Jing is a powerful screen capture software that gives you the ability to snap a picture of anything that you can see on your computer screen. The possibilities for this tool are endless and it can increase your productivity immensely.
One example is using Jing in combination with PowerPoint to create custom images. Just arrange pictures, text, background, etc. how you want them in PP and then simply use Jing to snap a quick picture of your work. This is an easy way to create simple custom layered images without the need for image editing knowledge or expensive software.
Jing is also able to record screen capture video for up to 5 minutes.
HootSuite is a social network streamlining tool that allows you to manage multiple social network accounts including FaceBook, Twitter, LinkedIn and more, all from a single integrated dashboard.
Send a single message out to all your social networks at once, schedule that message to post at a later date or set up an RSS feed to post automatically, all with a few clicks of the mouse.
HootSuite is a wonderful free tool that is loaded with cool features, and they are always adding more and improving on their product.
They also have a premium version if you need to manage more than 5 social networking accounts or have more than 2 RSS feeds.
Kompozer is a piece of software that allows you to create your own custom web pages without needing to know extensive html or other web coding. It is efficient and easy to use, though it may take some getting used to.
Once you get the hang of it however, Kompozer is an excellent solution for authoring your own webpages that you can then host online.
SEOquake is a free browser add-on available for Firefox and Google Chrome that allows you to see the keyword density, source code, Alexa ranking and many other useful SEO parameters for any web page you desire, straight from your browser bar.
You can use this tool to measure the on page SEO for any page of your site, or even just to scope out the competition. Unobtrusive browser icon collapses the SEO bar with a click of the mouse saving you valuable browser real estate when you don’t need SEOquake. All around this is a very useful free tool.
Photobucket is a free image hosting service that allows you to easily upload, edit, share and embed images over the internet.
Very useful service if you don’t have a hosting account of your own and the editing and resizing options are very helpful and easy to use as well.
7-Zip is a free tool that allows you to unzip file types that your operating system normally wouldn’t be able to work with. This is helpful if you’re working with things like gziped backups of your website.
Icon Finder is a website that has thousands of free high quality icons that you can download and use to make your webpages more interesting. Before you use an icon commercially though you should check its copyright.
Dropbox is a neat little service that allows you to upload up to 2gb of data for free, that you can then sync between computers, share with others, etc. It has a very slick interface and it’s about as user friendly as you can get.