Mark Teichman suggested I update my list of essential software, which is probably a good idea. Here in some kind of order is what I've installed on my new T400 since it arrived:
- Windows 7 Ultimate
- Adobe Flex Builder 3 Professional
- Adobe Fireworks CS4
- Lotus Notes & Domino Designer 8.5
- Windows Live Writer
- FeedDemon (RSS reader)
- Google Chrome (now my default browser)
- Firefox 3.5
- Thunderbird 2.0
- Microsoft Office Enterprise (Word, Excel, OneNote only)
- AVG Free (virus protection)
- HTTPWatch (browser network sniffing add-on)
- ScanEZ (my can't-live-without-it add-on for Notes)
- Sumatra PDF reader (in place of Adobe's)
- TextPad 5.3
- Picasa 3
- Balsamiq (mockup tool)
All very boring and predictable so far.
There are still a few bits of software from the original list that I've yet to install. Mainly because they're up for review -- do I really need them or is there not something newer and better out there. Up for review currently are:
I love TextPad but
it's not been updated for years now, which I guess is the sign of great software, but...Just went to look at the site and low-n-behold it has been updated to v5 after "years" of no updates. Looks like they've added some nice features, so I guess this can be added to the list.
I'm eagerly awaiting the release of InType, which seems cool for hand-coders and lovers of Mac's TextMate, but the development seems to be snail's pace...
This is another case of software I've downgraded. Until now I've been "happily" using version 6, although it is now on version 9+ or something, with no obvious sign it's any better.
Although I like ACDSee it does tend to crash a lot. That said I'm not sure I can live without it. It does batch resizing of images and quick editing or individual images that you can't do out the box with Windows.
Anybody know of a better alternative to it?
I have loved AO since I first used it. It's so simple. It's just a simple text-based note pad really. What makes it so special is the ease of access -- Windows key + A to open and then escape key to save changes and minimise to tray. Bit like a semi-permanent clipboard.
The trouble is it's become more of a dumping ground for ideas, bits of code etc and I rarely use it as a reference place.
I used to love this app, but find I use it less and less. The only time I do use it is when I want to hand code an HTML page and want to use its template as a starting point, which makes it seem like over-kill to install an app for that. Must be able to add templates to TextPad. Surely.
- Smart Capture
Taking screenshots is a big part of blogging/running a site like this. I've normally used Smart Capture to take the shot and then Fireworks to blur parts, add highlights etc.
Windows 7 however has a handy little app called Snipping Tool, which lets you do all of that without 3rd party apps.
You can even do "freeform" selections of the screen, whereby you draw the area you want with the mouse, like so:
Can't see a way to tie my Print Screen button to the application though, which is a shame.
So, there you go. For now, that's my list. It will likely changes over the following weeks and I'll make sure I update you as and when.