Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Productivity tools suite

This post would be periodically updated and contain list of best tools for personal use.
(Updated: 23/12/2009)


w.bloggar - free blog editor; integrates with most of blogging platforms.
Windows Live Writer – same… slim UI.


  • Office:
    Copernic Search Desktop - Index and search your e-mails (in non-commercial version indexes mails only). Interface is outlook-oriented and it's easier to use then Google Desktop.
    Google Calendar Sync - automatically synchronize Outlook and Google Calendar.
  • Health:
    Workrave - assist healthy work organization by reminding to make exercises and mini-breaks
    Aire Freshener - Nature sounds player - good for relaxation (see why).


  • Antivirus:
    Avira Antivir - Free Edition - great for home use
  • Firewalls:
    PC Tools Firewall Plus - easy to use personal firewall - the only one which is free for personal use and works with Windows 2003
    Agnitum Outpost Free Edition - great for home use
  • File system:
    Eraser - secure data removal tool.
    True Crypt - open-source virtual encrypted disk
  • Security Scanners:
    Secunia PSI - check whether any installed software requires upgrades. Download and install update patches automatically.
    Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer - check missing security updates and detect some security breaches. May scan range of PC's in a network.
  • Passwords Management:
    KeePass - Manage all your password in encrypted container. Freeware; support search, groups, expiration control, language packs.

Sound, Music, Video, Images

  • MP3:
    MP3 Split - Open-source & freeware application to split MP3 & OGG files by size, duration etc (without decoding). I using it really heavily to split audiobooks into chunks of 15-20 minutes and listen them while driving to work. It has command line and UI version (GTK). If you use it to split audiobook - select "auto-adjust mode" in Preferences to automatically split around silence zones.
  • Video:
    Media Player Classic - looks like old-style Windows Media Player but provides major features and supports many video formats.
    VLC Media Player - open-source media player, support virtually every format...
    XP Codec Pack - codecs for majority of video formats.

  • Image editors & viewers:
    Paint.NET - opensource image editor.
    FastStone Image Viewer - free image browser, converter and editor.


  • Sniffers:
    Ethereal - comprehensive network sniffer - Windows + #nux. Free.
  • Web Sniffers:
    Fiddler - free web (HTTP/HTTPS) sniffer & debugger.
    HttpWatch - web sniffer & debugger with programmatic (C#, Javascript & Ruby) automation interface. Free in basic edition.
    TracePlus & Web Detective - bundle of regular & web sniffer - no free edition.

System Tools

  • Download Managers:
    Free Download Manager - free, GNU license
    Flashget - Free, built-in ads
  • Miscellaneous:
    Process Tamer - monitor and dynamically adjust CPU usage of running processes.
    Shadow Copy - Copy files (including locked files!) or entire drives.
    Unlocker - check which process locks your file and unlock it.
    VirtuaWin - virtual desktop manager.
    Windows Installer CleanUp Utility - Uninstall any component installed on your system. Usefull to resolve installation problems.
    WinUpdatesList - list all windows updates on the system and provide extensive information on each (install date, install user, list of files) + show uninstall command for the update (properties window).

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