Year 2007 was very rich in interesting freeware applications. I will provide you my selection of free applications which I have find this year. It is not complete selection, of course. However I think that there are all important apps. Remember to its author. If you find a PayPal donate button on their pages and you like their applications, help with small amount of money. Donation using PayPal is very easy.
This interesting burning application you can use as an alternative to the Nero Burning Rom and other commercial burning tools. It’s easy to use. You can burn data, video and audio CD/DVD using it. InfraRecorder is localized to several languages.
Good instant messaging application Gaim for Windows and Linux changed its name in April 2007 to Pidgin. However this didn’t affect its quality. You can still use it for AIM, ICQ, Gadu-Gadu, GroupWise, IRC, Jabber, MSN, Napster, Silc or Yahoo! messaging. I think that Pidgin is the best online communicator for Linux.
Another online communicator appears in version 6. It brought you faster reply method, grouping of message windows, better searching, easier access to unread messages, better arranged history and improvements in writing SMS.
Favorite mail client is recommended for use together with web browser Firefox. They both use the same rendering engine – Gecko. Thunderbird 2.0 came with message labeling, user interface lifting, direct support for Gmail, improved new message alerts and other changes and news.
Although there are newer versions of Opera, I think that Opera 9.20 was the most important this year. This universal web browser and mail client came with speed dial and developer console. So now the Opera users can use it the same way as Firefox with Web Developer Toolbar.
Online phone Skype has many versions every year. For me is the most important new function in this application Skype Prime. Using this can everyone realize paid calls and offer his/her services using Skype.
Google Earth is a good application displaying satellite photos of Earth. Many of its users were surprised when this app came with flying simulator game. You can fly over every town/cities on the world. Did you try it already?
If you have a Seagate hard disc, you can use this clone of Acronis software for free. Seagate DiscWizard can help you with disc cloning, disc backup and setting up new discs in your system.
Do you search for a fast and easy to use RSS reader? Then take a look at RikReader. It is simple application using .NET Framework 3.0. You can install it very easy using ClickOnce method. RikReader works with RSS feed in your Internet Explorer 7 or Windows Vista.
This spy hunter came with new version after several years. It brought new user interface, better update system, several scan methods and real time shield. There are interesting functions for cleaning a trace of your internet work.
There are several freeware applications for making a family tree. However many of them don’t offer such a nice user interface as Family.Show. Try its easy to use interface, transparent search and export functions.
Comodo Personal Firewall
This firewall is good for Windows XP users who search for easy to use interface, many options to set up, and security warnings. Comodo company also offer a free antivirus and antimalware tools.
McAfee Security Center
Do you know this free antivirus? It is offered for free to AOL users. The only thing you need to do if you can use McAfee security software for free is registration with AOL Central. McAfee Security Center offers virus protection, spyware protection and firewall at no cost.
This outstanding burning application came with new version after three years of waiting. Now it offers new user interface, support for data, video and audio CD/DVD burning or making bootable discs. You can create and print labels for you discs too.
Do you need high-quality icon editor, Take a look at this application. It supports all common icon formats, transparency and alpha channel. There are all graphics tools you know from Photoshop or other graphic editors.
Set of Windows Live applications and online services brought a blog editor, photo gallery with easy online publishing to Spaces or Flickr, online communication with Messenger and other. The best of it is that you can use it not only in Windows Vista but also in Windows XP.
Netscape Navigator 9
Legendary web browser came with new version in autumn. Now it is compatible with Firefox 2.x and offers interesting features like automatic correction of URL, mini browser, link pad and other useful functions.
This freeware tool is intended for converting Google Gadgets to Windows Vista gadgets. Just select interesting gadgets, copy its code and convert it for Vista using one click.
Internet Explorer 7 is a good browser but it has a lack of function to be a perfectly useable. You can turn it into a perfect app using IE7Pro. This add-on helps with better tabs managements, it can make screenshots of loaded web page, provides you a spell check and other useful functions.
The list of interesting freeware applications is not complete. I know this. There is missing new version of OpenOffice.org, IrfanView and other useful and well known freeware applications. If you think that others should know about a really great free application that is not listed above, write a few words about it to the comments and provide link to its homepage.