The 6 Coolest Software Tools

If you’re a developer or system administrator you may always be scouring the internet for helpful tools to make your job just a little easier. This is my list of software applications that I use on almost a daily basis. Let me know if you also use any of these or decide to start after reading this post. Enjoy!

    1. Beyond Compare by Scooter Software. 

This is a great tool for comparing the contents of two folders or two files and quickly seeing the differences. I use this all the time for copying up what I change on our standard Inventor templates folder and design data to the central server location to propagate to our users.

    1. Fusion++ by Andreas Wäscher

This is a modern update to the old assembly binding FUSLOGVW.exe. This app provides the ability to record and capture your assembly logs to assist in debugging your .NET assembly dependencies. I highly recommend this tool if you’re developing an Inventor or AutoCAD add-in.

    1. Fiddler by Telerik

Fiddler is a must have for debugging issues with Vault. It captures all traffic from your computer. By adding vapiTrace from coolOrange, the traffic is translated perfectly into useful information you can use to debug your Vault API application.

    1. Schema Compare and Data Compare for SQL Server by xSQL Software

These two great products are a must have for any project using SQL Server. These two tools allow for development in a development database and quick transfer to your production database by comparing the schema and data. The tool creates a SQL query to update your production database.

    1. Visual Studio Code by Microsoft

I can’t leave off Visual Studio Code. It’s a lightweight version of Visual Studio that gets the job done. With the ability to add extensions such as GitHub or Azure Dev Ops, you can code away and save it to a repro like a software pro. This is a great tool for developing Fusion Lifecycle JavaScript, iLogic, or any other quick down and dirt coding project.

    1. Inno Setup by Jordan Russel

A great coding project isn’t complete until you can deploy it. Inno Setup does just that, and very easily. But it’s not only easy, it’s also free. Don’t forget to download Inno Script Studio from Kymoto Software. Inno Setup with a GUI front end, it’s like a dream.

Have any other you use daily? Tweet me and I’ll add yours.
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