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Tool Tips

Posted by sqlwiseguy on February 3, 2009

Here a few free programs I have found useful:

  1. MWSnap – a free screen capture tool similar to Snag-it. I use it to produce screen shots fro articles, presentations, and user documentation. It’s not quite as nice as Snag-It, but you can’t beat the price.
  2. PDF995 – this allows you to “print” to a PDF document. I use it to “print” my on-line transactions, especially when I am away from a printer. There is a sponsored version which is free and you can also buy it for the reasonable price of $9.95 if the ads annoy you.
  3. Paint.Net – a free image editing software that was “Originally intended as a free replacement for the Microsoft Paint software that comes with Windows”. Much more powerful than Paint, but simpler and easier to use than Photoshop or Gimp. I found this one when someone else asked about free image editing software on Twitter and they were pointed here.
  4. SQLDigger – an application that searches through SQL Server for text in Stored Procedures, Triggers, and Views. I think I found this one through SQLServerCentral several years ago. I use it pretty regularly, and think it is a good tool, but for some reason development of it stopped with .NET 1.1. I wish it was still being developed.
  5. E-Sword – a Bible program. Includes a few Bible translations and study tools for free with many others available for a minimal fee.

These are a few of the programs and tools that I use on a fairly regular basis and have found helpful in my work and personal life.

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