Lock down your files with Folder Lock 7

Folder Lock includes as complete a set of security tools as you'll find, and it's as secure as your passwords.

SuperEasy Codec Checker Just Makes VLC Look Better

This freebie is ad-ridden and has only one potentially useful trick up its sleeve.

Hamster Free Burning Studio Burns to CD, DVD, and Blu-Ray

CD/DVD/BD burning utility Hamster Free Burning Studio is effective, but somewhat limited and occasionally oddball.

Record and Create Music With FL Studio

FL Studio 9 offers many improvements, new instruments and plugins, but remains the same solid product.

Back up Games (and More) With Blindwrite

Copy virtually any data CD or DVD--games in particular--using this venerable utility.

Recover Data from Optical Media With CDRoller

Has your data has crawled into an optical disk to die? CDRoller might be able to resurrect it for you--and you can try before you buy.

Turn Your PC Into a Piano With Pianissimo

Think PCs are expensive? Try pricing a grand piano. Luckily, this is one of the more musical-sounding software piano instruments you'll find--and it costs $69.

Edit Music Like a Professional With Acid Pro

Acid Pro has everything you need in a professional digital audio workstation--including a price that shows this isn't just a hobby.

Create Dazzling Jewel Cases and Labels With Acoustica CD/DVD Label Maker

Burning your own CDs and DVDs has become easy, but making them attractive and readily identifiable can be a challenge. This program makes it simple to create good-looking labels for discs, inserts, and jewel cases.

Create Music with FL Studio

If you're serious about making dance music--but don't want to lose your sense of fun--check out FL Studio, formerly Fruity Loops. Fun already, isn't it?

Cut Down Video Editing Time with Avidemux

Video editing is a lot more fun without the long waits for re-encoding. The free Avidemux eliminates this bottleneck whenever possible, and it's fast in other regards as well.

Outfox Adobe Bloat: Open PDFs with Foxit Reader

The best of the PDF readers adds new features without sacrificing (much) speed.

Make Beautiful Music Notation with Lilypond

If you're a starving composer looking for a free way to print up your symphonic score, Lilypond is a good solution--but be prepared to spend a long time entering data.