Top 10 Windows Software, May 15 2005


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:

  1. Text Monkey
    Easily clean copied text. Don’t understand how other people survive without this.
  2. Skype
    How did we ever manage without it? Cheap phone calls, quality conversations with other Skype users.
  3. MyInfo
    Into its third version, and despite some teething troubles a remarkable vision of where freeform databases could go.
  4. Stick
    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.
  5. Anagram
    Still an important part of my day, taking people’s email signatures and turning them into something my PIM can understand
  6. Trillian IM Client
    Yes, I know there are others, but I love this IM aggregator. Gathers all your instant messaging accounts in one window.
  7. HotRecorder
    Excellent way to record Skype conversations. Great way to label and store old conversations too.
  8. ActiveWords
    Even if you only use 10% of its features, you’re still ahead. A way to access everything without ever leaving the keyboard.
  9. TaskTracker
    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.
  10. MessageTag
    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.

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