I always knew that Lifehacker editors have created some software programs like Better Gmail, Better Google Calendar, but it was new to me that they have created a whole line of applications for all kind of purposes. A list of programs was published recently on the Lifehacker blog.
They have some pretty useful stuff, all of them are "micro programs" designed for one specific use. They have a great text replacement utility for example, called Texter, which replaces abbreviated text, with the full one. You can use it to substitute "gH" with gHacks for example, or "sig" with your full signature.
Swept away is another good idea, it minimizes windows after a specified time when they loose focus. This means that if you have Photoshop always open (like I do), but only use it every hour or so, it will minimize itself. This is great for me, since it removes clutter from my desktop and enables me to actually work.
The post also points you to their great Greasemonkey compilation Firefox extensions like Better Gmail, Better Flickr and Better Youtube, all of which give you added functionality for these web applications. Better Gmail allows you integrate Google Reader for example, or change macros, and other cool features.
Last but not least you also find a selection of bookmarklets linked in the post that you can drag and drop to your browser's bookmarks bar to use them right away without installation.
Overall, Lifehacker has produced some highly specialized, but quite usable and helpful applications. They are all free to use, so go nuts.Advertisement
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