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.

http://get.adobe.com/reader/ -- Acrobat Reader (frequent security updates!)

http://www.foxitsoftware.com/pdf/reader/ Foxit Reader, alternative to Acrobat Reader

http://www.cutepdf.com/-- CutePDF, free PDF creator

http://us.norton.com/360/ -- Norton 360, security/utility suite

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb896653 -- Process Explorer, system monitor

http://www.mlin.net/ -- Startup Monitor, control software starting at system boot

http://www.piriform.com/ccleaner/download -- Cclean, system cleanup

http://www.Belarc.com -- Report/record PC hardware/software configuration

http://www.Secunia.com -- Check PC software patch/security status

http://www.malwarebytes.org/ -- Detect/remove malware

http://www.downforeveryoneorjustme.com/ -- Check website status

http://www.pixelmetrics.com -- CaptureWizPro, screen capture

http://www.tucows.com/preview/315783 -- Directory Printer, prints directory structure/contents

http://www.mythicsoft.com -- File Locator Pro, PC index/search (use built-in vs. add-on?)

http://tinyurl.com -- URL shortener, use security preview

http://www.winzip.com -- WinZip, file compression/decompression
http://www.zipgenius.com/-- Alternate file compression/decompression
http://www.7-zip.com -- Alternate file compression/decompression
http://www.peazip.com -- Alternate file compression/decompression

http://www.scootersoftware.com/ -- Beyond Compare, file compare

http://www.bluesquirrel.com/ -- ClickBook, optimize print output

https://office.microsoft.com/en-us/downloads/office-online-file-converters-and-viewers-HA001044981.aspx -- Easily handle "new" Office file formats (.docx, etc.) - native/Web/software

http://www.pptminimizer.com/eng/index.php -- PowerPoint minimizer, shrinks files

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/ -- Firefox (browser) add-ons and plug-ins for productivity

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/thunderbird/ -- Thunderbird (email) add-ons and plug-ins for productivity

http://mozbackup.jasnapaka.com/ -- Back up and migrate Thunderbird/Firefox profiles (data)

http://audacity.sourceforge.net/ -- Free, open source, cross-platform software for recording and editing sounds

https://encrypted.google.com/search?q=ocr -- OCR (Optical character recognition; 52 million hits!)

http://www.YouSendIt.com -- Large file transfer

http://www.efax.com/efax-free -- Free online FAX services

https://www.google.com/voice -- Free US calling, one phone number that rings anywhere, voicemail, more

http://www.1-4a.com/rename-- File rename

http://www.soluto.com/-- Analyze/report on PC performance

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

http://download.cnet.com/ -- CNET

http://www.tucows.com/ -- TUCOWS

http://downloads.zdnet.com/ -- ZDnet

(c) 2012 Gabe Goldberg -- http://www.linkedin.com/in/gabegold -- Gabe@gabegold.com