In this post I want to discuss two valuable and free resources that I use daily. They make my life easy and that’s why I want to share my experiences with you.
The first resource is the one that I use most: TextPad.
It’s a powerful, general purpose editor for plain text files. I’ve been using it for a while and was so happy with it that I took the paid version. It keeps the annoying pop ups away that appear on an occasional Save click.
TextPad comes with many features and the one I like most is the ability to wrap lines and split them at the desired length. That makes it very easy to cut each text line at 55 or 60 characters.
But there are many more, like a ‘Warm Start’ that lets you restart exactly where you left off, unlimited undo/redo capability and an outstanding and a very powerful search/replace engine using UNIX-style regular expressions.
I use the search/replace feature a lot, for instance preparing phrase and exact keywords for PPC campaigns.
TextPad has a tabbed interface, allowing you to work on multiple files at the same time. Frequently used combinations of commands can be saved as keystroke macros and the programs comes with a spell checker with dictionaries for 10 languages.
Easy to use, with all the features a power user requires. I suggest you give it a try.
The other valuable resource I use is MWSnap. That is a small yet powerful graphics program for snapping (capturing) images from parts of the screen.
With MWSnap you can capture the full desktop, rectangles or an active menu. The program handles 5 most popular graphics formats, from which I like the png format best because of the balance between quality and file size.
The software also contains several graphical tools: a zoom, a ruler (for measuring screen objects lengths), a color picker and a window spy.
MWSnap does not require installation and does not need any special dlls, drivers or system files which can mess up your system and probably therefore is very small. The available hotkeys make it possible to snap screen shots of menus with the cursor.
MWSnap is freeware (although the developer Mirek accepts your donations) and you wouldn’t expect that kind of quality from such a program. But it delivers.
Those were my 2 valuable resources.
How about you? Do you have any?
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