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IdeaFisher Pro

IdeaFisher Pro

This is a useful brainstorming tool once the initial learning curve is overcome. However, it could do with an interface overhaul, while localised versions for audiences outside North America would broaden its appeal.

February 9, 2004 by in Developer

iZito

iZito

iZito is a meta search tool with added extras, notably the ability to 'park' relevant results for easy retrieval and to customise the way they are displayed.

November 18, 2004 by in Developer

Zetadocs PDF

Zetadocs PDF

Adobe's PDF (Portable Document Format) is pretty much ubiquitous these days, its main advantage being that PDFs are hard for users to edit, which provides a measure of control over distributed information. PDF also copes well with graphics-rich material, locking it into a layout that reproduces accurately on a wide range of platforms. Finally, Adobe's PDF reader is free, so there's no cost barrier to access (you can download Adobe Reader <a href="http://downloads.zdnet.co.uk/0,39025607,1,00.htm?query=Adobe+Reader">here</a>).

September 16, 2005 by in Developer

PaperPort Pro 9 Office

PaperPort Pro 9 Office

PaperPort is touted as the data hoarder's saviour -- a document management system that can help you sort, organise and, importantly, retrieve any document you may need. Its built-in OCR engine allows you to convert scanned (or photographed) material into an editable form. This means that PaperPort is in a position to manage every aspect of your work and home life, from credit card bills and baby photos to crucial reports and expenses claim forms.

March 28, 2003 by in Developer

AutoRoute 2006 with GPS locator

AutoRoute 2006 with GPS locator

With handheld and smartphone-based navigation software sharing the limelight with standalone solutions, it's easy to forget that GPS-based navigation used to be the domain of notebook computers. There are still a number of such solutions available, and Microsoft's AutoRoute is an example. The new 2006 edition comes in two versions: with a GPS receiver for £149.99 (inc. VAT) and software-only for £44.99 (inc. VAT).

December 19, 2005 by in Developer

MindManager 9

MindManager 9

MindManager 9 is a sophisticated mind-mapping application that could revolutionise your methodology for organising and accessing information. It works well for individuals, but delivers most value if adopted by the entire organisation.

September 21, 2010 by in Developer

CiceroPhone for Windows Mobile Pocket PC

CiceroPhone for Windows Mobile Pocket PC

The thing about Voice over IP (VoIP) is that once you’ve got it, you really don’t want to use GSM or a landline unless you have to. In offices with IP-based phone systems, VoIP has the added advantage of making people contactable anywhere -- a definite advantage in many circumstances. Handhelds with Wi-Fi and the ability to accommodate SIM cards are ideally placed to offer convenient support for both VoIP and GSM communications, and <a href="http://www.ciceronetworks.com/">Cicero Networks </a>has launched a ‘converged softphone’ that provides this via a single user interface. We tested CiceroPhone with an <a href="http://reviews.zdnet.co.uk/hardware/handhelds/0,39023880,39165698,00.htm">HP iPAQ h6340</a> -- there is also a Windows Mobile smartphone version, which we will be examining in due course.

November 25, 2005 by in Developer

Dragon NaturallySpeaking 10 Preferred

Dragon NaturallySpeaking 10 Preferred

<p> Speech-to-text software is an acquired taste, but in our view it should be much more widely used than it is. The best software is easy to use and, in our experience, can be a lot faster than typing &mdash; even for accomplished touch typists. The best products are adept at a lot more than simply getting words into your favourite word processor: you can control a wide variety of applications too. Nuance has recently released the latest version of its market-leading Dragon NaturallySpeaking (DNS) product, which it claims is more accurate and faster than ever. </p>

August 26, 2008 by in Developer