Don't-Miss Productivity Stories
Sunrise supports multiple Google calendars, uses Google Maps’ data to direct you to events, and supports a handy “quick add” feature for Google Calendars. Plus, it looks spectacular on your phone.
For considerably less that Acrobat, Phantom PDF provides all the PDF tools most users need. However, it's OCR is a step behind.
This free app for Android and iOS will tell you when exactly to expect a delivery.
This new desktop app completely blocks Web access to increase productivity, but it's only for the worst procrastinators.
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.
Sanebox is a cloud-based tool designed to keep clutter out of your inbox. It's not perfect, but overall, it works very well.
Delightfully tiny utility LICEcap lets you create GIFs showing on-screen action, to quickly communicate software features and issues.
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.
Dragon NaturallySpeaking remains the most powerful beast in speech recognition, but cheap or even free tools are staking out territory for simpler tasks.
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.
Much like the online version, Prezi Desktop makes your presentations more palatable. And since it's a desktop edition, you can work offline.
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.
Web-based text outliners range from Notepad-like simplicity to sophisticated, searchable, collapsible idea wranglers.
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.
Free add-on After the Deadline works in Chrome, Firefox, OpenOffice, or Wordpress to make your words sing.