At my day job I work for a Mac company focused on productivity software, so I get a lot of exposure to all sorts of applications designed to make your life easier/more efficient/organized by shiny, colorful icons. There’s a thriving market of people who love software that helps them stay organized, and get downright fetishy about the methods they use to do so.
While I’m not exactly a software-life-hack junkie, I’m not a total Luddite either. There are a few applications/websites I do rely on on a weekly, if not daily basis.
Google Docs. Specifically, Google’s spreadsheet function, which my husband and I use to keep track of household expenses. We used to enter all our debit receipts/bills into an Excel doc which lived on his PC, making it hard to keep the information current from both of us. With Google Docs, we can access the same web-based file from our respective computers at any time.
Flickr Uploadr. I post lots of photos to Flickr to share with friends and family, and rather than using Flickr’s time-consuming method of uploading images, I use the handy Uploadr tool to do so. It lets you select a bunch of images, organize them into sets, create tags, add title and subject info, and upload the whole batch at one time.
Google Reader and Google’s Personalized Homepage. My home page displays up-to-date content from the various websites I like to stay on top of (including AllRecipes.com’s daily recipes, YUM), along with my Flickr contacts, my Gmail inbox, and my Google Reader collection of blog RSS feeds. The downside is that my home page always offers a tantalizing collection of distractions, but the upside is I never need to go clicking around to see if a particular website has updated.
I also use iPhoto for photo management, Photoshop for photo editing, TextEdit for writing, Wordpress and Typepad for blog-wrangling, Netflix for ordering movies, Amazon for buying crap, and . . . let’s see, I think that’s about it.
What about you, what websites/applications do you rely on?