NBI Wrap-up and Tools I Use
I wanted to try to get this post out before things ended, but I’ll sneak it in as a combo post. Plus I’ll also toss it out as an open question for bloggers and readers on cool tools/apps they use for similar tasks.
First off, I think this was a very cool idea of Syp’s to jump start some folks and also get some new views sprinkling around the web. He’s put up his own summary of the event as well as the listing of all the new blogs. I’ve gone through and added some to my reader and plan to revisit to see which ones I’ve missed. My Reader can never have enough gaming sites to check out
I really do hope this has helped not only spur on some new folks but also trigger new ideas for all of us. I’ve already been kicking around a number of ideas for things to write/talk about as well as some fun projects to tackle. My lack of writing lately has nothing to do with a lost passion or enjoyment of writing just a combination of a whole host of RL factors that are really kicking my butt lately. But there is a light at the end of the tunnel, and I don’t think it’s the on-coming train.
Of all the posts that have come out during this month, one thing I didn’t see too much of were the technical details of how folks blog and I figured I’d toss out some of my favorites and open up the comments for other ideas/suggestions.
- For my actual writing, I use Windows Live Writer as it just makes laying things out easier and handles all the image uploading for you. I’m not sure what the future holds as this is being phased out by Microsoft but I’ll cross that bridge when I get to it
- I use Evernote for all sorts of things, but mainly as a note taking tool and web clipper for things I want to come back to. Very handy as you can sync between machines and devices quite easily. Great for brainstorming!
- Most in-game snapshots are fine, but if you want to tweak them I personally use a tool called GIMP that’s an open source package that allows for all sorts of image manipulation while not being terribly complicated.
- For video editing, I’ve had good success with Avidemux as it again does all that I need it to do without being terribly complex.
- For all my audio needs (podcasting and video voice-overs) I use Audacity.
- And last but not least, for video capture I use Fraps. This is the only tool I use that costs any money, but for a lifetime fee of $35 it is well worth it.
Overall I really try to keep things on the free side, but in some cases that’s just not possible.
Any suggestions or other questions about how I do things from a technical perspective?