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10 Apps We're Into

Posted in Knerds on April 1, 2011 by

Recently, we asked a few members of our team a simple question:

What’s an app or program you can’t live without?

Here’s a sampling of ten apps and programs considered must-haves by members of our team. Stay tuned for other favorites in future posts!


Recommended by: Kyle, Content Team

Launchy is a free open source application launcher that lets you open programs with just a few keystrokes — without worrying about your start menu, desktop icons, or file manager. Launchy works on Windows.


Recommended by: Nina, Marketing/Biz Dev Team

Cozi is a free online organizer that helps families coordinate schedules, share memories, make lists, and keep up with appointments. TechCrunch describes Cozi as a social network for a family unit.


Recommended by: Sara, Product Team and Chris, Management Team

Tripit is a travel organizer that helps travelers manage their plans. Travelers forward their confirmation emails to Tripit, which compiles them into a master itinerary.


Recommended by: Kyle, Content Team

Texter is a free text substitute app that saves you keystrokes by replacing abbreviations (“text substitution hotstrings”) with larger phrases you define. It works in any application you’re typing in. Check out this video for potential uses. Texter works on Windows.


Recommended by: Sara, Product Team

SongKick lets you track your favorite artists to be sure you know when they’re playing live. You can also buy tickets, share your “gigography” (the history of live music shows you’ve attended), and share photos and videos from concerts you attend.


Recommended by: Andrew, Marketing/Biz Dev Team If you have an Android phone, Gmote allows you to turn it into a remote control for your computer. You can use your Android to start and stop movies and music, browse files, use your phone as a keyboard, or stream music from your computer to your phone.


Recommended by: Robbie, Marketing/Biz Dev Team Adium is a free, open-source instant messaging application for Mac OSX that can connect to many different messaging services (here’s the full list). It’s highly customizable, with a clean, easy to use interface.


Recommended by: Andy, Content Team

f.lux is a free piece of software that shifts the color of your display depending on the time of day. If you’re sick of being blinded by your computer screen at night, f.lux might just be for you.


Recommended by: Robbie, Marketing/Biz Dev Team

Dropbox is a web-based service that uses cloud computing to let users store and share files and folders across the Internet. Dropbox offers a free and paid version, depending on usage levels. A reporter from PC Mag calls Dropbox “the simplest, most elegant file-synchronization tool [he’s] ever used.”


Recommended by: Ian, Video Team Evernote is a service (both free and paid versions are available) that allows you to capture, organize, and search for “notes” — everything from a piece of text to a webpage to a voice memo. Evernote works on Windows, Mac OSX, and mobile platforms.