The word ‘app’ is so closely associated with mobile devices that it’s almost rare to hear a conversation about Windows (PC) applications. We’ve tried our best to include applications that a lot of users haven’t actually used before. So without further ado, here our list of apps which we believe you would really benefit from, by having them installed on your laptop or desktop PC.
Fences is essentially all about fencing off your desktop icons into little areas. You can make folder portals, make all the icons disappear by double clicking the desktop (a quick way to clear everything from your desktop and enjoy the wallpaper) and even adjust the transparency for each fence. If you have any icons on your desktop right now, chances are this app will make a huge impact on your life. Check it out here.
Safire – Music Player
An underdog in the land of music players, Safire stands out thanks to its visually pleasing user interface design. Playing almost all audio formats you’d want it to, Safire has an advanced equalizer and a ton of other audio enhancing features. Check it out here.
Instagiffer – GIF maker
Definitely the best GIF maker you can find. This app is very simple to use, with very basic controls. You can even directly record the screen to make your GIF, or automatically load from a Youtube URL. Check it out here.
YTD Video Downloader
A simple app to download video from Youtube, Facebook, Daily Motion and a lot of other sites. You can use this app to automatically convert the downloaded videos into an mp3 file or even a different video format. Also supports resuming downloads after a disrupted internet connection, which online video download services cannot offer. Check it out here.
This one is not for everyone. If you enjoy pimping out your desktop and perhaps making it look like Iron Man’s HUD, then you really need Rainmeter. There are no other apps that can even directly compare to Rainmeter and its elegance and ease of use. We’re not going to give a huge explanation on this one simple because, if you are the kind of person who’d use this, you’re probably already using it. If not, download it for free here.
Start8 (for Windows 8/8.1)
Not a lot of people feel comfortable with Microsoft removing the classing styled start menu and opting for a full screened one and for all those people there’s Start8 (from the makers of Fences). We’ve tested out a lot of start menus (free and paid) and the honest truth is that none of them work as well as Start 8. We’re not affiliated to them but if you’re going to spend money on a start menu replacement for Windows 8 or 8.1, we’d recommend going with Start8. There’s a lot of customization with this app, from the visual elements to a lot of other things, and in our prolonged testing period of several months (we’re still using it), it never once bugged out on us. Check it out here.
The only PC optimization tool you’re going to need. Clear internet history and other junk from all major browsers including Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Opera and IE. Clean your registry and computers temporary files to save some space on your hard drive. If you don’t know what you’re doing, you should check out CCleaner. It’s newbie friendly interface and tips will help you make the best use of it. Check it out here.
Thanks for checking out our ‘Must have Windows Apps for 2014 – Part 1′. Continue with Part 2 here.