150 Best Windows Applications Of Year 2010 [Editor’s Pick]

AddictiveTips is popular for covering the latest and greatest desktop applications, having one of the largest collection of Windows freeware reviews on the web. Now that 2010 has come to an end, we take a look back at the best 150 applications.

We plan to cover more topics in 2011, including Cloud OS, Mobile (Android, WP7, iOS), Mac, and much more, apart from extensive Windows coverage. The AddictiveTips team wishes you a very Happy New Year!

Without further ado, here are the best 150 desktop applications (in order from January to December) that we covered in 2010. It is going to be a long ride, so grab a cup of coffee (which will finish by the time you reach 50 apps) and enjoy!

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1. Gladinet (Add Live Skydrive, Google Docs, Amazon S3, etc as Virtual Drive For Backup)

Azure Blob Storage Windows Explorer

2. Bulkr (Download and Organize Photos on Desktop)

Bulkr Search

3. DesktopTweet (Take screenshots and upload to Twitter)

DesktopTweet twitter

4. File Joiner (Join AVI, MP3, RAR files)

File Joiner 3

5. iBin (Recover files from USB Drive)

iBin Dumping Management

6. GO Contact Sync (Sync Outlook 2010 and Google Contacts)

GO Contact Sync

7. Playlist Downloader (Downloading Music Playlist from Playlist.com)

Playlist Downloader

To download from Grooveshark and SoundCloud, give SciLor’s Grooveshark Downloader and SoundCloud Downloader a shot.

8. Ghosted Devices (Remove Ghosted (Hidden) Devices)

GhostBuster

9. ei.cfg Removal Utility (Create Windows 7 Universal DVD by removing Versions)

Patch Windows 7 ISO

10. Digital Janitor (Cleanup your Download Folder By Sorting Files)

Computer Janitor

11. File Grinder (Batch Rename, Copy, and Move Files using Templates and MetaTags)

File Grinder

12. Disk Pulse (Monitor File System Changes In Any Folder)

Monitor Events

13. Capacity (Organize and Sort Large Files before Backup)

Capacity

14. LockCrypt ( Information and Password Manager)

LockCrypt

15. FLV Joiner (Join, Merge, and Combine FLV Video Files)

FLV Joiner

16. Network Scanner (Advanced yet easy-to-use Network Tool)

Network Scanner

17. Snippage (Add Live Web Page Content on your Desktop)

Snippage main

18. Eraser (Delete Files and Folders Permanently)

Eraser Context Menu

Also check out Moo0 File Shredder.

19. GiMe Space Desktop Extender (Extend your single desktop)

GiMeSpace ControlPanel

20. Namebench (Find Fastest DNS Server)

namebench main

21. SIW (System Information for Windows)

Ram information

22. Trout’s GIF Optimizer (Compress GIF File)

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23. DocFetcher (Document Search Engine for desktop)

DocFetcher search

Also check out 7sDocs.

24. Double Feature (Simple and Straightforward Movie Organizer)

Double Feature Options

25. GmailDefaultMaker (Make GMail, Yahoo, Hotmail (Live Mail), and Google Apps email as default MailTo: client)

Gmail default maker

26. Magnetizer (Convert Torrent File to Magnet Links)

Magnetizer

27. VOBMerge (Join multiple VOB(DVD) video files)

VOB Merge

28. DropIt (Sort Files by Pre-defined Pattern Marching Rules)

DropIt Association

29. WinHotKey (Assign Hotkeys to Control Windows And Applications)

WinHotKey

Another similar tool is WindowsMaster.

30. Mp3 Diags (Fix upto 50 Problems with Mp3 Audio Files)

Mp3 Diags

31. NotifyMe (Notify yourself of Important Tasks)

Notification Editor

32. Directory Linker (Create Symbolic Directory Links)

Directory Linker

33. Starter (Categorize and Quick Launch Applications)

Starter

34. Picmeta PhotoTracker (Geotag your Photos)

PhotoTracker

To remove Geotags from Photos, use Geotag Security.

35. Voicegear Contact Alerter (Make Skype Auto Reply and Get Contact Message Alerts)

AutoChat In Skype

Also check out Skype Auto Answer.

36. Live Downloader (Download streaming video and audio)

New Download Test

37. neoSearch (Index and Search folders, including Shared Folders on Network)

neoSearch

38. LookInMyPC (Generate Complete Windows System Profile Report)

LookInMyPC

39. Display Changer (Auto Restore Desktop Screen Resolution)

DVDMaker run

40. iTuner (Control iTunes from System Tray)

ituner hot keys itunes

Also check out iTunes Control.

41. SSD Tweaker (Optimize SSD Drive)

SSD Tweaker

42. Koala (Create Bootable Windows 7 USB Flash Drive From DVD Disk)

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43. Bloom (Upload your Photos and Videos to Facebook from Desktop)

BloomMain

44. DeskTask (Display Outlook 2010 Calendar and Tasks on Desktop)

Outlook 2010 Calendar Tasks Desktop

45. MakeMKV (Rip Blu-Ray and DVD to MKV Format)

MakeMKV

46. BB FlashBack Express (Free Professional Windows Screencast Software)

BB FlashBack Express 2 Player

47. Comical (Desktop Application for Web Comics)

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48. Kiwi (Monitor and Take Action Based on Application Behavior)

Kiwi Application Monitor

49. Synergy+ (Share Keyboard and Mouse between Multiple Systems)

synergy-plus

50. Photo Magician (Fast Batch Image Converter Supporting Many Profiles)

PhotoMagicianFormats

51. ResizeEnable (Resize Any Windows Dialog Box)

Screensaver Settings

52. ComboFix (Virus and Malware Software Removal)

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53. Azotix Active Organizer (Manage Google Calendar Events and Contacts from Desktop)

New Google Calendar Event Desktop

54. DamnVid (Online Video Downloader and Converter)

Adding Video

55. Stalled Printer Repair (Fix Printer paper Jam)

Stalled Printer Repair

56. Glint (Customizable and Portable System Activity Monitor)

glint monitor desktop

57. NoteSync (Create and Sync Notes with Google Docs)

NoteSync

58. Listary (Add Powerful Search To Windows Explorer and Popular Applications)

Listray

59. Miro Video Converter (Convert Videos to Popular Mobile and Portable Devices)

Miro Video Converter

60. Don’t Sleep (Prevent Automatic Windows System Actions)

dont sleep

61. WinContig (Portable Disk Defragmentation Tool)

WinContig checking for errors

Other alternatives are Smart Defrag and Disk Speedup.

62. VidCoder (Handbrake with better User Interface)

VidCoder

Also check out DropFolders and Handbrake Batch Encoder.

63. Granola (Save Energy By Reducing CPU Usage)

Granola main

64. Blink (Login using Face Recognition)

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65. Scrybe (Add Multitouch and Gestures on laptop Touchpad)

Scrybe0

66. Windows Media Player Plus! (Plugin for WMP that Adds More Functionality)

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67. Jumplist Extender (Add Jumplist to Applications that don’t support it)

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68. Automatic Printer Switcher (Change Default Printer for Different Print Jobs)

Printer Switcher

69. EasyWords (Learn New Language The Easy Way)

EasyWords Main

Another similar tool is Words Memorizer.

70. Kijio Subtitle Editor (Edit Subtitles In Real Time)

SubMaster

Also check out Subtitle Tools.

71. Nitro PDF Reader (PDF Reader with Advanced Tools)

Nitro PDF Reader

72. Soluto (Speed Up Windows Startup)

soluto12

73. Kylo (Web Browser for Large HDTV Screens)

Kylo

74. AveFolderBG For Windows 7 (Change Windows Explorer Folder Background)

Background In Windows Explorer

75. TeboCam (Professional Video Surveillance Security Software)

TeboCam


76. Advanced Renamer (Batch File Renamer With Every Functionality)

rename batch method

77. Greenshot (Enhance Windows ‘Print Screen’ Capture Key)

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78. MartView (Eye-candy PDF Viewer)

mart view menu

79. OnTopReplica (Replicate Any Window and Keep It In Focus)

Select Region

80. ClintaNotes (Take Notes Quickly and Sync In Real-time with Dropbox)

ClintaNotes Customization

81. Vodburner (Record and Edit Skype Video Calls)

vodburner

82. NetDrive (Mount Website / FTP Server As Local Drive)

NetDrive

83. Redo Backup & Recovery (Live CD To Recover Your Whole Hard Drive)

redo1

84. Airytec Switch Off (Remotely Shutdown, Restart, Log Off, Lock, etc from Mobile Phone)

Airytec

Also check out Shutdown Timer.

85. Freemake Video Converter (Convert Videos Quickly with Options to Edit Them)

freemake video converter editor

Another great tool from the developer is Freemake Video Downloader. For alternative, check out Hamster Video Converter.

86. ISOBuddy (Convert And Burn Disk Image Files)

isobuddyburn

87. Bvckup (Make Exact Backup Copies and Keep Them In Sync)

Bvckup

88. EncodeHD (Convert Videos for Mobile Devices and Home Media Players)

encodeHD2

89. VolControl (Control Volume with Simple Hotkeys)

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90. Paragon Go Virtual (Virtualization Software That Migrates Your System To Virtual Environment)

Paragon-Main-GUI

91. WizMouse (Scroll Window Without Making It Active)

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92. iPhone Folders (Mount iPhone as Local Drive)

iphone folders

93. Swish (Map Network Location Over SSH / SFTP)

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94. WindowMenuPlus (Add 9 Useful Options In Application’s Title Bar)

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95. CallGraph Skype Recorder (Record Skype Calls)

call graph

96. System Silencer (Perform Actions When System is Idle)

system silencer2

97. Clippy (Portable Clipboard Manager)

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To convert rich text to plain text in clipboard, use PureText.

98. ThinVNC (Remote Desktop via HTML5 Web Browser)

presentation manager

99. Windows Logon Editor (Customize Windows Logon)

LogonEditorBeta

Another favorite is Logon Screen.

100. GooReader (Search Google Books and Read them Online or Offline)

101. Calim Skype Launcher (Multiple Skype Accounts Login)

calimskypelauncher

102. WinScan2PDF (Scan Documents To PDF File)

winscan2pdf

103. Yadis! Backup (Real-time Backup with Versioning and Scheduling)

Yadislocation1

Also check out CopyTo Synchronizer.

104. Snow Transformation Pack (Transform Windows 7 Into Mac)

snowtransformationpack

105. Expresso Reader (Visually Appealing Google Reader for Desktop)

espresso reader magazine view

106. Cameyo (Application Virtualization Software)

CameyoApplicationVirtualization

Also check out Enigma Virtual Box.

107. MaxMax (Limit Fullscreen or Maximized Window to User-Defined Area)

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108. FilerFrog (Complete Windows Context Menu Shell Extension)

filerenaming1

109. Wunderlist (Task Management Software For Getting Things Done)

Wunderlist

Also check out GeeTeeDee.

110. HTC Home (HTC Sense Clock & Weather Gadget For Your Desktop)

phila

111. MiniLyrics (Lyrics Plugin for Almost Every Music Player)

MiniLyrics lyrics 2

112. iroha Note (Mind Mapping Note Taking Application)

iroha Note UI

113. Student DOG Organizer (Organizer And Complete Manager for College Students)

Student DOG organizer

114. Game Fire (Speed Up Gaming Performance on Windows)

Game Fire

115. Touchpad Blocker (Disable Touchpad While Typing On Notebook)

Touchpad Blocker

116. DemocraKey (Provides Internet Security & Anonymous Web Surfing)

DemocraKey

117. The Handy Start Menu (Create Group of All Programs In Start Menu)

the handy start menu

118. JustSubPlayer (Play Subtitle File Over Any Online Movie)

JustSubPlayer 2

You can also check out Greenfish Subtitle Player.

119. Unilium (Create Your Own Cloud Storage And Access Amazon S3 Storage)

Unilium Volume Library

120. Automatic Mouse Switcher (Switch Between Different Mouse Speeds)

automatic mouse switcher

121. A.I type (Typing Assistant To Speed Up Typing)

word 2010 ai type

You can also check out similar tool TypingAid.

122. Cyberduck (Peerless FTP/SFTP Client Ported From Mac)

Cyberduck

123 FluffyAPP (Mac’s CloudApp for Windows)

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124. Quick Cliq (Speed Up Your Routine Tasks)

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125. Zum (Lightweight Eye-Candy Application Launcher)

zum main

126. Inbox2 (Personnel Information Manager And Social Networking Client)

Inbox2_thumb

127. FFSJ (Fastest File Splitter And Joiner)

File Splitter & Joiner (FFSJ v3.3)

Also check out File Splitter Lite.

128. EmailTray (Notification Tool for Outlook, Gmail,Yahoo, And More)

ProrityEmailRescuefromspamfolder

129. AVERT (Scan PC With Popular Antivirus Tools)

avert main

130. Librarian (Windows 7 Library Manager)

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131. WinDroplr (Mac’s Droplr For Windows)

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132. TruPax (Quickly Create TrueCrypt Containers)make-volume1_thumb1

133. AutoUnpack (Repair 7z, RAR, ZIP Archive Containers)

See and Be - AutoUnpack 

134. TopWinPrio (Allocate High Priority To Active Applications)

topwinprio

135. ClipCycler (Cycle Between Clipboard Items)

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136. Windy (Mac’s Divvy For Windows)

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137. Hamster Free Burning Studio (CD/DVD/BluRay Disk Authoring Tool)

HAMSTER Free Burning Studio

138. 4GB Patch (Allow 32-bit Applications To Use More Than 4GB RAM)

4gb 2

139. eXtraButtons (Add 9 Buttons in Windows Explorer Title Bar)

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Also check out Chameleon Window Manager.

140. MTCrypt (Quickly Mount/Unmount TrueCrypt Encrypted Drives)

dismount

141. XBoot (Add Multiple ISO Images Into Single Multiboot USB/ISO)

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142. zBar (Extend Taskbar To Multiple Display Monitors)

Clipboard

Also check out SwapWin to swap primary and secondary monitor displays.

143. MC-TVConverter (Convert Windows Media Center WTV File Into Mp4, AVI, WMV, etc)

drag

144. Tribler (Decentralized P2P Data Sharing)

tribler 1

145. WinNumpad Positioner (Use NumPad Keys To Adjust Application Windows)

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Also check out WinMixumumize.

146. Tapin Radio (Record Tracks From Online Radio Stations)

radio 1

147. CodeDesigner (Implement RAD Model To Design Application Structure)

CodeDesigner 2

Also check out Devproject Manager

148. ImageUSB (Write Single Image File to Multiple USB Drives)

imageusb

149. Free Audio Extractor (Convert All Media Types Into Audio)

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150. MKVCleaver (Extract Video and Audio Tracks From MKV File)

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We left many good apps while making this list. Listing more than a thousand apps is impossible, so we have instead mentioned 150 of the best ones (with some alternatives too). And because we only cover the best freewares around, this list does not do justice to all of them. We have also not included the 22 awesome apps covered here (do check them out as well).

Goodbye 2010, Hello 2011!

[Lead Image credit: DeviantArt user CezarisLT]

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  • MLJ

    A great list. Will keep this page bookmarked. Thanks.

  • Justin Bieber

    Tl;dr

  • Kevin

    Just tried Kestrel GX. I think that’s also a great software.

  • Kumar Abinash

    Thanks for a great list of softwares….
    Happy New Year AddictiveTips & everybody.

  • Ahmad

    a great list!

    i was looking for some of these programs (not names, functions) and i couldn’t find a a freeware for them, like typing aid and max screen maximizing software.

    thanks for a great list :)

  • Thomas

    Awesome list! I’m keeping this bookmarked! :D

  • Reader

    A list of 150 applications is not helpful. The point of being an editor is to make choices to benefit readers and save them time. At the very least, you should have organized the list by function with the overall ranking in parentheses.

    Top 10 lists may be too short, but a top 150 list is too long. I can’t believe you were apologizing for not listing hundreds more applications.

    • http://www.addicitivetips.com Nakodari

      At AddictiveTips, we do our best to cover every app developed by freelancers and open source community. Why would someone develop an app and then give away for free? Because most developers develop software to fix their own annoyances, and because every problem is unique, you cannot list top 10. It would make no sense.

      In the above list, all 150 apps that we mentioned are unique in some way and FREE. It is impossible to list Top 10 or Top 20 from 1500 apps that we covered in 2010, because all of them are great.

      The reason you see Top 10 and Top 20 list anywhere else on the web is simply because they cover the ones that are already popular. How many apps from the above list are popular? The answer is very few. This is why we choose to list 150 of those apps which are new and to simply recap what we covered in 2010 (even though we covered more than 3000 articles).

      Thanks for stopping by. Cheers!

      • Action jackson

        I totally agree. Every top 10 list I see has software that 99% of people know about. In this list I haven’t heard of quite a few of them. Especially the application virtualization. Thanks for the great list!

  • Arnauld

    thanks for this great list and your site, useful ! happy New Year !

  • Harsha

    Amazing Post….
    Loved it… :)

    Thanks!..

  • Namila

    thanks!! ;)

  • John-Paul LaBorde

    Glad to see Quick Cliq made the list thanks again guys!

  • FlutCettydeedtere

    Very niceimpressive blog something like that. my guide for my page

  • Nate

    #11 should say Batch instead of Bath.

    • http://www.hqraja.com/ Haroon Q. Raja

      Thanks, fixed :)

  • ppx

    graciasss muchas gracias desde Trujillo- Peru =)

  • sreeeram

    superb jobbbbbb

  • Caitlin

    What a wonderful list!
    The only issue I had was the web comic viewer doesn’t seem to work.
    Scrybe and Martview are LOVELY though!
    You should keep these lists coming is was immensely interesting and helpful :]

    Thank you!!

  • azizrahman

    agreed… addictive tips i just addicted to it

  • Doras

    Nice list with some interesting apps.

    I just miss PhraseExpress in this list. You have to check it out.

  • simplestuff

    Guys, this list is one of the best I’ve seen and I haven’t gone through all of it yet :). One more tool to add (from your other recent post about sending files): SendGenie – http://www.sendgenie.com – maybe it can make it on the 2011 list … :-)

    Excellent job, thank you!!!

  • maglev45

    Great article… Thanks..!

  • DINSEVITIED

    It has been observed that painkiller addiction sometimes come accidentally. Be careful with painkillers! That’s what i want to say here.

  • John Stankovic

    Yes, you are right, this article definitely has to be bookmarked. Thanks a lot!

    @simplestuff : you are right, SendGenie should definitely be on 2011 list.

  • Bziur

    Didn’t find anything I’d like. Good job though

  • MUKESH

    LIKE………..

  • shaik.ansari

    Than Q.,for you & your team.

  • Ding0

    Gotta love “Stumbleupon” ! Thanks!

  • Unsownmoochus

    Hi there :-)
    Nice page. Thnx!

  • cbfffe

    Very interesting site. ‘ll Come again!

  • Dan

    Awsome list ! I love to use:
    SpaceMonger http://www.sixty-five.cc/sm/ to visualy show the size of folders and subfolders on disk
    KeyPass http://keepass.info/ to securely store passwords, it also has Iphone and Android app

  • ipenzey

    Great thanks! I found in this list some necessary apps and would like try in feature.
    Last year I discovered PDF-XChange Viewer. This is another alternative to Nitro. I would wholeheartedly recommend this program because it is the excellent reader/editor PDF files, very fast, with most rich features and intelligible GUI. It can handle opening PDF files in the MS Internet Explorer (version 6 and later), FireFox, Opera, and Google Chrome.
    I downloaded PDF-XChange from http://www.tracker-software.com

  • Oli

    Thanks, ipenzey. I downloaded PDF-XChange from this site and would like to say that its installation was easy. Really nice Viewer. It has excellent interface, help, all necessary features are Free! I tried it not long time, but I guess it will be my prefer viewer to work with pdf files.

  • Valerie Tamy

    Thanks for great list and for PDF-XChange

  • Steve

    jeez. How bout dividing them by category. Couldn’t make it past #20.

  • salman

    Superb work. Just loved it man. Some software are super awesome. never heard of them before.

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  • http://techtt.in/ techtt

    Wohoooo………

    VERY LONG LIST !!!!!

  • Rachid Tabi

    They are really of great help.Thnaks a lot for sharing

  • Athiban

    simply wooow man !! i have never seen these many collections in 1 single page….. are you some research or some thing !? great stuff….  :)

  • Blah

    Thank you for taking time to upload the screenshots and links to notify strangers who are looking for the exact same programs such as these.

  • biliousblue

    Best app of 2012 so far… the speed of winter – and free!

  • http://www.technispace.com/ Technispace

    A huge list, many i did not know, thanks for sharing.