Programs I use
This section is under construction
Everything is a fantastic search program. Its indexing is super
fast and it's easy to use, works on old computers (2000+), and easily beats out
Windows' file search. You can sort to find the largest files on your drive, and
filter for duplicates. Choose Search > Match Path, type in any part of
the filepath you're looking for, and bam, there it is in seconds or less.
It really is the center of my workflow a lot of the time, and I highly
I hope this list has helped or informed you in some way. If you have
any other neat programs to share, reach out.
- Xfader -
Seamless texture generator from Pegtop
- From a recommendation, this program was used for a good chunk of backgrounds on this site.
- ShareX - Screenshot
- I use this program when I need to make precise screen grabs or
quick screencasts. I also use its screen color picker and image
thumbnailer rather often.
- Anydesk - Remote
- If I were to describe it, it's like a nicer, slightly lighter TeamViewer.
The download size is small and attended setup is convenient. Unattended
setup requires setting a password, but an account is not necessary.
Connections, once established are secure and direct wherever possible
unless you are behind a firewall.
- Parsec - Remote desktop and game streaming software
- Parsec is like Anydesk in that you can remote connect to your
machines over LAN or WAN. An account is required and used for
unattended access. However, it's also more optimized for game
streaming, and if your internet is really fast you can join what other
people are playing as a pseudo-local multiplayer experience in the
Arcade. Both Anydesk and Parsec do require active Internet to
facilitate connections, so if you're only on LAN or are dealing with
older OSes you may want to steer more towards VNC and the like.
- Microsoft Remote Desktop
- Speaking of! Plain old RDP is so great. I can remote into my modern
machines from my XP-running netbooks and Web-pc, and you'd hardly be able to
tell the difference for general, non-media centric tasks.
- Snappy Driver
Installer Origin - Driver install utility
- I like using this program by downloading the indexes and the
packages of Wi-Fi/networking drivers and keeping them on a USB stick
for whenever I need to install, or reinstall drivers on any of my
machines. It brings together any of them that can be installed or
updated with little fuss. No shady registrations or trial versions
either--although it can look dubious on the surface, it's open source
(so long as you get it from the right spot) and a massive time-saver.
- MediBang Paint Pro - Painting,
- Getting to more general applications than system utilities, this is the
program I use for digital art and image editing. Apart from the ads on
startup it is free and fully featured. There is also FireAlpaca, which I
discovered earlier, that came from the same kinda codebase. The two programs
are really similiar, letting you interchange their formats and see whatever
Resolve - Advanced video editor from Blackmagic
- I tend to use Windows Live Movie Maker when I want to put small
videos together, but when I need something more sophisticated Resolve
seals the deal. It's a very full-featured and free alternative to
Premiere Pro. The company behind it, Blackmagic Design manufactures
cameras and equipment and they also sell a professional version.
Standard Resolve though, is so good for the price.
That said as my friend Carrot put it while using it for the first time,
the price you pay is not monetary. It's a beefy program that needs a
fast CPU and free RAM to run smoothly. My Phenom ii workstation can use it comfortably with
9GB RAM, but your results will likely vary especially on laptops or
processors that are less equipped.
- Obsidian - Note-taking
and knowledge base
- I began using Obsidian in December 2020 and I really like its
daily notes feature. Dubbed a "second brain", it lets me remember a lot
of stuff I come across. I store my vault on Dropbox and sync it with my
laptop. They're all plain Markdown files, so if I need to jump ship or
I can't use their Electron version I can just use my own text editor
- QuiteRSS -
- I store a portable version of this app in my Dropbox for my RSS
reading pleasure. I'm a large proponent for offline viewing and
syncing, so having my feeds everywhere pleases me.
- Syncthing -
- Syncthing is what I use to sync large quantities of files between
my machines. Sometimes something hiccups and I need to go in and fix
the conflict, but for the most part it's been wonderful. No arbitrary
storage limits, and no using up valuable internet bandwidth. I've been
using it since 2017.
- File Converter -
Quick file converter from
- I use this mainly for when I need to convert images and media
quickly. It throws itself in your Windows context menu for maximum
- PNGGauntlet - Image
- This is great for really getting the most out of your PNG images.
It shaves off quite a bit of cruft depending on how bulky your encoder
was and the size of the image.
- RadioSure - Internet
- I found this program a long time ago, and coming back to it now,
it's among my favorite ways to listen to Internet radio. RadioSure keeps track
of recently played songs, and even has recording support. Try Jamendo
- Internet suite
- A fork of the classic Mozilla internet suite. I use Composer for
updating my pages when I'm not relying on SharePoint Designer's
featureset. It's very nice.
- Barrier - Virtual KVM switch
- Barrier is a fork of Synergy 1.x before it went commercial. I had
some issues with auto-setup, but when you've got it configured it works
well. It's very helpful when you want to work on two machines on your desk at once
with one keyboard and mouse.