Computer Science is hugely about using the right tools, harnessing the power of available resources and … taking shortcuts.
Though, there’s one problem – you need to deal with numerous software and applications to do so.
Both your work and you suffer when you lack the proper tools you need. Or worse, you don’t even know about them.
The rule has always been simple – the smarter you’re using what you’ve got, the more things you get done and empower yourself.
Having too many tools, especially the bulkier types, makes a computer very clunky, and often inconvenient to use.
That’s why we’ve handcrafted a list of must-have lightweight tools which can help you simplify your work and assist you in increasing your productivity.
They’re all simple ones – no fancy stuff.
Here’s a checklist of must-have lightweight tools for computer science students and graduates
- Colorpix – A quick tool to find out the hexadecimal color code of any visible pixel on your computer screen. Can be quite useful for those who constantly tinker with graphic designing.
- Snipping tool – A lightweight tool for taking screenshots and clipping them. Probably the easiest option available out there. Windows 7 and later versions even come with a built-in snipping tool!
- Tomighty – A pomodoro timer based on the pomodoro technique which reminds you to take breaks after every 25 minutes. It’s said to enhance your productivity if done consistently.
- Hourglass (previously Orzeszek Timer) – A simplistic timer to assist you in sticking to the schedule for when you get distracted. Useful for those who absolutely need to stick to schedules and work in specific time slots.
- YTD (aka YouTube Downloader) – A perfect software to download videos from YouTube. Quite useful for those who don’t have a regular internet access and prefer having offline resources.
- ClipGrab – A tool similar to YTD, mostly used to save YouTube videos in other formats (like MP3, WMV, OGG, MP4). You can even download the videos in it’s “Original” format (MPEG4, FLV or WebM depending on the source).
- Gifcam – A simple tool to create GIFs from almost anything on your screen. Can be quite helpful to bloggers wanting to create their own fun stuff.
- WordWeb dictionary – One of the best free offline dictionaries available out there. Does most of what you expect a dictionary to do.
- WordPress – The classic blogging application which makes it convenient for you to manage multiple accounts and websites through a single application. It can even be used to manage self-hosted WordPress sites.
- 7zip – It is a free and open-source file archiver which works with almost any compressed file format. It even has it’s own archive format (i.e. .7z).
- Unified remote – An efficient app which can be used for controlling your computer wirelessly. Although it feels a little gimmicky, it is actually quite helpful for presentations, media controls or even as temporary replacement for your keyboard or mouse.
- Airdroid – Another powerful application to access your cellphone remotely via your computer. It can even mirror your smartphone screen to your desktop/laptop!
- Opera – A fast browser which consumes lesser data and RAM than most other options and gives a faster browsing exprience. It also contains a lot of other sleek features, like the Turbo Mode, which loads the pages faster by shrinking / compressing the web content that your device receives.
- 8GadgetPack – Those who still prefer having an old-school screen and really miss the Windows 7 Desktop Gadgets — yes, this one’s for you.
- CCleaner – A cleaning app for most of your computer maintenance tasks. You don’t need to clean your computer junk separately – it does all.
- F.lux – A tiny app which adjusts the brightness and color of your computer screen according to the daytime. It protects your eyes and reduces strain on them. It takes some time to get used to it, but when you do, you just can’t go back to those normal bright blue screens ever again.
What do you think about our list of productive tools? Did we miss any? Let us know down in the comments.