It’s pretty time consuming to research which software you want to use for a specific task. Here I’ve compiled a list of my preferences for, in my opinion, the best software for different tasks.
Included are also software to avoid, along with reasons.
- Edge: given IE’s abysmal historical track record, why would I trust Microsoft not to screw up again? Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me.
- Internet Explorer: IE has historically slowed down the progress of the web platform and has always been behind the innovation.
Read PDF files
- Google Chrome: has built-in PDF viewer
- SumatraPDF: excellent open source PDF reader - no installation required
- Adobe PDF: slow and bloated
Find out where that disk space went
Print to PDF
CutePDF Writer: It was once good software, but now the installer tries to trick users into installing shit like Ask toolbar or Winzip registry optimizer.
However, there seems to be no sensible alternative, so CutePDF is still recommended.
- doPDF: Does not work over remote desktop. Downloads from suspicious looking soft112.com. Questionably large download size.
- BullZip PDF: Free version “Sponsored download”
- PDFCreator: flagged suspicious by http://alternativeto.net/software/cutepdf/ (2013-12-13)
Office suite (word processing, spreadsheets etc.)
Mount ISOs (CDs/DVDs/BluRays)
- Virtual CloneDrive: free & awesome.
Rip CD/DVD/BluRay -> ISO
- ISO recorder: free.
- VeraCrypt: fork of abandoned TrueCrypt
Surf the web anonymously
Recover lost files
- GetDataBack for NTFS: Paid. I’ve used many times. Ugly UI but works awesome!
- Lavalys Everest: discontinued
- PC Wizard: crashed my PC so I lost unsaved documents
- Deluge: open source clone of uTorrent
- uTorrent: malware in installer
Audio editing (MP3, Wav, …)
- GoldWave: trial but not much restricted. Does simple things (delete/trim/volume maximize/noise filter/fades/…) well.
Edit hex files
- xvi32: free & awesome!
Frontend for MySQL server
- SqlYog: community edition is free