Software That I Use
Posted on: July 26th, 2012
The amount of Software available for Windows is staggering. Sometime it can be hard to find the right one when needed. I found it very useful to check out what other professionals use (eg from screen-casting videos). So I though someone might find this list useful too.
I organized this list by level of knowledge needed to use the software. In other words, from “layman” level to the “geek” level.
Since it’s a pretty long list I’ll just list the name, short description and link to the software’s website. If you want to know more about a software just follow the link.
Important Notice before you download or install any of software below
Pretty much all of these are free software. You will need to pay close attention to the dialog boxes during installation because some of them come bundled with Toolbars and other riff-raff, which you need to uncheck during installation. Also the websites from where you can download them might contain ads. So make sure that you click on the download link for the software you want, not an ad. We cannot take responsibility for the content of the linked sites.
The simple stuff
A bit more advanced stuff
Stuff for the creative minds
Advanced, Geeky Stuff
- Filezilla: Great little program to transfer files using FTP or secure FTP. http://filezilla-project.org/
- Gbridge: Need to access files from a computer far away? Gbridge can create a secure VPN with your machines without having to configure any firewalls or routers. http://www.gbridge.com/
- Teamviewer: A very good, and reasonably priced (compared to the others) remote assistance solution. You can use it for free with some nag screens. http://www.teamviewer.com
- NotePad++: Writing programs, scripts or need to keep a number of text documents open? This little gem can handle all that pretty easily. It even has a plugin to upload files via FTP to your website. http://notepad-plus-plus.org/
- Netbeans: If you are a bit more serious about programming and working on a project. Netbeans provides a very good IDE with syntax highlighting and code completion features for most commonly used programming languages. http://netbeans.org/
- Putty: Need a terminal access to a Linux box or your web server? This tiny program provides that. http://www.putty.org/
- Total Commander: If you need to delve into the file system, move files around, find files, etc. Then this is a superior tool to Windows Explorer. Takes some getting used to, but once you do you can zip around with lightning speed. http://www.ghisler.com/
- Virtualbox: Testing out a software? Have to work with a finicky program that doesn’t get along with other software? Want to run software that only runs on XP while your machine is running Windows 7? Virtualbox provides solution to these and a lot more things. With it you can create virtual machines – complete machines that run inside your computer but in their own “matrix”. I think it’s one of the coolest things available. Of course you will need a pretty well endowed machine to run other virtual machines. https://www.virtualbox.org/
- GmapCatcher: Ever wanted to save a map for offline use, or for illustration purposes? This little program can save the tiles from different maps sources (Google, Yahoo, OpenStreetMaps, etc) which you can manipulate any way you want. No more messing with screen capture, cropping and painstaking alignments. http://code.google.com/p/gmapcatcher/
- DriveImageXML: Need to back up the whole hard drive? With this program you can do that. You can even save the backup in a compressed format to save space. http://www.runtime.org/driveimage-xml.htm/
- TinyHexer: Want to see the raw code of files, or the sectors on your hard drive? TinyHexer is the tool for that. You can fix things with this that would be otherwise nearly impossible. But be warned: you can also hopelessly mess things up, if you modify the wrong thing! http://www.softpedia.com/get/Others/Miscellaneous/tiny-hexer.shtml/
- Areca Backup: Pretty much the only free backup software that can efficiently keep old versions of files. Not particularly easy to set up but works fine once it’s up and running. http://www.areca-backup.org/
- WAMP server: Want to turn your Windows machine into a web server? WAMP is a packaged software that will install Apache, MySQL and PHP, plus a little user interface to manage these services. http://www.wampserver.com/en/
- Firebug: An extremely useful plugin for Firefox for those who need to develop, or debug website code. It can save hours and some gray hair! http://getfirebug.com/
Phew! This was a long one. I’m pretty sure you will be able to find something new and useful in the above list of software.
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