Unplggd's Top Download Picks for 5.5.2011

Unplggd's Top Download Picks for 5.5.2011

Jesse Leikin
May 5, 2011

Whether trying to get organized, or simply looking to enhance your productivity, computers have been our friends for many years. While smartphones are taking over our world, the personal computer is still an integral part of our daily lives. And though computers alone are fine, it is the software that makes them great. If you are looking to get organized and stay productive, then check our hand picked list of some of our favorite Windows and Mac software that we are sure you will love.

Windows:

Simple Sticky (Free): While the virtual sticky has long been apart of the built in Mac experience, a great reminder tool has been missing from Windows. Simple Sticky fills that void as a fun, simple, and powerful note taking medium. Because the notes post right to your screen, no more having to open various applications just to view a list. Every time you look at your computer, your notes will be staring you the face as the ultimate reminder.

Xobni for Outlook (Free or $50/yr): Email is taking over our lives, so why not gain some control. If you are an avid Outlook user, Xobni for Outlook is a plugin that allows you to gain more control and understanding of your contacts and your email. With a smarter search and social media integration, all of the information you need about your contacts and email history is at your fingertips. And with the recent opening of the Xobni Gadget Store, this handy plug-in gives more ways to stay productive and in-sync with your hectic lifestyle.

Movie411 (Free): In the past we have told you how to discover new movies. Today, start organizing your digital movie collection with Movie411. This free application will allows you to organize your collection in a minimal amount of time by searching for a movie and allowing the application to find and download all of the relevant movie information including high-resolution front cover, back cover, and even movie details. No more having to scroll through hundreds of files with the same icon. With Movie411, every movie in your collection will have the correct cover art, so it will be just like searching through your physical library.

Mac:

xMenu (Free): As an avid Mac user, you know how useful the menu bar can be. With xMenu, add even more functionality by having quick and easy access to all of your important folders and applications. Instead of having to navigate through finder folders by double clicking around, xMenu allows you to gain access to you most important things simply by going to your menu bar and quickly scrolling through your folders. With customization options including the ability to use icons and create you own menu bar drop down, xMenu is sure to save you time and keep you productive while working at your computer.

Calibre (Free): If you love reading e-books, or if you simply love reading on your e-book device, then Calbre is just what you have been looking for. What started as a grad-student's project has developed into the best e-book management library around. Calibre not only handles your library management, but also is capable of converting documents to the appropriate format for your device. This means no more being locked into downloading from one source. Find your favorite book in any digital format, and Calibre will convert it to be compatible with your device.

iHub Basic ($40): If you have multiple Macs, iOS devices, and even Android devices, then you are probably like most people who are looking for a simple and easy alternative to keep all of your devices' calendars and contacts in sync. Using iHub, you are able to simply and easily do this without all of the messy wires. After a simple set up, whenever you devices are connected to your preferred network, they will quietly and securely transfer all your data across your devices. And since this is a one time cost, there are no annual service fees to pay to a cloud syncing company. If you happen to use a variety of portable devices, then iHub is sure to save you tons of hassle in getting everything to sync.

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