reader so it doesn’t matter for me if RSSOwl doesn’t sync with it…

  • @Sputnik

    I think RSSOwl does import feeds from Google Reader, but full sync is only planned. API to access reader still isn’t officially open.

  • szekelya

    Can I add Opera mini and the mobile optimized gmail and greader sites?
    Also the apps on all my PCs: XNView image viewer with its shell extension for thumbnails in context menus, TrueLaunchBar to substitute quicklaunch adding also custom menus to it, and Google Chrome which together with its extensions is extremely fast still nicely customizable.

  • @szekelya

    Opera mini is awesome, but not really computer stuff. By the way I very much dislike mobile Google Reader. Mobile version of Newsgator was working much better for me, but now it’s dead. :(

    On image viewer – personally I use IrfanView… Overall there are plenty image viewers, but none I would really call best. They are somewhat generic (or extremely non-generic).

    True Launch Bar is shareware. Nothing against shareware, but blog focuses mostly on freeware. :)

    Chrome is decent browser, but as you know I am long time Opera user. So far I find Chrome boring (except for some awesome web development thingies).

  • Good post. I’ve used CCleaner for ages. The others you posted I have not heard of but will be looking at this afternoon. Freeware is still the best!

    One you might look at… Just started using PhotoScape because I didn’t want to keep using my old MS FrontPage image editor. I tried several when I went looking but PS was the easiest to use for simple stuff I wanted to do, basically to take a drawing and get it usable for posting online.

    I prefer Chrome to Opera and the others because Chrome has so much more growth. In the past when I have tried other web browsers (including Opera) I have been frustrated that I could not use other things I was accustomed to like StumbleUpon as a toolbar. Chrome is great this way. I don’t miss FF at all and I was devoted to FF for many years. I found one plugin/ addon which lets me use Blogger, StumbleUpon, Tumblr, etc all in one. Now Chrome is almost perfect for my uses.

  • @Laura

    Thanks and I hope you will pick up some good apps from here then! :)

    For image editor I use Paint.NET. Like it very much, probably only reason it doesn’t make best list is .NET Framework dependency.

    Chrome development is turn-off for my taste. Multiple versions in parallel, get the dev branch for this, run with command line argument for that… Is it so hard just to make next version and release it, one release at a time? :)

    I am probably being picky about Chrome, but since I am more then content with Opera I can allow myself to be.

  • Benregn

    WinDirStat as alternative disk space treemap?

    Been using Opera as my second/third browser (using Firefox as my first). I absolutely love Search Everything, use it many times a day! And Dropbox makes just about any collaboration so much easier – saved my groupwork at school this semester :P

  • @Benregn

    WinDirStat is a classic, but I find it boring and not too convenient. SpaceSniffer really upped the bar for treemap disk space analyzers.

    Search Everything you mean Everything mentioned in post? Or something else?

    And yes, between cloud and versioning Dropbox carries serious stuff-saving potential.

    By the way I think it is your first comment (Twitter doesn’t count), happy unlurking! :)

  • Benregn

    I took a quick look at SpaceSniffer – I quite like it, I think I’ll even switch to using it instead of WinDirStat. One thing that’s missing for me is the foldertree view.

    Everything as in the post ;)

    Also happen to like Netbeans. Used it for Java programming class last two semesters in Uni. Might try it for PHP when I’m able to something worthwhile with it :D

    And yes, long time lurker on the blog, first and second comments are on this post.

  • @Benregn

    I’ve also used NetBeans for Java a bit on programming courses, but I mostly use it for PHP > WordPress.

    I have a lot of figuring out (hotkeys and such) to be really productive with it, but even core set of functions is solid. It is made as code editor, not text editor with code-related functions slapped on it.

  • JeeMan

    Now that’s my kind of posts! New softwares to discover! :)

    I’ll have to look more in depth at FlashFolder and SpaceSniffer. And I already bookmarked Ketarin, I guess I just need to… go through my bookmarks.

    And a couple of softwares I picked up from this blog that I use often: SIW, LogLady, Canabalt, EjectUSB, etc.

  • @JeeMan

    Hehe, I do not do lists often (even of good stuff), easy to get bored of them.

    Hmm… EjectUSB might have made best list, I am so used to it I just don’t notice it anymore.

    Glad to know this blog was the source of those great apps for you. :)

  • Hi,

    I want to mention FastStoneImageViewer as the best tool regarding managing and displaying images on my computer.


  • @Sebastian

    Yep, very solid viewer, even if slightly less famous then IrfanView and XNview staples.

    As I said on comments above I still stick with IrfanView. Have no reasons to change so far.

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