20 Must Have Ubuntu Apps for Productivity: Page 2

Linux desktop apps to help you work faster and more efficiently.
Posted September 4, 2012

Matt Hartley

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9) WebHTTrack: I've only needed to use this application on a couple of occasions. In both instances, the ability to simply FTP to the server and grab the needed files wasn't an option. Thankfully, WebHTTrack made short work of the challenge as it simply took care of the entire situation with immense ease. Backing up an entire website, even without behind the scenes access to it, is really simple thanks to this time saving software.

10) Unity Mail: If you're working with a single email account from your main PC, then Unity Mail might be just the Unity friendly email display tool for you. I have used it for about a month now and thus far, I'm a big fan. The killer feature that has really helped boost my email productivity: right click, which is a big help with Unity Mail. Right click, compose, inbox or sent _ it's been a huge time saver for me!

11) UGet: If you're someone who is working on a collaborative project, the ability to download a multitude of files at once could be a real time saver. This can be especially true if you're finding that you need to fetch a bundle of PDF documents relating to a software project. Thankfully, UGet provides the end user with a solid application for queuing and downloading countless files as needed.

Even better, the UI provides you with a clear view of files yet to be downloaded and those files that have already successfully downloaded to your PC.

12) Iptux: Instant messengers are historically, a security concern for most companies. Most instant messengers present unknown contact lists and the opportunity for files to be shared without permission.

On the flip side, there is something offered to those trying to be productive by having access to instant messaging capability, even if it's limited to within the workplace. This is where Iptux comes in. Designed to make inner office collaborative efforts as smooth as butter, the real benefit is in being able to share selected folders on the fly.

13) Giver: Generally speaking, using existing file sharing options via Samba or SSH, is more than enough for most people. However, sometimes you need to share a file with a machine that you might not otherwise be networked with. As long as the recipient also has the software installed and is on your LAN, then they can receive files from you without a lot of network setup work thanks to Giver.

Now yes, officially it isn't supported as easily as it once was. But lucky for us, the good folks at Web UPD8 have a simple work-a-round to get this software working easily. Is it worth it? I think so, it has saved me time with machines I'd rather not network with.

14) Time Tracker (Project Hamster): Perhaps one of the biggest keys to a productive day is knowing where you're spending the bulk of your time. This way, you're able to determine whether or not the time you spent on a specific project was well invested. The best way to accomplish this is with an application called Time Tracker.

Part of what makes using Time Tracker so powerful for me personally, is that I can utilize the software to track how I spend my day, working on various projects. Then when I'm finished, I can easily generate reports that show me where the bulk of my time was spent. How's that for awesome!

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