Saturday, September 18, 2010

10 Must Have Software for your Windows Netbook

We all use our net books differently when compared to our desktop/laptop usage. Playing HD videos, video editing cannot be done on a net book since it's low on resources. In this post, I am going to list out 10 software that are free and consume very low memory when compared to their counterparts.

1. Google Chrome

This is pretty obvious! Google Chrome works better than any of the modern browsers we have around. It beautifully syncs your bookmarks to make sure that you stay connected wherever you are, not to mention the huge collection of extensions it offers. Get it here.

2. An Upgrade to Internet Explorer 9 Beta

Well, The days of blaming good'ol IE is now over. Microsoft has responded to the strong criticism it had received before and has now produced a browser that's very usable. If you are on Windows 7/Vista you should upgrade to IE 9 beta. IE9 works particularly smooth on sites like Word press, Windows Live & it services and more. Get it here.

3. Pidgin

You will probably be using your Net book for browsing the internet and getting things done, having a multi-platform IM client will be very convenient when it comes to chatting with your clients since they all won't be on Gtalk or MSN. Don't forget to add the Facebook plugin to use Facebook Chat within Pidgin. Pidgin uses lesser memory when compared to Digsby and others.

4. Skype

Skype gets better everyday. The latest BETA has a lot of additions. I've been using it for a while and it runs great on netbooks. Make sure that your webcam and microphone are properly configured. Get it here.

5. Picasa

Picasa is an amazing photo management tool and given the limitations of netbook OSes like Windows 7 Starter, it's worth going in for it. Get it here. 

6. Dropbox

Your netbook is not going to have much disk space and an using an online storage service makes sense. Dropbox provides 2GB for free and after making a payment you can get upto 100GB. Installing Dropbox makes it easier for you to sync your data between your computer and the cloud. (Make sure that you have a reliable internet connection before installing/using Dropbox) Get it here.

7. VLC Media Player

Having a decent media player will enable you to open a huge variety of videos you might come across. VLC plays almost every file format there is. If you get a codec error, consider going for the k-lite codec pack with VLC media player.

8. Foxit PDF Reader

When it comes to PDF readers all we think of is Adobe Reader, but, Adobe consumes a lot of memory making your computer become sluggish, Foxit on the other hand consumes very little memory and does almost everything Adobe reader does. Get it here.

9. 7 Zip

File compression is very important when you need to extract the contents of an archive. The built in Windows stuff is no good. 7 Zip offers you a more intuitive interface and a very good compression ratio which makes it the best bet. Get it here.

10. GIMP

If you cannot live without Photoshop, this one will probably rescue you. Netbooks do not have the power to run apps like Photoshop, but, they are more than comfortable with GIMP, Paint .NET, etc. 

Click here to download a Ninite Installer for the software listed above.

If you've got Windows 7 Starter installed, it's very likely that you are cursing the guys at Redmond for not letting you change your wallpaper like in other editions. The article here explains you how to do that right.

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