Tools of the Trade – #05 Notepad++

Title: #05 Notepad++
Published: 05/18/2016
Publisher: Don Ho
Version: 6.9.2
File size: 4.0 MB
Frequency of use: DAILY
Cost: Freeware
Donations are accepted (PayPal, Tibit & Bitcoin)

Works with PortableApps: Yes
Website: http://notepad-plus-plus.org
Download URL: Click here to download

DESCRIPTION

Notepad++ is a free source code editor and Notepad.exe replacement that supports several languages.

KEY FEATURES

MY 2 CENTS

I use Notepad++ daily for quick and dirty editing of XML, HTML or CSV. The line numbering, tabbed pages and text highlighting are great, though I still use the ISE for PowerShell coding.

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Rating: 10.0/10 (2 votes cast)

Tools of the Trade – #04 IrfanView

Title: #04 IrfanView
Published: 03/10/2016
Publisher: Irfan Skiljan
Version: 4.42
File size: 2.03 MB
Frequency of use: DAILY
Cost: Freeware for non-commercial use
Donations are accepted (PayPal)

Works with PortableApps: Yes
Website: http://irfanview.com
Download URL: Click here to download

DESCRIPTION

IrfanView is a very fast, small, compact and innovative FREEWARE (for non-commercial use) graphic viewer for Windows 9x, ME, NT, 2000, XP, 2003 , 2008, Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10.

FEATURES

  • Over 140 supported file formats (click here the list of formats)
  • Support for Adobe Photoshop Filters
  • Batch conversion (with advanced image processing)
  • Multimedia player
  • Change color depth, cut, crop, resample
  • Add overlay text/image (watermark)
  • Effects (Sharpen, Blur, Adobe 8BF, Filter Factory, Filters Unlimited, etc.)
  • Extract icons from EXE/DLL/ICLs
  • Many command line options
  • Much, much more…

MY 2 CENTS

I constantly have to resize images for blog posts, crop, resample, and adjust colors on image files. IrfanView is my go-to product, hands down. It also has powerful command line support. I once used IrfanView from the command line to create JPG thumbnails of over 200 PDF files in a batch process.

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Tools of the Trade – #03 WinDirStat

Title: #03 WinDirStat
Published: 10/20/2014
Publisher: Open Source
Version: 1.1.2
File size: 0.6 MB
Frequency of use: WEEKLY
Cost: Free but donations are accepted
(PayPal)

Works with PortableApps: Yes
Website: https://windirstat.info
Download URL: Click here to download

DESCRIPTION

WinDirStat (Windows Directory Statistics) is a disk usage statistics viewer and cleanup tool for Windows. On start up, WinDirStat reads the whole directory tree once and then presents it in three useful views:

  • The directory list, which resembles the tree view of the Windows Explorer but is sorted by file/subtree size.
  • The treemap, which shows the whole contents of the directory tree straight away.
  • The extension list, which serves as a legend and shows statistics about the file types.

MY 2 CENTS

WinDirStat can be pretty slow sometimes, but it’s great for finding out why your hard drive is full. I especially like using WinDirStat to delete contents in the Windows Recycle Bin or desktops of other user accounts on a server or PC (like when another admin downloads ISO files to the desktop).

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Tools of the Trade – #02 KeePass

Title: #02 KeePass
Published: 06/11/2016
Publisher: Open Source
Version: 2.3.4
File size: 2.9 MB
Frequency of use: DAILY
Cost: Free but donations are accepted
(PayPal, wire transfer & Flattr)

Works with PortableApps: Yes
Website: http://keepass.info
Download URL: Click here to download

DESCRIPTION

KeePass is a free open source password manager which helps you to manage your passwords in a secure way. You can put all your passwords in one database, which is locked with one master key or a key file. So you only have to remember one single master password or select the key file to unlock the whole database. The databases are encrypted using the best and most secure encryption algorithms currently known (AES and Twofish).

MY 2 CENTS

I use separate KeePass databases for personal and professional information. Being able to carry the KeePass program and your database on an encrypted (BitLocker To Go) flash drive is great!

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Tools of the Trade – #01 PortableApps

The blog post starts a new series called “Tools of the Trade” (TotT) where I post information regarding software tools I use in IT on a daily or weekly basis.

Note: TotT is not a series of in-depth reviews, but one of those ‘I wish I had known about that’ or information on ‘what tools are other folks using’.

My goals for TotT:

  • Keep the posts short
  • Include the download URL
  • Recommend products that save me time and effort
  • Use low-cost or free software where possible

With that said, let’s get started with one of my all-time favorites…

Title: #01 PortableApps
Published: 05/13/2016
Publisher: Open Source
Version: 14.1
File size: 9.0 MB
Frequency of use: DAILY
Cost: Free but donations are accepted
(BTC, LTC & PayPal)

Website: http://portableapps.com
Download URL: Click here to download

DESCRIPTION

A portable app is a computer program that you can carry around with you on a portable device or cloud drive and use on any Windows computer. When your USB flash drive, portable hard drive, iPod or other portable device is plugged in or your cloud drive is synced, you have access to your software and personal data just as you would on your own PC. And when you unplug the device, none of your personal data is left behind.

  • No Special Hardware
    Use any USB flash drive, portable hard drive, etc.
  • No Additional Software
    Just download, run the portable installer and go
  • No Kidding
    It’s that easy

MY 2 CENTS

PortableApps is great for running other software on PCs that are locked down (no local admin rights / no software install rights).

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