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My productivity stack

My productivity stack for workflow transcendence. Ordered by blend of usage/usefulness.

Have suggestions? Submit an issue, especially for the following: general file explorer, SFTP client, Adobe Fireworks.

Software

  • 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

AutoHotKey Scripts

  • 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.

Support/Diagnostic

  • 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

Development

Personal taste

Android apps

Physical gear

  • 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.

Retired

  • 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.