This Week’s Top Downloads

15 11 2009

Paint.NET Releases Big Update, Still a Killer Photoshop Alternative (Windows)
Paint.NET is a free, fast, and powerful image editor for Windows. It’s a giant leap above Microsoft Paint, and a serious alternative to bigger, bloated (for most users, at least) image editors like Photoshop or GIMP.
XP Quick Fix Plus Repairs Common Windows XP Errors (Windows XP)
If your Windows XP installation is acting up, sometimes a fix is as simple as tweaking a registry key. Rather than muck about in your registry looking for it, use XP Quick Fix Plus to patch things up.
Speccy Gives You Detailed Information About Your Hardware (Windows)
Planning an upgrade soon? Save yourself the web searches for your specs and download Speccy. Speccy does a quick scan of your machine and gives you a complete rundown of every piece of gear that’s in your computer.
Firefox 3.6 Beta 2 Available for Download (Windows/Mac/Linux)
Less than two weeks after they released the first beta, Mozilla is back with Firefox 3.6 beta 2. This release includes over 190 bug fixes from beta 1, in addition to the already existing performance boosts and support for one-click themes.
OpenSUSE 11.2 Integrates a Slick KDE Desktop (Linux)
OpenSUSE 11.2, the latest Linux offering from the Novell-backed project, updates the core components of its GNOME desktop and apps. What’s really intriguing, though, is the integration of KDE 4.3, which looks snazzy and, seemingly, works better than previous versions.
Panda Cloud Antivirus Available for Download (Windows)
Panda Cloud, the constantly updated, cloud-run antivirus app that promises almost real-time protection from burgeoning web threats, is out of beta and available for a free download.
Comodo EasyVPN Creates a Virtual Private Network in a Few Clicks (Windows)
Free application Comodo EasyVPN creates a virtual private network between your computers for a hassle-free, secure private network. That means you can access, for example, anything on your home computer from work as though you’re on the same local network.
Magnetiser Downloads Torrents When No Torrent File Is Available (Firefox)
If you’ve used a BitTorrent search engine that lists lots of torrents but doesn’t actually host any torrent files (like Torrentz), most of the time you still have to go to other third-party sites for the download. Not so with Magnetiser.
App Tabs Creates Permanent, Icon-Only Tabs, Firefox 4.0-Style (Firefox)
Firefox extension App Tabs creates permanent, space-saving webapp tabs in Firefox with the click of a mouse. We’ve detailed how to set up permanent webapp tabs before, but this extension greatly simplifies the process-already slated for Firefox 4.0.
EasyBCD Makes Tweaking Your Windows Bootloader a Snap (Windows)
If you’re running multiple operating systems—and if you weren’t before the release of Windows 7 you most likely are now—EasyBCD is a simple application for tweaking your bootloader through a clean GUI and well-detailed prompts.

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