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  11. Alek Davis
    September 4, 2012

    In case, my previous attempt to comment was lost in a black hole (didn’t get any error, but don’t see it), one more try.

    One more vote for Ditto (instead of ClipX). I think I tried all (free) clipboard managers (ClipX was the first one I tried), and at this time, Ditto seems to be working better than others. I have been using it for about two years.

    I am not familiar with Roboform, but LastPass also allows you to easily fill out forms (in addition to password management). And it’s free.

    I did not realize that Evernote offers a desktop app. Always used their browser add-ons. Not sure if I need a desktop app, though. It could be good for those who want to clip non-web references.

    [In case, someone is looking for other free software recommendations, I have been keeping a list here: Essential Freeware for Windows]

  12. Avatar X
    August 6, 2012

    Windows Live Writer. How sad i am that it is probably dead and there will not be a new version of it. With the only consolation being that thanks to plugins it still can get something new from time to time or you can get it something new if you really want to.

    And that even considering it was last updated over a year ago, it is still the very best Blog Editor not only for free, but at any price. Even the two top paid Blog Editors in OS X don’t get close to it. I mean, there is people that actually run Windows 7 on VM while on OS X just for Windows Live Writer and Artisteer. It is just that good.

    On the other choices:

    I prefer OneNote over Evernote. I also like Clipboard.com

    I used ClipX until i saw i liked to use Clipboarder a lot more. It only keeps track of the last 100 things. But that is more than enough.

    Instead of Hypersnap that is now too old school. I use the CaptureIt plugin for WLW or Jing.

    AutoHotkey is cool. No argument there.

    Don’t use Roboform or a password manager.

    For Radio, i use an app for last.fm called Echo or an app that never made it to public beta called RadioShark that used Grooveshark. And from time to time i just launch up Winamp for shoutcast. :P

    Still, nice to see what you use Jesse.

  13. Eugene Z
    August 3, 2012

    I must be a dinosaur (I am 40).

    evernote – I use actual paper for keeping notes.
    Incredibly convenient; and does not consume any power!!

    skype – nice.
    I stopped using it once I got a good voip service.
    Now I don’t need to use my notebook to talk to people.

    dropbox – I wouldn’t think of letting somebody else keep my files.
    Read EULA very carefully. They can do anything with them.

    roboform – I wouldn’t think of letting somebody else keep my passwords.
    If you do – I guess you also give your money to strangers.

    ClipX – why would you copy 2 things into clip without pasting out the first
    – I don’t know

    Hotkey – seems like something for ADHD babies (blogs too, BTW).
    I develop code 12 hours a day.
    I use a good programming editor, and compiler, and debugger.
    And I check e-mail.
    What do you need hotkeys for??

    Hypersnap – sounds like something redundant for ppl that have Photoshop or PaintShopPro

    Kudos on the backup

    • Jesse Liberty
      August 3, 2012

      As one dinosaur to another…

      … paper is great, unless you have to search for something, or the paper isn’t with you. Evernote is always with me (on my phone). That is very handy.

      … dropbox and roboform, i have no problems trusting my files and passwords like this; confidential information is highly encrypted as are all my passwords.

      … If your only use of the computer is coding and email, much of what I have here won’t be of use to you

      In any case, I’m not selling; just sharing. :-)

    • Alek Davis
      September 4, 2012

      You seem to sound pretty presumptuous for a dinosaur (and I am 46).

  14. Scott Bussinger
    August 3, 2012

    In regards to Evernote, it’s a great tool. I mostly use it for remembering stuff off the web. As a Chrome browser user, I find it much easier to just install the Evernote Web Clipper browser extension and not install the app locally. It’s very easy to clip articles/images and it saves a LOT of disk space (I have over 4000 notes). Searching on the Evernote website is very fast so that fact that it’s not installed locally hasn’t been a problem.

  15. Duo
    August 3, 2012

    Can’t wait to get my hands on Win8 tablets for our office, thanks for the suggestions.

    “Jesse Liberty is a Technical Evangelist for Telerik and has three decades of expereience writing …”

    But his spell-checker is broken.

    • Jesse Liberty
      August 3, 2012

      Fixed, thanks!

  16. Alon
    August 3, 2012

    Hi,
    I always like to read such articles – to find new utilities… Thank you!

    My preferences regarding utilities are:
    1. Free (donation is optional)
    2. Portable (I think that today 90% of the utilities I use are portable and if I find a new one that is not, I think twice before installing)
    3. Doing exactly what I need, not more (and for sure not less :)

    Here are some of my alternatives to the ones mentioned above:
    For Roboform, I use KeePass Password Safe. With a bit of configuration, it allows filling with a shortcut and most important, it is saved locally. I backup its file based DB within my regular backup procedure and it also has an android version where I sync the DB to it using SugarSync (another service, similar to DropBox, though with different advantages).

    For ClipX, I use Ditto. I’m not familiar with ClipX but Ditto does all that was mentioned above, plus it allows you to show the clipboard list and then just start typing the required value, to filter the list. It also allows you with a keyboard shortcut to edit a value, before pasting. Very cool and useful.

    For AutoHotKey, I use TinyTask. This one is not as thorough as AutoHotKey but it does what I need – record a macro of my mouse moves and clicks.

    For HyperSnap, I use the Win7 built in SnippingTool (C:\Windows\System32\SnippingTool.exe )

    Other utilities I use, if you care to check them out: WizMouse, SlickRun, Notepad++, FotoResizer, Autoruns, procexp (Process Explorer), TeraCopy, xyplorer, lingoes, join.me, everything.

    And last, check the PortableApps site for many more portables. You don’t even need their UI platform, just pick an app and ‘install’ it to your “Tools” folder.

    Enjoy,

    Alon

    • Avatar X
      August 6, 2012

      Some nice suggestions. I had forgot about TinyTask.

  17. Phil
    August 3, 2012

    Dropbox is great, but since Microsoft recently overhauled SkyDrive, that is better – same functionality, more free space, better integration, especially in Windows 8. However, I never understand why more isn’t written about Syncplicity. It does basically the same thing as Dropbox, but is much more flexible. I can sync FolderA on my work PC with FolderB on my home PC which, because the two machines have different purposes, are in different locations in the file structure. It lets me sync my documents in a very obvious folder, as well as obscure folders containing game settings so that my preferences are universal. Everyone should use it.

  18. ahad porkar
    August 3, 2012

    Why whould u try to install Dropbox when win8 have dropbox embedded as a menu ???

    • Jesse Liberty
      August 3, 2012

      Please say more about what you mean

  19. Hardik
    August 3, 2012

    I use Ditto CP instead of clipX. I’ve found it to be *extremely* versatile.

  20. Al Wilson
    August 3, 2012

    The article has some useful advice. I can testify to the value of Evernote, Dropbox, and Pandora. I find it remarkable that vendors like Microsoft and Apple cannot duplicate those programs. I can tell you that I have tried several alternatives to each of them and I always came back.
    With respect to Skype – I wonder how it works now with cell phone calls. The original technology for wired calls was limited in such a way that interconnection to cell phones caused substantial degradation to the audio. This caused me to drop out of Skype.
    Roboform, Hypersnap, and Carbonite might be worth some experimentation. The usual problem with passwords as they might be saved on Roboform is that they are now routinely changed every few months. When I track a hundred logins, this means the form on one or more computers has to change almost every day. Maybe Roboform has a solution for that. No one else does.

    • CB
      August 3, 2012

      I use LastPass for passwords, and that seems to recognize when I am changing the password for a site and it offers to update what it (LastPass) has associated with the site. Very handy.

    • Alek Davis
      September 4, 2012

      Regarding Skype, I have been using it on a Windows Phone (Nokia Lumia 900), and it works fine. Tried it when communicating with another phone and a laptop. The Windows Phone app Tango Video Calls, is more efficient, though.

  21. Martin
    August 3, 2012

    I thought this was going to be about Windows 8 specific tools, but most if not all are for all Windows version… Clickbait title!

    • Leeroy
      August 3, 2012

      Most people would understand from the title that these were used in previous versions of Windows and made the transition to Windows 8. I guess everyone isn’t as skilled in reading comprehension and prefer to troll.

  22. Rich
    August 3, 2012

    It is a shame that Pandora is a US only service, as I would have liked to give it a go with my eclectic musical tastes
    :{

    • Patricia
      August 5, 2012

      Hi Rich!

      Where abouts are you?? They are expanding – they’ve just came to New Zealand too!

  23. web development newcastle
    August 2, 2012

    Some great apps listed here Jesse. I’m going to try carbonite now. You should ask them for commission! :)

  24. Ilija Injac
    August 2, 2012

    Hi Jesse,

    thank you for sharing your favorite tools. About 60% have been totally unknown to me.

    Best,
    Ilija

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