Software Resources


Also consider spending time to browse this list of Open Source, Experimental, and tiny tools, collected by Everest Pipkin.

When it comes to virtual teaching/remote work, resources are collected here and here.

A non-exhaustive list of tools for creating VR/AR content. In no particular order. Any editorialization to be taken with a grain of salt.

Backups / File Management

Game Engines

Screen Capture

  • ShareX - Open Source, Capture animated Gifs/movies, OCR

  • LiceCap - Quick screen portion to gif

Note Taking

I recommend plaintext for digital notes. More generally, any open format that isn’t tied to a particular piece of software of workflow. Notes should last forever. Which is longer than software usually lasts.

  • Obsidian - Notes in plaintext and markdown formatting. Notable support of backlinks and a graph view of linked notes, custom themes, voice memos, daily notes/templates, and keyboard only support. Sync thrugh git plugin or paid upgrade (not released yet at time of writing).

  • Simplenote - Simple plaintext/markdwown notes with universal platform support and very competent syncing and backups. Great simple upgrade to a phones notes app.

  • Standard Notes - Free, Open source, encrypted plaintext notes with syncing.

  • Workflowy - Infinite Hierarchy/nested document structure. Extremely flexible with capable power features. Great for notes, todos, organization, mood boards, and more.

  • Dynalist - Workflowly competitor. Better-but-still-not-great support for inline images. Pro version has automatic daily backup.

  • Joplin - Free, Open Source, cloud sync through dropbox or oneDrive. Well supported API and means wide compatibility for import/export and app optind.

  • Milanote - Free teir, then $10/mo. Very visual. Highly featured board/tasks/project organization. Teams support. Cloud based for easy syncing to mobile app/web.

Study Aids (Flash cards)

  • Quizlet - Mobile apps/sync, public cards, various learning strategies.

  • Mochi - Markdown syntax, Syncing, mobile/web. Clean design.

  • Anchi - A longstanding robust solution with a variety of features.

  • RemNote - Supports hierarchial and linked structures for taking notes in, and can generate the flash cards from this knowledge base.

    Text Editors

  • Textreme - Distracted plaintext writing

  • Left - Minimalist plaintext writing

  • Markdeep - Markdown writing full of extra features

  • Mark Text - Simple, fast, markdown editor

    Code Editing IDE’s with Plugin/Package Support

  • Jetbrains Rider - Paid, Free for Students, exceptional Unity features/support

  • VS Code - Free, cross platform

  • Atom - Free, cross platform

  • Sublime Text - “Free”, Paid with unlimted free trial

  • Notepad++ - Free. Notably lightweight on system resources

  • Geany - Free, lightweight

  • Microsoft Visual Studio - Free. Not VS Code… more like it’s “big brother”. Often installed, it helps manage C/C++/C# compiling/support libraries/build chains.

  • CLion - Basically Rider but for C and C++ (i.e.: Unreal). Paid, Free for students.

    Color Themes for IDE’s

  • Rainglow (My personal favorite, earthsung, is in this collection).

  • Dracula (Also check out fan-favoriate, Darcula. a darker version of this theme)

  • Grubbox. Original is for VIM, Been ported to Jetbrains Rider/CLion, VSCode, Sublime, etc. Just search for it

    Git Graphical Interfaces

  • Fork - Free

  • Kraken - Free, pro version available

  • GitHub Desktop - Free

  • SourceTree - Free

  • GitFiend - Free

  • Sublime Merge - Paid with unlimited free trial

    VR Third-Party Software/Support TOols

  • SideQuest - Install games onto the quest from .apk files, plus an unofficial storefront

  • - Indie Game Storefront, has some VR titles