My productivity stack
My productivity stack for workflow transcendence. Ordered by blend of most personally usage/usefulness.
Have suggestions or alternatives? Submit an issue, especially for the following: Comic viewer (zips), image viewer, general file explorer, SFTP client, Adobe Fireworks.
- ClipX - Clipboard manager. Add sticky & color picker (grab hex code colors from under mouse) plugins. Development discontinued many years ago but still works extremely well and beats Window 10's built-in clipboard manager.
- Everything - locate files and folders by name instantly. Totally replaced my use of built-in search.
- AquaSnap Pro - Tiling window manager. Snap, dock & tile windows.
- sWeather - Taskbar weather reporting, no fuss with plenty of customization options.
- Greenshot - screenshot power tool, can edit/blur and upload directly to image sharing sites.
- Notepad++ - General text/code editor, check ##Development for my current IDE.
- KeePass 2 - Password/private data manager (if not using Chrome's)
- Process Explorer - Task manager for power users, drop-in replacement.
- IrfanView - Image viewer, initally released in 1996 and still in active development.
- Negative Screen - invert or dim your screen for those late night code sessions.
- CDisplayEx - Image viewer for zip and comics *WARNING* Official installer is full of crapware, you must locate a clean copy elsewhere.
- SoundSwitch - Multiple audio outputs? Quickly switch default audio devices.
- Bulk Rename Utility - advanced file renamer
- Launch Calculator - allows only a single instance of a calculator to be launched. Bound to calc key.
Media / Creation
- MPV - Media/video player, extremely customizable. Integrated with YoutubeDL for streaming content.
- XMPlay - Tiny audio player. Grab this skin as the default design is ugly. It also plays old school tracker music and has plugins for game console sound files!
- Adobe Fireworks - Discontinued bitmap/vector editing tool. The ultimate compromise between Photoshop and Illustrator. RIP Macromedia :(
- Audacity - Free & open source multi-track audio editing/recording. Mostly use Adobe Audition.
- Adobe Audition - Defacto audio editing/recording suite. Spectral editing is quite impressive.
- LiceCAP - Customizable screen recording... to animated GIFs! It's output is quite optimal and has beaten all newer competitors so far!
- OBS Studio - Streaming and screen/video recording software, open source.
- WizTree - Disk space visualizer, stupid fast.
- HWiNFO - Comprehensive hardware analysis/monitoring
- Driver Identifier - find newer system drivers if absolutely necessary.
- Sandboxie - Isolate potentially pesky/untrusted applications, to be retired once Windows 10 built-in sandboxing UX has improved.
- CPU-Z - Hardware identification
- Process Monitor - shows real-time file system, registry and process/thread activity. Not for the faint of heart. I recommend the checking out the entire Sysinternals utilities index for the various tools.
- Device Cleanup Tool - Remove non-present devices from Windows Device management
- Visual Studio Code - IDE
- Cmder - command prompt manager. Setup in quasi-Quake console mode.
- WinSCP - SFTP client
- Laravel Valet (Windows port) - PHP/Laravel development environment.
- Dropbox - Cloud storage, although I'm slowly transitioning to OneDrive/Business because the free version is becoming more and more limited (3 device maximum, constant notification regarding drive being "almost full").
- qBittorrent - Extremely customizable torrenting application.
- Rainmeter - Custom desktop widgets. I use it for my World Clock and edited version of Do I need a Jacket 2.0
- Spotify Premium - Music/podcast service. Premium because I hate ads and want to support artists.
- YouTube Premium - I feel legally adblocking and supporting a service is critical to its long term sustainablity... with the drama that is happening on the platform maybe there will be a different option.
- SignNow - E-signing service, Still with them due to grandfathered pricing, might build my own if I'm forced to pay full price.
- Blackberry Hub / Calendar / Contacts
- Today Weather - passive weather status in status bar, notifications, etc.
- Sync for Reddit - Reddit client, plenty of customization options and a major daily distraction! :)
- Textra - SMS/Texting
- Transit - public transit/on-foot directions
- True Phone Dialer - phone
- Solid Explorer - file/cloud manager
- Twilight - active/passive screen hue control
- Headphones - Beyerdynamic DT770 Pro 80ohm headphones - closed reference headphones with soft pads & readily available replacement pads/parts (Beyerdynamic rarely discontinues models unlike brands... like Audio Technica).
- Mouse - SteelSeries Rival 500. Oodles of physical buttons and doesn't compromise ergonomics. See my detailed review here. This mouse retired my Logitech G502 in May 2018.
- Ballpoint pen - Zebra F-701 ballpoint Pen
- Measuring tape - Used way more often than one would think!
- Label printer - Ancient Dymo LabelWriter, any model is fine.
- Monitors - one in landscape (1920x1080), another in in portrait (1200x1920). Can't go wrong with Dell.
- Keyboard - Wireless Logitech K520 (comes as combo with mouse which I never use). Practically placed media keys and pretty cheap.
- Bluetooth earbuds - Anker SoundBuds Slim with custom eartips. Cheap, good frequency response and isolation.
Windows 7 only
- WizMouse - Allows mouse wheel to work on window under the cursor, even if it's out of focus.
- VirtualCloneDrive - Load ISO files directly, newer versions of Windows have this built-in.
- Audio Switcher - replaced by SoundSwitch. File available for reference.
- KatMouse - Scroll unfocused windows. Replaced by WizMouse.
- SpeedFan - Monitors voltages, fan speeds and temperatures and check drive SMART status. Not updated actively so it has been mostly replaced by HWInfo
- ScreenToGif - replaced by LiceCAP. Editor UI is nice but the exported gifs are large.
- DisplayFusion - Advanced wallpaper manager and misc. tweaks. No longer change my wallpaper frequently enough to care, although I do rarely use it to generate multi-monitor wallpaper.
- iRotate - Screen rotation hotkeys. I now have two monitors in both portrait & landscape, so I have no need for it anymore.
- WebMon - discontinued web page monitoring program, used it for checking web comics for updates. Likely to be replaced by a Chrome extension.
- MediaMonkey - Absolutely incredible media library software. Highly customizable. When my media disks and backup failed catastrophically years ago I never had the time to get things back in order. Maybe I will someday, I enjoyed rating music I listened to on a 0-5 scale which online services can't do.
- FullContact Address Book - Android contact manager, now crapware. Avoid.