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Chrome: Half of the time, I don't really remember why I left a tab open. I have dozens of tabs meant as references for later, but I'm constantly forgetting their original purpose. With Note Anywhere, you can leave a little reminder for yourself on any page.

Predicting the future is near impossible -- but that doesn‘t stop us all from having a red hot go. Human beings have been predicting the future since the beginning of history and the results range from the hilarious to the downright uncanny.

One thing all future predictions have in common: they‘re rooted in our current understanding of how the world works. It‘s difficult to escape that mindset. We have no idea how technology will evolve, so our ideas are connected to the technology of today.

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Windows only: Sticky notes applications are fairly common, but StickySorter, a new offering from Microsoft's Office Labs division, is designed to deal with a particular challenge: organising large groups of notes from multiple sources into relevant groups. Microsoft originally built it to help with the process of affinity diagramming, and it includes options for importing notes data from CSV files, tagging notes, and allowing structured data within the free-form sticky environment. Like most Labs products, there's no clear indication of what will ultimately happen to this, but it's an interesting new take on working with unstructured information. StickySort is a free download for Windows only, requires .NET Framework 2.0.

StickySorter

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If you've got a clutter of Stickies on your Mac desktop and you want to archive them all in one fell swoop, here's a kludge jury-rigged from Print to PDF:

While there's no direct "export all" feature in Stickies, there is a fairly simple workaround. First, select File -> Print All Notes. In the Print dialog, click the PDF pop-up menu, then select Save as PDF.

The PDF can then be printed if you prefer a paper record, or you can copy and paste the text from a reader into any text editor. If you've set up a Stickies tutorial, this would be a good way to save what you've written for reusing it later. Looking for other ways to improve your sticky notes? Check out Stick 'Em Up for extending Stickies or download and try SketchBox. If you have a quicker way to convert your stickies to a text file, let us know in the comments.

Export text from all notes in Stickies

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Free webapp Scrumy helps teams manage and complete projects that will feel familiar to anyone who's used Scrum collaboration techniques developing software. Frustrated when cheap sticky notes refused to stay stuck to the wall, the folks from Knockout Apps decided to develop a digital solution. A free version is available, but to go pro it'll cost you $US7 a month or $US60 a year and you'll get extra features like automatically generated burndown charts to track your progress from day to day. Plus, you won't randomly get a clip from The Fresh Prince of Bel Air instead of your project. Check out the demo, and if you're not convinced, check out the team's "Professional Infomercial" after the jump.

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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.

SketchBox

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Windows only: There's no shortage of sticky-note-style reminder apps out there, but Hott Notes offers a lot of handy features in one package, making it worth a try on your desktop. The notes themselves can be coloured, sized, and set at custom transparencies, of course, but the notes also come in three flavours: Standard, text-style notes, to-do notes with built-in checklists, and scribble notes that let you draw with your mouse cursor. Hott Notes also rocks a portable version, so you can bring your reminders from desktop to desktop, and an alarm can be attached to any note you create. And for fans of "zen applications" (not our phrase, we swear), Hott Notes offers a "Note Desktop" that shades over everything except your notes. Pretty handy notes, overall, in nice-looking packages. Hott Notes is a free download for Windows systems only.

Hott Notes