Monday, November 16, 2009


When it comes to windows applications, the first and foremost thing that seems to trouble people's pocket is that most of them are either paid or require some kind of premium activation to support full-stretch use. At the same time, many users suffer for the reason that some application they have paid for don't stand up to the mark. Why would you pay for something that is already available for free? They say- "All the best things in this world are for free." So is the case with the apps that I elaborate here- The most purchased pirated ones.


The InfraRecorder is a versatile disc recording utility that enables you to record discs and create disc images in a very light-weight environment. Although it possesses all the features as Nero StartSmart, it is amazing light when it comes to disk space. At one end, where Nero 6's setup itself costs you 21 MB (approx.), the net size of InfraRecorder after installation is no more than 8 MB (approx.) excluding quick launch icons and multi-lingual support. And after all its free of cost. The best of both worlds deal, isn't it?


Today, MS Office is one of the most widely used office suites. But at the same time it is one of the costliest office suites. As far as things are concerned, home users don't fancy paying such great deal of value for an application software. Where do they find the altrnative that serves the purpose and at the same time, doesn't burden their pocket? Open Office, the open-source office suite by Sun Microsystems serves as the best alternative for MS Office applications. The latest release of the Suite also supports the MS Office 2007 files formats (.docx, .pptx etc.).


The GNU Image Manipulation Program (GIMP) is another open-source software in the list that alternates another mind-boggling windows (as well as Mac) application- Adobe Photoshop. The software possesses all the features of Photoshop including the extensions that makes it really good to use. Well even though I speak for GIMP on the open source part, I myself work on photoshop for the reason of it's aesthetic ease of use. But, still when comes to disk space, I prefer GIMP because, as is the case with most of the open source softwares, they are around approximately half the size of the Windows applications. Does it need to get any further?

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