Here are some cool or helpful tools that I have used or found useful for testing and communication purposes.
Jing is a great video and screen shot capture tool. It’s mainly stored on the web and you include links for the images or video. The images can also have graphics and text added to them to point out items. The basic version is free.
Campfire is a group chat communication tool. It’s browser based and allows the ability to act as a IM/email/document collaboration tool. It can archive conversations and files for sharing. There is a free version for 4 people that I’ve used and would love to get a larger license for a much wider audience.
soapUI is a web service testing tool. We have used this successfully with multiple releases for testing both performance and functional tests. This was very usefully when we had some customers come in and needed assistance in their testing. Having an open source tool that they could pick up and use was great.
Hexawise is a web based tool to help in determining possible test cases or combinations. Using cyclomatic complexity the tool is able to reduce a number of inputs into a list of possible tests to run. Similar to AllPairs or Pairwise in usage but much better in terms of usability and presentment. It has a free trail and usage determines licenses.