Shareware quite simply is a software marketing tool developed somewhere around the mid-1980s and coined by one Bob Wallace in a freely distributed word processing program called PC-Write. Essentially, a shareware program is distributed through means such as, but not Limited to, download on the Internet or found inside related magazines to give a consumer the "try before you buy" experience of the software.
Popular Shareware programs on Afterdawn
Nero Burning ROM- Nero is the best and most complete DVDR/CDR all-in-one software
TMPGEnc- TMPGEnc is an excellent shareware MPEG-1 and MPEG-2 encoder that can be used also for de/muxing, cutting, merging, etc. Superb tool!
DVD-lab PRO- DVD-lab PRO is designed to be flexible and easy, yet powerful and feature packed DVD authoring tool.
WinRAR- WinRAR is a powerful archiver and archive manager.