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Top Rated Free Productivity Apps for Your PC and Mac

Updated on April 22, 2011

Getting new programs for your Windows PC and Mac has never been easier, thanks to the dedicated app stores. Just like you would do on a smart-phone, you can now download and install new applications in just one step. This article presents a top rated selection of free productivity apps for both PC and Mac.


Top Rated Free Apps for Windows

With Windows, you’ve two options for app stores: Intel’s AppUpCenter and AllMyApps. AppUp (www.appup.com) is a downloadable application originally designed for netbooks with 1024 x 600 screens, but it also works just fine on larger screens. It can only be installed on Windows PC powered by Intel processors; AllMyApps (www.allmyapps.com) on the other hand, is web-based. Both require a quick registration process and you’re all set.

ABIWORD

If you haven’t already guessed, Abiword is similar to Microsoft Word. Compared to complete Office suites you can download, Abiword is just about 8 MB, so it’ll download and install in just a few minutes. It’s just perfect when you need editing your documents, and in a jiffy. Get it from AllMyApps.

DISPLAYFUSION

This is a great tool if you have dual monitors. DisplayFusion stretches the taskbar to fill both monitors and also has certain extras like multi monitor screensavers, customizable hotkeys, better wallpaper management (tile, scale, crop across monitors) and custom logon screens. It’s available at AllMyApps.

FREEMIND

FreeMind is a Java-based mind mapping tool. Use it to generate ideas, make notes, do research or keep track of projects. It offers fast one-click navigation – just one click will fold / unfold a map. You can download it from freemind.sourceforge.net or AllMyApps.

KEEPASS

KeePass is password safe – use it to store all your passwords for different email IDs, website login info, forum passwords and other sensitive information. All the passwords are encrypted and locked with one master password. Get it from keepass.info or AllMyApps.

LINGOES

Lingoes is a dictionary and text translation tool. Over 80 languages are supported, including English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Chinese, Korean, Swedish, Thai, Turkish, Vietnamese, Greek, Polish, Arabic, and Hebrew. Get it from www.lingoes.net.

SUPERCOPIER

Once you install SuperCopier, it replaces the standard Windows copy dialog and offers several additional features. You get more accurate speed computation, pause and resume copy, copy speed control, and an editable copy list during copy process. Get it from supercopier.sfxteam.org.

VIRTUAWIN

VirtuaWin is a virtual desktop manager for Windows. If you’re someone who likes to keep many different programs and Windows open, using VirtuaWin, you can organize them into different virtual desktops for easy access. You can download it from virtuawin.sourceforge.net.


Top Rated Free Apps for Mac

The Mac app store offers easy access to thousands of applications for OS X, both free and paid. Only available for systems running Snow Leopard (OS X 10.6) and above, the Mac app store is easily installed with a software update. Just click on the Apple icon on the top left, select Software Update and install available updates. Reboot the system and the App Store icon will be present on the dock.

ALFRED

Alfred is your one stop shortcut for everything. It allows you to launch applications, search your Mac and even search the web from a single command box. It even offers basic calculations and site-specific search from within the command box using simple keyboard shortcuts. Get it from the Mac App Store.

AUDIONOTE LITE

AudioNote Lite is a notes taking application – but it also features a voice recorder. Not only can it record voice notes but it also syncs each audio note with the respective text notes. Using the Pen tool you can highlight different notes or create drawings. Get it form the Mac App Store.

FLUID

Fluid offers a quick way to turn your favorite website into a desktop application right in your dock. The application basically provides a site-specific browser that can be kept running in the dock instead of keeping multiple tabs open in a browser. You can download it from www.fluidapp.com.

MINDNODE

Similar to FreeMind for Windows, MindNode is a mind mapping application that does not restrict itself to the size of the page. It automatically resizes the maps to fit on the canvas, allowing multiple mind maps to be created and offers a node resize feature on the canvas itself. Get it from the Mac App Store.

NEOOFFICE

NeoOffice is a free office suit for Mac based on the OpenOffice code. It offers a word processor, spreadsheet and presentation programs. The application claims better stability and performance than the OpenOffice suite by using their own MacOS X code. Download it from www.neooffice.org.

OPUS DOMINI LITE

Opus Domini Lite is your personal diary right on your desktop. Just like using a diary, you can input your daily tasks, goals, missions, plans for future weeks and even get weather information! It also allows synchronization with iCal for upcoming events. Get it form the Mac App Store.

TASKMATE

Taskmate is a simple and easy to use to-do list manager for your Mac. It has a basic interface to add / remove tasks with one click access to completed tasks. The application even allows a user to export the tasks to TextEdit to use with other applications. Get it from www.gettaskmate.com.

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      Luxmih Eve-Lyn Forbes 5 years ago from Fort Pierce, Florida

      Since i am in the baby Booner generation, I need all the updating I can get. So thanks for this. I shared it on my facebook page as being really useful. Way to go!

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      andycool 5 years ago from the U.S.

      Thank you so much LuxmiH for stopping by! I'm grateful to you that you shared the hub on your facebook page as being really useful. Love & Peace! - Andy

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      Cogerson 5 years ago from Virginia

      Great informative Andy, I especially am interested in the

      VirtuaWin app you wrote about...thanks for sharing...voted useful

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      andycool 5 years ago from the U.S.

      Thanks Cogerson for stopping by! - Andy

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