View Full Version : Your Most Treasured Software

04-11-2003, 02:45 PM
Every now and then I find an invaluable piece of free software that really makes the live of a designer / developer so much easier.

My favourites would have to be:
IE5 Web Accessories - also works on IE6 - this plugin set from Microsoft enables the "View Partial Source" feature when right clicking a highlighted area on a page.
Xenu - spiders your site for broken links and other files of interest.
Cute HTML - my old version from when it was free, still one of the fastest programs I have found for handling a large number of files and massive find and replace requests within multiple files.
The Google Bar - just so flippn handy!

I am interested in what other people have discovered over the years.

04-11-2003, 03:19 PM
Firstly, if this thread is to reamin open I suggest that some links are needed to the software mentioned if you can so that it isn't just a chat thread which isn't allowed.


Myself I like Xara X (www.xara.com) for graphic work, vector and basic web graphics go together really well IMO.

Macromedia Dreamweaver MX (www.macromedia.com) is an excellent WYISWYG editor (although sometimes inaccurate) but I primarily use it as a site file manager and coder in code view. What I love about it is the little drop down menus that appear as you code and yu can just press enter or use your mouse/keys to navigate through the list to another command/statement ... simply great IMO :)

Hmm.. WS_FTP (www.ipswitch.com) the PRO version is what I have, really good! I think they still have the free version as well LE.

Can't go past Photoshop, lol :) (www.adobe.com)..

The IE 5 web accessories (http://www.microsoft.com/windows/ie/previous/webaccess/default.asp) are nice, had them yonks ago.

04-11-2003, 03:37 PM
damn :( you posted links, michael :( I was hoping that you would forget, hence breaking your own rule, so that I could laugh at you! :D ahhh well.... :p

Anyway, here's some software I could not do without:

Mozilla (http://www.mozilla.org) with Orbit3 skin, Mouse Gestures, RadialContext, Googlebar, and of course, Multizilla! :D (all available from MozDev (http://www.mozdev.org)

SciTE (http://gisdeveloper.tripod.com/scite.html) with some custom syntax highlighting so that it looks the way I want :)

PuTTY (http://www.chiark.greenend.org.uk/~sgtatham/putty/) I couldn't admin my servers without this ace SSH tool!

ExamDiff (http://www.prestosoft.com/examdiff/examdiff.htm) a tool for comparing two files for changes. Excellent!

PHP (http://www.php.net), MySQL (http://www.mysql.com), Apache (http://www.apache.org), Perl (http://www.perl.org), Python (http://www.python.org), and of course, Linux (pick a distro!) - where would I be without my LAMP??? Not sure if it counts, but I wouldn't be without any of that lot :)

Well, all that stuff is marvellously FREE :D and I love it!

::] krycek [::

04-11-2003, 03:56 PM
Yeah, sory bout those links, here you go...

Microsoft Web Developer Accessories (http://www.microsoft.com/windows/ie/previous/webaccess/webdevaccess.asp)
Xenu (http://home.snafu.de/tilman/xenulink.html)
Google Bar (http://toolbar.google.com/)

I couldn't find any official download for the old free Cute HTML but the newest... and probably best... but definitely mostexpensive version from GlobalSCAPE (http://www.globalscape.com/cutehtml/)

04-11-2003, 04:01 PM
CKRename (http://www.musicsucks.com/CKSoft/CKRename/) is a bulk file renaming utility

BK ReplaceEM (http://www.orbit.org/replace/) is a global search/replace utility that supports regex

DotColor (http://www.inetis.com/freeware.asp) gives you a little magnified square and shows you RGB, HEX and screen co-ordinates for whatever is under your cursor

MCIRecorder (http://www.realrecorder.net/index.htm) records your sound card's output - useful for making recordings of live audio streams

SpyBot Search and Destroy (http://security.kolla.de/) - if you use IE you should be using this everyday; nuff said.

Roy Sinclair
04-11-2003, 04:07 PM
UltraEdit32 (http://www.ultraedit.com/ ) -- For editing source files

Windows NT/2000/XP (http://www.microsoft.com/) -- Say what you may, it's a good OS for my purposes. Which version depends on which machine I'm working at.

Beyond those two, what else I run usually depends onwhat I'm using the machine for.

04-11-2003, 04:11 PM
NB - I'm sure we could all go on for hours about our favourite workhorse software products ... but I think this thread is about freeware utilities.

04-11-2003, 06:17 PM
Some of my favourites:

EyeDropper (http://eyedropper.inetia.com/HTML/eng/default.asp): magnify square, color picker & screen coordinates. Saves to clipboard

Pictures Toolbar (http://www.diodia.com/): Toolbar add-on for IE to download images from thumbnail galleries

Minirelay mail server (http://webs.ono.com/usr000/NetVicious/): A very tiny and fast mail server

ButtonBoogie (PCMagazine): let's you drag and drop taskbar buttons to create the arrangement you prefer

Ruler (http://www.mutantpenguin.co.uk/utils/ruler.html): A vertical/horizontal floating ruler

The Font Thing (http://members.ozemail.com.au/~scef/tft.html): To manage TTF fonts; browse, install, uninstall, compare, ...

Cats Cradle (http://www.stormdance.freeserve.co.uk/frameset.htm): web page editor that makes it very easy to translate web pages from one language into another

HandyFile Find & Replace (http://www.silveragesoftware.com/hffr.html): Find & Replace with filters, regular expressions, ...

Girafa (http://www.girafa.com/): A IE bar add-on that makes thumbnails from a lot of search engine results list

And all free, of course

04-11-2003, 06:36 PM
WinSQL-Lite (http://www.indus-soft.com/WinSQL.htm) : Anyone who works with multiple dbs and writes larger sql statements this is big help. I usually write my more advanced sql or sp in winsql then copy them into code.