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WinZip 17 review

It's not easy being WinZip these days. Windows has been able to open and create Zip files on its own for a while now, and free, powerful compression utilities like 7-Zip are readily available and actively maintained. And yet, the 20 year-old utility soldiers on with version 17, delivering impressive utility and showing a keen awareness of the rapidly evolving cloud storage and file sharing landscape. New integration with cloud storage services and social networks gives WinZip a firm foothold in the online world. It's available in $50 Pro and $30 Standard versions, each with a twenty-one-day free trial.
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Microsoft Office 2013 preview

Based on extensive time working with the Consumer Preview of Office 2013 and Office 365 using both a laptop and a PC running Windows 7, here's our Office 2013 preview.
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Kingsoft Office Suite review

Business still revolves around the Big Three software applications: word processing, spreadsheets, and presentations. And Microsoft still charges an arm and a leg for Office licences. What's a cash-strapped small shop to do? There are, of course, a number of freebie alternatives to Microsoft Office, most notably OpenOffice.org and LibreOffice. However, OpenOffice faces an uncertain future, and LibreOffice is bogged down by a clumsy, outdated interface and iffy file compatibility. Allow me to suggest a lesser-known alternative: Kingsoft Office Suite 2012. Kingsoft offers Free, Standard, and Professional editions, the latter two priced at £31 and £45 respectively.
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Zengobi Curio Core 7.4.3 review

Even the most organised souls can still find themselves drowning in a sea of clippings and notebooks in search of one elusive idea. Curio Core 7 (Mac App Store link) consolidates your thoughts into one useful digital space. Despite its arsenal of options, it mostly balances those powerful abilities with admirable ease of use.
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Zim review

Take the power and flexibility of a wiki (like Wikipedia), wrap it with a friendly Windows installer, and make it run as a local application, no server needed. You've got Zim (free): a personal open source wiki for managing your knowledge, tasks, and calendar. You can even get the portable version, put it on a USB stick or in a Dropbox folder, and take it with you on the go.
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VueMinder Pro review

In these days of cloud-based services like Google Calendar and Zoho, having a dedicated desktop calendar application almost seems like an anachronism (even Microsoft Outlook does email in addition to calendar duties). But VueMinder Pro (£32, 60-day free trial) is anything but anachronistic. This thoroughly modern calendar application synchronises with online calendars and offers a richer interface than its web-based competitors.
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Springpad review

As we swim the ocean of data on the web, in bookstores, in magazines, conversations and everywhere else information lives, sometimes we come across tidbits we want to save for later.
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LibreOffice 3.5 review

Latest version of open source productivity suite brings better Office interoperability and improved user experience, but rough edges remain.
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Zoho Writer review

Zoho Writer is an online (with offline and syncing functionality) word processing application that offers a nice amount of functionality, especially given the limitations of the Web as a platform for productivity tools. After creating a free account with Zoho, you can access Zoho Writer. It looks a lot like most word processors, so if you've used any major program in this category, it will take no more than a few minutes of poking around to learn how to do things. This is good, because the "Help" is in the form of a FAQ, not a tutorial or index of functions.
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Followup.cc review

If you're anything like me - and thousands of other people out there - chances are good that you use your email inbox as your to-do list. Keeping that to-do list organised and easily accessible is a challenge, though, especially when you have dozens, if not more, messages arriving daily. And hundreds, if not thousands, of messages already sitting in there. Enter Followup.cc. This service can help you stay on top of your email tasks, by sending you handy reminders when you need them most. Followup.cc is available in four versions: Free, Personal ($5 per month), Plus ($10 per month), and Premium ($15 per month).
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