Useful Software

In preparation for setting up my new computer, I wanted to make a list of the tools and utilities I use, and I thought I might as well share them on here. I will try to update it from time-to-time.


  • 7-Zip Open source Windows utility for manipulating archives. Formats 7z, ZIP, GZIP, BZIP2 and TAR are supported fully, other formats can be unpacked.
  • AceMoney Personal finance software
  • allSnap Small system tray app that makes all top level windows automatically align like they do in programs such as Winamp or Photoshop
  • Aptana Open source development tool full featured for web development, supporting DOM, JavaScript and CSS. Based on Eclipse. (I use it for PHP)
  • Benubird Personal document management
  • Calibre E-book manager
  • CCleaner Cleans up temporary files, etc
  • CutePFD Writer Create PDF files from any printable document
  • Evernote Remember everything.
  • JungleDisk Online storage and backup
  • LastPass Password manager/form filler
  • MZ-Tools Add-In for VB5, VB6 and VBA with many useful functions (I use it for developing VBA in Excel)
  • Notepad++ Free source code editor which supports several programming languages running under the MS Windows environment
  • NTRegOpt Registry Optimization
  • Picasa Organise, edit and share your photos
  • Prio Task Manager enhacements & process priority saver
  • PropertiesPlus Modify file attributes, extensions, and time stamps
  • Sandboxie Sandbox security software for Windows. Install and run programs in a virtual sandbox environment without writing to the hard drive
  • Secunia PSI Stay secure by updating insecure programs on your computer with the Secunia Personal Software Inspector (PSI)
  • Sigil Multi-platform EPUB ebook editor
  • Stamp Renames digital camera photos so they sort in chronological order
  • TeamViewer Access any remote computer via Internet just like sitting in front of it – even through firewalls
  • TortoiseSVN Subversion source control client integrated into Windows Explorer
  • TrueCrypt Disk encryption software
  • VbsEdit VBScript editor

Firefox Add-ons

  • Converter: Contextual unit, timezone and currency converter
  • Firebug: toolbar for web development
  • HTTPS-Everywhere: automatically switches to HTTPS for many sites
  • LastPass: Last Password you will ever need
  • NoScript: Whitelist per-domain control of JavaScript, Java, Flash, etc
  • Penango: S/MIME for GMail
  • Pencil: mock-up tool (may not work with latest versions of Firefox?)
  • Permit Cookies: Set cookie permissions for the site you’re on
  • SQLite Manager: manage any SQLite database on your computer
  • sslpersonas: changes the Theme of Firefox based on the level of SSL used by a site
  • Symantec’s OpenID Seatbelt: for use with Symantec’s PIP OpenID
  • XMarks: bookmark syncing

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