Windows/Mac/Linux (All platforms): The free, multi-platform iTunes assaulter (if not quite killer) Songbird busts out great improvements for a 1.1 version, including a one-click album art grabber, performance improvements, and loads o' little tweaks. The killer new feature is a single menu option, under "Tools," that scans your entire music collection and grabs the relevant album art from Last.fm's web site. That alone makes the oft-improved, awesomely extensible music manager worth a look. But most of the big improvements in this release have been under the hood, so to speak:
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If you liked the look of previously mentioned digital photo application Poladroid—which adds a retro flair to regular digital photos—but your Windows life prevented you from using the Mac-only app, you're in luck. Poladroid has made an alpha version of Poladroid for Windows available for download. Sure the idea of Polaroid-ing digital photos is a bit absurd, but considering that Polaroid no longer makes actual Polaroids, it's nice to keep a little nostalgia alive. Thanks Moysauce!
Mac OS X only: Donationware application SketchBox provides multi-functional sticky notes for your Mac desktop. Similar to the default Stickies application that's baked into your Mac, SketchBox has tons more functionality, with typing, drawing, and timers built into every sticky. That means you can create a note, type a few lines or doodle an idea, then set a timer to remind yourself to check back with the note later (perfect for quick to-dos). The app also gives you a robust, iPhoto-style organisation window for your sticky notes. SketchBox is donationware, Mac OS X only.
The Tech-Recipes tips blog points out a handy shortcut that some users of the super-handy Growl Mac OS X notification tool might not know. Rather than closing every individual notification that piles up while you're away from your desktop (assuming you've configured Growl to leave notifications on the desktop), you can simply option-click on any individual "close" (x) icon to wipe them all away. Good for quickly getting back to work after a quick browse of your Growl notices. Growl: Close Multiple Notifications with One Click
Mac OS X only: Beta application Versions provides an easy-to-use graphical interface to the version control system, Subversion. Whether you're a developer or writer, version control with Subversion can mean the difference between days and minutes lost when something goes awry with your text files. We've shown you how to set up a personal Subversion server and how to access it with the Windows-only TortoiseSVN or Mac-only SCPlugin, but Versions takes a wildly different approach to Subversion by taking your repositories into an attractive and fully featured graphical interface. It's unclear whether Versions will charge after the beta, but for now Versions beta is freeware, Mac OS X only.