Don't-Miss Web & communication software Stories
Gmail Notifier Pro offers desktop alerts when you have new emails, social network updates, calendar items, and more. It also works as an email client, but lacks refinements in that department.
The Internet is abuzz with rumours that Feedburner is next on Google's chopping block. Set up some insurance by redirecting your RSS feed to FeedPress.
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.