As you peruse through the world of computer software and applications, it may be hard to determine what applications are worth the price and which to seek elsewhere and go the route of freeware, or open source software like the FTP program File Zilla.
As the name might imply, “freeware” is software that is designed and offered to the public free of charge. Generally, this type of software is limited in its scope and offers little if any user support (which is one of the factors that allows it to be free). Open source software is similar to freeware in that it is also free to use. Plus, the developers of open source software also make available to the public the code or “source” code of their software. They do this in order to facilitate multiple contributions by other developers to make the software better.
So, what exactly is out there in terms of free software, and should you give it a shot? Well, it all depends on how much you need a particular application, and whether you require a more complete or thorough version with customer support.
If your plan for using this software involves very basic and limited use, and your familiarity with operating computer software is of a medium to high level, then freeware may be just the thing.
Some of the more popular options available in terms of freeware and open source software include:
1. openoffice.org: This is an alternative MS Office.
2. GIMP: Image editing software and an alternative to Photoshop by Adobe.
3. FileZilla: This is used for file transfer.
4. 7-Zip: Compressing files.
5. Avira AntiVir: Virus and spyware protection.
6. Bullzip PDF Printer: Converts to PDF document from any application.
7. GnuCash: Personal accounting software for keeping your budget in order.
8. LightBox: Another top pick for image editing software.
No matter if you choose free software or software that has to be purchased, get the one that is right for you.