Software we love even though it's made with Electron
And if you don't like Microsoft, you can always use VSCodium, which is a community-driven, freely-licensed binary distribution of VS Code without any telemetry/tracking.
The strong point of this terminal is that it is fully customizable and it supports themes and extensions. This means that you can tweak it in all directions, develop or integrate extensions that will help you develop more efficiently or that will best integrate with your tools.
Of course, being based on Electron, it's a bit heavier and slower than other terminal emulators like iTerm2 and Alacritty, but it's still a very good option that's actively developed.
Mailspring is a multi-account mail client based on Nylas Mail and offering advanced features. Integrating a powerful search engine to index all incoming emails, Mailspring offers an efficient search similar to the one offered by Gmail.
Its clean design and simple and intuitive usability make it one of the best solutions available today. Despite the blocking of some advanced features - for example, tracking clicks and email openings - that are reserved for the pro version, the free plan is very convincing.
No need to present it anymore: Slack is a collaborative tool to facilitate communication and data exchange between professionals. No more file exchanges by email and via online storage services, no more conversations on instant messaging services, Slack brings together in a single interface everything you need so that you can discuss and exchange files easily with your friends and teammates.
Slack offers the possibility to connect a very large number of online services in order to facilitate data exchanges between collaborators of the same team.
Typora is a simplified text editor specially designed for inexperienced users who want to work with the Markdown language. With its minimalist and intuitive interface, Typora combines your experience as a coder and reader with user-friendly functionality. Indeed, the program overlooks the preview window, and focuses exclusively on your need for speed and efficiency through its live preview window.
Typora is able to export your projects in PDF and HTML formats, but also in formats specific to Microsoft Word, Apache OpenOffice, Epub and LaTeX.
Etcher is a utility that allows you to use a disk image to create a bootable USB stick or memory card on a computer. Extremely easy to use, Etcher has an image verification module to ensure the successful creation of your bootable storage medium.
Etcher has a very intuitive interface that guides the user step by step through the process. From a single window, you are prompted to follow three steps: select the disk image to use (in .iso or .img format), choose the storage media on which to "burn" the bootable disk image, and finally launch the "burning" process.
It's a great cross-platform alternative to Rufus and UNetbootin.
Discord is an instant messaging service for voice and text messages originally designed for gamers. Designed as an alternative to Skype and TeamSpeak, Discord allows you to exchange text messages and make voice calls, but also share images, videos and links directly from your computer or mobile device. It's a great alternative to Slack for gamers or people who just want to have a chat room where they can meet and discuss.
For example, at AlternativeTo, we use Slack as our virtual office for internal communication and Discord to chat with our users, and provide support if needed.
GitKraken is a Git client that allows you to open, manage, clone or create repositories and branches, as well as share code directly from your desktop.
With a structured and intuitive interface, GitKraken offers you the possibility to access your repositories locally and remotely. In order to simplify your access to the various projects you are working on, GitKraken invites you to synchronize your GitHub, GitLab and Bitbucket accounts directly via the user interface.
SimpleNote is a free, lightweight and easy-to-use cross-platform note-taking utility developed by Automattic, the company behind WordPress. All notes created on SimpleNote are automatically synchronized on all devices on which the software is installed. The notes you are working on can be shared with other users so that they can add what they want. It is also possible to generate a public link allowing everyone to access your notes online. There's actually a native macOS app but the Windows and Linux apps are made with Electron.
Kap is an advanced screen capture and recording utility for macOS users. Very easy to use, it is attached directly to the menu bar once installed. Kap is offers a perfectly intuitive user interface and allows you to take screenshots or record a video of your screen. The program allows you to choose a predefined ratio directly in the application but also manually indicate the size of the capture to be taken.
There are many other good software based on Electron, like the RSS reader Raven Reader, the web browser Beaker browser, the Evernote client Tusk, the note-taking app Left or the video editing tool LosslessCut, but I didn't want this list to be endless and so, I only chose ten apps that – I think – are a pretty good example that you can build good apps with Electron.
Bonus: You can also run Windows95 as an Electron app. 😁
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