150 Best Windows Applications Of Year 2011 [Editor's Pick]

At the dawn of 2011, we provided you with a list of 150 best Windows application of 2010. This, year we covered not only Windows software, but also Mac OS X and Linux applications in great number. Since Windows is the most widely used operating system, we tried to keep our focus on finding and covering best Windows software, tricks and tips. While it is important to look for all the good things that the future might hold, it is also worth looking back to see the fine finds of previous year. Keeping the tradition alive, we now have a compilation of the 150 best Windows applications of the year 2011. So, it’s time to browse through some extremely handy applications and pick the ones that best suit your needs.

1. QVIVO Media Center (Best Alternative for Windows Media Center)

kvivo main UI 1

2. Metro Home (Windows Phone 7 Widgets On Desktop)

Metro Home

3. focus booster (Pomodoro Technique based Time Management Application)

Also check out Pomodo7o.

4. DVDVideoSoft FreeStudio (Comprehensive Multimedia Converter and Burner with 40+ tools)

freestudio

5. AllMyApps (App Store For Windows With Web Support)

Allmyapps 2

6. FTP Scheduler (Schedule FTP File Uploads To Server)

uploadfin2

7. AutoSensitivity (Set Different Speed Of Touchpad and Mouse)

Auto-Sensativity

8. Apple Wireless Keyboard (An AutoHotKey Script to use Apple Keyboard under Windows 7)

apple wireless keyboard helper for windows

9. TweakIE9 (Add Security & Bring Tab Groups To Internet Explorer 9)

10. CSVed (Comprehensive tool to edit and manipulate CSV & like files)

11. Wii Backup Fusion (Backup, Repair, Covert and Transfer Wii Nintendo Games)

WiiBaFu

12. SaveGameBackup (Backup Games and Restore Their Progress)

backup

Also check out Gameston.

13. Mousenitor (Prevent Mouse from Moving Across the Attached Monitor Screens)

Settings

14. Ncode.ME (Hide & Encrypt Text Message in App Windows via Hotkey Combinations)

Ncode.ME

15. Motion Man (An opensource tool to convert and burn videos to optical disc)

Motion Man 1

16. Sigil (EPUB Editor With Full Support For All EPUB Formats)

meta editor

17. koobits (An eBook reader, manger and downloader, supporting PDF, EPUB, XML, HTML etc formats)

Library

18. min.us (Desktop and Android client for min.us)

min.us

19. AthTek NetWalk Personal Edition (Monitor, Analyze and Sniff Network Traffic)

AthTek NetWalk - Microsoft

20. RED (Find All Empty Directories & Remove Them In One Go)

Remove Empty Directories (Admin mode)

21. QManga (Highly Customizable Manga Reader)

Manga File

Also check out CBR (Comic Book Reader) and Roboreader.

22. ISO Workshop (Comprehensive tool to extract, backup, convert & burn ISO files)

mainscreen

Also check out ISO Toolkit.

23. IP Seizer (Avoid IP Conflicts By Locating Active IPs Across The Network)

IP Seizer v1.01 Beta

24. Joukuu (Access & Manage Dropbox, Box.net, And Google Docs Accounts From Single Window)

Joukuu Lite (beta) final

25. AVG LiveKive AirSpace (Dropbox-like Cloud Storage Service With 5GB of Free Storage)

Backup

26. WebReader (Beautiful Desktop Client for Google Reader)

Feed

27. Code Chameleon (Optimize, Format and Clean Programming Language Code)

chameleon code

28. GhostMouse Win7 (Windows Tasks Automation Tool with Hotkey Support).

ghostmouse 1

29. Win To Flash (Bootable USB Builder for all versions Of Windows)

advance mode

30. Evalaze (Run Applications In Virtualization Sandbox)

EvaLazer - 6

31. DiffPDF (Compare Difference Between PDF Files)

Text Difference

32. UMPlayer (VLC media Player Alternative With more than 270 Audio/Video Codecs and YouTube Integration)

The Book of Eli - Trailer #2 [HD HQ] - UMPlayer

33. DP Animation Maker (Create Animations From Still Images)

Lightning effect

34. MyWebSql (Opensource MySQL Client With One Click Configuration Feature)

MyWebSql -2

35. LogExpert (Alternative To Unix Tail Command For Windows)

LogExpert - CWindowsLogsDirectX.log

Also check out Glogg.

36. TinyGrab (Upload Images To Custom Servers, Amazon S3, Rackspace and MobileMe)

preferences 1

37. streamWriter (Stream and Record Internet Radio Streams)

Play

38. Duplicate Commander (Search, Remove and Manage Duplicate Files)

Complete

Also check out NoDupe

39. Putler (Manage And Anatomize PayPal Transactions)

Putler

40. See Through Windows (Change App Window Transparency To See Underlying Windows)

transparent 2

41. CC Auto Updater (Automatically Update Piriform Applications – CCleaner, Recuva, Defraggler & Speccy)

ccupdater1

42. Mobile Media Converter (Convert Videos Between Mobile Supported Formats)

Add remove profile

43. iPrint (Organize Pages To Print Them on fewer Pages)

44. Ethervane Echo (Automatically Sort Clipboard Entries Into Tabs)

Ethervane Echo (portable) URLS

45. Nero Kwik Media (Media Management Suite For Organizing, Viewing and Burning Videos, Pictures And Audio Files).

Video

46. VLC Launcher (Define Audio and Video Parameters for Media Files To Avoid Manual Configurations)

screen 2

47. MiMdedia (File Sync Service With 7 GB of Free Cloud Storage)

backup plan 2

48. VMware vCenter Converter (Convert Physical, Local and Remote Machines into Virtual Machines)

Conversion

49. SecrectSync (Secure Your Dropbox Account By Encrypting Data)

dropbox secretsync 1

50. Texmaker (Latex Editor With Spell Check, Auto-Completion & Code Folding Features)

LaTex

51. NTFS Permissions Tool (Easily Allocate NTFS File and Folder Permissions)

Permissions

52. Wuala (Cloud Storage Service With Automatic Backup, File Versioning, Time Travel and Data Synchronization)

connection options

53. Database Editor (Edit Structure of Databases)

tools

54. LXiMedia (DLNA Compatible Media Server Application)

Video 1

55. DataGrab (Backup User Profiles and Windows Settings)

put data back 1

56. Drops (Offers Unlimited File Upload Storage and Online File Viewing)

drops  main

57. 7Token Manger (Activate Windows 7 Offline)

Restored

58. USB Alert (Get Prompt To Unplug USB At PC Shutdown)

usb device prompt

59. Folder Axe (Split Large Folder By File And Size)

folder axe 2

60. FileServe Manager (Accelerate Downloads In Chrome and Internet Explorer)

Download Complete

61. WinKey (Assign Custom Shortcuts to Files and Applications).

WinKey - Copernic Technologies Inc.

62. MetroTwit (Twitter Client With Metro UI Style Design)

metrotwit

63. Protect Me (Access Files From Encrypted Containers without Decryption)

protect me 1

64. PDF reDirect (Merge, Encrypt And Optimize Quality Of PDF Files)

print docs

65. OSForensics (Extract Forensic Data from Computers)

Main

66. Mosaic (Bring Windows 8 Metro UI to Windows 7)

windows 8 tiles Win 7

67. Duplicati (Encrypt and Backup Large Files to the Cloud)

duplicati encryption

68. Pokki (Pin Web Apps to Windows 7 Taskbar)

Pokki

69. Desktop Panorama (Preview & Manage Multiple Virtual Workspaces)

Desktop Panorama

70. Google Books Downloader (Download Google Books)

copy link 3

71. SSD – Set Sound Device (Quickly Switch Sound Device In Windows 7)

SSD

72. DropboxPortableAHK (Make Your Dropbox Portable)

System Tray

73. MyCube Vault (Backup Data From Facebook, Picasa and Google Contacts)

MYCUBE - Google Chrome

74. Hamster Free Book Converter (Convert eBook Files To Any Device Format)

devices

75. Helium Audio Converter (Convert And Analyze Audio Files For Errors)

Helium Audio Converter


76. Stellarium (Get Planetarium On Your Computer With Realistic Sky In 3D)

Constellations

77. TiltShiftGenerator (Add Professional Tilt Shift Effects To Photos)

TiltShiftGenerator artandmobile.com

78. FastPreview (Preview Images In Windows Context Menu)

Fast-Preview2

79. Metro Clock 2 (Get Windows 8 Metro Clock And Image Slideshow)

80. 4Spaces (Easy-To-Configure Secured Web Server With File Groups)

4space 4

81. GClient (Google+ Desktop Client)

Home

82. MultiMi (Brings Facebook, Twitter & Email to Your Desktop)

MultiMi left panel

83. PhotoBooth (Get Mac Style Photo Booth in Windows)

Backgrounds.

84. TunnelBear (Free VPN To Access Popular Blocked Websites From USA and UK)

On

85. Dual Monitor (Add Workable Windows 7 Taskbar To Second Monitor)

86. Transmiti (Translate Text From Any Application with Transmiti)

Transmiti

87. PeaZip (Compress and Extract Archives from Many Formats)

88. Open With Enhanced (Add More Features To Windows 7 ‘Open With’ Dialog Box)

Suggestions

89. Open Freely (View 100 Different File Types with Just One Application)

Picture

90. Juice (Subscribe And Download Podcasts)

Download Feed

91. Mouse Without Borders (Control up to 4 PCs With Single Keyboard and Mouse)

connected options

92. Daminion (Powerful Multi-User Media Management Software)

dominion 1

93. VBoxLaunch (Launch Virtual Machine From Start Menu & Jumplist)

jumplist

94. PhraseExpress (All-In-One Tool To Configure All Aspects of Text Expansion)

options

95. StepShot (Create Procedural Guides & Help Manuals)

stepshot 1

96. Tango (Tango’s Voice & Video Chat Client For Windows)

tango-main-1.jpg

97. MySQLBackupFTP (Create & Schedule MySQL Database Backup To FTP Server)

MySQLBF

98. Boray Power (Switch Windows Power Plan Based On System Inactivity)

Boray POWer V1.5.1

99. Aero Adjuster (Automatically Adjust Windows 7 Aero Glass Effect According To Wallpaper)

aero change 4

 

100. Chapter and Verse (Create Audio Books In iTunes Compatible Format)

Set Chapter

101. KeepAliveHD (Write A Small Text File On External Hard Drives Prevent Auto Sleep)

drive Info

102. Ochepyatka (Fix Caps Lock Typos & Convert Text Between Different Keyboard Layouts)

Ochepyatka

103. Qustodio (Track & Control Kids’ Internet Usage)

Qustodio-Family-Portal-Mozilla-Firefox2

104. GFI Backup (Perform Incremental/Decremental & Full Data Backup)

New Backup.

105. Volume Concierge (Create Volume Control Rules & Schedule Them)

Volume Concierge Multiple Schedules

106. DualSwap (Swap Windows Between Dual Monitors With A Click)

Dual Swap

107. Flitskikker Info Tool (Compare Your System Specs With Game Requirements)

Flitskikker InfoTool Advisor

108. ColorUtility (Pick Colors & Extract Color Shades From Images)

color-combiner.jpg

109. Image Composite Editor (Stich Photos To Make A Panorama Images)

Microsoft-Image-Composite-Editor.jpg

110. symlinker (GUI-based Tool To Create Symlink, Hardlink & Directory Junctions)

symbolic link creator

111. EVACopy (Backup & Restore Documents, Favorites & Outlook Mailbox)

EVACopy

112. Prio (Save App Process Priority, Check Network Connection & Integrity)

windows task manager

113. DualClip Translator (Use Hotkeys To Translate Text In Foreign Language)

Dual-Clip-System-Tray

114. Wondershare Disk Manager (Create, Resize, Delete & Recover Disk Partitions)

Wondershare Disk Manager Free

115. reSizer (Move, Resize & Toggle App Windows Using Numpad Keys)

reSizer9

Also check out Plumb.

116. BlueStacks (Run Android Apps & Games On Windows)

Bluestacks App Tray

117. Batch Compiler (Create Batch Files & Convert Them Into EXE file)

Batch Compiler version 0.7

118. BreakTimer (Get Alerts For Taking Breaks While Working)

BreakTaker

119. Calendar G (Stylish Google Calendar Desktop Client For Managing Tasks)

Calendar

120. Patch My PC (Search Critical Software Updates & Install Them)

Updates

121. WinUSB Maker (Create Bootable USB From Folders & ISO Image)

WinUSB Maker v1.3

122. WhatsUp Visual TraceRoute (Analyze Trace Route On Graphs)

123. Edgeless 2 (Wrap Mouse Pointer Around The Screen)

WRAP OPTIONS 2

Also check out Unlimited Mouse.

124. Spamihilator (Protect Desktop Email Clients From Spam Mails)

mail client

125. Mourao Image Grabber (Batch Download Images From Websites & Forums)

Mourao Image Grabber 0.2

126. Win7Se (Bring Mac OS X Expose feature To Windows 7)

Settings

127. TinEye (Find Similar Images On Internet via Right-Click Context Menu)

TinEye Context

128. SocialFolders (Sync & Download Facebook, Google Docs, YouTube, Flickr Data)

Social Folders

129. Hamster Free Audio Converter (Profile-Based Audio Converter)

Convert

130. Visual Search Pony (Detect & Remove Duplicate Videos)

Visual Search

131. Artweaver (Image Editing Application With Photoshop-like Layer Support)

Artweaver Free

132. DriverZone (Find All Outdated Drives & Download The Latest Ones)

Scan Results  DriverZone - Mozilla Firefox

133. TyperText (Use Keyboard Shortcuts To Launch Apps & Perform Text Expansion)

typertask main

134. gBurner (Mount up to 16 Virtual Disks Simultaneously)

gBurner Virtual Drive

135. Remote Potato (Turn Windows Media Center Into A Server)

Remote Potato - Google Chrome

136. Antenna (Search & Record Live Internet Radio Streams)

Play

137. Insync ( Sync Google Docs With Multiple Desktops)

add acount

138. KumoSync (Sync Local Folders With Google Docs)

Google Docs - Home - Mozilla Firefox

139. WindowSlider (Make You Desktop Infinitely Scrollable)

WindowSlider

140. Kindle For PC (Sync And read Kindle eBooks On PC)

Library

141. BDrive (Deploy Cross-Platform Personal Cloud Storage Across Network)

bdrive main 1

Also check out Tappin.

142. Soluto 2.0 (Remotely Manage And Fix PC Issues)

soluto main int

143. Windows Service Monitor (Monitor Windows Processes And Services)

WSM Yellow

144. InType (Advanced Text & Programming Editor With Predefined Code Bundles)

1.html - CUsersTestDocuments - Intype 0.9.2 RC unstable

145. zeZebra (P2P File Transfer With Contact Management & Bandwidth Control)

zeZebra Permissions

146. Sweet Home 3D (Cross-Platform, Interior Home Designing Application)

286621

147. Slow MP3 (Control Speed, Transpose, Transcribe & Play Karaoke of Songs)

Slow MP3 - Sober

148. CopTrans Manager (iTunes Alternative For iDevice Music Management)

CopyTrans-Manager-Main2

149. X-Ray (Scan Suspicious Files With 31 Different Virus Scanners)

X-Ray v1.0

 

150. GoGet (Manage Scattered Data By Copying Only Format-Specific Files)

GoGet 1.1


Phew! That was something. Please note that we left out several good applications while making this list, as mentioning all of them is not possible. If you didn’t find the type of Windows application you were looking for, try using the AddictiveTips Search bar at the top of the page. Feel free to mention your favorite ones in the comment section below.

Happy New Year!

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  • jasray

    Great list!  Thanks.

  • guest

    this goes to my bookmarks definitely! 

    thanks so much ;)

  • xixn

    happy nooo year

  • xixn

    happy nooo year

  • Guest

    Well done!  Fantastic list!  What I love about this the most is the fact that I haven’t heard about 95% of these applications. It is good to see a list that doesn’t just promote the big brands, but it also takes into account the smaller brands that can be just as good, or even better.  Thanks so much.  And again, well done.

    • http://www.facebook.com/modesto.molesto Modesto Molesto

      Come on … Get a life!

  • Guest

    Well done!  Fantastic list!  What I love about this the most is the fact that I haven’t heard about 95% of these applications. It is good to see a list that doesn’t just promote the big brands, but it also takes into account the smaller brands that can be just as good, or even better.  Thanks so much.  And again, well done.

  • Rohan

    The best list of anything which i have seen anywhere thnx addictive tips!!!!!!!

  • Shahrez Rafiq

    Amazing collection!

    I consider myself an experienced user of Windows and yet I am not ashamed to admit that I never knew about 80% of the tools and utilities u guys have mentioned here.
    Truly, truly amazing, going to bookmark it for the future reference.

  • Webino

    Impressive work….and very useful. Thanks ! :-)

  • Anonymous

    Masha Allah!!! Great Collection. May Allah will give your team more and more knowledge to share us….

    Many Thanks!

  • http://www.xoninternet.com/ Muhammad Nauman

    Ala yar, kia kamal ki list bnai hai. Each software is very useful. Thanx Usman Bhai.

  • Guest

    Thanks for the list.

  • superkulao

    WOW! This is saving us many hours, maby more days! Thanx alot! Evryone, BOOKMARK IT AND SHARE! <3

  • Vidalia

    QVIVO  Alpha version is the best alternative to 
    Windows Media Center???

    • Aredyn

      not really but is very good.

      Other alternatives if u don’t like window’s default are Miro – http://bit.ly/t6Al8g
      also Moovida it’s pretty good with his inmersive feature — http://bit.ly/sopKqy
      and lastly Zune software from Microsoft is a good media center.

  • Mario

    Thank you so mutch and HNY2U2!

  • http://www.inavneetsingh.com/ Navneet Singh

    Awesome :)

    Loved It.

    Thank U so much for Posting

  • surfer2012

    I like the fact that many of these applications are new to me and they cover all fields even the ones you would never think of, great job, great site. 

  • Cs

    doPDF and FBackup should’ve been on this list too

  • Anonymous

    Fantastic list – thanks!

  • Lehoangtrien

    very usefuly

  • http://twitter.com/saproe Saproe

    That was a looooooong list :)

  • Delevero

    Sync Toy   

    I would recommend this software since its FREE ( from microsoft ) its an automated backup/syncronice software. It can handle a huge amount of files, and it can even do the job from pc to NAS servers.Remember to run the software as admin, and i also recommend that if you do backup from pc to nas the maybe pull out your internet cable from your modem and then turn off your antivirus. Some times some antivirus systems can prevent some files from being backup’ed.Truecrypt
    Tryecrypt is a 100% free encryption software that actually can encrypt across networks and are especially good on Nas..   What is rally good about this software is that you for exampel make a 10gb encrypted file and then you “mount” this file and simply give it a drive letter.. Then you can copy and view movies like it was from a real harddrive…There are no waiting time the encryption process actually only take 0 secounds..  if you close your computer it will automatic lock the file..  But what is really good about the two softwares are the combination of them both at the same time.. Its one of the very few sollutions that allow you to syncronize and make backup at the same time when using a NAS server on a network..  

  • Mustafa Farooq

    hi, the app you guys suggested , remouse, which when i downloaded, my antivirus avira, detected some trojan, by the name, Chifrax.cxx, so is it safe to download, …..?

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  • Grady

    FREAKING AWESOME LIST MATE!

    I didn’t know most of these, and I’m gonna be downloading and trying out most of them too! :D

  • http://www.smashingeeks.com SmashinGeeks

    Thanks for the big list!! I got what I was searching for, but a backup & recovery app is missing.

  • biliousblue

    ‘The Speed  of Winter’ – not on the list coz it came out March 2012. But beautiful and for free!

  • Amit Tiwari

    awesome

  • Spain

    MANTAAAAAAAAAAAPPPPPPP!!!! AWESOMEE!!!