Don't-Miss Productivity Stories
New text-to-speech features plus a Metro-style utility and PDF forms take OmniPage where it's never been before. Already a top OCR program, the Ultimate version is good for workgroups, but overkill (and pricey) for those with little need.
LibreOffice is a competitive alternative to Microsoft Office that is extensible, highly compatible, highly configurable, and free.
Snip away the unwanted parts of your PDFs with Briss. It's free, portable, and open-source.
The Debenu PDF Tools menu has a variety of useful features even in the free edition.
Web-based RSS reader NewsBlur is one man's labor of love, but has features and polish that many established players could envy.
Inky is a different take on desktop email clients, with multiple-user support, sophisticated sorting capabilities, and a flexible interface. It still has some bugs to smooth out.
Dragon Notes bills itself as a sticky-note app with voice recognition, but really, it's little more than a demo for Nuance's voice recognition prowess.
With snappy previews that treat Modern apps as first-class citizens and clever window tiles, there's a lot to like in Emcee. Sadly, a couple of critical shortcomings keep it from becoming a truly useful everyday tool.
Tweetro+ is a touch-optimized Twitter client for Windows 8's Modern interface that manages to make the best of a controversial platform and deliver the goods.
Springpad makes it easy to save, share, and organize your digital information. This free service lets you "spring" information from the Web, photos, notes, and more, and organize it into notebooks that you can share if you'd like.
PDF Stacks makes it very easy to find anything within your PDF collection. It will not, however, replace your PDF reader and other research tools.
Remember when project documents arrived in neatly organized tabbed notebooks? GDoc Binder lets you create, distribute and edit the digital equivalent of a loose-leaf notebook for a very modest fee.
If you're already using Google Drive at work, there's no need to turn to PowerPoint. This free Chrome app lets you and your colleagues craft presentations together (without saving over each other's work).