Here is a small list of tools, I’m using in development and in everyday life.
Some of them are well-known, while others are less popular.
Hope, it will be useful to someone.
PuTTY – “SSH and telnet client.”
I use it a lot, when I need remotely connect to my VPS.
WinSCP – “free SFTP, SCP and FTP client for Windows.”
FlashDevelop – “free and open source code editor for every developer.”
One of the best IDEs for developing Flash and OpenFL projects.
And I have recently became a FlashDevelop “sponsor” by donating $100+. Woo-hoo!
HeidiSQL – “useful and reliable tool designed for web developers using the popular MySQL server, and Microsoft SQL databases.”
Still has some bugs, but free and works great.
Notepad++ – “free (as in “free speech” and also as in “free beer”) source code editor and Notepad replacement that supports several languages.”
ShoeBox – “free Adobe Air based app for Windows and Mac OSX with game and ui related tools.”
My primary use is to create spritesheets for the games.
Window Movie Maker – yeah, well, simple, easy to use, and free. Just right for me to quickly create game videos/trailers.
Format Factory – multifunctional media converter.
FastStone Image Viewer – similar to ACDSee, but free (for home users, though)
Double Commander – “cross platform open source file manager with two panels side by side. It is inspired by Total Commander and features some new ideas.”
And unlike TC, it’s free!
Audacity – “free, open source, cross-platform software for recording and editing sounds.”
Inkscape – “professional quality vector graphics software which runs on Windows, Mac OS X and Linux.”
GIMP – “GIMP is the GNU Image Manipulation Program. It is a freely distributed piece of software for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition and image authoring.”
Here is a nice article on how to make GIMP even more usable. (it’s in Russian, though)
Trillian – “modern instant messaging for home and work that prioritizes chat interoperability and security.”
In case, you want to join #haxe or #openfl channels on IRC.
KeePass – “free open source password manager.”
Keeps securing my passwords since 2006! 🙂