The Best Desktop Productivity Tools

Though it might appear that the good old desktop maybe on its way out, thanks to the growing proliferation of mobile devices and technology, the truth is actually quite contrary. Desktops are here to stay and will, most likely, continue to do so. If you find that hard to believe, just take a look around any office environment.

To make things more interesting, the world of desktop innovation is charging ahead with the development of several tools oriented towards PC use. Whether it's file editing or accounting, there has been a massive inflow of desktop applications for multiple purposes in the past couple of years. Here is a list of some of the applications that are actually worth taking a look at, if you still happen to be a hardcore desktop fan.

Free Commander XE

Free Commander XE

If you are getting too tired of the same old windows explorer layout, then the Free Commander XE is the answer to all your prayers. The application lets you divide your layout into two independent panes making navigation and multi-tasking much easier. Plus, you also get a nice add-on package containing very useful single-click features. Installation is also quite smooth and problem free.

SeaMonkey

SeaMonkey

The SeaMonkey is Mozilla's product suite that comes with applications such as the Thunderbird email client, Firefox web browser, and HTML editor. The HTML editor, especially, is quite a stand-out product. Though it cannot compete with the likes of professional programs such as Adobe Dreamweaver, it does get the job done. From basic HTML assembly to tag structure examination, the Mozilla HTML editor takes care of it all.

GIMP

The GIMP stands for GNU Image Manipulation Product. It is a free application that is gaining widespread appreciation as a viable alternative to the big boss, Adobe Photoshop. In fact, it provides almost the same level of functionality and features that can be found on Photoshop. It offers support for multiple image formats and even Photoshop brushes. Apart from that, GIMP uses the same layer-based approach and editing features you'll find on Adobe's flagship image editing program. Added to that, there are tons of third party scripts and add-ons available for use.

7-Zip

7-Zip

If you are tired of file compressing programs such as WinRAR or WinZip, then 7-Zip is here to save the day. The application is absolutely free and supports several compression formats. It is pretty much a one-stop solution that can very well replace WinZip and WinRAR altogether.

AbiWord

AbiWord

If OpenOffice does not satisfy your need for an alternative to Microsoft Word, then AbiWord is what you are looking for. Designed to emulate most of the MSWord features and functionalities, AbiWord serves as a perfect free of cost replacement to the original Windows product. It even lets you collaborate with other AbiWord users through a network allowing real-time execution on the same document.

Date: 
Thursday, June 18, 2015