What’s on Your Desktop?

(A la Capital One: “What’s in YOUR wallet?” No, that’s not a plug.)  I thought I’d do an up-to-date share of a few tools that I’ve been using lately that I can’t live without; the things that I give icon space to on my Vista desktop.

GIMP Plugin Registry

GIMP – Think of GIMP as a free version of PhotoShop.  I’m not a real graphics jockey, but I’ve found GIMP indispensible for graphic file manipulation since I loaded it up.


Thanks to Scott Currier for his pointer to the SharePoint Utilities for Developers (SPUD).  SPUD is great for finding GUIDs, generating CAML, and any number of other things.



imageI’m still not convinced that Twitter or Facebook have permanent places in my work world, but TweetDeck gives me a slick interface with which to deal with them.



I wrote about ColorPic recently.  It’s a nice little tool that lets you grab color codes from your screen.  See my previous post for a little more about why I like it.

Nice Free Color Picker App from Iconico

I love using the Color Picker tool within IE8’s Developer Tools (which replaced the need for my old pal the Internet Explorer Developer Toolbar) to grab color hex codes from Web content.  (To use it, choose Tools / Show Color Picker.) However, I recently had some PDFs where I wanted to do the same thing.  I know that you don’t necessarily get full pixel fidelity in a PDF, but if that’s what you have to start with, then it’s what you go with.

I found a nice little free color picker app called ColorPic from Iconico.  Check their Web site for some other useful-looking tools.

ColorPic is nice for several reasons:

  • It lets you build up and save a palette of colors, not just one at a time
  • It gives you Hex, Rainbow, Hue, and Sliders methods which you can use to devise colors of your own to add to your palette
  • You can use the above capabilities to "translate" your color codes into other formats
  • It has a built in magnifier which lets you grab a specific pixel, not just a general area