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Five applications for staying organized

Brien Posey wants to get organized for 2013 and he thinks he has found five apps that can do it for him.

One of my New Year's resolutions is to be better organized. Thankfully, there is a whole slew of software available to help with that goal. This blog post lists five applications that can help with organization.

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Five Apps

1. ACDSee 15

ACDSee 15 is a utility that is designed to help you to organize your photo library (and how can you go wrong with an application whose name sounds like AC-DC). ACDSee can help you to sort and categorize your photos with ease. You also have the ability to do batch image conversions if you want to convert your images to a different format or resize or rename them. The software also gives you the ability to create PDF and HTML based photo albums or to create photo slide shows.

A free 30-day trial of ACDSee 15 is available for download. The application costs $49.99 to purchase.

2. Tag&Rename

Tag&Rename is a utility for renaming audio files or for making corrections to metadata tags. File renames can be based on a series of environment variables related to metadata tags. For instance, you can rename songs so that the file name includes the artist or the album name. The file naming mask is surprisingly flexible with regard to its ability to generate custom naming conventions. In addition, the software lets you perform bulk corrections on missing or incorrect metadata. For example, you could change an album's genre from Rock to Heavy Metal.

Tag&Rename costs $29.95, but a 30-day free trial is available for download.

3. Fences

Fences is a utility designed to reduce the clutter by organizing your desktop icons. When you install Fences, the Setup program asks you if you want to create your own fences or if you want Fences to build some fences of its own. If you choose to let the software create its own fences, your icons will be organized in a more meaningful way. Of course you can always create additional fences, or modify or delete any of the default fences.

Fences costs $9.95, but a free 30-day trial is available for download.

4. Lexa Organizer

Lexa Organizer is a light weight task management utility. The software lets you define a series of tasks, which can be grouped by category (business, personal, etc.) The software lets you assign due dates, priorities, and even optional reminders for each task.

Lexa Organizer sells for $19.95, but a 15-day free trial is available for download.

5. Post It Digital Notes

Post it Digital Notes is a utility from 3M that lets you place electronic post it notes on your Windows desktop. At first the utility is a little bit obnoxious, because it covers almost your entire desktop in default post it notes. Once you clear the clutter however, the utility is easy to use and useful. You can even use a combination of fonts and images on the notes that you create.

Post It Digital Notes sells for $9.95, but a 30-day free trial is available for download.

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Brien Posey is a seven-time Microsoft MVP. He has written thousands of articles and written or contributed to dozens of books on a variety of IT subjects.


FastStone does most (if not all) of what ACDSee does for free, and there is a portable version. Of course there are many other free image viewers and editors, but I have found this application to be very similar to ACDSee, except that it is free. ...... Plenty of free Tag and rename programs are also available. The free MP3Tag and the TagScanner are examples. ...... Free sticky notes applications are also out there, and most people know how to get them easily. PNotes and Stickies are just examples. Both are available in portable format. ...... Free organizers are available almost everywhere, and there are plenty of Cloud applications for that purpose, all free of charge. Try the sites of Google, Yahoo, Microsoft, etc., or download free applications from SourceForge.


Fences comes in both [b]Free[/b] and Paid flavors.


Found none here! Need things that will organize personal information such as accounts, insurance, funeral arrangements, Things like where files, books, music are located. Better yet something that will become my failing brain.


Windows 7 has Sticky Notes which does the same thing as "Post It Digital Notes" for free. It's more stripped-down certainly, but I find that an advantage: much cleaner, simpler interface. Also, if you're already using Outlook, the Tasks feature does everything Lexa Organizer does.

Mark W. Kaelin
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Specifically, I wondered what it did for $10 that Sticky Notes didn't already do for free.


I am currently looking at this as a solution. Thanks for the heads up.

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