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10 Best Free Software for 2014

Replace your computer programs with these new, efficient and best free software in 2014. Here are ten software which will replace your old programs for good.

In 2014 why not dump some of our same old software and try something new and better this new year. SaveDelete’s Editorial Team has come up with yet another smashing list of ten best free software for 2014, have a look ..

In this featured post we hope to make your download selection easy by providing 10 of the most useful, fresh and effective software for the year ahead.

best free software for 2014

Image Organiser

1) Zoner Photo Studio Free 16

( Min req : Win XP / Vista / 7 / 8+ ) An excellent photo organiser, viewer and editor which makes it a great tool for every photography workflow. The best part about this software is that it keeps away the duplicates and remove the need to click copy and replace, with importing for images from camera itself.

Reading metadata, renaming multiple photos, creating 3D images, postcards, panorama and Zonerama, Facebook, Flickr and Picasa Web Albums are some of its salient features.

Alternative : Picasa

Office Suite

2) Apache OpenOffice 4

(Min req : Windows XP+, Mac OS X or Linux ) After OpenOffice.org got discontinued, this Apache OpenOffice took over where they left and the code used is same as the LibreOffice commonly found in Linux platforms.

It’s functionality is in between Microsoft Office and Google Docs, with capability to save in formats of .doc and .docx. It also has great print view facility which gives more control over printing and it makes more space on top of documents as the toolbars can be pinned in sidebars.

Alternative : LibreOffice

Media Player

3) VLC Media Player 2.1

(Min req – Win XP +, Mac OS X or Linux) One program that does it all, play any video or audio file, supporting maximum number of formats and Video Codings. It supports skins and has something extra that no other media player can have.

Alternative : GOM Media Player

System Optimiser

4) Advanced SystemCare 7

(Min req : Win XP/Vista/7/8+) A free toolbox providing Advanced system care which simplify and automate process of speeding up and cleaning your PC for smooth operations.

It also improve privacy by removing traces of your online / offline activities, defragmentation, fix registry errors, malware and other vulnerabilities.

Alternative : Wisecleaner

Security Software

5) Avast Free Antivirus 2014

(Min req : Win XP/Vista/7/8+) Today any anti-virus you choose gives you many options other than the usual protection from malware, the new version has auto updater to stay with current versions, a browser cleanup tool, do not track options.

With the new hardened security feature, Avast has made the antivirus protection more solid than ever before for the newbies, people starting to use internet will definitely feel more secured with Avast than any other antivirus software.

Alternative – AVG Free 2014

Web Browser

6) Midori

(Min req : Win XP/Vista/7/8+ or Linux ) Built on as same engine as Chrome, its a great lightweight and fast browser with great enhanced blocking scripts, cookie control and clearing history with time period settings. Midori also has an ad blocker an effective bookmark method.

Alternative : Maxthon Cloud Browser

Music Manager

7) MusicBee 2.2

(min req : win xp /7/8+) To manage your songs and play them on your computer this alternative to iTunes is a great tool that is also a lightweight as compared to iTunes. Features like importing of songs automatically by watching folders, streaming from radio and music blogs, playlists, rip / burn CDs, display lyrics etc. Right now it doesn’t support Apple devices which can be a real plus point if it does in future.

Desktop Tool

8 ) MetroSidebar

(min req : windows vista/7/8+) A very powerful software that provides the design of Windows 8, including the time, weather and remaining battery status. More features like program launchers, auto-hide, on top, separate panels etc.

Alternative : Thoosje Windows Sidebar 8

PC Rescue Kit

9) Emsisoft Emergency Kit Free

(min req : win xp/7/8+) – This kit acts as an second line of defence, if you have an antivirus which never does a complete job for you, then this free software will make your PC much security proof. Features likes anti-malware scanner, no installation required, you can easily carry it on USB device.

Alternative : Anvi Rescue Disk

Ebook Software

10) Calibre 1.1

(min req: win xp/vista/7/8+, OS X or Linux) – An absolute gem of an ebook manager, it has almost everything you could imagine like it supports all major book formats, syncs books between devices, converts ebook types, tagging, cover art, divide libraries into smaller sections and much more.

Alternative : Kindle for PC

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11 Responses to 10 Best Free Software for 2014

  1. Sumanth says:

    Really a nice and useful list of softwares. Used almost everything except the 1st one Zone Photo Studio.
    Thanks for this list jaspal :)

  2. aroopam says:

    this is a interesting list. i prefer to try picasawebalternative this year

  3. Nice list, I think TuneUp Utilities 2014 more better then Advanced SystemCare 7, otherwise all software good.

  4. Nice list, but VLC, Avast and Advanced SystemCare should not be a part of this list they are most used and very well known softwares.

  5. neo says:

    This is only 2013 year, how could you say these are top 10 software in 2014, it is not coming yet !

    for the office 2013 , how about office 2013, windows 8.1, it is evolutional , you can check these software on getsoftwarekey com

  6. roksport says:

    open office and vlc media player are a must!

  7. roksport says:

    open office and vlc media player are a must!

  8. Raymond B. says:

    “Zone Photo Studio” [sic] is spelled wrong. It is Zoner Photo Studio.
    Back to the point, Zoner Photo Studio is useful, but tracks your internet actions through a hidden startup item.

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