Most Underhyped Apps of 2008
LifeHacker has a great post highlighting some excellent applications that deserve your attention. I strongly agree with some of his recommendations and I wanted to take this opportunity to bring them to your attention.
1.) Ubiquity (Firefox Extension) – Ubiquity is one of the best Firefox extensions available. I gave it high praise when it was first announced and it is still on of my best tools. It allows you to interact with different websites without actually visiting the site. (Like Google mapping an address). It is still in protoype phase and they still have some kinks to work out but it is already worth having.
2.) Picasa – I’m amazed out how many people are still unaware of this wonderful photo editor/manager. Picasa 3 was released this year with some nifty improvements and it continues to be my primary photo application. I love the author comment, “Picasa’s the software you want to install on your parents’ computer over the holidays so they can make a photo-mosaic of the grandkids.”
3.) VLC Media Player – I had abandoned VLC a little over a year ago due to some video playback stuttering and so when they released the latest version I was anxious to give it a try. VLC is back with a vengenance. The UI is better, the performance is better, and as always no codecs and it plays pretty much every AV file in the universe. VLC is the only Media Player you need. Download it today.
4.) Evernote – Evernote is the best ways to capture ideas/notes/pics/ramblings I’ve ever discovered. It syncs across mulptiple platforms (PC/Mac/WWW/Mobile) and it is just too easy to use. Admittedly I was slow in finding the right way to use Evernote but once I discovered its power it is one of my essential apps. (PS: if you do lots of screenshots you need Evernote) Did I mention is was FREE?
5.) OpenOffice – Seriously why aren’t you using OpenOffice? Their latest version has really improved performance and I’ve found OO Writer to be more intuitive and better at outlines than MS Word. Honestly are you using $300 dollars worth of office? For a different perspective see how you could save $15,000 by using the 80/20 rule in your organization.
The article also mentions Songbird, an open source music player and library manager. I’ve been tempted to try Songbird for quite sometime but I’m tethered to iTunes. Have you used Songbird? If so I’d love to hear about your experiences. What do you use for music library management?
For more info check out the article, “Best of 2008: Most Underhyped Apps of 2008“.