Though we're more than happy to pay good money for quality software, we can't deny the joy that comes with a sale, special offer, or giveaway. The Tom's Guide team has put together a list of some of our favorite paid applications that have either gone free, or are free as part of an offer or promotion. Check out the full list in '10 Pieces of Paid Software That Are Now Free.'
We're the first to extol the benefits of polished, user-friendly, feature-packed proprietary software, but that doesn't mean we want to be charged an arm and a leg for it, either. We're not alone in our thinking -- a ton of users jumped when Adobe CS2 was rumored to have gone free this January (sorry folks, it's not free). Fortunately, there is still a lot of pieces of paid software out there that have gone free or become open source (not to mention the numerous giveaways and promotional releases that go on). Here are a few that have piqued our fancy including good software gone open source and limited time freebies.