If you love scrapbooking, you might also love setting up a family Web site. This app makes it easy to create a private site for sharing photos, calendars, recipes and keeping in touch with family members. Operating System: OS Independent.
For serious Trekkies, LCARS 24 lets you turn an old DOS computer into a talking alarm talk with Star Trek style computer graphics. It also includes a file manager and a couple of general purpose programs and utilities. Operating System: DOS.
Summer's a great time to curl up with a good book. Even if you're not at the beach, you can get your fill of beach reads with this app that turns your desktop, laptop, netbook, or mobile device into an e-reader like Kindle or Nook. Operating System: Linux, Windows
If tracing your genealogy is your idea of a good time, you might enjoy this app which also has one of the most fun acronyms everGramps is short for "Genealogical Research and Analysis Management Programming System." Not only is the tool itself helpful, but the site also include more than 1,000 pages of content about tracking your relatives. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X.
Give your inner artist free rein with this vector drawing program. Similar to Illustrator and CorelDraw, it helps you draw cartoons, maps, doodles, and just about anything else you can imagine. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X.
If you really want to geek out, MisterHouse lets you control your home lighting, thermostat, curtains, phones, television, etc. with voice commands. Of course, you'll also need to install all the pre-requisite hardware on all the systems you want MisterHouse to control, so the project may take the rest of the summer (or longer). Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X.
Arrange your floor plan in 2D and then see what the finished room will look like. The Web site makes it easy to get started with handy tutorials and manuals. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X.
From the category of practically useless apps, Apophysis lets you create and edit algorithmically generated images known as fractal flames. If you don't want to go to the trouble of creating your own, you can also browse the library of user images. Operating System: Windows.
This "movie player" lets you watch video or listen to audio files on your computer. While versions for Windows and OS X are available, note that this is primarily a Linux tool. Operating system: Windows, Linux, OS X.
While it was originally designed as an audio-only tool, Songbird now also plays video. This open-source iTunes alternative makes it easy to manage your library, build playlists, sync with your phone or MP3 player, purchase new music (via 7digital) and learn more about your favorite artists, including automatic notifications of upcoming concerts. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X, Android.
48. VLC Media Player
VLC's short claim to fame is "it plays everything!" It's been downloaded nearly 200 million times, and it's generally considered one of the best open source multimedia players available. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X.
Designed for home theater PCs, this award-winning player supports most remote controls and plays virtually any type of multimedia file. The attractive interface is also skinnable, and you'll find lots of themes on the Web site. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X, XBox.
Like most of the other apps in this category, xine plays most common audio and video formatsand many of the uncommon ones as well. Like Mplayer, it's aimed at the Linux crowd. Operating System: OS X, Linux.
This audio player integrates with a number of Web services, so that discovering new music is as easy as playing the tunes you already own. The interface is easy to use, and it lets you create dynamic playlists with vague criteria, like "tracks from around 1976." Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X.
52. Aqualung This app plays all kinds of audio tracks, including Internet radio stations, CDs, podcasts, MP3s, and more. It also offers a couple of unique features, like tabbed playlists and no dead air between tracks. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X.
aTunes aims to be an open source version of iTunes, with many of the same features and capabilities, except the store. And it's Java-based, so you can use it with nearly any system. Operating System: OS Independent.