App stores have apps screaming for your attention, many claiming to be essential. Though some are necessary, others are might be ad-supported, heavy or even malicious. In this article we’ll cover the essentials ones you need to install on your windows machine.
Additionally, we’ll only list the free ones so you don’t have to spend a dime for these. So let’s get started,
1. File Extractor/Compressor: 7Zip
A file Extractor/Compressor saves disk space and increases data copying speed. It does so by taking a bunch of files or a single file and turns it into a compressed package with a extension of zip, rar, gzip or tar.
The good thing about 7Zip is that it is comparable in performance to Winrar or Winzip, but it is open source and free.
2. Media player: VLC
VLC is an absolute winner when it comes to media player software. For one, it can play almost all types of audio and video files, something most other players struggle with. You’ll also love it for being supported by all types of operating systems – Mac, Linux and Windows.
With VLC, you don’t need to download additional codecs so that some file formats play smoothly on it. What will thrill every user, novice and seasoned, are the extra bit of features that come along with it. For instance, did you know that VLC can also play YouTube videos? Or convert videos between different formats?
There are two excellent photo editing tools available–for basic editing, there’s Irfanview and for advanced editing, choose GIMP. Both are these are free to download and use.
We’d like to point out that GIMP has a steep learning curve and is equivalent to Photoshop in terms of functionality. Irfanview on the other hand is very intuitive and you can start editing away in a couple of hours.
4. Eye Protector: f.lux
If you’re constantly before your computer, you know the eye strain it causes. To avoid the ensuing eye pain or headaches, use the eye protector app, f.lux. It helps to reduce screen brightness at night. It warms the colours on your screen and mimics your room’s lighting during the day.