Although each of these applications could be in a category of its own - such as "Office Suites", "Text Editors", or "Virtualization" - I just don't have enough recommendations to justify that. So... here they are on the "Miscelaneous" page.
|LibreOffice||An application suite like MS Office including:
Writer - A word processor like MS Word
Calc - A spreadsheet like MS Excel
Impress - A slide-show tool like PowerPoint
Draw - A graphics editor like MS Visio
Base - A database tool like MS Access
|In the future, LibreOffice could re-merge with its OpenOffice cousin, but as OpenOffice seems to be circling the drain, that doesn't seem very likely.|
|WinSCP||An FTP and SCP file management tool that includes a full explorer or commander-like interface that even allows remote editing.||I have trouble imagining a better file transfer tool.|
|PuTTY||Terminal emulation through Telnet, SSH, and serial ports.||Plenty of behavior and connection options, but limited DEC terminal emulations (only VT100+ and VT400).|
|Notepad ++||A much more versatile replacement for the Notepad included with Windows. Includes many language-sensitive cues and blocking capabilities.||Could almost be considered a development environment - but not quite.|
|Joomla||A Content Management System that somewhat insulates a designer from hand-coding and architectural issues that distract from content development.||With respect to WordPress and Drupal, Joomla is good balance between ease-to-use and customizable. This site relies on Joomla for back-end processing and provides a decent management interface for the author (me).|
|An excellent, compact PDF reader that installs almost instantly and runs faster than Adobe Reader. It’s also better for filling out and saving forms.||It even includes free-hand markup tools, text conversion capabilities, and a virtual printer for creating PDF files.|
|VirtualBox||Oracle's well supported hypervisor allows a wide range of hosts and guest operating systems. Some features include hardware-assisted virtualization, snapshots, guest extensions, and network share emulation for host access.||In addition to it's own "VDI" disk images, it can use ones created for VMWare (VMDK) and Microsoft's Hyper-V (VHD). Extensions supporting USB 2.0, RDP, and PXE require a license only for commercial use.|
In combination with a hypervisor like VirtualBox or VMWare, Turnkey Linux virtual appliances greatly simplify installation and testing for a wide range of products. These include Wordpress, Joomla, Drupal, OpenVPN, OpenLDAP, GIT, OwnCloud, Sugar CRM... and over 80 other pre-built servers.
|Easily one of the most useful and timesaving resources in existence. It literally takes 5 minutes to install and start running most of the appliances. My Joomla development environment is hosted on one of these running in VirtualBox on my desktop.|