iSpy makes it easy to connect your computer to multiple cameras and microphones, specify their locations, and selectively record activity.
Skitch ties in tightly with its parent, Evernote, but can also be installed on its own. It's great for quickly marking up images and screenshots and sharing with friends, colleagues, or customers.
Formerly known as Read it Later, Pocket is a simple service that lets you save content you want to read or watch in the future. It works beautifully.
MindView 5 uses the familiar Ribbon interface and makes it simple to create and format mind maps, but is very pricey compared to the competition.
With a tiny download size, minimalistic interface and virtually no learning curve, SpeedyPainter makes it trivially easy to start painting with a pen tablet. It's lightweight and fun to use.
Built on the solid foundation of Thunderbird, Postbox proves a desktop email client can still be relevant today. With threaded conversations and instant filters, it makes even large email workloads manageable.
With modular plugins and a wealth of settings, Dexpot lets you ease into the world of virtual desktops and tune things so they're just right.
With Decor8, you can pick your own background images for the Start and lock screens on Windows 8.
Free utility Pencil is handy for iterating through different design ideas for a new app or website. Good thing it's easy to use, too; there's no documentation for the program itself.
Going strong for over ten years, simple, lightweight, free utility ArsClip lets you easily manage a clipboard history list with multiple items, and is smart enough to ignore sensitive applications.
Elpis plugs into the Pandora API and makes it possible to enjoy the service with no ads and no interruptions, but with all of your stations and music preferences.
Whether we work with trade secrets or just prefer to keep our stock trades secret, we all have data that's invaluable to us--and valuable to online evildoers. PCWorld reveals five free tools for protecting passwords, browsing anonymously, and encrypting our most precious documents.
Classic Shell's no-frills visual style and ample customization options make it easy to get the Start menu just the way you like it, even if you're using Windows 8. Blazing-fast live search, customizable Start buttons, and more – all for free.
Switch makes it easy to shut down your computer remotely, whether it's from another computer on the same network, using a tweet, or according to a schedule.
The ancient practice of steganography (hiding a message in something else) goes free and open-source with OpenPuff. This powerful utility lets you hide data in images, videos, and other files.