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The best software for your home

Home software can help keep your household in order. From helpful intelligent assistants to nutritious meal-delivery services, you can choose from a broad range of services to keep your home running smoothly.


Home software FAQs

  • What's a smart home?
    The Internet of Things, IoT for short, is still finding its footing, but if you are feeling adventurous, you can start using connected devices in your home. For example, a smart thermostat like Nest can monitor your environment and optimize heating and cooling based on your behavior -- when you are home or away, what temperature you select throughout the day, and so on -- as well as check on your history to see when and how you are consuming energy. You can also check out a voice-controlled device like Google's Home or Amazon's Echo and Dot that, at your command, can do everything from play music to order food.
  • What's a meal-delivery services?
    Don't have time to both grocery shop and cook? Meal-delivery services deliver meal kits with all the ingredients you need to make dinner, including recipe instructions and tips for food prep and dining. If you are just looking for inspiration, recipe apps can help you discover recipes to suit your tastes.
  • What about a tech hobby?
    Want to write a novel or chart your family history? From Scrivener to Ancestry, you can find dedicated software to help with the task. If you are feeling more crafty, you can find everything from digital scrapbooking software to Arduino kits that let you build things like a touch-sensitive lamp or a robot that butters toast.
  • Can I keep track of my home inventory?
    Home-inventory software can help you catalog your comic book collection or document every item in your home. A complete list of all your household belongs would be invaluable in recovering your items or filing an insurance claim after a robbery or a natural disaster. Look for a home-inventory app that lets you take photos, scan barcodes, and enter purchase details such date, price, and model number.

Best home software

Encircle

Encircle

Create a detailed inventory, with photos, of your home.

Blue Apron

Blue Apron

iOS

With Blue Apron, order and customize your weekly menus, watch videos, and buy related supplies.

Clifford Colby follows the Mac and Android markets for Download.com. He's been an editor at Peachpit Press and a handful of now-dead computer magazines, including MacWeek, MacUser, and Corporate Computing.