I am often asked about the tools I use in my personal and work life. These are the ones I am currently using. This is not a static list, but one that I will update as my needs and tools change. I will occasionally be adding others in future posts. These are free and I’ve tried other applications and found these work best for me.
Evernote – https://evernote.com. I could not image being without this handy tool. I started using Evernote in 2009 and have nearly 4,000 notes in my account. I use it daily to capture information and organize it for later use. It is without a doubt one of my most used programs on my desktop and syncs to my Android device. Evernote is cross-platform, and designed for note taking, scheduling, organizing, and archiving. Evernote allows you to create all kinds of notes. These can be a web page or excerpt, formatted text, an image or handwritten “ink” notes. You can also make a voice memo. Your notebooks can be “stacked”, sorted, tagged, edited, and searched easily. Evernote can be used on different operating system platforms (like Microsoft Windows OS X, iOS, Chrome OS, Android, Windows Phone, BlackBerry 10, and webOS) and has online backup and synchronization. While I’ve been using the “free version” of Evernote for years it is also available in a paid version that has more “bells and whistles”. While the free version has a certain monthly usage limit, I’ve never even got close to approaching it. You can purchase additional monthly limits as a “Plus” subscribers, and unlimited monthly use if you want to become a “Premium” customers.
PicPick – http://ngwin.com/picpick – This is my go-to app when doing any graphics and screengrabs. It is a free, full-featured screen capture tool. It has a very intuitive image editor built in. But, I primarily use it for its other features. The color picker, palette, pixel ruler, protractor, crosshair, whiteboard are the best I’ve found. It is very user-friendly and has all the features you need for creating your images. With PicPick you can take screenshots of an entire screen, a specific region, the active window, or while scrolling down in a window. It has a simple image editor, that allows you to annotate and highlight your images. You can use shapes, arrows, insert text. You can also make your images a little fancier by adding effects like motion blur, drop shadows, mosaic, frames and watermarks, mosaic, and more. And, you can easily save your work to your computer, share it with others, or send your images through email and other online services, such as Facebook, Evernote, Dropbox, Twitter, Google Drive, OneDrive, and others.
Dropbox– https://www.dropbox.com/ Dropbox is one of my favorite online services. However, I also use Box and OneDrive as well. Dropbox helps you keep your files synced, and it is very easy to share them. I use it to share my images, videos, pdfs and other documents. Dropbox creates a folder on your desktop or laptop computer and synchronizes it to that same folder on other computers where you’ve installed Dropbox. One of the great things about these online file sharing services like Dropbox is that files placed in your folder can be viewed on the Dropbox website and mobile apps. Dropbox offers a free account with a set storage size. While they do have a paid subscriptions for accounts with more capacity, I’ve always had enough room.
Everything – http://www.voidtools.com/ – “Everything” is a Windows program I would not be without. It is one of the easiest and fastest desktop search engines anywhere. If you’ve ever lost a file, but you know it’s on your computer . . . somewhere . . . you know how frustrating and titime-consuminghis can be. “Everything” can locate your files folders by simply searching for the filename or any part of the filename – instantly. It isn’t like Windows search, which is useless in my opinion. “Everything” doesn’t have to re-index your files, it uses the information already available and displays every file and folder on your computer (hence the name “Everything”). It’s easy to use. Just type in a search filter to limit what files and folders are displayed. It is fast, doesn’t hog your system resources, it’s free and doesn’t contain spyware, It has saved me a lots of time searching for files.
Hope you found these helpful, I’ll post more tools that I use in a future post.