For at least a while. In my previous post I DON’T WANT TO BE A WEB2.0 BUTTERFLY – I discussed my frustration and feelings of being overwhelmed by the multitude of applications or software that does the same job and how I was jumping from one application/software to another.After doing a lot of research, I came up with the following criteria for applications solutions:
a. Application must be platform independent.
b. Have an intuitive interface and a short learning curve.
c. Be able to access if Internet not available and then synch when “Cloud” is available.
d. Free unless I already own it.
e. Integrates well with Flock and/or Microsoft Office 2007
So after looking at the above criteria I have decided on the following applications/software.
Type of Application
Flock Simply love it
Skype What others are using
Search Engine Google Search Google it, but looked at some of the visual search engines out there.
Edublogs The short time I have used it, very well done and impressive!
GMail I really like, but would like a preview window, so I don’t have to open the email – better
Web-based Office Suite
Google Docs Integrates better with Flock than Zoho or others. The sidebar.
Flikr Simple to use and integrates well w/Flock
Igoogle I have been using and have been happy
Twitter Have already established presence – hshawjr
Wikispaces Not crazy about Wikis, but have seen some really cool stuff done there, might have to give it
Screen Capture Tool
Snip-it Embedded into Windows, works for me, a little clunky but useable
iTunes Own an iPod, but really looked at Songbird, might try again after 3 mos is over
Virtual Life Application Second Life Still a newbie, but like what I see, but needs to be more stable. Look for Therin Sideways
Aodobe Still the standard, but Foxit was a very close second
Diigo Easy to use, it might eventually replace a few other applications also, just have to take the time
to use it.
Evernote I love M/S OneNote and will keep everything I have there, but I cannot easily use it in the Cloud.
Keep track of work
Basecamp If it only had a calendar program
Google Calendar I like it a lot, but can’t get synch program to work correctly
Outlook 2007 I really like the simpleness of Thunderbird, but work still uses Outlook.
Don’t like how often it crashes or doesn’t respond.
RSS in Flock I like gReader a lot but I had to choose one
Inspiration8 What we have at work, but doesn’t offer online collaboration :(.
Survey and Questionnaire Tool Survey Monkey Easy to use, yet powerful enough to get the information you need
Blog Writing Tool
Flock Blog Writer Embedded in Flock. I think M/S LiveWriter more powerful, but try it out.
I plan to use these tools/applications exclusively on my computer for the next 3 months for their type of application.
I have written how much I like Zoho previously and I would have used the Zoho Office Suite, but it would have fragmented my attempts too much as they don’t have a public email client yet or calendar program. If they integrate those into the mix, we will see, but it might be too late, if I like what I am using and have gotten used to it.
The other point was that I like a lot of the Google products, but they are way too fragmented. I would like to see them put them all into an easy to use dashboard (i.e. Zoho), it would make using and finding the Google tools much easier to use. Their present way of displaying their products does not meet my needs for an integrated office suite. If they did this, they might even take more of Microsoft Office’s customers.
I love most of the Microsoft products, they just don’t play well with others, are not cheap and are platform dependent. I would love it if Microsoft became easier and more intuitive in the Cloud/desktop integration, they are starting, but it still is not seamless and rather clunky.
Just doing this exercise has reduced my stress level, significantly. I don’t feel the need to try out everything that comes out right now and hopefully it will give me the opportunity to master some of these applications to the point, I can use advanced parts of the programs, that will actually reduce my workload.
Anyone have any other opinions or suggestions