For the last couple of years there has been a browser battle of sorts going on between the notorious Microsoft IE and its nemesis Mozilla Firefox. This site has seen the IE share drop from over 95% two years ago to just over 69%, and today it sits at around 58%. While Firefox saw its' market share rise from about 5% to over 27%, and down to 26% as of today. Just below Firefox, but above Safari, Netscape, Konqueror, and Camino is Opera. IE has had its share of security issues, but since it was not embedded with MS Vista a lot of these issues seem to have vanished. Firefox has been a mixed blessing with constant updates, crashes, etc., but it is the browser for the hip. It is just within the last few years that Opera has been offered for free. Of the three browsers highlighted here it is the one that should be on all desktops. It is free, and you may be surprised on just how far ahead of the playing field Opera has been all of these years. But, with all of this at hand it appears that our society is slowly refining the browser world according to our needs/wants: the "social browser" Flock. As of this writing the 'come from behind' contender is Safari. When we started tracking the various browsers, Safari had about 1.5% of the market share. As of today, 31 December, 2007, Safari has taken over 7.3% of the browsers. This could probably be attributed to two major components:
the increase of Mac sales, and the iPhone and iPod Touch sales which come with Safari.
The most full-featured Internet power tool on the market, Opera includes pop-up blocking, tabbed browsing, integrated searches, and advanced functions like Opera's groundbreaking E-mail program, RSS News feeds and IRC chat. And because we know that our users have different needs, you can customize the look and content of your Opera browser with a few clicks of the mouse. Opera is no longer sitting on top. Read Safari.The award-winning Web browser is better than ever. Browse the Web with confidence - Firefox protects you from viruses, spyware and pop-ups. Enjoy improvements to performance, ease of use and privacy. It's easy to import your favorites and settings and get started. Download Firefox now and get the most out of the Web.
Web-browser, advanced e-mail and newsgroup client, IRC chat client, and HTML editing made simple -- all your Internet needs in one application.
The Camino Project has worked to create a browser that is as functional and elegant as the computers it runs on. The Camino web browser is powerful, secure, and ready to meet the needs of all users while remaining simple and elegant in its design.
Maxthon is a powerful web browser with a highly customizable interface. It is based on the Internet Explorer engine which means that what works in IE, works the same in Maxthon but with many additional efficient features like Tabbed Browsing Interface; Mouse Gestures; Super Drag&Drop; Privacy Protection; AD Hunter; Google Bar Support; External Utility Bar; and Skinning.
Download Microsoft IE
A Microsoft product. IE 7 is worth the wait with its tabbed browsing capabilities.
Well, as of today February 12, 2008 Safari is one of my favorite browsers. Firefox crashes far too often, IE has security issues, Opera is not compatible with a lot of sites, Netscape is heading into oblivion, so...Safari. Not by default, buy by virtue of being one of the best out there.
RealPlayer offers an easy-to-use product for consumers to access and manage all their digital media from one convenient place.
Download Musicmatch Jukebox 10
Jukebox 10 is the most powerful way to find and organize your music, giving you ultimate control of your music experience. With a whole new range of library, play list, and portable device controls, Musicmatch Jukebox is more powerful and easier to use than ever before.
Download Microsoft Windows Media Player
Windows Media Player 11 is designed to work with all versions of Windows XP Service Pack 2 including Windows XP Home Edition N and Windows XP Professional N.
iTunes is the world’s best way to enjoy your music on your Mac or PC. With iTunes you can digitize your favorite CDs, buy your favorite music and video from the iTunes Music Store, and take it all with you on your iPod
Foobar2000 is an advanced audio player for the Windows platform. Some of the basic features include full unicode support, ReplayGain support and native support for several popular audio formats.
BS.Player™ is the first player ever to enable its users to focus on watching the movie instead of dealing with poor computer capabilities or running around looking for a proper setting and codec.
Sonique is an audio player capable of handling MP3 files, Microsoft Windows Media files, audio CDs, and various other audio formats.
Download Quintessential Player
Stop what you're doing, find shelter and call your mom, because Quintessential Player 4.50 has arrived. This new version brings you closer to your music then ever before. Stop letting your media player push you around, take control with Quintessential's new and improved arsenal of features.
Songbird is a Web player built from Firefox's browser engine. Songbird is open source, will run on Windows, Mac OS X and Linux and supports user contributed, cross-platform extensions.
MediaMonkey hits 1 million downloads on Download.com, making it the site's #2 Music Management app!
RadLight 4 is the first true multimedia player that allows you to fully experience all kind of multimedia content such as pX™ video or AAC/MP4 audio at highest quality possible on the PC. RadLight 4 is the only all-in-one multimedia solution on the market to deliver all of this without being a resource hog or being too complicated.
Download GpX Zenith Player
The version of GpX Zenith Player has been released.
DAMP is a free MP3 music player for DOS, which not only allows the playback of MP3 files, but also the visualisation of the audio through responsive image manipulation. Not just "here's a pretty pattern", but images that respond to the audio in order to create a richer, more fulfilling experience.
Download Media Jukebox
"The bottom line is that for the occasional user or the serious computer audiophile, this is the must-have media player for the Windows OS. No other jukebox player comes close in functionality, reliability or user support."
Download CDH Media Wizard
Media Wizard is a powerful, all-in-one multimedia application supporting audio and video conversions (CD to WAV; CD to MP3; CD to WMA; CD to OGG, WAV to MP3; MP3 to WAV; WAV/MP3 to WMA; WMA to WAV/MP3; WAV/MP3 to OGG; OGG to WAV/MP3; WAV/MP3 to CD; AVI to MPG; MPG to AVI; etc.), audio and video editing and recording, audio CD, video CD (VCD / SVCD), and data CD/DVD burning, video creation, extraction, and processing, playback of all popular formats (including full play list support), and much more!
Download Yahoo! Music Unlimited
Yahoo! Music Unlimited lets you download MP3 and other music files from your favorite artists. Featuring rock, R&B, country, and more. Get the free Yahoo! Music Engine and listen, explore, share, and manage your tunes.
We have focused on Adobe® products for many reasons. The most important reason is that you can consider a visit to Adobe® as 'one-stop-shopping' when it comes to plugins. All of the important plugins you need to browse the Web can be found here. We have also included some of the new products coming out of Adobe® since they appear to be some 'killer apps' and are geared towards making Web 2.o a reality.
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Adobe® Flash® Player
Adobe Reader LE
Adobe Shockwave® Player
Adobe® Flex™ 3 is a cross platform, open source framework for creating rich Internet applications that run identically in all major browsers and operating systems.
Adobe® Media Player lets you watch your favorite shows, anytime, anywhere—while enabling new ways for content businesses to create, deliver, and monetize high-quality content and advertising through a customizable cross-platform player that supports both downloaded and streamed media
Share a free web-based service that allows you to easily share, publish and organize your documents.
kuler is the first web-hosted application from Adobe Labs designed both to stand alone and to complement Adobe® Creative Suite® software. Built using Adobe® Flash® and ActionScript 3.0, kuler is all about color: color for exploration, inspiration, experimentation and sharing.
The Mars (code name) Project is an XML-friendly representation for PDF documents. Already an open specification, PDF is the global standard for trusted, high fidelity electronic documentation.
myFeedz is a web application that finds what is important from the sea of information on the Internet and shows you what you need to read. It learns from your reading habits, and helps you keep up with your interests, by offering personalized content.
Pixmantec RawShooter Migration Tool is designed to provide a way to migrate the settings made in Pixmantec RawShooter Premium or Pixmantec RawShooter Essentials to visually similar settings in Adobe® Photoshop® Lightroom™ or Adobe Photoshop Camera Raw. Given that the controls in each application are not identical, the results of these conversions will not provide visually identical images.
Photoshop® CS3 Extended Plug-in for Google 3D Warehouse is a free plug-in that enables you to search and download 3D models from Google 3D Warehouse™ directly from Adobe® Photoshop CS3 Extended.
Adobe SVG Viewer 3.0 (Scalable Vector Graphics)