Apr 27 2009
I know its out of character, but in looking for some brilliant new software to feature this week I just couldn’t pass up a few shareware gems. I am not oneto spend money of software very often, but this stuff is good.
There’s no better application for syncing with your iPod then Apple’s own iTunes. But it isn’t the best at handling podcasts. Cast Away adds some much needed options to podcasts in iTunes. You can control on a per podcast basis how many episodes you store, check each on a different schedule and even set new podcasts to auto-play once downloaded.
The unregistered version is fully functional, but for $7 you should really just buy it. You won’t find a more useful program for managing your iTunes podcasts.
Formerly known as Pod2Go, this shareware app is your iPod’s best friend. Pod2Go is the most comprehensive solution for managing non-music content on your pod. Pod2Go brings news feeds, weather, movies, gas prices and driving directions to your iPod. It also syncs Safari bookmarks, Stickies and manages a backup of your system to your iPod. Oh, it grabs lyrics too. Not bad for $12.99.
You know since you bought that iPod on your corporate expense account, you should probably do something work related with it. We all know you can present slide shows from your photo/video enabled iPod. That goes for properly converted presentations too. iPresent-it will make this a reality with simple and straight forward conversion from Keynote, PowerPoint or PDF. iPresent-it can also turn presentations into iPhoto albums for easy storage. All for $17.95. Put that on your expense account too.
Now you see, I can compromise. And sometimes it is worth it to shell out a few bucks – provided the software is worth it.