Tools List


Someone at the Launch event a few weeks ago asked me what tools I use when presenting as well as any cool developer tools that I use when developing.  I figured that with Hanselman’s List, having another list didn’t make a lot of sense since I get a lot of value out of what he’s already put together, but then I figured if it was in a Blog post, then I’d always have it around for when I needed to rebuild my machine 🙂


I’m posting it here, as a first draft, but am planning to make this a “page” within Community Server so that I can edit it later.  Anyway, here goes (and in no particular order):



  • Paint.NET

  • Office Communicator 2007

  • Digsby

  • Twhirl

  • Live Mesh

  • Firefox – for testing down-level browsers 😉

  • Feed Demon from Newsgator

  • Newsgator Go! for mobile

  • Newsgator Toolbar

  • del.icio.us Toolbar buttons

  • Flickr Downloadr

  • Virtual Earth

  • Windows Live Writer + lots of plugins

  • IE7 Pro

  • Live Meeting + Outlook add-ins

  • 7-Zip

  • ZoomIt (Sysinternals)

  • Process Explorer (Sysinternals)

  • Xobni

  • Windows Mobility Center – although this comes with Vista, I have to mention it here because it ROCKS.  WMC makes it SUPER easy to manage a LOT of your laptop settings from a simple control panel.  Whenever I connect to an external projector, I use this instead of some funky F-key sequence.  WMC works every single time.

  • Foxit Reader – way faster than Adobe’s Reader. 

  • Reflector

  • IE8 Debugging Tools

  • Fiddler

I'm sure that I've forgotten something, but I can always go back to this page to update it.  When I get time, I'll add links to all the tools so it will be easy for you to download them. 


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