January 27, 2017
David’s Essential Software (Windows edition)
- Instantly searches entire system by filename, just like you wish Windows Search did.
- Quickly searches all files in a specified directory for the specified text. Accepts regex.
- Good + unlimited free version, or $9 one PC, $15 individual w/ unlimited PCs
- VS Code (my choice) or Sublime Text
- Highly capable and extendable text editors.
- VS Code is free, Sublime Text is $70
- For taking screenshots or creating gifs or mp4s. Very easy to use.
- qBittorrent or Deluge
- Torrent clients, both are great and ugly.
- Compression multi-tool. Will unzip any archive you throw at it.
- Reduces blue light output during night hours, helping with eye strain.
- Video player. Lots of people like VLC, but I think this is better. Subtitle downloading is built-in, hotkey ‘D’.
- VLC is still a perfectly good option.
- This is what MS Paint should be. Lives between MS Paint (child’s play) and GIMP (rocket surgery)
- Note that MS Paint is getting an update soon on Win10, so this may no longer be correct post-2017.
- Clipboard manager. Save multiple things to your clipboard and choose which to paste.
- I’ll admit not having viewed enough of the competition here. Ditto is another good choice.
- Free, there is a paid version with syncing but the free version has been enough.
- Beyond Compare
- Diff viewer. There are many free ones, but I’ve used this one forever and it gets shit done.
- $30 standard or $60 pro versions. 30-day free trial.
- Web debugging proxy. View and modify traffic.
- Spacebar to preview a file, similar to the same feature on macOS.
- MalwareBytes Free
- Scan your system to find and destroy infections.
- Scanning/destroying is free, realtime defense is paid.
- Using uBlock Origin + Windows Defender is enough to prevent threats if you are not doing anything dumb, so the free version is fine here.