Summarization of my favorite productivity software tools to manage papers, books, and knowledge in general.
1) Calibre – second to none book manager.
- It’s free
- Automatic metadata and cover extraction
- Easy to use
- A lot of customization
- Nice plugins
- Updated very often (in active development)
- Unfortunately, no DJVU metadata support
2) Mendeley – A good scientific paper manager.
- The best metadata extraction so far
- Nice interface
- 1GB space
3) WinEdt – Latex editor
- After some useful tweaks, this program can even emulate Lyx (visual Latex), well except the WYSIWYG preview of formulas and images.
- The learning curve is not fast, but worth it.
- Re-programmable general text editor
4) MS Outlook – Mail, RSS, and Personal Information (tasks, meetings, dates, etc.) Manager (PIM)
- Still the best PIM around
- No mail backups to a central server for POP accounts.
5) MS OneNote – All in one personal knowledge manager.
- Sync to Skydrive
- Copy/paste of anything, from web pages to videos and data files