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My favorite desktop and mobile software and tools

Note the platforms in the bracket for each software are only the platforms I use the software, not all platforms that software supports.

Development tools

Microsoft Visual Studio Code (Windows, Linux)

The most powerful code editor that works very well on both Windows and Linux.

Notepad++ (Windows)

When I need a slim code editor, Notepad++ is a good choice.

Far File Manager (Windows)


I've been using Far File Manager for about 20 years and I will continue using it. It's a little out of date nowadays but it's still a very good file manager.

Microsoft Visual Studio 2019 community version (Windows)

I use VS to develop cross platform projects.

Qt and Qt creator (Windows, Linux)

I don't use Qt that often nowadays, but Qt is still one my favorite framework and Qt creator is a pretty good C++ IDE.

Oracle VirtualBox (Windows)

I only use Windows as the host OS. When I need to run Linux, I run it in VirtualBox.

Laragon (Windows)


Great PHP and web server for local development.

SmartGit free version (Windows, Linux)


I always believe GUI for version control system is more productive than command line.

HeidiSQL (Windows)


My favorite SQL servers viewer and management tool. I wish it would not crash that a lot...

XShell free for home/school version (Windows)


It's enough for me to manage my personal servers.

Multimedia, audio, video

GIMP (Windows, Linux)

I'm not a graphics artist, but some times I need to do some simple image manipulation. I've been using an old image software for years, seems it's not good idea to investigate time on that. Now I start learning GIMP, most likely I will use it for quite long time.

Greenshot (Windows)


An awesome free screenshot capture software.

ShareX (Windows)


I use it to capture video.

PotPlayer (Windows)


My favorite video and audio player.

Faststone Image Viewer (Windows)


My favorite image viewer.

ffmpeg (Windows)

I write little script to call ffmpeg to split videos.

Inkscape (Windows)

I use Inkscape to edit SVG images.

VLC media player (Android)


My favorite video player on mobile phone.

AZ Screen Recorder (Android)


Android screen capture.

Audacity (Windows)


Free yet powerful audio process software.

VSDC (Windows)


Free video software.

Music and instrument learning

Soundcorset tuner and metronome (Android)


Very powerful tuner and metronome.

modTuner (Win10 app)

Music instrument tuner for Win10.

Metronome Beats (Android)


Simple and easy to use metronome.

Spectroid (Android)


Audio spectrum analyzer.



Free music composition and notation software. I use it to read Ukulele TAB charts in Guitar Pro file format.

TempoPerfect Metronome (Windows)


Metronome on desktop. It' much uglier than most other metronome, but I like to input numbers for tempo, instead of annoying mouse dragging on the timing hand.


Foxit PDF reader (Windows, Android)

My favorite PDF reader on both desktop and mobile phone.

PDFCreator (Windows)


I use PDFCreator to convert PDF to images.

Bing dictionary (Win10 app)

I'm not a native English speaker, so I need a good dictionary.

Free Download Manager


Free, slim, no advertises, no spyware, no crappy ware, no information stealer, no extra crappy programs. If you used some popular downloaders made by Chinese companies, you understand what I mean :-)

Duo mobile (Android)


Two-factor authentication.

Core Temp (Windows)


I use Core Temp to monitor computer processor temperature.

Zapya Kuaiya (Android and Windows)


I use it to transfer files between my PC and my phone. I don't need a cable anymore!

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