It’s raining free apps!
Picasa is a pretty terrific photo management software. Google just bought the company, and they’re giving Picasa away for free. My father-in-law just got a digital camera for his birthday, so I set him up with Picasa. Now he just plugs in the camera, and up pops picasa. It slurps off all the pictures on to the computer, and clears the camera card for the next use. All he has to do is name the album. He can also remove redeye, crop, enhance, print, email, and etc. The interface is extremely friendly. I use Photoshop Album at home, but if I didn’t have that, I’d use Picasa.
Microsoft snapped up Lookout, a search plugin for Outlook, and that’s in the free software bin now too. Lookout is a lightning-speed email search that relieves you from organizing your emails (like I ever did anyway). The speed on this thing is amazing. Did the designer mail me that photoshop? ‘attachment: psd’ Where was I meeting Deane for lunch? ‘lunch from: Deane’. What was the confirmation number for the flight? ‘flight’. Sort of like the Gmail search features, but for your desktop.
Why hasn’t Microsoft snapped up NewsGator? Newsgator paired with Lookout would be awesome. Instant search of every post from every blog you read. Maybe they have some larger RSS strategy in mind. After all, they’ve certainly noticed RSS.