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Webtrate review: An Internet blocker for people with absolutely no self-control

This new desktop app completely blocks Web access to increase productivity, but it's only for the worst procrastinators.

Not Another PDF Scanner 2 review: Free NAPS2 makes documents scans easier

Scanning documents in Windows doesn't have to entail extra steps or extra cost. NAPS2 is an old-school tool that keeps things as simple, free, and open-source as can be.

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Sanebox review: Recover your email sanity

Sanebox is a cloud-based tool designed to keep clutter out of your inbox. It's not perfect, but overall, it works very well.

LICEcap review: Make animated screenshots, prove GIFs aren't just for memes

Delightfully tiny utility LICEcap lets you create GIFs showing on-screen action, to quickly communicate software features and issues.

Show, don't tell: 6 great tools for capturing, annotating, and sharing screenshots

Screenshots are invaluable in daily office life, whether they're for shiny product pages or just to better explain a technical issue you've stumbled on. Here are six excellent (and mostly free) screenshot tools.

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Control your PC with these 5 speech recognition programs

Dragon NaturallySpeaking remains the most powerful beast in speech recognition, but cheap or even free tools are staking out territory for simpler tasks.

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ConnectedText 6 review: Personal wiki adds long-requested features

ConnectedText is a powerful single-user wiki application. Version 6 adds major improvements in the form of named blocks, multiple views of the same file, and cross-project queries.

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Prezi Desktop review: Animate your presentations, even when you're away from the cloud

Much like the online version, Prezi Desktop makes your presentations more palatable. And since it's a desktop edition, you can work offline.

gDoc Creator Review: Word to PDF conversions made easy and inexpensive

Global Graphics’ $10 GDoc Creator lets you turn a wide range of documents and images into PDF files, either by dragging and dropping them onto its postage-stamp-sized interface or by using its printer driver.

5 free Web tools to organize your thoughts

Web-based text outliners range from Notepad-like simplicity to sophisticated, searchable, collapsible idea wranglers.

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Apache OpenOffice 4.0 review: New features, easier to use, still free

Lagging slightly behind Microsoft Office in features, Apache OpenOffice has a lot of functionality and flexibility, as well as tight integration among components. It's also free and open-source.

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After the Deadline review: Every writer needs an editor, and this one works for free

Free add-on After the Deadline works in Chrome, Firefox, OpenOffice, or Wordpress to make your words sing.

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Buffer review: Time your social media posts to a tee

Writing the perfect social media post is hard enough. Figuring out the right time to post it is another thing altogether: specifically, Buffer's thing.

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Final Draft 8 for Windows review: Screenwriting software ready for its close-up

Unleash your Oscar-worthy script ideas with this longtime favorite screenplay program.

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Review: AwayFind lets eagerly anticipated emails find you

AwayFind notifies you via voice, text, or push notification when you receive important email messages. It's easy to use and works well, but it can't anticipate email's surprises.