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Endlessly tweaking his workflow for comfort and efficiency, Erez is a freelance writer on a mission to discover the simplest, coolest, and most effective software and websites to make tomorrow happen today.

End mind-numbing repetition with these 5 powerful PC automation tools

If you find yourself doing a lot of repetitive computer work, you're doing it wrong. Working with software should be a joy, not an effort, and these tools can help you make it so.

Review: SimpleMind Desktop lets you create attractive mind maps

SimpleMind Desktop is a straightforward mind-mapping application with solid mobile companion apps. Colorful and attractive, it's an excellent choice for the mind-mapper on the move .

Review: DayScore lets you keep score on habits that really matter

Free web-app DayScore lets you track your habits and improve over time. However, it is rather simplistic.

13 killer Chrome apps to replace your desktop software

Can you get all your work done without ever leaving your Web browser? We tested a suite of Chrome extensions to see if they're up to the task.

Review: SymmetryMill lets you turn any image into a beautiful repeating pattern

With its seventeen kaleidoscope lenses, SymmetryMill turns pattern creation into a fun, playful activity. A free demo version can help you decide if the full subscription fee is worth the $69 price.

Review: Slick RSS Chrome works best as a second news reader

Slick RSS is not a front-end to an online feed reader, but a complete RSS client built into Google Chrome. Though it shows promise, this version doesn't dethrone Google Reader.

Review: Take Command 14 command line utility is easier to use than PowerShell

For serious work in the console, few utilities (if any) can match the prowess of Take Command. If you use the command line regularly, it's a good investment.

Review: ConceptDraw Mindmap helps businesses brainstorm, create, and present mind maps

ConceptDraw Mindmap is a business mind-mapping product that looks just like a part of Microsoft Office. It fits neatly into a team's workflow.

Review: WebStorm 5 IDE provides powerful editing features and instant feedback for Web developers

WebStorm is a sophisticated IDE for JavaScript, HTML5, CSS, and other Web development languages.

Review: Pipy is a simple, unremarkable keyboard-based launcher for Windows

Pipy offers a quick way to launch programs and search for files and Web pages, but it's not unique.

Review: Chocolatey offers easy software installation and updating

Command-line utility Chocolatey lets you quickly download and install other applications.

Review: Blurity photo de-blurring utility tries to bring CSI one step closer to real life

This handy utility offers a simple interface for fixing photos damaged by motion blur. It doesn't always work, but it's worth a try if you have an important photo marred by blur.

Review: Dropmyemail backs up your email effortlessly

Dropmyemail is a simple cloud-based backup service for your emails and attachments. It's especially useful if you log on at different computers.

Review: WinZip 17 stays fresh with cloud storage and social sharing features

WinZip 17 lets you archive, encrypt, convert, and share your files across multiple services. New integration with cloud storage services and social networks keep this venerable compression utility relevant.

Review: Ninite turns setting up a new computer into a quick, painless process

With Ninite, you can install numerous free applications at once. It's free, elegantly presented, and easy to use.