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Nathanael is a freelance writer who lives with his family in Caldwell, Idaho. Besides writing about software, he also specializes in eBook conversions.

Review: Foxit PhantomPDF 6 shines in the paperless office

Foxit PhantomPDF offers a lot of features at a great price. For many, it will replace Acrobat...but you'll need that 30-day free trial to make sure it does exactly what you need.

Review: Read and write PDF files easily with Foxit Reader 6

Foxit Reader is free, it's lightweight, and historically it has been less problematic than Adobe Reader. If you're burned out on Adobe Reader, there's a lot to like.

Keep your calendar out of the cloud with Efficient Calendar

Efficient Calendar pulls the best of Microsoft Outlook's calendar functions into a standalone app, but don't expect significant data portability.

Review: Get software directly from the vendor with a single click with DDownloads

DDownloads helps you download popular programs straight from the source. It's free, and for the programs on its list, it works well.