Don't-Miss Utility software Stories
GoodSync offers an easy way to synchronize information across multiple computers with its peer-to-peer file syncing solution. It also includes links to some cloud storage solutions, which will please users who rely on those, too.
IDriveSync is an easy-to-use cloud storage and syncing solution that offers added security missing from some of its rivals. It offers both AES 256-bit and private key encryption, which will appeal to anyone who's weary of weak cloud-based security.
Easier sharing. Simpler sending. Secure encryption. Make Dropbox even better with any of these handy utilities.
Acronis True Image, one of the first drive partitioning and backup programs for PCs, remains one of the best. In the 2014 version, it also just got a lot friendlier.
ZipItFree's file compression is very efficient, and its unobtrusive interface is good to work with. This free utility is well worth a spot on your PC.
Hamster Free Zip Archiver compresses files quickly, and it has a cheerful, easy-to-use interface. For tech support, though...you might as well ask your hamster.
Supports all compression formats, totally free, multilanguages, easy interface
Lenovo will add SweetLabs' Pokki utility to its PCs, providing an alternative to both the Windows 8 Start page as well as the Windows app store.
Universal Extractor is a dab hand at opening arcane archives, but it can't actually do its own compression. Support is nonexistent, leaving you on your own.
Peazip is a compress/decompress utility that handles all the major formats and a ton of more obscure ones. It won't create proprietary format archives like RAR, but it will read and extract files from them.
JPEGmini lets you easily compress your JPEG pictures to save room on your hard drive—without any significant loss in detail.
Dashlane is an powerful and flexible password manager for every level of experience that's also useful for form-filling, expense tracking, and more.
Soluto's commercial service is much cheaper than the competition, but its remote control feature is not quite there yet.
ITunes Library Toolkit offers a host of features for cleaning up and maintaining your iTunes library. It can add files automatically and delete dead links, but doesn't always offer you perfect control.
With snappy previews that treat Modern apps as first-class citizens and clever window tiles, there's a lot to like in Emcee. Sadly, a couple of critical shortcomings keep it from becoming a truly useful everyday tool.