Free alternatives for everyday PC apps

Why spend good money on bloated software when you can find leaner, faster apps that can do the same job for free? We found 13 free alternatives for eight commercial apps you use everyday.

Application: Adobe Photoshop Elements
Why we hate it: This stripped down version of Adobe Photoshop was made for amateurs and intermediate photographers alike, but with so many free image editors available for download, it'd be a sin to buy a program you can find for free.
Alternative: IrfanView 4.2, GIMP
Need to to remove red eye, sharpen a batch of photos, or stitch together a panorama? Both GIMP and IrfanView provide more than enough tools for these and all of your everyday photo-editing needs. With GimpShop, the former can even give Adobe's Photoshop a run for it's money, closely matching the $649 program's menu structure and feel. Professionals with deep budgets will want to stick with Photoshop, but the rest of us have no reason to install this memory-hungry monster.
Savings: About $139

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