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THE TRANSLORIAL TOOL KIT

The Tool Kit is an online newsletter that comes to its subscribers’ mailboxes twice a month. In Translorial, we offer a quarterly digest of Jost’s most helpful tips from the past season. BY JOST ZETZSCHE © 2009 INTERNATIONAL WRITERS’ GROUP, COMPILED BY YVES AVÉROUS

A TRUE TOOL BOX

I recently analyzed my main computer to find out which tools I truly need, not necessarily the ones that are nice to have for those super-exotic projects that come in every other year, but the well-constructed screwdrivers, hammers, and wrenches that, when combined, take us where we need to go.

Communications

For communication purposes, I use:

Text

My tools are used mostly for dealing with text-based files. They include:

Search

With indexing tools now included right in the operating system, text-based search tools may not be quite as valuable as they once were, but I still wouldn’t want to skip tools like Search & Replace that allow you to search instantaneously through a large set of files.

A tool like IntelliWebSearch, to quickly search online and offline content, may not really belong in this category, but I don’t know where else to put it and definitely want to mention it, so here it is.

Conversion

The text tools mentioned above are good for converting text-based files, but there are also other conversions that come up:

Graphics

Graphics are not my forte, but there is one graphics tool that I use day-in and day-out: SnagIt.

Security

Apart from the Internet security suite, or the assembly of tools for all ugly matters dealing with viruses, spam, or spyware, here are some other security tools I use:

Quoting

For quoting or project evaluation:

This  is not an expensive tool combo but it will serve you well! JZ