Here’s a list of all the software that I find useful in my blogging endeavours. All of the tools presented here are free, and are pretty good! I am not a photo blogger so the tools that I use for picture editing may not be as advanced as Photoshop or Lightroom, but they are good enough.
Great things come in small packages. That holds true even for a text editor!
GetDiz is a simple replacement for notepad. I use this a lot. In fact ninety percent of what I write, is written down here first. You can use any other editor too. Microsoft Word is good, but I find it an over kill for the text-based editing that we bloggers usually do.
My work-space’s arranged in such a way that the editing window takes 25 percent of the screen on the right. So I have my browser and the editor open at the same time.
Paint.net is one of my favorite image editors of all time. It’s open source, and it’s free! It has all the advanced features that you’d require of an image editing suite. This is not a replacement for Photoshop though. But it’s good enough to handle all your image needs.
Once you get comfortable with the keyboard shortcuts. Things become pretty quick!
XnView is probably the best free image browser and management software out there. It has quite handy editing options as well. I maintain a library of the images I use on my PC. This helps me search, sort, and edit them quickly. The batch processing features are pretty useful too.
Watermark your images
It even has the option for adding watermarks to your images. If that’s what you are looking for.
A plugin called RIOT for XnView is a must have. RIOT stands for Radical Image Optimization Tool.
RIOT (Radical Image Optimization Tool)
RIOT is a must have plugin for XnView. You can also download it as a standalone version.
The tool allows you to compress and optimize graphic files, reducing their file size quite considerably without appreciable loss in the image quality. It has a batch processing option as well, which comes in really handy for optimizing multiple image files at once.
This is a no-brainer, you don’t even have to read this!
Chrome vs. Mozilla
For a browser I find Google Chrome extremely responsive, and “crash free.” I have been see-sawing between Chrome and Firefox. Though Firefox may have better extensions, Chrome is much faster, and crashes less often, if at all.
Well, that was a quick showdown of what tools I use for blogging. If you found this helpful. Please do like, comment and subscribe to crunchedd. And yes as always, don’t forget to share your views in the comments below.