What's Your Favorite Software Used in 2011?

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There are a bazillion threads on the forum about the 'essential' software, but some of those recommendations are waaaaay out of date.

In this thread post your great software recommendations, but please only recommend programs you personally have used SINCE JULY 2011 as some tools have become less effective over time with changes to video site guidelines, Google (especially PANDA), etc.

My Top 13 Right Now

SERPAttacks - keyword research, benchmarking site rankings
Roboform - password management (seriously could not live without this one)
Chrometa - time management
Scrapebox - finding forums, checking indexed links
Dropbox - file sharing
VirtualBox - virtual PC
PicPick - basic graphic editing and screen capture
Total Video Converter - convert video/audio to different formats
WinRar - file compression (better compression than WinZip)
Jing - video capture
CClearner - PC maintenance
TheBestSpinner - article spinning
TextMaker Viewer - open/view any text type file


What are your picks?
#2011 #favorite #software
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  • Profile picture of the author JimmyR
    Nice list. Pretty similar to mine. Here's my list, in order of most favorite:

    Spinchimp - article spinning
    ScrapeBox
    AMR - article blasting

    And for non IM:
    VirtualBox
    Dropbox
    Lastpass
    7zip
    Gedit
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  • Profile picture of the author Redtoy
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  • Profile picture of the author Rukshan
    Senukex Is my favorite software of the year.
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  • Profile picture of the author Cloudzz
    I use market samurai alot
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    • Profile picture of the author JamieSEO
      Originally Posted by plrwriter View Post

      SeoQuake extension for Firefox.
      Adblock Plus extension for Firefox.
      SEOQuake extension is great, and so is the Foxy SEO tool for Firefox
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  • Profile picture of the author bertboy60
    Market Samurai is great tool.
    Magic Submitter

    May be we should also add tools we stopped using as well.

    I stopped using
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    Directory Submitter - No Captcha and poor support
    BookmarkingDemon 5 - Too cumbersome
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  • Profile picture of the author bertboy60
    Directory Submitter - No Captcha and poor support - well claims to support but does not work.
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  • Profile picture of the author Steven Miranda
    Text expander for the Mac.

    It has saved me 221,400 characters from being manually types or 9.23 hours !
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  • Profile picture of the author Nathan2525
    Would have to be
    - Market Samurai
    - Drop Box
    - Keynote
    - Screenflow
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  • Profile picture of the author Ricky Dawn
    Has no one mentioned SEOmoz?

    In no particular order:

    SEOmoz
    G Keyword Tool
    SeNuke
    Dropbox
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  • Profile picture of the author Dee Odus
    Non IM software
    I have used LastPass, password management plugin, makes it easy to assume every computer is mine. Can't live without it.

    Jing: Quick screen recorder and screen capture software, love it.

    Courier: If you are on a Mac then you know this is best youtube uploader.
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  • Profile picture of the author PLRExpress
    I'm really into cloud storage at the moment. I love Dropbox because I can work on the same stuff on my desktop or my laptop and also access it on my phone. I also love Evernote for quickly making loads of notes and captures.
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    • Profile picture of the author JamieSEO
      Originally Posted by NathanDevlin View Post

      I'm really into cloud storage at the moment. I love Dropbox because I can work on the same stuff on my desktop or my laptop and also access it on my phone. I also love Evernote for quickly making loads of notes and captures.
      For working on multiple computers Dropbox is definitely a 'Must Have' - I use it about 10 times every day now
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  • Profile picture of the author vishalduggal
    Market Samurai without doubt, one of the best and one of my favorite.
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  • Profile picture of the author PaulSolid
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    PHOTOSHOP and fireworks still my take as a graphic designer
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  • Profile picture of the author deelow
    Photoshop, textmate , and Market Samarai
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  • Profile picture of the author serena85
    Mine is the same as in 2010 and that is Photoshop.
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  • Profile picture of the author Aviator Joe
    photoshop,
    keepass (for keeping/typing passwords)
    aim/skype (essentials)
    ..foobar2000 playing music
    thebestspinner
    filezilla (ftp file uploader)
    notepad++ (making lps/coding)
    word/notepad/excel (taking down important stuff)
    prosper202 (tracking my campaign performance)
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    • Profile picture of the author JamieSEO
      Originally Posted by Aviator Joe View Post

      photoshop,
      keepass (for keeping/typing passwords)
      aim/skype (essentials)
      ..foobar2000 playing music
      thebestspinner
      filezilla (ftp file uploader)
      notepad++ (making lps/coding)
      word/notepad/excel (taking down important stuff)
      prosper202 (tracking my campaign performance)
      Yep - notepad and excel = essentials for me too
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  • Profile picture of the author cypherslock
    Market Samurai, Magic Submitter, Scrapebox, SpinChimp Article Marketing Robot.
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  • Profile picture of the author Neromancer
    SENuke X -
    Magic Submitter-
    Rankchecker
    Link assistant
    SEO spyglass
    Roboform
    Notepad . . . Oh my God. Life without notepad???
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  • Profile picture of the author Mark Marzinzik
    My own custom written programs
    Notepad++
    Imacros
    PowerGrammo
    Faststone Photo Resizer
    Cardscan
    Dymo Label Bar Coder
    CuteFTP
    Easy Hide IP
    Camtasia
    Audacity
    Dymo Labeler
    xmind
    Thunderbird
    Hypersnap
    Ping Plotter
    Atuber
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    • Profile picture of the author DaveWildash
      A number of the above but no one has yet mentioned Dragon Naturally Speaking.

      My typing would be attrocious after about ten minutes without it.
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      • Profile picture of the author Neromancer
        Heh I had Dragon 9, it sucked. My wife who is from Australia had a real tough time with it. It takes longer to use. I finally upgraded to 10, after being nagged to death by a pushy sales guy for the company. Quite frankly it seemed the same. I will say the software seemed to finally work part of the time with my wife's accent.
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        • Profile picture of the author JamieSEO
          Originally Posted by Neromancer View Post

          Heh I had Dragon 9, it sucked. My wife who is from Australia had a real tough time with it. It takes longer to use. I finally upgraded to 10, after being nagged to death by a pushy sales guy for the company. Quite frankly it seemed the same. I will say the software seemed to finally work part of the time with my wife's accent.
          Hey Necro

          I'm an Aussie and have had the same problems with Dragon not recognizing the Australian accent. It works out faster for me to touch type than use speech recognition and then have to correct every 4th word :p

          Did your wife find any good speech recognition programs that are suitable for Australian accents?
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  • Profile picture of the author cypherslock
    Dragon 11 is totally worth it. Works like a charm and is fast to boot.
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  • Profile picture of the author magiclouie
    Lastpass is truly amazing. I really love this tool.
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  • Profile picture of the author go4wealth
    My favorite software

    LastPass (be lost without)
    Notepad light
    TwitAttacks (wish it was a server side program)
    Power Point 2010 (love this version)
    Camtasia
    Magix
    Audacity
    Filezilla
    DesignPro (use this freebie a lot by Avery)
    Xheader Pro (free version is almost as good - can do more than headers)
    Outlook (helps to manage multiple email accounts)
    Microsoft Digital Pro (cheap and easy to use- very powerful)
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  • Profile picture of the author xxxJamesxxx
    When I'm doing my SEO I use:

    Scrapebox
    SEO Link Robot
    Bookmarking Demon

    James Scholes
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  • Profile picture of the author neodarth
    so many...
    Non IM I use:
    MS Word
    MS Excel
    MS Power point w/camtasia
    Ms One Note (can't live without it!)
    Photoshop
    Xsite Pro 2
    Windows Movie Maker

    For IM:
    Market Samurai (still N°1)
    Seo Quake plugin for Firefox
    PPC Web Spy plugin for firefox
    The Best Spinner
    Bookmarking Demon (not that often now...)
    TweetAttacks (when the server is up)

    and of course above all of them... my brain's synapse
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    • Profile picture of the author Azarna
      Photoshop - for graphics, as always
      SeaMonkey - for HTML editing
      Serif WebPlus - for site design
      Serif PagePlus - for pdf construction etc
      Skype - for voice chat
      GoodSync - for backing up files etc
      Sony Vegas Movie Studio HD - for editing video
      FRAPS -for recording videos of screen
      Angry Birds - just because...
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  • Profile picture of the author Danny Gardner
    Here are my top three that I use all the time:

    OpenOffice - Free substitute for Word, Excel, etc
    Screencast O Matic - Very inexpensive substitute for Camtasia
    SECockpit - Keyword research

    I used to use Jing, but after finding Screencast O Matic, I don't think I'll be going back to it.
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  • Profile picture of the author starli88
    For FireFox, my favorite is ScreenGrab, which I use everyday and hundreds of times a day.

    With a simple right-click, I can capture the whole page. I use it to add new ideas, good sales pages and sales page/download page of purchased products to my swipe files.

    The only drawback is sometimes it cannot successfully capture the screen when there is a flash video on the page.
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  • Profile picture of the author sandy11
    I use:

    Senukex
    AMR
    Scapebox
    Zonealarm
    Tune up utilities
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