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.
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Nuance's Dragon NaturallySpeaking 11 Premium is a significant improvement on its predecessor: speech recognition is more accurate out of the box, and the user interface is generally slicker. The new command reference sidebar needs attention, though.
Capable of fast and accurate speech-to-text processing, application control and audio file transcription, Dragon NaturallySpeaking 10 is an excellent dictation program. You'll still have to spend time training both the software and yourself, though.
ALK has managed to update its already impressive navigation software without simply adding unnecessary features, which is to be commended.
MindManager X5 Pro combines brainstorming, project management and presentation functionality into an extremely useful business tool that's especially well suited to the Tablet PC platform.
This program tries to save you the bother of reading and summarising a long document, but we found too many flaws in our tests to recommend it without reservation. It could prove useful in certain situations, however.
Although it uses the same translation engine as several free Web-based services, Systran Translator Professional 5 offers additional features that may make it a worthwhile purchase for some business users.
AutoRoute 2006 delivers good-quality output on-screen and in the form of verbal directions, but is perhaps best used for researching your journeys in advance.
Despite some handset compatibility and call quality issues in our tests, Cicero Networks' softphone could prove valuable for mobile professionals with Wi-Fi-equipped Windows Mobile smartphones.
Cicero Networks' softphone provides access to VoIP services over Wi-Fi and GSM networks from a single dialler. When seamless roaming between Wi-Fi and GSM is implemented, CiceroPhone should prove very useful. However, a Wi-Fi-equipped Windows Mobile smartphone may be a more convenient platform than a handheld.