Windows 10 - The Missing Pieces
Windows 10 is full of new features and some pretty spiffy native apps. But there’s always room on a hard drive for more apps that Microsoft chose not to include for whatever reason. Here are some of the most useful third-party utilities for Windows 10...
Add These Apps to Your Win10 PC
Since the release of Windows 10 about a year ago, I've written several articles to help folks get more comfortable and productive in the new operating system. If you're new to Windows 10, or still struggling, check out Free Training Videos for Windows 10, Ten Windows 10 Features You Didn't Know About, and Tweak Unwanted Windows 10 Features.
If you're ready to take your Windows 10 system to the next level, consider adding these third-party apps, which can complement or replace pieces of Windows 10.
Start10: The Windows 10 start menu is a big improvement over the horrible mess that Microsoft delivered in Windows 8. But it's still not comfortable if you're moving from a Windows XP, Vista or Windows 7 environment. Start10 returns the Windows 10 start menu to a more familiar look and feel, and offers many customization options. Try it free for 30 days, pay $5 if you like it.
EditPad Lite: While Microsoft upgraded several native Windows apps with Win 10, Notepad hasn't changed since it was accidentally spawned in 1952, when a manual typewriter collided with a Univac computer. EditPad Lite gives you multiple tabs, automatic backups while you work, the ability to insert pre-defined text snippets, and a very powerful search and replace feature. It’s free for personal use.
Wunderlist: One of the most popular to-do list apps ever. It was so popular that Microsoft now owns it. The free version helps you create, edit, and organize lists of all kinds, from “grocery shopping” to “wedding planning.” It’s also easy to share lists with collaborators, guests, and others. Wunderlist syncs between computer, laptop, tablet, or phone, and even links iOS, Mac OS X, Android, Chromebook, and Amazon devices. The premium version includes sophisticated organization and collaboration tools for business.
ShareX: Yes, Windows has a built-in "snipping tool" to capture your screen, but it's rather limited when compared with this tool. ShareX offers various methods of capturing screenshots, and makes it easy to annotate, add special effects, print, or upload your images to popular cloud and sharing services.
Fhotoroom: If the Windows 10 Photo App is not enough for you, but geek tools like GIMP are too complicated, Fhotoroom may be ideal. You can edit photo files of up to 41 MB. It supports the RAW file format, plus JPG, JXR, WDP, PNG, and TIFF. This app is free, but registration is required to unlock features such as HDR (High Dynamic Range) tools.
Trakter: There are so many TV shows on so many streaming platforms that it can be hard to keep track of your viewing schedule. Trakter enables you to track favorite shows and where you are in a series of episodes; find content by title, genre, producer, and other criteria; get ancillary data from the Internet Movie Database (imdb.com) and other sources; filter and sort watchlists; and more. Free basic functions; only $1.99 to unlock everything.
Of course, many other third-party utilities also run on Windows 10. The Chrome browser is a good replacement for Edge, the underwhelming browser that ships with Windows 10. And VLC Media Player beats Windows Media Player hands down.
If you run Windows 10, which apps are on your "can't live without" list? Your thoughts on this topic are welcome. Post your comment or question below...
This article was posted by Bob Rankin on 23 Sep 2016
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