I'm not asking what your favorite games are, I'm asking what programs you like and why you use them.
Below is a list of my most favorite and most used applications and why I like them.
1. Adobe Photoshop Extended CS6 - I was able to get the Student/Teacher edition of this for only $250. That's dirt cheap compared to the normal price of $1200. I love Photoshop's RAW abilities and new video editing capabilites.
2. Corel PaintShop Pro X4 - I used this for a while because I wasn't aware of Adobe's discounts for teachers and students. I still use it every once in a while because I like the filters it has and it came with Nik Color Efex Pro 3 for free.
3. Google Picasa 3 - I use this to quickly look at RAW files without having to open them in Photoshop or PaintShop.
4. TechSmith Snagit 10 - I use this to take quick screenshots of my desktop and to annotate them. It is often what I use when I post screenshots in the troubleshooting section.
5. FRAPS - This is of course what I use to take screenshots and videos while ingame. Usually, if needed, I annotate them with Snagit 10 Editor. Before FRAPS, I used Gamecam, which I thought was garbage.
6. Sony ACID Music Studio 8.0 - This is the cheap version of Sony ACID Pro, but it works quite well. I use it if I feel like I want to add some new beats to an old track.
7. Sony Vegas Movie Studio 11.0 - This is the cheap version of the popular Sony Vegas Pro. I usually use it to put together movies that require more editing work.
8. Audacity - I use this free program in conjunction with Sony ACID Music Studio 8.0. It is very simple to use and I usually use it to grab beats.
9. Microsoft Security Essentials - This is my primary anti-virus program. Microsoft did a great job with this one. I have never had a virus within the last 7 years.
10. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware - I purchased the pro version when they first offered it and love it. I run this in conjunction with MSE. Never have had any issues.
11. CCleaner - I've been using CCleaner for years. I've had a few problems with it not working correctly, but the developers were quick to fix my issues. I use it daily.
Well, there you have it. Those eleven programs are my most favorite and most used programs on my system. What are yours?