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Top Academic Software for the Windows-based Student

Thatcollegekid has posted the top three academic apps for Macs. This was supposed to be a little double-post between us, but I was on a trip over the weekend, and I didn’t get my part finished in time. With a slight delay, i present to you the top 3 academic applications for students who use windows.

1. Microsoft OneNote – OneNote is an invaluable tool to me, and one that I use every day. This year I have really taken the transition from hand-written notes to a completely digital set of notes. I don’t think I could have done this without OneNote. Features such as auto-save, organization by virtual notebook and tab, and an array of mark-up tools for putting notes in the margin make OneNote a beautiful alternative to taking notes by hand. OneNote may cost you, but I highly recommend it, and I think it is well worth the price.

2. DoPDF – DoPDF is a cool piece of software that adds itself as a virtual printer, and lets you print out any document into a PDF file. What do you do if you are trying to keep digital notes, and you create a document such as a spreadsheet that contains information you need for studying or later reference. Printing it off would be easy for a regular notebook, but that is out of the question. The solution is to print the document via DoPDF, and place the PDF file in your notes.


3. StudyPerfect – StudyPerfect is the best flash card software for windows that I have ever seen. I spent quite a while looking for good flash card software last year, but I was disappointed until I came across StudyPerfect. A nice interface, robust formatting options, and good reviewing modes make StudyPerfect a solid study application for only $15. But if you still can’t afford it, take a look here.

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13 Responses to “Top Academic Software for the Windows-based Student”

  1. [...] is publishing an article about his favorite academic programs for Windows and I’m posting a sister article for Mac users. Personally, I don’t use academic-based [...]

  2. Ellie says:

    I use PDF Creator to create .pdf files. It is also a virtual .pdf printer, and has features that I like, such as changing the creator name (depending on whether or not I’m creating documents for work, volunteer work or personal use).

  3. Arlo says:

    Give the Dekstrus DNE a try. It is a new, large suite of research tools that can help manage the process from research to writing, including managing internet research, managing subdocuments (passages within the papers you’re writing, for instance), and let you manage your files in maps (create a map of a paper you want to write, then attach your files, web sources, subdocuments, etc., to different parts of the map to research more systematically. It’s very open-ended, but really well suited to academic work. And its full-colour 3D interface is pretty cool. It’s very expensive BUT there you can get it for free (you share some work you created with its help and you keep the software). Go to and click on “Other Products”.

  4. Arlo says:

    Sorry, didn’t know the link would work – here’s the link for the software: and here’s the link for how you can get it free:

  5. paulette says:

    Its cool although. It would be better if its being bundled with pdf reader.

  6. PK says:

    I can’t say enough happy things about EndNote as bibliography software. It plugs into Word, saves all my references, and embeds parenthetical citations with a quick key combo, tracks them all and can flip between citation formats quick as can be.

  7. jan says:

    interesting, didnt hear about the other two, sounds good, good job

  8. Thanks,haven’t used any one of them,but will give them a fair trial as long as it saves me time.

  9. I’ve been using EndNote for a few years now and have always been happy. I would definitely recommend it.

  10. I use Foxit to create pdf’s. Let’s face it, the pdf format is pretty much the standard by now, and having a piece of software that you can work with and convert to pdf is very handy. OpenOffice & Coreldraw also give export to pdf functionality that is extremely useful.

  11. windows software…

    Your post on Top Academic Software for the Windows-based Student … was informatiove when I was seeking windows software info….

  12. You need to use swings to create windows like UI for java program. You can try install Eclipse which is open source and bundled with lot of plugins to use.

  13. I also use PDF and it has been always enough. The other two are new to me, maybe I can try them. Thanks for sharing, I learned many new things.

  14. In my country we generally use the programs of and for microsoft. I have seen just a few people who use another os systems.

  15. I use OneNote quite often. I have gotten to really like it. It has been a time saver at times as well.