Reading through the February 2008 edition of MacWorld magazine (since I’m not in San Francisco this year experiencing the magic of MacWorld in-person) I read about two personal organizer programs that look like they’re worth checking out.

One of the programs I use every day to save notes and reformat text is TextWrangler, a wonderful free application from BareBones Software. I hadn’t realized, until reading this latest copy of MacWorld, that BareBones also makes Yojimbo, personal organizer software touted with the slogan, “master the onslaught.” Boy that sounds appealing. The longer description reads:

Yojimbo-Your effortless, reliable information organizer for Mac OS X. Yojimbo makes keeping all the small (or even large) bits of information that pour in every day organized and accessible. It’s so simple, there is no learning curve. Yojimbo’s mechanism for collecting, storing and finding information is so natural and effortless, it will change your life— without changing the way you work.

I’m downloading Yojimbo now and am going to give it a test drive.

The other organizer application mentioned in the magazine that caught my eye is TaskPaper. Its website states:

TaskPaper makes it easy to create lists of tasks and group them by project. All of your information is stored in a simple text file that is easy to take with you on the go, and edit when TaskPaper isn’t available. Even on Windows. When TaskPaper opens your file, it auto formats the content to look good and provides lots of enhancements for quickly editing and viewing the content.

The ability to use tagging to organize notes sounds like a compelling feature, especially since I am now offically addicted to large daily doses of del.icio.us social bookmark tagging. :-)

BTW, if like me you find yourself California dreamin’ for MacWorld2008, you can follow the live updates of Steve Jobs’ keynote tomorrow which begins at 9 am PST, 11 am CST from the MacWorld website. I’m hoping for an ultra-thin laptop announcement, as well as some amazing upgrades for the iPhone. I can’t wait to hear the news! :-)

If you thought my roadwarrior saddlebags were ridiculously overstuffed in February 2007, consider the quantity of gear two MacWorld 2008 explorers brought this year:

MacWorld08 Gear

Now THAT is over the top. For more pictures with a similar theme, check out the Flickr group “what’s in your bag?”

So what could “be in the air” at MacWorld 2008?!

MacWorld2008 banner

Neon Tango, an awesome looking new arcade/retro game from Freeverse, is supposed to be announced at MacWorld… Somehow, I don’t think this banner about “in the air” applies to software programs…

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