Adobe Illustrator's biggest competitor doesn’t require a subscription, and its latest version offers a raft of improvements, plus interesting community features.
Canva is a free design tool aimed at beginners and professionals alike. It won't replace Photoshop, but for simple tasks, it may render it unnecessary.
An uninstaller is a tough sell, even when it's free. IOBit Uninstaller 3 tries to woo users with a pretty interface and batch uninstall features.
Lucidpress shows where the future of desktop publishing is headed, making it fun and accessible along the way.
Scanning documents in Windows doesn't have to entail extra steps or extra cost. NAPS2 is an old-school tool that keeps things as simple, free, and open-source as can be.
RescueTime's new interface is prettier and easier to use, but the service remains tricky to use right.
Interactive tutorials can provide instant feedback on your work, and turn learning into a fun game. Many are Web-based, and most are free.
Delightfully tiny utility LICEcap lets you create GIFs showing on-screen action, to quickly communicate software features and issues.
Stardock's latest customization tool for Windows 8 doesn't fight the Start screen. It customizes it.
Screenshots are invaluable in daily office life, whether they're for shiny product pages or just to better explain a technical issue you've stumbled on. Here are six excellent (and mostly free) screenshot tools.
Staring into a monitor late at night can make it hard to fall asleep later. There's a solution, and it's free.
WinZip 18 comes with optional add-ons that may mean most users never see the main application window.
It turns out Instagram can be better on your computer than it is on your phone. Pixta, formerly Instagrille, is the secret.
Web-based text outliners range from Notepad-like simplicity to sophisticated, searchable, collapsible idea wranglers.
Already an excellent product, Corel Painter X3 improves on its predecessor by making some of its hidden features more easily accessible to beginners.
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