As of November 15th 2017, my favorite software (besides from Simple DNS Plus and Simple Failover) is:
Desktop software / Utilities
- VirtualBox - https://www.virtualbox.org
Amazing virtual machine software for the desktop. Almost as nice as VMware Workstation - only free.
I prefer to use this over Hyper-V (which comes with Windows 10 Pro) because it is much easier to move virtual machines between host computers. I simply store the VM images on a portable SSD USB3 drive and move this between host machines as needed. This is possible because VirtualBox (like VMWare Workstation) is a "level 2" hypervisor - meaning that hardware is virtualized. Hyper-V is "level 1" meaning that VMs interface directly with the hardware, and thus are much harder to move to a different host machine.
DropBox - http://www.dropbox.com
Just the best. I have tried switching to Microsoft's SkyDrive/OneDrive a few times actually (it offers more free GBs and integration with online Office programs), but I keep coming back to Dropbox for various reasons.
Evernote - http://evernote.com
To stay organized.
KeePass Password Safe - http://keepass.info
Great (free) program for storing passwords.
CutePDF Professional - http://www.cutepdf.com
I mostly use it for scanning to PDF files, and for combining multiple PDF files into one.
TreeSize Free - https://www.jam-software.com/treesize_free
Figure out what is using all that hard disk space.
Macrium Reflect - http://www.macrium.com
Great software for cloning / migrating harddisks.
SyncBackPro - http://www.2brightsparks.com
For synchronizing folders, uploading websites, backing up cloud storage, etc.
FileZilla Client - https://filezilla-project.org
Super FTP client.
VeraCrypt - https://www.veracrypt.fr
For making an virtual encrypted harddisk - which lives in a file on your regular harddisk.
Better and cheaper than BitLocker - better because I don't have to encrypt the whole disk (which could cause others problems) and cheaper because it is free and BitLocker only comes with Windows 10 Pro.
This is where I keep source code / Git repositories on my laptop. If someone steals the laptop, at least this stuff is safe.
Photography / graphics / video
At one point I was deep into photography, and got use to working with this, so now I am kind of stuck.
It is a very nice program, and with the new "Creative Cloud" subscription option, it is no longer as crazy expensive as it used to be.
However for what I use it for today, I should have stuck with my good old Paint Shop Pro v. 9 (the last version made by Jasc - later versions by Corel were crap).
Amazing for organizing photos and working with raw photo files.
Adobe Premiere Elements
Nice program for basic video editing (clipping, merging, adding titles, etc.)
I have tried many different tools in all these categories over the years, and I can highly recommend all of the above over any competitors that I know of.
If you know of any better alternatives please do tell me in the comments below - always looking for better toys :-)