Must-Have Applications for Productivity

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The applications that I’m about to enumerate will make things easier for you and make you more productive at work as a developer. I shall provide you with reasons why they are worth downloading and installing to your computer. Trust me, they are awesome.

These apps are for Windows but some of them, such as Trillian, are also available for other operating systems.

What else? All of them are FREE to download.

Let’s get started!


1. Sublime Text 2 – The Text Editor you’ll fall in love with.

Sublime text is a sophisticated text editor for code, markup and prose.

Sublime is slightly slower than Notepad++ but it has tons of additional features that will surely help you when writing code.
It’s an incredible text editor–That’s just the best way to describe it.


2. Launchy – The Open Source Key Stroke Launcher

Launchy is a free cross-platform utility designed to help you forget about your start menu, the icons on your desktop, and even your file manager.

Of all the apps in this list, Launchy is my favorite. Do you still use the start menu or the run command to open an application? If yes, then it’s time to forget about all that and start using this cool piece of software.
Here’s a picture of Launchy in action. Neat huh? Oh, have I mentioned that you may change its theme?

You can run CMD commands using Launchy! How cool is that?

Or use it as a calculator. Our study shows that using Launchy instead of running calc.exe from the Run command will save you more or less 3 seconds! Wow.

You can even use it to search websites such as Google, Bing, Yahoo!, YouTube, Wikipedia, etc.


3. Trillian

Trillian is a modern instant messaging for home and work that prioritizes chat interoperability and security.

Do you have Yahoo! Messenger, Skype, Windows Live Messenger, and Facebook on a web browser running all at the same time? Oh, that sure is hard to manage and will consume a lot of space on your desktop. It’s time to uninstall all those and switch to Trillian. You will love it, for sure!

Trillian has great support for many different chat networks, including Facebook, Skype, Google, MSN, AIM, ICQ, XMPP, Yahoo!, and more. And It has a very simple user interface for easy chatting. What more can you ask for?

One of many reasons why I like Trillian is that I get notified everytime someone is about to send me a message. Imagine how useful that is!


 4. Rocketdock – The Single Greatest Piece of Software. Ever.

Rocketdock is a smoothly animated, alpha blended application launcher. It provides a nice, clean interface to drop shortcuts on for easy access and organization.

There’s truth to Rocketdock’s subheading… Have you ever wished of having a dock for Windows? If yes, then Rocketdock is the thing. Download it. Install it. Customize it. And make your desktop look fancy.


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