Productivity Applications

By Jason Brooks  |  Posted 2005-04-11 Print this article Print

Agilix GoBinder 2005, this year's winner in the Productivity Applications category, stood out for accomplishing a goal that few applications we've seen have managed to achieve: turning Microsoft's Tablet PC into a productivity-enhancing platform.

WINNER Agilix Labs Inc.
Agilix Gobinder 2005

Agilix GoBinder 2005, this years winner in the Productivity Applications category, stood out for accomplishing a goal that few applications weve seen have managed to achieve: turning Microsoft Corp.s Tablet PC into a productivity-enhancing platform.

For a list of all the winners and finalists of the fifth annual eWEEK Excellence Awards, click here.
GoBinder 2005 enables users to organize bits of information, culled from multiple sources and in different formats, into a common store of data thats amenable to annotation, searching and sharing —as well as syncing with Microsoft Exchange or with Palm OS-based devices.

GoBinder is targeted at the education space and offers integration with Blackboard Inc.s namesake eEducation platform, which enables students to fetch class materials using a handy background sync process thats triggered when the software detects a network connection.

Despite its focus on the education space, this application—which also works well with regular notebook or desktop systems—is a great fit for knowledge workers who need to get a better grip on the various sorts of information they track while carrying out their tasks.

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FINALISTS DataDirect Technologies Inc.
Stylus Studio 6

As XML grows in prominence as a lingua franca for enterprise data transfer and storage, so grows the importance of tools that allow a wider population of designers and administrators to work effectively with XML—a strength of Stylus Studio 6 Release 2 that distinguished it in the Productivity Applications category.

In particular, Excellence judges liked the products solid visual editing capabilities for XML schema files, which make it easier to edit and create a complex XML schema.

The judges also noted Stylus Studio 6s ability to work with tabular XML data visually, drawing on spreadsheet metaphors to provide users with a familiar editing view.

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Novell Inc.
Novell Linux Desktop 9

Novells Linux Desktop 9 stands as an impressive example of the way that Linux has matured into a platform thats compelling not only for server machines but also for regular desktop users.

The judges were impressed with the job that Novell has done integrating the many components that make up a desktop Linux system and with the work the company has done linking up the NLD with back-end Novell services such as iFolder.

When considered along with Novells Open Enterprise Server, a finalist this year in our E-Business Foundations category, the NLD completes for Novell a strong server-to-desktop solution for the enterprise.

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Excellence Awards Winners and Finalists:
  • Analytics & Reporting
  • Application Development
  • Business Integration Systems
  • Business Relationship Management
  • Desktop & Mobile Hardware
  • E-Business Foundations
  • E-Mail Management & Security
  • Enterprise Collaboration & Messaging
  • Enterprise Storage Hardware
  • Enterprise Storage Software
  • IT Quality Assurance Tools
  • Productivity Applications
  • Server Hardware
  • Networking & Management Tools
  • Networking Infrastructure
  • System & Application Management
  • Authentication & User Management
  • Network Data-Stream Protection
  • Vulnerability Assessment & Remediation
    As Editor in Chief of eWEEK Labs, Jason Brooks manages the Labs team and is responsible for eWEEK's print edition. Brooks joined eWEEK in 1999, and has covered wireless networking, office productivity suites, mobile devices, Windows, virtualization, and desktops and notebooks. Jason's coverage is currently focused on Linux and Unix operating systems, open-source software and licensing, cloud computing and Software as a Service. Follow Jason on Twitter at jasonbrooks, or reach him by email at

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