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OP Essential App Pack for PC 2012: Windows, Mac and Linux (Update)

Today, we are bundling the most needed and basic applications for any PC, that too available for free. These are essential for new PC owners, geeks-to-be, re-installers, or anyone who wants to have a list of software with download links ready, thus saving a lot of your precious time. This is our 2012 Observer’s Paradise Pack for Computers, mainly Windows PC. 

Photos And Videos:

1. Picasa

Platform: Windows, Mac OS X and Linux

First up is Google’s Picasa. It is the ultimate all-in-one Application to find, edit, and share your photos in seconds. It offers a whole range of features make your pictures even more visually appealing, and the best part of it is that you don’t need to be a pro. Picasa offers a neat and well organised interface, thus making it much easier to use. It lets you turn a batch of your images into collages, movies, and screen savers and share them directly on the web. Most importantly it makes importing pictures from any digital device a lot more intuitive.

 

Download Linkhttp://picasa.google.com/

 

2. VLC Media Player

Platform: Windows, Linux, Mac OS X and Unix

VLC is a free and open source cross-platform multimedia player and framework that plays most multimedia files as well as DVD, Audio CD, VCD, and various streaming protocols. Playing media files on a PC can be a tricky business for even the most so-called PRO users. The huge number of codec’s and containers made it even worst. The arrival of VLC few years back made this process as easy as a click of a button. It is the most Simple, Powerful and Fast player available today.

 

Download Linkhttp://www.videolan.org/vlc/

3. GIMP -  GNU Image Manipulation Program

Platform: Windows, Linux, Mac OS X and Unix

GIMP is an acronym for GNU Image Manipulation Program. It is a freely distributed program for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition and image authoring. It has many capabilities. It can be used as a simple paint program, an expert quality photo retouching program, an online batch processing system, a mass production image renderer, an image format converter, etc.

 

Download Linkhttp://www.gimp.org/

 

Utilities:

4. CCleaner

Platform: Windows, and Mac OS X

CCleaner is the number-one tool for cleaning your Windows PC. It protects your privacy online and makes your computer faster and more secure. Easy to use and a small, fast download. CCleaner is our system optimization, privacy and cleaning tool. It removes unused files from your system – allowing Windows to run faster and freeing up valuable hard disk space. It also cleans traces of your online activities such as your Internet history. Additionally it contains a fully featured registry cleaner. But the best part is that it’s fast (normally taking less than a second to run) and contains NO Spyware or Adware!

 

Download Linkhttp://www.piriform.com/ccleaner

 

5. 7Zip

Platform: Windows, Linux, Unix

It is the ultimate All-in-one  archiving and un-zipping program. It provides a wide range of  Packing / unpacking formats such as 7z, XZ, BZIP2, GZIP, TAR, ZIP, WIM, ISO, etc. It provides a great compression ratio, and comparable to its paid competitors. It has a clean and useful Right Click explorer integration to make the process easier.

 

Download Linkhttp://www.7-zip.org/download.html

 

6. µtorrent (uTorrent)

Platform: Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux/Unix (command Line)

Torrent is one of the most sought after technology in the download world. It gives you theoretically unlimited download speed. Utorrent is one of the best torrent clients available in the market. It is correctly said “µTorrent’s built for speed. That means ultra-efficient downloads of mega-sized files”. It consumes very low resources and is the easiest to use. After install every torrent link/file you click will open in utorrent, and begin downloading to your Downloads Folder. It provides great feature’s, my favorite is the Remote Control: it lets you add, remove, play and pause torrents from a mobile device.

 

Download Linkhttp://www.utorrent.com/

 

7. Team Viewer – Remote Access Tool

Platform: Windows, Linux, Mac OS X and Unix

It is the all-in-one solution for Remote Access and Support over the internet. TeamViewer and connect to any PC around the world within a few seconds, with just a few simple steps. All you need is Teamviewer installed on both the PC’s. It provides secure connection, and you can use the other PC as if you were sitting in front of it. It makes remote access much easier than windows inbuilt application. 

 

Download Linkhttp://www.teamviewer.com/

 

Internet/Communication:

8. Web Browsers:

The web browser is by no doubt the most important program on your computer. That’s why we have selected two browsers of the lot. A good web browser helps you make most of the web. These two provide the best security in the industry. They provide plugins and extension support to take your experience to the next level. Internet explorer is nowhere near these and as said “Internet Explorer is the best browser to download other browsers”.

8.a. Google Chrome

Platform: Windows, Linux, Mac OS X and Unix

 

Download Linkhttps://www.google.com/chrome

 

 

8.b. Mozilla Firefox

Platform: Windows, Linux, Mac OS X and Unix

 

Download Linkhttp://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/

9. Skype

Platform: Windows, Linux, Mac OS X and other mobile devices

It offers high quality, peer-to-peer (p2p) VOIP with a convenient and easy to use client with a bevy of features, Skype easily earned its position on this list for all your internet telephony needs. Skype also has video conferencing and conference calls. It provides HD video calls and a very low latency service.

Download Linkhttp://www.skype.com/

10. Pidgin – Instant Messaging

Platform: Windows, Linux, Mac OS X

There are a many applications available for IM today. If you use GTalk, Yahoo, MSN, AOL, etc then you probably have to download their clients separately. Of-course one can download each separately but that would make our experience a lot tedious. Pidgin offers you a program which lets you log in to accounts on multiple chat networks simultaneously. 

 

Download Linkhttp://pidgin.im/

Productivity:

11. Foxit PDF Reader

Platform: Windows

Although one can use the Adobe Reader application, I’ll recommend Foxit Reader. The Foxit Reader is a small, fast, and feature rich PDF viewer which allows you to open, view, and print any PDF file. Unlike other free PDF readers, Foxit Reader also includes easy to use collaboration features like the ability to add annotations, fill out forms, and share information with social networks. Foxit Reader has a small footprint that starts up instantly, renders PDF files quickly and uses very little memory, which is especially important with today’s handheld devices.

Download Linkhttp://www.foxitsoftware.com/Secure_PDF_Reader/

 

12. OpenOffice.org

Platform: Windows, Linux, Mac OS X

OpenOffice.org 3 is the leading open-source office software suite for word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, graphics, databases and more. It is available in many languages and works on all common computers. It stores all your data in an international open standard format and can also read and write files from other common office software packages. It can be downloaded and used completely free of charge for any purpose. 

Download Linkhttp://www.openoffice.org/

 

13. Notepad++

Platform: Windows

Notepad++ is a free (as in “free speech” and as in “free beer”) source code editor and Notepad replacement that supports several languages. Running in the MS Windows environment, its use is governed by GPL License. It has much better and advanced features than the traditional MS Notepad. It allows one to open multiple files in tabs. It also includes Spell Checkers, etc.

 

Download Linkhttp://notepad-plus-plus.org/

Security:

14. Antivirus – Avast Free Antivirus

Platform: Windows

Avast! Free Antivirus Free 6 offers great protection to your system for free. Avast! Free Antivirus has fully functioning antivirus and anti-spyware engines protecting your PC from threats from the Internet, your files, emails, and even instant messages. I prefer Avast because it’s “heuristics engine” can detect even unknown threats by their behavior. It also offers a Boot Time scan feature, which is great to detect and rid even the most :clever” viruses.

 

Download Linkhttp://www.avast.com/free-antivirus-download

 

15. Firewall - ZoneAlarm Free Firewall

Platform: Windows

ZoneAlarm Free Firewall blocks hackers from infiltrating your home PC by hiding your computer from unsolicited network traffic. It offers a great firewall with highest standards for FREE. ZoneAlarm Free Firewall keeps your PC free from viruses that slow down performance, and spyware that steals your personal information, passwords, and financial data.

 

Download Linkhttp://www.zonealarm.com/freefirewall/