When JLC asked me to contribute to its 20th-anniversary issue, I was proud but perplexed. I've been out of the trenches for six years and don't know whether the latest WiFi PDA comes with enough RAM to view a Chief Architect file, or whether contractors have figured out how to use robotic printers to lay out their floors (the idea is worth exploring).

But when I left contracting, I only hung up my tool belt -- I didn't throw away my office tools. And in the last six years, whether I've been directing JLC Live or managing iShow.com, those office tools have continued to serve me well. Here's a review of the top five office tools that remain "state of the art" for all business people -...

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