[Editor's Note: This is part four of a five part series of must-have apps.]
I’ve been using Windows since Windows 3.1 and have yet to become a fanboi.
As said before, these are not necessarily Windows only apps, but apps that are must-have for me personally.
I know, I know — this was also James Cooper’s number one app for the Mac OS, but come on!
When I tried Chrome after it first came out, it was — meh. After Chrome was deeper in its release cycle, I decided to give it a go, again. Since I made the switch, I’ve never looked back (well maybe once). I love the dev tools, speed, and most recently, pinning tabs. I thought about listing TweetDeck in my top five list, since I use it to tweet-out on multiple accounts, but since TweetDeck can run as a Chrome extension, there’s no need to run TweetDeck as a separate app!
2) AVG Free
Let’s face it.
This is Windows.
You’re going to need an anti-virus program, and this is the one to use.
I’ve been using AVG Free for several years, now, and it never stops being awesome. I absolutely love the scan level option, that changes the speed of your scan based on how much processor power you’re using.
I love using Fireworks.
From the mock-up to the final images, Fireworks is my go-to tool. I love the pixel perfect accuracy.
Since it’s been acquired from Adobe, it’s become even more enjoyable to use for me. Fireworks also offers a lot of other options as it interfaces with Dreamweaver, but those days are long gone. It seems like Fireworks was just part of the Macromedia acquisition to get their hands on the now, very dead Flash. However, Fireworks offers an odd mix of Photoshop and Illustrator elements. If you have Fireworks in your Adobe suite, try mocking-up a site with it, you might be surprised how much you like it.
I’ve used Sonic Solutions, ProTools and Steinberg DAW solutions.
Now, I can’t speak to music production, as my audio editing experience is in short and long form radio programming. After 15-plus years of experience, I can say that Steinberg is your fastest editing option for radio (podcast) production. You don’t have to worry about real time mixdowns and editing audio clips is uber fast with the right hot-keys configured.
Quality? It has it. Nuendo was used to mix the LOTR.
I used Nuendo for several years, so using Cubase was the natural choice for me, as Cubase is built on the Nuendo core.
For a while I used PSPad, but after I started using Notepad++, I quickly realized it was superior.
I like how solid it is, but most of all, I love the version control. I can save a file, try it, and still revert back to the pre-saved version. The FTP add-on is nice, but some of the other add-on’s I’ve tried have been a little shaky. I hope to find something better down the road, but for now, Notepad++ remains a must-have for me!
As I look at my own list, I can see I’m not very “hooked” into Windows.
Maybe making the jump to a Mac won’t be painful?
What are your must-have Windows apps?