Saturday, March 31, 2012

Utilities

So, every now and again I review utilities for my Windows PC that I use and see if something better has come along.  Sometimes I find it online, sometimes by asking.  Here are some of my most heavily used utilities that I require on any PC I'm going to be developing on:

  • 7-Zip - http://www.7-zip.org/ - A great zip utility supporting a variety of formats, including tar, tar.gz, zip, and more
  • Notepad++ - http://notepad-plus-plus.org/ - Beats the old notepad and adds support for regex replacements, search in files, and a lot more.
  • Launchy - http://www.launchy.net/ - A Windows utility that allows you to essentially launch applications with a hotkey and a quick search.  Recommended to me by a coworker, and I'm not looking back.  Very strong catalog and if it is missing something, you can add a shortcut to the programs menu in Windows, right-click launchy, select rebuild catalog, and boom! 
Finally, after watching a coworker manage his windows, it dawned on me that I was missing a severely needed tool.  I needed a Windows organizer, and he had a great one.  I have added http://www.winsplit-revolution.com/ to my list of utilities.  With a simple click combination I can have a window move to the top center, and another click I can move it to the bottom right.  Sitting in front of 2 24" monitors, I just know this is going to come in very handy.

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