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EditMinion review: Improve your writing's style and grammar with this Web tool

Cut, paste, cringe. Edit Minion presents your writing errors and infelicities to you so that you can fix them.

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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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Write or Die review: Write, or be punished for your crimes

It's easy for aspiring writers to give up simply because there's no pressure to write. Write or Die goads you towards literary succees by displaying obnoxious stimuli when you fail to meet your goals.

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Sonar3 review: Track submitted manuscripts, publications, and payments

One of the greatest tools on an author's bench is the one that helps to sell articles or stories. Free software Sonar3 tracks submissions and accepts a great deal of detail about each work and each market.

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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.

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Review: TimeRabbit tracks hours lost down the Facebook rabbit-hole

TimeRabbit is a nifty PC utility that makes it easy to see how much time you spend on Facebook. It's easy to use and it works well, as long as you aren't using the latest version of Internet Explorer.

Must-have software for college students

Fire up the new school year with these powerful and essential tools.

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Review: Notable.ac lets teachers and students share slides and notes

Notable.ac makes it easier to share notes and make comments. It's a much better solution than having dozen (or hundreds) of people trying to copy the teacher's slides by hand.

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Review: Audio Notetaker lets you sit back and listen while it takes notes

If you've ever felt like you're missing too much of a presentation while trying to take notes, Audio Notetaker can shoulder the burden for you. It breaks recorded audio into speech bars so you can make annotations right on the speech itself.

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Review: Zotero makes research easier, faster, more robust

Cross-platform tool Zotero integrates with major browsers and office suites to help you collect, organize, and properly cite your research for papers.

OCR makes short work of digitizing your docs

These four programs and a free online service make it easy to turn your paper documents into editable digital ones. Which one to use depends on what you need to accomplish with it.

Review: OmniPage 18 Standard has great OCR and page reconstruction

OmniPage 18 Standard is a flexible program that will more than satisfy basic OCR needs.

Review: Abbyy FineReader 11 Professional Edition does clean OCR and is easy to use

Abbyy FineReader 11 Professional has the same strengths and foibles as Nuance's competing pro edition. Though a snap to use, it's a little more expensive than similar programs.