Tags: free, software, Windows
What it is: a web server running on my own computer.
Why I like it: because you don’t have to work off (or even have) a live server to develop PHP/MySQL websites. Also because I can run Web2Project.
Why you should use it: Well, if you’re a web developer you probably already do and if you’re not you’ve got no reason to use it. Unless you want to run your own private wiki or something like…
What it is: project management software written in PHP.
Why I like it: because I can keep track of my progress through any number of projects. Plus it generates Gantt charts for the month or the entire project on demand.
Why you should use it: If you can’t afford to buy software and GanttProject just doesn’t have enough features.
What it is: an office suite similar to Microsoft Office 2003.
Why I like it: it doesn’t crash as much and it can open .docx files. My portable version can also have custom fonts even if a computer’s settings don’t let users install fonts.
Why you should use it: I could mention monopolies, proprietary formats and other things like that, but the number 1 reason to use OpenOffice is that it just works.
Oh, and in November a good reason to use it is that if you turn off ‘smart’ single and double quotes, the word count of a file matches the Unix/Linux ‘wc’ word counting command. This is going to be useful to everyone participating in NaNoWriMo or writing an essay. Turning off smart quotes won’t hurt if you’re planning on copy/pasting into your blog, either.
What it is: image manipulation software
Why I like it: it has a ‘colour to alpha’ option that lets you turn any colour channel into an alpha channel, it has heaps of fun filters, it runs at a fraction of the resources of Photoshop, it has tools and the image in separate windows so you can drag bits onto your second monitor (which I don’t have…).
Why you should use it: it’s really good image manipulation software.
What it is: a web browser
Why I like it: it has heaps of awesome add-ons – the web developer toolbar, Firebug, Yoono, Rainbow Color Picker… the list goes on. It’s also nice to develop for.
Why you should use it: because it has cool add-ons. Yoono lets you update Facebook and Twitter at the same time.
What it is: an email client
Why I like it: it auto-detects your server settings and sets up the connection
Why you should use it: Because if you take my advice to use OpenOffice, you don’t have Microsoft Outlook anyway…
What it is: a web browser
Why I like it: it has a really clean, minimal interface and if a tab crashes you don’t lose the whole program
Why you should use it: because if a tab crashes you don’t lose the whole program.
Other programs I use
Crack Attack: falling blocks game similar to Tetris Attack (apparently – never played Tetris attack)
yWriter, yEdit and yTimer: writing software that I haven’t really used yet. When I do I’ll probably post a review.
Crimson Editor: text editor/code editor with syntax highlighting and tabs
Do you have a suggestion for software I should try or want to know more about one of these programs? Comment!