5 Useful Apps for Back to School

Wednesday, August 15, 2012 by Island Dog | Discussion: Personal Computing

Well the summer is coming to an end, and kids of all ages have already started heading back to school.  Kids and young adults are making great use of PC’s such as laptops in their work, and just as software helps make folks more productive at work, that can also be applied to students at school.

Lets take a look at 5 useful apps for students returning to school!

1. Fences (Free, Pro $19.95)

I really can’t recommend and advise you to use this app enough.  It is used by to organize the the icons on their desktops into manageable areas called ‘Fences’.  Create a Fence for projects, another for saved links, one for homework – the uses are nearly endless.

http://www.stardock.com/products/fences/

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2. 1Password ($49.95, free trial available)

Security is always a big thing to be concerned about and take pro-active measures to avoid problems later.  As we’ve seen lately, people hacking into peoples accounts is becoming common and having different and secure passwords for website you visit is essential.  1Password can create and store strong passwords and keep them secure until you need them.  With browser extensions, you can have 1Password fill the logins so you don’t have to remember all those passwords. 

https://agilebits.com/onepassword/win

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3. Tiles ($9.95, Free download)

Tiles is another productivity app that would be a great resource for students.  Tiles puts a customizable sidebar on your Windows desktop that can help you organize and manage running applications.  You can build custom pages to just show certain apps, or have another one that lists open browser windows.  There’s lot of configuration options and can be skinned to fit your desktop theme.

http://www.stardock.com/products/tiles/index.asp

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4. Notepad++ (free)

There’s nothing necessarily wrong with the Notepad built into Windows, but Notepad++ takes it up another level.  This has many additional features such as Syntax highlighting, tabbed interface for multiple documents, multi-language support, and much more.

http://notepad-plus-plus.org/

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5. Jing (Free)

Jing lets you capture screenshots and record onscreen video.  This is great for research, or making short presentations of either an app or website you have on your desktop.

http://www.techsmith.com/jing.html

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DrJBHL
Reply #1 Wednesday, August 15, 2012 5:41 PM

If money's a large concern... Tech Republic has recently reviewed 5 free password managers:  

http://www.techrepublic.com/photos/five-free-apps-for-secure-password-management/6361275?tag=content;siu-container

 

Lantec
Reply #2 Wednesday, August 15, 2012 6:32 PM

Good list ID. Add Lastpass to the password manager list. LINK

I can't believe that Techrepublic didn't.....fail.

Island Dog
Reply #3 Thursday, August 16, 2012 4:20 PM

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