Complex note-maker

Power Notes provides a way of taking digital notes that could meet the needs of all users. While its features are great, some users may grow dislike the program's design.

With basic icons outlining its options for creating new notes and organizing, users will find Power Notes' interface to be pleasing at first. However, creating a note offers a confusing collection of options and sidetracks that might not appeal to all users. Fortunately, the program also offers a Quick Note option that cuts to the basics of note-creation. The online Help file offers a clearer definition of how to … Read more

Average billing program

Bills and Reminders offers users a way to keep track of their bills and debts with a program aimed at those who may forget to pay. While the navigation of the program is a little rocky at first, users will find a competent program that is short on frills.

This program might instantly overwhelm users, as the main screen is composed of a confusing number of spreadsheet-like rows and columns, along with added boxes in a rainbow of colors. Fortunately, users are prompted to go to the product's Web site and take a tutorial to ease any confusion. The … Read more

Easy-to-use note program

Dynamic Notes is an easy, unobtrusive way to add and manage sticky-like notes to your desktop. Although some aspects of the interface are cluttered, the program is pretty intuitive and allows users to get started making notes right away.

The program appears as a small toolbar than can be moved around a user's screen or minimized completely. Creating a new note is as simple as the click of a button. The Add New Note button lets users to customize their notes with different colors and fonts, as well as set reminder alarms. For users who don't want to … Read more

Reliable alarm clock

Your computer will tell you the time, no problem. However, there are few things as boring and basic as the standard clock. AIV Reminder offers users a chance to spice up their clock situation and keep on top of important appointments.

This free program presents itself as a simple analog clock. In addition, a small, blue genie gives you advice on how to make configurations. If you're not fond of genies, there are three other characters to choose from. Double-clicking the clock face takes you to a menu screen where the ins and outs of the program are laid … Read more

Basic calendar

Desktop Calendar Reminder promises to help you keep track of the days and important events. However, this basic calendar doesn't really live up to its promise or, for that matter, its name.

This program isn't much to look at. It presents itself as a simple light-blue calendar that pops up on the middle of your desktop in a small rectangle. There is space for writing a note about the day at the bottom. There are also tabs for the day's notes and for a general area to write non-date-specific notes. We were a little confused, since part … Read more

Clear financial picture

This easy-to-use financial management program minimizes data entry by connecting directly with your online accounts. Moneydance can give you a better understanding of your overall financial picture.

This download has a fairly simple look that will become familiar in a short time. Users instantly see their balance in the heart of the rectangular screen, a calendar to the right, and reminders above that. In the brown and green header users can cycle through options to manage their funds, such as transfers, accounts, extensions, and more. All the options are easy to access and fairly intuitive to understand.

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Desktop to-do lists

There are as many tools to help you organize your life as there are days in a year, which makes it hard to stand out. Swift To-Do List is easy to use, but its basic features keep it firmly in the middle of the pack.

This program offers a simple interface that most users should find intuitive from the beginning. With large, colorful icons and a tree displaying the various tasks that need to be performed, the display is easily interpreted. This basic, yet functional interface serves well in creating a new task. Users can title, schedule, and even add … Read more

Desktop sticky notes

Jot down notes and keep them organized on your desktop, keeping your other desk top a bit less cluttered. Freebie Notes provides a simple alternative to the paper sticky note.

This freeware is incredibly simple to use. By choosing a new note from the toolbar, users write themselves a quick note and place it on the desktop. This no-frills note system is perfect for jotting down ideas, phone numbers, or other brief info. Freebie Notes also provides several helpful options to go along with its primary function. A wide spectrum of colors ensures that you don't have a desktop … Read more

Simple desktop notes

Hott Notes offers users an opportunity to keep themselves organized with a virtual pad of yellow sticky notes. This program offers a simple set of tools to create notes, but does not live up to all its promised potential.

This freeware pops up instantly and allows users to quickly sketch down a note and paste it to their desktop. This is much like any note-making program on the market. However, what makes Hott Notes enjoyable is how it handles its added features. Where many programs are cluttered and sometimes confusing, four simple tabs allow users to customize their notes. Note … Read more

Supercharged sticky notes

TurboNote+ aims to eliminate pesky yellow sticky notes from piling up on your desk. This simple program provides a service that numerous other downloads do, but manages to create a unique and superior system with an intuitive layout.

This program differentiates itself from other note downloads with its ease of use. A new yellow note appears by simply clicking and dragging the tray icon onto your desktop. While this sounds like a simple move, many other programs make creating new notes far too complicated. TurboNote+ keeps the more complex options a simple right click away. An expansive menu gives you … Read more