Thursday, September 19, 2013

80 useful tools and services for software businesses

Some of the foremost helpful nuggets of data I encounter in blogs and podcasts area unit mentions of tools and services utilized by others to higher run their computer code businesses. therefore I even have place along my very own list of helpful tools and services to run a computer code business.

Feel free to suggest your own favourites within the comments below. Please embrace your relationship to the tool/service (e.g. customer, user, worker or owner). you'll be able to conjointly comment below concerning your experiences (positive or negative) with any of the tools and services listed.


Below is a list of tools and services that I think will be useful to people selling software products. I have either used these tools myself or know of them by reputation. I haven’t included:

  • common tools you will probably have already (e.g. web browser, email client, word processor)
  • programming related tools which are specific to a particular development stack (e.g. IDEs)
  • categories where there are too many options (e.g. web hosting)

Last updated: 17-Sep-2013

Category Name URL Platform Price
A/B testing Google content experiments web free
Optimizely web $19/mo to $399/mo
Visual Website Optimizer web $49/mo to $129/mo
Advertising BuySellAds web varies
Google Adwords web varies
Alerts Google alerts web free web free to $64.99/user/mo
Analytics Google analytics web free
Authenticode certificates KSoftware web $73/yr to $95/yr
Blog research Technorati web free
Blogging platform web free + optional extras
Bookkeeping FreeAgent web from $15/mo
QuickBooks Pro Windows from $249.95/user
Bug tracker FogBugz web $25/user/mo
Jira web from $10/mo
OnTime web $7/user/mo
Build automation Bamboo web from $10/mo
Final Builder Windows from $359/user
Calendar Google calendar web free
Code Metrics Source Monitor Windows free
99 Designs web from $199/job
Documentation Help and Manual Windows $398/user to $1295/user
Manula, web free to $99.95/mo
DMG creator DropDMG Mac $24/user
Encryption (file) Axcrypt Windows donation
Encryption (harddisk) TrueCrypt Windows, Mac, Linux donation
Feed reader Feedly web free
File comparison Beyond Compare Windows, Linux from $30/user
DiffMerge Windows, Mac, Linux free
File sync DropBox Windows, Mac, Linux from free
Form builder Wufoo web from $14.95/mo
File transfer Filezilla Windows, Mac, Linux free
WinSCP Windows free
Group chat HipChat web from free
Harddisk space vizualization WinDirStat Windows free
Help desk Freshdesk web from free
HelpSpot web link
Image editing Windows free
Photoshop Elements Windows, Mac $59.99/user
Image editing (batch) BatchPhoto v3 Windows, Mac $29.95/user to $129.95/user
Image editing (icon) Axialis Windows €48.95/user
IMAP management IMAPSize Windows donation
ISO burner Active ISO burner Windows free
Keyword research Google keyword tool web free
Ubersuggest web free
Mobile in-app messaging Uberdeck iOS, Android from $10/campaign
Newsletters AWeber web link
Campaign Monitor web link
Mailchimp web from free
Outsourcing Elance web takes 8.75% from freelancer
ODesk web takes 10% from freelancer
Passwords KeePass Windows, Mac, Linux free
LastPass web free
Payment processing Avangate web link
e-junkie web link
Fastspring web link
Stripe web link
Phrase expander Breevy Windows $34.95
Phrase Expander Windows $55.95/user to $139.95/user
TypeIt4Me Mac $19.99/user
PNG compression PNG Gauntlet Windows free
Press releases DP Directory web from $129/job
PRMac web from free
PRWeb web link
Remote access (own computers) Logmein Windows, Mac from free
Remote access
CoPilot Windows, Mac from free
UltraVNC Windows donate
Screen capture SnagIt Windows, Mac £36.95/user
Screencast videos Camtasia Windows, Mac £220/user
SSH/Telnet PuTTY Windows free
Support chat PureChat web free
Testing TestLab2 web $20/hr
Time tracking timeEdition Windows, Mac, Linux free
Time zone converter web free
Translations ProZ web varies
Virus checker Virustotal web free
VM VirtualBox Windows, Mac, Linux free
Website buying/selling Flippa web link
Website checker Deeptrawl Windows, Mac from $149/user/mo
Website heatmaps Crazy Egg web from $9/mo
inspectlet web from free
Website log
Sawmill Windows, Mac, Linux from $99/user
Web Log Storming Windows from $99/user
Website plagiarism checker Copyscape web from free
Website monitoring Pingdom web from free
Siteuptime web from free
Website research Alexa web from free
Open Site Explorer web from free
Quantcast web free
Similar Site search web free
Template Monster web varies
themeforest web from $3
WooThemes web from free
Whois Whois Source web free
Windows installer Inno Setup Windows donation
Wireframing Balsamiq Windows, Mac, Linux $79/user
WireframeSketcher Windows, Mac, Linux $99/user