A few years ago i started tread on this forum that was valuable, So, I thought I would do it again.
What tools do you use from day to day along side Xojo that make you life easier?
I find that I use the following apps every day directly alongside Xojo:
Yoink: A drag and drop “extender” for Mac
Flycut: Remembers you last 50 or so copy and past rest string
ScreenFloat: Allows you to do quick screen grabs and keeps the window on top for quick comparisons.
Atext: a text expander like “textExpander” but cost $2.
Spectacles: For quick Window management.
well for me. none of the above (nor similar tools). Most of the tools are ones I wrote myself
- PaintDS - a MSPaint clone for macOS, for icons, graphics etc.
- iconResizer - creates all the required icons from a master image (icons for iOS, Android, Xojo and AppStore)
- Tadpole - SQLite Database Manager
- UltraEdit - text editor for non-XOJO code related tasks (note : this one I DID NOT write)
Keyboard Maestro - Macro app on steroids.
Valentina Studio Pro - SQL database manager.
XsEdit - XojoScript editor of my own creation.
BBEdit - Text editor that doesn’t suck.
SourceTree - Source control.
AppWrapper - for Mac code signing
Base - Lightweight SQLite editor
Navicat - (MySQL, Postgres, and SQLite) for heavier lifting with databases
DMG Canvas - created mac Disk images
Parallels - Virtual OS for testing many varieties of Linux and Windows, and even some old Mac OS’
Cocoa JSON Editor - edit JSON files. Apparently this app has been discontinued. Bummer.
Paw - API tool for the Mac
Notepad++ for advanced text editing, includes a JSON viewer/formatter
Everything for super-fast indexing/searching of files by name (Windows only)
VirtualBox for VMs
Github desktop for source control
Navicat for SQLite, MySQL/MariaDB, PostgresSQL, SQLServer
NCReport and Open RPT
Help and Manual
Some homemade ‘couldn’t do without anymore’ tools, of course MADE WITH XOJO
Snagit - screen capture
Sqlyog - MySQL/MariaDB
WinSCP - ftp client
Drupal - web application development
PHPStorm - web application development
Wamp - local apache/php/mysql stack
Platform = Mac
Path Finder A great Finder replacement - lots of features and utilities
ClipMenu Free clipboard manager with definable snippets
Parallels - as already mentioned, but also gives you Parallels Toolbox for free - a great assortment of utilities
Valentina Studio Pro - as already mentioned, but also for creating/embedding reports into apps
Yummy FTP Pro FTP client
BBedit - a great programming/text editor, as already mentioned
Find any File : for searching files
Prefs Editor: for editing preferences files
Arbed: Swiss Army Knife for Xojo files
Affinity Designer: replacement for Adobe Fireworks to make icons
Viper FTP: isn’t the Yummy guy dead?
Redmine + Wunderlist: manage my chaos
Hexfiend/0xEd: when every byte counts
Rapidweaver: for manual and website
Screenium: makes videos to document bugs
JWildfire: when I can’t see any code anymore
Free Windows Utilities:
Everything: Instantly searches entire hard drive!!
ClipCip: Clipboard Manager
SQLiteExpert: SQLite DB Manager
XnView: Photo Manager
in no order:
RegExEx - for working out the RegEx voodoo.
atom - for text files/perl/python/ruby/bash/dockerfiles/etc
sqlitemanager - sqlite
Valentia Studio - sqlite/postgres
shellcraft* - ssh client for the mac
safari/firefox/chrome - web browser (chrome is such a hog I limit its use)
gitlab (self hosted) - git repos and CI/CD pipelines
docker - for microservices
vmware - for VMs (both Fussion on Mac and ESXi as a server)
rapidweaver - website design
Affinity Photo* - image editing
Pixlemator* - image editing
sourcetree - git client
tower - git client
- item are bought off the App Store so I dont have links.
Total Commander (Windows)
Gnome Commander (Linux)
IE, Edge, Opera and FireFox webbrowsers
DBExplorer (homebrew Sqlite and Mysql webprogram)
Keycode (homebrew keycode scanner)
Oracle VM Virtual box
VNC-viewer and server (for Raspberry Pi and Pine 64 Arm-Linux tests)
Etcher for burning SD-cards for Linux and Windows
Context Programmer’s editor
and for relaxing and fun: Shisen Sho made by William Yu.
I use this great tool for 22 years already. It stil gets updates, 64 bit etc., and it’s often the first program I install on a new Windows box/vm. And, for working at somebody else’ machine I have the portable version on a stick. Simply can’t do without anymore, don’t even know how Windows Explorer works.
Affinity Designer: For making icons.
CloudMounter: Direct access to cloud disks.
DropDMG: Creating disk images (dmg) with background and may more.
iClip: Great clipboard manager.
IconJar: Fantastic app to store icons.
Navicat: To maintain databases.
Parallels Desktop for Mac: Easiest way to use Windows on my Mac.
RapidWeaver: For creating and maintaining the websites I created for customers.
Snagit: Very versatile screen capture app.
UltraEdit: A great editor.
xScope: Very nice screen measuring tool.
I created a simple Text Editor that deals with RTF (Read/Write), so I can generate rtf files my xojo projects are happy with
Apples TextEdit do not do that and all other (LibreOffice for example) applications I have do the same.
Like you, I also have a bunch of home made applications that help me on an everyday basis (Icons, SQL, html, File Manager, etc.)
@Paul Sondervan - you forgot at least one:
- QueryDb - the fantastic SQL-tool (+ classes) we have build 2 years ago.
Platforms: Windows and Raspberry Pi
Paint.Net (Windows Store) Paint program for graphics
VNC Server/Client for Windows/Raspberry Pi Real VNC connect and work with Raspberry Pi apps with Windows
Ice Cream Screen Recorder Ice Cream Videos controls not registered on the screen with Xojo for Feedback
Microsoft Word 2019 Microsoft Word Creates Books
Jutoh Jutoh Creates Kindle books
XML Validator XML Validator checks for errors in received and sent XML
JSON Formatter Json Formatter verify format of received and sent JSON
Etcher Etcher Formatting Raspberry Pi SD Cards on Windows
Visual Studio Visual Studio Make plugins for Xojo on Windows
FlashPrint Flash Print Convert 3D models to print for Raspberry Pi Xojo Automation
3D Builder (Windows Store) Create 3D models for Raspberry Pi Automation