Since getting into writing trophy guides, recording videos and creating themes I've come across some good (and mostly free) tools. I thought I'd share them on here as it might make some of your lives easier (especially if you're just getting into this kind of stuff). Feel free to post anything that you've found to be useful as I always like to try out new things.
Google Docs - I’m in love with Google Docs. Not only is it free but I don’t have to worry about losing anything if my computer crashes. Every time I type something it saves it instantly. I can also access my saved files from any computer with internet access and send my files via e-mail very easily.
Box.com - Yet another service that makes life easier. You can start off with a free 5 GB plan to see if you like it and upgrade from there whenever you want. There are so many uses for Box that I won’t go into them all. I like using Box for backing up various files. You can upload documents, pictures, music, videos, and more. You can easily access these files via the internet on any computer, Android device or iPad. You can also easily share your files with others if you want. You can also invite people to collaborate on files with you. You can also use Google Docs in your Box and it will automatically save it to your Box for you.
How-To: Use the Forum's BBCode - here is a guide by Manny on how to use this site's BB Code, which can be useful in your guides and other threads.
Photo editing and image hosting:
Picasa - This is one of my favorite free photo-editing programs. It doesn’t have extensive tools, but it definitely does the job that I need it to do.
Fotosizer - This is a free simple-to-use program that allows you to resize multiple images and change image formats.
If you need a free place to host your images here are some good sites:
Arcsoft Total Media Extreme - This program came free with our Hauppauge HD PVR. I like it because it’s free and easy to use!
Windows Live Movie Maker - This is a free program that you can use to make your videos look more polished. You can easily add pictures, slides and captions to your videos. You can also add some cool effects.
Media Player Classic - I like to use this free program to capture and save screenshots from videos.
PS3 Theme Builder - This is a great free program provided by Lili Chan that you can use to create your own PS3 themes. This program is pretty easy to use and there are plenty of tutorials on the internet if you need help.
Xross Media Simulator - Another free program by Lili Chan. This one allows you to preview the themes you have created so that you can see what they will look like on a PS3.
Dynamic Theme Editor - I haven’t had a chance to use this program yet, but it’s on my list of things-to-do. This is a free program by zembor0. It allows you to edit dynamic themes and replace the images within them with your own. You can also exclude existing images/effects.
GIMP 2 - This is another program on my bucket list as I haven’t had a chance to play with it yet. GIMP is a free software graphics application for the editing and creation of original images, icons, graphical elements of web pages and art for user interface elements. To make dynamic themes you will need something like Photoshop. This was recommended to me as a good free alternative to Photoshop.
I hope you find this list useful. What tools do you like to use that you can recommend?