Don't-Miss Web & communication software Stories
Adobe Dreamweaver CC debuts with weak cloud features and an overstuffed interface, but it still leads in Web design innovation.
AOL's Alto Mail sorts your email into boxes and lets you put important-but-not-urgent messages on snooze. It didn't take me long to get into the private beta, and it's worth getting in line for it.
Skype's great for chatting, but it could be more collaborative. With the IDroo whiteboard add-on, you can communicate visually.
Try these to organize, filter, and make sense of Reddit's content.
Hover Zoom is probably one of the best and most useful browser plugins in existence...provided you use the Chrome browser, as it is not available for anything else. It allows you to move your mouse over a small picture and instantly magnify it, without clicking or opening anything.
The Clownfish for Skype add-on translates to and from over 50 languages as you type. It's not perfect, but it's convenient and gives you the gist of what's said.
Mailstrom analyzes your inbox to show you what you need to clean up, and offers some useful tools to help you do so. It's Web-based and works on any IMAP account.
In Skype, backing up is hard to do. G-Recorder not only backs up your chats, it backs them up to Gmail.
RSS is a convenient way to read your feeds, but more often than not, it truncates articles, forcing you to read on the actual website. Nextly skips that problem with grace, creating full-website streams that are easily browsable.
SproutSocial is a beautiful social dashboard full of useful features that is not cheap to use, but is bound to change the way you manage your social media and branding.
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.
Glipho aims to become a "social publishing engine" for bloggers. It's neatly organized and easy to use, but right now, at least, Glipho's social reach is limited by the size of its own social network.
A Google Reader junky's week-long test drive with RSS-reader, Bloglovin'. Does it have the chops? (Hint: no).
Sharing files on Google Drive is easy, but finding other people's files is not. Chrome Open Drive searches not only Google Drive, but Dropbox, Box, Evernote, and SkyDrive.
Enthuse.me lacks themes and visual customization options, but lets you put up an elegant page showcasing your work in a cinch.