Software Essentials 2021
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Software Essentials 2021

Category
Tech Writeup
Published
2021

This post contains a list of useful software I use, along with download links. Expand the toggles to see more information about a specific piece of software.

Productivity

GifCam - Lightweight Gif Recording
  • Incredibly lightweight
  • Basic Editing features
  • Super fast framerate presets/customisation
  • Quickly draw selection with Ctrl +D (requires window focus, not global shortcut)
  • Consider ShareX as an alternative if you need a more complete solution
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Everything - Lightning Fast global search
Todoist - Cross Platform Todolist
  • Basically a fancy to-do list
  • Calendar View
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  • Works with Alexa/Siri
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  • Tagging/Reminders
  • Kanban-style project boards (also offered by Notion)
  • Set task priorities
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  • Timestamps recognised in your task title
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  • Two-way calendar sync
PowerToys - Window Management + Global Colour Picker

Main features I use are "Colour Picker" and "Fancyzones

FancyZones

  • Improved version of the Windows Snap feature for managing multiple windows.
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  • Create seperate layout preferences for different monitors
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Pro Tip: Get rid of the bleed, it looks fucking dreadful

Colour Picker

  • Ctrl + Win + C to turn your mouse into a global colour picker that copies the hex value directly to your clipboard
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Alexa - Voice
  • Full use of a virtual Alexa device
  • Syncs with timers, notifications, doorbell alerts, etc
  • Control Smart lighting
  • Send announcements + call requests to any existing alexa devices
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FileZilla Client - FTP
  • Just an FTP client init
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Sublime Text - Text
  • Super lightweight
  • Suport for portable edition
  • Code styling support for all major coding/markup languages
  • Vast amounts of custom plugins
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Winrar - .zips (cooler than 7zip)
Elgato: Streamdeck - Macro Shortcuts - ❗ Requires hardware
  • Don't be fooled by the name, this lil USB device is the perfect macro hub
  • Smart lighting control
  • Music control
  • Global time for different regions (good for those working remotely across countries)
  • Open URLs
  • Stock prices
  • Shit loads of other integrations
  • Decent API, I hardcoded a "producitivty" mode that toggles access to social media sites
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Freebie! Here's a download for all of the icons I made for this setup
StreamDeckIcons.part1.rar3072.0KB
StreamDeckIcons.part2.rar1939.2KB

Very messy, not commented, no setup instructions, sorry!

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GOXLR - Audio/Mic Hub - ❗ Requires Hardware
  • Support for XLR microphones
  • Preamp + Interface in one package (cheaper AND better)
  • Control different audio streams with sliders, this box has changed my life

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Creative

Unity - Game Engine
  • Sick game engine, you already know 😎
Visual Studio - Programming

Github Desktop - Not arsed with CLI
  • You'll still need the CLI for some things, but 99% of the time the desktop client is just a much better experience imo
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OBS - Screen Recording
  • Not worth paying for Xplit
  • Actually installs 64 bit by default 🎉
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Audacity - Audio Editing/Recording
  • Quickly record/edit audio
  • The patent on the MP3 format expired in 2017, so no need to hook up the libraries yourself anymore 🎉
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Canon Utilities EOS 3 - Type-C Importing - ❗ Requires Hardware
Elgato: Cam Link 4k - DSLR as Webcam - ❗ Requires Hardware
Elgato: Control Center - Keylight controller - ❗ Requires Hardware

Casual

Discord - Chat & Communities
Discord PTB - Business Acc
Slack - Chat & Communities (but not as good as Discord)
LINE - Chat
Spotify - Music

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Razer Synapse - Macros+Colours - ❗ Requires Hardware