Although I'm a big fan of freeware, I still find that my computing needs are sometimes
best met by a shareware or commercial program. The applications in the list that follows offer
software titles which I found useful enough to warrant paying the purchase price! A
missing title on this page means that a freeware application or PC Magazine utility
were able to satisfy my computing needs.
Computing tasks are listed within a category by the frequency with which I perform the computing task (most-used at the top).
The change history of these recommendations is shown at the bottom of this page.
Multiple Entries Per Category
In a few categories you'll see that I've recommended more than one application. Usually, the
first recommendation is a simpler application (fewer options, easier to learn and use).
The second is typically more capable and requires more effort to use. My personal
tastes lean towards the simpler programs, but many users like the all-in-one variety.
Print Control: FinePrint, pdf995
FinePrint installs as a printer driver, essentially giving you a print preview
from any windows program. You can print pages multiple up or even select pages
to skip. pdf995 is also a printer driver - sending the output of any windows
program to a PDF file. pdf995 is the lowest cost pdf solution I've found.
Shareware Industry Awards
I also have a page that lists recent winners of
the Shareware Industry Awards. This is for information only. My shareware
recommendations are found in the list above.