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At a Glance

If your needs don't include macro and programming compatibility, this office suite might just wean you away from Microsoft.

Price when rated: Free

Pros

  • Super-capable
  • Supports revisions
  • Compatible with Microsoft's Office file formats

Cons

  • Incompatible macros
  • Incompatible with VBA

At a Glance

ReadCube is an excellent all-in-one tool for organizing, finding, reading and annotating PDF articles.

Price when rated: 0

Pros

  • Easily imports your existing PDF library
  • Includes built-in search and download
  • Includes built-in PDF reader with editing options

Cons

  • Couldn't find or recognize every article
  • Connection to Google Scholar is unstable

At a Glance

DeepDyve brings true change to scholarly and professional research with its affordable rentals and free full-text previews.

Price when rated: Free access full articles for five minutes a day; $20 for five 30-day rentals; $40/month for 40 monthly rentals

Pros

  • Supports thousands of different journals
  • Lets you preview entire articles for free
  • Very easy to use; start renting in minutes

Cons

  • Misleading wording in professional account
DeepDyve screenshot

At a Glance

Audio Notetaker is extremely powerful and valuable tool, but it's pricey.

Price when rated: $150 perpetual license; 30-day free trial

Pros

  • Makes it easy to scan through, highlight and organize recorder material
  • Lets you attach slides, papers, images and more to audio
  • Very easy to use

Cons

  • Crashed multiple times while testing
  • Recording settings keep going back to "Mic only"
  • Very expensive
Audio Notetaker 3 for Windows screenshot

At a Glance

Notable is a great idea for students and lecturers alike, but still has some growing to do.

Price when rated: Free

Pros

  • Same system for students and lecturers
  • Allows real-time collaboration through the app
  • Provides an easy way to add notes to slides and access them

Cons

  • First new courses for a user need to be added manually by the developers
  • Limited highlighting an annotations
  • Only supports PDFs
Notable.ac screenshot

At a Glance

Zygote Body is a comprehensive and unique way to learn about the human body.

Price when rated: Free

Pros

  • Easy to control with both keyboard and mouse
  • Lets you search for and pin organs for reference
  • Doesn’t require Flash
Zygote_Body_full_body_screenshot

At a Glance

Zotero is and easy to use, free, and fast. It's a lifesaver for students.

Price when rated: Free

Pros

  • Add new sources from the Web with a click
  • Word processor plugin make citations and bibliographies a breeze
  • Easy to sync and collaborate

Cons

  • Microsoft Word plugin available only for Firefox users
  • No mobile app
  • LibreOffice/OpenOffice plugin requires Java
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