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What are your favorite utilities?
« on: December 02, 2016, 07:29:04 AM »
What sort of (non-CAD) programs to you use regularly as part of your daily workflow? Mine include the following:

Microsoft Word -- for documentation of every stripe
Microsoft Excel -- for spreadsheets
Microsoft Outlook -- email client
TurboPDF -- viewing, editing, and "printing" PDF files
PSPad  -- text editor for editing/creating BasicCAD scripts, examining and editing INI files, and any general-purpose text file manipulations
Camtasia Studio -- for creating short videos
7-Zip -- for creating and extracting archives
Filezilla for access to ftp sites
Acronis TrueImage for computer backup/recovery
grep -- a command-line utility for finding files that contain a certain string of text
MSPaint for dirt-simple bitmap viewing and editing
Adobe Photoshop for more advanced bitmap editing
Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 for C++, Visual Basic, and C# programming. I know there's a later version -- I'll get around to it when I have the time.
Embarcadero Delphi for Delphi programming; if you don't like the price of Delphi, Lazarus is a very viable  and *free* alternative.

*forgot to add these*
Repetier-Host for 3D printing.
AccuTrans 3D for viewing/editing various 3D file formats. AccuTrans is great for flipping normals when needed, and finding mis-matched edges in objects intended for 3D printing.
« Last Edit: December 02, 2016, 08:30:44 AM by DrollTroll »
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Re: What are your favorite utilities?
« Reply #1 on: December 02, 2016, 08:25:13 AM »
Microsoft Word for documentation *****
Microsoft Excel for spreadsheets *****
Microsoft PowerPoint for presentations ***
Mozilla Thunderbird for email ****
Mozilla Firefox for web browsing *****
CutePDF for "printing" PDF files ***
FileZilla for managing web sites sites *****
MSPaint occasionally for bitmap viewing and editing ***
Adobe Photoshop CS5 for more advanced bitmap editing ***
CoffeCup HTML Editor for creating web sites *****
Adobe Reader for viewing PDF files ****
DesignCAD for CAD drawings *****
AutoDesk DWG TrueView for viewing DFX and DWG files **
Accutrans 3D for viewing and translating STL files ****
PCAD for schematic and circuit board design ***

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Re: What are your favorite utilities?
« Reply #2 on: December 02, 2016, 09:31:24 AM »
Cinema 4D for 3D rendering, 3D animation 3D walk-thru meeting presentations ...and because it blends with Dcad like how Jack Sprat blends with his wife, what one is terrible at the other excels at.

Notepad
for BasicCAD

CutePDF for pdf printing,

Snipping Tool for on-screen image capture,

Serif Photo Plus for image editing (well, more like image utilities like clearing the background from around trees. My non-photographic and non-hand drawn images usually start out in Dcad then moved over to C4D for coloring and polishing)

Serif Video Plus for video editing,

Acustica Mixcraft for music creation (also can edit video),

Virtual DJ for dj'ing,

liteCam HD for recording video of the screen,

Mozilla Firefox for web browsing,

http://forum.designcadcommunity.com for social media (facebook is a distant second),

Doom for gaming,

kodi for entertainment,

...and since DT stipulated "non-CAD" ...drum roll please...
DesignCAD for a host of non-CAD stuff.

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Re: What are your favorite utilities?
« Reply #3 on: December 02, 2016, 09:32:30 AM »
Microsoft Word for largere text documents **
Notepad for plain text documents **
MIcrosoft Access for databases *
Microsoft Excel for spreadsheets and financial records *****
Microsoft PowerPoint for presentations *

Mozilla Seamonkey for email & web browsing, paying bills, reading forums, or research, online video, news,  ******
Foxit Reader for printing and viewing and markup *** or CutePDF for "printing" PDF files *

FileZilla for managing web sites sites *
Powerdesk for file-syncing and backups ***
Windows File Explorer for managing photo albums and general file management (~52,000 image files on my laptop) **

Mediamonkey for music file management listening and rating (~12,000 music files) ***

DesignCAD for various things besides just CAD drawing *****
AutoDesk Autocad 2010 for viewing DFX and DWG files **

MSPaint or Paintnet occasionally for bitmap and photo viewing and editing ***
VLC Media player for videos **
Google Picasa for viewing and face recognition in my photo albums *
Windows Snipping tool for screenshots **
Brother printer utilities for scanning pdf documents or image files **
Google Earth to figure out where I am, and how to get to where I am not **

Navfree on my Blackberry cellphone for driving directions *

CCleaner for disk maintenance and registry cleaning *
Aerotweaker for fixing windows 10 issues  *

A few more on my older computers for when these don't work



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Re: What are your favorite utilities?
« Reply #4 on: December 02, 2016, 07:13:27 PM »
All these programs are just one click away on my taskbar.

Used daily:
Microsoft Windows Explorer -- my top directory/file managemnet tool
Microsoft Word -- for documentation of every stripe
Microsoft Excel -- for spreadsheets for financial admin and woodworking material lists
Microsoft Sticky Notes -- for maintaining long (!!!) to-do list;  THE memory for 73-year olds
Mozilla Thunderbird -- for email and calendar
Mozilla Firefox --- for web browsing
X-Plane 10 -- flight simulation (my only vice); plus 9 additional tools

Not necessary daily, but certainly often:
PSPad  -- text editor for editing/creating BasicCAD scripts
CutePDF (Pro) --  for "printing" PDF files
Adobe Reader -- for viewing PDF files
DesignCAD -- for CAD drawings, mainly woodworking projects
Notepad++ -- for editing and looking at text files, and searching information in multiples files at the same time
CCleaner -- for system clean up
Snipping Tool -- for on-screen image capture
Ancestral Quest 14 -- for maintaining genealogy database of our family
Microsoft Backup -- for monthly backups
FRSLibrary -- database library tool for books, DVDs, CDs, slides, etc.
Living Cookbook -- for keeping track of recipes
Coral PaintShop Pro X8 -- for all my image editing work
AVS Video Editor -- for editing my videos; plus additional tools
TopStyle 5 -- for editing web pages and CSS
WS_FTP -- for updating my web site
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Re: What are your favorite utilities?
« Reply #5 on: December 03, 2016, 03:49:11 AM »
As I have noted before, Total Commander is my primary window into file management. It replaces about 10 of the previously-mentioned utilities.
Instead of MS products, I use LibreOffice for word processing and spreadsheets.
SMPlayer for videos.
Firefox and Thunderbird (with calendar).
Foxit for PDFs.
Kompozer and BlueGriffon for web editing.
Paintshop Pro and Irfanview for graphics editing.
Pinnacle Studio for video editing.
XXcopy for backups.
Lots of batch files...