Useful Software Tools

Here are some (mostly great) tools I use. I'm happy to recommend them here. Some are free and others cost money, but in general, even the non-free tools are worth it--otherwise they would not be listed here.

Instant Messaging

Text Editors

My favorite text editor for Windows:

  • UltraEdit (costs ~$40, but definitely worth it!)

A free alternative (but not as good) to UltraEdit when you can't afford/acquire a license for it:

File Tools

  • WinMerge -- compare folder trees and individual files. I love this tool! It has saved me lots of time when comparing book manuscript files (plain text, not binary) and source code. It's great for reconciling two different folder structures or simply understanding the differences.
  • Junction -- create symbolic links to other folders in Windows NTFS-formatted disks