The desktop sticky note world is full of freeware, but Notezilla proves you can have enough in the way of useful extras to make it worth opening your wallet
Snagit remains essential for graphic designers, developers, and anyone else who works with image and video captures.
InfoQube has a kitchen sink of features and can be used for many purposes.
The standard bearer in two-pane outliners remains functional and feature-rich but needs some attention from its developers.
Using standard protocols and without unnecessary bells and whistles, Argentum Backup is a good tool for all but the most advanced users.
Still in Alpha, Rummage shows some promise as a file management tool, but its ultimate success depends on feature implementation as it moves to beta and release.
Coolbase blends a tree-style outliner with semi-structured data, but a clunky interface and poor documentation undermine its usefulness.
Tabbles offers a useful and effective way of dealing with complex projects scattered over many files, but it requires developing new habits to get the most out of it.
Folder Size gives you something a bit better than just clicking "Properties", but doesn't provide a lot of details or display options.
Directory Opus' expanded customization and control options let you manage files the way you want.
This database is great for storing, organizing, and searching for passwords, but it's hampered by a lack of browser integration.
The latest update to Sticky Password adds management tools and cloud integration. It's still a tiny file on your PC, but it makes it easy to manage passwords from your Mac and mobile devices as well.
Maxthon has interesting integrated features and good cloud integration, but as with most "alternate" browsers, it's competing against the inertia of whatever environment you've been using for years.
The newest version of Opera has a brand new engine and a stripped-down feature set. Sorry, Opera, but bookmarks aren't significant extras.
Typing of The Dead adapts a first-person zombie shooter to use typing skills, not button mashing, to commit mayhem. Funny, fast-paced, and unique, its blend of grindhouse horror and unique mechanics is very appealing.
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