Below you will find a selection of tools that I always use when doing my work. They are great time and money savers that I would highly recommend to everyone.
- Postman (Freemium)- https://www.getpostman.com/
Allows testing of web APIs and RESTful services directly.
- ImgBurn (Free) – http://www.imgburn.com/
A free application for burning or copying CDs and DVDs.
- Virtual Clone Drive (Free) – https://www.redfox.bz/en/virtual-clonedrive.html
Used for mounting virtual drives of ISO disc images in the file explorer.
- emEditor (Paid) – https://www.emeditor.com/
I discovered this application when having issues with Sublime Text when opening extremely large csv files. emEditor is absolutely amazing with csv files and can handle files upwards of 248GB. For csv files, it gives you proper excel columns and table management that Sublime Text just can’t offer.
- 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/
- Royal TS/X (Paid) – https://www.royalapplications.com
A connection management suite for managing Linux, Windows, SFTP, and many more connections.
- SourceTree (Free) – https://www.sourcetreeapp.com/
An excellent, free application, used for managing version control of code repositories. Works with Git, GitLab, GitHub
- Sublime (Free/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.
- FileZilla (Free) – https://sourceforge.net/projects/filezilla/
A free and robust file transfer application
- WinSCP (Free) – https://winscp.net/eng/download.php
A free and robust file transfer application
- Adobe Color CC (Free) – https://color.adobe.com
Used to create color palettes and retrieve the corresponding HEX, RGB, CMYK, HSB, LAB
- CC Search (Free) – http://search.creativecommons.org
Search several web sites based on free or commercial use licensing.
- Paint.NET (Free) – http://www.getpaint.net/index.html
A free photo editor.
- Pexels (Free) – https://www.pexels.com
Free stock photos
- VLC (Free) – http://www.videolan.org/
The quickest and most reliable media player. It is full of functionality and can read almost all video files.
- Audacity (Free) – http://www.audacityteam.org/
A simplified audio mixing/editing solution.
- FL Studio (Paid) – https://www.image-line.com/flstudio/
Audio mixing & development application. A great tool for musicians.
- Handbrake (Free) – https://handbrake.fr/
A video transcoder that allows you to convert video/audio files from one format to another.
- Password Safe (Free) – https://pwsafe.org/
Create an encrypted file of your passwords. Includes functionality for password generation, and password policy enforcement.
- 7-Zip – http://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.