My productivity stack
My productivity stack for workflow transcendence. Ordered by blend of usage/usefulness.
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- ClipX - Clipboard manager. Add sticky & color picker (grab hex code colors from under mouse) plugins. Development discontinued but works well.
- AquaSnap Pro - Tiling window manager. Snap, dock & tile windows.
- WizMouse (Win 7) - Allows mouse wheel to work on window under the cursor, even if it's out of focus.
- Everything - locate files and folders by name instantly. Totally replaced my use of built-in search.
- 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.
- SoundSwitch - Quickly switch default audio devices.
- 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
- Bulk Rename Utility - advanced file renamer
- Launch Calculator - allows only a single instance of a calculator to be launched. Bound to calc key.
Audio Switcher- replaced by SoundSwitch. File still available for reference.
Media / Creation
- XMPlay - Tiny audio player. Also grab this skin because the default design is very ugly. It plays old school tracker music and has plugins for game console sound files!
- MPV - Media/video player, extremely customizable. Integrates with YoutubeDL.
- Adobe Fireworks - Discontinued bitmap/vector editing tool. The ultimate compromise between Photoshop and Illustrator.
- Adobe Audition - Defacto audio editing/recording suite. Spectral editing is very impressive.
- Audacity - Free & open source multi-track audio editing/recording. Mostly use Adobe Audition.
- LiceCAP - Animated screen recording to GIF. The outputed GIFs are very optimal.
- OBS Studio - Streaming and screen/video recording software, open source.
- WizTree - Disk space visualizer, stupid fast.
- HWiNFO - Comprehensive hardware analysis/monitoring
- Sandboxie - Isolate potentially pesky/untrusted applications
- SpeedFan - Monitors voltages, fan speeds and temperatures and check drive SMART status
- CPU-Z - Hardware identification
- Driver Identifier - find newer system drivers if absolutely necessary.
- VirtualCloneDrive (Windows 7) - Load ISO files directly, newer versions of Windows have this built-in.
- 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
- Spotify - Cloud based music/podcast service
- qBittorrent - Extremely customizable torrenting application.
- Rainmeter - Displays info on desktop. I use it for my World Clock and edited version of Do I need a Jacket 2.0
- Blackberry Hub / Calendar / Contacts
- Today Weather - passive weather status in status bar, notifications, etc.
- Sync for Reddit - Reddit client
- Textra - SMS/Texting
- True Phone Dialer - phone
- Transit - public transit/on-foot directions
- Twilight - active/passive screen hue control
- Solid Explorer - file/cloud manager
- FullContact Address Book - for business
- 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 - Dymo LabelWriter
- Monitors - one in landscape, another in in portrait. Can't go wrong with Dell.
- KatMouse - Scroll unfocused windows. Replaced by WizMouse.
- 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 that much, 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.