Software that gets me through the day

Like everyone that uses a computer there are certain software packages that I use almost daily. I can't really do what I do without these! I figured, hey - I love finding lists of software people use and finding something new so why not make one for others!?

So here is the list. Most are free though some, are not. Free applications are marked.

Documents and Writing

OpenOffice - Full office suite(when I'm at home - FREE!)
Microsoft Office 2007 (when I'm at home)
celtx - Full media production writing software !!!A MUST HAVE!!! (FREE)
Windows Live Writer - blog writing software (FREE)


Adobe Photoshop CS3
Neverwinter Silo - 3D modeling app
Blender - 3D app (FREE)

Web Design

Adobe Dreamweaver CS3 (At work)
Aptana Studio - Aptana Studio is a complete web development environment (At home - FREE version)
NotePad++ - Editor with tabbed interface, configurable syntax highlighting, syntax folding, line numbering, multi-view, bookmarks and regular expression (FREE)
Filezilla - FTP client (FREE)


Microsoft Outlook (at work)
Mozilla Thunderbird - Email client (at home - FREE)
Pidgin IM - A free chat client used by millions. Connect easily to MSN, Google Talk, Yahoo, AIM and other chat networks all at once. (FREE)
Sunbird - Cross-platform calendar application (FREE)


CCleaner - system optimization, privacy and cleaning tool (FREE)
Disk Cleaner - quickly and easily clean your hard disk from temporary files (FREE)
ClamWin - Antivirus (FREE)
Renamer - A very powerful and flexible file renaming tool (FREE)
Keepass - Password manager (FREE)
PuTTY - Telnet and SSH Client (FREE)


PortableApps - This is handy little program that runs off a Flash USB drive. You can have many portable applications open easily with this - some of them are on my list. Really, if it can be used on a portable device, PortableApps will be able to open it for you - which is pretty dang slick.
ObjectDock - Organize shortcuts, programs and running tasks into an attractive and fun animated Dock (FREE version)
RocketDock - Similar to the above and just as awesome. I use these two in tandem so I can have two docks open (FREE)


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