Gabe Goldberg's Favorite Productivity Utilities

Life's too short to live it with only the functions built into whichever computer operating system you use! I'll talk specifically about favorite utilities to enhance the Windows "experience" (as Microsoft insists on calling it) but similar add-ons are available for Macintosh, smartphones, and Linux.

A utility is simply a program that performs specialized functions, sometimes part of the operating system. A utility isn't required to make the computer run, but falls into the category of useful tools that improve performance and add functionality.

Let's not restrict this meeting to my list of utilities -- everyone has a unique set of indispensable tools, so chime in to highlight some of YOURS. -- Acrobat Reader (frequent security updates!) Foxit Reader, alternative to Acrobat Reader CutePDF, free PDF creator -- Norton 360, security/utility suite -- Process Explorer, system monitor -- Startup Monitor, control software starting at system boot -- Cclean, system cleanup -- Report/record PC hardware/software configuration -- Check PC software patch/security status -- Detect/remove malware -- Check website status -- CaptureWizPro, screen capture -- Directory Printer, prints directory structure/contents -- File Locator Pro, PC index/search (use built-in vs. add-on?) -- URL shortener, use security preview -- WinZip, file compression/decompression Alternate file compression/decompression -- Alternate file compression/decompression -- Alternate file compression/decompression -- Beyond Compare, file compare -- ClickBook, optimize print output -- Easily handle "new" Office file formats (.docx, etc.) - native/Web/software -- PowerPoint minimizer, shrinks files -- Firefox (browser) add-ons and plug-ins for productivity -- Thunderbird (email) add-ons and plug-ins for productivity -- Back up and migrate Thunderbird/Firefox profiles (data) -- Free, open source, cross-platform software for recording and editing sounds -- OCR (Optical character recognition; 52 million hits!) -- Large file transfer -- Free online FAX services -- Free US calling, one phone number that rings anywhere, voicemail, more File rename Analyze/report on PC performance

Resources -- 1,860,000,000 search hits for "downloads"! Start with: -- CNET -- TUCOWS -- ZDnet

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