Here you will find a listing of PC Magazine’s Best Free Software.
An excerpt from PC Magazine Online.
Hall of Fame
This simplest of Adobe’s PDF programs lets you do just about anything PDF-related (besides create new ones).
One of the most widely used pieces of free software ever, AOL Instant Messenger offers a ton of capabilities.
Whether you’re recording or editing, Audacity is all about audio in practically any format.
The GNU Image Manipulation Program (GIMP) does most of what Photoshop does.
When you’re attached to the top media player in the land (iPod), success is a given. iTunes continues to build sales and refine its organization of songs, video, games, podcasts, and more.
You’ll pay to call regular phones, but if you sign up all your friends, Skype provides easy (and even international) calls and video-conferencing for nothing.
Mozilla’s no-cost e-mail alternative is extensible, fast, and easy to master. And a wealth of free add-ons means there’s not much this program won’t do, from calendars to encryption.
This Linux-based OS comes with many of these Hall of Fame products (Firefox, OpenOffice.org) preinstalled.
After a decade of playing music, the “skinnable” WinAmp has several versions, including one with full CD ripping and burning.