Some Aha Moment Tools

June 19, 2008

So I have come across some great stuff in the last few days and wanted to highlight them for myself (as I can’t dig in right now) and for my few readers.

1. Xoopit for Gmail – Finds (and allows sharing) all the pictures, videos, and files buried in your inbox.  Such a simple idea but so useful!  It turns the inbox something that is still used by millions daily as a file sharing mechanism into an image browser / social network enabler.  It extends the email client in an elegant and useful way… I wish I would have come up with this one, well done guys I LOVE it!

2. Some things should be a web application and some things maybe should not…  Mindmeister is an excellent example of an application that should be a web app.  It’s a collaborative mind mapping tool, it looks good, works flawlessly and has some snazzy, innovative features like adding tasks and attachments (this is a feature I love) to ideas.  It can also work offline via gears (have not tried yet).

3.  TwitPic, with all the tools using the Twitter API this is by far my favorite so far.  What does TwitPic do you ask…  It lets you share photos on Twitter, does not sound exciting but boy howdy!

4. Balsamiq, if you are building a new product and need to design the UI take a look at the screen mockup tool Balsamiq.  It’s basically a napkin style design tool but on the computer.  I haven’t tried it yet but if it works as good as the demos show I am sold as I have been looking for this kind of tool for EVER.

5. Akismet, the spam back-end here at WordPress.com.  I seem to have a lot more spammers watching my blog than actual readers but Akismet has dealt with them wonderfully.  Thank You Guys (and for WordPress in general).

6. Wordle, it’s just neat…

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