Don't-Miss Productivity software Stories
Axon Idea Processor is a complex product with many potential uses and some frustrating flaws. Though versatile and potentially powerful, its steep learning curve and many bugs require more patience than someone buying a time-saving product is likely to have.
Greenshot is so easy to use, it will have you wondering why you'd ever pay for a screen capture utility.
MyShelf may not be as pretty as Evernote, but it's a note-taking app that doesn't need the cloud.
If you find yourself doing a lot of repetitive computer work, you're doing it wrong. Working with software should be a joy, not an effort, and these tools can help you make it so.
PhraseExpress is a text expansion/macro program that can be a great timesaver if used properly. Application-specific features are a major enhancement.
SimpleMind Desktop is a straightforward mind-mapping application with solid mobile companion apps. Colorful and attractive, it's an excellent choice for the mind-mapper on the move .
Free web-app DayScore lets you track your habits and improve over time. However, it is rather simplistic.
Microsoft's refreshed productivity suite sports a major design overhaul and seamless cloud integration—at a higher price.
CopyTrans Contacts lets you manage your iOS contacts on the big screen of your PC. It works well, but we wish it cost less than $10.
PCWorld's editors select the year's best products for getting work and business done.
YWriter is Scrivener sans glitz. This free program helps writers get their thoughts together and organized.
ConceptDraw Mindmap is a business mind-mapping product that looks just like a part of Microsoft Office. It fits neatly into a team's workflow.
Wieldy is a free task manager that works to help you get things done. Unfortunately, learning how to use it is a job in itself.