In today’s world there’s pretty much no getting around using a computer for business. The sheer number of programs that are available today is staggering and it’s hard to know what to get, and more importantly, what to avoid.
Considering I have six computers at present I consider myself familiar with a variety of programs both on Mac and Windows.
So I thought I should share with you some software that I find valuable in organizing both my work and my private stuff.
Let’s start off with browsers, my three favorite are:
- Rockmelt (new – great for social networking)
- Firefox (extensions galore)
As for business applications:
- Soundforge – Windows, Garageband – Mac (audio recording)
- Vegas – Windows, Final Cut Pro – Mac (video editing)
- Microsoft Office – Windows, iWork – Mac (document stuff)
- iTunes (music)
- Adobe Creative Suite (photo alteration)
- Picasa (photo viewing)
- Camtasia – Windows, Screenflow – Mac (screen recording)
- Skype (video conferencing and telephone calls)
- GOM – Windows, VLC – Mac (video playback)
- Dropbox (sending files through the internet)
Some of these programs are free while others come with quite a hefty price tag but from my experience, and that of many of my friends, these are the programs that you’ll want to try and get your hands on.
In a future post I’ll talk about the latest hardware but hopefully these programs help you do whatever you’re doing more quickly and with less frustration.