- Adobe Photoshop (or Gimp)
Photoshop is a must have for slicing the designs from the design department. My favorite shortcut is Ctrl+Alt+Shift+S to save images for web.
- Adobe Bridge
for previewing the *.psd files, since explorer lacks the *.psd previewing option.
- Visual Studio 2010
I use Visual Studio for all my HTML, CSS, JS, Asp.Net and C# coding. It’s awesome! The productivity power tools are a must have.
- Compare IT
I use it to compare my development and production configuration files, actually all plain text files. Compare it website. [more]
Subversion as version control is the best and affordable option I know.
Scott Hanselman pointed out this one. I had to manual format code before posting it online. I use it now for formatting code before I post it on my blog or Stackoverflow. It can be found on the Pre Code codeplex page.
- Internet Explorer
I have this browser because it’s installed by default and 70% of the people in Holland has it as primary browser. I have IE 8 and 9 (preview). By pressing F12 in IE8, you can switch to IE7 render engine, which is great for testing purposes.
The lightweight browser with a fast growing fan base. Although this all sounds great, it´s not my default browser because the lack of extensions. but each day there are released more solid extensions. (I might switch to chrome in the future) If you don’t have Chrome installed, you are no passionate web developer.
Opera is always known because of their speed and ahead features. If you have never heard of them, you must have lived underneath a rock. dl at www.opera.com.
I actually did not install Safari because I have Chrome (also uses the Webkit engine for displaying websites) and Apple bundles iTunes and QuickTime with it. It’s bloated and slow.
When I don’t want to fire up Visual Studio, but when I do need syntax highlighting. Useful for simple HTML files like building e-mail newsletters. http://notepad-plus-plus.org/
The best browser at the moment with the most choice of extensions. Here are some I can’t live without:
- Webdeveloper toolbar
- CodeBurner for Firebug
- Html Validator
- Live HTTP Headers
- Page Speed
- SEO For Firefox
- Speed Dial
To tweet or not to tweet with an awesome WPF UI. You do need the .Net 4.0 framework and you can get it here http://www.metrotwit.com
- Outlook 2010
Please update to 2010, because it’s more integrated with Facebook, LinkedIN, MSN etc.
ps. Does anybody have a great anti spam tool for outlook?
- Live messenger Wave 4 (or above)
It has a Social view so you can track your friends and colleagues Youtube uploads and status updates from Facebook and LinkedIN
Remote desktop to contact the production and test servers for IIS settings and file rights etc. comes with every normal Windows version
- Filezilla (client)
I used FireFTP before. It’s an Firefox extension and free. But when I encountered several minor bugs, I switched to FileZilla (open source FTP client)
- Sequioa view
When your hard drive is full with old *.psd files, and you would like to know which directory is the largest, you might want to use Sequoiaview
I used DisplayFusion for my dual monitor setup before, but switched to Ultramon recently. According to several studies, a (web) developer needs a big screen and/or more then one screen to increase productivity.
- SQL server management studio 2008
Again a better tool then 2005. If your host database has 2008 server, you also have intellisense! There is also a free version of SQL management studio 2008.
- Microsoft FXcop
It’s hard to find a working link, but the file is attached here: http://code.msdn.microsoft.com/codeanalysis/Release/ProjectReleases.aspx?ReleaseId=553
With FXcop you can check your project for coding policies and standards.
IMHO the best webserver at the moment. I use these two extensions: URL Rewrite for better SEO links and user-friendly URL's and the SEO Toolkit
- Microsoft Virtual PC 2007
When you are using Vista or Windows 7, you often need to test your web app in an antique browser like IE6 or 7. I installed them on Windows XP which I run with Virtual PC
(This is also awesome for multiple versions of IE) http://tredosoft.com/Multiple_IE
Well I hope that there are some tools/apps that you haven’t heard of before and that it makes your daily tasks easier. Good luck! Please let me know if you do not agree on some points I am also learning new stuff each day!