Adobe Integrated Runtime or Adobe AIR, in simple non-technical terms, is something that helps web developers to create the desktop equivalent of internet tools using Adobe Flash, Flex, HTML and other such programming languages or frameworks.
So, with the help of Adobe AIR, you could use websites or apps which you visit frequently right from your desktop. There are a huge number of Adobe AIR apps available for different purposes. Since this is a productivity blog, I have picked six cool apps that could help you track your time and enhance your overall productivity.
Check these out and if you have any other recommendations, feel free to leave them in the comments!
Klok is a brilliant Adobe AIR based time and project tracking application. You can track the time you are spending on each activity and analyze the results through its nice, visual dashboard. Its drag and drop interface allows you to easily add projects, time slots and more.
Klok is available in both free and paid versions. While the free version has all the basic tracking capabilities, if you are willing to spend $15.99, you could get features like Google Calendar sync, enhanced dashboard and the Klokwork Team Connector that allows you to collaborate on projects with other team members.
If you are a fan of to-do lists then the simplicity of this app called Doomi might interest you. It's a nice, small app that helps you manage your to-do lists from your desktop. Creating one is easy. just type in the task and you are done.
Once you type in the task, you can select the hours, or a specific time interval for that task. You would get a pop-up reminder when you need to get started on that task. Simple and easy.
Staying focused while working online (or offline) is a challenge. The distractions are too many. If you need something to increase focus while working then Focus Booster might help. It is a nifty timer that allows you to set work and break timings, and alerts you accordingly.
MiniTask, short for minimalist task management, is a pretty cool task management tool for keeping a check on your to-dos. You can add tasks, label them, group different tasks under the same label, set up reminders and do much more.
You could also customize the app's interface and create detailed task sheets to see how productive you were during the day.
I've mentioned the popular to-do list tool Remember the Milk (RTM) in many articles on this site. RTM Notifier is an Adobe AIR based desktop notifier for this tool. If you use Remember the Milk to manage tasks then you will find it useful.
RTM Notifier has number of features. Apart from displaying task notifications, it lets you add tasks right from the desktop, select which tasks you should be notified about and customize the way notifications are displayed.
While some might advocate that not using Twitter would be the best way to be productive, I think using it intelligently is the right way to go about it. TweetDeck let's you do exactly that.
With TweetDeck, you can handle Twitter lists, image uploads, link shortening, etc., easily. You could also manage your Facebook stream from its interface. Using it is definitely a better option than visiting Twitter or Facebook in the browser multiple times during the day.
However, I'd suggest you don't keep TweetDeck open. It pops up new messages and that could distract you. Only open it when required.
Written by Abhijeet Mukherjee. Abhijeet is a blogger and web publisher from India. He loves all things tech as long as it aids in productivity. He edits Guiding Tech, a blog that publishes useful guides, tutorials and tools. Check it out and subscribe to its feed if you like the site. You can also find him on Twitter.