For me I prefer Notepad ++ as you can have multiple tabs, search multiple docs, and it formats code well too.
- Notepad++, I like the search functionality in Notepad++ more then the search in Sublime
- Either 7zip or Python
- Cygwin (for all the lovely Linux Utilities)
- Jing (Screenshot Tool from TechSmith)
On a new Windows PC I’d install:
- Chrome (obvs)
- Ninite (automatically installs common software, deselects all browser toolbar check boxes etc.)
- Ubuntu command line tools (one of the sort-of distros offered through the Windows Subsystem for Linux AKA WSL)
If you’ve not heard of Ninite, I definitely recommend checking it out. You choose the programs you want from a list and download a the resulting .exe file, then Ninite installs everything in the background with sensible settings and no adware or other unwanted stuff.
On a new Mac PC I’d install:
I’ve not used the new openSSH client on Windows 10 yet, but I can recommend giving the Ubuntu command line tools a try (enable Windows Subsystem for Linux then download Ubuntu from the Windows Store) - as a Linux environment it’s not quite perfect, but tools like ssh, rsync, wget etc. work really well.
I pick Notepad++ since it’s under the GPL and doesn’t require a paid license of any sort.
While you can use Sublime w/o a license, you’re supposed to pay for a license. I’ve never paid for one, so I’m not comfortable using it, especially on work systems where I expose both myself and my employer . On the other hand, if you do pay the $80, it’s a pretty generous personal license, allowing for as many copies as you want for your use, including commercial use.
I’ve used the Ubuntu stuff on my personal machine, just not in a work environment. I’m not sure how much I’d use since when I’m on Windows I’ve developed all the work arounds for not having many of the command line niceties from *nix environments, but it seemed to work fine.
“…given a bog standard installation of Windows?” then I install Open Office and write a resignation letter
More seriously, I think it really depends on the product you have to test. I wouldn’t install anything before understanding the SUT…sorry if I don’t really answer the question
I’ve always worked in Windows environments.
Closely followed by
A great question - and a great selection of tools here, some are new to me, some are familiar
Mine (at the moment) would be:
- TextWrangler (great text editor, with lots of built-in tools)
- Xmind (Mind mapping straight away, day 1…)
- Firefox Quantum (has built-in screenshots tool now)
Closely followed by:
- Slack (use it on nearly all my freelance projects now)
- Charles (use this on almost all projects now)
- Xmind - can’t live without it!
- A screenshot tool of some kind - currently using Jing, but have used Greenshot.