I check out a lot of software in a week. Not as much as I could, but probably more than I should. A few months back I set up a list of my favourites, but I recently realised I haven’t updated the list that much. So to force myself to do so, I thought I would try to write a weekly post updating the software I used most frequently, or which I am most impressed with. The software needn’t necessarily be new, just stuff that works and continues to work for me. I’m not going to include the obvious, such as Firefox. (For now this is just for Windows, but I’ll try to do something for Macs once I’m reunited with my Mac.)
Here’s this week’s top 10:
- Text Monkey
Easily clean copied text. Don’t understand how other people survive without this.
How did we ever manage without it? Cheap phone calls, quality conversations with other Skype users.
Into its third version, and despite some teething troubles a remarkable vision of where freeform databases could go.
Some folk I know well swear by this little thing. Post-It note-like tabs to store text, folders etc that cling to the edge of your screen.
Still an important part of my day, taking people’s email signatures and turning them into something my PIM can understand
- Trillian IM Client
Yes, I know there are others, but I love this IM aggregator. Gathers all your instant messaging accounts in one window.
Excellent way to record Skype conversations. Great way to label and store old conversations too.
Even if you only use 10% of its features, you’re still ahead. A way to access everything without ever leaving the keyboard.
Lists recent documents by type for easy access. It should be higher but I’ve noticed more recent versions seem to suck up resources more than the earlier one.
Some people hate the idea of having someone know when they open someone’s email, but the complaints have been few and far between, and it saves me a lot of sitting around and wondering.
As ever, I’d love to hear love to hear from people who disagree, agree, or just have more suggestions.