Favorite Tools I Use

My favorite apps and software — the tools I use every day. (Some affiliate links included.)

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Favorite Tools I Use

Browsing & Email

Google Chrome
I’m not sure how I survived before I started using Chrome as my primary browser — it’s the only way I can manage all my multiple online identities and keep track of my extensive bookmarks.  (Check out my list of favorite Chrome Extensions here.)

SwagBucks
A search engine that rewards you with gift cards for random, everyday normal web searches?  A must have!

Gmail
I love Gmail’s new tabs! Be sure to read my tips for Slaying the Email Dragon to find out why I love Gmail’s archive feature, too.

Thunderbird
Though I use Gmail for my personal email, Thunderbird is my email client of choice to manage all the different email accounts I’m in charge of. (Find out more about Email Clients, POP & IMAP and why I switched to IMAP.)

 

Blogs & Social Media

Feedly
The best thing that happened to RSS feeds. (Click here for my feed reader FAQ and reviews.)

Pocket

Buffer
I don’t Tweet without it! (Find a Buffer 101 here.)

HootSuite

 

Photography & Image Editing

Canon PowerShot G11

Paint.NET
Free photo-editing software that’s free and amazing–and has more features than I’ve yet learned to use.

Picasa
It thinks like I do when it comes to organizing digital photos, and has a lot of buttons for easy, on-the-go editing.

PicMonkey
An online photo editing site with all sorts of fun effects and collage capabilities! Click here for the PicMonkey tutorials I’m pinning to Pinterest.

 

Files & Backups

DropBox

My no-brainer backup solution.

CutePDF Writer
Creating PDF files from documents is free and easy: just click Print and select the CutePDF Printer!

 

Productivity

Todoist
My brain. Click here for a review of Todoist and similar apps.

Evernote
My digital notebook. The way I take notes and keep track of details. Click here for more of my favorite productivity tools and apps.

 

Bookkeeping, Time Tracking, & Invoicing

Quicken Small Business

Harvest

 

Miscellaneous Software

Microsoft Word

Microsoft Excel

Scrivener

 

Favorite Android Apps

Pocketcasts

 

Blogging & Web Development

WordPress.org

BigScoots

FileZilla
A fast and easy to configure FTP client.

Notepad + +

 

Devices

Dell Laptop

Samsung Android Tablet

Verizon Brightside Phone

 

Anti-Virus (for Windows)

AVG Free Anti-Virus
Sometimes, free is better.  This anti-virus program doesn’t take over your entire computer like others do!

Microsoft Security Essentials
Another great free anti-virus program, that does everything automatically.