2017 Must Have Tools


CD/DVD Authoring


  • Git (Free) – https://git-scm.com/download/win
    A barebones connection to a git repository.  Provide a commandline interface for working with git commands.
  • JSFiddle (Free) – http://www.jsfiddle.com
    Quick code snippet sharing and quick testing of code
  • Litmus (Paid) – https://www.litmus.com
    A website for testing emails across a large variety of devices.  Great for testing email responsiveness and feature compatability.
  • NetBeans IDE (Free) – https://netbeans.org/downloads/
    An IDE for Java, PHP, HTML, Javascript, and all sorts of other non-Microsoft languages.
  • SourceTree (Free) – https://www.sourcetreeapp.com/
    An excellent, free application, used for managing version control of code repositories. Works with Git, GitLab, GitHub
  • Sublime (Paid) – https://www.sublimetext.com/
    The best text editor around. Fully customizable with a large development community.
  • Visual Studio (Free/Paid) – http://www.visualstudio.com
    Foundational tool for Microsoft .NET and C++ development.

File Transfer


Multimedia Editing


  • Password Safe (Free) – https://pwsafe.org/
    Create an encrypted file of your passwords. Includes functionality for password generation, and password policy enforcement.


  • 7-Ziphttp://www.7-zip.org/download.html
    A no-fuss compressed file browser. Can open a large number of copressed files formats.
  • Bulk Rename Utility (Free Personal/Paid Business) – http://www.bulkrenameutility.co.uk/Main_Intro.php
    An excellent tool for bulk renaming files. You are able to rename files based on Regex expressions or the myriad of other options.
  • Connectify (Paid) – http://www.connectify.me/
    Turn your laptop into a mobile hotspot.
  • Display Fusion (Paid) – https://www.displayfusion.com/
    The best solution for managing multiple monitors. Features include taskbars on all monitors, smart window management, adding buttons to windows, desktop wallpaper switching.
  • Grammarly (Paid) – http://www.grammarly.com
    An application that integrates with Microsoft Office and web browsers to check your grammar. A great resource for students in higher education.
  • Greenshot (Free) – http://getgreenshot.org/
    Replaces the default Print Screen functionality with a smart drag and drop interface to select regions of the screen to capture. Instantly edit the screenshot by highlighting/blurring/drawing attention to specific areas, etc., then share or save the file to many different services.
  • Hypothes.is (Free) – https://hypothes.is/
    Used to annotate websites via highlighting and comments.  Can be used for group annotations.
  • Ninite (Free/Paid)- https://ninite.com/
    A quick solution for any new computer setup. Bulk installs many of the tools on this list which saves time from searching for all of the applications individually.
  • Stardock ObjectDesktop (Paid)- http://www.stardock.com/products/odnt/
    This is a suite of applications. Windows Blinds allows you to skin your entire desktop experience; WindowFX allows you to add Linux style window animations to your desktop; Deskscapes adds the capability for a video desktop background; Multiplicity allows you to share your keyboard & mouse across multiple computers.
  • TeamViewer (Free/Paid) – https://www.teamviewer.com
    A screen sharing solution. Great for troubleshooting issues.
  • WinDirStat (Free) – https://sourceforge.net/projects/windirstat/
    Determine what areas in a particular folder or a whole hard drive are taking up the most space.
  • VirtualBox (Free) – https://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/VirtualBox
    A virtual machine application that supports Windows, Linux, and Solaris operating systems.
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