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>> Welcome to CNET Top 5, where each time we meet we count down another hot CNET list. I'm Tom Merritt. Our Download.com folks spend each and every minute of their day testing downloads, both good and bad. And at the end of 2007 they identified their favorites, and then I ordered them up. Let's count down the Top 5 best downloads of 2007.
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At number five, CrossLoop. You can give or get remote access to any computer with this program, and it doesn't work without explicit permission. Convenient and secure. Coming in at number four, Pigeon. Charles is on Yahoo, [gasp] but Nicole is on MSN. Chat with them both with a free, stable universal instant messenger. You may remember this one under its previous name, Game. Up to number three, Miro. This one also had a previous name. It was called Democracy. It's a great way to listen to and watch podcasts and pretty much collect video from all over the 'net. Legally. Sliding in at number two, Audacity. This is a full-fledged multi track audio recording program. You can digitize your LPs, record a podcast, make an album with your band. This is a valuable program and it's costing you absolutely nothing. Before we get to number one, let's check in on the back five of the 10 best downloads of the year. I know some folks who swear by Flock. All right, let's get to our number one, the best download of 2007. At number one, it's Open Office. Word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, and a database, all compatible with Microsoft formats and entirely free. I use it every day instead of Microsoft Office, and I don't have any issues with it. Well, a little bloated, but mostly I don't have any issues with it. I wrote the script for this show in it. Can't beat it. Well, that's it for CNET Top 5. If it was a little too positive and feel good for you, see our top five worst downloads of 2007 for some balance. I'm Tom Merritt. See you next time.
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