Don't-Miss Productivity software Stories
Knock their socks off and seal the deal with presentation tools that give you new takes on the same old slides—from eye-catching imagery to data visualization that goes way, way beyond the pie chart.
LibreOffice is a competitive alternative to Microsoft Office that is extensible, highly compatible, highly configurable, and free.
The Dragon Mobile Assistant app recently updated with a voice command mode. Jared Newman takes it for a drive to test Dragon's conversation skills.
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.
A Google Reader junky's week-long test drive with RSS-reader, Bloglovin'. Does it have the chops? (Hint: no).
SearchYourCloud brings quick and relevant searches to cloud-based storage, and offers a security boost, too. At $25, it's pricey and it's not always easy to use, but will prove a worthy tool for business folks.
Google Drive can do more than store stuff. Check out these tools for automatic backup, easy file sharing, collaboration, encryption, music, and more.
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.
From keyboard shortcuts to inbox managers, these handy Chrome extensions make a good email program even better.
Offers quick reminders of the keyboard shortcuts that can turn you into a Gmail master.
Free webapp Coggle lets you quickly create simple mind maps, either on your own or with a distributed team.
Without requiring any downloads, plug-ins, or even a user account, MindMup offers a super-quick way to create and share simple mind maps.
Free Opener truly can open a large amount of formats, including documents, spreadsheets, presentations, PDFs, media, and code. Sadly, it can’t edit most of them.
Krento is a feature-rich launcher, widget manager, and Start-menu replacement that can launch any file, folder, program, or website you can think of.