Wine gets better with age. Men get more distinguished looking (or so my wife tells me). Even some cars seem to improve as time passes (I'm looking at you, 1965 Mustang). But there's nothing glamorous about old software apps, which just get less and less useful the older they get -- right?
Not always. Some programs are like garden perennials, returning each year with fresh blooms and stronger stems. Think of some of the world's best productivity tools and system utilities, and I'll wager that some of them were "planted" at least five years ago -- decades in computer years.
Let's look at eight of these blossoming apps, all of which are more awesome than ever, and all of which are, amazingly, free. (For a convenient list of all eight downloads, with links, see our Downloads Collection.)