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NotePad++ offers portable notepad features for programmers

Text editor Notepad++ is portable and (as you might guess from the name) very programmer-friendly. It's open-source and donationware, too.

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Apache OpenOffice 4.0 review: New features, easier to use, still free

Lagging slightly behind Microsoft Office in features, Apache OpenOffice has a lot of functionality and flexibility, as well as tight integration among components. It's also free and open-source.

Another borked Microsoft update tells Office Starter Edition users to buy the suite

Microsoft yesterday acknowledged yet another problem with its Sept. 10 updates, confirming that one of those fixes broke Office 2010 Starter Edition by changing the file associations of already-created documents.

Convert text to image, and image to text

Arcticsid asked the Answer Line forum about turning text into a .jpg. I'll also explain converting an image back into text.

Improve your prose with a word processor cliché detector

Darthdusty asked about software that will "detect and alert" him when he types certain phrases

Review: Get your writing done with Yarny, a cloud-based, distraction-free writing environment

Yarny is a cloud-based writing environment that helps reach your writing goals with useful organization tools, a distraction-free editor, and various publishing options.

Review: Free Clipboard Help+Spell adds a lot of power to your clipboard

With powerful search/replace features, a configurable clip stack, and formatting presets, Clipboard Help+Spell manages to stand out in the crowded market of clipboard enhancement tools.

Review: Page Four provides the tools writers need, without distractions

This straightforward writing program is designed to enhance productivity.

Microsoft discontinues Office 2010 sales, some retailers jack up prices

Some sellers have raised the price of Office 2010's lowest-cost multi-license package after Microsoft discontinued retail sales of the suite.

Get your company started with Evernote for Business

Evernote wants its app to be your 'second brain.' Follow these steps to help your company harness Evernote's unique intelligence.