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    Your Most Treasured Software

    Every now and then I find an invaluable piece of free software that really makes the live of a designer / developer so much easier.

    My favourites would have to be:
    IE5 Web Accessories - also works on IE6 - this plugin set from Microsoft enables the "View Partial Source" feature when right clicking a highlighted area on a page.
    Xenu - spiders your site for broken links and other files of interest.
    Cute HTML - my old version from when it was free, still one of the fastest programs I have found for handling a large number of files and massive find and replace requests within multiple files.
    The Google Bar - just so flippn handy!

    I am interested in what other people have discovered over the years.
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    Firstly, if this thread is to reamin open I suggest that some links are needed to the software mentioned if you can so that it isn't just a chat thread which isn't allowed.

    Secondly:

    Myself I like Xara X (www.xara.com) for graphic work, vector and basic web graphics go together really well IMO.

    Macromedia Dreamweaver MX (www.macromedia.com) is an excellent WYISWYG editor (although sometimes inaccurate) but I primarily use it as a site file manager and coder in code view. What I love about it is the little drop down menus that appear as you code and yu can just press enter or use your mouse/keys to navigate through the list to another command/statement ... simply great IMO

    Hmm.. WS_FTP (www.ipswitch.com) the PRO version is what I have, really good! I think they still have the free version as well LE.

    Can't go past Photoshop, lol (www.adobe.com)..

    The IE 5 web accessories are nice, had them yonks ago.
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    damn you posted links, michael I was hoping that you would forget, hence breaking your own rule, so that I could laugh at you! ahhh well....

    Anyway, here's some software I could not do without:

    Mozilla with Orbit3 skin, Mouse Gestures, RadialContext, Googlebar, and of course, Multizilla! (all available from MozDev

    SciTE with some custom syntax highlighting so that it looks the way I want

    PuTTY I couldn't admin my servers without this ace SSH tool!

    ExamDiff a tool for comparing two files for changes. Excellent!

    PHP, MySQL, Apache, Perl, Python, and of course, Linux (pick a distro!) - where would I be without my LAMP??? Not sure if it counts, but I wouldn't be without any of that lot

    Well, all that stuff is marvellously FREE and I love it!

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    Yeah, sory bout those links, here you go...

    Microsoft Web Developer Accessories
    Xenu
    Google Bar

    I couldn't find any official download for the old free Cute HTML but the newest... and probably best... but definitely mostexpensive version from GlobalSCAPE
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    CKRename is a bulk file renaming utility

    BK ReplaceEM is a global search/replace utility that supports regex

    DotColor gives you a little magnified square and shows you RGB, HEX and screen co-ordinates for whatever is under your cursor

    MCIRecorder records your sound card's output - useful for making recordings of live audio streams

    SpyBot Search and Destroy - if you use IE you should be using this everyday; nuff said.
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    "Why bother with accessibility? ... Because deep down you know that the web is attractive to people who aren't exactly like you." - Joe Clark

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    UltraEdit32 -- For editing source files

    Windows NT/2000/XP -- Say what you may, it's a good OS for my purposes. Which version depends on which machine I'm working at.

    Beyond those two, what else I run usually depends onwhat I'm using the machine for.

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    NB - I'm sure we could all go on for hours about our favourite workhorse software products ... but I think this thread is about freeware utilities.
    "Why bother with accessibility? ... Because deep down you know that the web is attractive to people who aren't exactly like you." - Joe Clark

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    Some of my favourites:

    EyeDropper: magnify square, color picker & screen coordinates. Saves to clipboard

    Pictures Toolbar: Toolbar add-on for IE to download images from thumbnail galleries

    Minirelay mail server: A very tiny and fast mail server

    ButtonBoogie (PCMagazine): let's you drag and drop taskbar buttons to create the arrangement you prefer

    Ruler: A vertical/horizontal floating ruler

    The Font Thing: To manage TTF fonts; browse, install, uninstall, compare, ...

    Cats Cradle: web page editor that makes it very easy to translate web pages from one language into another

    HandyFile Find & Replace: Find & Replace with filters, regular expressions, ...

    Girafa: A IE bar add-on that makes thumbnails from a lot of search engine results list


    And all free, of course
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    WinSQL-Lite : Anyone who works with multiple dbs and writes larger sql statements this is big help. I usually write my more advanced sql or sp in winsql then copy them into code.


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